STRANGE BUT TRUE


First Posted: 7/28/2014

By Samantha Weaver

* It was ancient Greek philosopher Plato who made the following sage observation: “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”

* How would you like to brush your teeth with salt, chalk or ground brick? The first tooth powders that were used with toothbrushes were made of just such materials.

* When you think of hibernating bears, you typically imagine some cozy cave in the woods, right? Well, the next time you’re out for a winter hike, you’d better pay close attention to exactly where you’re going; some bears spend the cold season curled up on the ground in large nests made of branches.

* Greyhounds have better vision than any other breed of dog.

* Every May, horse lovers flock to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, to see the world’s finest thoroughbreds race in the Kentucky Derby. While there, spectators will collectively consume more than 1,800 gallons of mint juleps.

* If you’re a cat lover, you might not be surprised to learn that a group of felines can be referred to as a glaring, a pounce, a clutter or a clowder. Feral cats en masses are known as a destruction of cats.

* People who sustain brain injuries can suffer from a variety of maladies. One of the stranger ones is anosognosia. The victim suffers from some sort of disability, such as losing the ability to move a limb, but that’s not unusual; what makes anosognosia so fascinating is that the person suffering from the limitation seems completely unable to believe that any limitation exists, despite voluminous evidence to the contrary.

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Thought for the day: “The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad.” – Salvador DaliÊ

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