By Samantha Weaver - Weekender Wire Service

Strange but true: A pillow fight, a world record set by a dog and a fluffle in this week’s news

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• It was 20th-century Nigerian novelist, poet and professor Chinua Achebe who made the following sage observation: “One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”

• Historians say that on April 4, 1968, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. participated in a pillow fight in the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. This wouldn’t be noteworthy, of course, except for the fact that he was assassinated at the motel that same evening.

• Those who study such things say that men without beards are 40 percent more likely to describe themselves as happy.

• In November of this year, a bulldog named Otto set a Guinness World Record. In the city of Lima, Peru. Otto rode a skateboard through the legs of 30 people, setting a new record for skateboarding through the longest human tunnel.

• You probably won’t be surprised to learn that before horseradish was called horseradish, it was known as “stingnose” in many areas of the United States. However, you might be surprised to learn that it was sometimes rubbed on a person’s forehead to relieve a headache.

• Lawmakers in Kentucky evidently once thought it necessary to pass legislation making it illegal to paint one’s lawn red.

• You might not think of tarantulas as fragile, but they are. Despite their soft, furry appearance, if one of these spiders has even a short fall without catching itself on its thread, the drop likely will shatter its exoskeleton or rupture its abdomen.

• If you ever have the good fortune to encounter a group of bunnies, you’ll know that you can collectively call them a “fluffle.”

Thought for the Day: “If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.” — James Thurber

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By Samantha Weaver

Weekender Wire Service


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