Strange but true

• It was 19th-century Russian playwright and short story writer Anton Chekhov who made the following sage observation: “Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.” • If you suffer from galeophobia you’re certainly not alone; Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film “Jaws” may have popularized the fear of sharks, but it […]

Strange but true

• It was President Franklin Roosevelt who made the following sage observation: “Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob.” • Are you a ceraunophiliac? If so, Central Florida, is the place to live. The area between Tampa Bay on the peninsula’s west coast and Cape Canaveral on the east coast is […]

Strange but true

• When you were in school, you may have had to memorize the names of all 50 states. You probably weren’t taught, though, that fully half of those names are derived from the languages of the continent’s native peoples. • The declarations that the physical book is dead have been overstated (as I’ve always maintained). In […]

Strange but true

• It was beloved American singer, songwriter and musician Ray Charles who made the following sage observation: “Marriage is like college; as great as it is, it ain’t for everybody.” • Those who study such things say that when a llama is humming, that means it’s content. • If you think life in the Big Apple is tough […]

Strange but true

• It was 20th-century American journalist Walter Lippmann who made the following sage observation: “Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience.” • According to a recent analysis of data from the online music streaming service Spotify and artist […]

Trivia test for November

1. LITERATURE: In which of Shakespeare’s plays does the character Titania appear? 2. TELEVISION: What was the name of the oldest girl on “The Brady Bunch”? 3. MUSIC: What was singer Ozzy Osbourne’s real first name? 4. HISTORY: What was the first country to allow women to vote? 5. RELIGION: What is generally considered to […]

Strange but true

• It was Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, author and historian Garry Wills who made the following sage observation: “Politicians make good company for a while just as children do — their self-enjoyment is contagious. But they soon exhaust their favorite subject — themselves.” • According to ancient Egyptian mythology, humans were created from the tears of the […]

Moments in time for November

• On Nov. 1, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt announces that the U.S. Coast Guard will be under the direction of the U.S. Navy, a transition of authority usually reserved only for wartime. Five weeks later, Japan would attack the U.S. at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (c) 2015 King Features Synd., Inc.

October’s moments in time

• On Oct. 1, 1890, an act of Congress creates Yosemite National Park in California, home of Half Dome and giant sequoia trees. The act paved the way for generations of hikers, campers and nature lovers, along with countless “Don’t Feed the Bears” signs. • On Oct. 2, 1948, the first American road race since World War […]

Strange but true

•  It was Che Guevara — physician, author, revolutionary, guerrilla leader and diplomat — who made the following sage observation: “Silence is argument carried out by other means.” • If you’ve ever awakened from a dream feeling especially calm and content, you’ve experienced euneirophrenia. • Sometime in July of 1518, a strange malady swept the town of Strasbourg, […]