STRANGE BUT TRUE

The Weekly Vista - - Fun & Games -

• It was noted Span­ish film­maker Luis Bunuel who made the fol­low­ing sage ob­ser­va­tion: “Age is some­thing that doesn't mat­ter, un­less you are a cheese.”

• You might be sur­prised to learn that we call cof­fee beans aren't ac­tu­ally beans — they're the pits of the cof­fee beans.

• Would you be­lieve me if I told you that there were parachutists (bet­ter known now as sky­divers) be­fore there were air­planes? Yep, it's true! In Paris in the year 1900, a man leaped from the Eif­fel Tower and made a safe de­scent us­ing a para­chute. It wasn't un­til De­cem­ber 17, 1903, that the Wright Broth­ers made the first con­trolled, sus­tained pow­ered flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

• Ac­cord­ing to statis­ti­cians, about 200 peo­ple a year die while watch­ing — not play­ing — foot­ball.

• Of all the stamps that have been used by the U.S. Postal Ser­vice, more have fea­tured Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton than any other per­son; so far there have been 305 with the like­ness of the na­tion's first pres­i­dent.

• If you ever make a trip to Alaska, you might want to keep in mind the fact that it is il­le­gal there to wake a sleep­ing bear for the pur­pose of tak­ing its pic­ture. • We don't of­ten as­so­ci­ate mu­se­ums with bev­er­ages, but it seems that they're fairly pop­u­lar through­out the world. For in­stance, mu­se­ums ded­i­cated to cof­fee and/or tea can be found in Lon­don, Moscow, Paris, Sao Paolo, Zurich and Ky­oto, as well as in China, South Korea, Colom­bia and An­gola. Ger­many has three of them. Cof­fee and tea must be quite pop­u­lar in the Nether­lands; mu­se­ums ded­i­cated to the bev­er­ages can be found there in five dif­fer­ent cities.

Thought for the Day:

“Test­ing can show the pres­ence of er­rors, but not their ab­sence.”

— Eds­ger Wybe Di­jk­stra

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