FUN FACTOIDS: What’s ‘Strange But True’? |

FUN FACTOIDS: What’s ‘Strange But True’?

• It was Mark Twain who made the following sage observation: “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”

• It’s interesting that an herbal cold remedy and a type of sea urchin share the same name: Echinacea. Both words are derived from the Greek word “echino,” which means “hedgehog.”

• In a recent survey, more than one-third of respondents admitted that they had dinged the car, then lied to their spouse, saying someone else was responsible for the damage.

• Presidential security was not as always as formidable as it is today. In 1913, former President Theodore Roosevelt was walking down a Milwaukee street, heading to a speech he was scheduled to give. A man named John Schrank pulled out a gun and shot toward Roosevelt, who staggered but did not fall. There was no blood evident, and Roosevelt, who was campaigning for a second term, insisted on delivering his speech.

When he pulled from a coat pocket the 100 pages on which his speech was written, he saw a bullet hole through the sheets of paper. Still determined to carry on, he gave the speech before going to the hospital, where it was discovered that the bullet had penetrated 4 inches into his body.

After the perpetrator was arrested, it became evident that Schrank was insane; he claimed that President William McKinley had revealed to him in a dream that Roosevelt was responsible for McKinley’s assassination. Shrank spent the next 32 years in an insane asylum.

• You know that the Pacific Ocean is large, but you might not be aware of quite how large: It covers fully half the surface of the planet.


Thought for the Day: “We are not retreating — we are advancing in another direction.” — Gen. Douglas MacArthur

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