• It was evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins who made the following sage observation: “We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”
• It’s been reported that for one two-year stretch, Elvis Presley ate nothing but meat loaf, mashed potatoes and tomatoes.
• In parts of Asia, tradition holds that if you sneeze once, someone is saying something good about you; if you sneeze twice in a row, something bad is being said; if you sneeze three times, someone is in love with you; and if you sneeze more than three times, you’re about to catch a cold.
• If you’re like the average human, you have about 1,500 dreams every year.
• We all know that the phrase “dog days of summer” refers to the most sultry days of the year, but have you ever wondered where the term came from? It seems that the ancient Romans believed that when Sirius, known as the dog star, shined the brightest — which was during mid-summer — it added its heat to the heat of the sun, making the hot season even more unbearable.
• Libra is the only sign of the zodiac that is not an animal.
• Even if you don’t remember it from its original air dates in the 1950s and ‘60s, you surely have heard of the iconic American situation comedy “Leave It to Beaver.” You might not realize, though, that the original working title was “ Wally and the Beaver.” The producers thought that made it sound like a show about a boy and his pet, so they changed it.
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Thought for the Day: “A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time.” — Alfred E. Wiggam (c) 2011 King Features Synd.