• It was stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce who made the following sage observation: “All my humor is based on destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I’d be standing in the breadline.”
• You might be surprised to learn that a flamingo cannot eat unless its head is upside-down.
• While in the Capitol rotunda attending the funeral for Congressman Warren B. Davis in January 1835, President Andrew Jackson was the victim of an assassination attempt. Richard Lawrence, a 35-year-old house painter, pointed two revolvers at the president and fired. In an incredible stroke of luck, both weapons misfired, at which point President Jackson began to beat the man with his cane.
• The Dead Sea isn’t actually a sea; it’s a lake.
• It’s been reported that the Paul Simon found the inspiration for his hit song “Mother and Child Reunion” in a chicken-and-egg dish he was eating in a Chinese restaurant.
• More than 60 percent of the 50 most common words in the English language contain three or fewer letters.
• Natives of Finland drink more coffee per capita than citizens of any other country in the world.
• The Hula Hoop fad swept the globe in the 1950s, but the toy did not find a warm welcome everywhere. In Indonesia, Hula Hoops were banned because they “might stimulate passion.” China’s official news agency called it “a nauseating craze,” and the Soviets declared the toy to be “a symbol of the emptiness of American culture” (despite the fact that the Hula Hoop originated in Australia).
• Adult tuna have been known to swim up to 100 miles in a single day.
Thought for the Day: “I don’t know anything about music. In my line, you don’t have to.” — Elvis Presley