This week’s … Strange but True tidbits
• It was Albert Einstein who made the following sage observation: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
• Many people believe that one should never remove one’s wedding ring. However, one superstition holds that doing so is perfectly acceptable — as long as the ring is being used to ward off a witch.
• There’s nothing surprising about the fact that upon the death of British novelist, poet and essayist D.H. Lawrence, the author’s body was cremated. What is unusual is that, at Lawrence’s request, his ashes were mixed into the plaster used to build the D.H. Lawrence Ranch in Questa, N.M.
• As Halloween approaches, if you live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Iowa, you might want to keep in mind your state’s tax policy. If you’re buying a pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern, you’ll need to pay tax on the gourd. Pumpkins used for food purposes, however, are subject to no such tax.
• In 2009, a Saudi couple who had spent their honeymoon in Malaysia encountered difficulty on the return flight home. It seems that the groom felt the bride was taking too long in the airport restroom, so he boarded the flight back to Saudi Arabia before she did. When he allowed the plane to leave without her, she insisted on an immediate divorce.
• The next time you’ve enjoyed a happy hour out with friends, you might want to consider the virtually unknown adjective “gambrinous,” which means “to be content and happy due to a stomach full of beer.”
Thought for the Day: “My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.” — Socrates
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