ODDS, ENDS & INSPIRATION
z 17th-century French author Francois de La Rochefoucauld once said: “Some people with great virtues are disagreeable, while others with great vices are delightful.”
z If you wanted to dig to the centre of the earth, you’d have to go down about 6400km.
z If you’re a fan of fishing, here’s a cautionary tale regarding the weather: A 48-year-old Colombian man named Felipe Ortiz (for reasons unknown) decided to go out fishing in a raging storm. He cast his line into a strong wind, but the line blew back and caused the baited hook to lodge in his throat, killing him.
z Are you a dipsomaniac? The root of the word is from the Greek “dipso”, meaning “thirst” – and we’re all familiar with the “mania” part. “Dipsomaniac” is just a fancy name for a drunk.
z Feeling pressed by ever-increasing postage rates? In 1911 it cost 1d to post a standard letter in Australia, which is about 56 cents in today’s value, allowing for inflation.
z At one time the game of checkers was known as “chess for ladies”.
z Unless you’re a professional dairy farmer who milks cows on a daily basis, it’s unlikely that you’re aware of the fact that it takes, on average, 92 squirts to get a litre of milk.
z Jewellery lovers, pay attention: Oysters aren’t the only creatures with the capability to make pearls. Pearls can come from any mollusc that makes a shell, including mussels, clams, conchs and even land snails.
z “I like an escalator because an escalator can never break, it can only become stairs. There would never be an escalator temporarily out of order sign, only an escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience.” – Mitch Hedberg
Thought for the Day: NOW HERE’S A TIP
z Many public libraries are offering services that you’d never expect! I found that some libraries will let you reserve books online, renew your due date or even have books delivered to your home. Some have regular seminars on all kinds of topics. Check out your public library today! z Give ripped jeans a new look with fun coloured and patterned tights underneath. This works especially well for jeans whose holes have gotten out of control. z “If you can print your boarding pass online, do it! It saved us close to half an hour the last time we flew, and with security lines being as long as they are, it’s time we needed to get to the terminal.” – contributed by I.B.
z The first choice for unclogging a drain should be a nontoxic one. Try pouring a half cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of full-strength vinegar. Wait 10 minutes, then run hot water, if possible.
z Use the news! Fold a section of used newspaper to fit in your crisper drawer. It soaks up ambient moisture, keeping veggies crisp and fresh!
z “Purging is a daily sport in my house. Whenever a reusable tote gets a little worn down, I put it in my closet and fill it with things I no longer wear. As soon as it’s full, I drop it off at the op shop on my way to lunch during the week.” – E.S.