September 28, 2020

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Finding Koalas: Forest fires are very dangerous for wild animals, but in  Australia, a border collie came to the rescue. The dog, named Bear, was trained by Detection Dogs for Conservation to find koalas that are hiding in the trees. Bear was chosen for the task because he is able to find the small mammals by their scent. When he locates a koala, he settles himself under the tree and waits for one of his human bosses to arrive. Then the humans figure out how to get the little animal down from its high perch.

Painter’s Message: A house painter in Bolsover, Derbyshire, England, hadn’t been paid for the work he’d done on a building, so he took matters into his own hands. On the front of the freshly painted, cream-coloured, two-story structure, Dean Reeves painted a message in black: “Want your house painting? Don’t be like Terry. Pay the bill! Now you will!” According to Reeves,  building owner Terry Turner had continually refused to pay all of the agreed-upon amount until the painter completed extra tasks. When Reeves understood what the owner was doing, he decided to paint the message.

Up a pole: Vernon Kruger must love heights and small places. Hailing from the town of Dullstroom, South Africa, he has lived in a 500-litre (132-US liquid gallon) barrel on top of a 25-metre (82-ft.) pole for many days at a time. And he’s done it twice. The first time was in 1997 when he broke the previous record by staying in the barrel for 67 days. Recently, he broke his own record when he stayed there for 78 days. His stay wasn’t easy. He had to sleep curled up and had to rely on others to send food and water up to him in a wicker basket. He used the stunt to raise money for charity.

Award winner: Hibino Sekkei, an architectural firm in Japan, decided to bring nursery school children closer to nature through building design.  Taku Hibino is the lead architect. His firm has gained a reputation for designing facilities for early childhood education.  The renovation of YM Nursery, a school in Tottori prefecture, is a prime example.  The design called for opening the school up to the sea and the forest through open spaces and sliding doors,  which helps bring the outdoors inside.  The firm won best in its category at the  World Architecture Festival.

Quoteable Quotes

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: My strength lies solely  in my tenacity.” ~Louis Pasteur
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to  excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.”
~Vince Lombardi 

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Trivia

1. Which singer has been named “The King of Soul”— Otis Redding or James Brown?

Otis Redding

2. The estimated time for a plastic bottle to decompose is 4 yrs., 40 yrs., or 450 yrs.?

450

3. Which elephant has larger ears, the African or Asian elephant?

African

4. Name the Prince in the Disney film Frozen.

Hans

5. What implements do you need to row a boat?

Oars 

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Did You Know?

Big Bone: A bunion is a bony bump on the joint of the big toe where it meets the foot. Sometimes bunions run in families, and other times they could be caused by ill-fitting footwear.

Capturing the Moment: Edgar Degas was a painter and sculptor who was born in Paris, France, in 1834. A realist, he liked to paint real-life scenes, such as ballerinas rehearsing.

Eastern European Country: Georgia, which is on the east coast of the Black  Sea, borders Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. A mountainous country,  it is known for its steel industry and agricultural products, such as tea and grapes.

Chickpea Power: Chickpeas are also referred to as garbanzo beans. Rich in protein, fibre, and iron, they can be used in many recipes, including soups,  stews, salads, and spreads, such as hummus.

Prestigious Prizes: The Pulitzer Prizes are American awards given to those who excel in journalism, writing, drama, and musical composition. They are named after Joseph Pulitzer, a powerful journalist of the late 1800s.

On the Lighter Side

What if dogs fetch the ball back only because they think you really like throwing it?

Boss: “Wake up! If you want to snooze, why don’t you leave work and go home?”

Employee: “Oh no. I can’t get paid to sleep there.”
What is it called when a snowman has a temper tantrum? A meltdown!

Can a kangaroo jump higher than the Empire State Building?
Of course. The Empire State Building can’t jump.

A guest calls the waiter and complains, “How come there are no chairs at our  table?!”

The waiter shrugs, “I’m sorry but you only booked one table.”

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September 21, 2020

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Savoury cakes: When people eat cake, it’s usually a sweet treat that incorporates such flavours as chocolate and vanilla. That’s not the case with the creations at Tot Aw, a bakery in Jakarta, Indonesia. Short for “totally awesome,” Tot Aw’s bakers make cakes out of instant noodles. They press the cooked noodles into round forms and stack them into tiers. Each tier then gets  “iced” with savoury, rather than sweet, toppings, such as meatballs or curry chicken stew. These noodle cakes have become very popular, with people ordering them for birthdays and weddings.

