February 7th, 2021

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Cat handbags: A woman in Japan, known as Pico, designs handbags that look like real cats. Using faux fur, a handbag might appear to be a pure white kitten,  a black and white cat about to pounce, or a green-eyed grey feline that wants to cuddle. One of Pico’s creations is a knapsack which, on the wearer’s back,  looks like a house cat on its haunches clawing at a screen door. Pico’s work became known on social media, but she makes them in limited numbers because she is busy raising her young children.

Car Museum: Many famous automobiles have appeared in movies over the  years. Anyone with a hankering to see their favourite movie vehicle can visit  the Celebrity Car Museum in Branson, Missouri (U.S.). More than 100 such cars are collected there, from the Ford Explorer in Jurassic Park to the Flintstone’s  granite car to the Batmobile from the 1966 TV series. The museum is the brainchild of the Velvet family, who have been car collectors for years. Displays  change because the family regularly buys and sells cars. Visitors are  welcome to pretend to be a movie star behind the wheel. 

Body art: Born in Italy, Johannes Stötter is an artist who is an impressive body painter. He uses human models as his canvas and creates realistic looking animals, insects, reptiles, fish, and more. As the models can’t stay in place indefinitely,  he takes photos of the finished work. Often, it’s difficult to tell there is a human being (or two) in the photo. For example, he painted two models to look like a crocodile. He painted one curled-up model to look like a  beautiful butterfly. Two models, one on top of the other, appear to be a scaly lizard. Aside from his painting, Stötter is also a trained musician.

Crazy furniture: A furniture maker from Auckland, New Zealand, has found a  way to make his creations unique. Henk Verhoeff uses his carpentry skills to design and make furniture that looks like it’s warped or cracked – but it is not.  In reality, every drawer opens perfectly on a dresser that appears to be crooked and broken, and a hole in the door of a side table is camouflage for miniature shelves on the inside. It is quite a feat for Verhoeff to accurately cut the angles so the moving parts work properly. Verhoeff’s work became known when his daughter posted some images on social media.

Quoteable Quotes

“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.”
—Henry David Thoreau

“Oh, who can tell the range of joy Or set the bounds of beauty?”
—Sara Teasdale

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Trivia

1. What did amateur astronomers Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp discover in 1995?

Comet Hale-Bopp

2. The five basic senses are hearing, sight, smell, taste, and what?

Touch

3. A vicissitude is a legal exception or a change of luck?

Change of Luck

4. What are the Leonids?

Meteor Shower

5. A fedora is a type of wild cat or a felt hat?

Felt Hat

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Did You Know?

Tennis Star: Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1997, Naomi Osaka is one of the world’s best female tennis players and first Asian player to reach the top tier.  Encouraged by her father, she started playing at age three.

Paved with wood: Before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, this American city’s streets were constructed out of wooden blocks. Today, only two or three alleys made of wood remain, and they have been restored and preserved.

Flat and white: A landform near Sydney, Australia, called Wedding Cake Rock looks like its name. The fragile, flat, white limestone formation is markedly different and differs from the darker sandstone near it.

Unusual ride: The Dodo Manège is a children’s carousel in the Jardin des  Plantes in Paris. Rather than the usual horses, children ride on extinct or endangered animals, such as the dodo, the horned turtle, and the panda.

Music and movies: Jamaican American composer and pianist Don Shirley (1927-2013) was famous for his performances with the Don Shirley Trio, which featured piano, bass, and cello. He is the subject of the 2018 movie, Green Book.

On the Lighter Side

Do you want to hear a joke backwards? Start laughing.

What’s red and moves up and down? A tomato in an elevator.

Teacher: “Class, when I ask you a question, everyone answer at once. How much is 6 x 3?”
Class: “At once!”

How do you fix a broken gorilla? With a monkey wrench.

I have hands but I can never clap. What am I? A clock.

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January 25th, 2021

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Unusual art: Artist Reijo Kela of Finland must have been a bit bored when he decided to make some friends – literally. He came up with an art installation consisting of over 1,000 “people” made of wooden frames and dressed in colourful clothing. All the figures, which have heads of peat and hair of straw,  face the same direction. Called “The Silent People,” the installation is situated in a field near a highway, in the Finnish municipality of Suomussalmi. Drivers who are accustomed to the sight may not look twice, but those who don’t know about it experience quite a shock when they first view the army of scarecrows.

