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Strange But True

by Samantha Weaver and Lucie Winbourne

* At any given time, 0.7% of the world is drunk. (No telling what that number is on St. Patrick’s Day) 

* Astronauts cannot burp in space. There is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs. They also can’t cry, because without gravity their tears can’t flow.

* It takes 700 gallons of water to make a cotton shirt. To put that in perspective, the amount of water needed to make a T-shirt is enough for one person to stay hydrated for 900 days, while the amount necessary to create a pair of jeans is equivalent to hosing down your lawn for nine hours straight.

* The official color of the Golden Gate Bridge is “International Orange.”

* Speaking of Orange, Alexander the Great washed his hair in saffron to keep it shiny and orange.

* In the mood for a looong vacation? Consider the planet Uranus. Its summer lasts 21 Earth years.

* The Procrastinators’ Club of America newsletter is called Last Month’s Newsletter.

* Your navel contains thousands of bacteria that form an ecosystem the size of an entire rainforest.

* The men’s formal attire known as the tuxedo takes its name from the Tuxedo Park Club in New York, where the clothing first became popular. The word itself is derived from the Algonquian word for wolf.

* Ever notice how the taste of artificial banana flavoring and artificial banana-flavored products doesn’t greatly resemble the real thing? That’s because it’s based on a type of banana that was wiped out by a plague in the 1950s.

* Just like fingerprints, no two tongue prints are alike.

* There are more possible iterations of a chess match than there are atoms in the known universe.

Thought for the Day: “Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change, and when we are right, make us easy to live with.” — Peter Marshall

© 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.

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