August 31, 2020

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No Privacy: A hotel proprietor in Fukuoka, Japan, is banking on making money in a unique way. Tetsuya Inoue runs Asahi Ryokan, and he wants to boost business. So he decided to allow people to pay a mere ¥100 per night to stay at the hotel, provided they agree to be live-streamed during their stay.  The live streaming does not include audio, and the bathrooms do not have cameras.  Inoue hopes that enough viewers will be interested in watching people give up their privacy that social media hits will rise, thereby allowing ads to be shown on the channel, allowing him to make money.

Needed a Friend: An elderly man from Chichester, West Sussex, England,  should be enjoying his retirement years. Instead, Ian Hemmens is spending a  few months in prison.  A pair of criminals convinced Hemmens, who once worked as a burger van driver, to be their driver as they committed crimes. The gentleman’s lawyer said Hemmens didn’t realize that the criminals only wanted his services because his advanced age was a perfect cover. The lawyer also said that Hemmens was simply lonely and wanted someone to talk to. Unfortunately for Hemmens, the judge didn’t buy either argument. 

Unicorn Café: People who have a love of the unicorns can visit a café designed to honour these fictional animals. Located in the Silom area of  Bangkok, Thailand, the Unicorn Café offers a multi-coloured, magical experience. The place is full of stuffed unicorns of all sizes and colours, and the furnishings come in pastel hues. The food lives up to the theme. For example, guests can order Rainbow Spaghetti Carbonara and a fruit beverage,  and then they end the meal with waffles covered by colourful ice cream and sprinkles. To top it off, guests can pretend to be a unicorn by donning a unicorn onesie provided during the visit.

Wandering Bull: It looks like a Croatian bull named Jerry will not end up on anyone’s dinner plate. Jerry had been waiting to meet his demise when he somehow escaped from the corral and ran into the woods. Later, some local people saw him on a hill, but the 295-kilogram (650-lb.) bovine ran away again.  With his owner, police, and even a drone operator searching for him, word got out, and local people started looking for him. Since Jerry has managed to evade capture, his owner says that, if found, he will make sure  Jerry lives to enjoy a long life because he has earned it.

Quoteable Quotes

“When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.”
~Confucius

“Even the most fortunate have a lot of crumpled rose leaves under their forty mattresses of ease.”

~Dorothy Dix

What’s Happening

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7 am, On ZOOM All Visitors Welcome! Call 289-968-9781 for details to register to attend at http://bit.ly/BNIChampagneVisitors

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August 17-31 Niagara Pumphouse Online Fundraising Auction

Be ready to place a bid in the online fundraising art auction on August 17-31st. Included in the auction are paintings, photographs, sculptures Muskoka seating by Ontario artists. Visit niagarapumphouse.ca for more details.

Trivia

1. The small parts of a garlic bulb are called buds, seeds, or cloves?

Cloves

2. The Taj Mahal is located in what city?

Agra, India

3. Discovered in 1930, Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet in what year?

2006

4. Is a “chin-wag” a goatee or a friendly conversation?

Friendly conversation

5. What is a toque blanche?

Chef’s hat

 

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Did You Know?

Wide Awake: If a person has insomnia, it means they have problems falling or staying asleep. Changing sleep habits, such as not going to bed until feeling drowsy and avoiding caffeine in the evening, sometimes can help.

Raspberry jammed: Raspberry lovers enjoy this nutritious fruit for its tart-sweet taste. Lots of countries cultivate raspberries, the top producers being  Russia, Poland, and the United States. Mexico and Serbia are also big producers.

Painful subject: Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was known for painting colourful, surreal self-portraits that revealed her pain. She was married to the famous muralist, Diego Rivera.

Forced rule: When a country has a government, usually military in nature, that has taken control by force instead of through an election by the people, the new government is called a junta.

Ancient communication: An early and ancient system of writing is Egyptian hieroglyphics. This system is seen as the ancestor of the writing systems used today.

