September 28, 2020

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Finding Koalas: Forest fires are very dangerous for wild animals, but in  Australia, a border collie came to the rescue. The dog, named Bear, was trained by Detection Dogs for Conservation to find koalas that are hiding in the trees. Bear was chosen for the task because he is able to find the small mammals by their scent. When he locates a koala, he settles himself under the tree and waits for one of his human bosses to arrive. Then the humans figure out how to get the little animal down from its high perch.

Painter’s Message: A house painter in Bolsover, Derbyshire, England, hadn’t been paid for the work he’d done on a building, so he took matters into his own hands. On the front of the freshly painted, cream-coloured, two-story structure, Dean Reeves painted a message in black: “Want your house painting? Don’t be like Terry. Pay the bill! Now you will!” According to Reeves,  building owner Terry Turner had continually refused to pay all of the agreed-upon amount until the painter completed extra tasks. When Reeves understood what the owner was doing, he decided to paint the message.

Up a pole: Vernon Kruger must love heights and small places. Hailing from the town of Dullstroom, South Africa, he has lived in a 500-litre (132-US liquid gallon) barrel on top of a 25-metre (82-ft.) pole for many days at a time. And he’s done it twice. The first time was in 1997 when he broke the previous record by staying in the barrel for 67 days. Recently, he broke his own record when he stayed there for 78 days. His stay wasn’t easy. He had to sleep curled up and had to rely on others to send food and water up to him in a wicker basket. He used the stunt to raise money for charity.

Award winner: Hibino Sekkei, an architectural firm in Japan, decided to bring nursery school children closer to nature through building design.  Taku Hibino is the lead architect. His firm has gained a reputation for designing facilities for early childhood education.  The renovation of YM Nursery, a school in Tottori prefecture, is a prime example.  The design called for opening the school up to the sea and the forest through open spaces and sliding doors,  which helps bring the outdoors inside.  The firm won best in its category at the  World Architecture Festival.

Quoteable Quotes

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: My strength lies solely  in my tenacity.” ~Louis Pasteur
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to  excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.”
~Vince Lombardi 

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Trivia

1. Which singer has been named “The King of Soul”— Otis Redding or James Brown?

Otis Redding

2. The estimated time for a plastic bottle to decompose is 4 yrs., 40 yrs., or 450 yrs.?

450

3. Which elephant has larger ears, the African or Asian elephant?

African

4. Name the Prince in the Disney film Frozen.

Hans

5. What implements do you need to row a boat?

Oars 

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Did You Know?

Urban centres: The two most populous cities in Ecuador are Guayaquil, a port  city, and Quito, the county’s capital. Other large cities include Cuenca, Santo  Domingo, and Machala.

Heed the sign: Muehrcke’s lines are white bands that cross a fingernail  horizontally. They don’t move as the nail grows. These lines may be a sign that  the body is low on a protein called albumin.

Great source: The work of science-fiction author Philip K. Dick was the source  material for a number of American blockbuster movies. They include  Blade Runner in 1982, Total Recall in 1990, and Minority Report in 2002.

Eye colour: Estimates of the percentage of people with brown eyes range  from 55 to 90, making brown the most common eye colour. Only about 8 to  10% of people have blue eyes. Even fewer, 2%, have green eyes.

Fruit or vegetable? Watermelon is designated as both a fruit and a vegetable.  It’s a fruit because it grows from seeds, and a vegetable because it belongs to  the same vegetable family as cucumber, pumpkin and squash.

On the Lighter Side

What if dogs fetch the ball back only because they think you really like throwing it?

Boss: “Wake up! If you want to snooze, why don’t you leave work and go home?”

Employee: “Oh no. I can’t get paid to sleep there.”
What is it called when a snowman has a temper tantrum? A meltdown!

Can a kangaroo jump higher than the Empire State Building?
Of course. The Empire State Building can’t jump.

A guest calls the waiter and complains, “How come there are no chairs at our  table?!”

The waiter shrugs, “I’m sorry but you only booked one table.”

