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Vol. 1 No. 4:22 April 22, 2024

Everybody’s Talking


Big eater:
She is a very small woman, weighing just 105 pounds, but she’s a very big eater. Sonya Thomas proved just that when she ate five and a quarter pounds of turkey in 10 minutes during a turkey-eating contest in New York (US). The contest was sponsored by Wild Turkey 81 Proof. Thomas, who hails from the state of Virginia, has won a number of food-eating contests and holds 38 world records. She once ate 53 soft tacos in 12 minutes. Known as the ‘Black Widow,’ she says she wants to show she can out-eat the men. “I want to make boys of them,” she says.

A student living in residence at the University of Derby, England, fell off her bed, and a clotheshorse, which is a frame on which clothes are hung, fell on top of her, trapping her head. At first, she and her roommates thought it was funny, but when Danielle Morgan realized she couldn’t get her head out, panic set in. Eventually, the fire and rescue service was called and workers had to use cutting equipment to free her. Morgan reported that she’d just been hanging around with her friends when the accident happened. It left her with bruises, but no serious injuries.

Baby names:
In Scotland, George MacKenzie, the registrar general, keeps track of baby names. Each year, there are always a few that make him scratch his head and wonder what people are thinking. Most recently, he heard about a boy whose parents named him Jesuslovesme. Another child was named Awesome, although his parents may not think he’s quite so awesome if he turns into a toddler prone to temper tantrums. Other unusual names included Fox, Boo-Tiger, Caledonia, and Marvelous. “Luckily,” proclaims MacKenzie, “most parents stick to traditional names, and in Scotland, the top two were Jack and Sophie. He says the list of names provides a fascinating insight into Scotland’s people.

Butter crisis:
Lars Galtung, head of communications with TINE, Norway’s biggest farmer-owned co-operative, reports that his countrymen really like their butter. So, when a shortage of butter in Norway occurred recently, it wasn’t surprising to discover that many people were very concerned. A wet summer that hurt the quality of animal feed led to a reduction in milk production. That, coupled with an increase in Norwegians following a fat-rich fad diet, meant supply didn’t meet demand. Butter was selling at about $13 per half pound, about four times the normal price.

Quotable Quotes


Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Kahlil Gibran
“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who’ll never find it out.”
– Frank A. Clark

“Follow your hunches like the ancient navigators followed the stars. The voyage may be lonely but the stars will take you where you want to go.”
– David J. Mahoney



1. In New England (USA) what does it mean to ‘hook Jack’?

2. When a ship is set to sail, which flag is flown alerting passengers to board?

3. In what year was the first New York Marathon held?

4. What letter is represented by four dots in the Morse code?

5. How many singers comprised the musical group, “The Village People”?

▼ Trivia answers at the bottom of the page! ▼

What’s Happening


April 2024

The Giant Used Book Sale is back Friday, April 26 (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) and Saturday, April 27 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) at the Sacred HeartChurch Library (Sacred HeartChurch, corner of 55 St. and 49th Ave. North). Books, DVDs, puzzles and more for all ages. Nothing over $1, all welcome! For more info:403.346.3085.

German Canadian Club of Red Deer’s 58th Annual Spring Dinner and Dance will be held April 27 at 38167 RR 280, Red Deer County, at 5 p.m. Enjoy traditional German food, music, costumes and drinks. Members $50, guests $55. Call Donna for tickets and more information at 403.343.1744.

Lakers can drop off tree branches for free at the Waste Transfer Site from April 29 to May 4. Residential drop off only. For Waste Transfer Site hours and location, visit Town website.

Ready to put your knowledge to the test? Join us for an epic Trivia Night at The Viewpoint Lounge hosted by Sylvan Lake Municipal Library on May 1 starting at 6:30 p.m.! Get your team together and prepare for a night filled with brain-teasing questions, laughter, and friendly competition. Secure your spot by calling or sending the library a message. Spaces are limited.

Prepare to indulge your senses in a vibrant celebration of creativity at the 2024 Encore Art Show in the Lacombe Memorial Centre (5214-50 Ave.), taking place April 26 (1-8 p.m.) & 27 (11 a.m. to5 p.m.). The show features handcrafted fibre art, intricate woodcarvings, paintings, ceramics, and photography.

