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Issue 974

By Samantha Weaver

* It was famed journalist and news anchor Edward R. Murrow who made the following sage observation: “Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”

* Thomas Jefferson was an inventor as well as a statesman, but he refused to take out patents on any of his ideas. He believed that inventions should benefit all of humanity, not just himself.

* Many people know American counterculture figure Ken Kesey as the author of the 1962 novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which presents a disturbing portrait of life in a mental institution. It’s less well known, though, that Kesey got an inside view of the system when he worked as a janitor in a mental hospital before he became famous.

* Those who study such things say that a typical newspaper contains just 30 percent editorial content — 70 percent of the paper you buy is taken up byÊadvertising.

* The last country in the world to get telephones was the South Asian nation of Bhutan, and both television and the Internet were banned there until 1999. Incidentally, Bhutan also is the only nation in the world in which the well-being of the citizens is so important that the government measures the country’s Gross National Happiness.

* The Beatles was not the first band in which John Lennon played. Those previous groups obviously didn’t work out, though; in fact, at one point Lennon broke a washboard over a bandmate’s head during a dispute. After the Beatles’ success, though, Lennon apologized in style: He bought the poor guy a supermarket.

* In Germany, Rice Krispies don’t say “Snap, Crackle, Pop”; they say “Knisper, Knasper, Knusper.”

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Thought for the Day: “A hick town is one in which there is no place to go where you shouldn’t be.” — Alexander Woollcott

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