Opinion

Baboons can only throw underhanded

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

* Those who study such things say that baboons can only throw underhanded, never overhand.

* It was British playwright Oscar Wilde who made the following sage observation: "Only the shallow know themselves."

* Baseball is the national pastime, and even those you might not immediately think of as sports fans can get caught up in the excitement. Take composers, for instance -- they're generally thought of as a rather stuffy lot, right? Well famed composer John Philip Sousa was an avid fan. In fact, at the request of Judge Kenesaw Mountain, major-league baseball's first high commissioner, Sousa composed the march "The National Game" in 1925.

* Are you a turophile? I certainly am! "Turophile" is just a fancy way of saying "cheese-lover."

* Weddings are universal. In all countries and cultures, all over the world, there is a ritual of joining people together in a lifelong bond.

Of course, they don't always do it in exactly the same way. In India, for instance, as a part of the Hindu marriage ceremony the parents of the bride wash the bride and groom's feet with milk and water.

Seems like an odd way to start out a relationship with your new son-in-law.

* Most people are aware of the fact that scorpions have eight legs, but you probably didn't realize that they also have eight eyes.

* Those who study such things say that India was once an island. It was some years ago, of course -- about 50 million years ago.

Thought for the Day: "The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything -- or nothing."

Nancy Astor