By Samantha Weaver
• It was revered civil-rights leader Mohandas Gandhi who made the following sage observation: Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
• If you're afraid of rats and mice, you might not want to read the following tidbit: Those who study such things say that 60 percent of all the mammals on earth are rodents.
• Athletes playing baseball on steroids have frequently been in the news in recent years, but drugs are nothing new in America's national sport. During the late 1960s and throughout almost all of the '70s, Dock Ellis was a valued pitcher who played for several teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates. On June 12, 1970, Ellis took LSD, under the mistaken belief that it was an off day for his team. By the time he realized that the Pirates were scheduled to play against the San Diego Padres that evening, it was too late. The drug proved to have no ill effect on Ellis; in fact, he pitched a no-hitter. When he recounted the event to a reporter 12 years later, he said he remembered only bits and pieces of the game, though he felt euphoric. Many years later, after being treated for addiction, Ellis became a coordinator for an anti-drug program in California.
• It's been reported that Albert Einstein did not like to wear socks.
• Historians say that Russia's Peter the Great was nearly 7 feet tall.