December 28th, 2020

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Stone Artist: Akie Nakata is an artist who makes her creations out of the unusual medium of small rocks or stones. As a child, Akie, as she is known, loved to draw animals and birds, and a few years ago she decided to paint them on rocks and stones. She has an uncanny ability to choose exactly the right stone for her subject, be it an owl, a puppy, a pigeon, or a kitten. She never changes the stone by chipping any of it away to suit the design. Instead, she leaves the rock as she found it. Once complete, her creatures seem alive, with the eyes looking out at the viewer.

Weather Dog: During the COVID-19 pandemic, a weatherman in Tampa, Florida (U.S.), got some help with his broadcast from a furry friend. Paul Dellegatto was on camera in his home office, with the cameraman aiming the lens at him from outside his window. Suddenly, Dellegatto’s golden retriever, Brody, entered the frame. In doing so, he nudged the computer, and the weather map blinked off. Dellegatto soldiered on, reading the material instead. Brody then decided to go to the window to greet the cameraman, blocking the camera’s view. No matter – viewers loved the interruption!

Tile Creations: A mosaic artist in the city of Chicago, Illinois (U.S.), not only makes works of art but does a service to his city at the same time. Jim Bachor learned about the beauty and durability of mosaics after taking courses in Italy. Back home, he decided to use the tough material to beautify his neighbourhood while fixing a pothole. One thing led to another, and soon Bachor had become a street artist. He started looking for potholes and designing custom mosaics to decorate them. He uses traffic cones to protect his work while it sets.

Desert Island: An island off the coast of Senegal, in northwest Africa, is home to the Viana Desert. The island is Boa Vista, which is part of Cape Verde, an archipelago of nine islands. The Viana Desert is actually an extension of the Sahara Desert, with the wind carrying sand from mainland Africa. This small desert is about 5 kilometres (3 mi.) long and has dunes, volcanic rocks, and sparse vegetation. The hiking is not difficult for adventurers, and outfitters are available to take visitors on excursions.

Quoteable Quotes

“Light tomorrow with today” —Elizabeth Barrett Browning


“Too low they build who build beneath the stars.” —Edward Young

What’s Happening

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Trivia

1. Cocobolo, Ebony, and Mopane are all types of what product?

Wood

2. Which American poet wrote “Mending Wall”?

Robert Frost

3. Name the person who said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

4. What is the capital of Somalia?

Mogadishu

5. In terms of navigation, what do the letters GPS stand for?

Global Positioning System

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Did You Know?

Buckle Up: Seatbelts were used in aircraft before they were used in automobiles.  The idea of using them in cars was not even presented until the early 1950’s.  The Ford car company started offering them in 1956.

Weather Forecast: A barometer is a tool that meteorologists use to measure the pressure in the atmosphere.  This instrument which is used to make short-term weather forecasts was invented in the 1600’s.

Thorny Story: Colleen McCullough (1937-2015) comes from New South Wales, Australia. The author is best known for The Thorn Birds, which was published in 1997.  It was made into a TV miniseries in 1983.

Skunky Scent: No one wants to get sprayed by a skunk.  If you encounter one of these small, black and white animals and it starts hissing and stomping its feet, get away from it as fast as you can.

Solar System Discovery: Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun.  It was discovered, with the help of a telescope in 1781 by German-born British astronomer William Herschel.

On the Lighter Side

Teacher: “What’s your favourite instrument?”

Student: “The school bell.”

 

Who earns money without working a single day?  The night watchman.

How many opticians does it take to change a lightbulb? Is it One or Two? One… or Two?

Inflation: The process that enables you to live in a more expensive neighbourhood without going into the trouble of moving.

If you think talk is cheap, you haven’t talked to a lawyer.

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December 14th, 2020

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More Than Cherry Soda: When people grab a soda, the roster of flavours usually includes such things as cola, strawberry soda, ginger ale, and limeade.  Now, a soft drink company based in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, may have won the competition for the weirdest soda flavours. The company, called  Kimura Beverage, has produced sodas with flavours that include pickled plums, curry, melon bread, and eel. Developing the flavours is no small undertaking, as it can take up to a year to get it just right.
Plastic Plant: A woman from California (U.S.) recently had a big surprise. Caelie  Wilkes loves plants. She had a succulent that she carefully looked after for two years, watering it on a schedule. Its beautiful green leaves always seemed healthy. One day, Wilkes decided to transplant her pride and joy into a bigger pot. Imagine her shock when she discovered that the succulent was fake; it had no roots and was glued onto a piece of Styrofoam that was covered with dirt. Luckily, Wilkes has a sense of humour. She posted her story,  which garnered lots of funny and sympathetic comments. 

