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01/17/2007 - by Samantha Weaver

Those who study such things claim that in any given year, more gasoline is spilled simply while refueling lawn equipment than was spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster.

It was famed composer Igor Stravinsky who said, "Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end."

In the United States, approximately 18 acres of pizza are consumed every day.

With more than 300 million books in print, British novelist J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved Harry Potter series of books, is one of the best-selling writers in the world. When Joanne Kathleen was a youngster, however, her parents didn't have such lofty ambitions for her. When she went to college they wanted her to study French so she would be able to find work as a bilingual secretary. The future author hated secretarial work, though; during meetings, when she was supposed to be taking notes about the proceedings, she daydreamed and scribbled potential names for fictional characters in the margins of her notepad.

Mechanics and engineers can tell exactly how hot an object (such as an engine component) is if they know two things: what color it glows and what material it is made of.

The next time you've had too much to drink at the neighborhood pub and think you should walk home instead of driving, you might want to think again. Various studies show that as many people are fatally injured while walking drunk as are while driving drunk.

In San Francisco, the city leaders are trying out a new way to get power: They're turning the methane from canine excrement — doggie doo — into electricity.

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Thought for the Day: "The nice thing about egoists is that they don't talk about other people." — Lucille S. Harper

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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