• When paper currency is no longer in good enough condition to be circulated, it can be shredded and used in products such as shingles and insulation. You may have cash on your roof!
• It was revered Chinese philosopher Confucius who made the following sage observation: “He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”
• If you ever have occasion to refer to an item that pertains to walnuts, it will be useful to have the word juglandaceous at your disposal.
• It’s well-known that the United States is a melting pot of nationalities. At the end of the 1800s, New York City was so diverse that it had more Irish than any city except Dublin, and a larger Russian population than was to be found at that time in the city of Kiev. The only two cities in the world that had more German speakers were Vienna and Berlin, and Milan and Naples had fewer Italians than New York.
• If you’re like the average American, you will eat 1.5 tons of food this year.
• Beeswax candles are valued largely because they don’t drip as other candles do, but they’re also very durable. Archaeologists have found still-pliable beeswax candles in Egyptian tombs, and some have been recovered in good condition from sunken ships.
• Iowa has the highest literacy rate in America.
• In the grocery stores of today you might find a half-dozen varieties of apple, if you’re lucky. In centuries past, though, there were more than 350 varieties that were grown just for the purpose of making cider.
© 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.