ODDS, ENDS & INSPIRATION
z It was way back in the 17th century when noted Scottish scholar Patrick Young made the following sage observation: “The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.”
z Those who study such things say that New Year’s Day is the No.1 holiday for car theft. Perhaps they’re making up for Christmas Day, which is typically the holiday with the fewest auto thefts.
z I bet you didn’t know there’s a word specifically used to refer to the space between your eyebrows. Yep: It’s called the “ophryon”.
z Fans of old Westerns have doubtless seen depictions of Native Americans scalping their enemies. Most probably don’t realise, though, that the brutal practice didn’t originate with the Indians. When the Dutch and English settlers were trying to clear out the natives, they were paid a bounty for each scalp they brought back. The Native Americans adopted the practice only after the Europeans’ arrival on the continent. z If you’re a runner – and a compulsive counter – you might already be aware of the fact that the average person’s feet hit the ground approximately 500 times per kilometre when running. z Palaeontologists claim that Neanderthals used toothpicks. How can they tell, you might well ask? It seems that toothpick use leaves distinctive grooves on teeth.
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z Do yourself a favour and pick up red and green festive party items, like plates and cups, plain cloth napkins and foil-wrapped lollies, at afterholiday discounts. You can use the red items for Valentine’s Day and the green for St. Patrick’s Day with none the wiser. z DIY shower spray: Add 1 part vodka to 2 parts water, plus a few drops of essential oil (peppermint or tea tree) to a spray bottle. Mist your shower walls to keep mildew at bay. z Resolutions are meant to help us focus on improvement, not to be a source of stress. Take some time to think about the times and situations that negatively impacted you in the past year. Instead of making a blanket resolution (lose weight, travel, watch less TV) come up with a few things that will have a specific positive effect on your life (go to the gym or take a walk three mornings per week, prep cook for the week ahead on Sunday afternoons).
z “We purchased a large, weatherproof storage bin that we keep out front. It has balls and bats, plus other toys that the kids like to play with outside. They put the toys back in the bin when done playing.” – contributed by U.D.
z Now’s the time to reset your clothing hangers. Turn the hangers in your closet facing out toward the room. As you wear items and they go through the laundry, put them in the wardrobe facing in as normal. It won’t take long for you to see what you’re NOT wearing, and you can donate or get rid of the excess.
z “Put car manuals into a zipper-top bag and stick it in the trunk or the seatback pocket. This will free up space in your glove box for personal items you might need to access.” – T.F.