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Vol. 1 No. 5:20 May 20, 2024

Everybody’s Talking


Amazing Slime:
Toshiuki Nakagaki, a professor at Future University Hakodate in northern Japan, has discovered that, even though it doesn’t have a brain, slime mold has the ability to find its way out of a maze. Nakagaki claims his studies show that slime mold is able to organize its cells to find the fastest way to a food source. Its information processing abilities are similar to that of a human and are more sophisticated than any computer. The professor used slime mold for his experiments because of previous research, which revealed that the substance becomes inactive when stressed by temperature changes and is able to remember and anticipate a reoccurrence of that situation.

Mandatory Snacks:
In George Parrot’s psychology class at Sacramento State University in California, students must bring a snack. It’s mandatory. Students have learned that lesson the hard way because Parrot walks out of class if one of them doesn’t bring a snack. For 39 years, Parrot has been making snacks a requirement in his classes. He does this because he believes it encourages students to work collectively and inspires them to interact. He explains that having snacks in class also breaks the ice and lessens students’ stress. At the beginning of the school year, the professor gives his class a list of recommended healthy snacks.

Ice Cream Bonanza:
Merida, Venezuela, is home to an ice cream shop called Heladeria Coromoto, where on any given day visitors can choose from up to 60 flavours of ice cream. The shop actually has a menu of 900 flavours, which are rotated according to the season. Owner Manuel de Silva Oliveira worked at large ice cream companies and, with that experience, figured there was a market for exotic flavours. This may help explain the rare varieties of ice cream available in his shop. For example, one of the most popular is avocado paired with sweet corn, black bean, mango, or coconut flavours. Other choices include beef, onion, mushroom, garlic, wine, and cheese.

Doll the Hero:
For high school students, taking a turn caring for a baby doll that simulates crying is part of the family life curriculum. In Tennessee, it was also the thing that saved a family’s life. Kathy Tyson, spokeswoman for the city of La Vergne, tells the story of a teenager, normally a heavy sleeper, who had to get up because the doll was crying. She went to the back of the house because she thought she heard a plate breaking. When she opened the door, she was hit by a wall of smoke. The sound had been that of a window breaking. She quickly woke her mother and stepfather and the three escaped unharmed.

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Quotable Quotes


“Life is a grindstone; whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you’re made of.”
– Jacob M. Braude

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”
– Carl Sagan

“If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old.”
– James A. Garfield



1. What planet is referred to as the Morning Star?

2. What does the chat room acronym WAEF mean?

3. What country won the Ryder Cup in 1975?

4. What popular entree is the Duke of Wellington named for?

5. At what age did Amadeus Mozart die?

▼ Trivia answers at the bottom of the page! ▼

What’s Happening


 May 2024


Pub Trivia Night at Sylvan Lake Municipal Library

  • Date & Time: Wednesday, June 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Location: Sylvan Lake Viewpoint, The Viewpoint Lounge
  • Details: Test your knowledge and compete to be the next trivia champion. Join as a team or play solo for an evening of trivia fun. The winning team will win excellent prizes, including the opportunity to choose the theme for the next trivia night.
  • Reservation: Call 403.887.0632 to reserve your table at The Viewpoint Lounge.

Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Summer Camps Registration

  • What: Merge nature with art in these day camps for children aged 6-12. Camps feature a variety of arts activities inspired by nature and fun games.
  • When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Cost: $150 per child
  • Limited availability
  • For more information:

ESL with the Henday Association

  • When: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Sylvan Lake Municipal Library (4715-50 Avenue)
  • What: Improve your English conversation skills in a welcoming environment. Practice speaking and listening while getting to know your neighbors.
  • For more information, please call: Henday Association for Lifelong Learning at 403.227.2866

Central Alberta Chamber Orchestra Pops presents Country AND Westerns

  • What: A star-studded concert featuring Devin Cooper, Haeley Ginter and more
  • When: May 24, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Festival Hall (4214-58 Street)
  • Tickets: $25 (general admission); $12 for seniors and students
  • Tickets available at: www.Eventbrite.ca and at the door

Sylvan Lake Municipal Library Author Talk and Book Signing with Vonda Peterson

  • When: Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • What: Vonda Peterson will read excerpts from her book “A Hole In Our Hearts”, followed by a Q&A and book signing.
  • Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item donation for the Little Free Pantry.
  • Full details: Visit the Library website and Facebook page.

