Strange but TRUE

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• It was early 20th-century Irish author Robert Wilson Lynd who made the following sage observation: “The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.”

• If you find yourself with a dull pair of scissors, try this trick: Fold a piece of sandpaper in half, rough side out, and make repeated cuts until the blades are sharp again.

• In 1980, 16 Danish seamen issued a Mayday call and abandoned their sinking ship, leaping into the frigid waters of the North Sea. Despite the fact that the water of the North Sea is so cold that it can kill a person in half an hour, all 16 sailors, who all were wearing life jackets, survived three times that long, and all were alive when rescuers arrived 90 minutes later. The sailors were immediately taken below decks on the rescue ship, wrapped in blankets and given warm drinks. Seems like a happy ending, doesn’t it? Nope. After reaching supposed safety, all 16 of the rescued sailors suddenly dropped dead.

• The word “infant” is derived from the Latin word “infans,” which means “unable to speak.”

• If you’re a pet owner, you probably know that the epidemic of obesity is not limited to humans; many pets are overweight, too. You might be surprised to learn, though, that some pet owners choose to deal with the problem in a way that we usually associate only with people: liposuction. Yes, you can get cosmetic surgery for your pets.

• Those who study such things say that in Norway, there are 1,800 lakes that have no fish at all.

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• A proverb of unknown origin states, “The length of a piece of wood can only be too short on one end.”

• Scotsmen and their descendants make up almost half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and almost three-quarters of American presidents.

• An adult human has 60,000 miles of blood vessels.

• There was a scientist once who made it his mission to taste as many different kinds of meat as he possibly could. In his opinion, the worst tasting was mole meat. I won’t argue. There probably aren’t very many people who would be willing to gain enough experience in that field to be able to debate the matter.

• Hong Kong has more Rolls Royce cars per capita than any other city in the world.

• The main cabin of Air Force One, the airplane in which the president flies, is 4,000 square feet. That’s more than many people’s homes. Air Force One has seven bathrooms and 16 TVs. And there is enough food aboard to serve 2,000 meals.

• There is a popular, bright green melon liqueur, “Midori,” which is used to make fruity drinks such as melon balls. The name is very descriptive — in Japanese, “midori” means “green.”

• Most people know that a human has 46 chromosomes, but how do we compare to other living things? Not surprisingly, an ant has only two. A fruit fly has eight. A garden pea has 14. Your pet dog has 78. And a garden fern? It has 1,260 chromosomes!

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• It was 19th-century Russian playwright and short story writer Anton Chekhov who made the following sage observation: “Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.”

• If you suffer from galeophobia you’re certainly not alone; Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film “Jaws” may have popularized the fear of sharks, but it certainly didn’t start it. Logically, though, swinophobia makes more sense — pigs kill more people every year than sharks do.

• You might be surprised to learn that Harriet Tubman — famous for her work as a conductor on the Underground Railroad — also served as a Union spy during the Civil War, providing key intelligence that aided in the capture of Jacksonville, Florida. She also was the first woman to lead an armed assault during the Civil War; the Combahee River Raid freed 750 South Carolina slaves. She even continued her humanitarian work after the war, opening the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged and Indigent in Albany, New York.

• According to the nuns who worked with her, Mother Teresa’s last words were, “Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you.” According to her doctor, the last thing she said was actually, “I can’t breathe.”

• If you wanted to erect a building in Colonial times, you’d go to an undertaker; that’s what building contractors were called back then.

• Ancient Romans recognized three distinct forms of kissing: The word “basium” denoted a kiss between acquaintances, “osculum” was used for a kiss between close friends, and “suavium” described a kiss between lovers.

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