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Strange But True


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01/10/2007 - by Samantha Weaver

You may not realize it, but Abner Doubleday, the man generally credited with inventing the game of baseball, was a Union general during the Civil War — he even played a leading role in the Battle of Gettysburg.

It was author and noted humorist Roy G. Blount Jr. who made the following observation: "Doctors and lawyers must go to school for years and years, often with little sleep and with great sacrifice to their first wives."

Have you ever engaged in lip-clap? Chances are, you have — and if you haven't, I feel terribly sorry for you! "Lip-clap" is simply a little-used term for kissing.

Last year, someone made a very generous donation to Goodwill — and didn't even realize it. This unknown philanthropist dropped a painting off at a donation center, but he obviously didn't have much of an eye for art. Fortunately for Goodwill, one of its employees did recognize the potential value of the watercolor. The painting was auctioned for more than $165,000, the proceeds going to the charity.

Most of the caffeine in sodas comes from the leftovers from the process of making decaffeinated coffee.

The lemon shark grows a new set of teeth every two weeks. Considering that the shark would have to be alive to grow the teeth, I certainly wouldn't want to have been the one given the task of figuring that out.

In 1949, Popular Mechanics magazine stated, "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."

An acre of hemp can produce as much paper as four acres of trees.

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Thought for the Day: "Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so." — Bertrand Russell

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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