By Samantha Weaver
* It was Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist Pearl S. Buck who made the following sage observation: “All things are possible until they are proved impossible, and even the impossible may only be so as of now.”
* If you dread trying (and too often failing) to pair up socks on laundry day, you’ll be glad to know that your anguish is not unrecognized: May 9 has been designated National Lost Sock Memorial Day.
* Progress is not always universally embraced. In 1825, a magazine called The Quarterly Review scoffed, “What can be more palpably absurd than the prospect held out of locomotives traveling twice as fast as stagecoaches?”
* If in your studies of history you never ran across the Anglo-Zanzibar War, don’t feel educationally shortchanged; most people have never heard of the conflict. In 1896, the pro-British sultan of Zanzibar, Hamad bin Thuwaini, died, and his successor, Khalid bin Barghash, did not look as favorably upon the British Empire. Because a treaty signed 10 years earlier stated that any candidate to attain the sultancy must receive the approval of the British Consul, the British viewed Kalid bin Barghash’s accession as an act of war. The sultan barricaded himself in his palace, but the superior numbers and firepower of the British quickly defeated the embattled sultan. How quickly? The battle lasted all of 40 minutes, making it the shortest war in history.
* There are those who wonder if beloved actor Tony Curtis, with more than 100 films to his credit, would have been quite as successful if he hadn’t changed his name. His given name, Bernard Schwartz, just doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
Thought for the day: “People need good lies. There are too many bad ones.” - Kurt Vonnegut