December 7th, 2020

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Everybody’s Talking

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

Games

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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