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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.


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.

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