• If you’re like the average American, you will consume 22 pounds of lettuce this year.
• You might be surprised to learn that some fish can hibernate. During the long, dark winters, the Antarctic cod will burrow under the seabed and stay there for days at a time, cutting its metabolism by two-thirds.
• The name of the state of Wyoming comes from the Algonquian word chwewamink, which translates as “at the big river flat.”
• If you pay attention to politics at all, you’ve almost certainly heard the term “gerrymander” used to describe the practice of carving up electoral districts in such a way that one party has an advantage. You probably don’t know, though, how that term entered the lexicon. In 1812, a new district in Essex County, Massachusetts, was created, and a journalist thought the twisting boundaries caused the district to resemble a salamander. A cartoon highlighting the resemblance was created, and because the party that did the redistricting was led by Gov. Elbridge Gerry, the practice was dubbed “gerrymandering.”
• Even the world’s best high jumper is unable to stay in the air for more than a single second.
• Before he became a comedian and actor, Bob Newhart worked as an accountant at the Illinois State Unemployment Office.
• Those who keep track of such things say that Elvis Presley had 18 TVs at Graceland. One of them was installed in the ceiling over his bed.
Thought for the Day: “It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” — Carl Sagan