By Samantha Weaver
* It was lexicographer Samuel Johnson who made the following sage observation: “Always, set a high value on spontaneous kindness. He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord, will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you.”
* On Jan. 31, 2013, it officially became legal for women to wear pants in Paris. Before that, a law on the books only allowed women to wear pants if they were “holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse,” or if they had requested special permission from the police to dress like men.
*Japanese consumers are now able to buy a smartphone attachment that emits the odors of short ribs, beef tongue and buttered potatoes. Other attachments are also available, with scents such as the ylang-ylang flower, cinnamon rolls, coffee, corn soup, mint, strawberries, jasmine and curry.
* It’s well known that famed children’s book author Dr. Seuss had no children of his own, but you might be surprised to learn that he created an imaginary daughter, Chrysanthemum Pearl. He dedicated his book “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” to her: “To Chrysanthemum Pearl, aged 89 months, going on 90.”
* If you’re like 6 percent of Americans, when you vacuum you do it in your underwear — or naked.
* Before the invention of the electric light, people slept, on average, nine hours a night. Since then, it’s been about 7.5. Sleep researchers say that in a lab setting, people deprived of electric light go back to sleeping nine hours a night.
Thought for the day: “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” — Nora Roberts