Strange BUT TRUE

It was 20th-century American journalist Walter Lippmann who made the following sage observation: “Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience.”

According to a recent analysis of data from the online music streaming service Spotify and artist popularity data from a website called The Echo Nest, Americans tend to stop listening to new music at the age of 33.

John Tyler, born March 29, 1790, was the 10th president of the United States. He was married twice and had a total of 15 children. These children, collectively, were witness to a surprisingly large swath of American history. The oldest, Mary Tyler Jones, was born in 1815, the year that saw the end of the War of 1812; the youngest, Pearl Tyler Ellis, survived until 1947, two years after the end of World War II. President Tyler even has two grandsons who are still alive today.

You might be surprised to learn that it costs the U.S. government nearly 2 cents to mint a single penny.

Unless you’ve been to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, it’s difficult to believe just how blue the water of that lake appears. In fact, there was a time when the rich blues made the professionals at Kodak believe the photos to be overdeveloped, and the pictures would be returned at no charge.

Those who study such things say that if you were (for reasons unspecified) to eat the liver of a polar bear, you’d die. The amount of vitamin A stored in that organ constitutes a fatal dose for humans.

Thought for the Day: “You never know what you’ll want to write until it starts writing itself in your head.” — Jill Ker Conway !

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