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Issue 974

By Samantha Weaver

* It was American author and futurist Alvin Toffler who made the following sage observation: “Profits, like sausages, are esteemed most by those who know least about what goes into them.”

* A leech can consume 10 times its own weight in its victims’ blood.

* King James VI of Scotland also was, after the crowns of England and Scotland were united in 1603, King James I of England. He may have been doubly noble, but those who study such things say his personal habits would not have been out of place in a commoner of the time. He reportedly never bathed, claiming that baths were an unhealthy practice, and he would wear the same clothes for months on end.

* A newly married couple sued the upscale resort in Chile where they spent their honeymoon after a swim in the pool turned the bride’s waist-length blond hair green.

* If you remember the early-1960s TV series “Route 66,” you might be surprised to learn that the show was actually shot in Florida and Oregon, nowhere near the fabled highway.

* Those who live in the state of Minnesota might want to keep in mind that in that state it’s against the law to sleep with no clothes on.

* Those of you who need your daily java fix probably won’t be surprised to learn that coffee is one of the most popular drinks worldwide and is one of the most traded agricultural commodities. Due to limitations in cultivation, however, Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that produces the beans.

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Thought for the Day: “Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them.” — T.S. Eliot

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