ODDS, ENDS & INSPIRATION
z It was Swedish poet Vilhelm Ekelund who made the following sage observation: “To read fast is as bad as to eat in a hurry.”
z Bullies, take note: Director Wes Craven reportedly named the character Freddy Krueger, from the “Nightmare on Elm Street” horror films, after a kid who had bullied him in school.
z Though coffee has been around for about 700 years, instant coffee was invented just over 100 years ago, in 1906. By George Washington. No, it wasn’t that George Washington. The man who made coffee more convenient – and, many would say, less flavourful – was a George Washington from Belgium.
z Those who study such things claim that there are roughly 5 million bubbles in a single glass of champagne. That factoid begs the question: How do you count the bubbles in a glass of champagne? z The next time you’re planning a European vacation, make time to visit the coast of the Netherlands, where you can stay in one of the world’s most unusual hotels. Along the banks of the Wadden Sea you’ll find Harlingen Harbour Crane, an actual derrick that was once used to haul timber. These days it holds aloft luxurious sleeping quarters designed for only one party at a time. If you need a change of scenery, just head to the control room to swing the crane around until you find a view that strikes your fancy. z * Talk about a serious typo: In 2008, the Chilean mint issued thousands of copies of a coin with the country’s name spelled “Chiie” instead of “Chile”.
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z According to the Australian Taxation Office, on average, they contact over 350,000 people each year about errors in their tax returns. Omitting income is the most common mistake the ATO sees. It is important to report all your income, including pay from second jobs, foreign income, bank interest and any Government payments you received, the ATO said. z Yes, you can add tea to your baked goods for a refined and interesting flavour. Try infusing melted butter with tea leaves and strain, or add fine tea directly to biscuit recipes, particularly shortbread recipes. It looks and tastes wonderful, and what a complement to a steamy cuppa. z “Get grease stains off a concrete driveway with kitty litter. Pour several cups of plain litter over the stain, and wait a couple of hours for it to soak up all the oil. Sweep up and remove the litter, then finish with a degreaser and the hose.” – contributed by P.R.
z The fleck test for diner creamers: “If you see little flecks of white in your coffee, ask for a new cup and new creamer; it’s starting to turn.” – X.S.
z If you have water stains on your car’s upholstery, use a can of carpet cleaner. It’s spray and wipe without rinsing.
z Here’s fun for kids. Secure slivers of bar soap in a small mesh bag (we use a cut piece of the bag onions come in). Tie it to the bath tap, and when you draw a bath, let the water run over the soap. It’s a bubble bath! z Send your tips to firstname.lastname@example.org