Strange but true

It was way back in the 19th century that American statesman Daniel Webster made the following sage observation: “The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.”

Scary movies like “Jaws” notwithstanding, experts claim that you are 50 times more likely to be killed by a bee than you are to be killed by a shark.

All official American flags must be lowered and put away at night -- except one. The flag that was placed on the moon on July 20, 1969, by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (for obvious reasons) remains flying at all times.

Although almost everyone today thinks of the dictator Napoleon as being unusually short, records show that he was actually 5 feet, 6 inches tall, which was the average height for a man in France at that time.

Those who study such things say that the coolest parts of the sun are approximately 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, while the hottest spots can reach a whopping 15 million degrees.

The popular pub pastime of darts originated in the Middle Ages as a training game for archers.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first American president to drive an automobile, as well as the first to own one.

Although our lives are centered around (and sometimes seem completely ruled by) the seven-day week, not all cultures have demarcated dates that way. Ancient Egyptians once used a 10-day week, and ancient Romans followed a pattern of eight-day weeks.

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