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Daily Quote

"You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life."

Winston Churchill

Writing Prompt

How Much Food Does Your Family Waste?

Conversation Starter

If you had a personal mascot, what would your mascot be?

Joke of the Day

There's a fine line between numerator and denominator.

Fun Fact

Snakes can help predict earthquakes.

They can sense a coming earthquake from 75 miles away (121 km), up to five days before it happens.

History Fact

The Colosseum was originally clad entirely in marble.

When you visit or see the Colosseum these days you’ll notice how the stone exterior appears to be covered in pockmarks all across its surface.

Whilst you might assume this is just degradation of the material due to its age, it is actually because it was originally clad almost entirely in marble.

The reason for the pockmarks is, after the fall of Rome, the city was looted and pillaged by the Goths. Yes that’s right, the Goths!

They took all of the marble from the Colosseum, and stripped it (mostly) down to its bare stone setting.

The holes in the stone are from where the iron clamps and poles attaching the marble cladding to it have been ripped out.

Weird Laws

NEW JERSEY

A person wearing a bullet-proof vest while carrying out a grave criminal act can be charged separately for suiting up. The practical effect is more jail and fines.

Food Thing

Best Cheddar-Cheese Dishes in the U.S.

The majority of cheddar is produced in Wisconsin, and the state is a must-visit for aficionados of this glorious cheese. There are cheese shops galore if you want to try different cheddars on their own, or you can hit up one (or more!) of several restaurants and cafes serving cheddar-starring dishes, including grilled-cheese sandwiches at places like Uber Tap Room & Cheese Bar in Milwaukee and Alchemy in Madison, and cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese at restaurants including Macs in Wisconsin Dells.

Want to go wild? Try Appleton Beer Factory in Appleton, which serves a Beer and Bacon Mac & Cheese Sandwich (yes, you read that right) or Ian’s Pizza, where the cheddar Mac N Cheese pizza, pictured here, is over-the-top perfection. Ian’s has locations not only in Madison and Milwaukee but also in Seattle and Denver.

All that said, there are other destinations in the U.S. that will proudly claim they actually make the best cheddar. In Vermont, locally loved white cheddar forgoes annatto-based food coloring and can be found on menus across the state. Oregon, home to world-renowned Tillamook cheese, is a strong contender as well.

Movie/TV Trivia

Amélie

Audrey Tautou doesn't know how to skip stones; the stone-skipping scenes were made with special effects.

Movie/TV Quote

"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!"

The Wizard of Oz, 1939

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