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Vol. 1 No. 5:27 May 27, 2024

Everybody’s Talking


Big disappointment: There are disappointments in life, then there are the 300 folks in Copenhagen, Denmark who thought they’d won the lottery. They received news from the state lottery company, Danske Spil, that they had won jackpots of up to 280 billion Danish crowns – about $49.7 billion. Of course, it was too good to be true. The company quickly corrected itself, informing the winners they’d be taking home between 200 and 400 crowns, or up to $70. Spokesman Thomas Rorsig indicated that the incident was human error and when the correct amount was announced, most winners took the bad news ‘on the chin.’

Stolen supplies: In Stuttgart, Germany, a 69-year-old janitor retired after several decades of employment with the city, thus ending a career during which he also stole over 27 tonnes of office items and cleaning supplies. Only upon retirement did he admit his thievery. He took police to his apartment where he still had most of what he had pilfered. Authorities say that because he admitted to the thefts and because the items could be returned to the city, he won’t be charged. Attorney Alan Kopit is aware that lots of workers occasionally help themselves to items from the supply cabinet, but the janitor went way beyond that. “They forget these items are company property,” he said.

Snakes on a plane: When Braden Blennerhassett realized a snake was crawling down his leg, the Australian pilot radioed air traffic controllers to alert them he was going to land his plane to deal with the situation. Blennerhassett was on a flight from Darwin to Peppimenarti, in northern Australia, when he discovered he had the slithering visitor in the cockpit with him. He says his blood pressure and heart rate became a bit elevated. “It was an interesting experience,” he says. When the plane landed, a firefighter discovered the snake had company – a green tree frog. It’s suspected the non-venomous green tree snake may have been hunting the frog and followed it onto the plane.

Coming home: Eveline Kosenbach, of the Munich Animal Sanctuary in Germany, says a cat that was missing for 15 years was returned to its home with the help of the identification number tattooed in its ear. Everyone was surprised Poldi, a ginger tom cat, was even alive, as a cat’s lifespan is about 15 years. But a teenager in a village about 19 miles from Munich found the stray in the woods and felt sorry for it because it seemed so old. He brought it home and once he discovered the tattoo, Poldi was soon reunited with his mistress. Kosenbach says Poldi’s owner had long since given up hope of ever seeing the cat again.

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Quotable Quotes


“Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
– Zig Ziglar
“Many speak the truth when they say they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by other men.”
– Charles Caleb Coulton



  1. Is a concave lens thicker or thinner at the centre?
  2. What is a blue heeler?
  3. What is the capital of Paraguay?
  4. What popular dessert consists of peaches, ice cream and raspberry sauce?
  5. Where are the Spanish Steps located?

▼ Trivia answers at the bottom of the page! ▼

What’s Happening


 May 2024


FREE Seniors’ Brain Dance with Maddox Dance

Date & Time: Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. through June 27
Details: Music and movement are game changers in keeping your cognition and brain health strong. This 6-week series is for seniors of all ages and stages. Learn new techniques and fun practices to stimulate brain health. Fun, interactive, music and movement… this you don’t want to miss!
Registration: Call Lacombe FCSS at 403.782.6637

Senior Art Attack at Sylvan Lake Municipal Library

Date & Time: Friday, June 7 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Details: Whether you are a gifted artist, or have zero artistic ability, this is the program for you! We provide the supplies and some guidance based on the project of the month. This session’s project will be Sharpie Watercolour Art. Give it a try, and take home what you make! Free, but registration required.
Sign up: Online at https://parklandab.wufoo.com/forms/z1h4p7d906mrivg/ or call 403.887.2130

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

Details: 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:
Call: 403.588.4386
Email: [email protected]
Visit: www.lacombePAC.com

ESL with the Henday Association

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Sylvan Lake Municipal Library (4715-50 Avenue)
Details: Improve your English conversation skills in a welcoming environment. Practice speaking and listening while getting to know your neighbors.
For more information: Call Henday Association for Lifelong Learning at 403.227.2866

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

Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts 60th Anniversary Showcase Concert

Date & Time: May 26 at 2 p.m.
Location: Red Deer Polytechnic – Main Stage, Arts Centre
Details: The 60th Anniversary Showcase Concert will feature great performances by young musicians in voice, choir, piano, musical theatre, and strings from the 2024 Festival. A reception with entertainment will follow. This event is a celebration of present and past performers, teachers, collaborating musicians, volunteers, and donors.
For more info: Email [email protected] or call 403.356.9495

Your Weekly Horoscope


Lucky numbers this week: This week’s odds favour Gemini winners with the luckiest number being 9.

