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“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

John Lennon


Which U.S. state is famous for its extra-small soft drinks? Minnesota!

Fun Fact

Japan is facing a ninja shortage. There is a high demand for “ninja shows,” but it is a dying tradition and companies have trouble time finding properly trained ninjas.

Reading Fact

Former American President Theodore Roosevelt read at least one book per day.

26th President Theodore Roosevelt might be one of the most well-read men in all history – every day, he would read a book before breakfast, and depending on his schedule, another two or three in the evening (even during his presidency!).

Roosevelt loved exploring various genres – from Dickensian fiction to Greek history – and was a firm believer that one’s reading preferences changed with time and mood. 

History Fact

Where Are Your Manners?

Here’s a comeback for all the fussy moms out there: tablecloths, no matter how fancy they’ve gotten today, were originally designed as one big, long napkin. Guests were meant to wipe off their hands and faces on the tablecloth after a messy feast.

Movie/TV Trivia

Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Barbie from Toy Story 3 are both voiced by the same person, Jodi Benson.

Movie/TV Quote

"Not the bees!"

The Wicker Man (2006)

According to Ethan Hawke, Nic Cage is "the only actor since Marlon Brando that's actually done anything new with the art of acting." He's right. Cage doesn't inhabit a role so much as he grabs it by the scruff of its neck and beats it into submission, and nowhere is that technique more evident than in Wicker Man, the mid-aughts remake of the 1973 British horror classic. It's a quintessentially insane Cage performance; some might call it bad acting, while we choose to recognize its unhinged gonzo genius. Throughout a film that has Cage running around yelling at children, punching and kicking women, the scene where the neo-pagans finally exact their punishment is among his finest work. "Not the bees!" concentrates all of Cage's brilliance into a primal scream, a desperate cry against unjust torture. It's outstanding.

Conversation Starter

What kind of interior do you like a restaurant to have?

Writing Prompt


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