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Friday, November 22, 2019
Did You Know?
Good wrestler: Abraham Lincoln is best know as the 16th president of the United States. But before that, he had a reputation as an accomplished wrestler. There is only one recorded instance of him losing a match in 12 years.
Long name: Although he grew up in England, J.R.R. Tolkien—author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings—was born in South Africa. The initials in his name stand for “John Ronald Reuel.”
Geysers galore: If you want to see (and smell!) geysers up close, head to Yellowstone National Park (U.S.). It’s home to about 60 percent of the world’s geysers, including the famous “Old Faithful.”
Interesting origins: You might think Chinese checkers is a game that originated in China. In fact, Germans invented the original form of the game, called Stern-Halma, in 1892. A 1928 American marketing scheme is responsible for its current name.
No rabbits: Unless you’re in the magic or circus business, it’s illegal to own a pet rabbit in Queensland, Australia. Rabbits are considered a very destructive agricultural and environmental pest in that country.
(Sources: Coffee News Vol. 16, No. 42, October 21 2019; Vol. 16, No. 44, November 4, 2019; Vol. 16, No. 46, November 18, 2019).
Friday, October 18, 2019
Did You Know?
Uninteresting names: A third place has been added to the sister community connection between Boring, Oregon (U.S.A.), and Dull, Scotland. Sister communities since 2012, they allowed Bland Shire in New South Wales, Australia, to join their "League of Extraordinary Communities" in 2017.
Jaywalking: The act of crossing a street without first checking for oncoming vehicles, or not crossing at an intersection, is called jaywalking. Not surprisingly, "jay" was once a slang term that meant stupid or simpleton.
Hope you enjoy these sociological tidbits, and do share them with your family, friends, etc. (Source: Coffee News, Vol. 16, No. 42 October 21, 2019).
Saturday, September 28, 2019
The following video by the Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, albeit brief, makes a strong case for political advocacy for justice and peace, and critiques evangelical Christians for their biased, and blind-sighted theological views. Well worth watching. It reminded me of the words of the prophet Micah 6:8: "He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"