• It was George Bernard Shaw who made the following observation: “The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.”
• Modern dietary trends notwithstanding, raw vegetables have not always enjoyed the healthsome reputation they now have. In medieval times, in fact, veggies would always be cooked; raw ones were considered to be bad for the humors.
• Those who keep track of such things say that the Rolling Stones’ song “Satisfaction” is played on the radio in the U.S. more than 300 times every day.
• One of the most notorious magic tricks performed by professionals is catching a bullet in the mouth. It’s said to be cursed, due to the fact that, over the past 400 or so years, at least 15 magicians have died in the attempt. Some of them mistakenly used live rounds instead of blanks, and one jealous wife swapped out the blanks for live rounds. One of the earliest attempters of the trick was beaten to death by a mob who believed he was in league with the devil. Cursed, though? If someone is trying to catch a bullet in the mouth, it hardly requires a curse to result in a violent end.
• Portland, Ore., could just as easily have been named Boston, Oregon. The two men who named the town couldn’t decide which city back east should be the namesake, so they flipped a coin. Portland came up the winner.
• Originally, the best man was supposed to serve as a sort of armed guard, in case the bride needed to be kidnapped from her disapproving parents.
Thought for the Day: “Every American carries in his bloodstream the heritage of the malcontent and the dreamer.” — Dorothy Fuldheim