Nearly one in eight American workers has been employed by McDonald’s.
Steven Spielberg was rejected by USC’s film school — three times.
The Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation in Amarillo, Texas: Ten junker Cadillacs are buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
What will future archaeologists make of this?
“How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over 200 varieties of cheese?” — Charles de Gaulle
I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.
That’s “Purple Cow,” written in 1895 by Berkeley drafting instructor Gelett Burgess. It grew so popular that it began to haunt him; eventually he wrote “Confession: And a Portrait Too, Upon a Background That I Rue”:
Ah yes, I wrote the Purple Cow,
I’m sorry now I wrote it.
But I can tell you anyhow,
I’ll kill you if you quote it.
A note found stuffed in a vase in a Massachusetts thrift store.
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Relationships among U.S. presidents:
- James Madison was the half first cousin twice removed of George Washington.
- Zachary Taylor was the second cousin of James Madison.
- Grover Cleveland was the sixth cousin once removed of Ulysses S. Grant.
- Theodore Roosevelt was the third cousin twice removed of Martin Van Buren.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the fourth cousin once removed of Ulysses S. Grant, the fourth cousin three times removed of Zachary Taylor, and the fifth cousin of Theodore Roosevelt (although his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, was a niece of Theodore).
- Harry S. Truman was the great-great-great nephew of John Tyler.
- Richard Nixon was the seventh cousin twice removed of William Howard Taft and the eighth cousin once removed of Herbert Hoover.
- George H.W. Bush was the fifth cousin four times removed of Franklin Pierce, the seventh cousin three times removed of Theodore Roosevelt, the seventh cousin four times removed of Abraham Lincoln, and the eleventh cousin once removed of Gerald Ford.
To stop hiccups, swallow 1 teaspoon of ordinary table sugar dry.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, this works immediately in 19 out of 20 people.
“Space isn’t remote at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards.” — Astronomer Fred Hoyle
Faux pas around the world:
- Arab countries: Eating with the left hand.
- China: Giving someone a timepiece as a gift.
- Czech Republic: Shaking hands while wearing gloves.
- France: Giving chrysanthemums to the host.
- Romania: Giving an even number of flowers.
- Thailand: Touching someone on the head.
In Thailand it’s also improper to step over or stand on bills or coins. They bear the face of the king, who is highly revered.