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It was beloved British crime novelist Agatha Christie who made the following sage observation: “It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.”

If you’ve ever yelled out a warning in panic — “Stop!,” “Run!,” “Don’t!” — you’ve used a monepic sentence, one that is complete with just a single word. Of course, at the time you probably weren’t concerned about the grammatical nature of your utterance.

When in New Jersey, you’d best mind your manners at the table. In that state, it’s illegal to slurp your soup.

If you’re a sky-watcher, you may already know that the center star of the constellation Orion’s sword isn’t actually a star; it’s a nebula — the only one visible from Earth with the naked eye. In fact, the Orion Nebula is so large that if the distance between the Earth and the sun were 1 inch, the relative size of the nebula would be 12 miles.

If you were to create a rope out of one full head of human hair, that rope would be able to support 12 tons.

It’s a well-worn trope that men refuse to stop and ask for directions when they’re lost. That point of view might seem to be supported by the results of a survey conducted by the American Automobile Association, which found that 34 percent of male drivers admit to stopping to ask for directions. However, the same survey found that only 37 percent of women did the same.

By the time he was 5 years old, 19thcentury French composer Camille Saint- Saens was already composing waltzes.

Thought for the Day: “Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.” — Arthur Helps © 2015 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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