This week’s … Strange But True trivia
• It was American writer Gore Vidal who made the following sage observation: “The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity — much less dissent.”
• If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never encountered a tziganologist. That is, unless you consort with those who study Hungarian gypsies.
• When someone mentions the rock band ZZ Top, you probably think of a group of musicians with beards. They don’t all have beards, though; the drummer is clean-shaven as a matter of safety (imagine being in the middle of a drum solo and getting a stick caught in a long beard — ouch!). Interestingly, the unbearded drummer’s name is Frank Beard.
• Squirrels are wonderful foresters. Every year, thousands of trees grow from caches of nuts and acorns that squirrels forgot about.
• If you see a group of pugs together, know that they’re collectively called a grumble.
• One anagram of “William Shakespeare” is “I am a weakish speller.” Incidentally, a person who comes up with anagrams is known as an “anagrammatist.”
• If you’re planning a trip to Japan, you might want to add the island of Okunoshima to your itinerary. It’s often called Usagi Jima, or “Rabbit Island,” by locals because the bunnies there are tame and approach humans without fear.
• Those who study such things have discovered that if you put a sea sponge in a blender and leave the resulting mess overnight, the remaining cells will find each other and start forming a new sponge.
Thought for the Day: “An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.” — Gilbert Keith Chesterton
2013, King Feature Syndicate
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