June 22, 2020

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Everybody’s Talking

Doodle art: A young, grade school student from Shrewsbury, Shropshire,  England, used to get into trouble for doodling at school. Joe Whale didn’t mean any harm; he just likes to draw. His parents, Greg Whale and Vanessa Jameson, decided to do something positive with their son’s skill and enrolled him in an  art class. The teacher was amazed at his talent, posting some of his doodling  pieces on social media. Soon, a restaurant owner called who wanted him to  decorate a wall in the dining room. It’s the boy’s first commercial work, and his  family has high hopes for his future.

Sandy landscape: The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in the United Arab  Emirates is a national park that’s home to plants, birds, reptiles, and mammals,  including the Arabian oryx, sand cats, hedgehogs, and pygmy shrews. Visitors can book an adventure into the park, which might include going on a trek by camel, fat-bike riding, or sandboarding on the desert’s dunes. The reserve is located 60 kilometres (37 miles) southeast of Dubai. Since temperatures soar in the summer months, it’s best to go between November and March when it’s usually around 27° C (80° F). 

Flare for drama: A horse named Jingang, who shares a name with a town in  China, has gained fame through social media postings showing his acting abilities. This smart steed has a unique way to avoid giving people rides. He lies down on the ground and refuses to get up until the would-be rider walks away. Not even a carrot or a sugar cube will lure him up! Apparently, Jingang does give people rides, but he plays this trick when he doesn’t want to cooperate.

Living simply: Daniel Price doesn’t need much to live on. Originally from the state of Kentucky (U.S.), he now lives in the state of Oregon in a hillside dugout in the forest. He considers himself a “minimalist.” Many years ago, he left his job as a photojournalist to try to live as simply as possible. Before making his dugout, he lived in tents, a teepee, a hut, and a shed. He has made his dugout comfortable with rugs and furnishings, and he even has electricity. He pays only $100 (U.S.) a month in rent to the land’s owner, and he has a self-imposed annual budget of $5,000 to pay for all his needs.

Quoteable Quotes

“Adornment is never anything except a reflection of the heart.” 

Coco Chanel

“Work consists of what a body is obliged to do…. Play consists of whatever a  body is not obliged to do.”

Mark Twain

Trivia

1. Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of what?

Number 13

2. How many grams of protein are found in a hen’s egg—0, 3, or 6?

6

3. What are female elephants called?

Cows

4. In the sport of curling, where does the tee sit?

Centre of the house.

5. Who is older—Mick Jagger or Paul McCartney?

Paul McCartney

Games

Did You Know?

Welcome stop: The Sahara Desert in northern Africa has about 90 major oases with fresh water near the surface from the water table below. Oases are important stops for travellers as they can restock with water and food.

Rock hounds: Mineralogists are scientists who study the Earth’s minerals.  Petrologists study the composition, texture, and structure of rocks.

Pink shell: Argentina is home to the pink fairy armadillo, also known as the pichiciego. It is the smallest armadillo in the world at only six inches long. It gets its name from its pink bony armour shell.

Warm versus cold: When an El Niño weather pattern occurs in the Pacific, the effect in North America is unusually warm temperatures in the winter.  When it’s a La Niña, the southeastern part of North America will be warmer  and the Northwest will be cooler than normal.

Circus laughs: Monty Python’s Flying Circus was a 45-episode English sketch comedy show that ran from 1969 to 1974. Its six creators were Graham  Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

On the Lighter Side

Q: A man rode into town on Tuesday, and left two days later on Tuesday. How so?
A: His horse is named Tuesday!

Which month has 28 days? All of them!

Restaurant customer: “This egg doesn’t look fresh.”
Server: “It’s so fresh, the hen hasn’t even missed it yet.”

A psychologist received this postcard from a vacationing patient: “Having a wonderful time. Why?”

When you want to use me, you throw me away. When you’re done using me, you bring me in. What am I? An anchor.

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