• It was screenwriter, playwright, novelist, director and producer Ben Hecht who made the following sage observation: “Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.”
• Those who study such things say that the Earth spins faster on its axis in September than it does in March.
• When the TV show “Bewitched” first started filming, the star, Elizabeth Montgomery, was just a month away from giving birth to her first child, so the first five episodes were shot almost in their entirety without her. It wasn’t until the baby was a few weeks old that she was able to go on the set to film her scenes.
• If you’re a fan of the Beatles, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that during the decade of the 1960s, they had more top 10 hits and more No. 1 records than any other recording artist.
• Before the June 1944 invasion of Normandy, a crossword puzzle that was printed in the London Daily Telegraph contained the words “mulberry,” “Neptune,” “Omaha,” “overlord” and “Utah.” That may not seem to be a fact of much interest, but it turns out that those were all secret code words used by the Allied military in planning the upcoming offensive. The puzzle’s author, a schoolteacher, was tracked down and interrogated, but the puzzle’s content was ultimately chalked up to coincidence.
• The country’s first pay phone was installed in a bank in Hartford, Conn., in 1889. It cost 5 cents to place a call, the equivalent of $1.25 today.
Thought for the Day: “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” — Albert Einstein