Strange BUT TRUE

The Weekly Vista - - Fun & Games -

• It was Bri­tish philoso­pher, lo­gi­cian, math­e­mati­cian, his­to­rian, writer, so­cial critic and po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist — and, not in­signif­i­cantly, No­bel lau­re­ate — Ber­trand Rus­sell who made the fol­low­ing sage ob­ser­va­tion: “The fun­da­men­tal cause of trou­ble in this world is that the stupid are cock­sure while the in­tel­li­gent are full of doubt.”

• In an odd co­in­ci­dence,

Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln had a sec­re­tary named Kennedy, and Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy had a sec­re­tary named Lin­coln. Kennedy the sec­re­tary told Lin­coln the pres­i­dent that he shouldn’t go to Ford’s The­atre the night he was shot; Lin­coln the sec­re­tary tried to con­vince Kennedy the pres­i­dent not to go on a trip to Dal­las, where he was shot.

• If you’re like the av­er­age

man, your beard grows about half an inch ev­ery month.

• Those who study such

things claim that an av­er­age bank rob­ber in the United States nets about $4,000 for ev­ery job. No info at hand on how the re­searches ac­quired their data.

• You might think that hot

dogs are a rel­a­tively re­cent food of­fer­ing, but you’d be wrong. The first sausages were cre­ated more than 3,500 years ago when an­cient Baby­lo­ni­ans be­gan

stuff­ing spiced meat into the in­testines of an­i­mals. • The fastest of all non-do­mes­ti­cated ca­nines, the African wild dog can sprint faster than 40 mph. • Many peo­ple make pro­vi­sions in their wills for their pets; it’s the com­pas­sion­ate thing to do. Singer Dusty Spring­field went a bit fur­ther than most, though; she spec­i­fied that her cat was to be fed only im­ported baby food.

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Thought for the Day:

“Ev­ery man pos­sesses three char­ac­ters: that which he ex­hibits, that which he re­ally has, and that which he be­lieves he has.” — Jean-Bap­tiste Alphonse Karr

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