• It was American author and philosopher Eric Hoffer who made the following sage observation: “Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.”
• If you were to have a perfectly dry mouth, you wouldn’t be able to taste a single thing. Researchers conducted an experiment in which they placed salt on a subject’s dry tongue, and the subject reported absolutely no taste at all. Once a drop of saliva was added, though, the taste came through clearly.
• According to the makers of the Stetson, a 10-gallon hat actually holds only about three quarts of liquid.
• During the third century, Saint Lawrence of Rome, a deacon to Pope Sixtus II, was burned to death during a series of persecutions of priests and deacons. Legend has it that while he was on the fire, he turned to his executioners and said, “This side’s done; turn me over and have a bite.” It was for this reason that he was named the patron saint of butchers, roasters and comedians.
• The average robin reportedly has nearly 3,000 feathers. Makes you wonder who did the counting.
• Most people probably are aware of the fact that Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the only American president who was elected to more than two terms in office — he served three full terms and died during his fourth term in office. Despite the fact that he was an incredibly popular president, however, in none of his four elections did he carry his home county of Dutchess, New York.
• If you have a severe food allergy, peanuts are the most common culprit, followed, in order, by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs.
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Thought for the Day: “Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.” — Albert Einstein
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