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Quote of the Day

"Treat your customers like they own you. Because they do."

Marc Cuban

Writing Prompt of the Day

What’s Your Favourite Candy?

Day's Conversation Starter

What is the craziest, most outrageous thing you want to achieve?

Joke of the Day

My boss told me to have a good day. So I went home!

Top Fun Fact

People wore fake moles (or "beauty patches") made of velvet, silk, or mouse skin in the 18th century as a fashion statement.

History Fact

The Puritans Didn't Come to the New World for 'Religious Freedom'

The Protestant "Separatists" left Holland because of too much religious freedom, since the country allowed Judaism and Catholicism and even atheism. Because of this, the Puritans dipped and went to the Mayflower where they embarked across the pond for the new world.

Weird Laws

Kentucky: No dueling

All public officials and attorneys in Kentucky must swear an oath that they "have not fought a duel with deadly weapons" nor acted as a second in another person's duel. Good to know now; unfortunately, when the oath took effect in 1848, many would-be duelists turned to murderous street brawls instead. Did you know that Alexander Hamilton was involved in at least 10 duels?

Foody Things

France

Food isn't just food in France; it's “cuisine.” Even Julia Child admitted that it wasn’t until her time in France that she became a cook: “I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.”

French cooking is so inspirational that it has led to the training of many much-revered chefs at Le Cordon Bleu. Michelin ratings, the hard-to-come-by stars awarded to the world’s best restaurants, come from France. The country is the queen of rich, decadent sauces, and no other country in the world can compare when it comes to indulgent pastries and breads, most famously the melt-in-your-mouth croissant.

And we haven’t even mentioned the cheese yet! There are 1,600 distinct types of French cheese — brie, bleu, chevre and munster among them — and we'd happily eat them all.

Pair this cheese with bread, and you have the perfect item — so good, you could eat just that in France and be happy.

But don't forget to try the country's amazing wines as well. France is the birthplace of Champagne, Cabernet Franc and Bordeaux, among many others.

Could you visit France just for a culinary experience? Oui!

Movie/TV Trivia

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

In the film, when Elizabeth arrives at St. Paul's Cathedral, construction is going on. In real life, St. Paul's actually needed repair work. Director Shekhar Kapur decided to improvise, and gave the workers costumes and period tools to cut real stone that was being installed in the cathedral. The workers in the scene are real-life stonemasons and construction workers.

Movie/TV Quote

"Round up the usual suspects."

Casablanca, 1942