ODDS, ENDS & IN­SPI­RA­TION

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z It was Hun­gar­ian psy­chi­a­trist Thomas Stephen Szasz who made the fol­low­ing sage ob­ser­va­tion: “If you talk to God, you are pray­ing. If God talks to you, you have schizophre­nia.”

z You might be sur­prised to learn that David Du­chovny, best known for his role as Agent Fox Mul­der in “The X-files”, was just a dis­ser­ta­tion away from be­ing awarded a doc­tor­ate in English lit­er­a­ture.

z Did you know that the world’s most pop­u­lar fruit is the banana?

z In 2009, a Saudi cou­ple who had spent their hon­ey­moon in Malaysia en­coun­tered dif­fi­culty on the re­turn flight home. It seems that the groom felt the bride was tak­ing too long in the air­port restroom, so he boarded the flight back to Saudi Ara­bia be­fore she did. When he al­lowed the plane to leave with­out her, she in­sisted on an im­me­di­ate di­vorce.

z Most peo­ple don’t re­alise that in 1938, Time mag­a­zine fea­tured Adolph Hitler on the cover as its Man of the Year.

z Re­mov­ing one’s wed­ding ring is con­sid­ered to be a no-no by many. How­ever, one su­per­sti­tion holds that do­ing so is per­fectly ac­cept­able – as long as the ring is be­ing used to ward off a witch.

z Ever won­der why mag­a­zine pub­lisher Hugh Hefner chose a rab­bit as the sym­bol of his Play­boy mag­a­zine? Ev­i­dently, when the mogul was a small boy one of his trea­sured pos­ses­sions was a blan­ket with bun­nies all over it.

NOW HERE’S A TIP

z Add a few drops of wa­ter to vo­tive cups be­fore adding a can­dle. The wax will float on the wa­ter, and when the can­dle burns down, it won’t get stuck in the vo­tive glass.

z Experts say: For ev­ery foot high your tree, you should plan for 9 feet of gar­land. So, a 7-foot tree would need about 63 feet of gar­land.

z Got build-up on your bat­tery ter­mi­nal? Add two ta­ble­spoons of bak­ing soda to a large mug of hot wa­ter, then stir vig­or­ously. Pour over the cor­ro­sion to foam it away, then rinse, rinse, rinse. Make sure the de­vice is dis­con­nected from any other power source first.

z Put on a bracelet with no help, with the aid of a pa­per­clip! Un­fold one end to cre­ate a long loop. Hook one end on the loop, and hold the other end of the pa­per­clip in your hand, with the bracelet end on your wrist. You have only to loop the bracelet around and hook it. z Glass doors in the shower can be cleaned with a dryer sheet. Sim­ply wet and rub. In fact, the tex­ture al­most gives a scrub. z Cre­ate your own “on this day in his­tory” cal­en­dar, just for your fam­ily. Pur­chase a large wall cal­en­dar each year ded­i­cated to mem­o­ries. Start with just list­ing birthdays. Then you can doc­u­ment things that hap­pen through­out the year. Maybe some­one bought a new car, or lost a tooth. Write down vis­i­tors to your home and hol­i­days. Then at the end of the year, trans­fer them to a new cal­en­dar, not­ing what year some­thing hap­pened. As the years progress, you’ll have a won­der­ful rem­i­nisc­ing cal­en­dar! z Send your tips to [email protected]­bopho­tonews.com.au

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