Card Making Workshop at Mary C. Moore Public Library

  • Date & Time: Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Location: Kinsmen Room (LMC)
  • Details: Make your own greeting cards using a variety of stamping and paper crafting techniques.
  • Registration: Required
  • Contact: Call 403.782.3433 or email [email protected]
  • Fee: $10 for 5 cards

Blacksmith Workshop Series at Lacombe Museum

  • Details: The Blacksmith Workshop Series is back for 2024!
  • Registration & Inquiries: Contact [email protected] or call 403.782.3933


IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s

  • Date & Time: Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Location: Starting from the Bower Ponds Stage
  • Details: Join Canada’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, taking place in more than 200 communities across the country.
  • Registration: Sign up at walkforalzheimers.ca
  • Contact: For more information, call 587.635.0807

Ladies’ Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for the Aerie Maternity Home Program

  • Date & Time: Saturday, May 25, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Location: CrossRoads Church Chapel
  • Details: Enjoy tasteful teas, delectable pastries, entertainment, and a silent auction. Open to ladies 12 years and older.
  • Tickets: $25 per person
  • Registration & Information: Visit www.pregnancycare.ca or call 403.343.1611

Your Weekly Horoscope


Lucky numbers this week: This week’s odds favour Aquarius winners with the luckiest number being 11.

Aries (March 21 - April 20)

You may be able to identify strongly with those who envy the power you seem to possess. Your quick reactions could prove to be an advantage for you in otherwise difficult situations.
Lucky numbers: 20, 27, 28, 30, 37, 38.

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)

Daydreams may reveal your true ambitions. Your insightfulness regarding others might really surprise you and you could soon begin to understand their motives.
Lucky numbers: 8, 10, 16, 18, 32, 34.

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)

Some may not seem to understand you. Ask for their patience. Your spiritual side could flourish once you start to trust your instincts.
Lucky numbers: 4, 5, 19, 25, 32, 42.

Cancer (June 22 - July 23)

Share your knowledge. A major player could show a great deal of interest in your goals and ambitions. You may be surprised at how much you have in common.
Lucky numbers: 2, 11, 14, 24, 26, 39.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 23)

Positive feelings could keep you on top of your game. It’s possible that romance may reign high. An unexpected encounter might create some much-needed pleasure.
Lucky numbers: 6, 16, 26, 32, 36, 46.

Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23)

Focus may be needed to attain your ultimate goals. Managing those self-indulgences could require a bit more work on your part.
Lucky numbers: 7, 20, 21, 37, 40, 41.

Virgo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23)

Your loyalty may inspire friends to go to bat for you. Your shared dialogue could develop into some great innovations for your field of expertise.
Lucky numbers: 14, 17, 22, 26, 37, 44.

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)

You may need to try to express yourself more honestly which, in turn, should help you feel stronger. Indulging in idle gossip will only result in hurt feelings.
Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 15, 30, 41, 43.

Sagittarius Nov. 23 - Dec. 21)

Use your talents to support others by adopting a more positive outlook. Your approach toward matters of the heart just might please one and all.
Lucky numbers: 13, 17, 19, 23, 27, 29.

Aquarius (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19)

The emotional tension you may have felt should start to fade as the week unfolds. Take pride for using your better judgement in financial matters.
Lucky numbers: 3, 11, 13, 22, 26, 33.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20)

Sharing a personal connection should fuel your confidence. Listen to your inner voice. Use this time to get yourself up-to-date.
Lucky numbers: 12, 16, 24, 25, 28, 32.

Pisces (Feb. 20 - March 20)

Your skill to communicate effectively may bring you much satisfaction. Continue your research on the latest electronic gadgets or devices.
Lucky numbers: 2, 4, 5, 22, 34, 45.

Did you Know?


Cooking Chemistry:
When an onion is cut, chemical reactions take place. When your eyes water while cutting onions, the enzymes released during these reactions are washed away. Your eyes don’t tear up in the presence of cooked onions because cooking makes the enzymes inactive.

The entire coastline of North Sentinel Island, located west of Thailand in the Bay of Bengal, is protected by coral reefs. Thus protected from European settlers, this isolation has helped to preserve the Sentinelese people, the last pre-Neolithic tribe.

Volcanic Activity:
Active volcanoes are those that erupt regularly. If a volcano has been known to erupt in recorded history, but is now quiet, it is known as dormant. Extinct volcanoes have no written records of activity and are not likely to erupt again.

Out of Place:
The term heartburn is misleading because the malady is not associated with the heart. The burning sensation is a result of acidic stomach contents that make their way into the esophagus, causing discomfort.

On the Lighter Side


Why did the atoms cross the road?
It was time to split.

“Mom, please will you buy me a bicycle for my birthday?”

“Will it make you behave any better if I do?”

“No, but I’ll behave over a wider area.”

The older we become, the more zany were our childhood friends and the more outrageous their antics.

A tax on people who are bad at math.

The thrifty homeowner who discovered a mouse in the house refused to spend money on a piece of cheese for the mousetrap. Instead, he put a picture of a chunk of cheese in the trap. Next morning, he checked the trap and found that he’d caught a picture of a mouse.

Trivia answers:

  1. Venus
  2. When all else fails
  3. USA Trivia answers:
  4. Beef Wellington
  5. 35

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