September 7, 2020
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.
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1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum was published in 1900, 1920, or 1940?s?
2. What type of character is said to live in a bottle?
3. A schnoz refers to a comedian, a type of beverage, or a nose?
4. In British currency, what is a quid?
Slang for the British pound
5. Cryptozoology is the study of what?
Did You Know?
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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