Unshorn sheep: A sheep named Prickles has become a celebrity in Tasmania  (Australia). The ovine got separated from Alice Gray’s family farm in 2013  during intense bush fires. A lamb at the time, the family worried that she  wouldn’t  survive in the wilderness. However, they were buoyed by a few sightings of her over the years, and finally, they managed to catch her, put her  in a truck, and get her back to the farm. Prickles had not had her wool shorn for  so long that she  looked like a big ball of fluff. The family sponsored a  contest for people to guess how much the wool weighed, and they donated  the proceeds to a COVID-19 relief fund. 

Pancake perfection: The small city of Ames, Iowa (U.S.), is home to The Grove  Café. This little restaurant, which was founded back in 1948, serves such good food that it has been voted one of the 20 best breakfast restaurants in the country. Pancakes are the menu item that gets diners’ attention. They are enormous and barely fit on a plate. At an inch thick and with perfect fluffiness,  these pancakes can be ordered as a short stack of two, for diners who are really hungry. Toppings include butter, blueberry and raspberry jam, and whipped cream.

Picturesque burglary: If you are going to rob someone, try not to take a  picture of yourself on the victim’s phone. That’s what Ashley Keast did after breaking into a home with the intent of stealing. Keast, of Rotherham, South  Yorks (England), stole a SIM card and put it into a different phone before posting a selfie. He didn’t realize that the photo was seen by the victim’s co-workers, who called the cops. It didn’t take long to find the thief, who was caught with the victim’s £4,000 Rolex watch. Keast ended up in jail for his bad deed.

Quoteable Quotes

“Anticipation was the soul of enjoyment.”
—Elizabeth Gaskell

 

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
—William Shakespeare

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Trivia

1. Glaucoma is a medical condition that affects the ears or the eyes?

Eyes

2. A taradiddle is a petty falsehood or a type of riddle?

Petty Falsehood

3. What actress played the role of Elaine in the Seinfeld sitcoms?

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

4. George de Mestral invented Velcro, a combination of what?

Velvet and Crochet

5. What is a worthless medicinal product often called?

Snake Oil

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Did You Know?

Rare bird: The blue-throated macaw is a brightly coloured bird that lives in northern Bolivia. It grows to be 60 to 91 centimetres (two to three feet) from head to tail, and some live to be 50 years old. They are on the endangered list.

Buggy place: The city of Montréal, Québec (Canada), has a very unusual museum called the Insectarium of Montréal. This museum displays thousands of insect specimens for those who are fascinated by such creatures.

Savoury breakfast: A favourite breakfast sold by street vendors in China is jianbing. This made-to-order, crêpe-like food is filled with green onion, cilantro,  and vegetables, and topped with hoisin sauce and spices.

I love you: In Paris, an art installation called Mur des Je T’Aime (“I Love You: The  Wall”) was built from lava tiles by Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito. On the  tiles, the artists have written “I Love You” in 311 ways, using about 250  languages.

Born singer: Sia is a pop singer from Adelaide, Australia. After limited early  success in Australia, she moved to England, where she pursued a solo career.  One of her early albums, Healing is Difficult, was released in 2001. She now  lives in the United States.

On the Lighter Side

Falling in love is awfully simple. Falling out of love is simply awful.

What stays in the corner all the time but travels around the world? A stamp.
Why didn’t the dinosaur cross the road? Because there weren’t even any roads during the Jurassic Period!

What do lawyers wear to court? Lawsuits.
Dentist: “You need a crown.”

Patient: “Finally, someone who understands me.”

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January 18th, 2021

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Plant lover: Joe Bagley lives in his own personalized jungle. His home is a one-bedroom coach house in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, and it is filled to the rafters with all kinds of potted plants, from cacti to ivy and from tropicals to succulents. All told, he estimates that 1,400 plants live in his abode. His love of plants started when, as a boy of 13, his grandmother gave him a spider plant cutting. Since then, collecting and caring for plants has become his passion. Even his work involves plants: he works in a garden centre.

Close proximity: Those who live near busy highways may not be thrilled with traffic noise, but that’s nothing compared to a situation in Cairo, Egypt.  Designed to carry fast-moving vehicles, Teraet Al-Zomor Bridge is under construction just 50 centimetres (20 in.) from four high-rise apartment buildings. Apparently, the bridge is an important addition to the infrastructure,  and the construction has a permit. The apartment dwellers will have to relocate, as the buildings will be torn down. For now, though, the view from some of the suites is definitely blocked, but hopefully, the compensation to the renters will be worth it! 

Big loaves: The country of Vietnam holds many tourist attractions, but one unlikely item has people talking – giant loaves of bread. Baker Pham Thi Bac of An Giang province in the Mekong Delta started making the big loaves in 2018, just for fun. At about one metre (3 ft.) long and weighing approximately three kilograms (6.5 lbs.), the loaves taste great and are glazed with butter and seeds. Local people heard about the bread first and started asking for it.  Then tourists joined in, wanting to take home a loaf or two as souvenirs – if they could figure out a way to carry them!

