STRANGE BUT TRUE
It was 20th-century American historian, sociologist, philosopher and literary critic Lewis Mumford who made the following sage observation: “A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail.”
In the 1960s, American spies in the Soviet Union had a novel way to eavesdrop on conversations: They used cats. The CIA agents placed listening devices on the felines in order to hear conversations that might take place on a park bench or near an open window.
Polar bears and grizzly bears are similar enough genetically to successfully mate. Any offspring produced from such a union is known as a “pizzly”. If you’re a book lover who is fortunate enough to be planning a trip to Japan’s capital sometime soon, then Book and Bed Tokyo needs to be on your agenda. For a mere $30-$40 per night, you can sleep in a bunk surrounded by bookshelves and have access to free Wi-fi and a vending machine. The bathrooms and a large seating area (furnished, reportedly, with deep, comfy couches) will be shared with other guests – but that’s just an opportunity to meet like-minded literary travellers! You can bring your own reading material, of course, but with 1700 titles provided in both English in Japanese, there’s no need.
It’s common knowledge that the ostrich is a flightless bird, but many people don’t realise that, even confined to land, the ostrich can outrun a racehorse.
If you use rats or mice to tell the future, you’re engaging in myomancy; if you prefer to base your divination on the flight or song of birds, you’re an ornithomancer.
Thought for the Day: “I would like to see anyone – prophet, king or God – convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.” – Neil Gaiman