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April 04. 2013 4:07PM
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By Samantha Weaver

* It was pioneering British director of suspense films Alfred Hitchcock who made the following sage observation: “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.”

* If you’re an arachnophobe, you probably don’t want to know that a tarantula can live for up to two years without eating a single thing.

* If you’re like the average American man with a job, you spend 8 minutes per day cooking. If you’re like the average American woman who works, you spend 50 minutes a day preparing meals.

* There are four times more astrologers than astronomers in the United States.

* You may not think it significant that in 1921, Earle Dickson’s wife had a tendency to injure herself while working in the kitchen. He kept bandaging her wounds with gauze and adhesive tape, but the bandages always seemed to be slipping off. Finally, in exasperation, he put a small piece of gauze in the center of a piece of adhesive tape, which worked beautifully. None of this would have made any difference to us today, except that Dickson was an employee of Johnson & Johnson. He took some samples of his invention into work, where the owner, James Johnson, loved the idea. The Band-Aid went into production shortly thereafter.

* In the 1979 gubernatorial election in Louisiana, a man named Luther Knox was fed up with the candidates on the ballot. In order to give like-minded Louisianans an option, he ran for the office himself — after legally changing his name to “None of the Above.”

* You might be surprised to learn that rock star Elvis Presley’s idol was General Douglas MacArthur.


Thought for the day: “The hardest thing in the world to understand is income taxes.” - Albert Einstein

(c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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