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Sociologists have discovered an interesting correlation between economic health and women’s clothing: The worse the economy, the longer women’s skirts become, while the better the economy, the shorter they rise.

Coca-Cola owns all website URLs that can be read as ahh, up to 62 h’s.

The world’s shortest escalator is the one in the basement of the More’s Department Store in the city of Kawasaki, Japan. It’s 33 inches tall and has only five steps.

Realizing that surgical antiseptics were marketable to just a small group of professionals, the makers of Listerine began to market the product as a floor cleaner — as well as a cure for gonorrhea. While we won’t necessarily vouch for the latter, in a pinch, just add a capful for every gallon of water and mop away. Other uses include dandruff elimination, deodorant, a numbing agent for toothache pain and tick removal.

The famous Battle of Hastings didn’t take place in Hastings, but a town seven miles away, today called Battle.

A 1938 issue of “Mademoiselle” magazine had a handy bit of advice for college gals seeking suitors: have your mom send you some flowers to trick all the boys into thinking they have competition. No word on whether it worked.

According to an American study, Californians are less likely to barbecue on a Tuesday than any other day of the week.

Ferdinand Demara, aka “The Great Impostor,” posed as a surgeon aboard a Navy destroyer in the Korean War, where he was forced to operate on 16 people. He proceeded to speed-read a textbook on general surgery and was able to successfully perform all the operations without losing a single patient.

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Thought for the Day: “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.” — Mark Twain

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