• It was Flannery O’Connor, noted American writer of novels and short stories, who made the following observation: “Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.”
• In Saudi Arabia, there is an entire police unit dedicated solely to the pursuit of crimes of witchcraft.
• Lee DeForest, known as the Father of Radio, said in 1926, “While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially I consider it an impossibility, a development of which we need to waste little time dreaming.”
• Eleanor Ritchey was the granddaughter of Philip John Bayer, founder of Quaker State Oil. She was the sole inheritor of her grandfather’s fortune, and she had no children of her own. When she died in 1968 she was worth $12 million. Other than some shoes (1,700 pairs) and stationery (1,200 boxes) that she left to the Salvation Army, her entire estate was used to create a trust for the 150 stray dogs she had adopted. The pets lived in luxury, dying of old age one by one, until 1984, when the last one — the richest dog in the country — also succumbed. The remainder of the inheritance then went to Auburn University.
• If you’re planning a trip to Syracuse, N.Y., you might want to take a detour about 35 miles east to the small town of Verona. There you can visit the world’s smallest church — but don’t plan to go in and have a seat. Cross Island Chapel is only 6 feet by 3.5 feet. The minister can stand inside, but everyone else has to stay outside.
Thought for the Day: “If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.” — George Bernard Shaw