This week’s: Strange But True …
• One of the former Duchesses of Windsor, when asked to reveal the secret to a long and happy life, replied, “Fill what’s empty, empty what’s full and scratch where it itches.”
• You might be surprised to learn that Italians spend more time on social media than people of any other nationality.
• In medieval times in Great Britain, those accused of a crime could prove their innocence (or guilt) in trial by battle. This law was unused and nearly forgotten for centuries. Then, in 1817, a man named Abraham Thornton was charged with murder in the death of a young woman named Mary Ashford. The evidence against Thornton was nearly overwhelming, but he claimed the right to trial by battle against his accuser. Since the law was still on the books, the court decided it had no choice but to grant his request. Thornton’s accuser was William Ashford, the victim’s brother, but since he declined to appear on the field of battle, Thornton was freed. Shortly thereafter, trail by battle was officially abolished in the country.
• Cats can bark, too.
• With 1.45 million lightning strikes per year, Florida experiences more lightning than any other state in the country. Central Florida is unofficially known as the Lightning Capital of the World.
• If you’re like 70 percent of Americans, you hate the idea of your parents moving in with you, according to a recent survey. However, if those survey respondents had to have one parent move in with them, two out of three would choose Mom over Dad.
Thought for the Day: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
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