Strange but true

By Samantha Weaver

It was Ogden Nash, well-loved American author of humorous poetry, who made the following sage observation: “The door of a bigoted mind opens outwards, so that the only result of the pressure of facts upon it is to close it more snugly.”

The modern dishwasher was invented all the way back in 1889, and it’s no surprise that it was a woman, not a man, who came up with the labor-saving device. It is interesting to note, however, that it wasn’t her own labor Josephine Cochrane was saving when she invented the device; Mrs. Cochrane had servants to do the washing up. In fact, she wasn’t interested in saving labor at all – she was simply tired of the servants chipping the fine china.

You had more taste buds before you were born than you do now – more than you’ve had at any time in your life, in fact.

The beloved children’s book “Green Eggs and Ham” would not exist if it hadn’t been for a bet. Bennett Cerf, Dr. Seuss’ editor, bet the author $50 that he couldn’t write a book using no more than 50 different words. Dr. Seuss used precisely 50 words, collecting the $50 and creating a classic at the same time.

You might be surprised to learn that about 29 percent of people who go to beauty spas are men.

If your family is like most American households, you waste approximately $600 every year by throwing away unspoiled food.

The world’s tallest tree can be found in Redwood National Park, in California. The tree, known as Hyperion, stands nearly 380 feet tall.

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