The Weekly Vista

Strange BUT TRUE

- By Lucie Winborne

• Believe it or not, cows can be potty trained — and, it is said, with less trouble than toddlers. It’s called MooLoo training, and involves not a toilet, but a special pen with artificial grass. But why bother? The practice helps the environmen­t by reducing air and water pollution and even planet warming.

• The J.W. Westcott II is a boat that delivers mail to ships at sea. Operating out of Detroit, it’s the only floating zip code in America.

• In 1931, German engineer Richter Raketenrad built a bike with 12 rockets mounted to its back wheel and reached a speed of 90 kph before his invention exploded and threw him off. While that was, sadly, the end of the rocket bike, Raketenrad himself suffered only a few scrapes.

• Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold.

• For over a year in the mid2000s, members of the group Untergunth­er broke into the French Pantheon to repair a clock that had been broken for four decades. They later received court time for the effort but were somewhat vindicated when member Jean-Baptiste Viot, a clock restorer, was hired to repair it in 2018 after further neglect.

• Researcher­s have found that approximat­ely 97% of people are keeping a secret at any given time, with the average person keeping around 13.

• In 2008, a former high school star athlete escaped a crime scene by using Craigslist to hire a dozen identicall­y dressed (and unwitting) civilians to stand at the exact place and time of the arrival of the armored car that he planned to rob.

••• Thought for the Day: “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” — Oprah Winfrey

(c) 2023 King Features Synd., Inc.

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