By Samantha Weaver - Weekender Wire Service

Strange but true: The art of boxing, kings shooting arrows and joystick controlled cars among the Strange but true

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It was Polish-born American rabbi and philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel who made the following sage

observation: “When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.”

• In medieval France, if a married woman kissed or allowed herself to be kissed by a man other than her husband, she could be found guilty of adultery.

• In the summer of 1100, King William II of England went for a hunt in the New Forest, bringing along, of course, an entourage of nobles. One of his attendants, Walter Tirel, had a good opportunity to target their quarry, and the king urged, “Shoot! Walter, in heaven’s name!” Tirel did, indeed, shoot, but the arrow evidently ricocheted off a tree and hit the king, killing him.

• Early cars in the United States didn’t have steering wheels; they were maneuvered by using a control similar to a joystick.

• Those who study such things say the sport of boxing originated with the ancient Greeks and dates back to at least 688 B.C. It looked somewhat different then, though; at that time there were no gloves and no boxing ring. In fact, the fighters weren’t even standing; they battled it out while sitting down facing each other. The fight continued until one participant was battered into unconsciousness.

• All of today’s house cats are descended from one particular kind of Middle Eastern wildcat.

• In what is now Minnesota, early European settlers came across a lake Native Americans had named “Chargoggogomanchaugagochaubunagungamaug.” This daunting appellation is said to translate roughly as “You fish on that side, we’ll fish on this side, and nobody will fish in the middle.”

Thought for the Day: “If what you are telling is true, you don’t have to choose your words so carefully.” — Frank A. Clark

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By Samantha Weaver

Weekender Wire Service

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