Strange BUT TRUE

The Weekly Vista - - Fun & Games - By Sa­man­tha Weaver — Tom Clancy

• In this time of bit­ter par­ti­san ri­val­ries, it would be well to re­mem­ber the fol­low­ing sage ob­ser­va­tion: “Do not trust to the cheer­ing, for those per­sons would cheer just as much if you and I were go­ing to be hanged.” The man who first made that ob­ser­va­tion was Lord Pro­tec­tor of Eng­land Oliver Cromwell, con­sid­ered by some to be a hero of lib­erty, by oth­ers to be a regi­ci­dal dic­ta­tor. He died in 1658, prob­a­bly from sep­ticemia. He was so re­viled that, three years later, his body was ex­humed so that he could be posthu­mously ex­e­cuted, his body thrown into a pit and his head dis­played on a pole out­side West­min­ster Hall.

• Those who study such things say that if all the gold in the world were com­bined in one lump, it would re­sult in a cube that mea­sures 20 yards on each side.

• The acids in your di­ges­tive sys­tem are so cor­ro­sive that your stom­ach must pro­duce an en­tirely new lin­ing ev­ery three days.

• You might be sur­prised to learn that the mother of Sir Win­ston Churchill, that quintessen­tial icon of Bri­tish­ness, was ac­tu­ally born an Amer­i­can in Brook­lyn, New York. Lady Randolph Spencer-Churchill, nee Jeanette Jerome, was a so­cialite, and it is through her that Win­ston Churchill is re­lated to his wartime ally, Franklin De­lano Roo­sevelt. The prime min­is­ter and the pres­i­dent were sev­enth cousins, once re­moved.

• If you’re plan­ning to travel to Washington state with ne­far­i­ous plans, here’s an in­ter­est­ing law to keep in mind: Any mo­torist with crim­i­nal in­tent is re­quired to stop be­fore en­ter­ing a town and in­form the chief of po­lice of his or her pres­ence.

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Thought for the Day:

“The dif­fer­ence be­tween fic­tion and re­al­ity? Fic­tion has to make sense.”

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