January 18th, 2021

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Plant lover: Joe Bagley lives in his own personalized jungle. His home is a one-bedroom coach house in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, and it is filled to the rafters with all kinds of potted plants, from cacti to ivy and from tropicals to succulents. All told, he estimates that 1,400 plants live in his abode. His love of plants started when, as a boy of 13, his grandmother gave him a spider plant cutting. Since then, collecting and caring for plants has become his passion. Even his work involves plants: he works in a garden centre.

Close proximity: Those who live near busy highways may not be thrilled with traffic noise, but that’s nothing compared to a situation in Cairo, Egypt.  Designed to carry fast-moving vehicles, Teraet Al-Zomor Bridge is under construction just 50 centimetres (20 in.) from four high-rise apartment buildings. Apparently, the bridge is an important addition to the infrastructure,  and the construction has a permit. The apartment dwellers will have to relocate, as the buildings will be torn down. For now, though, the view from some of the suites is definitely blocked, but hopefully, the compensation to the renters will be worth it! 

Big loaves: The country of Vietnam holds many tourist attractions, but one unlikely item has people talking – giant loaves of bread. Baker Pham Thi Bac of An Giang province in the Mekong Delta started making the big loaves in 2018, just for fun. At about one metre (3 ft.) long and weighing approximately three kilograms (6.5 lbs.), the loaves taste great and are glazed with butter and seeds. Local people heard about the bread first and started asking for it.  Then tourists joined in, wanting to take home a loaf or two as souvenirs – if they could figure out a way to carry them!

House for Raffle: Katherine Jablonowska and Ryan Mclean wanted to do something different, so they took on a unique project. They bought a 19th- century cottage on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales and renovated it. But their goal was not to live there. Instead, they plan to raffle it off for £5 per ticket, with the lucky winner becoming the new owner. Originally a working barn, the home is now a beautiful, peaceful abode, with all the “bells and whistles” of modern life. When selling tickets, the pair is requesting a £1  donation, which they will match and donate to The Children’s Society.

Quoteable Quotes

“Dance to the tune that is played.”
—Spanish proverb

 

“A little alarm now and then keeps life from stagnation.”
—Fanny Burney

What’s Happening

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

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

Trivia

1. What does the term “ipso facto” mean?

By the fact itself

2. Mexican American performer Carlos Santana is known for playing what instrument.

Guitar

3. What does a bibliophile collect or have a love for?

Books

4. Author Agatha Christie is best known for writing what type of novels? Pt?

Mystery 

5. A brouhaha is a German joke or a ruckus?

A Ruckus

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Did You Know?

It’s snowing! Accurately measuring the amount of rainfall is easier than measuring the amount of snowfall. One reason is that snow can stick to the side of the gauge, blocking falling snow from getting into the measuring container.

No arch: In people with flatfeet, the whole soles of their feet touch the floor when they are standing because their feet don’t have arches. In some people,  this condition causes problems, such as foot pain, but others don’t have any symptoms.

Zucchini facts: People think of zucchini as a vegetable, but it is actually a fruit.  Zucchini have beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, and the skin may be eaten along with the flesh because it is rich in antioxidants.

Funny lady: Maya Rudolph is an alumnus of the famous American skit comedy show, Saturday Night Live. She performed on the show from 2000 to  2007 and became known for her impersonations.

Old tree: A living natural wonder of the world grows in the  Abarkuh in Yazd Province, Iran. This Mediterranean cypress tree, known as Sarv-e Abarkuh, is thought to be between 4,000 and 5,000 years old.

On the Lighter Side

How are a green apple and a red apple alike? They’re both red, except for the green one.

Why are movie stars so cool? They have a lot of fans.
She: “I have a doctor’s appointment today, but I really don’t want to go.”

He: “Just call in sick then.”
How do you get down from an elephant? You don’t. You get down from a  goose.

What disappears the second you start talking about it? Silence.

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January 11th, 2021

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Underwater art: A young Bahamian girl sits beneath the sea off the coast of  New Providence, an island in the Bahamas. Actually, the girl is a statue, made of sustainable materials designed to encourage the growth of coral. Named  “Ocean Atlas,” this statue was made by Jason deCaires Taylor, an artist and photographer. “Ocean Atlas” was installed in 2014 under the water near the city of Nassau. It is 5.5 metres (18 ft.) tall and weighs over 60 tonnes. It is possible to go snorkelling in the area to see this interesting art instalment up close.

Tiny tree: Fairy Lake near the town of Port Renfrew on Victoria Island, Canada,  draws people to its shores so they can view a little fir tree. This small conifer is special because it is growing out of a log that is submerged in the lake. The tree is thought to be between 30 and 40 years old, and no one is quite sure how it survives on the log, which is the source of its nutrients. The tree is the subject of many photographs, and no two are alike. In times of high water, it may be almost submerged, while on still summer mornings, it sits peacefully in the mist.

Twice lucky: His last name has not been released, but “Joe B.” is one lucky fellow. From Pueblo, Colorado (U.S.), Joe bought two lottery tickets on the same day at different stores located a few blocks apart. He purchased one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Both tickets turned out to be $1 million winners! Joe used the same numbers (his lucky ones) each time. It took him a month to claim his prizes, and when he did, it was via a drive-thru window set up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Animal hospital: The Nairobi National Park in Kenya has a special centre for injured animals. Called the Nairobi Animal Orphanage, this centre takes in and treats animals and birds of many different species. On any one day, there may lions, hyenas, cheetahs, parrots, ostriches, and more. While the animals are ill or injured, they are nursed back to health by the orphanage’s staff. The centre’s goal is for the animals to be rehabilitated and returned to their natural habitats. Often, park rangers are the ones who find and bring in animals and birds that need medical treatment. The public can visit the orphanage for educational tours.

