June 29, 2020

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Everybody’s Talking

Small but beautiful: Visitors to Iceland might want to try booking a tiny house for their vacation. The tiny house in question has some very special qualities.  It’s part of the Panorama Glass Lodge, located about a 30-minute drive from Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital. The bedroom walls and ceiling are made of glass so visitors can go to sleep watching the Northern Lights dance in the sky. The amazing scenery includes Hvalfjör˘our (fjord of the whales) as well as snowcapped mountains. The little place has many luxury amenities, including an outdoor hot tub.

Big banknote: When people open a new bank account, they usually take a cheque or a bit of cash to deposit into their chosen financial institution.  However, tellers at a bank in Lincoln, Nebraska (U.S.), were surprised when a  man presented them with a $1 million banknote and asked them to open an account and deposit the money.  The bank employees knew that a real $1 million bill doesn’t exist. In fact, the largest bill currently in circulation in the United States is $100. The bank manager called the police, who are trying to find the man. 

Raining unicorns: Folks working at a television station in Calgary, Alberta  (Canada), got a bit of a shock one Halloween morning when their weatherman arrived on the set. Jordan Witzel, a meteorologist, pranced in front of the camera dressed as a white unicorn, including pink hair, a horn, hooves, and a  multi-coloured tail. A banner appeared on the screen identifying him as  “Ferdinand: Mystical Meteorologist.” With the anchors laughing and exclaiming in disbelief, “Ferdinand” proved he could work the clicker with his hooves to present the weather report.

Pet rooster: Some people might love dogs, while others enjoy the company of cats, parrots, or hamsters. But for Martin Herrera of San Jose, Costa Rica,  roosters are his pets of choice. He has been domesticating and training the birds for many years. His favourite is a rooster named Paquito. Herrera can be found walking the streets of the city with Paquito on a leash, taking him to markets and cafés. In San Jose, people are allowed to bring pets onto city buses, so Herrera takes his favourite bird on bus rides, too. The bird lover trained Paquito to sit on his shoulder, to the delight of onlookers.

Quoteable Quotes

“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.”
—Amelia Earhart

“Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you a person who has never achieved much.”
—Joan Collins

Trivia

1. Which sport was featured in the movie Hoosiers?

Basketball

2. If a glow-worm is not a worm, what is it?

A beetle

3. Which breed of dog won the first “Best in Show” prize at Westminster in 1908?

Smooth Fox Terrier

4. Incisors, canines, and molars are three types of what?

Teeth

5. A jellyfish has a brain and a heart—T/F?

False

Games

Did You Know?

The sunshine vitamin: Vitamin D is produced in the skin in reaction to sunlight. People who don’t get enough sunlight may need to take a  supplement, as this vitamin only naturally occurs in a few foods, such as fatty fish.

Big lakes: Located between Asia and Europe, and bordering five countries,  the Caspian Sea is the largest lake in the world. The second largest is Lake  Superior, which straddles the Canadian-American border in North America.

Season: Earth is tilted at 23.5 degrees in relation to our orbit around the Sun.  When the North Pole has pointed away from the Sun, it is winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern hemisphere. Vice versa when the North Pole is pointed toward the Sun.

Odd sea creature: The dugong lives in the warm coastal waters of the Red  Sea, Indian Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean. This large mammal looks a little bit like a  manatee. Dugongs are herbivores and like to eat seagrass.

Wind watch: Prevailing winds are winds blowing in their most frequent direction in a certain location. Depending on  the latitude, prevailing winds  generally blow from east or west, rather than from north or south.

On the Lighter Side

Teacher: “Why can’t freshwater fish live in saltwater?”
Student: “The salt would give them high blood pressure.”

If the world keeps getting smaller every day, why does the cost of a stamp keep going up?

What can run, but never walks? Has a mouth, but never talks?
Has a head, but never weeps? Has a bed, but never sleeps?
A river.

Starting next month, I’m going to stop procrastinating.
Where is the ocean the deepest? On the bottom!

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