House for Raffle: Katherine Jablonowska and Ryan Mclean wanted to do something different, so they took on a unique project. They bought a 19th- century cottage on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales and renovated it. But their goal was not to live there. Instead, they plan to raffle it off for £5 per ticket, with the lucky winner becoming the new owner. Originally a working barn, the home is now a beautiful, peaceful abode, with all the “bells and whistles” of modern life. When selling tickets, the pair is requesting a £1  donation, which they will match and donate to The Children’s Society.

Quoteable Quotes

“Dance to the tune that is played.”
—Spanish proverb

 

“A little alarm now and then keeps life from stagnation.”
—Fanny Burney

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Trivia

1. What does the term “ipso facto” mean?

By the fact itself

2. Mexican American performer Carlos Santana is known for playing what instrument.

Guitar

3. What does a bibliophile collect or have a love for?

Books

4. Author Agatha Christie is best known for writing what type of novels? Pt?

Mystery 

5. A brouhaha is a German joke or a ruckus?

A Ruckus

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Did You Know?

It’s snowing! Accurately measuring the amount of rainfall is easier than measuring the amount of snowfall. One reason is that snow can stick to the side of the gauge, blocking falling snow from getting into the measuring container.

No arch: In people with flatfeet, the whole soles of their feet touch the floor when they are standing because their feet don’t have arches. In some people,  this condition causes problems, such as foot pain, but others don’t have any symptoms.

Zucchini facts: People think of zucchini as a vegetable, but it is actually a fruit.  Zucchini have beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, and the skin may be eaten along with the flesh because it is rich in antioxidants.

Funny lady: Maya Rudolph is an alumnus of the famous American skit comedy show, Saturday Night Live. She performed on the show from 2000 to  2007 and became known for her impersonations.

Old tree: A living natural wonder of the world grows in the  Abarkuh in Yazd Province, Iran. This Mediterranean cypress tree, known as Sarv-e Abarkuh, is thought to be between 4,000 and 5,000 years old.

On the Lighter Side

How are a green apple and a red apple alike? They’re both red, except for the green one.

Why are movie stars so cool? They have a lot of fans.
She: “I have a doctor’s appointment today, but I really don’t want to go.”

He: “Just call in sick then.”
How do you get down from an elephant? You don’t. You get down from a  goose.

What disappears the second you start talking about it? Silence.

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January 11th, 2021

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Underwater art: A young Bahamian girl sits beneath the sea off the coast of  New Providence, an island in the Bahamas. Actually, the girl is a statue, made of sustainable materials designed to encourage the growth of coral. Named  “Ocean Atlas,” this statue was made by Jason deCaires Taylor, an artist and photographer. “Ocean Atlas” was installed in 2014 under the water near the city of Nassau. It is 5.5 metres (18 ft.) tall and weighs over 60 tonnes. It is possible to go snorkelling in the area to see this interesting art instalment up close.

Tiny tree: Fairy Lake near the town of Port Renfrew on Victoria Island, Canada,  draws people to its shores so they can view a little fir tree. This small conifer is special because it is growing out of a log that is submerged in the lake. The tree is thought to be between 30 and 40 years old, and no one is quite sure how it survives on the log, which is the source of its nutrients. The tree is the subject of many photographs, and no two are alike. In times of high water, it may be almost submerged, while on still summer mornings, it sits peacefully in the mist.

Twice lucky: His last name has not been released, but “Joe B.” is one lucky fellow. From Pueblo, Colorado (U.S.), Joe bought two lottery tickets on the same day at different stores located a few blocks apart. He purchased one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Both tickets turned out to be $1 million winners! Joe used the same numbers (his lucky ones) each time. It took him a month to claim his prizes, and when he did, it was via a drive-thru window set up during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Animal hospital: The Nairobi National Park in Kenya has a special centre for injured animals. Called the Nairobi Animal Orphanage, this centre takes in and treats animals and birds of many different species. On any one day, there may lions, hyenas, cheetahs, parrots, ostriches, and more. While the animals are ill or injured, they are nursed back to health by the orphanage’s staff. The centre’s goal is for the animals to be rehabilitated and returned to their natural habitats. Often, park rangers are the ones who find and bring in animals and birds that need medical treatment. The public can visit the orphanage for educational tours.

