By Samantha Weaver
â?˘ It was 20th-century Belgian writer and philosopher Raoul Vaneigem who made the following sage observation: â??There are more truths in 24 hours of a manâ??s life than in all the philosophies.â?
â?˘ The next time youâ??re annoyed by a bad case of the hiccups, consider poor Charles Osborne. In 1922, when he was 28 years old, Mr. Osborne got the hiccups. For the next 68 years, he continued to hiccup, finally stopping in 1990, one year before his death at the age of 97.
â?˘ Those who study such things claim that an average bank robber in the United States nets about $4,000 for every heist. No info at hand on how the researches acquired their data.
â?˘ If youâ??re planning a trip to the United Kingdom in the near future, you might want to be sure Windsor Castle, located in the county of Berkshire, is on your itinerary. Built in the 11th century, it is both the longest-occupied palace in Europe and, with more than 500 people living and working there, the worldâ??s largest inhabited castle. As a bonus, through April of 2012 youâ??ll be able to view a special exhibit on royal cakes. Yes, cakes. Amazingly, included in the exhibit are two pieces of cake from the wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert, which took place on February 10, 1840.
â?˘ Stephen Spielberg, who has earned two Academy Awards for Best Director, and three of whose films have set box-office records, was rejected - twice - when he applied to the film program of the University of Southern California.
Thought for the day: â??Every man possesses three characters: that which he exhibits, that which he really has, and that which he believes he has.â? - Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr