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It was beloved American singer, songwriter and musician Ray Charles who made the following sage observation: “Marriage is like college; as great as it is, it ain’t for everybody.”

Those who study such things say that when a llama is humming, that means it’s content.

If you think life in the Big Apple is tough these days, consider this: In the 1930s, landlords evicted about 17,000 tenants every month.

It’s the little details that can make or break a plan. A pair of aspiring bank robbers in Daytona Beach, Florida, walked into a bank, pulled out guns, demanded that a teller hand over the loot, and even made it out of the building. The problem came when they got in their getaway car; the engine sputtered and died almost immediately. It seems someone had forgotten to fill up the gas tank.

The gray squirrel isn’t always gray; these arboreal rodents also come in both black and white varieties.

Sharks have been known to attack boats before, but they rarely, if ever, try for a second bite — regardless of what Hollywood would have you believe. When a shark goes for a boat, it’s a case of mistaken identity: electrical impulses from the metal of a ship’s hull make the shark think that the boat is another animal (that is to say: dinner).

If you’re fond of fancy cocktails, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the words “mai tai” are actually Tahitian for “the very best.”

Thought for the Day: “I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower !

© 2015 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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