~ In the world of cycling, a three hour tour is a ride that looks easy, but turns out to be harrowing. The phrase is borrowed from the theme song of the 1960s TV sitcom Gilligan's Island.
~ In 1973, Joel Engel, research chief at AT&T's Bell Laboratories, received the first call ever made with a portable phone. The call was from martin Cooper, his rival at Motorola, who let Engel know he had lost the race to produce the world's first portable wireless handset.
~ Europe's first mass produced car was the French Citroen, in 1919. Its first model was the 10-horsepower Type A.
~ According to the bible, Queen Esther's Hebrew name was Hadassah.
~ Type II diabetes can be treated with a hormone found in the toxic saliva of the giant Gila monster.