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 By Samantha Weaver    Games    May 23, 2019 

Strange But True: May 23, 2019

* “It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” — Carl Sagan * You might be surprised to learn that some fish can hibernate. During the long, dark winters, the...

 
 By Samantha Weaver    Games    May 16, 2019

Strange But True: May 16, 2019

* It was Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky who made the following sage observation: “Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.” * You might be surprised to learn that...

 
 By Samantha Weaver    Games    May 2, 2019

Strange But True: May 2, 2019

* It was industrialist Andrew Carnegie, who was born into a poor Scottish family and emigrated to the United States as a teen, who made the following sage observation: “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public...

 

Strange But True: April 25, 2019

* It was American actress, screenwriter and notorious sex symbol Mae West who made the following sage observation: “You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.” * The world’s highest tides are found in the Bay of Fundy, located...

 

Strange But True: April 18, 2019

* It was one of the most influential directors in the history of cinema, Alfred Hitchcock — also known as the “Master of Suspense” -– who made the following sage observation: “The length of a film should be directly related to the...

 

Strange But True: April 11, 2019

* It was 19th-century French novelist Gustave Flaubert who made the following sage observation: “Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.” * Visitors to Chicago might want to keep in mind that in...

 
 By Samantha Weaver    Games    April 4, 2019

Strange But True: April 4, 2019

* It was 20th-century American writer, publisher, artist and philosopher Elbert Hubbard who made the following sage observation: “Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.” * According to historical reports, in 1877...

 

Strange But True: March 28, 2019

* It was 20th-century French air force brigadier general and geopolitician -- and bearer of the nickname "father of the French atom bomb" -- Pierre Marie Gallois who made the following sage observation: "If you put tomfoolery into a computer,...

 

Strange But True: March 21, 2019

* It was Isaac Asimov, professor of biochemistry and beloved Grand Master of science fiction, who made the following sage observation: “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of...

 

Strange But True: Feb. 14, 2019

* It was British Prime Minister Winston Churchill who made the following sage observation: “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” * In Washington state it once...

 

Strange But True: Feb. 7, 2019

* It was Henry Brooks Adams, American historian and descendant of two U.S. presidents, who made the following sage observation: "They know enough who know how to learn." * Spanish explorers named California after a mythical island of Amazon women...

 

Strange But True: Jan. 31, 2019

* It was 20th-century American author Margaret Mitchell -- best known, of course, for her Civil War-era novel "Gone With the Wind" -- who made the following sage observation: "Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was...

 

Strange But True: Jan. 17, 2019

* It was Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, communist revolutionary and the first leader of the Soviet Union, who made the following sage observation: “One fool can ask more questions in a minute than 12 wise men can answer in an hour.” * Back in 1893, when...

 

Strange But True: Jan. 10, 2019

* In this time of bitter partisan rivalries, it would be well to remember the following sage observation: “Do not trust to the cheering, for those persons would cheer just as much if you and I were going to be hanged.” The man who first made...

 

Strange But True: Jan. 3, 2019

* It was English journalist, political essayist and novelist George Orwell, probably best known for his works “Nineteen Eighty-Four” and “Animal Farm,” who made the following sage observation: “Serious sport has nothing to do with fair...

 

Strange But True: Dec. 27, 2018

* It was way back in the 17th century when noted Scottish scholar Patrick Young made the following sage observation: “The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on...

 

Strange But True: Dec. 20, 2018

* It was beloved American comedian and film star Groucho Marx who made the following sage observation: “There’s one way to find out if a man is honest — ask him. If he says ‘Yes,’ you know he is a crook.” * You might be surprised to...

 

Strange But True: Dec. 13, 2018

* It was New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd who made the following sage observation: “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.” * A law in Memphis, Tennessee, states that it is illegal for a...

 

Strange But True: Dec. 6, 2018

* It was Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, who made the following sage observation: “There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there...

 

Strange But True: Nov. 22, 2018

* It was way back in the 19th century that American author and philosopher Henry David Thoreau made the following sage observation: “Men have become the tools of their tools.” * If you were asked to name the U.S. state that is geographically clos... Full story

 

Strange But True: Nov. 15, 2018

* It was 20th-century American singer and songwriter Bobbie Gentry who made the following sage observation: “Euphemism is a euphemism for lying.” * In a match between a 200-pound mountain lion and a 20-pound porcupine, the lion is likely to be...

 

Strange But True: Nov. 1, 2018

* It was civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. who made the following sage observation: “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” * Everyone knows that a sophomore is someone in his or her...

 

Strange But True: Oct. 25, 2018

* It was early 20th-century Irish author Robert Wilson Lynd who made the following sage observation: “The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.” * If you’re...

 

Strange But True: Oct. 11, 2018

* It was 17th-century French author Francois de La Rochefoucauld who made the following sage observation: “Some people with great virtues are disagreeable, while others with great vices are delightful.” * If you wanted to dig to the center of the...

 

Strange But True

* It was noted American science fiction author Philip K. Dick who made the following sage observation: “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” * You might be surprised to learn that when Hernan Cortes reached...

 

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