• Famed markswoman and exhibition shooter Annie Oakley was born the daughter of Quakers, who gave her the name Phoebe Ann Moses.
• It was in July 1911 when daredevil Bobby Leach became the second person (and the first man) to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. His daring came at a cost, though; he spent six months in a hospital, recovering from injuries due to his feat. He later went on publicity tours, recounting his experience and posing with the barrel that took him over the falls. He was on one such tour in New Zealand in 1926 when he slipped on an orange peel, injuring his leg slightly. The leg became infected, necessitating an amputation — which still didn’t save him. He died two months later, the daredevil felled by a citrus rind.
• Those who study such things say that fully 10 percent of the country’s total income is due to organized crime.
• You might be surprised to learn that only two out of every 10 ears of corn grown in the United States actually ends up being eaten by people. The other eight are destined to feed animals and to be made into ethanol gasoline.
• If you’re like more than half of all Americans, you’d be willing to live in a haunted house — provided you didn’t have to pay rent.
• There are those who say that actor Johnny Depp is afraid of clowns.
Thought for the Day: “This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.” — Will Rogers