Takapuna

Vol. 277-4  April 22, 2024

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Everybody's Talking

Retired flavours: Ben & Jerry's, renowned for its offbeat ice cream, adopts a unique approach to discontinued varieties with their Flavor Graveyard. Located at the Ben & Jerry's Factory in Waterbury, Vermont (U.S.) and also pictured on a dedicated page on the company's website, the Graveyard features granite headstones with epitaphs honouring the legacy of dearly de-pinted flavours. The Graveyard started in 1997 with only four flavours but now lists 35 like Wavy Gravy, Dublin Mudslide, Economic Crunch, and Holy Cannoli. The Flavor Graveyard attracts visitors from across the world, allowing ice cream enthusiasts to pay respects to retired recipes. Recently, the flavour What a Cluster was laid to rest with an actual ceremony.

Furry heirs: One wealthy woman in China seems to love her pets more than her three children. The Shanghai woman, with the surname Liu, has an estate worth $2.8 million and wrote a will to leave her fortune in the care of a local veterinarian appointed as the will administrator. The vet is responsible for the care of her pets. The woman was motivated to make the unusual choice because she claimed her offspring seldom contacted her and didn't visit or care for her when she became ill. Liu had wanted to leave her money directly to her pets, but that was illegal.

Big find: A diamond about the size of a candy gumdrop was discovered by a French tourist visiting the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas (U.S.). The man had experience panning for gold and searching for ammonite fossils, so he knew how to go about things. He rented a diamond hunting kit from the park and set to work. A recent rain had washed away dirt and uncovered heavy rocks, leaving minerals and diamonds lying near the surface and making the search a bit easier. He intends to have the brown, 7.46-carat rock cut into two diamonds, one for his fiancee and another for his daughter.

Lost wallet: A Chicago woman who lost her wallet during a visit to Arizona had it returned, 29 years later! A man from Mesa, Arizona (U.S.), was diving and kayaking in the Salt River not far from the Goldfield Mine in Apache Junction. He was with six family members when he found the wallet, about 4.5 metres below the surface. Spending time on the water is the family's favourite pastime and they often find rings, jewellery, and fishing rods. But this time they were glad to see that the wallet included a driver's licence, which allowed them to search online for the owner, and eventually return the wallet to her.

Quotable Quotes

If we could be twice young and twice old, we could correct all our mistakes. ~ Euripides

The action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers. ~ Francis Hutcheson

Trivia

1. Ian Fleming is the creator of which fictional film character?

2. What game is played with a board, pegs, and cards?

3. In which city can you visit the Prado art museum?

4. A brachialis is a tendon, ligament, or muscle?

5. This ancient Greek physician is called the father of western medicine.

Your Weekly Horoscope

ariesAries (March 21 - April 20)
Have you not been entire­ly truthful about some­thing, either to yourself or to others lately? Now may be a good time to correct the situation and put it behind you. Lucky numbers: 4, 7, 9, 13, 14, 20.
libraLibra (Sept 24 - Oct 23)
Your feelings may be particularly intense early in the week. Is there an under­lying issue begging for a resolution? How can you use these emotions to facilitate change? Lucky numbers: 10, 18, 21, 26, 30, 39.
taurusTaurus (April 21- May 21)
The potential exists, early in the week, for you to uncover an opportunity. This may come to you out of the blue or perhaps it may require you to take a leap of faith. Lucky numbers: 1, 11, 18, 32, 35, 37.
scorpioScorpio (Oct 24- Nov 22)
If you set new goals during your birthday month, this may be a good week to consider completing projects that support those objectives. It is much easier that you think! Lucky numbers: 11, 13, 18, 25, 27, 38.
geminiGemini (May 22- June 21)
Are you having trouble making a choice about something important? The answer may become apparent if you trust and use your belief system to examine the situation. Lucky numbers: 3, 13, 16, 18, 28, 40.
sagittariusSagittarius (Nov23-Dec21)
A few weeks ago, you may have experienced a challenge to your belief system. If needed, the energy at the end of this week could help you support your beliefs. Lucky numbers: 9, 15, 17, 26, 31, 37.
cancerCancer (June 22 - July 23)
Your head and heart may be out of sync at the end of the week. Try not to let the dissonance nega­tively impact you right now, since this phase could pass in a few days. Lucky numbers: 1, 5, 7, 17, 22, 37.
capricornCapricorn (Dec 22- Jan 20)
If you have been working hard lately and are running out of steam, hang on if you can for a little bit longer. At the end of this week, help may be on the way for a few days. Lucky numbers: 6, 7, 12, 15, 16, 39.
leoLeo (July 24 - Aug 23)
At the start of the week, your unconscious may reveal information that may be upsetting to your self image. How can you integrate rather than fight this insight? Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 24.
aquariusAquarius (Jan 21- Feb 19)
Are your endeavours out of sync with your highest ideals and values? Now may be a good week to forge a new path that will hopefully get you back on track and in alignment. Lucky numbers: 16, 18, 19, 33, 38, 39.
virgoVirgo (Aug 24 - Sept 23)
Your natural work and communication style may be “slow and steady wins the race.” But this week, the energy might help you pick up the pace with success. Lucky numbers: 2, 12, 21, 23, 30, 32.
piscesPisces (Feb 20 - March 20)
Translating ideals from the ethereal realm onto this plane can be a chal­lenge for Pisces. The ener­gy this week may help you, so try your best to take advan­tage of it. Lucky numbers: 3, 10, 12, 13, 21, 33.
Lucky numbers for the week: Lucky numbers this week: This week's odds favour Taurus winners with the luckiest number being 11.

Did you know

Hawaiian dessert: Anyone visiting Hawaii (U.S.) should try its famous Haupia pie. This decadent, layered dish starts with a pie crust, usually followed by coconut and chocolate pudding, topped with whipped cream.

Peace prize: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu is better known as Mother Theresa. Born in 1910 in what is now North Macedonia, she became a nun at 18 and worked in the slums of India, which earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Waiting for visitors: During Canada's 1967 centennial, the town of St. Paul, Alberta, celebrated by building the world's first UFO landing pad. No extra-terrestrial visitors have been sighted, but thousands of humans have taken a look.

Indoor plant: Indoor gardeners might want to try growing a bamboo plant. These attractive plants like indirect light and don't need much water. Avoid using water with fluoride and chlorine. Bottled is the best choice. Crispy snack A traditional Portuguese dish is bolinhos de bacalhau, also called pasteis de bacalhau. These are fritters made with cod, potatoes, onions, eggs, parsley, and spices, then deep fried.

On the lighter side

Why did the farmer plow the field with a steam roller? He wanted to grow mashed potatoes.

People say I look better without my glasses on. But I just can't see it.

Customer: I suppose you call this modern art? Art Dealer: No, it's a mirror.

How many telemarketers does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, but it has to do it while youre having dinner!

A bird in the hand is bad table manners!

Why was Cinderella so bad at football? She kept running away from the ball...

Answers

1. James Bond 2. cribbage 3. Madrid, Spain 4. Muscle 5. Hippocrates