With help from the internet, here a few nuggets of information to make your day.

•You probably thought it was the dryer that makes clothes shrink. Actually, it is the refrigerator.

•A police recruit was asked during an exam what he would do if he actually had to arrest his own mother. His reply: “Call for backup help.”

•Had it been necessary for a third atom bomb, the city targeted would have been Tokyo.

•All your life, you likely have been aware that the word buck relates, in most cases, to a dollar. If someone notes that a certain transaction involved 50 bucks, you know that this means $50.

•When the frontier was being settled, nobody had any money. Furs and hides were used as currency, and everybody bartered to get the things they wanted. From this practice evolved the term buck...since a buckskin bought a dollar’s worth of goods for many years. Now you know the rest of the story.

•If you have traveled in Great Britain and someone noted that something cost 50 quid, that is similar slang to bucks. Fifty quid equals 50 pounds, which is the currency in the United Kingdom.

•Perhaps you know, perhaps not, how the term “shot of whiskey” came about. Back in the days of the old west, a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents. So did a glass of whiskey. When a cowhand was low on cash, he would give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a “shot of whiskey.”

•“Bought the farm.” This came about during World War I when soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000, which was about the cost of an average farm. If you died in combat, you “bought the farm” for your survivors.

•The King of Hearts in a deck of cards is the only king without a mustache.

•The first owner of the Marlboro Co. died of lung cancer. So did the first Marlboro man.

•The coldest place in the world: East Artic Plateau; in August 2010, the thermometer reading was -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

•The world’s most populated city? Shanghai with 24,150,000 inhabitants.

•The world’s least populated city is Vatican City with a population of 842. It is the smallest city-state in the world.

•The highest point in the world: Mt. Everest, which towers 29,029 feet. It is the closest you can get to touching outer space while standing on earth. (I wouldn’t even want a helicopter to drop me off there.)

•The city which is the sunniest in the U.S. is Yuma, Arizona.

•The most expensive city in the world to live in, is Singapore. A Toyota Prius in Singapore costs $150,000.

•The least expensive city to live in is Mumbai, India, where a head of lettuce costs 20 cents. Rampant poverty brings the cost of living down.

•The most visited city in the world is London, where nearly 20 million visitors spend time each year.

•Sweden consumes the most caffeine in the world; 388 milligrams in coffee per person, per day, the equivalent of five Red Bulls a day.

•You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

•American Airlines saved $40,000 one year by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

•Bet you didn’t know this interesting fact — that donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes or shark attacks. So if you go take a walk in certain places in Utah and Nevada, watch your “whatchamacallit.”

Loran Smith is a columnist for Mainstreet Newspapers and a University of Georgia sports radio announcer. He can be reached at loransmith@sports.uga.edu.

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