Snail Power: When thinking about pets, most people conjure up images of cats, dogs, bunny rabbits, parrots, and maybe even pot-bellied pigs. But snails?  That is the choice of Pepper Apollo, a  woman from the United Kingdom who cares for approximately 150 of the creatures. She started collecting them a few years ago when she found some near her workplace. Today, she keeps her large collection of tiny pets in tiered terrariums where they live a luxurious,  well-fed life. Apollo genuinely feels that each one of her little charges has its own personality.

Animal Sanctuary: A couple in India love wildlife. In 1998, wildlife photographer Aditya Singh and his artist wife, Poonam Singh, started purchasing farmland near the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan,  northern India. Farmers happily sold their land because the big cats on the reserve threatened farmers’ livelihoods. The couple has allowed the forest to regrow on the land, and today it is a lush home for tigers, leopards, wild boars,  and other animals. The Singhs even dug watering holes for the animals. Now that these predators have the food and water they need, they are not as much f a threat to farmers.

Quoteable Quotes

“Happiness lies in the consciousness we have of it.”
—George Sand

 

“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the  sunlight.”
—Benjamin Franklin

What’s Happening

THURSDAY's - BUSINESS REFERRAL NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL

7 am, On ZOOM All Visitors Welcome! Call 289-968-9781 for details to register to attend NOTE: Pre-registration is required.

May 13-14, 2021: DigiMarCon Canada West 2021 - Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition

The Westin Bayshore Vancouver Hotel

1601 Bayshore Dr., Vancouver BC

 

May 20, 2021: Your Title Goes TECHSPO Toronto 2021 Technology Expo (Internet ~ Mobile ~ AdTech ~ MarTech ~ SaaS)Here
Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre Hotel

525 Bay St Toronto Ontario M5G 2L2 Canada, 525 Bay St

Trivia

1. Yale University is located in the U.S. state of New York or Connecticut?

Connecticut

2. The koala bear sleeps an average of 20 hours a day—T/F?

True

3. IKEA is best known for what?

Home Furnishings

4. In karate, what colour belt represents the highest level—red or black?

Red

5. Who wrote the popular novel Doctor Zhivago?

Boris Pasternak

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Did You Know?

Sound the Siren: The first civilian ambulances were horse and buggy teams that carried medical equipment and were used to pick up patients in New York  City. Dr. Edward L. Dalton of Bellevue Hospital started the service in 1869.

Northern Player: Jordin Tootoo was the first player of Inuk descent to play in the National Hockey League. From Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, in northern Canada,  his career started with the Nashville Predators in 2003. He retired in 2018.

Fast wave: Tsunamis, those enormous waves that can cause harm to coastal regions, occur most often in the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire. They can travel across the ocean at speeds of up to 800 kilometres (500 miles) an hour.

Protein source: Lots of people put tofu into their stir-fries. This soybean product is made from pressing soymilk curds into blocks. Tofu is a source of protein and is enjoyed by those who want protein from a substitute for meat.

Skating phenom: Sonja Henie was a famous figure skater. Born in Oslo,  Norway,  in 1912, she won many medals in competitions, including three golds in the Winter Olympics of 1928, 1932, and 1936. She died in 1969.

On the Lighter Side

Hotel sign: “Our towels are so fluffy, it will be hard to put them in your suitcase.”

The absentminded professor saw a sign on his door that said, “Back in 30 minutes.” So he sat down to wait.

A baby brightens up a home. Since ours came, the lights have been on all night!

Life is like high school algebra. Every time you solve one problem, the teacher  is waiting to give you another.

No job is so simple that it can’t be done wrong.