Mary C. Moore Public Library presents a D&D Master Class Saturday, April 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. Have you always wanted to be a Dungeon Master? Learn from two experienced DMs. Come with all your questions. Snacks provided. Visit library Facebook page for registration details.

Your Weekly Horoscope


Lucky numbers this week: This week’s odds favour Leo winners with the luckiest number being 7.

Aries (March 21 - April 20)

Your personal and creative interests may reveal that your motives are very genuine. This information could help you to gain the trust of others.
Lucky numbers: 7, 9, 18, 37, 39, 42.

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)

Much work may be required to achieve your current goals. Strong personal relationships will help you to stand up for what you believe in.
Lucky numbers: 5, 22, 33, 32, 41, 48.

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)

Career opportunities may present themselves. Your need to understand that more complex ideas could help you to dig deeper for pertinent information.
Lucky numbers: 1, 17, 20, 25, 27, 29.

Cancer (June 22 - July 22)

Try to encourage others to envision a more positive perspective. Your compassionate nature will help you to appreciate their contributions.
Lucky numbers: 4, 16, 24, 26, 44, 46.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 23)

You may feel like spending your time in a more relaxed atmosphere than you’re in right now. Clear your schedule and find a new way to enjoy the weekend.
Lucky numbers: 7, 19, 25, 28, 35, 38.

Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23)

Enjoy yourself, but try to keep a level head. Many may follow your lead. This could enable you to put away the facade and enjoy the positive energy that surrounds you.
Lucky numbers: 3, 10, 18, 19, 34, 41.

Virgo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23)

You may have positive ideas which could lead you to a stronger professional position. Listen closely to requests you receive through social networks.
Lucky numbers: 6, 14, 17, 26, 34, 47.

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)

If you play your cards right, your future may be right on track. Your sensitivity can help you to weed out those who do not share your best interests.
Lucky numbers: 5, 13, 16, 22, 26, 38.

Sagittarius Nov. 23 - Dec. 21)

Variety is the spice of life. Interesting travel options may open up for you. The key is to invest more time to research your opportunities.
Lucky numbers: 15, 24, 32, 35, 40, 44.

Aquarius (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19)

Your success will depend on how you present your position. Your interest in leading others will help you to grow as a person.
Lucky numbers: 2, 13, 22, 28, 45, 48.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20)

Maintain your ideals and stand strong on your opinions. Your sensitivity can often make you feel sympathetic toward others. Victims may need your voice in dealing with their personal issues.
Lucky numbers: 19, 28, 29, 38, 39, 49.

Pisces (Feb. 20 - March 20)

Others may try to lead, but you may have the secret to success. Putting others at ease is your talent. Your interests could spark some good conversation.
Lucky numbers: 12, 23, 27, 32, 33, 37.

Did you Know?


Moons of Pluto:
Pluto, which was once thought to be a true planet, but is now called a dwarf planet, has five known moons: Charon, Hydra, Nix, P 4, and P 5. The newest moon discoveries were made with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Biting Females:
The female mosquito, not the male, causes mosquito bites. The females need protein from blood to produce healthy eggs. Male mosquitoes, on the other hand, are happy to feed on flower nectar.

Death of a Great:
Albert Einstein died of an aneurysm in 1955 when he was 76 years old. He could have undergone surgery, but he always maintained that it is “tasteless to prolong life artificially.”

Icy Ball:
A huge hailstone fell from the sky on July 23, 2010, in Vivian, a town in South Dakota (US). The size of a soccer ball, the hailstone weighed two pounds and is the largest on record.

It’s not uncommon to get a shock when grabbing a doorknob or even touching another person. This is caused by static electricity on the surface of an object, which is then neutralized when touched.

On the Lighter Side


The professor soon discovered that her theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground.

Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

Your refrigerator likes you; that’s why it puts the light on for you every time you open the door.

When chemists die, they barium.

What has four legs and says ‘Boo’? A cow with a head cold.

Patience is the best medicine there is for a sick man.

Lucy: “You’re going on a diet? Why?”
Ethel: “Because I’m thick and tired of it!”

Always keep your words soft and sweet—one day you may have to eat them.

Sleep is when the real you takes a break from your personality.

Trivia answers:

1. Skip school

2. The Blue Peter

3. 1970

4. H

5. Nine

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Please note this issue was published sometime over the past 10 years. Jokes, Trivia, Stories and Quotes may be time specific or reference maybe made to events which are no longer relevant.