Returned to owner: When Kim Fauth-Newberry donated her late grandfather’s footstool to charity, she had no idea she was also giving away over $43,000 (USD). From Owosso, Michigan (U.S.), Fauth-Newberry wanted to give away her grandfather’s furniture to people who might need it. Luckily for her, an honest man named Howard Kirby became the owner of the stool.  When a family member unzipped the stool’s cushion and found money inside,  Kirby knew just what to do. He took it back to the second-hand store. The store found Fauth-Newberry, and he gave the money back to her.

Stretchy outfit: Clothing makers use a variety of materials to make fashionable outfits, such as wool, cotton, rayon, linen, and silk, but rubber bands? Those weren’t a very common clothing material until Rie Sakamoto of  Tokyo, Japan, tried them. An art student at Tama Art University, the creative clothing designer decided to see what she could make by knitting rubber bands together. Her endeavour was successful; she made dresses, jackets,  and scarves. Intrigued by its qualities, including flexibility and texture, her goal was to find new uses for this ubiquitous office staple.

Fake kidnapping: A man from a town called Pitalito, in southwestern  Colombia, didn’t really want to get married. A few days before the nuptials, he confessed to his close friends that he wished he could get out of the commitment. They suggested a fake kidnapping. The groom went into hiding,  and his friends called police saying they had seen him being abducted by a group of men. The police took the news very seriously and brought in the army. The groom’s friends realized their error and confessed what they had done. They are likely to be charged and given jail time for their prank.

Quoteable Quotes

“Television has proven that people will look at anything, rather than each other.”
~Ann Landers
“…a garden dies quickly without a loving gardener to keep it alive.”
~May Sarton

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Trivia

1. Is starboard on the right or left side of a ship?

Right

2. What mineral is mined in sheets?

Mica

3. The primary ingredient in Arroz con pollo is beef, pork, or chicken?

Chicken

4. What is El Niño?

Pacific Weather Event

5. Which artist painted the Mona Lisa?

Leonardo Da Vinci

 

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Did You Know?

Big bone: A bunion is a bony bump on the joint of the big toe where it meets the foot. Sometimes bunions run in families, and other times they could be caused by ill-fitting footwear.

Capturing the moment: Edgar Degas was a painter and sculptor who was born in Paris, France, in 1834. A realist, he liked to paint real-life scenes, such as ballerinas rehearsing.

Eastern European country: Georgia, which is on the east coast of the Black  Sea, borders Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. A mountainous country,  it is known for its steel industry and agricultural products, such as tea and grapes.

Chickpea power: Chickpeas are also referred to as garbanzo beans. Rich in protein, fibre, and iron, they can be used in many recipes, including soups,  stews, salads, and spreads, such as hummus.

Prestigious prizes: The Pulitzer Prizes are American awards given to those who excel in journalism, writing, drama, and musical composition. They are named after Joseph Pulitzer, a powerful journalist of the late 1800s.

On the Lighter Side

Teacher: “If you had 16 jellybeans and Pat asked you for 10, how many would you have left?”

Lou: “Sixteen.”

What did the left eye say to the right eye? Between you and me, something smells.

Nature abhors a vacuum, but not as much as a cat does.

Hear about the new restaurant called Karma? There’s no menu—you get what you deserve.

How many gorillas can fit into a car? Eight.
How many chickens can fit into the car? None, the car is already full of gorillas.

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September 14, 2020

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Wrong-way: Does the map application on cell phones always work? Salvatore  Corrias, the mayor of the mountain village of Baunei on the island of Sardinia,  Italy, does not think so. He has good reason for this opinion. In his area, dozens of emergency calls are made to the fire service and rescue teams by lost tourists who use an app to try to find a destination. The app’s directions send the tourists down dirt roads and trails, where they get lost or stuck. The dilemma has put a strain on the region’s budget. In response, the town is putting up warning signs that dissuade people from using the apps.

Thread art: An artist in Hong Kong uses a wooden frame, one long piece of thread and 300 nails as his medium. If the thread breaks, he has to start over.  This is the work of Alfred Chen, who makes very realistic portraits of such personalities as Johnny Depp and Harry Potter. Chen starts with a digital image, which he changes to black and white to enhance the shadows and light areas. He makes a map of what his thread portrait will look like. Then he loops the 5,000-metre (16,400-ft.) long thread around the nails, crisscrossing it in the exact fashion required to create his work of art. 

