Strange But True


    • A law in Memphis, Tennessee, states that it is illegal for a woman to drive a car unless a man walks in front of it to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians.

    • It takes 40 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of the maple syrup you put on your pancakes.

    • The Tom Thumb locomotive and Jell-O were invented by the same person.

    • Ancient Egyptians often were buried with opium, boats and artificial limbs for use in the afterlife. And it wasn't unusual to have a model of the deceased's home included, as well -- just in case shelter was needed.

    • In its entire lifetime -- four to six weeks -- a single worker bee produces a sum total of about 1.5 teaspoons of honey.

    • North Carolina once outlawed cats and dogs fighting with each other.

    • Ireland's Porterhouse Brewing Company has what might seem to be an unlikely hit on its hands: the Oyster Stout. During the brewing process, raw oysters are shucked directly into the conditioning tank. This unlikely combination is popular, though, selling out quickly whenever it's available.

    • Those who study such things say that while shaving, a person removes about as much skin as hair.