July 6, 2020

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Everybody’s Talking

Ice queen: It’s not all that unusual for young teenagers to drift away from their parents. After all, that is the time of life when young people want to start doing their own thing. But mother Rhian Hughes of Clayton-le-Moors,  Lancashire, England, found a way to stay close to her son Harry. She secretly took up figure skating, something Harry loves to do. While training with an instructor was gruelling, Rhian soon was able to perform a routine, which she tricked Harry into seeing. He was very impressed, and now Harry, Rhian, and the rest of the family go skating together regularly, cementing the parent-child bond.

Say “Yes” to the dress: A woman from Adelaide, Australia, is tired of consumerism. After visiting India, Tammy Hall came home and decided to stop buying new clothes and to be happy with what she had for at least a year. She didn’t have any trouble doing that, but she did have trouble with the thought of spending a large sum of money for her wedding dress, which she would wear for only a day. To avoid this wasteful practice, she started wearing the dress everywhere after her wedding day. That includes hiking trails, basketball courts, the gym, and even the voting station. She plans to continue saying  “Yes” to the dress! 

Garden solution: If you want to get rid of a nest of bugs in your backyard,  don’t use gasoline and a match. That’s what  Cesar Schmitz discovered. His wife didn’t want the bugs to eat her lovely garden on their property in Enéas  Marques, in southern Brazil. So, with an audience of two pet dogs, Schmitz poured gas into the bug nest and tried unsuccessfully to light it with a match. Finally, on the third try, the gas ignited. Sod flew everywhere and the dogs took off on a run. Luckily, Schmitz was in a safe place, but he had to replant the garden!

Nose For Golf Balls: The elderly Barry Gell of Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, loves playing golf, and he never has to buy golf balls. That’s because he trained his collie, Jess, to sniff out lost balls on the golf courses in the area. Over a 12-year  period, Jess has found more than 50,000 balls, some even buried in mud. The smart pooch never nabs one that’s in play, only lost ones. Gell uses some of the balls and gives some away, but he still has so many that he doesn’t know what to do with them all. Jess has even discovered antique golf balls lost decades ago by golfers.

Quoteable Quotes

“And we find at the end of a perfect day, the soul of a friend we’ve made.”
~Carrie Jacobs Bond~

“Becoming a father is easy enough, But being one can be rough.”
~Wilhelm Busch~

Trivia

1. What are the top universities in the U.S. called?

Ivy League

2. Which fruit has more Vitamin C, an orange or a kiwi?

Kiwi

3. In the world of basketball, who was known as “Houdini of the Hardwood”?

Bob Cousy

4. Bats are categorized as mammals—T/F?

True

5. What are geodes?

Crystal-filled Rocks

Games

Did You Know?

Good mood: Studies have linked low levels of the B vitamin folate to depression. Asparagus is a good source of folate, so eating it could help put  you in a better mood.

Magical places: A coral reef is a marine biome that exists in warm, shallow  water. Often located near the equator, they can be found around the world.  Examples are the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and Devil’s Reef in Jamaica.

Big lizard: Komodo dragons of Indonesia are predators that eat large prey,  such as deer, water buffalo, and smaller lizards. They can run quickly for short  periods, reaching speeds of about 20 kilometres per hour (13 mph).

Hot air: Dust devils are swirling columns of air that move across the ground.  They pick up debris and dust, which makes them visible. They form when one  area of ground, such as asphalt, heats up faster than a nearby area, such as  grass.

Spectacular range: The Italian Alps have a mountain range called the  Dolomites. They are beautiful, geologically diverse, and offer world-class ski  resorts and hiking. The Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

On the Lighter Side

Pat: “I’m sure I’ve seen your face somewhere else.”
Matt: “No, it’s always been right here in front of my head.”

What goes up when the rain comes down? An umbrella.

Q: A girl fell off a 30-foot ladder, but she didn’t get hurt at all. How is this possible?
A. She fell off the bottom step!

Sign outside a middle school: “You are unique—just like everyone else.”

What do you break before you use it? An egg!

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