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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 now-heresa-tip@dub­bopho­tonews.com.au

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