Strange but True

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strangeSTRANGE BUT TRUE by Samantha Weaver — * It’s still not known who made the following sage observation: “Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.” * You probably won’t be surprised to learn that 92 percent of teens say that they use social media — the only question there is why the other 8 percent aren’t using it. It is surprising, though, that, according to a recent survey, 54 percent of teens feel their teen years would be happier if social media didn’t exist. * This contentious election season is a good time to increase your vocabulary. Between now and Nov. 8, you may find ample opportunity to use the word “calumniate,” which means “to maliciously make false statements about someone.” * President Lyndon B. Johnson owned four beagles while he was in the White House: Edgar, Freckles, Him and Her. * In 2011, a Denver woman named Susan Cole went to great lengths to avoid jury duty. When she arrived at the courthouse — with curlers, mismatched shoes and deliberately botched makeup — she handed District Judge Anne Mansfield a sob story about domestic violence, military service and post-traumatic stress disorder. She was excused from jury duty, and if she’d been smart, that would’ve been the end of the matter. However, a few months later, a radio talk show’s featured topic was avoiding jury duty, and Cole couldn’t resist telling her story in detail. Unfortunately for her, Judge Mansfield also was listening, and Cole was charged with first-degree perjury. * Sometimes a group of rabbits will get really excited and start to jump around wildly. When that happens, it’s called a binky. *** Thought for the Day: “Men rarely (if ever) managed to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.” — Robert A. Heinlein (c) 2016 King Features Synd., Inc.

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