By Samantha Weaver
• It was former heavyweight champion and social activist Muhammad Ali who made the following observation: A nation is only as good as its women.
• During World War I, fully one-third of all men in England between the ages of 17 and 35 were killed.
• The 20th century saw some profound changes in society, and here is one of the more striking examples: Between 1900 and 1990, the lifespan of the average American man increased from less than 47 years to more than 72 years.
• You might be surprised to learn that 20 percent of American families don't have bank accounts.
• It was in the late 1930s when Harry Reeves, a writer for the Donald Duck cartoon, decided that introducing three nephews would open up a lot of story lines. At a loss for names for the characters, Reeves asked Jim Carmichael, who also worked on the cartoons, for suggestions. Carmichael was busy with his own work, but in glancing down at the newspaper on his desk he noticed Thomas E. Dewey and Huey P. Long were both mentioned in headlines, so he suggested Huey and Dewey. A friend named Louie Schmitt stopped in to say hello at that moment, so he added Louie as the third nephew.
• Jack Nicholson has been nominated for an Academy Award 12 times (more than any other actor in history) and has won the award twice. He also appeared in two episodes of The Andy Griffith Show.
• In 1974, a Gallup poll found that the most admired man in America was Henry Kissinger.
Thought for the day: Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband; show me a great actress, and you've seen the devil. - W.C. Fields