On the Lighter Side

What can you give and keep at the same time? A cold!

Drew: “It takes me an hour to get to work in the morning.”
Avery: “Before or after you arrive?”

How many telemarketers does it take to change a lightbulb? Only one, but it has to be while you’re eating dinner.

What’s another word for “thesaurus”?

Fred went down the street to a 24-hour grocery store and found the clerk locking the front door. Fred said, “Hey! The sign says you’re open 24 hours.”  The clerk said, “Yes, but not in a row!”

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August 24, 2020

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Cool Abode: Will Breaux is living in his dream home. But his idea of a dream home probably is not the same as many other people’s. Breaux built his home out of 11 shipping containers stacked to make a three-story dwelling. His place has become known as the “Container House of McGowen” because it is located on McGowen Street in Houston, Texas (U.S.). Breaux has been working on the house since 2017 and now has more than 2,500 square feet of living space and a balcony with a view of the city.

Lost and Found: If a beloved pet in Shanghai, China, goes missing, the owner can call Sun Jinren to help with the search. He has been in business for a few years and has had a great success rate. That’s because his team follows leads by using technology like heat detectors and thermal imaging cameras. The team examines paw prints and also uses audio of the owner’s voice in an attempt to lure the animal out of its hiding place. While based in Shanghai, he has also helped find lost pets in other parts of the country.

Playful Feline: Ahmet Selki of Istanbul, Turkey, used a cat’s antics for inspiration in his job, which is helping to care for homeless pets. Selki noticed a stray cat hovering around the store window of a dress shop. The cat did not seem interested in the clothing, but rather with the colourful decorative balls on the floor of the display. The kitty slipped into the store and immediately started playing with the balls. Although the store’s employees were hoping to attract human customers, they didn’t mind that the stray had found a place to play. Selki intends to buy some balls for the animals he works with.

Impersonating A Pilot: If you want to get priority boarding on an aeroplane, try becoming a pilot. Or, as in Rajan Mahbubani’s case, try dressing up as one. Mahbubani, who is from New Delhi, India, successfully pulled this trick numerous times, which enabled him to enjoy many airline perks. He finally got caught when trying to board a flight from Delhi to Kolkata when airline personnel got suspicious. Mahbubani confessed that his uniform was fake and that he was not a real pilot. Unfortunately, he won’t enjoy many perks if he goes to prison for impersonating a pilot!.

Quoteable Quotes

“Hardships and handicaps can…stimulate our energy to overcome them.”

~ Beatrice Wood

“Painting is silent poetry and poetry painting that speaks.”

~ Simonides

What’s Happening

THURSDAYS - BUSINESS REFERRAL NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL

7 am, On ZOOM All Visitors Welcome! Call 289-968-9781 for details to register to attend at http://bit.ly/BNIChampagneVisitors

NOTE: Pre-registration is required.

August 17-31 Niagara Pumphouse Online Fundraising Auction

Be ready to place a bid in the online fundraising art auction on August 17-31st. Included in the auction are paintings, photographs, sculptures Muskoka seating by Ontario artists. Visit niagarapumphouse.ca for more details.

Trivia

1. Does a typical ploughman’s lunch include cheese?—Y/N

Yes

2. Name the person who said,“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

Maya Angelou

3. What is the smooth space between your eyebrows called?

Glabella

4. What does the E stand for in the term “Generation E”?

Entitlement

5. In what sport might you witness a salchow jump?

Ice Skating

 

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Did You Know?

Lots of Languages: The official language of Sweden is Swedish. Official minority languages are Finnish, Meänkieli, Sami, Yiddish, and Romani. Many people also speak English and German.

Creamy Fruit: Cherimoya, nicknamed “custard apple,” grows in South America. Looking like a big artichoke, this fruit has flesh with a creamy texture. The sweet flavour tastes like a blend of other fruits, such as strawberry, pear, and banana.

