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Quote

“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or the life of another.”


Helen Keller


Joke

I would avoid the sushi if I was you. It's a little fishy!


Fun Fact

Tokyo is the world's largest city with 37 million inhabitants.

 

Tokyo is a booming city—not only by Japanese standards, but also compared to cities around the world. With around 37 million people living in Tokyo, it's the world's largest city when it comes to population size, according to Reuters. The next largest city is Delhi, India, (population 29 million) and Shanghai, China (population 26 million).


Reading Fact

People who read, volunteer, and donate more


Studies have shown that there is a link between reading and charity. Among the people who volunteer regularly, 42% self-identified as regular readers.


Similarly, 82% of the people who usually donate either money or goods of any kind, are readers as well. 

While there’s unlikely to be a direct causality link between reading and volunteering or donating, the numbers should tell you something nevertheless. An educated person who reads constantly has a better understanding of the needs of those around them, greater empathy, and a better sense of giving back to the community.


History Fact

Tight-Knit Family


Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s parents were closely related—like, really close: His mother and father were actually siblings, a marital arrangement that was not uncommon among the ruling classes at the time. Some experts disagree, however, and say his parents were cousins, not brother and sister. But really, same difference here.


Movie/TV Trivia

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn failed his driving test eight times.


Movie/TV Quote

"To me, you are perfect."


Love Actually (2003)


Love Actually doesn't exactly top Breakfast at Tiffany's in the Widely Loved, But Very Problematic Movie department, but it makes its best effort through pretty much every one of its 18,000 running storylines, culminating in the scene where Mark (Andrew Lincoln) turns up at Juliet's (Keira Knightley) house with a series of the creepiest romantic flashcards ever created. Lincoln himself called his character a "creepy stalker," maybe because Mark films no one but Juliet during her wedding (to Mark's best friend), or because he shows up on Christmas silently proclaiming undying love for the woman who literally just married his best friend. Seems like he might have had a chance to pull the flashcard stunt in the months or years preceding Christmas. Nevertheless! Love Actually lives on as one of the best Christmas films ever AND one of the best rom-coms ever. The treacly tagline that "love actually is all around" is driven home by Mark's desperate plea, one of those grand movie gestures that calls to mind John Cusack's Say Anything boombox. While much of Richard Curtis' script expresses more ambivalent feelings toward love than the title suggests, the cue cards have lived on as a meme, and "To me, you are perfect" has repeatedly bailed out romantic partners with nothing original to write in birthday or Valentine's Day cards. For the record, the only part of Love Actually that holds up is Rowan Atkinson's role -- Mr. Bean wraps presents so slowly!


Conversation Starter

What kind of case do you have for your phone? Why did you choose it?


Writing Prompt

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