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By Samantha Weaver

• Studies show that the average visitor to the crown jewel of the United States national park system spends just 15 minutes actually looking at the Grand Canyon.

• The next time you’re drinking to someone’s health, you can tell your fellow imbibers that the word “toast” originated in ancient Rome. It was the custom there to put a small piece of spiced and burned bread into a cup of wine in order to absorb any sediment and improve the drink’s taste.

• Experts on ants claim that the insects hate vinegar.

• It was American novelist, short-story writer and essayist Flannery O’Connor who made the following comment on her craft: “Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”

• Those who study such things claim that hot water weighs more than cold water does.

• Only one person in history has been both president of the United States and the country’s chief justice. Not many people remember much from their school day lessons about William Howard Taft.

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