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"What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?"

George Eliot


I told my girlfriend she drew her eyebrows too high. She seemed surprised!

Fun Fact

The oceans contain almost 200,000 different kinds of viruses.

The next time you feel like taking a dip in the big blue ocean, you might not want to think about the fact that the seemingly pristine water is home to almost 200,000 different kinds of viruses. While this may sound scary, Matthew Sullivan, a microbiologist at the Ohio State University, told CNN, "Having that road map [of what viruses exist] helps us do a lot of the things we'd be interested in to better understand the ocean and, I hate to say it, but maybe to have to engineer the ocean at some point to combat climate change."

History Fact

The fastest surgeon ever ended up causing a 300% mortality rate.

Before anesthesia, speed was essential when performing surgery to minimize pain to the patient, and also to ensure they didn’t have as much chance to writhe about during surgery.

Surgeon Robert Liston was considered “the fastest knife in the West”. He was a pioneer in speed-surgery.

One time, when performing a battlefield amputation in front of a group of spectators, Liston cut through his patient’s leg so quickly that he accidentally cut the fingers off his assistant.

One man who witnessed the surgery was also caught by the doctor’s knife. Upon feeling it tug on his coat and seeing blood splash on him, he collapsed and died of a heart attack.

Then, to make matters worse, Liston’s patient and his assistant died of blood poisoning from their joint-amputation.

This made Liston the only surgeon ever to have performed a surgery with a 300% mortality rate!

Movie/TV Trivia

Buzz Lightyear’s original name was Lunar Larry

“To infinity, and beyond!”

Back in 1995, kids and parents the world over instantly fell in love with Buzz Lightyear, the cocky superhero who just refused to believe he was nothing more than a children’s toy. However, did you know that the character was never supposed to be called Buzz in the first place?!

The toy’s original name was ‘Lunar Larry’, which really just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

After a lot of back and forth between producers, Larry’s named was changed to Buzz Lightyear, as a nod to real-life astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Nice!

Also, in the original sketches for the movie, Buzz was supposed to be the good guy facing off against an evil pull-string cowboy called Woody. Eventually screenwriters decided to switch the pair around and as a result, one of the greatest Pixar movies of all time was born!

Our childhood just wouldn’t be the same without Buzz Lightyear flying around! We’re definitely glad they ditched the Lunar Larry name…

Movie/TV Quote

“There's no crying in baseball!”

A League of Their Own, 1992

Conversation Starter

What was the last movie you watched? How was it?

Writing Prompt


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