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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." *...

 

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* 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...

 

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* 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:... Full story

 

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...

 

Strange But True: August 1, 2019

* It was French playwright and actor Louis Verneuil who made the following sage observation: "The prime purpose of eloquence is to keep other people from talking." * With only two known to exist, the rarest U.S. postage stamp is an 1868 1-cent Benjam...

 
 By Samantha Weaver    Games    July 25, 2019

Strange But True: July 25, 2019

* It was 19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli who made the following observation: "My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me." * When the movie "Grizzly Adams" was filmed, the grizzly bear that played the title...

 
 By Samantha Weaver    Games    July 18, 2019

Strange But True: July 18, 2019

* It was noted 20th-century American poet Carl Sandberg who made the following sage observation: "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people...

 
 By Samantha Weaver    Games    July 11, 2019

Strange But True: July 11, 2019

* It was Robert Wright, journalist, scholar and author of best-selling books about science, who made the following sage observation: "Like a lawyer, the human brain wants victory, not truth; and, like a lawyer, it is sometimes more admirable for... Full story

 
 By Samantha Weaver    Games    June 27, 2019

Strange But True: June 27, 2019

It was famed Irish author George Bernard Shaw who made the following sage observation: "A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." * Although we tend to think of the bikini as a modern fashion innovation, two...

 
 By Samantha Weaver    Games    June 20, 2019

Strange But True: June 20, 2019

* It was American pastor, politician and activist Andrew Young who made the following sage observation: "Nothing is illegal if a hundred businessmen decide to do it." * Tony Curtis, who co-starred with Marilyn Monroe in the famous film "Some Like It...

 
 By Samantha Weaver    Games    June 13, 2019

Strange But True: June 13, 2019

It was Academy Award-nominated actress and comedian Lily Tomlin who made the following observation: "Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other lousy 2 percent that get all the...

 
 By Samantha Weaver    Games    June 6, 2019

Strange But True: June 6, 2019

* It was noted 20th-century American playwright Arthur Miller who made the following sage observation: “Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.” * When creating its cocoon, the silkworm spins a continuous thread more than...

 
 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...

 

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