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Strange But True



• It was 19th-century author Samuel Butler who made the following sage observation: “Morality is the custom of one’s country and the current feeling of one’s peers. Cannibalism is moral in a cannibal country.”

• When the city of New York was concerned about leaks in its main water-supply system, it found a novel approach to the problem. Six experienced deep-sea divers were hired to live in a pressurized tank within the water-supply tunnel for a month while they investigated the leaks.

• Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old boy.

• If you would like to get into modeling and live the glamorous life, you might want to reconsider: Researchers at Dow Jones MarketWatch have found that the average model makes a mere $11 to $12 per hour.

• Statistics show that for every person born in the United States, there are 15 puppies and 45 kittens born.

• In 1950, the average executive earned about 30 times as much as the average worker. Today’s executives earn 300 to 500 times as much.

• Evidently wild monkeys are causing a bit of trouble for railroads in India. It seems that the monkeys board trains and run amok, causing no small amount of consternation to the passengers. To combat the problem, police in the city of Delhi hired a blackfaced langur monkey to ride the trains and frighten off the wild monkeys. There’s no word on what wages were off ered.

• The most common surnames in the United States are, in order, Smith, Johnson, Williams and Jones.

• Those who study such things say that in just one of your fingertips there are approximately 3,000 touch receptors.

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Thought for the Day: “A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.” — Fred Allen

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