Hard pillow: Putting your head on a pillow at night is comforting, as you nestle into bed for sleep. However, what if that pillow was made of marble? The sculptures of Norwegian artist Håkon Anton Fagerås might fool people. His marble pillows look so real, with their creases and folds, that they seem like a  sleeper’s head would sink right into them. Fagerås, of Oslo, is a renowned sculptor who creates life-size images of men, women, children, babies, and dogs.

Traffic jam? When people use a map app to pick a route to a destination, the map shows a red line on a road where a traffic jam is occurring. Simon Weckert, a German artist from Berlin, tried to outsmart the app by creating a fake traffic jam. He loaded a small wagon with 99 smartphones, all outfitted with SIM cards, and pulled it down the street.  His slow movement replicated 99 phones stuck in one place, and the app responded by marking the street in red. Weckert’s point was that he could influence people’s actions in the real world because those who were using the app at the time were encouraged to take another route.

Quoteable Quotes

“He who knows others is wise;
He who knows himself is enlightened.”
~ Lao-tzu
“Sometimes, with luck, we find the kind of true friend…
that appears only two or three times in a lucky lifetime….”
~ Barbara Holland

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Trivia

1. An apple charlotte is a cake, a cookie, or a candy?

Cake

2. What is a homburg?

A Man’s Felt Hat

3. Over what body of water does the Tower Bridge span?

River Thames

4. What are the three common primary colours?

Blue, Red and Yellow

5. Who wrote the poem The Raven?

Edgar Allan Poe

 

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Sunny flag: Most people around the world would recognize Japan’s flag: a red circle placed precisely in the middle of the white background. The red circle represents the sun.

Caves and mountains: Canada is home to Banff National Park, located in the  Canadian Rocky Mountains. Established in 1885, it is known for its alpine landscapes, hiking trails, and a large cave system called Castleguard Cave.

Laughing hyenas: Hyenas are known for their so-called laugh. However, the high-pitched, giggling vocalizations don’t mean they are happy. Rather, the sounds indicate that the animal feels threatened or frustrated.

Uncommon kale: The most common varieties of kale are the curly and the lacinato, but there is also redbor, which is deep purple, and red Russian, which has blue-green and purple-red leaves.

Scary movie: Famous English director Sir Alfred Hitchcock made the movie,  The Birds, in 1963. It was based on a novella by Daphne du Maurier, also English, and starred American actress Tippi Hedren.

On the Lighter Side

How do you turn white chocolate into dark chocolate? Turn off the light.

Mom, texting: “What does IDK, LY, & TTYL mean?”
Son: “I Don’t Know, Love You, & Talk To You Later.”
Mom: “It’s ok, I’ll ask your sister. Love you, too.”

Sometimes I tuck my knees into my chest and lean forward. That’s just how I roll.

Did you hear about the young actor who fell through the floorboards? He was just going through a stage.

A recent scientific study showed that out of 2,293,618,367 people, 94% are too lazy to actually read that number.

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September 7, 2020

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Rare Street Artist: Finding artists in public places who will draw caricatures of visitors is relatively common. However, discovering a sculptor who will mold a  likeness into clay is harder to come across. In Changsha, in China’s Hunan province, a sculptor named Yan Junhai does exactly that. Having learned to sculpt at a young age, he uses his hands and a sculpting knife to create realistic busts of people he sees. As it is so rare to find someone like him on the street, visitors to Changsha might want to try to find him so he can make a  souvenir for them to take home to show friends.

No Rolling Over Paul Lavery and Jen Scott, his partner, didn’t think their loveable dachshund, Harlso, would ever learn any doggie tricks. They’d tried for years, with no luck, to teach him to sit or rollover. Then one day Lavery,  from Belfast, Northern Ireland, put a toy on Harlso’s head. Lo and behold, the little critter carefully balanced it, keeping it there for quite some time. The couple gave their pet many more opportunities to balance things on his head,  such as full glasses of water, doughnuts, and gingerbread men, and they posted photos on social media. Now, Harlso has an impressive following of admirers. 

Fake Mayor: Pichuclaco, a town in Chiapas, Mexico, has become known for its cutout mayor. Mayor Moisés Aguilar Torres must be quite a busy man. Rather than attending an event at a health service organization, he sent a large cardboard cutout of himself instead. As Torres was once a nurse, it was disappointing to the health service staff because they wanted to meet him.  Instead, they had to suffice with a photo of themselves standing with the cutout figure. Photos of the event have been circulated on social media. Some are critical about it, others find it humorous but, if anything, it’s peculiar!