Quoteable Quotes

“Whatever is—is best.”
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

“It will never rain roses: when we want To have more roses we must plant more  trees.”
—George Eliot

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. A xylophone is a member of what class of musical instruments?

Percussion

2. Where is Tasmania?

SE Australia

3. Lou Ferrigno is best known for his portrayal of what TV character?

The Hulk

4. In the periodic table of elements, what is the symbol for platinum—P, Pl, or Pt?

Pt

5. What is a snaffle?

A bit for a horse

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Did You Know?

Snack time: Everybody loves popcorn, especially at the movies! Popcorn is a specific type of corn with a hard outside and an inside that consists of dense starch. When heated, the starch pops and turns the kernel into the familiar  snack.

Mountain ranges: The country of Colombia, in the northwest corner of South America, is home to the Colombian Andes. There are three branches: Cordillera Central, Cordillera Oriental, and Cordillera Occidental.

Famous works: Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a famous Austrian composer whose works are still admired today. He wrote operas, including The Marriage of Figaro, as well as symphonies, such as the Jupiter Symphony.

Fast running bird: Ostriches are found in the wild in Africa and are also raised around the world as a farm animal. Although they can’t fly, they can run faster than any other running bird.

Cotton swabs: A Polish American named Leo Gerstenzang is credited with inventing the Q-tip in the early 1920s after watching his wife use a cotton- covered toothpick as a makeshift version. That spurred him to come up with something better.

On the Lighter Side

My friend and I often laugh about how competitive we are.
But I laugh more.

What has feathers but no wings? A pillow.
Man on one riverbank: “I need you to help me get to the other side!”

Man on the other river bank: “You are on the other side!”
Don’t you hate it when someone answers their own questions? I do.

What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common? Same middle name.

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January 4th, 2021

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Lost in the maze: Those who don’t mind getting lost might want to visit the rare Elizabethan hedge maze in the VanDusen Garden in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, on Canada’s west coast. Planted in the fall of 1981, the maze is made of over 3,000 pyramidal cedars, which have been growing ever since. Some people come to test their sense of direction as they walk through its cool passageways, while others enjoy finding a quiet spot to contemplate life. Those who are afraid of getting lost can view the maze from an observation terrace and watch others try to find their way out!

Sandy art: Visitors to a beach in Basque Country in Spain could be forgiven if they ran away in fear because they saw a big bull sitting in the sand. However, what they saw wasn’t a real bull. It was a sculpture created by sand artist Andoni Bastarrika. For a decade, the artist has been making sand sculptures mainly to entertain people, but images of this life-size bull went viral on social media and made him famous. Bastarrika uses his hands to get the shape of his subject and then moves to brushes, sticks, and toothpicks to sculpt the fine details. In addition to creating his own art, he also teaches sand sculpting workshops.

Stay home!: The originator of Batman probably never envisioned the caped crusader as a virus fighter. However, that was the case in the Mexican city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. A man dressed up in a real Batman suit drove around the city in a Batmobile, taking it upon himself to tell people to stay at home. He blasted a recorded message from the vehicle asking people to keep their distance from each other. The vigilante apparently was Candelario Maldonado, a Batman impersonator known in the city.

Cat sense: Dogs tend to get all the recognition for being heroes in times of trouble, but a cat in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, Newfoundland (Canada), deserves some credit for being a “watch cat.” The black and white feline, called Joey, is owned by Scott White. Just after midnight, White had put some food in the slow cooker, expecting it to be ready in the morning. However, he woke up a few hours later to find Joey pacing around the bed and whacking him with a paw. Turns out the slow cooker had caught fire. Without Joey, the house might have burned down.

Quoteable Quotes

“But how cool, how quiet is true courage!” —Fanny Burney

“In youth we learn, in age we understand.” —Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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. What is a Sabbatical?

An extended leave.

2. Often used in meal preparation, what are capers

Pickled flower buds

3. Which gland in the human body generates tears?

Lacrimal gland

4. What musical instrument did Ravi Shankar champion worldwide?

The Sitar

5. The longest river in Europe is the Danube, the Rhine, or the Volga?

the Volga

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Did You Know?

Dairy Problem: Some people are lactose intolerant, meaning that they have trouble digesting lactose in dairy products.  These folks don’t produce enough lactase, an enzyme that breaks down ingested lactose.

Arty Place: The Banff Centre for the Arts is located near the picturesque mountain town of Banff in Alberta, Canada.  Students can take part in studies in many disciplines, such as music, writing, dance and the visual arts.

Island Nation: The Philippines is a Pacific Ocean archipelago consisting of more than 7,000 islands.  The capital of Manila is on the largest island, Luzon, in the northern part of the country.

Feather Hue: When we think of flamingos, we think of pink flamingos.  However, the colour of their feathers may range from pink to red to purple and is a result of what they eat.

Far Away: When people are farsighted, they can clearly see things in the distance but if they try to read a book, it’s blurry. This condition, known as hyperopia, is usually easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

On the Lighter Side

What question can never be answered with a “yes”?… “Are you asleep?”

 

Optimist: “The glass is half full.”

Pessimist: “The glass is half empty.”

Parent: “Why didn’t you use a coaster?!”

 

 

It’s so cold outside that I saw a politician with his hands in his own pockets.

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What did the green grape say to the purple grape? “Oh no! Breathe! Breathe!!”

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