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Quote of the Day

"Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up."

Neil Gaiman

Writing Prompt of the Day

What Would Your Ideal City Look Like?

Day's Conversation Starter

Do you prefer to go off the beaten path when you travel?

Joke of the Day

Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it was a soft drink!

Top Fun Fact

The Hobbit has been published in two editions. In the first edition, Gollum willingly bet on his ring in the riddle game.

History Fact

ope Gregory IV Declared a War On Cats

Pope Gregory IV declared war on cats in the 13th Century. He said that black cats were instruments of Satan. Because of this belief, he ordered the extermination of these felines throughout Europe. However, this plan backfired, as it resulted in an increase in the population of plague-carrying rats.

Weird Laws

It's Illegal to Wear Camouflage in (Much of) the Caribbean

Leave the Camo attire at home when you head to the Caribbean — to wear it is a big no-no in many island nations, including Barbados, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Antigua, Barbuda and Jamaica.

Camouflage is only allowed to be worn by the country's military personnel.

Foody Things

Czech Republic & Slovakia

Many dishes found in the Czech Republic are crossovers from its neighbors, Austria and Hungary.

You’ll find goulash, sauerkraut and dumplings, just like you will in its former adjoined country, Slovakia. (The duo once formed Czechoslovakia.)

Traditional cuisine in these countries is otherwise pretty basic, though not without its merits. In the Czech Republic, try Vepro knedlo zelo, roasted pork paired with dumplings and cabbage; in Slovakia, opt for Bryndzové halušky, potato dumplings with sheep cheese and bacon.

These are both beautiful countries, we admit, and the food is far from terrible. But you can enjoy better cuisine elsewhere in Europe.

Movie/TV Trivia

The Snow in Wizard of Oz Is Asbestos

In that famous poppy-field scene in Wizard of Oz, the snow coming down is calming to Dorothy and her posse. But they should probably have been far less relaxed as these were actually asbestos-based fake snowflakes—a popular Christmas decoration throughout the United States and Europe at the time. Wicked, indeed.

Movie/TV Quote

"Here's looking at you, kid."

Casablanca, 1942

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