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Did inventor Nikola Tesla once skipped out on a hotel bill by paying it with a practical joke?

By Jack Bagley


Do you realize that in just two short weeks, it will be winter?

Yeah, neither did I.

To tell you the truth, after the heat we endured during the summer, I’m more than ready to welcome the season of short cool days and long cold nights.

Anything to keep my air conditioner from working overtime, as it did last summer.

The approaching winter solstice will be the shortest day of the year, in terms of sunlight; after that, the sun will rise a few minutes earlier and set a few minutes later each day, in the ongoing precession of the Earth around the Sun.

(Gee, when you think about it that way, it’s all so cold and scientific, isn’t it?)

Anyway, here’s something that will keep you warm and comfortable, no matter the weather – this week’s trivia!

Did you know …

… nearly 50% of the world’s scientists are working on military projects?  (And the other half are jealous.)

… it is against the law in Nebraska for bar owners to sell beer unless they are brewing a kettle of soup at the same time? (If it’s good soup, then there’s no problem, right?)

… Americans spend more on cat food each year than they do on baby food?  (For me, it makes sense – I have a cat.  I don’t have a baby.)

… the most often-used line in movies and television is, “Let’s get out of here”?

… you may be suffering from nomophobia?  If you are, you have an irrational fear of being separated from your cell phone.  (I guess you’re worried that you won’t have it “no mo.”)

… it is illegal to capture rain water for personal use in Colorado?  According to state law, rain water belongs to the state.  (I’m just going to leave this one here.  Draw your own conclusions.)

Read complete “Did you know” trivia in this week’s December 8th edition of the Lanier County News.

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