Crazy Crows: A man named Mohanan rescued two baby crows, but the mother didn’t like him touching her hatchlings. Mohanan, a tractor driver in  Ambalavayal, Wayanad, India, found the hatchings under his vehicle and gently placed them on the side of the road. Now, a murder of crows, who must be part of the mother’s group, cackle loudly and fly at Mohanan every time he comes by the area. They don’t bother anyone else. The driver has tried disguising himself, but to no avail – somehow the crows can identify him.  He has to carry a stick to ward them off, but he manages to laugh about this curious avian behaviour.

Quoteable Quotes

“What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?”
~George Eliot
“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties  disappear and obstacles vanish.”
~John Quincy Adams

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Trivia

1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum was published in 1900, 1920, or 1940?s?

1900

2. What type of character is said to live in a bottle?

A Genie

3. A schnoz refers to a comedian, a type of beverage, or a nose?

Nose

4. In British currency, what is a quid?

Slang for the British pound

5. Cryptozoology is the study of what?

Legendary animals

 

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Musical place: The Canadian Music Hall of Fame is located at Studio Bell in  Calgary, Alberta. The building also houses the Canadian Country Music Hall of  Fame, along with studios, performance spaces, and a large collection of musical instruments.

Aromatic scent: Trees of the Boswelia sacra, which grow in Oman, Yemen,  and the Horn of Africa, are the source of sap which, when dried, becomes frankincense. For centuries, this aromatic sap has had many uses.

Princely award: American musician Prince and his band, The Revolution,  released their Purple Rain album in 1984. This was Prince’s sixth studio album,  which was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011.

Needlework: There are numerous species of porcupine, but all have coats covered with quills that are as sharp as needles. The quills lie flat unless the animal feels threatened, then they stand up as the porcupine attempts to scare away the predator.

Sea and sand: The North African country of Tunisia is bordered to the north and east by the Mediterranean Sea. It is also home to part of the Sahara  Desert, and adventurous visitors can book treks using camels as transportation.

On the Lighter Side

Sign on a wishing well: Wish Carefully, NO Refunds.

Fisherman: “Where can I find the most fish?”
Guide: “Between the head and the tail.”

How many 16-year-olds does it take to change a lightbulb? Whatever.

Why isn’t “phonetic” spelled the way it sounds?

Patron: “How many reference librarians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?”
Librarian: “I don’t know. I’ll have to check on that and get back to you.”

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August 31, 2020

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No Privacy: A hotel proprietor in Fukuoka, Japan, is banking on making money in a unique way. Tetsuya Inoue runs Asahi Ryokan, and he wants to boost business. So he decided to allow people to pay a mere ¥100 per night to stay at the hotel, provided they agree to be live-streamed during their stay.  The live streaming does not include audio, and the bathrooms do not have cameras.  Inoue hopes that enough viewers will be interested in watching people give up their privacy that social media hits will rise, thereby allowing ads to be shown on the channel, allowing him to make money.

Needed a Friend: An elderly man from Chichester, West Sussex, England,  should be enjoying his retirement years. Instead, Ian Hemmens is spending a  few months in prison.  A pair of criminals convinced Hemmens, who once worked as a burger van driver, to be their driver as they committed crimes. The gentleman’s lawyer said Hemmens didn’t realize that the criminals only wanted his services because his advanced age was a perfect cover. The lawyer also said that Hemmens was simply lonely and wanted someone to talk to. Unfortunately for Hemmens, the judge didn’t buy either argument. 

Unicorn Café: People who have a love of the unicorns can visit a café designed to honour these fictional animals. Located in the Silom area of  Bangkok, Thailand, the Unicorn Café offers a multi-coloured, magical experience. The place is full of stuffed unicorns of all sizes and colours, and the furnishings come in pastel hues. The food lives up to the theme. For example, guests can order Rainbow Spaghetti Carbonara and a fruit beverage,  and then they end the meal with waffles covered by colourful ice cream and sprinkles. To top it off, guests can pretend to be a unicorn by donning a unicorn onesie provided during the visit.

