ODDS, ENDS & INSPIRATION
z Former US presidential hopeful Adlai Stevenson once said: “A free society is a place where it’s safe to be unpopular.”
z Statistics show that for every 71,000 skydiving jumps made, there is only one fatality. That might not seem surprising until you put it in context: You have a one in 20,000 chance of dying from a regular fall right here on solid ground.
z A.A. Milne, the British author best known for his children’s books about Winnie the Pooh, had a teacher and mentor you might not expect: H.G. Wells, one of the acknowledged fathers of science fiction and author of such novels as “The War of the Worlds” and “The Invisible Man”.
z Here’s a smart idea: Some fitness centres are now using the energy clients expend on its exercise bikes to help power the building’s lighting.
z Arctic biologists say that polar bears can go weeks without eating – which is certainly handy in an environment where food isn’t always easy to get. Evidently, if a polar bear goes a week to 10 days without eating, its metabolism will slow down and the animal will live off its fat reserves until it finds its next meal.
z According to not one, but two studies conducted on the subject, those who have a ring finger that is longer than their index finger tend to be better athletes.
z If you drive a white vehicle, you have a lot of company. There are more white cars on our roads than any other colour.
z “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
Thought for the Day: NOW HERE’S A TIP
If you have wood floors, you might already know about felt furniture pads, the little self-stick felt circles you can add to the legs of furniture to reduce scratches on your floors. You might not know that these same pads can reduce scuff marks that appliances make on countertops. It also makes it easier to scoot around a heavy mixer or other appliance.
z Got tired, achy and possibly stinky feet? Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and a chamomile tea bag in a pan of medium-hot water. Soak for up to 10 minutes. Follow up with foot powder or deodorant.
z Buy cheap razors from the discount store to de-pill knits that are starting to show wear. The razors shave the bumps right off.
z Contributor R.W. writes:
z“Prevent loss of hot water in case of a leak. Turn the handle to cold water position, then cold water not hot water is lost.” z “I have an awesome cutting board that fits right over my sink. My husband made it for me out of a piece of butcher block. The best thing about it is that it has a slight grade to the back, so if I’m cutting something like watermelon that leaks liquid, it runs off to the back and into the sink. It’s great!” – C.A. z If you have mildew on walls, try cleaning it off with a stiff brush and vinegar. Put a 50-50 vinegar and water mix in a spray bottle and spray liberally. Use the brush to get everything off and then use a clean rag to wipe clear. Allow to dry thoroughly. z Send your tips to email@example.com