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Vol. 280-4  July 22, 2024

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Everybody's Talking

Dress dilemma: A groom's absentminded mistake led to disaster when he accidentally left his fiance's $3,000 wedding dress on the car roof and then drove away, leaving the dress to fly off the vehicle. Lindel Cain, the bride from Adelaide, Australia, shared the mishap on social media. The couple was retrieving items from a storage unit when the incident occurred. Despite frantic efforts to find the dress, it remained missing. The couple offered a cash reward for its return. But even with such a setback, the bride maintained a sense of humour, seeing the mishap as a future wedding speech anecdote.

Tomato trouble: A Nigerian woman stands on the brink of a potentially lengthy prison sentence for her online critique of a can of tomato puree, of all things. Chioma Okoli shared her discontent online about the excessively sweet taste of the product she purchased. Unexpectedly, her post snowballed, amassing thousands of comments. Despite warnings from someone linked to the food product company, she persisted in complaining online. Consequently, she faced arrest in accordance with Nigeria's cybercrime laws. The company is suing her for significant damages, citing negative impact on their business. In response, Okoli is fighting back, suing both the police and the company.

Exquisite treat: The chocolate made by the To'ak company stands out in the world of fancy sweets, made from rare Nacional cacao found in small parts of Ecuador. Priced at up to $490 for a mere 50-gram bar, it's not just candy, it's an experience. To'ak sets itself apart by carefully selecting the finest cacao, once believed extinct. This chocolate undergoes a special aging process in wooden barrels, similar to aging fine spirits, giving it exceptional depth. Spices like Cambodian Kampot pepper further enrich its flavour. Although above most people's price point, To'ak's distinct taste makes it a sought-after delicacy for those seeking something extraordinary.

Digital host: Spain's adaptation of the Survivor TV show will feature a unique twist a segment hosted by Alba Renai, an AI-powered digital influencer. Despite her non-existent physical form, Alba was meticulously created based on feedback from a focus group of 350 young people, ensuring she embodied traits that were likely to resonate with a wide audience. Be a Lion, the team behind Alba, emphasises the extensive human collaboration in her development. Claiming that no human jobs were lost in the project, they employ 32 people, including AI experts. The emergence of virtual influencers like Alba are sparking discussions on AI's role in entertainment and employment.

Quotable Quotes

Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Character is much easier kept than recovered. ~ Thomas Paine

Trivia

1. A large body of ice that moves over land is called a _____.

2. What is the only planet in our solar system that rotates clockwise?

3. What does a camel store in its hump?

4. What is the name of Homer Simpsons oldest daughter?

5. What US road runs from Chicago to Los Angeles ?

Your Weekly Horoscope

ariesAries (March 21 - April 20)
You may experience burn out at midweek. Remember that Aries are undergoing a long-term transformation process that will be in effect for another three more years. Lucky numbers: 7, 12, 19, 31, 32, 37.
libraLibra (Sept 24 - Oct 23)
Are you simmering below the surface about an issue? Try to find a pos­itive way to address the problem, or the situation could abruptly erupt into the open around midweek. Lucky numbers: 14, 18, 20, 23, 31, 39.
taurusTaurus (April 21- May 21)
This weekend may be a good time for you to retreat for a couple of days. Relaxation and comfort food might be exactly what you need right now to relax and recharge. Lucky numbers: 6, 14, 26, 27, 33, 34.
scorpioScorpio (Oct 24- Nov 22)
Your intuitive connec­tion to those around you may be subdued for a few days this week. Rather than being dis­turbed by this, can you welcome it as a respite? Lucky numbers: 1, 14, 16, 18, 19, 23.
geminiGemini (May 22- June 21)
Your energy level may be substantially increased this week. To what part of your life should you apply this boost? Don't forget self-care as you zip through this process. Lucky numbers: 8, 9, 25, 30, 38, 40.
sagittariusSagittarius (Nov23-Dec21)
Sagittarians can often have a broad, analytical worldview. This may not go over well with others for the next two weeks. You might want to retreat until the dynamic passes. Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 11, 12, 18, 35.
cancerCancer (June 22 - July 23)
Cancers' deep-felt emo­tions aren't always easy to translate to others. But the next two weeks may present an oppor­tunity to communicate more precisely when speaking. Lucky numbers: 12, 19, 24, 31, 33, 39.
capricornCapricorn (Dec 22- Jan 20)
In the next couple of weeks, you may have an opportunity for your hard work and discipline to be rewarded. Just be sure you thoroughly read the fine print in agreements. Lucky numbers: 9, 12, 15, 17, 22, 33.
leoLeo (July 24 - Aug 23)
The ruling planet of Leo is the Sun, and it is shin­ing down on you during your birthday month. This is now an excellent time for you to set up your intentions for the next year. Lucky numbers: 4, 17, 19, 22, 26, 30.
aquariusAquarius (Jan 21- Feb 19)
You may be in a stale­mate on how to proceed with your life at the moment. Perhaps making a list of pros and cons might help give clarity on adjusting your view of the situation. Lucky numbers: 5, 11, 23, 25, 26, 32.
virgoVirgo (Aug 24 - Sept 23)
Try to use this week to nail down details on your projects, including com­municating with others. After that, things may turn out to be a bit chaotic for the next couple of weeks. Lucky numbers: 13, 20, 26, 31, 33, 40.
piscesPisces (Feb 20 - March 20)
Pisces can be overwhelmed by their emotions and those of others at times. Now may be a good time to make an adjustment that grounds you in a more joyful attitude. Lucky numbers: 3, 16, 24, 25, 28, 36.
Lucky numbers for the week: Lucky numbers this week: This week's odds favour Capricorn winners with the luckiest number being 17.

Did you know

No relatives: American author Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835. He married Olivia Langdon, and they had four children. However, the author has no direct descendants living today.

Taking in flavour: Wood ear mushrooms are well known to Chinese cooks. These mushrooms grow on trees and bushes and look a bit like ears. They don't have much flavour, but absorb flavours of the sauces in which they are cooked.

Famous cars: Hollywood has had many famous cars grace its screens, including a Volkswagen Beetle Herbie in Love Bug, a 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible in Thelma & Louise, and a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit.

Canadian citizen: Canada has a population of about 39 million, and that includes Santa Claus. In 2010, the Canadian government affirmed Santa Claus as a Canadian citizen during a special citizenship ceremony in Calgary, Alberta.

Isolated world: The Sentinelese, who inhabit a tiny island in the Bay of Bengal, have lived isolated lives for over 60,000 years. They resist any attempts by authorities or anthropologists to study their culture.

On the lighter side

My mom gave some old rope a time-out. It was knotty.

First monster: Are the monsters in your town ugly? Second monster: Last year we held a beauty contest and no one won.

That poor piece of paper pinned to the wall! It was under a tack.

I went to town to find some Camo pants, but couldnt find any...

What do you call a knight who just lost a fencing match? A sword loser.

I failed at math so many times at school, I cant even count.

I was wondering why the frisbee got bigger and bigger... then it hit me!

Answers

1. Glacier 2. Venus 3. Fat 4. Lisa 5. Route 66