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2004-01-21 life & times
Strange but true
By Samantha Weaver

You might be surprised to learn that in World War I, there was a female reporter on the front lines: famed journalist Nellie Bly.

Want to visit Brazil, Paris, Denmark, Belfast, Moscow, Rome and Milan, but don't have the means to afford international travel? Just take a road trip to Tennessee, and you'll find all those places.

In Oklahoma, it was once against the law for women to style their own hair unless they were licensed by the state.

A poll taken by the Lutheran Brotherhood found that 30 percent of Americans share one remedy for feeling a little depressed shopping. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, women are nearly twice as likely to find shopping a remedy for the blues.

It was Ben Hecht who observed, "A movie is never any better than the stupidest man connected with it."

Las Vegas hosts more conventions every year than almost any city in America. Here's a sampling of the unusual gatherings held there in recent years: the National Onion Association Convention, the National Association of Atomic Detonators Convention, the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy Convention and the King Bankruptcy Academy Convention.

The country of Denmark burns more candles per capita every year than any other country in the world.

In 1975, Edward Horley, a former mayor, died. In his will, he specified that a lemon should be cut in half; one piece was to be sent to the tax inspectorate and the other to the tax collector. Included with each delivery was a message reading, "Now squeeze this."

(c) 2004 King Features Synd., Inc.

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