ODDS, ENDS & IN­SPI­RA­TION

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z It was noted 20th-cen­tury author of spec­u­la­tive fic­tion Har­lan El­li­son – whose writ­ing cred­its in­clude episodes of the orig­i­nal “Star Trek” series – who made the fol­low­ing sage ob­ser­va­tion: “The two most com­mon el­e­ments in the uni­verse are hy­dro­gen and stu­pid­ity.”

z Af­ter his death in 2005, the ashes of Hunter S. Thomp­son – pi­o­neer of “gonzo” jour­nal­ism and author of the in­fa­mous novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Ve­gas” – were fired space­ward from a gi­ant can­non to the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of fire­works and the Bob Dy­lan song “Mr. Tambourine Man”.

z Wasps, ev­i­dently, don’t have any time to waste. Those who study such things say that they take less than a minute to com­plete their courtship and mat­ing rit­u­als.

z All species of dog have a pink tongue – ex­cept one. Chows’ tongues are black. z The au­to­matic dish­washer was in­vented way back in 1886. A woman named Josephine Cochrane came up with the idea be­cause she was un­happy with the way her fine china was be­ing chipped by the ser­vants who were wash­ing it. z Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Zi­nus study on sleep anx­i­ety in Amer­ica, women are more likely than men to dream about be­ing chased and hav­ing teeth fall out. Men, though, dream more of­ten about be­ing naked in pub­lic and fly­ing. z If you’re think­ing of re­dec­o­rat­ing your child’s room, you might want to keep this in mind: Stud­ies show that the colour pink has a sooth­ing ef­fect on chil­dren, blue low­ers their blood pres­sure and in­creases at­ten­tive­ness, and yel­low ex­cites and cheers kids. Avoid red if at all pos­si­ble; it has been shown to raise chil­dren’s blood pres­sure, res­pi­ra­tion and heart rate as well as brain and mus­cle ac­tiv­ity.

NOW HERE’S A TIP

z “Need brown sugar for a recipe and sud­denly re­alise you’re out? Save a trip to the su­per­mar­ket by adding mo­lasses to white sugar. No mo­lasses? Use maple syrup in a pinch.” – W.S. z Keep it clean in the laun­dry room with this quick cleanup tip: When you do a load of tow­els or rags, use one of them to wipe down the washer and dryer – in­clud­ing a quick scrub of the lint trap – be­fore toss­ing the rag in the wash. z “The last time I went through my plas­tic con­tain­ers to re­move the ones with­out lids and the lids that have no con­tainer, I thought, ‘How does this even hap­pen?’ So, when I got ready to put the ‘keep’ pile back, I de­cided that I would store them with their lids at­tached. It has worked well. Even though it takes up a lit­tle more space, they are all there, and no lid or con­tainer has gone miss­ing.” – M.M.

z To keep hard floors in good shape, get a mi­crofi­bre mop that is strictly for dust mop­ping. Treat it with an ap­pro­pri­ate floor-care agent, and make sure that you toss the mop head in the wash reg­u­larly. Never use fab­ric soft­ener when wash­ing or dry­ing mi­crofi­bre clean­ing cloths.

z Store an ex­tra set of sheets and an ad­di­tional blan­ket un­der the bed in a laun­dry bas­ket for easy ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

z When mak­ing a cream pie fill­ing or a cus­tard, you may sub­sti­tute two egg yolks for each egg.

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