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New friend:

July 31, 2020

A man on a hike to raise money for men’s health found a new friend along the way. Max Adams was on a long trek in an area near High Prairie, Alberta, Canada. When on a side road, he could hear a loud meowing, which turned out to be a half-grown kitten sitting in the…

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Rustic ramblings:

July 30, 2020

Travelers to South America who want to go somewhere off the beaten track could try visiting Cabo Polonio, Uruguay. Located on the Atlantic coast and only a few hours from luxurious beach resorts, this isolated village attracts those who don’t care about the comforts of a modern home. There is no electricity or running water…

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Urban park:

July 29, 2020

Xixi National Wetland Park is in Hangzhou, in China’s Zhejiang Province. The unique park combines farming, culture, and urban life and is an area of tranquility, with waterways to explore, as well as trails and boardwalks. Visitors can book a tour via the land route or the water route. Interesting sites in the park include…

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Race to rent:

July 28, 2020

When a vacant suite in an apartment building in Berlin, Germany, went on the market, the response was an indication of the housing shortage in that city: almost 1,800 hopeful renters lined up at the building to view the flat. People were interested because of the reasonable price of the two-room accommodation. Rolf Harms, the…

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Mommy’s boy:

July 23, 2020

Some people will go to great lengths to help their parents in a time of need. In Brazil, a man named Heitor Schiave took it one step too far: he dressed up as his mother so he could take her driver’s test on her behalf. His mother hadn’t had much luck herself, having failed three…

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Quoteable Quotes

for Monday, June 29, 2020

“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” —Amelia Earhart

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Trivia

1. What is meant by curb weight in a vehicle?

2. What is a type of Japanese drama where actors wear masks?

3. Bubble wrap was invented in the 1940s or 1950s?

4. Christian Dior rose to fame in what area of expertise?

5. What is another name for the Northern Lights?

Did You Know

Seven times:

August 1, 2020

The fifth James Bond film, You Only Live Twice (1968), starred Sean Connery, supposedly in his last appearance as Bond. However, he came back for Diamonds are Forever (1971) and the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983).

Beary good plant:

July 31, 2020

The bearberry shrub, also known as kinnickinnick, grows on sandy or gravel ground throughout Canada. It is a good ground cover that helps prevent soil erosion.

One tongue:

July 30, 2020

Australia does not have an official language. However, over three quarters of Australians are unilingual English speakers. Among the 160 languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Punjabi, and Filipino/Tagalog.

Green versus black:

July 29, 2020

Black tea and green tea come from the same plant. The difference is in the processing: black tea is fermented, and green tea is not. 

On the Lighter Side

For the Week of July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020

Why is “abbreviation” such a long word? Can you name three consecutive days without using the words “Wednesday,” “Friday,” or “Sunday”? Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. 

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