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By Willie Elliott

Some Things You Didn't Know and Probably Didn't Need To Know

Sometimes I go to the library with the sole purpose of finding funny (or at least odd) titles. Such was the case today, and I ended up checking out two: Internet for Seniors (Hey, I'm as senior—this book must be for me) by Michael and Pam Price and 20 Things You Don't Know About Everything: Duct Tape, Airport Security, Your Body, Sex in Space, and More by the editors of Discovery Magazine and Dean Christopher.

Now the items are not earth shaking but they are interesting and some good one-liners are spread throughout the book.

In the chapter “20 Things You Don't Know About Your Body, we have this interesting fact: A normal heart (yeah, but who has a normal heart—not me) beats about 100,000 times a day—35 million in a year. I addition the chapter has these memorable one liners: If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart problem, and my favorite: God gave us a penis and a brain, but not enough blood to use both at the same time.

Let's look at another chapter and see what interesting fact comes up accompanied by a couple of one-liners. Everybody talks about weather so lets look at a chapter aptly titled 20 Things You Didn't Know About Weather.

The U.S. gets most of the world's, which are nearly always east of the Rockies in spring and summer because of the extreme air temperature differential. These event occur predominantly in “Tornado Alley,” an area that stretches from central Texas and cuts a swath hundreds of miles wide all the way to the southern border of South Dakota.

Now how is this forecast for assured accuracy: Forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight with wide spread light by morning or this one: No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will probably much depend on the weather.

And there is a chapter 20 Things You Don't Know About Sperm Banks. Ain't going to go there.

Another beauty of the book is the fact you can open it to any page and start reading and be entertained. I do not recommend this book as a study guide to the SAT but I do recommend it for a evening of fun and games.

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