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September 21, 2020

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Savoury cakes: When people eat cake, it’s usually a sweet treat that incorporates such flavours as chocolate and vanilla. That’s not the case with the creations at Tot Aw, a bakery in Jakarta, Indonesia. Short for “totally awesome,” Tot Aw’s bakers make cakes out of instant noodles. They press the cooked noodles into round forms and stack them into tiers. Each tier then gets  “iced” with savoury, rather than sweet, toppings, such as meatballs or curry chicken stew. These noodle cakes have become very popular, with people ordering them for birthdays and weddings.

Returned to owner: When Kim Fauth-Newberry donated her late grandfather’s footstool to charity, she had no idea she was also giving away over $43,000 (USD). From Owosso, Michigan (U.S.), Fauth-Newberry wanted to give away her grandfather’s furniture to people who might need it. Luckily for her, an honest man named Howard Kirby became the owner of the stool.  When a family member unzipped the stool’s cushion and found money inside,  Kirby knew just what to do. He took it back to the second-hand store. The store found Fauth-Newberry, and he gave the money back to her.

Stretchy outfit: Clothing makers use a variety of materials to make fashionable outfits, such as wool, cotton, rayon, linen, and silk, but rubber bands? Those weren’t a very common clothing material until Rie Sakamoto of  Tokyo, Japan, tried them. An art student at Tama Art University, the creative clothing designer decided to see what she could make by knitting rubber bands together. Her endeavour was successful; she made dresses, jackets,  and scarves. Intrigued by its qualities, including flexibility and texture, her goal was to find new uses for this ubiquitous office staple.

Fake kidnapping: A man from a town called Pitalito, in southwestern  Colombia, didn’t really want to get married. A few days before the nuptials, he confessed to his close friends that he wished he could get out of the commitment. They suggested a fake kidnapping. The groom went into hiding,  and his friends called police saying they had seen him being abducted by a group of men. The police took the news very seriously and brought in the army. The groom’s friends realized their error and confessed what they had done. They are likely to be charged and given jail time for their prank.

Quoteable Quotes

“Television has proven that people will look at anything, rather than each other.”
~Ann Landers
“…a garden dies quickly without a loving gardener to keep it alive.”
~May Sarton

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Trivia

1. Is starboard on the right or left side of a ship?

Right

2. What mineral is mined in sheets?

Mica

3. The primary ingredient in Arroz con pollo is beef, pork, or chicken?

Chicken

4. What is El Niño?

Pacific Weather Event

5. Which artist painted the Mona Lisa?

Leonardo Da Vinci

 

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Did You Know?

Big bone: A bunion is a bony bump on the joint of the big toe where it meets the foot. Sometimes bunions run in families, and other times they could be caused by ill-fitting footwear.

Capturing the moment: Edgar Degas was a painter and sculptor who was born in Paris, France, in 1834. A realist, he liked to paint real-life scenes, such as ballerinas rehearsing.

Eastern European country: Georgia, which is on the east coast of the Black  Sea, borders Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. A mountainous country,  it is known for its steel industry and agricultural products, such as tea and grapes.

Chickpea power: Chickpeas are also referred to as garbanzo beans. Rich in protein, fibre, and iron, they can be used in many recipes, including soups,  stews, salads, and spreads, such as hummus.

Prestigious prizes: The Pulitzer Prizes are American awards given to those who excel in journalism, writing, drama, and musical composition. They are named after Joseph Pulitzer, a powerful journalist of the late 1800s.

On the Lighter Side

Teacher: “If you had 16 jellybeans and Pat asked you for 10, how many would you have left?”

Lou: “Sixteen.”

What did the left eye say to the right eye? Between you and me, something smells.

Nature abhors a vacuum, but not as much as a cat does.

Hear about the new restaurant called Karma? There’s no menu—you get what you deserve.

How many gorillas can fit into a car? Eight.
How many chickens can fit into the car? None, the car is already full of gorillas.

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September 14, 2020

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Wrong-way: Does the map application on cell phones always work? Salvatore  Corrias, the mayor of the mountain village of Baunei on the island of Sardinia,  Italy, does not think so. He has good reason for this opinion. In his area, dozens of emergency calls are made to the fire service and rescue teams by lost tourists who use an app to try to find a destination. The app’s directions send the tourists down dirt roads and trails, where they get lost or stuck. The dilemma has put a strain on the region’s budget. In response, the town is putting up warning signs that dissuade people from using the apps.

Thread art: An artist in Hong Kong uses a wooden frame, one long piece of thread and 300 nails as his medium. If the thread breaks, he has to start over.  This is the work of Alfred Chen, who makes very realistic portraits of such personalities as Johnny Depp and Harry Potter. Chen starts with a digital image, which he changes to black and white to enhance the shadows and light areas. He makes a map of what his thread portrait will look like. Then he loops the 5,000-metre (16,400-ft.) long thread around the nails, crisscrossing it in the exact fashion required to create his work of art. 

Hard pillow: Putting your head on a pillow at night is comforting, as you nestle into bed for sleep. However, what if that pillow was made of marble? The sculptures of Norwegian artist Håkon Anton Fagerås might fool people. His marble pillows look so real, with their creases and folds, that they seem like a  sleeper’s head would sink right into them. Fagerås, of Oslo, is a renowned sculptor who creates life-size images of men, women, children, babies, and dogs.

Traffic jam? When people use a map app to pick a route to a destination, the map shows a red line on a road where a traffic jam is occurring. Simon Weckert, a German artist from Berlin, tried to outsmart the app by creating a fake traffic jam. He loaded a small wagon with 99 smartphones, all outfitted with SIM cards, and pulled it down the street.  His slow movement replicated 99 phones stuck in one place, and the app responded by marking the street in red. Weckert’s point was that he could influence people’s actions in the real world because those who were using the app at the time were encouraged to take another route.

Quoteable Quotes

“He who knows others is wise;
He who knows himself is enlightened.”
~ Lao-tzu
“Sometimes, with luck, we find the kind of true friend…
that appears only two or three times in a lucky lifetime….”
~ Barbara Holland

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Trivia

1. An apple charlotte is a cake, a cookie, or a candy?

Cake

2. What is a homburg?

A Man’s Felt Hat

3. Over what body of water does the Tower Bridge span?

River Thames

4. What are the three common primary colours?

Blue, Red and Yellow

5. Who wrote the poem The Raven?

Edgar Allan Poe

 

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Did You Know?

Sunny flag: Most people around the world would recognize Japan’s flag: a red circle placed precisely in the middle of the white background. The red circle represents the sun.

Caves and mountains: Canada is home to Banff National Park, located in the  Canadian Rocky Mountains. Established in 1885, it is known for its alpine landscapes, hiking trails, and a large cave system called Castleguard Cave.

Laughing hyenas: Hyenas are known for their so-called laugh. However, the high-pitched, giggling vocalizations don’t mean they are happy. Rather, the sounds indicate that the animal feels threatened or frustrated.

Uncommon kale: The most common varieties of kale are the curly and the lacinato, but there is also redbor, which is deep purple, and red Russian, which has blue-green and purple-red leaves.

Scary movie: Famous English director Sir Alfred Hitchcock made the movie,  The Birds, in 1963. It was based on a novella by Daphne du Maurier, also English, and starred American actress Tippi Hedren.

On the Lighter Side

How do you turn white chocolate into dark chocolate? Turn off the light.

Mom, texting: “What does IDK, LY, & TTYL mean?”
Son: “I Don’t Know, Love You, & Talk To You Later.”
Mom: “It’s ok, I’ll ask your sister. Love you, too.”

Sometimes I tuck my knees into my chest and lean forward. That’s just how I roll.

Did you hear about the young actor who fell through the floorboards? He was just going through a stage.

A recent scientific study showed that out of 2,293,618,367 people, 94% are too lazy to actually read that number.

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September 7, 2020

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Rare Street Artist: Finding artists in public places who will draw caricatures of visitors is relatively common. However, discovering a sculptor who will mold a  likeness into clay is harder to come across. In Changsha, in China’s Hunan province, a sculptor named Yan Junhai does exactly that. Having learned to sculpt at a young age, he uses his hands and a sculpting knife to create realistic busts of people he sees. As it is so rare to find someone like him on the street, visitors to Changsha might want to try to find him so he can make a  souvenir for them to take home to show friends.

No Rolling Over Paul Lavery and Jen Scott, his partner, didn’t think their loveable dachshund, Harlso, would ever learn any doggie tricks. They’d tried for years, with no luck, to teach him to sit or rollover. Then one day Lavery,  from Belfast, Northern Ireland, put a toy on Harlso’s head. Lo and behold, the little critter carefully balanced it, keeping it there for quite some time. The couple gave their pet many more opportunities to balance things on his head,  such as full glasses of water, doughnuts, and gingerbread men, and they posted photos on social media. Now, Harlso has an impressive following of admirers. 

Fake Mayor: Pichuclaco, a town in Chiapas, Mexico, has become known for its cutout mayor. Mayor Moisés Aguilar Torres must be quite a busy man. Rather than attending an event at a health service organization, he sent a large cardboard cutout of himself instead. As Torres was once a nurse, it was disappointing to the health service staff because they wanted to meet him.  Instead, they had to suffice with a photo of themselves standing with the cutout figure. Photos of the event have been circulated on social media. Some are critical about it, others find it humorous but, if anything, it’s peculiar!

Crazy Crows: A man named Mohanan rescued two baby crows, but the mother didn’t like him touching her hatchlings. Mohanan, a tractor driver in  Ambalavayal, Wayanad, India, found the hatchings under his vehicle and gently placed them on the side of the road. Now, a murder of crows, who must be part of the mother’s group, cackle loudly and fly at Mohanan every time he comes by the area. They don’t bother anyone else. The driver has tried disguising himself, but to no avail – somehow the crows can identify him.  He has to carry a stick to ward them off, but he manages to laugh about this curious avian behaviour.

Quoteable Quotes

“What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?”
~George Eliot
“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties  disappear and obstacles vanish.”
~John Quincy Adams

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Trivia

1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum was published in 1900, 1920, or 1940?s?

1900

2. What type of character is said to live in a bottle?

A Genie

3. A schnoz refers to a comedian, a type of beverage, or a nose?

Nose

4. In British currency, what is a quid?

Slang for the British pound

5. Cryptozoology is the study of what?

Legendary animals

 

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Did You Know?

Musical place: The Canadian Music Hall of Fame is located at Studio Bell in  Calgary, Alberta. The building also houses the Canadian Country Music Hall of  Fame, along with studios, performance spaces, and a large collection of musical instruments.

Aromatic scent: Trees of the Boswelia sacra, which grow in Oman, Yemen,  and the Horn of Africa, are the source of sap which, when dried, becomes frankincense. For centuries, this aromatic sap has had many uses.

Princely award: American musician Prince and his band, The Revolution,  released their Purple Rain album in 1984. This was Prince’s sixth studio album,  which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011.

Needlework: There are numerous species of porcupine, but all have coats covered with quills that are as sharp as needles. The quills lie flat unless the animal feels threatened, then they stand up as the porcupine attempts to scare away the predator.

Sea and sand: The North African country of Tunisia is bordered to the north and east by the Mediterranean Sea. It is also home to part of the Sahara  Desert, and adventurous visitors can book treks using camels as transportation.

On the Lighter Side

Sign on a wishing well: Wish Carefully, NO Refunds.

Fisherman: “Where can I find the most fish?”
Guide: “Between the head and the tail.”

How many 16-year-olds does it take to change a lightbulb? Whatever.

Why isn’t “phonetic” spelled the way it sounds?

Patron: “How many reference librarians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?”
Librarian: “I don’t know. I’ll have to check on that and get back to you.”

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