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By Samantha Weaver


* It was beloved American novelist Pearl S. Buck who made the following sage observation: “Nothing is less reliable than a machine. It is difficult not to wonder whether that combination of elements which produces a machine for labor does not create also a soul of sorts, a dull resentful metallic will, which can rebel at times.”


* You might be surprised to learn that Spanish moss is not actually a moss; it’s a cousin of the pineapple.


* The last country in the world to get telephones was the South Asian nation of Bhutan, and both television and the Internet were banned there until 1999. Incidentally, Bhutan also is the only nation in the world in which the well-being of the citizens is so important that the government measures the country’s Gross National Happiness.


* Those who study such things say that whale songs rhyme.


* This is probably the time of year when you’re most likely to see examples of didaskaleinophobia in action — that’s a fear of going to school.


* If you’re like 98 percent of Americans, you think you’re a better driver than everyone else on the road.


* The next time you make a family trip to Yellowstone National Park, keep in mind that as you walk through the seemingly peaceful scenery and view the iconic geysers, you’re actually walking on top of a supervolcano. Just 5 miles beneath the surface is a giant magma chamber, 37 miles long and 25 miles wide.


* It’s traditional in Germany to shatter lots of dishes before a couple gets married. The couple, of course, has to work together to clean up the mess.


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Thought for the day: “For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.” — Henry Louis Mencken


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