Don’t Touch!: A fruit that grows on coasts in the Caribbean is called the manchineel. It looks something like a small, green apple, but don’t be tempted! All parts of the plant are toxic, including its sap, which causes blisters if touched.

Island Life: The Turks and Caicos Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the Bahamas, is made up of eight large cays, or keys, and many smaller ones. Tourism contributes substantially to the economy. Traditional industries include boatbuilding and fishing.

Avoiding Ticks: As many people know, ticks can spread Lyme disease. To help prevent tick bites, it’s best to tuck long pants into socks when walking through an area where ticks might be living, such as long grass.

On the Lighter Side

Customer: “Do you honour any credit cards?”
Clerk: “Oh, we honour them all, but we only take cash.”

Why is it that your nose runs, but your feet smell?

What happens once in a minute and twice in a moment but never in a decade? The letter “m.”

First fisherman: “Is this lake any good for fish?”
Second fisherman: “Must be. I can’t get any of them to come out.”

How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it? Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack

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August 17, 2020

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Noisy Neighbours: The new neighbours of Dominique Douthe, who lives in the Landes region of southwestern France, are very annoyed. They don’t like the racket made by the flock of ducks and geese Douthe keeps in her back garden, so they took her to court. The judge on the case said the flock could  stay, but asked for more information, including an acoustic audit to  scientifically test the level of noise. Douthe’s lawyer thinks that the judge is buying time and hoping the two parties will work things out between them.

Scaring Monkeys: Farmers in India worry about their crops been ruined by bands of monkeys. But Srikanth Gowda, a farmer in Karnataka, has found a  way to solve the problem: he dyed his dog’s hair to look like a tiger’s stripes.  When the monkeys caught sight of the dog, named Bulbul, near the coffee crop, they ran away. Before taking this action, Gowda had tried stuffed tigers,  which worked for a while, and then the monkeys caught on. Now, Gowda uses his tiger dog, along with large pictures of tigers, to keep the monkeys away. 

Unique Cheese: A creamy delicious cheese made in Sweden is called  Västerbottensost. Well-loved by many, this cheese is made in the village of  Burträsk, in the northeastern part of the country. Interestingly, Burträsk is the only place where this cheese can be properly made. The dairy tried to expand its production of Västerbottensost to other locations in Sweden, but the cheese crafted elsewhere didn’t taste the same. Many legends and rumours explain why this is so, but no one actually knows, so the mystery remains.

To The Rescue: A dog and koala bear were rescued from a mine shaft near  Ipswich in Queensland, Australia, by emergency services personnel, who were called to the scene by the dog’s owner. The owner thought her pooch might have been chasing the koala when both fell into the derelict shaft. The team of rescuers couldn’t go down the shaft due to the danger, so they used ropes and safety nets. The dog responded well, but the koala didn’t cooperate as readily, and it took extra effort to get him out. Veterinarians checked both animals, and neither had any broken bones.

Quoteable Quotes

“The most momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or to evil.”

~ Pythagoras

“No act of kindness, however small, is wasted.”

~Aesop

What’s Happening

THURSDAYS - BUSINESS REFERRAL NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL

7 am, On ZOOM All Visitors Welcome! Call 289-968-9781 for details to register to attend at http://bit.ly/BNIChampagneVisitors

NOTE: Pre-registration is required.

Aug. 19: Long Term Care Transitional Self-Help

A Long Term Care Transitional Public Forum

For care partners of a family member that has had a recent admission to Long Term Care.

 

Topics to be discussed:

– When and how to visit your loved one in Care

– Meaningful visits and communication

– Working with Long Term Care staff

– Loss and grief

 

Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

August 17-31 Niagara Pumphouse Online Fundraising Auction

Be ready to place a bid in the online fundraising art auction on August 17-31st. Included in the auction are paintings, photographs, sculptures Muskoka seating by Ontario artists. Visit niagarapumphouse.ca for more details.

