On Facts and Truths

Posted April 24, 2018 10:20 pm by James V. Schall, S.J.

On Facts and Truths

The December 30, 1996 Ripley’s Believe It or Not contained the following item: “The SkyDome in Toronto uses over ten miles of zippers to fasten its artificial turf.” Off hand, I cannot imagine anyone asking someone else: “By the way, George, how many miles of zippers are in the stadium in Toronto?” But, of course, if I were the manufacturer of zippers or of artificial turf, the information would not be so irrelevant.
The caps on Snapple drinks contain numerous bits of relatively useless information. “Plain Fact #887” tells us: “‘The Valley of Square Trees’ in Panama is the only known place in

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