August 24, 2020

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Everybody’s Talking

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

 

Games

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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