Wandering Bull: It looks like a Croatian bull named Jerry will not end up on anyone’s dinner plate. Jerry had been waiting to meet his demise when he somehow escaped from the corral and ran into the woods. Later, some local people saw him on a hill, but the 295-kilogram (650-lb.) bovine ran away again.  With his owner, police, and even a drone operator searching for him, word got out, and local people started looking for him. Since Jerry has managed to evade capture, his owner says that, if found, he will make sure  Jerry lives to enjoy a long life because he has earned it.

Quoteable Quotes

“When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.”
~Confucius

“Even the most fortunate have a lot of crumpled rose leaves under their forty mattresses of ease.”

~Dorothy Dix

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Trivia

1. The small parts of a garlic bulb are called buds, seeds, or cloves?

Cloves

2. The Taj Mahal is located in what city?

Agra, India

3. Discovered in 1930, Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet in what year?

2006

4. Is a “chin-wag” a goatee or a friendly conversation?

Friendly conversation

5. What is a toque blanche?

Chef’s hat

 

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Wide Awake: If a person has insomnia, it means they have problems falling or staying asleep. Changing sleep habits, such as not going to bed until feeling drowsy and avoiding caffeine in the evening, sometimes can help.

Raspberry jammed: Raspberry lovers enjoy this nutritious fruit for its tart-sweet taste. Lots of countries cultivate raspberries, the top producers being  Russia, Poland, and the United States. Mexico and Serbia are also big producers.

Painful subject: Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was known for painting colourful, surreal self-portraits that revealed her pain. She was married to the famous muralist, Diego Rivera.

Forced rule: When a country has a government, usually military in nature, that has taken control by force instead of through an election by the people, the new government is called a junta.

Ancient communication: An early and ancient system of writing is Egyptian hieroglyphics. This system is seen as the ancestor of the writing systems used today.

On the Lighter Side

What can you give and keep at the same time? A cold!

Drew: “It takes me an hour to get to work in the morning.”
Avery: “Before or after you arrive?”

How many telemarketers does it take to change a lightbulb? Only one, but it has to be while you’re eating dinner.

What’s another word for “thesaurus”?

Fred went down the street to a 24-hour grocery store and found the clerk locking the front door. Fred said, “Hey! The sign says you’re open 24 hours.”  The clerk said, “Yes, but not in a row!”

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August 24, 2020

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Cool Abode: Will Breaux is living in his dream home. But his idea of a dream home probably is not the same as many other people’s. Breaux built his home out of 11 shipping containers stacked to make a three-story dwelling. His place has become known as the “Container House of McGowen” because it is located on McGowen Street in Houston, Texas (U.S.). Breaux has been working on the house since 2017 and now has more than 2,500 square feet of living space and a balcony with a view of the city.

Lost and Found: If a beloved pet in Shanghai, China, goes missing, the owner can call Sun Jinren to help with the search. He has been in business for a few years and has had a great success rate. That’s because his team follows leads by using technology like heat detectors and thermal imaging cameras. The team examines paw prints and also uses audio of the owner’s voice in an attempt to lure the animal out of its hiding place. While based in Shanghai, he has also helped find lost pets in other parts of the country.

Playful Feline: Ahmet Selki of Istanbul, Turkey, used a cat’s antics for inspiration in his job, which is helping to care for homeless pets. Selki noticed a stray cat hovering around the store window of a dress shop. The cat did not seem interested in the clothing, but rather with the colourful decorative balls on the floor of the display. The kitty slipped into the store and immediately started playing with the balls. Although the store’s employees were hoping to attract human customers, they didn’t mind that the stray had found a place to play. Selki intends to buy some balls for the animals he works with.

Impersonating A Pilot: If you want to get priority boarding on an aeroplane, try becoming a pilot. Or, as in Rajan Mahbubani’s case, try dressing up as one. Mahbubani, who is from New Delhi, India, successfully pulled this trick numerous times, which enabled him to enjoy many airline perks. He finally got caught when trying to board a flight from Delhi to Kolkata when airline personnel got suspicious. Mahbubani confessed that his uniform was fake and that he was not a real pilot. Unfortunately, he won’t enjoy many perks if he goes to prison for impersonating a pilot!.

Quoteable Quotes

“Hardships and handicaps can…stimulate our energy to overcome them.”

~ Beatrice Wood

“Painting is silent poetry and poetry painting that speaks.”

~ Simonides

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Trivia

1. Does a typical ploughman’s lunch include cheese?—Y/N

Yes

2. Name the person who said,“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

Maya Angelou

3. What is the smooth space between your eyebrows called?

Glabella

4. What does the E stand for in the term “Generation E”?

Entitlement

5. In what sport might you witness a salchow jump?

Ice Skating

 

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Lots of Languages: The official language of Sweden is Swedish. Official minority languages are Finnish, Meänkieli, Sami, Yiddish, and Romani. Many people also speak English and German.

