timesleader.com

STRANGE BUT TRUE

April 13, 2013

By Samantha Weaver


* It was pioneering science-fiction author H.G. Wells who made the following sage observation: “Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.”


* In a match between a 200-pound mountain lion and a 20-pound porcupine, the lion is likely to be the loser — and will probably die if it tried to take a bite of the desired prey.


* 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.


* Those who study such things say that Americans watch more television during the months of January and February than at any other time during the year.


* Strawberries have more vitamin C than oranges.


* You may not realize it, but you’ve probably seen pictures of the French village of Mont-St.-Michel. It’s a picturesque place, a tiny islet in the English Channel with an 8th-century abbey at the top of a high hill, surrounded by stone houses and cobbled streets. It wasn’t always an islet, though; the hill on which the abbey sits was once surrounded by an oak forest, and the shore was miles away. That all changed in the year 725, though, when an earthquake struck the region. A tidal wave washed over the forest, leaving a vast tidal plain in its wake. Ever since, twice a day, 40-foot tides completely surround Mont-St.-Michel.


***


Thought for the day: “The fundamental cause of trouble in this world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.” — Bertrand Russell