June 8, 2020

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Everybody’s Talking

Seeing Red: Zorica Rebernik of the small town of Breze, Bosnia, loves the colour red. In fact, she loves it so much that she tries to make sure everything around her is red. The retired schoolteacher lives in a red house filled with red furniture. Her hair is dyed bright red, and she dresses in red clothes. Red flowers adorn her table, she sleeps on red bedsheets and drinks out of red glasses. Rebernik claims that her love of red started at about age 18 and hasn’t abated. She wore a red wedding dress when she married her husband, Zoran.

Arctic adventure: Adventure tourists looking for a little luxury might want to call a travel agency called Luxury Action. The Scandinavian company plans to place portable “igloos” on the ice at the North Pole during the month of April. The igloos are heated and have glass walls and ceilings so guests can admire the northern lights in the Arctic sky. Those interested in the adventure, which also includes hikes on glaciers and wildlife sightings, will fly in by helicopter. Guests hoping to stay there will need plenty of money. The trip costs about $100,000 (US) per person.

Reunited: Mike Plas of Thunder Bay, Ontario (Canada), lost his dog Jack in 2015 when Jack disappeared from his yard. When Jack didn’t come home, Mike had to face the fact that he might never see his canine friend again. Imagine his surprise when, four years later, he got a call from an animal hospital located in Winnipeg, Manitoba – 800 kilometres (500 miles) away. They had found a dog with a microchip that contained Mike’s contact information. Mike drove all the way to the hospital and was reunited with Jack, who whined and jumped and gave him lots of doggy kisses. It was a happy reunion!.

Making up time: Jenny Wilson and Kath Millns lived all their lives only 20 minutes away from each other near Rothingham, England. However, the twin sisters in their seventies didn’t know each other. Millns never knew she had a twin, but at age 11, Wilson had discovered that their mother had placed them for adoption when they were born. Wilson’s daughter, Nicole O’Halloran, initiated a search on social media, and eventually found Millns. Since their emotional reunion, the sisters have become very close, visiting each other’s homes regularly and going out for coffee.

Quoteable Quotes

“Time does not become sacred to us until we have lived it.”

John Burroughs

“To find in ourselves what makes life worth living is risky business, for it means that once we know we must seek it.”

Marsha Sinetar

Trivia

1. What is a dreidel?

A Spinning Top

2. Carob is a caffeine-free substitute for what popular ingredient?

Chocolate

3. Pharmacology is the scientific study of what?

Drugs

4. N.C., Andrew, and Jamie represent three generations of which family of artists?

Wyeth

5. What is pinchbeck?

Imitation gold

Games

Did You Know?

Plant-eater: The Iguanodon was a dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period. Fossils have been found around the world. The first one was discovered by Mary Mantell in Sussex, England, in 1822. The Iguanodon was an herbivore.

Big tree: The Hollow Tree is a famous stump of a western red cedar tree. Located in Stanley Park in Vancouver, on Canada’s west coast, it is about 1,000 years old. People stand inside the tree and get their pictures taken.

Exploding pod: The invasive Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) has a seedpod that explodes when disturbed. Native to India and the western Himalayas, it is found elsewhere in Asia, North America, and Europe.

Foggy view: When the lens in a person’s eye becomes cloudy, usually that means they have a cataract. Cataracts are common. They form slowly, cause blurry or foggy vision, and can be fixed with surgery.

Twisting winds: Tornados are funnel-shaped columns of rotating air that descend from thunderclouds. When they touch the ground, they move forward and can destroy anything in their paths.

On the Lighter Side

I have a neck, but no head and I wear a cap. What am I? A bottle!

Student: “There was a typo on a test I was taking. Instead of ‘(D) None of the above,’ it said ‘(D) one of the above.’ So I circled it.”

We are all time travelers moving at the speed of exactly 60 minutes per hour.

What do pandas have that no other animal has? Baby pandas!

Politics wouldn’t be so bad if we could just get rid of the politicians.

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