—:o: 'A man is (generally at his heaviest in his fortieth year. Wasps come next to ants in point of intelligence among insects. No bark is ever made by the Australian dog and the Egyptian shepherd dog. The wool on the back of a sheep is a shepherd’s barometer. The more curly it becomes the finer the weather. Amber is supposed in Turkey to bo a specific against the evil effects of nicotine. All Turkish pipes have amber mouthpieces. Polish women are renowned for the beauty of the hands and feet. They place fineness of the hands above all all other charms. Fully 800,000 domestic animals, valued at £1,200,000 a re annually massacred by wolves in Russia. The largest moth known is the Giant Atlas, found in China, the .wings nf which measure nine inches across.
Walls built during a rainy season are said by builders to be strongest. When mortar dries quickly it becomes crumbly, and possesses little binding power.
In Siam the number of rooms in a ■house, of windows or doors in a room, even of rungs on a ladder, must always be odd. All even numbers are considered unlucky.
The Japanese are fond-of bathing.. In Tokio there are 800 public bathhouses, in many of which a person can obtain a bath, hot or colei, for a sum equal to one penny.
A scientist 1 asserts that the ninth day of the moon is the most rainy of the whole twenty-eight, and four o’clock in the afternoon the rainiest hour of the day.
The Cherokee form of marriage is simplicity itself. The bride and groom merely clasp hands over running water, and this is emblematic of their future flowing on freely and happily. Of British flowers only eleven per cent, have a perfume. Usually the odour is pleasant, but iu some cases it is objectionable, and even harmful.
Sleeplessness has a strange remedy among some of the inhabitants of the Samoan Islands. They imprison a snake in a bamboo, and the hissing of the reptile is said to quickly induce slumber. •
Many church steeples in England are covered with sheet copper, the metal being taken from the bottom of an old man-of-war broken up at Devonpovt.
Foreign languages are now taught with the aid of the phonograph in some schools. The machine reels off oratory, poetry, and songs, while the. children listen and note the accent and pronunciation.
The mails are delivered in a unique way on one of the islands of the Tonga Group in the Pacific, where the danger of approaching inshore renders it necessary for the steamer to use a skyrocket as a postman.
Spain has more hunchbacks than any other country. In one small village at the foot of the Sierra Morena, there is one in every thirteen inhabitants. France, particularly in the neighbourhood of the Loire, has a great many people suffering from deformed shoulders. Giraffes are such mimics that. although their size may be supposed to render them conspicuous, the most practised eye has been misled by the animal’s resemblance to one of the dead trunks of trees which abound in its haunts. Even lions have been known to gaze earnestly at a motionless giraffe, and, being unable to decide that it was not a tree, turn and make off.
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Interesting Items, Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 49, 2 February 1907
Interesting Items Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 49, 2 February 1907
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