• It was 19th-century British author and social reformer John Ruskin who made the following sage observation: “In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it.”
• Before the element helium was known to exist on Earth, scientists discovered that it existed on the sun. The newly discovered element was therefore named helium after the Greek god of the sun, Helios.
• If you suffer from odontophobia, you’re afraid of teeth.
• If you have ever been pregnant (or known someone who has), you might be familiar with a condition sometimes known as “momnesia” or “prego-brain.” It seems pretty common for pregnant women to forget names, misplace keys and sometimes even make it to work while still wearing their fuzzy slippers. You might be surprised to learn that there is science to support the existence of this phenomenon: Brain scans show that during pregnancy, some of the blood flow in a woman’s brain shifts from the forebrain, responsible for short-term memory and multitasking, to the hindbrain, which takes care of the basics of survival. So the next time you see a pregnant woman in the grocery store wearing bunny slippers, give her a break; she’s building a new person.
• A cow was once purchased at auction for $1.3 million.
If you are like the average adult, you will be cheated on one time before you find the person you settle down with. Also, at some point during your dating life you’ll be the cheater.
Thought for the Day: “A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason.” — Thomas Carlyle