January 11th, 2021
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.
“Whatever is—is best.”
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“It will never rain roses: when we want To have more roses we must plant more trees.”
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1. A xylophone is a member of what class of musical instruments?
2. Where is Tasmania?
3. Lou Ferrigno is best known for his portrayal of what TV character?
4. In the periodic table of elements, what is the symbol for platinum—P, Pl, or Pt?
5. What is a snaffle?
A bit for a horse
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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