• It was President Franklin Roosevelt who made the following sage observation: “Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob.”
• Are you a ceraunophiliac? If so, Central Florida, is the place to live. The area between Tampa Bay on the peninsula’s west coast and Cape Canaveral on the east coast is known as Lightning Alley, and Florida is the lightning capital of the United States — an excellent home for anyone who has an extreme love of thunder and lightning.
• Singer Katy Perry reportedly has a cat named Kitty Purry.
• If you’re an animal lover who’s fond of Corgis — the Welsh dog known for its extremely short legs — you might want to take a look at the Munchkin cat. Only recognized as a separate breed in 1995, this cat is characterized by the shortness of its legs.
• When Edgar Allan Poe first started writing his most famous poem, “The Raven,” he intended it to be short. Over the next decade, though, he kept adding to it, until it finally reached a length of 18 verses. The poem’s publication in 1845 had a mixed critical reception; William Butler Yeats called it “insincere and vulgar” and said “its execution (is) a rhythmical trick,” and Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I see nothing in it.” “The Raven” was wildly popular with the public, though, and Poe became — for a brief time — the most famous writer in America.
• Worried about snooping? You may be surprised by the results of a recent survey: It seems that 82 percent of men claim that they have never peeked into a date’s medicine cabinet.
Thought for the Day: “He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.” — Charles Peguy
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