• It was famed cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead who made the following sage observation: “One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.”
• If you’re like the average American, you will eat about 150 bananas this year — 26 pounds’ worth.
• Up until the 1500s, the accepted way of dealing with a patient who was hemorrhaging was to cauterize the wound, often with boiling oil or red-hot irons. It was in the latter part of the 16th century that a French surgeon named Ambroise Pare began tying off the broken blood vessels with cord. That’s pretty much what surgeons do today.
• It’s been estimated that a million pigeons live in New York City.
• When pop star Christina Aguilera is on tour, she insists on having a police escort. She hates to be stuck in traffic.
• Next time you’re heading to Illinois, you can stop off in Metropolis and visit the self-declared birthplace of Superman. In honor of their hometown superhero, the citizens erected a 15-foot bronze statue of him on Main Street.
• It was Abraham Lincoln who signed into law the legislation that created the Secret Service. That very night, he was assassinated.
• Those who study such things say that on the 13th of every month, triskaidekaphobia causes a loss of $83 million to American business due to absenteeism from work and other disruptions.
• In the United States, more babies are born on Oct. 5 than on any other day of the year. If you do the math, you’ll find that New Year’s Eve is 9 months and 5 days before that.
Thought for the Day: “Show me a hero, and I will write you a tragedy.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald