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.
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1. Which singer has been named “The King of Soul”— Otis Redding or James Brown?
2. The estimated time for a plastic bottle to decompose is 4 yrs., 40 yrs., or 450 yrs.?
3. Which elephant has larger ears, the African or Asian elephant?
4. Name the Prince in the Disney film Frozen.
5. What implements do you need to row a boat?
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
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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