December 14th, 2020


Everybody’s Talking

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


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


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


3. IKEA is best known for what?

Home Furnishings

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


5. Who wrote the popular novel Doctor Zhivago?

Boris Pasternak


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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