Trivia

1. .Scientist Isaac Newton is best known for what?

Three Laws of Motion

2. What does the Italian term “La dolce vita” mean?

The Sweet Life

3. How many bushels are in a peck?

Four

4. Wisdom teeth are our third set of molars—T/F?

True

5. What does it mean “to spill the beans”?

Divulge a secret

 

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Did You Know?

Resort Hotel: The Banff Springs Hotel is located in its namesake town in the  Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. It has become known as the “Castle in  the Rockies.”

Long Life: The mountain gorilla, an endangered species, lives in high altitude forests in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They live in  “troops” or “bands” and have an average life span of 35 years when living in the wild.

Famous Artist: Emily Carr (1871-1945) was a famous Canadian artist. Her 1912  painting, Street, Alert Bay, recently sold for $2.4 million (CDN) at auction.  The subject of the painting is a First Nations village in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Teatime: Tea is the most popular beverage in the world. China is the country that produces the most tea, closely followed by India and Kenya. Other big tea-growing countries are Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Turkey.

Bad Government: Kleptocracy is the word used to describe a government whose officials use their positions of authority to steal public money for their own use. In other words, it means the government is corrupt.

On the Lighter Side

How far can a fox run into a grove? Only halfway—then he’s running out of it!

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. Now you know why they call it a workstation.

How many computer programmers does it take to change a lightbulb? None. That’s a hardware problem.

If number two pencils are so popular why are they still number two?

How was copper wire invented? Two lawyers were arguing over a penny.

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August 10, 2020

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Uphill Ride: A grandmother of six from Bolivia isn’t afraid of a challenge. Mirtha Munoz is the oldest person to ever participate in her country’s Skyrace. This race is entirely uphill and takes place on the “Death Road,” so named for its dangerous 60-kilometre (37-mile) route from lowland to mountain peak. Munoz has been biking for many years, so did not think the race was a big deal. However, it’s very different from the leisurely rides she and her grandchildren enjoy together.

Cash Giveaway: Some people living in a low-income district of Istanbul, Turkey, recently had something to cheer about. A mysterious man came into the neighbourhood and paid off their debts. The man went into a grocery store wanting to know who owed money to the store. After asking to meet some of these folks, he came back to the store and paid their debts. The unknown man also placed cash in envelopes and put them on the steps of the homes of families in need. When the grocery store owner asked who he was, the man would not say, but suggested they could consider him Robin Hood.

Luxurious Water House: Anyone wanting to live in a luxurious home, which is also a boat, can fork over $5.5 million (USD) to buy a floating home called the Arkup. It is set up like a real home, complete with livingroom, lounge, four bedrooms, a kitchen, and lots of windows through which to enjoy ocean views. Available in Miami, Florida (U.S.), it is a perfect vessel for touring coastal waters, although it’s not built to travel in rough seas. It has a rainwater purification system and solar energy, as well as hydraulic stilts, should the owner choose to raise it out of the water.

Clean Water: In a city in Japan, colourful koi fish swim in the drain channels that border the streets. The city of Shimabara is located on Kyushu Island. The water is exceptionally clean in these drain channels because of an earthquake that happened over two centuries ago. The quake caused freshwater springs to gush. In more recent years, city officials decided to stock the channels with the fish, which today are a tourist attraction. Shimabara is known as the City of Swimming Carp. There are only a few other towns in Japan with fish swimming in their drain gutters.

Quoteable Quotes

“Nothing endures but change.”

~ Heraclitus

“there is a luxury in being quiet in the heart of chaos.”

~ Virginia Woolf

What’s Happening

THURSDAYS - BUSINESS REFERRAL NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL

7 am, On ZOOM All Visitors Welcome! Call 289-968-9781 for details to register to attend at http://bit.ly/BNIChampagneVisitors

NOTE: Pre-registration is required.

