• It was Simon Cameron, who served as secretary of war under President Abraham Lincoln, who made the following sage observation: “An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.”
• You might not be surprised to learn that some people who play video games can become rather obsessed. In 2007, one such person, a 45-year-old gamer, used a Japanese sword to rob a lingerie shop. He was apprehended, and when he was put on trial, he told the judge that at the time of the robbery he believed he was a female elf.
• It’s common knowledge that methane, a greenhouse gas, contributes to the rise in global temperatures. It’s less well-known, however, that 20 percent of the world’s methane emissions comes from livestock and their, well … emissions.
• Many professional matchmakers say that one should never date a person who is younger than half one’s age, plus seven years.
• The average human walks approximately 100,000 miles in the course of a lifetime. If that walking were done in a straight line on the equator, you would circle the Earth four times.
• In the early 1990s, a couple in Milwaukee was curious about the value of a painting they had displayed in their home, so they invited an art expert to evaluate the piece. The painting in question turned out to be of little relative value, but the expert noticed another work, a still life with flowers, that the owners believed to be a reproduction of a Van Gogh. Imagine this couple’s surprise when the work turned out to be an original 1886 painting, which later sold at auction for $1.4 million.
Thought for the Day: “A bride at her second wedding does not wear a veil because she wants to see what she is getting.” — Anonymous