STRANGE BUT TRUE
* President Harry Truman was once told there were ghosts in the White House. His response? “I’m sure they’re here, and I’m not half so alarmed at meeting up with any of them as I am at having to meet the live nuts I have to see every day.”
* Pet food is the third most profitable item for supermarkets, following meat and fresh produce.
* The warmest parts of your body are your eyes and nose, while the coldest parts (unsurprisingly) are your fingers and toes.
* In the African country of Zaire, more than 200 different languages are spoken.
* It was more than 30 years ago, in 1982, that a man in suburban Los Angeles tied 24 weather balloons to his lawn chair in an attempt to fly. A pretty successful attempt, too — he made it to 16,000 feet, alarming air traffic controllers and pilots in the process.
* Those who study such things say that the rate of divorce increases during the winter months.
* The Baltimore Orioles had a pretty bad season in 1988. After the team lost its first 10 games, Bob Rivers, a deejay at Baltimore radio station WIYY, announced that he would stay on the air until the home team won a game. He kept his word, sleeping only between songs, for 10 days. When the Orioles finally defeated the Chicago White Sox, Rivers played “I’m Free” by The Who, and finally left.
* Queen termites can live for up to 100 years.
* When respondents to a survey are guaranteed that the results will be anonymous, fully 40 percent of the people admit to cheating on their taxes.
Thought for the day: “When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.” — William Wrigley, Jr.