ODDS, ENDS & INSPIRATION
z Those who study such things say that many ancient Greeks carried coins in their mouths – clothing of the time lacked pockets, you see.
z In late 19-century America, some communities had a rather unusual Halloween tradition: boys would celebrate by throwing cabbage, corn and other rotten vegetables.
z If you’re like many wage slaves, as the end of the workweek approaches you might find yourself doing ‘busywork’ – trying to look as if you’re working when, in fact, you’re just shuffling papers or otherwise avoiding productivity. Well, there’s a word for that: fudgel. Fudgelling may not be an approved workplace activity, but it’s undeniably a part of the workplace.
z If you look closely at the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci’s famed masterwork, you might notice that the famously enigmatic subject is entirely lacking in eyebrows.
z It may not come as a surprise that when scorpions mate, it’s a rather violent affair. When the act is completed, the female stings her partner to death, then eats him.
z In 1993, San Francisco voted on a ballot measure to determine whether police officer Bob Geary would be allowed to walk his neighbourhood beat while carrying his ventriloquist’s dummy, known as Brendan O’smarty. The measure passed, and O’smarty remained on the job.
z In the Mexican city of Tehuantepec, women outnumber men by five to one.
z “There is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some diehard’s vote.” – Author David Foster Wallace
NOW HERE’S A TIP
z Roll clothing to pack: For shirts, you can stack them all together, then fold over the sleeves before rolling. Pants are best rolled individually. Fold one leg onto the other, then roll tightly from ankle to waist, being sure to smooth wrinkles as you go. Stuff socks into shoes. Make use of all your space. z Trouble getting to sleep? Maybe you should try listening to soothing sounds. There are many to choose from, from white or pink noise. There’s even a podcast where a person reads a boring book in a monotone voice (Sleep with Me). You never know if it’ll help unless you try. – contributed by C.A. z Homemade ice pack: Mix 1 part rubbing alcohol to 3 parts water in a zipper-top bag; seal and place in the freezer. It gets really cold but never hardens, so you can manipulate it. Every athlete (or parent) should pin this. – contributed by M.W. (Add food colouring so you can tell if it’s leaking, and label it properly!) z Airport hacks: Bring a few extra zipper-top bags, just in case you need them on the return flight; bring an empty water bottle to fill up after you clear security; bring your own snacks (borders permitting); tie or otherwise fasten an identifiable scrap of material to your plain black luggage to make it easy to spot on the luggage carousel; wear a heavy coat – you can always take it off and stow it, but it won’t count against your weight limit if it’s on you at check-in. But make sure you follow all security laws.