Creamy Fruit: Cherimoya, nicknamed “custard apple,” grows in South America. Looking like a big artichoke, this fruit has flesh with a creamy texture. The sweet flavour tastes like a blend of other fruits, such as strawberry, pear, and banana.

Don’t Touch!: A fruit that grows on coasts in the Caribbean is called the manchineel. It looks something like a small, green apple, but don’t be tempted! All parts of the plant are toxic, including its sap, which causes blisters if touched.

Island Life: The Turks and Caicos Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of the Bahamas, is made up of eight large cays, or keys, and many smaller ones. Tourism contributes substantially to the economy. Traditional industries include boatbuilding and fishing.

Avoiding Ticks: As many people know, ticks can spread Lyme disease. To help prevent tick bites, it’s best to tuck long pants into socks when walking through an area where ticks might be living, such as long grass.

On the Lighter Side

Customer: “Do you honour any credit cards?”
Clerk: “Oh, we honour them all, but we only take cash.”

Why is it that your nose runs, but your feet smell?

What happens once in a minute and twice in a moment but never in a decade? The letter “m.”

First fisherman: “Is this lake any good for fish?”
Second fisherman: “Must be. I can’t get any of them to come out.”

How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it? Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack

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August 17, 2020

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Noisy Neighbours: The new neighbours of Dominique Douthe, who lives in the Landes region of southwestern France, are very annoyed. They don’t like the racket made by the flock of ducks and geese Douthe keeps in her back garden, so they took her to court. The judge on the case said the flock could  stay, but asked for more information, including an acoustic audit to  scientifically test the level of noise. Douthe’s lawyer thinks that the judge is buying time and hoping the two parties will work things out between them.

Scaring Monkeys: Farmers in India worry about their crops been ruined by bands of monkeys. But Srikanth Gowda, a farmer in Karnataka, has found a  way to solve the problem: he dyed his dog’s hair to look like a tiger’s stripes.  When the monkeys caught sight of the dog, named Bulbul, near the coffee crop, they ran away. Before taking this action, Gowda had tried stuffed tigers,  which worked for a while, and then the monkeys caught on. Now, Gowda uses his tiger dog, along with large pictures of tigers, to keep the monkeys away. 

Unique Cheese: A creamy delicious cheese made in Sweden is called  Västerbottensost. Well-loved by many, this cheese is made in the village of  Burträsk, in the northeastern part of the country. Interestingly, Burträsk is the only place where this cheese can be properly made. The dairy tried to expand its production of Västerbottensost to other locations in Sweden, but the cheese crafted elsewhere didn’t taste the same. Many legends and rumours explain why this is so, but no one actually knows, so the mystery remains.

To The Rescue: A dog and koala bear were rescued from a mine shaft near  Ipswich in Queensland, Australia, by emergency services personnel, who were called to the scene by the dog’s owner. The owner thought her pooch might have been chasing the koala when both fell into the derelict shaft. The team of rescuers couldn’t go down the shaft due to the danger, so they used ropes and safety nets. The dog responded well, but the koala didn’t cooperate as readily, and it took extra effort to get him out. Veterinarians checked both animals, and neither had any broken bones.

Quoteable Quotes

“The most momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or to evil.”

~ Pythagoras

“No act of kindness, however small, is wasted.”

~Aesop

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THURSDAYS - BUSINESS REFERRAL NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL

7 am, On ZOOM All Visitors Welcome! Call 289-968-9781 for details to register to attend at http://bit.ly/BNIChampagneVisitors

NOTE: Pre-registration is required.

Aug. 19: Long Term Care Transitional Self-Help

A Long Term Care Transitional Public Forum

For care partners of a family member that has had a recent admission to Long Term Care.

 

Topics to be discussed:

– When and how to visit your loved one in Care

– Meaningful visits and communication

– Working with Long Term Care staff

– Loss and grief

 

Krawczuk@alzheimerniagara.ca

August 17-31 Niagara Pumphouse Online Fundraising Auction

Be ready to place a bid in the online fundraising art auction on August 17-31st. Included in the auction are paintings, photographs, sculptures Muskoka seating by Ontario artists. Visit niagarapumphouse.ca for more details.