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April 6.2020


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Old TVs: The gifts given by a prankster in Henrico County, Virginia (U.S.), were largely unwanted by the recipients. The prankster wore a blue jumpsuit and a mask that looked like an old television set. In the middle of the night, he visited the porches of about 50 homeowners, dropping an outdated TV set on each one. Police were called but, because no harm was done, they decided not to pursue the TV-toting gift giver. Also, based on the images caught on cameras on some of the properties, the cops weren’t sure if there had been one or more perpetrators. The TVs were collected for recycling.

Place of beauty: Adventure holidays might be great for some people, but others may want to skip the excitement and instead just relax. One place to do just that is Seven Sisters on the southern coast of England where visitors can take in the beauty of land meeting sea. At Seven Sisters, white chalk cliffs topped with lush grass meet the blue English Channel. The name comes from the seven hilltops that comprise the cliffs. Visitors to the area can take a walk on a path that goes along the seven hills, then can stop for a snack in the tranquil village of Birling Gap.

Swiss travelers: A family from Switzerland has chosen to live their lives as nomads. For almost a decade, Xavier and Celine Pasche have traveled the world on their bicycles, pulling a chariot to carry gear and their two girls, Nayla and Fibie. The girls were born during their travels, which have included Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Alaska (U.S.), and more. They live in a tent and cook for themselves. They finance their travels by contributing writing and photographs to a Swiss newspaper and by giving talks. For the Pasche family, living simply while traveling is a way of life, and they have found much kindness from people everywhere.

Art from junk: A young artist from the small town of Mfuwe, Zambia, is attracting attention for his ability to turn scrap metal into works of art. In order to attend secondary school, Frederick Phiri had to find odd jobs, which included making wire sculptures of animals that he sold to tourists. Eventually, Phiri apprenticed with Moses Mbewe, a welder, who taught him how to do intricate work. Mbewe recognized the young man’s talent and encouraged him to make creative pieces using bike chains, keys, and other scrap metal. Phiri creates abstract animals, such as chameleons and elephants, and is making a name for himself.

Quoteable Quotes

“It is completely unimportant. That is why it is so interesting.”

—Agatha Christie

“Technology…the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.”                 

—Max Frisch

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Trivia

1. The country of Myanmar was formerly called what?

2. In general, what does the Latin “quid pro quo” mean?

3. Name the twins of the musical pop group The Bee Gees.

4. What vegetable is prominent in eggs florentine?

5. Which planet in our solar system is closest to the Sun?

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Your Weekly Horoscope

Lucky numbers this week: This week’s odds favor Virgo winners with the luckiest number being 5.

Did You Know

Forest of stone: Hua’ao Island, in the East China Sea off the coast of Zhejiang province, looks like a stone forest (Shilin in Chinese). That’s because its coast has thousands of eroded basalt columns formed from the lava of ancient volcanoes.

Lots of music: The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival takes place annually in Indio, California (U.S.). It started in 1999, but it is now so big that it is held over two weekends.

See Canada: The Great Trail is a 24,000-kilometer (15,000-mi.) recreational route across the vast country of Canada, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. Travelers can find places to hike, cycle, paddle, and cross-country ski.

Wind song: An unusual musical sculpture on a hill near the town of Burnley, England, is called the Singing Ringing Tree. This 3-meter (9.8-ft.) tall structure is made of steel pipes that “sing” in the wind.

Good spread: Eggplant is the main ingredient in baba ghanoush, a spread popular in eastern Mediterranean cuisine. The dish includes sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic. Other ingredients, such as olives and peppers, can be added.

On the Lighter Side

Patient: “Doctor, I get heartburn every time I eat birthday cake.”

Doctor: “Next time, take off the candles.”

What can you hold in your right hand, but never in your left hand? Answer: Your left hand.

The trouble with jogging is that by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back.

An extensive government study has revealed that the leading cause of cancer in laboratory rats is scientists.

What do you always get on your birthday? Another year older!

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