First Posted: 8/28/2014

By Samantha Weaver

* It was notorious Irish writer (and noted wit) Oscar Wilde who made the following sage observation: “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”

* Something to think about before you make your next call: Those who study such things say that cellphones harbor more bacteria than the toilet handles in a public restroom.

* The first private bathrooms on record date back to 8,000 B.C. Archaeologists on the Scottish island of Orkney have found the remains of stone huts built on a drainage system that emptied into a nearby stream.

* If you’ve ever seen bears groggily emerge from hibernation in the springtime, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that a group of them is collectively known as a sloth of bears. (They’re also sometimes called a sleuth of bears, though the reasons for that are not obvious, as bear detectives seem somewhat improbable.)

* A lightning bolt is five times hotter than the surface of the sun.

* In the 1950s it was possible to buy a child’s atomic laboratory set. The U-238 Atomic Energy Set, marketed by the A.C. Gilbert Company, included low-level radioactive sources, uranium-bearing ore and a radiation gauge.

* When you’re standing outside in a hard rain, the raindrops are hitting you at about 20 mph.

* Every family has that one member who is hopelessly lazy, finding any excuse to avoid exerting effort. If you’d like to expand your vocabulary – and avoid internecine squabbles – you can call him or her a scobberlotcher.

* Your funny bone isn’t actually a bone; it’s a nerve.


Thought for the day: “I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.” – A.J. Liebling

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