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Vol. 1 No. 6:03 June 3, 2024

Everybody’s Talking


Batman Fan

To say Kevin Silva is a fan of Batman is an understatement. The American man from Indianapolis, Indiana, has been hooked on all things Batman since he was five years old and now has 1,600 pieces of memorabilia. He keeps his collection in his bat cave, otherwise known as his basement. He has a lunchbox he carried when he was in kindergarten, a Gotham City phone book, and a red bat phone. Silva claims his collection is worth six figures but doesn’t plan to sell it. His adult children are also collectors and have amassed an assortment of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, as well as items from the rock band Kiss.

A pair of goats, named Whipper and Snapper, enjoy an endless supply of fresh greens at the Settlers’ Ghost Golf Course near the Canadian city of Barrie, Ontario. While munching on the grass, the goats are keeping the course nice and trim for the golfers. Chris Gulliver, the course superintendent, says the goats are quite happy to be eating their way around the course, chewing the flowers off the weeds first, then chowing down on the rest of the plant. This environmentally-friendly way of maintaining the golf course is helping to minimize the amount of pesticide and herbicide the course uses. The two goats cost the equivalent of one carton of chemicals.

Long Signature
It would take Dawn McManus of Hartlepool, England, a long time to sign a document with her new, full name. After all, she has 161 words in her name. McManus has legally changed her name to become ‘Red Dreams.’ However, in between that first and last name are 159 other names that represent the people that her charity (also called Red Dreams) has helped since it was established following the death of her son. The charity assists young people in pursuing careers in acting, singing, or filmmaking. Dreams explains that she changed her name to help raise money for the charity.

Popping a Pizza
A Dutch company is setting up shop in Atlanta, Georgia, and intends to bring vending machine pizza to towns and cities across the United States. The company, Let’s Pizza, has perfected the art of making pizzas in a vending machine. The steaming hot pizza is ready in under three minutes. Let’s Pizza owner Ronald Rammers explains that the machine, invented by Italian Claudio Torghe, automatically mixes the flour and water to make and shape the crust. It then squirts organic tomato sauce from a tube, adds toppings, and bakes it. Marketing information says the pizza is totally hygienic because no one ever touches it during preparation.

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Quotable Quotes


“To succeed in life you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.”
– Reba McEntire
“The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it and it will, in turn, look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly, kind companion.”
– William Makepeace Thackeray



  1. What mountain range separates Europe from Asia?
  2. In naval timekeeping, how many bells are struck at midnight on New Year’s Eve?
  3. Where is the Great Pyramid located in Egypt?
  4. What does it mean to be “all of a twitter”?
  5. Finish this weather proverb: Rain before seven, …..

▼ Trivia answers at the bottom of the page! ▼

What’s Happening


June 2024

Red Deer South

Senior Drop-in Bowling

Date & Time: Every Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m.
Location: Ambassador Bowling Centre, 5020 – 50 Street, Lacombe
Details: Seniors (50+) are invited to stop by for fun. $10 fee includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, coffee/tea, and snacks.
For More Information: Call 403.309.6387

Seniors’ Dance

Date & Time: Every Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Location: Red Deer Legion Branch #35
Details: Join the fun at the seniors’ dance.
For More Information: Visit the Red Deer Legion website.

Sylvan Lake

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

Jane’s Walk

Date & Time: Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 23, both beginning at 10 a.m.
Location: Starts at the east steps of the Municipal Government Building, 5012-48 Avenue
Details: Discover unseen parts of the community. A resident-led walk highlighting Sylvan Lake’s history and hidden gems. Stops include The Pier, Varsity Hall, Sylvan Lake Hotel, and Faulkner House. Free.
For More Information: Call 403.887.1137


Nailed It! Paint Night

Date & Time: June 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Location: Kinsmen Room (LMC), Mary C. Moore Public Library
Details: For adults and teens. Compete with friends to recreate a painting using whatever painting skills (or lack thereof) you have.
Registration Fee: $15 per person; payment required ahead of program.
Registration: Register online, in person at the library, or by phone at 403.782.3433.


Your Weekly Horoscope


Lucky numbers this week: This week’s odds favour Capricorn winners with the luckiest number being 2.

