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â&#x2014;? A study published in 2008 showed that the price of a pain medication had an effect on its efficacy. In the study people were given placebo pills, some at the regular price and some at a discounted price. Those who paid full price for the medication reported more relief than those who paid less. ************************ Thought for the Day: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.â&#x20AC;? -- Laurens Van der Post (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

â&#x2014;? If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re frightened of bugs, you might not want to know the following tidbit: There are 10 quintillion insects alive on the planet.

â&#x2014;? Historians report that Napoleon Bonaparte, when he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t busy conquering, enjoyed ice skating.

â&#x2014;? Consider your age, then consider the following tidbit: In the 1700s, the average human lifespan was about 30 years. Sobering thought, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it?

â&#x2014;? If you consider surface area covered rather than population, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest city is in Inner Mongolia, where Hulunbuir covers more than 160,000 square miles.

â&#x2014;? If you look at the innards of a Boeing 747 airplane, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a whopping 171 miles of wiring.

â&#x2014;? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like the average American, you drink 22.7 gallons of coffee every year. The surprising thing about that statistic isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t how much it is, though -- itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how little. It seems that in the 1940s, Americans were drinking twice that amount of java.

â&#x2014;? A woman in Tennessee was once arrested for biking while intoxicated -- and she was on a stationary bike at the gym at the time.

â&#x2014;? Amazonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kindle, Barnes and Nobleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nook, Sonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eReader -- it seems that everywhere you look these days people are reading onscreen. You may not realize, however, just how long digital books have been around. The first e-book was manually typed into a computer way back in 1971, when Michael S. Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg, chose the Declaration of Independence to be the first literature so digitized.

â&#x2014;? Those who study such things say that 1 percent of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lizard species have no males. The females reproduce by parthenogenesis, which produces offspring that are clones of their mothers.

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