By Samantha Weaver - Weekender Wire Service

Strange but true: A woman completed a marathon in less than six hours while doing this

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• It was early 20th-century English schoolmaster and lexicographer Henry Watson Fowler who made the following sage observation: “Display of superior knowledge is as great a vulgarity as display of superior wealth — greater, indeed, inasmuch as knowledge should tend more definitely than wealth towards discretion and good manners.”

• In 2007, a British woman named Susie Hewer completed a marathon in less than six hours — while knitting a scarf.

• Someday, Saturn might not be the only planet in our solar system that has rings. Those who study such things say that Mars’ gravitational pull on its largest moon, Phobos, could cause a catastrophic breakup, with the moon’s debris forming a ring around the planet — in 20 million to 40 million years.

• It’s been reported that before Japan came into contact with the West, people in that country did not kiss.

• When the mantis shrimp attacks its prey, the swing of its claw is so powerful that even if it misses, the resulting shock wave can be enough to stun or kill its prey.

• Coral snakes found in North America are relatively small, quite reclusive … and deadly. You’re unlikely to be bitten by one (due in part to the species’ extreme avoidance of confrontation, coral snakes account for less than 1 percent of all snakebites in the U.S.), but if you are, the snake’s neurotoxic venom can cause severe pain and death. However, snake-bite experts say that in some cases, a bite will result in no symptoms at all for 12 hours — at which point the victim dies from sudden respiratory failure.

• The most common pigment in the world is chlorophyll.

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Thought for the Day: “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” — Joseph Addison

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By Samantha Weaver

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