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* It was American journalist, author and humorist Don Marquis who made the following sage observation: "Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday." * The first recorded newspaper that published on a daily basis was in Rome -- in 59...

 

Strange But True

* It was American political scientist, economist, psychologist and professor Herbert Simon who made the following sage observation: "What information consumes is rather obvious: It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of informati...

 

Strange But True: February 13, 2020

* It was American cartoonist, humorist and journalist Kin Hubbard who made the following sage observation: "There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn't tell you about it?" * Next time you're in Iowa, you might want...

 

Strange But True

* It was American humorist Evan Esar who came up the following definition: "Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions." * The Emperor Charlemagne, who conquered much of Western...

 

Strange But True: January 30, 2020

* It was famed cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead who made the following sage observation: "One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night." * It's been estimated that a million pigeons...

 

Strange But True

* It was Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri who made the following sage observation: "Beware of the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world." * Romans thought that roses could...

 

Strange But True: January 2, 2020

* It was Samuel West, the founder and curator of Sweden's Museum of Failure (which showcases disasters in design and innovation), who made the following sage observation: "Each failure is uniquely spectacular, while success is nauseatingly...

 

Strange But True: December 26, 2019

* It was Nobel Prize-winning French poet, journalist and novelist Anatole France who gave the following sage advice: "Never lend books -- nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me." * One-quarte...

 

Strange But True; December 19, 2019

* It was 17th-century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes who made the following sage observation: "Curiosity is the lust of the mind." * At Christmastime in Greece, people traditionally give small gifts to orphanages and hospitals rather than to each...

 

Strange But True: December 12, 2019

It was Polish chess grandmaster Savielly Tartakower who made the following sage observation: "Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake." * Worldwide, herbivores kill more people than carnivores. * Bulletproof vests, fire...

 

Strange But True: December 5, 2019

* It was noted 20th-century American humorist and journalist Don Marquis who made the following sage observation: "Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday." * Kangaroos can reach speeds of up to 44 mph, but they can't take a single...

 

Strange But True: November 21, 2019

* It was 19th-century German poet Johann Peter Eckermann who made the following sage observation: "Invention requires an excited mind; execution, a calm one." * Those who study such things say that if you want to know if someone is likely to keep you...

 

Strange But True: November 14, 2019

* It was novelist, poet and playwright Gertrude Stein who made the following sage observation: "Everybody knows if you are too careful, you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something." * If you're like the average...

 

Strange But True: November 7, 2019

* It was infamous French statesman and military leader Napoleon Bonaparte who made the following sage observation: "In politics, absurdity is not a handicap." * In 2006, an Illinois police officer was arrested for driving under the influence of...

 

Strange But True: October 31, 2019

* It was influential American theoretical physicist Richard Feynman who made the following sage observation: "It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." *...

 

Strange But True

* It was Marquette University basketball coach and beloved national basketball commentator Al McGuire who made the following sage observation: "The world is run by C students." * There were no armadillos in Texas until the 1840s. * Many people think...

 

Strange But True

* It was Austrian philosophical author Robert Musil who made the following sage observation: "It's not the genius who is 100 years ahead of his time but average man who is 100 years behind it." * Here's a sign of our increasingly cluttered lives: Whe...

 

Strange But True: October 10, 2019

* It was multitalented Robert Anton Wilson -- he was, at various times in his life, a novelist, essayist, psychologist, editor, philosopher, playwright and mystic -- who made the following observation: "It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become...

 

Strange But True: October 3, 2019

* It was 19th-century American social reformer and statesman Frederick Douglass who made the following sage observation: "Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing the ground." * If you...

 

Strange But True: September 19, 2019

* It was Democratic governor and presidential hopeful Adlai Stevenson who made the following sage observation: "A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular." * In proportion to its size, the strongest muscle in the human body is the...

 

Strange But True: September 12, 2019

* It was infamous French statesman and military leader Napoleon Bonaparte who made the following sage observation: "In politics, absurdity is not a handicap." * It may be hard to believe, but there is an official competition to see who can sit in a...

 

Strange But True: September 5, 2019

* It was British politician John Sweeney who made the following sage observation: "How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners and instant cameras teach patience to its young?" * Golfers beware:...

 

Strange But True: August 29, 2019

* It was Canadian journalist, editor and poet Mark Abley who made the following sage observation: "Modern English is the Walmart of languages: convenient, huge, hard to avoid, superficially friendly and devouring all rivals in its eagerness to...

 

Strange But True: August 22, 2019

* It was American poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay -- the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, by the way -- who made the following sage observation: "A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public with his pants...

 

Strange But True: August 8, 2019

STRANGE BUT TRUE by Samantha Weaver * It was Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century American author John Steinbeck -- considered by many to be "a giant of American letters" -- who made the following sage observation: "We spend our time searching for...

 

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