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Strange but true


02/29/2008 - Those who study such things say that baboons can only throw underhanded, never overhand.

It was British playwright Oscar Wilde who made the following sage observation: "Only the shallow know themselves."

Baseball is the national pastime, and even those you might not immediately think of as sports fans can get caught up in the excitement. Take composers, for instance - they're generally thought of as a rather stuffy lot, right? Well famed composer John Philip Sousa was an avid fan. In fact, at the request of Judge Kenesaw Mountain, major-league baseball's first high commissioner, Sousa composed the march "The National Game" in 1925.

Are you a turophile? I certainly am! "Turophile" is just a fancy way of saying "cheese-lover."

Weddings are universal. In all countries and cultures, all over the world, there is a ritual of joining people together in a lifelong bond. Of course, they don't always do it in exactly the same way. In India, for instance, as a part of the Hindu marriage ceremony the parents of the bride wash the bride and groom's feet with milk and water. Seems like an odd way to start out a relationship with your new son-in-law.

Most people are aware of the fact that scorpions have eight legs, but you probably didn't realize that they also have eight eyes.

Those who study such things say that India was once an island. It was some years ago, of course — about 50 million years ago.

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Thought for the Day: "The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything — or nothing." — Nancy Astor

(c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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