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It was Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky who made the following sage observation: “Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.”

If you live in New Jersey, you pay eight times as much in real estate taxes as residents of Hawaii do.

Given the popularity of both Legos and Star Wars, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the first licensed, themed Lego set was an X-Wing fighter, released in 1999.

In the 1930s, during the Bolshevik Revolution, a Communist patrol in Siberia came across an isolated fundamentalist Russian Orthodox settlement. Christians were persecuted in the Soviet Union, and one of the soldiers shot and killed a man working in the village. This prompted the man’s brother, Karp Lykov, to flee into the forest with his wife and two young children. A sad story, perhaps, but nothing unusual — until you find out that the Lykov family remained in complete isolation for 42 years. It wasn’t until 1978 that surveyors in a helicopter saw in a remote area a clearing that was obviously not of natural origin. Investigation revealed that Karp and his four children (his wife had died in 1961) were living in a crude log dwelling. They’d had no contact with the outside world since fleeing their village in 1936, and two of the children had never seen a human not related to them.

A male lion can mate up to 50 times in one day.

Thought for the Day: Thought for the Day: “Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade in public. Never clothe them in vulgar and shoddy attire.” — George W. Crane

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