Strange BUT TRUE

The Weekly Vista - - Fun & Games - (c) 2018 King Fea­tures Synd., Inc.

• It was civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. who made the fol­low­ing sage ob­ser­va­tion: “Noth­ing in the world is more dan­ger­ous than sin­cere ig­no­rance and con­sci­en­tious stu­pid­ity.”

• Ev­ery­one knows that a

sopho­more is some­one in his or her sec­ond year of high school or col­lege. Most peo­ple don’t re­al­ize, though, that the word is de­rived from the Greek words “sophos,” which means “wise,” and “mo­ros,” which means “stupid.”

• Have you ever tried to hum while hold­ing your nose? It can’t be done.

• The cre­ator of the ubiq­ui­tous

smi­ley face earned a grand to­tal of $45 for his creative ef­fort.

• If you’re a pet owner, you

prob­a­bly know that the epi­demic of obe­sity is not lim­ited to hu­mans; many pets are over­weight, too. You might be sur­prised to learn, though, that some pet own­ers choose to deal with the prob­lem in a way that we usu­ally as­so­ci­ate only with peo­ple: li­po­suc­tion. Yes, you can get cos­metic surgery for your pets.

• If you hear the word “Bilbo”

you might think of a fa­mously ad­ven­tur­ous hob­bit, but a bilbo is also a finely tem­pered Span­ish sword.

• A re­cent study by sci­en­tist Karl Berg sug­gests that an adult green-rumped par­rot­let, a tiny bird na­tive to Venezuela, will “name” its ba­bies, as­sign­ing each a par­tic­u­lar se­ries of peeps to iden­tify it. Not only that, other par­rotlets then learn to as­so­ci­ate that ex­act se­ries of peeps with that par­tic­u­lar bird, and ac­tu­ally use the sounds to get that bird’s at­ten­tion.

• In the orig­i­nal ver­sion of the Grimm Broth­ers’ fairy tale “Cin­derella,” doves peck out the step­sis­ters’ eyes at Cin­derella’s wed­ding.

Thought for the Day:

“Life is not a spec­ta­cle or a feast; it is a predica­ment.” — Ge­orge San­tayana

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