Quoteable Quotes

“Whatever is—is best.”
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

“It will never rain roses: when we want To have more roses we must plant more  trees.”
—George Eliot

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Trivia

1. A xylophone is a member of what class of musical instruments?

Percussion

2. Where is Tasmania?

SE Australia

3. Lou Ferrigno is best known for his portrayal of what TV character?

The Hulk

4. In the periodic table of elements, what is the symbol for platinum—P, Pl, or Pt?

Pt

5. What is a snaffle?

A bit for a horse

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Did You Know?

Snack time: Everybody loves popcorn, especially at the movies! Popcorn is a specific type of corn with a hard outside and an inside that consists of dense starch. When heated, the starch pops and turns the kernel into the familiar  snack.

Mountain ranges: The country of Colombia, in the northwest corner of South America, is home to the Colombian Andes. There are three branches: Cordillera Central, Cordillera Oriental, and Cordillera Occidental.

Famous works: Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a famous Austrian composer whose works are still admired today. He wrote operas, including The Marriage of Figaro, as well as symphonies, such as the Jupiter Symphony.

Fast running bird: Ostriches are found in the wild in Africa and are also raised around the world as a farm animal. Although they can’t fly, they can run faster than any other running bird.

Cotton swabs: A Polish American named Leo Gerstenzang is credited with inventing the Q-tip in the early 1920s after watching his wife use a cotton- covered toothpick as a makeshift version. That spurred him to come up with something better.

On the Lighter Side

My friend and I often laugh about how competitive we are.
But I laugh more.

What has feathers but no wings? A pillow.
Man on one riverbank: “I need you to help me get to the other side!”

Man on the other river bank: “You are on the other side!”
Don’t you hate it when someone answers their own questions? I do.

What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common? Same middle name.

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January 4th, 2021

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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

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Trivia

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

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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.

Advertisement: “I Love You Only” Valentine cards.  Now available in multipacks.

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

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December 28th, 2020

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Stone Artist: Akie Nakata is an artist who makes her creations out of the unusual medium of small rocks or stones. As a child, Akie, as she is known, loved to draw animals and birds, and a few years ago she decided to paint them on rocks and stones. She has an uncanny ability to choose exactly the right stone for her subject, be it an owl, a puppy, a pigeon, or a kitten. She never changes the stone by chipping any of it away to suit the design. Instead, she leaves the rock as she found it. Once complete, her creatures seem alive, with the eyes looking out at the viewer.

Weather Dog: During the COVID-19 pandemic, a weatherman in Tampa, Florida (U.S.), got some help with his broadcast from a furry friend. Paul Dellegatto was on camera in his home office, with the cameraman aiming the lens at him from outside his window. Suddenly, Dellegatto’s golden retriever, Brody, entered the frame. In doing so, he nudged the computer, and the weather map blinked off. Dellegatto soldiered on, reading the material instead. Brody then decided to go to the window to greet the cameraman, blocking the camera’s view. No matter – viewers loved the interruption!

Tile Creations: A mosaic artist in the city of Chicago, Illinois (U.S.), not only makes works of art but does a service to his city at the same time. Jim Bachor learned about the beauty and durability of mosaics after taking courses in Italy. Back home, he decided to use the tough material to beautify his neighbourhood while fixing a pothole. One thing led to another, and soon Bachor had become a street artist. He started looking for potholes and designing custom mosaics to decorate them. He uses traffic cones to protect his work while it sets.

Desert Island: An island off the coast of Senegal, in northwest Africa, is home to the Viana Desert. The island is Boa Vista, which is part of Cape Verde, an archipelago of nine islands. The Viana Desert is actually an extension of the Sahara Desert, with the wind carrying sand from mainland Africa. This small desert is about 5 kilometres (3 mi.) long and has dunes, volcanic rocks, and sparse vegetation. The hiking is not difficult for adventurers, and outfitters are available to take visitors on excursions.

Quoteable Quotes

“Light tomorrow with today” —Elizabeth Barrett Browning


“Too low they build who build beneath the stars.” —Edward Young

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Trivia

1. Cocobolo, Ebony, and Mopane are all types of what product?

Wood

2. Which American poet wrote “Mending Wall”?

Robert Frost

3. Name the person who said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

4. What is the capital of Somalia?

Mogadishu

5. In terms of navigation, what do the letters GPS stand for?

Global Positioning System

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Did You Know?

Buckle Up: Seatbelts were used in aircraft before they were used in automobiles.  The idea of using them in cars was not even presented until the early 1950’s.  The Ford car company started offering them in 1956.

Weather Forecast: A barometer is a tool that meteorologists use to measure the pressure in the atmosphere.  This instrument which is used to make short-term weather forecasts was invented in the 1600’s.

Thorny Story: Colleen McCullough (1937-2015) comes from New South Wales, Australia. The author is best known for The Thorn Birds, which was published in 1997.  It was made into a TV miniseries in 1983.

