January 25th, 2021

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Everybody’s Talking

Unusual art: Artist Reijo Kela of Finland must have been a bit bored when he decided to make some friends – literally. He came up with an art installation consisting of over 1,000 “people” made of wooden frames and dressed in colourful clothing. All the figures, which have heads of peat and hair of straw,  face the same direction. Called “The Silent People,” the installation is situated in a field near a highway, in the Finnish municipality of Suomussalmi. Drivers who are accustomed to the sight may not look twice, but those who don’t know about it experience quite a shock when they first view the army of scarecrows.

Unshorn sheep: A sheep named Prickles has become a celebrity in Tasmania  (Australia). The ovine got separated from Alice Gray’s family farm in 2013  during intense bush fires. A lamb at the time, the family worried that she  wouldn’t  survive in the wilderness. However, they were buoyed by a few sightings of her over the years, and finally, they managed to catch her, put her  in a truck, and get her back to the farm. Prickles had not had her wool shorn for  so long that she  looked like a big ball of fluff. The family sponsored a  contest for people to guess how much the wool weighed, and they donated  the proceeds to a COVID-19 relief fund. 

Pancake perfection: The small city of Ames, Iowa (U.S.), is home to The Grove  Café. This little restaurant, which was founded back in 1948, serves such good food that it has been voted one of the 20 best breakfast restaurants in the country. Pancakes are the menu item that gets diners’ attention. They are enormous and barely fit on a plate. At an inch thick and with perfect fluffiness,  these pancakes can be ordered as a short stack of two, for diners who are really hungry. Toppings include butter, blueberry and raspberry jam, and whipped cream.

Picturesque burglary: If you are going to rob someone, try not to take a  picture of yourself on the victim’s phone. That’s what Ashley Keast did after breaking into a home with the intent of stealing. Keast, of Rotherham, South  Yorks (England), stole a SIM card and put it into a different phone before posting a selfie. He didn’t realize that the photo was seen by the victim’s co-workers, who called the cops. It didn’t take long to find the thief, who was caught with the victim’s £4,000 Rolex watch. Keast ended up in jail for his bad deed.

Quoteable Quotes

“Anticipation was the soul of enjoyment.”
—Elizabeth Gaskell

 

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
—William Shakespeare

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Trivia

1. Glaucoma is a medical condition that affects the ears or the eyes?

Eyes

2. A taradiddle is a petty falsehood or a type of riddle?

Petty Falsehood

3. What actress played the role of Elaine in the Seinfeld sitcoms?

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

4. George de Mestral invented Velcro, a combination of what?

Velvet and Crochet

5. What is a worthless medicinal product often called?

Snake Oil

Games

Did You Know?

Rare bird: The blue-throated macaw is a brightly coloured bird that lives in northern Bolivia. It grows to be 60 to 91 centimetres (two to three feet) from head to tail, and some live to be 50 years old. They are on the endangered list.

Buggy place: The city of Montréal, Québec (Canada), has a very unusual museum called the Insectarium of Montréal. This museum displays thousands of insect specimens for those who are fascinated by such creatures.

Savoury breakfast: A favourite breakfast sold by street vendors in China is jianbing. This made-to-order, crêpe-like food is filled with green onion, cilantro,  and vegetables, and topped with hoisin sauce and spices.

I love you: In Paris, an art installation called Mur des Je T’Aime (“I Love You: The  Wall”) was built from lava tiles by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito. On the  tiles, the artists have written “I Love You” in 311 ways, using about 250  languages.

Born singer: Sia is a pop singer from Adelaide, Australia. After limited early  success in Australia, she moved to England, where she pursued a solo career.  One of her early albums, Healing is Difficult, was released in 2001. She now  lives in the United States.

On the Lighter Side

Falling in love is awfully simple. Falling out of love is simply awful.

What stays in the corner all the time but travels around the world? A stamp.
Why didn’t the dinosaur cross the road? Because there weren’t even any roads during the Jurassic Period!

What do lawyers wear to court? Lawsuits.
Dentist: “You need a crown.”

Patient: “Finally, someone who understands me.”

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