Start the Day on an Unusual Note

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I have always been a trivia buff. This interest has had some professional usefulness. For almost a decade, I have written the questions for the annual middle-school and high-school scholastic bowls held at our campus. I wish that I could also say that some bit of trivia has inspired a scholarly article, even one that is not especially noteworthy. But it hasn’t.

Each day, I receive a news item from the website Mental Floss (and often more than one). Sometimes the items are of relatively little interest to me, but very often they are quite entertaining and even thought-provoking.

The following three items were distributed by the site on the same day, this past President’s Day.

If you agree with me that they are entertaining, you may want to go to the website [http://mentalfloss.com/] and subscribe to the daily newsletter list, or even to the magazine. The site…

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