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December 7th, 2020

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Bad Luck Chuck: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (U.S.), is home of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. It houses a large collection of those little figurines with the oversized heads that bob up and down. The dolls portray a huge variety of figures, such as sports heroes, emojis and characters from movies. One of the newest bobbleheads is “Bad Luck Chuck,” a  caricature of Charles Penn, who is a super fan of the Kansas City Chiefs football team. He is known to make the team lose if he attends games. Hopefully, those who buy a Bad Luck Chuck bobblehead will keep the figurine at home!
Fast Flight: If you were on a certain British Airways flight from New York to  London in early February 2020, you would have enjoyed a very quick trip indeed. Flight 112 had the help of a powerful jet stream that created a strong tailwind for the journey. The jet plane reached London in an amazing four hours and 56 minutes. On average, the flight takes six hours and 13 minutes, so passengers arrived at their destination much earlier than expected. The plane reached a speed of over 1,280 kilometres per hour (800 miles per hour) during the flight.  

Don’t Try It: At Pascual Bilboa, a tailoring shop in Bilboa, Spain, customers must pay €15 to try on clothes. Owners Camino Azula Pascual and brother  Carlos made the new rule because, with 40 years of experience making custom clothing, they can know people’s measurements just by eyeing them. The skilled owners grew tired of people coming into the shop for advice, which could be a two-hour consultation and then buying clothing somewhere else. They are confident that their skills and their quality clothing will keep customers coming back, despite the controversial fee.

Priceless Painting: If you are anything like Vladimir Mkrtchyan of Moscow,  you’d better hold on to your childhood artwork. Now a journalist, Mkrtchyan decided to put a painting on the market that he had created when he was just six years old. The surprise selling price is 140 million rubles. The picture portrays a man riding a horse, and the artist claims it reveals  Soviet-era realities. Entitled “Red Army Man on Horse,”  Mkrtchyan found the picture during house cleaning. While not many buyers have come forth, the artist does not intend to lower the price.

Quoteable Quotes

“I’ll walk where my own nature would be leading; it vexes me to choose  another guide.” —Emily Brontë

 

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” —William Shakespeare

What’s Happening

THURSDAY's - BUSINESS REFERRAL NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL

7 am, On ZOOM All Visitors Welcome! Call 289-968-9781 for details to register to attend NOTE: Pre-registration is required.

May 13-14, 2021: DigiMarCon Canada West 2021 - Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition

The Westin Bayshore Vancouver Hotel

1601 Bayshore Dr., Vancouver BC

 

May 20, 2021: Your Title Goes TECHSPO Toronto 2021 Technology Expo (Internet ~ Mobile ~ AdTech ~ MarTech ~ SaaS)Here
Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre Hotel

525 Bay St Toronto Ontario M5G 2L2 Canada, 525 Bay St

Trivia

1. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, what was the destination of Dorothy and friends?

The Emerald City

2. Who invented the elevator?

Elisha Otis

3. What type of wood is traditionally used in wine barrels?

Oak

4. A bird called the kookaburra is native to what country?

Australia

5. If you have heliophobia, what are you afraid of?

Sunlight

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Did You Know?

Official Home: Most Canadians know the significance of 24 Sussex Drive in the country’s capital of Ottawa, Ontario. It is the official residence of Canada’s prime minister.

Celebrities: American movie director Quentin Tarantino has had many successful films, including 2019’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. His birth father, Tony Tarantino, is an actor and musician.

Red Rash: Those who have had chickenpox as a child are at risk for a condition called shingles later in life. Although treatable, it causes a painful rash.  Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus, varicella-zoster.

Popular Seed: Quinoa (pronounced “KEEN-wah”) is becoming a popular ingredient in salads and soups. A grain crop, it is grown for its seeds, which are edible. Quinoa is gluten-free and can be white, red, or black.

Trunk Snouts: Seals are marine mammals that live in different areas of the world, both in polar and tropical waters. The largest species is the Southern elephant seal. Its name comes from the appearance of its snout, which resembles a trunk.

On the Lighter Side

What’s the best way to talk to a tarantula? Long-distance.

Graffiti: “This life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been an actual life, you  would have received instructions as to what to do and where to go.”

Did you hear about the day the office computers broke down and everybody had to think?

If you want to lead the orchestra, you must turn your back on the crowd.

If builders built buildings the way lawyers write laws, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.

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