Strange But True … this week’s edition
• Moose are so nearsighted that they have been known to try to mate with cars.
• According to tradition, a bride whose dress is made of silk will have good fortune in her marriage. A woman who wears velvet to her wedding will face poverty, and a satin wedding gown will bring bad luck.
• On average, there are 50,000 earthquakes around the world every year.
• Beloved composer Frederic Chopin died in 1849 in France. He was terrified of being buried alive, so at his request, after his death his heart was removed, preserved in alcohol and returned to his native country, Poland. Once in Warsaw, the urn containing his heart was sealed into a pillar of the Holy Cross Church with the inscription, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
• Spanish explorers named California after a mythical island of Amazon women ruled by a warrior queen named Califa.
• An assemblyman in Alaska once wrote and tried to pass legislation mandating a $100 fine for “public flatulence, crepitation, gaseous emission and miasmic effluence.”
• In 1903, a now-unknown inventor (and breeder of chickens, one might venture to guess) submitted a request to patent eyeglasses for chickens, designed to prevent injury due to pecking by other chickens. The request was refused.
• The Sphinx in Egypt is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.
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