Aug. 12 - Options for Care

Options for Care will focus on giving participants the opportunity to explore the care options that support persons living with dementia in the moderate to late stages of their journey.

Join us as we explore:

– Choosing the right level of care: aging at home, retirement or long term care

– Learn the process around long term care application

– Explore options for discussing the long term care move

– Explore moving day strategies

– Learn about the resources to navigate the transition to alternate levels of care

Aug. 19: Long Term Care Transitional Self-Help

A Long Term Care Transitional Public Forum

For care partners of a family member that has had a recent admission to Long Term Care.

 

Topics to be discussed:

– When and how to visit your loved one in Care

– Meaningful visits and communication

– Working with Long Term Care staff

– Loss and grief

 

Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

August 17-31 Niagara Pumphouse Online Fundraising Auction

Be ready to place a bid in the online fundraising art auction on August 17-31st. Included in the auction are paintings, photographs, sculptures Muskoka seating by Ontario artists. Visit niagarapumphouse.ca for more details.

Trivia

1. An entertainer who performs in silence is known as what?

A Mime

2. If you are disingenuous, are you quiet or insincere?

Insincere

3. What is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides, off the coast of Scotland?

Isle of Skye

4. In children’s nursery rhymes, who “could eat no fat”?

Jack Sprat

5. Does honey ever go bad - Y/N?

No

 

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Did You Know?

Big Cities: India is the largest of the South Asian countries. It is also the most populous, with numerous big cities, such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru

Play Ball: The United States has a number of large football stadiums. These include the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California; MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; and FedExField Stadium in Landover, Maryland.

Big Box: People from the Philippines who live abroad send balikbayan boxes home to their families. These boxes, which are inexpensively shipped by ocean cargo, are filled with such things as toys, clothing, books, and food.

The Far North: The Earth’s most northern region is the Arctic, the border of which is the Arctic Circle (66°30’ N). It includes Greenland, Baffin Island, and the far northern parts of Canada, Europe, and Alaska (U.S.)

Smelly Fruit: Like blue cheese, durian fruit is smelly. This large, oval fruit has a shell that is covered with spikes, but the fruit inside is rich in vitamins and minerals. However, many people can’t get past its disagreeable odour.

On the Lighter Side

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday did not happen today.

Patient: “I keep seeing spots in front of my eyes.”
Nurse: “Have you seen a doctor?”
Patient: “No, just spots.”

What type of book has only characters and no story? A telephone book.

He doesn’t get lost; he discovers alterative destinations.

What starts with E, ends with E, and has only 1 letter in it? Envelope

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August 3, 2020

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Damaged merchandise: If parents plan to go to a dealership to shop for a new car, it’s best to find a babysitter for their small child. A couple from Guilin, Guangxi Region, China, learned this the hard way. The couple, accompanying a friend, were talking to salespeople and gawking at the luxurious new cars in the showroom. Left to her own devices, their child decided to doodle on a number of the new cars, using a stone to scratch designs into the paint. The little girl’s creative streak led to her father being sued by the dealership for damages.

Black and White: Who knew that a few drops of ink mixed with a bit of water could result in beautiful works of art? Well, perhaps it’s not as easy as that, but French artist David Bayo has figured it out. Using this medium, he creates subtle paintings of his subjects, including animals and people. Bayo has tried different ways to make art, and his experimentation led him to an ability to understand how ink and water work together. The paintings he creates, which are often black and white, are distinctive and understated representations of the subject at hand.

Two Names: In Tamaulipas, Mexico, a pet cat has two owners who did not know about each other until recently. Mary Lore Barra calls the cat “Pixi,” and she was accustomed to her pet being away for a few days at a time, presumably on the prowl. Then one day Pixi came home with a new collar. Barra put a note under the collar identifying the cat as Pixi and herself as Pixi’s owner. Soon Pixi came home with a note from another family, who call the cat “Huarache.” Luckily, the two owners think it’s a funny situation, and they continue to share Pixi/Huarache.

