ODDS, ENDS & INSPIRATION
z Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
z Many American teen movies refer to “sophomores” – these are students in their second year of high school or college. The word is derived from the Greek words “sophos”, which means “wise”, and “moros”, which means “stupid”.
z Have you ever tried to hum while holding your nose? It can’t be done.
z The creator of the ubiquitous smiley face earned a grand total of $45 for his creative effort.
z If you’re a pet owner, you probably know that the epidemic of obesity is not limited to humans; many pets are overweight, too. You might be surprised to learn, though, that some pet owners choose to deal with the problem in a way that we usually associate only with people: liposuction. Yes, you can get cosmetic surgery for your pets.
z If you hear the word “Bilbo” you might think of a famously adventurous hobbit, but a bilbo is also a finely tempered Spanish sword.
z A recent study by scientist Karl Berg suggests that an adult greenrumped parrotlet, a tiny bird native to Venezuela, will “name” its babies, assigning each a particular series of peeps to identify it. Not only that, other parrotlets then learn to associate that exact series of peeps with that particular bird, and actually use the sounds to get that bird’s attention.
z In the original version of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale “Cinderella”, doves peck out the stepsisters’ eyes at Cinderella’s wedding.
NOW HERE’S A TIP
z “I have a raised bed and some very handy plastic underbed drawers for seasonal items and bags. The problem is that they would not stay put when I opened them or especially when I tried to close them. I got smart, though, and added strips of non-skid shelf liner to the bottoms. They stay put where they are accessible and don’t slide back way under the bed.” – contributed by A.A.
z “The holidays are almost upon us, and I am sure your calendar, like mine, is getting filled up with Christmas lunches, dinners, etc. Try to plan at least one non-eating event for every eating event on your calendar. Make a gym date, schedule a nature walk, get a group together to do gardening or a craft. It will help you be social but cut down on the holiday weight creep.” – Joann
z If your kids walk or ride their bikes at dusk or in darkness, treat your most precious people to some safety: Get a roll of reflective tape and add it to backpacks or bike helmets for extra protection. Make sure your child’s bike has a light on both the front and back, in addition to reflectors.
z “Got gorgeous leaves? Try decoupaging a few to a clear glass votive for an extra special touch on your table. Add a delicious smelling candle, and you’re in full seasonal celebration mode!” – C.L.
z Wear and wash? Not necessarily. Before you toss everything in the wash, take the time to check if it’s actually soiled. Many garments can be reworn after airing rather than washing and drying, which takes a toll on the fabric, and your water and electricity bills.