ODDS, ENDS & INSPIRATION
It was 20th-century French air force brigadier general and geopolitician – and bearer of the nickname “father of the French atom bomb” – Pierre Marie Gallois who made the following sage observation: “If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and no one dares criticise it.”
z Fashion historians claim that England’s Queen Elizabeth I owned 3000 of the elaborate dresses popular during her time.
z The Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt is so large that its base would cover 10 football fields.
z Without a bottle opener, a drunk homeless man in Belgrade, Serbia, was at a loss as to how to open his
zbeer. So he hit upon the bright idea of using a hand grenade to pop the top. A live hand grenade, as it turned out. He popped his own top as well, dying in the incident. It’s not known how he got the grenade to begin with. z Human skin is about 70 per cent water, and the human brain is 80 per cent water. z Those who study such things say that the European starling is one of the world’s great mimics. They have the ability to imitate a surprisingly wide variety of sounds, including a dog’s bark, a cat’s meow, a cow’s moo, the songs of 50 other bird species, the drumming of a woodpecker and a ringing telephone. z Thought for the Day: “The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.” – Walter Bagehot
NOW HERE’S A TIP
z “Use an old, fine-tip paintbrush or makeup brush (natural bristles, not plastic) to remove mistakes in nail painting. Dip brush in remover, and paint around the edges of freshly painted nails to remove overpaint with precision. Make sure to rinse brush immediately, and mark it so that you don’t accidentally use it to apply makeup or anything.” – contirbuted by E.I. z To “hang” a sturdy file sorter inside a low cabinet, use stickon hooks. You can use it to store cutting boards or pot lids. Also, when hung in a mid-level cabinet, you can create a wrap dispensing station with aluminium foil, waxed paper and plastic wrap. z A dryer sheet can be used to safely clean dust from your TV screens.
z Reader N.B. writes in response to using toothpaste to camouflage a nail hole in the wall: “I have found that white chalk is much better, because it hardens just like plasterboard.” To use the chalk, make a paste from chalk shavings and water, and apply as you would spackle. Let dry 24 hours.
z “When travelling, let your host or hostess know of any serious health problems or allergies you may have, and what to do in case of an emergency.” – M.W.
z Here’s a fun activity to keep the toddlers in your life occupied while you take care of the gardening. Give your kids a bucket of water and a paintbrush, and let them “paint” a wooden fence or even the side of a cement-block house.