January 4th, 2021


Everybody’s Talking

Lost in the maze: Those who don’t mind getting lost might want to visit the rare Elizabethan hedge maze in the VanDusen Garden in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, on Canada’s west coast. Planted in the fall of 1981, the maze is made of over 3,000 pyramidal cedars, which have been growing ever since. Some people come to test their sense of direction as they walk through its cool passageways, while others enjoy finding a quiet spot to contemplate life. Those who are afraid of getting lost can view the maze from an observation terrace and watch others try to find their way out!

Sandy art: Visitors to a beach in Basque Country in Spain could be forgiven if they ran away in fear because they saw a big bull sitting in the sand. However, what they saw wasn’t a real bull. It was a sculpture created by sand artist Andoni Bastarrika. For a decade, the artist has been making sand sculptures mainly to entertain people, but images of this life-size bull went viral on social media and made him famous. Bastarrika uses his hands to get the shape of his subject and then moves to brushes, sticks, and toothpicks to sculpt the fine details. In addition to creating his own art, he also teaches sand sculpting workshops.

Stay home!: The originator of Batman probably never envisioned the caped crusader as a virus fighter. However, that was the case in the Mexican city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. A man dressed up in a real Batman suit drove around the city in a Batmobile, taking it upon himself to tell people to stay at home. He blasted a recorded message from the vehicle asking people to keep their distance from each other. The vigilante apparently was Candelario Maldonado, a Batman impersonator known in the city.

Cat sense: Dogs tend to get all the recognition for being heroes in times of trouble, but a cat in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, Newfoundland (Canada), deserves some credit for being a “watch cat.” The black and white feline, called Joey, is owned by Scott White. Just after midnight, White had put some food in the slow cooker, expecting it to be ready in the morning. However, he woke up a few hours later to find Joey pacing around the bed and whacking him with a paw. Turns out the slow cooker had caught fire. Without Joey, the house might have burned down.

Quoteable Quotes

“But how cool, how quiet is true courage!” —Fanny Burney

“In youth we learn, in age we understand.” —Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

What’s Happening


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


1. What is a Sabbatical?

An extended leave.

2. Often used in meal preparation, what are capers

Pickled flower buds

3. Which gland in the human body generates tears?

Lacrimal gland

4. What musical instrument did Ravi Shankar champion worldwide?

The Sitar

5. The longest river in Europe is the Danube, the Rhine, or the Volga?

the Volga


Did You Know?

Dairy Problem: Some people are lactose intolerant, meaning that they have trouble digesting lactose in dairy products.  These folks don’t produce enough lactase, an enzyme that breaks down ingested lactose.

Arty Place: The Banff Centre for the Arts is located near the picturesque mountain town of Banff in Alberta, Canada.  Students can take part in studies in many disciplines, such as music, writing, dance and the visual arts.

Island Nation: The Philippines is a Pacific Ocean archipelago consisting of more than 7,000 islands.  The capital of Manila is on the largest island, Luzon, in the northern part of the country.

Feather Hue: When we think of flamingos, we think of pink flamingos.  However, the colour of their feathers may range from pink to red to purple and is a result of what they eat.

Far Away: When people are farsighted, they can clearly see things in the distance but if they try to read a book, it’s blurry. This condition, known as hyperopia, is usually easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

On the Lighter Side

What question can never be answered with a “yes”?… “Are you asleep?”


Optimist: “The glass is half full.”

Pessimist: “The glass is half empty.”

Parent: “Why didn’t you use a coaster?!”



It’s so cold outside that I saw a politician with his hands in his own pockets.

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What did the green grape say to the purple grape? “Oh no! Breathe! Breathe!!”

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