ODDS, ENDS & INSPIRATION
z French poet Anatole France once said: “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” z If you’re planning a trip to America in June, try to make it to the small town of Spivey’s Corner in North Carolina for the annual Hollerin’ Contest. If you’d like to participate but are worried about straining your vocal cords, you can always enter the conch-blowing contest instead of one of the ones that involves actual yelling. z You might be surprised to learn that famed British author Aldous Huxley, best-known for his dystopian novel “Brave New World”, was a consultant on Disney’s 1951 animated film version of “Alice in Wonderland”.
z After the vows have been said in a traditional Korean wedding, the groom formally introduces his new wife to his parents. The bride’s father-in-law then pelts the bride with red dates, which is supposed to ensure fertility.
z Jazz musician Glenn Miller was the recipient of the first gold record ever awarded, for the big-band hit “Chattanooga Choo-choo”.
z In the 1960s, an evangelist named Jim Brown took issue with the theme song of popular TV show “Mr. Ed”, claiming that when played backward, the tune contains the message “the source is Satan” and “someone sang this song for Satan”. His preaching on the subject was so persuasive that members of a church in Ironton, Ohio, USA made a bonfire of recordings of the song.
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z “To make sure I’m drinking water throughout the day, I use a permanent marker to designate levels on my large reusable water cup. I labelled them 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm. That’s for a big one that sits on my desk at work. I have another for at home. This way I am not trying to play catch up later in the day.” – contributed by A.L. z Three ways to save money on water-heater bills: (1) Set your temperature gauge to a lower setting; (2) Install a timer so that it’s not heating water when you aren’t there to use it; (3) Add an insulating cover to keep heat from escaping. z Game changer: “When dunking a sandwich biscuits (e.g. Oreos), jab a fork into the filling. Then you can dunk the whole thing or part of it without getting your fingers all milky – or your milk all ‘fingery’.” – A.J.
z When you microwave leftovers on a flat plate, be sure to spread them out for even heating. The classic ring of food is best – leaving the centre of the plate empty. Slice already-cooked potatoes, and cover with a moistened paper towel.
z Need to light a pillar candle inside a hurricane glass? Use a stick of spaghetti! The pasta stick lights easily, and it’s long enough to give you the reach you need. It burns evenly, too.
z “If you like to save money by buying large packs of meat – say, ground beef or chicken tenderloins – here’s a great tip for storing them: Fill freezer bags, making sure to get out as much air as possible. Then stack flat on top of a pizza box in the freezer.” – T.L. z Send your tips to [email protected]bophotonews.com.au