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STRANGE BUT TRUE

— It was Scottish novelist and politician John Buchan who made the following sage observation: “We can pay our debt to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.”

— The general board of the prestigious University of Cambridge has recommended that the institution hire a Professor of Lego. Yep. The lucky academic will head up the Research Centre on Play in Education, Development and Learning. On a related note, Cambridge recently received a donation of more than $6 million from the Lego Foundation.

— If you happen to have 40 billion Lego bricks lying around, you could, theoretically, build a tower to the moon.

— Single-shot coffee makers like Keurig are increasingly popular, but the inventor of the K-Cup coffee pods doesn’t actually use them himself. John Sylvan says, “I don’t have one. They’re kind of expensive to use.” He added, “It’s not like drip coffee is tough to make.”

— Beloved British author Charles Dickens was forced to go to work at the age of 11, pasting labels on bottles of shoe polish in a boot-blacking factory. Soon after, his father was put in debtors’ prison, and when his mother and siblings went to live with him there; young Charles was left to live on the streets and fend for himself. It’s not surprising, then, that after Dickens achieved the great success he enjoyed as a writer, he was an ardent campaigner for children’s rights.

— If you plan to become a patriotic citizen of Greece, I hope you have a good memory: The Greek national anthem has a whopping 158 verses.

Thought for the Day: “The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic and to some extent even antibiotic — in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea — known to medical science is work.” — Thomas Szasz

© 2015 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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