By Samantha Weaver
• It was 20th-century American director, screenwriter, playwright and novelist Ben Hecht who made the following sage observation: "Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock."
• If you visualize an image of John Lennon, more likely than not you'll see him in your mind's eye wearing a pair of round spectacles. In July of 2007, one pair of those iconic glasses was sold at auction for a whopping $2 million.
• There's nothing terribly surprising about the fact that an animated version of George Orwell's famed novel "Animal Farm" was produced in the United States in 1954. What made this production unusual is that the movie rights were bought by, and the film was covertly funded by, the CIA. It was thought that it would be excellent anti-Communist propaganda during the Cold War.
• If you're like 12 percent of American men who are about to get married, you'll go to a tanning bed before you make that walk down the aisle.
• You might be surprised to learn that early automobile magnate Henry Ford was a fan of soy. In the 1940s, the fabric used for the upholstery in some of his cars was made from 25 percent soy. He even owned a soy-based suit of clothing that he would sometimes wear for media events.
• The Transportation Security Administration banned cigarette lighters on carry-on luggage between 2005 and 2007. During that time, TSA screeners confiscated 22,978 lighters every day. Safe disposal of those lighters cost the taxpayers approximately $4 million every year.
Thought for the day: "Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect." - Arthur Schopenhauer