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Scientific and Curious Facts.
The owl’s wise look is the result of a physiological oddity, his eyes being fixed immovably in their sockets. Only one person in fifteen has perfect eyes, the larger percentage of defectiveness prevailing among fair-haired people. In tropical forests so many of the plants are of the sensitive va riety that sometimes the path of a traveler may be traced by the wilted foliage. For seven years the St. Law rence river gradually decreases in depth; then for seven years it gradually increases in depth, the difference in level being about five feet. Why it does so no one has yet discovered. Although the brain is perpetu ally active, yet the whole of it is never at work at one time. The two hemispheres or halves do not operate simultaneously, but alter nate in action—now it is the one half, then the other. Size for size, a thread of spider’s silk is decidedly tougher than one of steel. An ordinary thread will bear a weight of three grains. This is about fifty per cent, stronger than a steel thread of the samejliickness. Our senses do not fall asleep simultaneously. The eyelids are first affected, and shut out sight; next follows the sense of taste, then smelling, hearing and touch, the last-named being the lightest sleeper, and most easily aroused. The most valuable spots on the face of the earth are believed to be the four corners where Wall street touches Broad. Not long ago 51.000.000 was paid for five lots on Broadway, opposite Bow ling Green. The lot-casting mentioned in the Scriptures was performed by the use of a number of pebbles, one or more being colored black. The pebbles were placed in an urn or helmet and shaken, and by their falling out the business in hand was determined. When James IY. of Scotland came to London to propose for the hand of .Margaret, the daugh ter of Henry IY., he was some what disgusted to find her at their first meeting, so busily engaged in a game of cards that she was scarcely able to give him any at tention. According to Plutarch, the game of dice was the invention of the Egyptians, but it is certain that Plutarch was mistaken, for dice have been found in Nineveh and Babylon at such a depth in the earth as to indicate much greater antiquity than that of the kingdom on the Nile. The origin of billiards is obscure biit the best authorities on the subject declare that the game was brought from the East by the cru saders. It was certainly played by the early Knights Templars and the Knights of Malta, and in medieval times was exceedingly popular among the monks in the monasteries of France and Italy. An interesting discovery has just been made at Woking, Eng., by some workmen engaged in ex cavating earth for the purpose of laying out a lawn tennis court. A brick kiln, between six and seven feet in diameter, was unearthed, and was found to contain several pieces of pottery, which, with the kiln, are believed to date from the Roman period. The theaters in Japan have a novel style of pass-out tickets, which are positively not transfer able. When a person wishes to leave the theater before the close of the performance, with the in tention of returning, he goes to the doorkeeper and holds out his right hand. The doorkeeper then with a rubber stamp imprints on the palm the mark of the estab lishment. A chameleon from the Cape of Good Hope was seen by Mr. Blak iston to turn white with fear, hav ing been saved from the attacks of a cat. 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