ATM captive: A contractor in Corpus Christi, Texas (U.S.), was just trying to do his job. He was fixing a lock in the automatic teller machine (ATM) room when he locked himself in. The man had left his cell phone in his vehicle, so he couldn’t call for assistance. Instead, he wrote notes asking for help and fed them through the receipt slot of the ATM. People using the machine thought the notes were a joke. But finally, one person took it seriously and called police, who broke down the door and got him out.

Quoteable Quotes

“Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires.” 

~Lao-tzu

“I got myself a start by giving myself a start.”

~ Madame C.J. Walker

What’s Happening

THURSDAYS - BUSINESS REFERRAL NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL

7 am, On ZOOM All Visitors Welcome! Call 289-968-9781 for details to register to attend at http://bit.ly/BNIChampagneVisitors

NOTE: Pre-registration is required.

Aug. 5: Young Onset Dementia Care Partner Group

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region has launched a new program for care partners of people living with Young Onset Dementia (dementia diagnosed prior to age 65). This will be a facilitated group intended to connect people who are caring for a person living with Young Onset Dementia. The intent of the program is to offer a place where care partners of people living with Young Onset Dementia can access support and engage socially. 7-8:30pm Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

Aug. 6 - ZOOM Practice Sessions

1:30-2:30pm

Join us to test out your connection to the Zoom network and increase your comfort using the platform to connect with programs.

Explore the features inside of Zoom including:
– Using the chatbox
– Renaming your display name
– Turning your video on and off
– Mute and un-mute
– Display options

Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

Aug. 12 - Options for Care

Options for Care will focus on giving participants the opportunity to explore the care options that support persons living with dementia in the moderate to late stages of their journey.

Join us as we explore:

– Choosing the right level of care: aging at home, retirement or long term care

– Learn the process around long term care application

– Explore options for discussing the long term care move

– Explore moving day strategies

– Learn about the resources to navigate the transition to alternate levels of care

Aug. 19: Long Term Care Transitional Self-Help

A Long Term Care Transitional Public Forum

For care partners of a family member that has had a recent admission to Long Term Care.

 

Topics to be discussed:

– When and how to visit your loved one in Care

– Meaningful visits and communication

– Working with Long Term Care staff

– Loss and grief

 

Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

Trivia

1. The sport of basketball was invented in 1891, 1909, or 1923?

1891

2. What does it mean if you are “under the weather”?

You are ill

3. Which desert is said to be the hottest on Earth?

The Sahara Desert

4. What type of apparel are Doc Martins?

Footwear

5. Where is Tel Aviv?

Israel

 

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Did You Know?

Good for you: Oregano oil comes from the oregano plant, which is part of the mint family. Thought to have medicinal properties, it contains carvacrol, an antioxidant

Different colours: The national flag of India consists of three parallel bars. The top bar is saffron, the middle is white, and the bottom is green. In the centre of the white bar is a blue wheel called the Ashok Chakra.

Stone house: It’s well known that the president of the United States lives in the White House. But people may not know that the prime minister of Canada lives at 24 Sussex Drive in the country’s capital of Ottawa, Ontario.

Using initials: D.C. Fontana (1939-2019) was a writer and editor who contributed to the 1960s TV show, Star Trek. The “D.C.” stands for Dorothy Catherine, but she used her initials because, at the time, the industry was male dominated.

Noise pollution: Certain noises can be irritating, but for someone with misophonia, everyday sounds like whistling or soup slurping can cause a seemingly unreasonable response. People with these sensitivities may get angry or anxious, or even panicky.

On the Lighter Side

Matt: “Why did you quit your job at the toll booth?” Pat: “Because my mother always told me not to take money from strangers.”

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some people are just out of film.

What has one head, one foot, and four legs? A bed.

Why do birds fly south for the winter? Because it’s too far to walk.

A lot of people cry when they cut an onion. The trick is not to form an emotional bond

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