Aries (March 21 - April 20)

Don’t shy away from new adventures. You may discover a strong curiosity in a very diverse location. Try to experiment with new styles of cuisine.
Lucky numbers: 8, 14, 16, 39, 46, 49.

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)

All concerned should appreciate that you have their best interest at heart. The time you invest could bring you an amazing amount of satisfaction.
Lucky numbers: 6, 9, 13, 24, 31, 34.

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)

Your strong character may influence the positive flow you seem to possess. Others may try to bring you down, but your passion should help you resist them.
Lucky numbers: 3, 7, 23, 27, 43, 47.

Cancer (June 22 - July 23)

Skies may be clearing. Your natural magnetism could help you to deal with eccentric individuals. Allow your soothing approach to cool them down emotionally.
Lucky numbers: 1, 15, 23, 34, 37, 47.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 23)

Your success could depend on how far you are able to develop your ideas. You may have the best possible plan; you just need to market it appropriately.
Lucky numbers: 9, 17, 29, 35, 39, 45.

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)

Close family ties should help maintain your delicate balance. A number of positive changes may be necessary to reach your ultimate goals.
Lucky numbers: 32, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39.

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)

Your close allies may be able to help you to accomplish a lot. Your education and practical know-how combine well to provide you with a strong foundation.
Lucky numbers: 10, 13, 22, 27, 34, 38.

Sagittarius Nov. 23 - Dec. 21)

Make every effort to become more independent. Your energy level could increase. More good news may cause a startling change in your mood.
Lucky numbers: 5, 9, 25, 29, 30, 36.

Aquarius (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19)

Some bizarre circumstances could put you in the public eye. Combine your ingenuity with your sense of humour to find ways of expanding your skills.
Lucky numbers: 7, 9, 12, 22, 30, 34.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20)

Your analysis of an existing problem could bring light to previously dim areas. Your enthusiasm may provide you with the key to a perfect fit.
Lucky numbers: 17, 33, 36, 37, 41, 42.

Pisces (Feb. 20 - March 20)

Your sensitivity could cause you to feel more compassion for others. Listen closely to your instincts and act positively on them. Encourage others to follow your lead.
Lucky numbers: 13, 23, 26, 29, 32, 33.

Did you Know?


Michael’s gift: Singer Michael Jackson once gave his friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor, a diamond bracelet. The bracelet was one of Taylor’s personal items to be auctioned off at Christie’s auction house in New York. It sold for $194,500.

Unexplained: The Bermuda Triangle is located in the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Florida. Many ships and planes have mysteriously disappeared there, but it’s possible that these disappearances were caused by bad weather or human error.

First free mail: Hotmail was the first free email service and has been the leading one since it started in 1996. Email accounts can be hacked, and because the most common password is 123456, it’s best to pick something different when setting up your account.

Ticked off: It’s not uncommon for hikers to return from a walk in the woods to find wood ticks attached to their skin. Ticks find humans, and other mammals, because they can detect carbon dioxide produced during exhalation.

On the Lighter Side


Teacher: “Johnny, why do you always get so dirty?”
Johnny: “Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.”

Afterthoughts are often more significant than the thoughts that prompted them.

An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.

What do you call a cat with eight legs that likes to swim? An octopuss.

If God meant for us to touch our toes, he would have put them higher up on our bodies.

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

Why is common sense like a rainbow? Because it never appears until the storm is over.

Every time a sheep bleats, it misses a nibble.

Trivia answers:

  1. Thinner
  2. Australian cattle dog
  3. Asuncion
  4. Peach Melba
  5. Rome, Italy

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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.