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Strange But True




 

 

• It was British novelist and essayist Arthur Koestler who made the following sage observation: “The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.”

• One might think that famed model and businesswoman Tyra Banks would rely on a plethora of pricey cosmetics and other aids — and she doubtless does. But she claims that the most important beauty product she uses is Vaseline.

• According to a 2010 study conducted in the Netherlands, symptoms of asthma can be successfully treated by riding a roller coaster.

• Singles, take note: The dating website Match.com recently conducted a survey of its members regarding their opinions on kissing, and the top turnoff (perhaps unsurprisingly) was bad breath.

• As in America, at Russian wedding receptions it’s traditional for a close friend or relative to toast the new couple. In Russia, however, it’s also traditional for all the guests to throw their champagne glasses on the floor after the toast; the more glasses that break, the luckier the couple will be. There’s no report of the cleanup protocol afterward.

• In 1981, a German collector of World War II memorabilia paid about $4 million for Hitler’s diaries. Unfortunately for him (and his wallet), the diaries turned out to be faked.

• Many might consider it odd that the State Legislature of Oklahoma has declared the watermelon to be the official state vegetable. Yes, the watermelon. As justification for the classifi- cation, lawmakers released the following statement : “Most of us would think of it as a fruit, but it can also be considered a vegetable because it’s in the same family as cucumbers and gourds.”

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Thought for the Day: “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not diffi cult.” — Charlotte Whitton

(c) 2010 King Features Synd.

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