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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Here's looking at you, kid."