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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.”


Thought for the Day: “Television is a device that permits people who haven’t got anything to do to watch people who can’t do anything.” — Fred Allen

(c) 2004 King Features Synd., Inc.

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