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Vol. 1 No. 4:08 April 8, 2024

Everybody’s Talking


More minutes, please: A group of people out boating on a lake in Manitoba, Canada, learned never to let a cell phone run out of minutes. The foursome’s boat broke down and drifted to an isolated island. One of the boaters had a cell phone, but it ran out of minutes in the middle of her call for help. After searching the area to no avail, police asked the telephone company to add minutes to the woman’s phone. The company agreed, a call was made to the stranded group, and police were then able to locate them and arrange for their rescue.

Leap year party: Anthony, Texas (US), has become known as the Leap Year Capital of the World. The idea came in 1988 from a local resident named Mary Ann Brown, whose birthday is on February 29. She convinced the town’s Chamber of Commerce to sponsor the Worldwide Leap Year Festival, which has evolved into a week-long carnival with all sorts of activities, such as live music, a golf tournament, barbecues and hot air balloon rides. There is also a Worldwide Leap Year Birthday Club which invites anyone born on February 29 to become a member.

Expensive flight: Passengers on a Comtel Air flight from Amritsar, India to Birmingham, England had to pay a little extra to ensure they’d get home. Passenger Reena Rindi reports that the plane landed in Vienna, Austria, to refuel. It was during that stop that the people on board were asked to help pay for the fuel. As they had been stranded for three days and were desperate to get home, most agreed to pitch in to pay the $31,000 needed for the fuel. Passengers who didn’t have cash were escorted to a cash machine by airline staff to make a withdrawal. ‘Unresolved financial questions’ was the reason given for the strange incident.

Crash landing: A restaurant in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania (US), had an unusual intruder that was discovered by police responding to the building’s alarm system. The intruder was a wild turkey and, in an almost comical twist, it was found on Thanksgiving Day – the day when most Americans feast on roasted turkey. Perhaps the bird was trying to escape the oven? Penn Hills police officer Bernard Sestili says the 15-pound turkey crashed through the restaurant window and was found among the broken glass. The restaurant was closed at the time because of the holiday. No word on whether the turkey made it into someone’s roasting pan.

Quotable Quotes


“It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.”
– Amelia Barr

“It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps one to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in.”
– Arthur Christopher Benson

“A great man is one who seizes the vital issue in a complex question, what we might call the jugular vein of the whole organism, and spends his energies upon that.”
– Joseph Rickaby



  1. What is a snollygoster?
  2. In medical shorthand, what does MVA mean?
  3. What country hosted the Soccer World Cup in 1990?
  4. Who was TIME magazine’s Person of the Year in 1927?
  5. What is the most abundant element in our universe?

▼ Trivia answers at the bottom of the page! ▼

What’s Happening


April 2024

Rimbey’s 35th Annual Women’s Conference will take place April 11 at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre (5109-54 Street, Rimbey) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring a keynote speaker, six concurrent sessions, musical entertainment, buffet lunch, prizes, vendors. Tickets $50. Contact Rimbey FCSS at 403.843.2030.

Innisfail Legion will host an unforgettable evening celebrating Tartan Day and Scottish culture at the Tartan Day Ceilidh April 13 from 4:30 to 10 p.m. 18+ only event. Purchase of ticket ($65 each) includes roast beef & haggis buffet supper, 1 whisky drink ticket, entertainment and dance. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.ca or contact us at [email protected] for more information. Ticket sales end March 30.



Your Weekly Horoscope


Lucky numbers this week: This week’s odds favor Sagittarius winners with the luckiest number being 13.

Aries (March 21 - April 20)

Your confidence could increase once you realize that there are some things in life that cannot be controlled. Use your power to make a difference.
Lucky numbers: 2, 13, 16, 19, 23, 39.

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)

Many might try to tell you how it is done, but only you know the best route to take. Keep on plugging away and refuse to listen to negative input. Lucky numbers: 6, 7, 11, 16, 17, 21.

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)

Your lucky stars could shine brightly. Celebrate your good luck and good health with those you love. Social events often create strong bonds.
Lucky numbers: 1, 7, 17, 26, 37, 46.

Cancer (June 22 - July 22)

You may feel that the pressure is on and time is ticking for you to make your decision. You need to make sure you have the best possible plan before you commit.
Lucky numbers: 4, 11, 23, 25, 31, 43.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 23)

You may want to hire an expert to assist you. Things could go wrong with your plan, but your selection of good people to support you will help protect your interests.
Lucky numbers: 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40.

Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23)

News of exciting events could come to light from behind the scenes. Social networks may help you to promote a successful plan of action.
Lucky numbers: 9, 10, 18, 33, 35, 45.

Virgo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23)

Perhaps it’s time to relieve your tension. Find a way to get yourself back on track. Your confidence will increase once you heed that inner voice.
Lucky numbers: 22, 24, 27, 42, 47, 48.

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)

Your positive energy will flow as long as you continue to gather strong alliances. Any negativity can cause friction with friends and family.
Lucky numbers: 1, 5, 12, 16, 17, 34.

Sagittarius Nov. 23 - Dec. 21)

You may need to try to find a balance for your extreme side. Try to lighten the schedule in your personal life and your energy level could soar high.
Lucky numbers: 13, 19, 22, 23, 30, 36.

Aquarius (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19)

Pleasurable feelings may come from unexpected sources. Your keen sense of art and beauty could bring you closer to some very artistic souls. Lucky numbers: 8, 18, 26, 36, 45, 48.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20)

Forgiveness will help you grow spiritually and emotionally. Your good intentions may also help you to open up the hearts of others to true human understanding.
Lucky numbers: 2, 17, 24, 25, 34, 45.

Pisces (Feb. 20 - March 20)

Someone may be trying to upset your plans. You know what you need to do to make yourself feel good. Be sure to surround yourself with those who matter. Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 8, 19, 22, 34.

Did you Know?


Climbing high: The first ever ascent of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, took place on May 29, 1953. The climbers were Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and his Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay of Nepal.

Crowning glory: Queen Elizabeth of England has two crowns. The Imperial State Crown has 3,337 precious and semi-precious stones embedded in it, compared to the St. Edward’s Crown with 444.

Baby names: Baby squirrels and baby rats are often referred to as “pups” or “kittens”, while a young sheep is called a “lamb.” A “cub” or a “whelp” is the word used to describe a baby tiger.

Aussie words: There are a few terms that most people recognize as being very Australian. Examples include “billabong”, which is a waterhole in a drying river, and a “brumby,” means a wild horse.

Top country: Russia spans over 6.5 million square miles, making it the largest country in the world. However, it isn’t quite number one in terms of population; seven other countries top Russia’s population of nearly 143 million.

On the Lighter Side


Mr. Octopus: “Why are you swimming so near the surface?”
Little fish: “I’m in high school now.”

People would enjoy life more if, once they got what they wanted, they could remember how much they wanted it.

Students are going on a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. They’re hoping there’s no pop quiz.

The early bird gets the worm, but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Opportunity may knock once, but temptation leans on the bell.

“It’s clear,” said the teacher, “that you haven’t studied your geography. What’s your excuse?”
Pupil: “Well, my dad says the world is changing every day, so I decided to wait until it settles down.”

Trivia answers:

  1. Unprincipled, but shrewd person
  2. Motor Trivia answers: vehicle accident
  3. Italy
  4. Charles Lindbergh
  5. Hydrogen

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