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Strange but true



+ Mel Blanc, perhaps best known to the world as the voice of Bugs Bunny, died in 1989 and was buried in Hollywood Memorial Park. Care to guess what words are engraved on his tombstone? It says, “That’s all, folks!”

+ Talk about your good luck: On Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, Ed Martin found more than 1,000 four-leaf clovers on a single day in 2006.

+ It was English novelist, critic, screenwriter and composer Anthony Burgess – best known, perhaps, for “A Clockwork Orange,” which was made into a movie by director Stanley Kubrick – who made the following sage observation: “Reality is what I see, not what you see.”

+ Next time someone tells you to eat your veggies, you might want to consider this: Ancient Egyptians considered arugula to be an aphrodisiac, and the early Chinese recommended asparagus for the same purpose.

+ The 1950s hit “Runaround Sue,” by Dion and the Belmonts, was written about a real girl – but her name was Dolores.

+ Those who study such things say that the best-selling Girl Scout cookie of all time is the Thin Mint, followed by Samoas (also known as Caramel DeLites) and Peanut Butter Patties.

+ In some parts of Alaska, Eskimo ice cream is considered to be quite a treat. That may not seem too odd – after all, who doesn’t like ice cream? Consider the recipe, though: caribou fat, seal oil, flaked boiled fish and berries whipped with snow. Mmmmmm, tasty.

+ William Howard Taft served only one term as president of the United States, but he was a busy man, nonetheless. He served as tax collector, solicitor general, governor of the Philippine Islands, secretary of war and chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, too.

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Thought for the Day: “Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.” – Stephen Leacock

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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