August 31, 2020


Everybody’s Talking

No Privacy: A hotel proprietor in Fukuoka, Japan, is banking on making money in a unique way. Tetsuya Inoue runs Asahi Ryokan, and he wants to boost business. So he decided to allow people to pay a mere ¥100 per night to stay at the hotel, provided they agree to be live-streamed during their stay.  The live streaming does not include audio, and the bathrooms do not have cameras.  Inoue hopes that enough viewers will be interested in watching people give up their privacy that social media hits will rise, thereby allowing ads to be shown on the channel, allowing him to make money.

Needed a Friend: An elderly man from Chichester, West Sussex, England,  should be enjoying his retirement years. Instead, Ian Hemmens is spending a  few months in prison.  A pair of criminals convinced Hemmens, who once worked as a burger van driver, to be their driver as they committed crimes. The gentleman’s lawyer said Hemmens didn’t realize that the criminals only wanted his services because his advanced age was a perfect cover. The lawyer also said that Hemmens was simply lonely and wanted someone to talk to. Unfortunately for Hemmens, the judge didn’t buy either argument. 

Unicorn Café: People who have a love of the unicorns can visit a café designed to honour these fictional animals. Located in the Silom area of  Bangkok, Thailand, the Unicorn Café offers a multi-coloured, magical experience. The place is full of stuffed unicorns of all sizes and colours, and the furnishings come in pastel hues. The food lives up to the theme. For example, guests can order Rainbow Spaghetti Carbonara and a fruit beverage,  and then they end the meal with waffles covered by colourful ice cream and sprinkles. To top it off, guests can pretend to be a unicorn by donning a unicorn onesie provided during the visit.

Wandering Bull: It looks like a Croatian bull named Jerry will not end up on anyone’s dinner plate. Jerry had been waiting to meet his demise when he somehow escaped from the corral and ran into the woods. Later, some local people saw him on a hill, but the 295-kilogram (650-lb.) bovine ran away again.  With his owner, police, and even a drone operator searching for him, word got out, and local people started looking for him. Since Jerry has managed to evade capture, his owner says that, if found, he will make sure  Jerry lives to enjoy a long life because he has earned it.

Quoteable Quotes

“When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.”

“Even the most fortunate have a lot of crumpled rose leaves under their forty mattresses of ease.”

~Dorothy Dix

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1. The small parts of a garlic bulb are called buds, seeds, or cloves?


2. The Taj Mahal is located in what city?

Agra, India

3. Discovered in 1930, Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet in what year?


4. Is a “chin-wag” a goatee or a friendly conversation?

Friendly conversation

5. What is a toque blanche?

Chef’s hat



Did You Know?

Wide Awake: If a person has insomnia, it means they have problems falling or staying asleep. Changing sleep habits, such as not going to bed until feeling drowsy and avoiding caffeine in the evening, sometimes can help.

Raspberry jammed: Raspberry lovers enjoy this nutritious fruit for its tart-sweet taste. Lots of countries cultivate raspberries, the top producers being  Russia, Poland, and the United States. Mexico and Serbia are also big producers.

Painful subject: Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was known for painting colourful, surreal self-portraits that revealed her pain. She was married to the famous muralist, Diego Rivera.

Forced rule: When a country has a government, usually military in nature, that has taken control by force instead of through an election by the people, the new government is called a junta.

Ancient communication: An early and ancient system of writing is Egyptian hieroglyphics. This system is seen as the ancestor of the writing systems used today.

On the Lighter Side

What can you give and keep at the same time? A cold!

Drew: “It takes me an hour to get to work in the morning.”
Avery: “Before or after you arrive?”

How many telemarketers does it take to change a lightbulb? Only one, but it has to be while you’re eating dinner.

What’s another word for “thesaurus”?

Fred went down the street to a 24-hour grocery store and found the clerk locking the front door. Fred said, “Hey! The sign says you’re open 24 hours.”  The clerk said, “Yes, but not in a row!”

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