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STRANGE BUT TRUE

March 22, 2014

By Samantha Weaver


* It was nonviolent Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi who made the following sage observation: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”


* Beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss had a hobby that few people were aware of: He collected hats.


* With the summer holidays approaching, you might want to keep in mind this tidbit: Every year, 75,000 stuffed animals are left behind in hotels. Be sure to check under the bed before you leave!


* It was long believed that a single piece of paper couldn’t be folded more than seven times, but in 2002, high-schooler Britney Gallivan disproved that notion. She ordered a 4,000-foot-long roll of toilet paper and, along with her family, headed to a shopping mall to try to break the seven-fold limit. After seven hours, she and her family had succeeded in folding the paper 12 times, putting an end to the myth.


* Ancient Mayan warriors were known to throw hornets’ nests at each other in battle.


* At some point you’ve almost certainly heard a coward described as “lily-livered,” but did you ever wonder where that expression came from? It was once believed that the seat of courage in the human body was the liver; therefore, someone who was timid presumably lacked blood in the liver, causing that organ to become white.


* If you’re like the average American, you spend 38 hours in traffic every year. If you live in Chicago, you’re stuck for 46 hours. If you’re unlucky enough to be driving in Los Angeles, you’ll be at the mercy of traffic for a whopping 72 hours every year.


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Thought for the day: “If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” — Carl Sagan