Aries (March 21 - April 20)

Your version of current events could prove to be insightful to others. You should be able to accomplish more once they agree to share the responsibilities that have been placed on you. Lucky numbers: 11, 13, 17, 23, 26, 34.

Gemini (May 22 - June 21)

Your approach toward people could make you the best asset in any venture you involve yourself in. Perhaps you should get more active in community groups. Lucky numbers: 3, 12, 22, 42, 43, 47.

Taurus (April 21 - May 21)

Relax and enjoy your harmonious surroundings. Family and friends can be a source of particular pleasure and satisfaction. Cherish the memories of these visits. Lucky numbers: 6, 21, 25, 36, 39, 42.

Cancer (June 22 - July 23)

You may have the influence necessary to help others acquire the assistance they need. Be sure that you eliminate those who are not entirely sincere. Lucky numbers: 7, 9, 13, 14, 34, 44.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 23)

New relationships could blossom and become the basis of your future goals. Trust should help you to find the answers you’re looking for. Your long-term plans may be accepted. Lucky numbers: 1, 2, 9, 11, 16, 22.

Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23)

You don’t need the approval of others. Their opinions may hamper you from growing emotionally. Break away from previously established notions. Lucky numbers: 4, 5, 18, 29, 34, 39.

Virgo (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23)

Past experience may have flawed your perception, but emotional gestures could touch your heart deeply. You may need to rethink your opinions of others. Lucky numbers: 10, 12, 20, 24, 30, 36.

Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22)

Exciting news from family and friends could result in happy events that dominate the scene. Celebrate and rejoice in good times with loved ones. Lucky numbers: 22, 25, 27, 32, 35, 37.

Sagittarius Nov. 23 - Dec. 21)

Don’t be afraid to be in the spotlight. New ideas may increase your confidence. Be yourself, and others just might notice your unique talents. Lucky numbers: 8, 9, 14, 18, 19, 34.

Aquarius (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19)

Research and knowledge could be your best possible preparation for the future. You may discover a new income opportunity that proves to be promising. Lucky numbers: 4, 11, 25, 32, 36, 47.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20)

Opportunity knocks. You may need more insight to help you understand your own capabilities. All options should be met with an open mind. Lucky numbers: 2, 6, 10, 22, 26, 30.

Pisces (Feb. 20 - March 20)

Your mate may need some company right now, but you have to focus on your immediate priorities. Combine both by including them in your busy schedule. Lucky numbers: 18, 27, 33, 39, 41, 48.

Did you Know?


Newbies: Google now has 33,000 employees worldwide. The company’s new employees are referred to as ‘Nooglers.’

Hard or soft? The hardness of minerals and other substances can be measured using the Mohs scale. Talc, a mineral used to make talcum powder, is rated 1 on the Mohs scale, while diamond is rated 10. Falling in between are opal at 6 to 7 and nickel at 4.

Mind game: The hit video game, Tetris, which first appeared in 1984, gained even more popularity when it was adapted for the handheld Nintendo Game Boy. Tetris was created by a Russian, which is why the original theme song is a Russian folk song.

Speed of sound: Sound travels at about 1,230 kph (767 mph). When traveling through water, sound travels about four times faster than that. However, sound does not travel through a vacuum.

Award crazy: Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Walter Brennan, and Ingrid Bergman have all won three Best Actor Awards at the Oscars. Katharine Hepburn is the only actress who has won four.

On the Lighter Side


The glass is neither half-empty nor half-full. It’s an opportunity for a refill.

An elderly man was asked to what he attributed his longevity. His reply was, “It’s probably because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried.”

Love is like a butterfly. If you chase it, it will elude you. But if you just let it fly, it will come to you when you least expect it.

Why can’t the magician tell his magic tricks in the garden? Because the corn has ears and the potatoes have eyes.

Grandmother to grandson: “Are you in the top half of your class?”

Grandson: “No, I’m one of the students who make the top half possible.”

Happiness is a choice we make every morning – a promise to ourselves, sworn on a waking smile.

Trivia answers:

1. The Ural

2. Sixteen

3. Giza

4. Very excited

5. …fine by eleven

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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.