• Those who study such things say that of all teenagers who wear braces, at least 60 percent have matched the rubber bands on their brackets to their outfits.
• Mary Todd Lincoln’s half-sister, Emily Todd, was married to Confederate Gen. Benjamin Helm. When her husband died in 1863, Emily crossed Union lines to visit her sister in the White House. Newspapers in the North created a furor over incident, speculating that the general’s widow could be a spy. After taking an oath of loyalty to the Union, Emily Helm was granted amnesty.
• John Lennon appeared on the first cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
• Do you go to action movies just to see the car chases? Here’s a real-life doozy for you: In 2002, after a bank robbery in Wrestedt, Germany, the culprits led law-enforcement officials on a 620-mile chase through several countries. After two days, the criminals were finally apprehended in Rivne, Ukraine.
• The original Mickey and Minnie Mouse were voiced by Wayne Allwine and Russi Taylor. The human pair also were married in real life.
• If you’re like 37 percent of Americans, you feel a sense of satisfaction when you finish vacuuming. If you’re like the rest of us, you just hope the kids wait a few hours before spilling cereal on the carpet again.
• According to historians, Roman emperor Caligula once declared war on Neptune, the god of the sea. After his soldiers ran into the ocean and stabbed at the water, Caligula declared victory and ordered the men to collect seashells as war trophies.
Thought for the Day: “In the end, everything is a gag.” — Charlie Chaplin