First Posted: 2/26/2014
By Samantha Weaver
* It was celebrated Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky who made the following sage observation: “Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms. It’s by talking nonsense that one gets to the truth! I talk nonsense, therefore I’m human.”
* If you can foretell the future by looking at fingernail clippings, you’re practicing onychomancy.
* The name of the islands of Hawaii is thought to come from a word in an early Polynesian language meaning “place of the gods.”
* You might be surprised to learn that before novelist Salman Rushdie wrote “The Satanic Verses” and had a fatwa issued against him by the Supreme Leader of Iran, he worked in advertising, coming up with slogans for candy companies.
* If you’re like the average woman, you will kiss 15 men, go on four disastrous dates, be stood up once and suffer heartbreak twice before you meet the man you want to settle down with.
* In 2009, Japanese scientists revealed that the human body emits a very slight, yet perceptible, glow. After using a special camera to study a sample of men in their 20s, they found that intensity of the glow varies, with the lowest point at around 10 a.m. and the brightest at 4 a.m.
* Horses can tell each other apart just by the sound of their whinnies.
* It is traditional in Scotland to “blacken the bride.” In this process, a soon-to-wed woman is abducted by friends, covered in honey, eggs, sauce and feathers, then taken around town on a pub crawl.
* In ancient Rome, slaves with red hair commanded a higher price from buyers.
Thought for the day: “What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.” – Boris Pasternak
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