ODDS, ENDS & INSPIRATION
z It was American actress, screenwriter and sex symbol Mae West who said: “You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”
z The world’s highest tides are found in the Bay of Fundy, located in Nova Scotia, Canada. There, the difference between high and low tides can be as much as 15.24 metres.
z If you’re a blood donor, you’re part of a significant minority. In Australia, only one in 30 people (3.33 per cent of the population) donates blood every year.
z Cars weren’t allowed on the island of Bermuda until 1948.
z What’s in a name? Well, a great deal, it would seem – at least according to those trying to make it big in Hollywood. Joan Crawford was born Lucille La Sueur, Roy Rogers was Leonard Slye and Dean Martin was Dino Crocetti. Issur Danielovitch (wisely) changed his name to Kirk Douglas, and Archibald Leach decided he preferred to become famous as Cary Grant. z Are you a cacographer? You may not be, but if you spend any time at all online you’ve cer-tainly run across a few. A cacographer is someone who can’t quite grasp the rules of spelling. z Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Boris Pasternak wrote the novel “Doctor Zhivago” . When the book was first published in 1957, in Italy, it earned great acclaim. However, it was decades before Pasternak’s countrymen could legally read it – the book wasn’t allowed to be published in the Soviet Union until 1988.
NOW HERE’S A TIP
z Do your kids love to have fruit cups in their lunchbox? They are a great snack, especially packed in juice, but I don’t like the waste of materials or the cost. Instead, I use reusable screw-top containers that I fill each week from a large can. The price per serving is way less, and I’m not adding more little plastic cups to the mass already out there. z J.F. writes: “If you’re old like me, put a list of your medications on the fridge to aid the paramedics. Important phone numbers, too.” Too true, J.F. I would add that if you are on a number of medications, keep a list in your wallet or handbag as well. It could come in handy when you are at a medical appointment, or just want to review with your pharmacist. z Keep a kitchen sponge sprayed with cleaner handy when cooking spaghetti sauce. It’s easier to clean up spills as they happen than to try to get dried sauce off the backsplash.
z “I have a bright spot lamp in my laundry room so that I can look over shirts to make sure I have treated all the stains. I don’t have great lighting in the laundry room, and the LED light really makes spots stand out.” – R.Y.
z “Use flat, wide rubber bands around your mason/preserving jars as a bumper to avoid glass-on-glass clanging. You can even write on the band to use them for labels. I bought a pack of very fat rubber bands for cheap at the office supply store, and they are perfect.” – E.M.W.
z Cold water wash all your clothes that can stand it – especially jeans and dark clothing. It preserves the colour, and that’s in addition to being better on your purse since it takes less energy.