Skunky Scent: No one wants to get sprayed by a skunk.  If you encounter one of these small, black and white animals and it starts hissing and stomping its feet, get away from it as fast as you can.

Solar System Discovery: Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun.  It was discovered, with the help of a telescope in 1781 by German-born British astronomer William Herschel.

On the Lighter Side

Teacher: “What’s your favourite instrument?”

Student: “The school bell.”

 

Who earns money without working a single day?  The night watchman.

How many opticians does it take to change a lightbulb? Is it One or Two? One… or Two?

Inflation: The process that enables you to live in a more expensive neighbourhood without going into the trouble of moving.

If you think talk is cheap, you haven’t talked to a lawyer.

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December 14th, 2020

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More Than Cherry Soda: When people grab a soda, the roster of flavours usually includes such things as cola, strawberry soda, ginger ale, and limeade.  Now, a soft drink company based in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, may have won the competition for the weirdest soda flavours. The company, called  Kimura Beverage, has produced sodas with flavours that include pickled plums, curry, melon bread, and eel. Developing the flavours is no small undertaking, as it can take up to a year to get it just right.
Plastic Plant: A woman from California (U.S.) recently had a big surprise. Caelie  Wilkes loves plants. She had a succulent that she carefully looked after for two years, watering it on a schedule. Its beautiful green leaves always seemed healthy. One day, Wilkes decided to transplant her pride and joy into a bigger pot. Imagine her shock when she discovered that the succulent was fake; it had no roots and was glued onto a piece of Styrofoam that was covered with dirt. Luckily, Wilkes has a sense of humour. She posted her story,  which garnered lots of funny and sympathetic comments. 

Snail Power: When thinking about pets, most people conjure up images of cats, dogs, bunny rabbits, parrots, and maybe even pot-bellied pigs. But snails?  That is the choice of Pepper Apollo, a  woman from the United Kingdom who cares for approximately 150 of the creatures. She started collecting them a few years ago when she found some near her workplace. Today, she keeps her large collection of tiny pets in tiered terrariums where they live a luxurious,  well-fed life. Apollo genuinely feels that each one of her little charges has its own personality.

Animal Sanctuary: A couple in India love wildlife. In 1998, wildlife photographer Aditya Singh and his artist wife, Poonam Singh, started purchasing farmland near the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan,  northern India. Farmers happily sold their land because the big cats on the reserve threatened farmers’ livelihoods. The couple has allowed the forest to regrow on the land, and today it is a lush home for tigers, leopards, wild boars,  and other animals. The Singhs even dug watering holes for the animals. Now that these predators have the food and water they need, they are not as much f a threat to farmers.

Quoteable Quotes

“Happiness lies in the consciousness we have of it.”
—George Sand

 

“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the  sunlight.”
—Benjamin Franklin

What’s Happening

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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

Trivia

1. Yale University is located in the U.S. state of New York or Connecticut?

Connecticut

2. The koala bear sleeps an average of 20 hours a day—T/F?

True

3. IKEA is best known for what?

Home Furnishings

4. In karate, what colour belt represents the highest level—red or black?

Red

5. Who wrote the popular novel Doctor Zhivago?

Boris Pasternak

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Did You Know?

Sound the Siren: The first civilian ambulances were horse and buggy teams that carried medical equipment and were used to pick up patients in New York  City. Dr. Edward L. Dalton of Bellevue Hospital started the service in 1869.

Northern Player: Jordin Tootoo was the first player of Inuk descent to play in the National Hockey League. From Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, in northern Canada,  his career started with the Nashville Predators in 2003. He retired in 2018.

Fast wave: Tsunamis, those enormous waves that can cause harm to coastal regions, occur most often in the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire. They can travel across the ocean at speeds of up to 800 kilometres (500 miles) an hour.

Protein source: Lots of people put tofu into their stir-fries. This soybean product is made from pressing soymilk curds into blocks. Tofu is a source of protein and is enjoyed by those who want protein from a substitute for meat.

Skating phenom: Sonja Henie was a famous figure skater. Born in Oslo,  Norway,  in 1912, she won many medals in competitions, including three golds in the Winter Olympics of 1928, 1932, and 1936. She died in 1969.

On the Lighter Side

Hotel sign: “Our towels are so fluffy, it will be hard to put them in your suitcase.”

The absentminded professor saw a sign on his door that said, “Back in 30 minutes.” So he sat down to wait.

A baby brightens up a home. Since ours came, the lights have been on all night!

Life is like high school algebra. Every time you solve one problem, the teacher  is waiting to give you another.

No job is so simple that it can’t be done wrong.