Greenlane/Onehunga Edition

Vol. 242-3  May 17, 2021

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Everybody's Talking

Odd house: In Deerfield, a suburb of Chicago in Illinois USA, one house draws considerable attention from passersby. Known as the Pie House, this structure has been positioned on a narrow lot in a desirable area of town since it was built in 2003. To make use of the limited space, the developer designed a long, narrow home. It is complete with a modern kitchen, nice bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and hardwood floors. When it was originally built, neighbors complained. Since then, the home has become known as a unique addition to the architecture of the area.

Salty scenes: Artists have been known to use a variety of materials to create their work. For Bashir Sultani of Toronto in Canada, that medium is salt. Using such tools as Q-tips and razor blades, Sultani moves the salt around on a black background to design the scene, which could be a celebrity's face or a plate of food. Earlier in his career, Sultani, who was born in Afghanistan, used only white salt to produce black-and-white pieces. Now he uses salt of various colors to add more realism to his work, making a hamburger loaded with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese appear to be truly edible.

Big babies: The North American term, failure to launch, refers to adult children who end up being supported by their parents for much longer than may be reasonable. In Italy, these individuals are known as bamboccioni, which means big babies. In that country, a judge recently ruled that a part-time music teacher in his thirties did not have the right to expect his parents to support him. Until the ruling, the teacher's parents had been providing him with $300 a month. The judge was clear that she would not make such a ruling if an adult child has special needs, but healthy adults should be expected to support themselves.

Hungry, but happy: Chen Yongen of Cangbaotian village, Guizhou Province in China, was thrilled to find that his pet dog had survived calamity. The village had experienced a landslide during which everyone had to leave in a hurry. Because many buildings were demolished, villagers were unable to return for over a month, due to safety concerns. The pooch had been on his chain and was unable to run to find shelter, so the pet owner feared for the dog's safety. When the owner was allowed back home, he could hear barking under the rubble. With help from villagers, he was able to dig out his scared and hungry pet, which was overjoyed to see his owner.

Quotable Quotes

Are not flowers the stars of earth? ~ Clara Lucas Balfour

Observation is a passive science, experimentation an active science. ~ Claude Bernard


1. Which Russian cosmonaut was the first to travel to outer space?

2. The first Harley-Davidson motorcycle was marketed in 1903, 1922, or 1932?

3. Darjeeling, Earl Grey, and Oolong are types of what product?

4. Which European country are known as the Benelux?

5. What is the dream phase of sleep called?

Your Weekly Horoscope

ariesAries (March 21 - April 20)
Harmonious relationships may be very important to you. Taking some initiative could provide support from those in a position to assist you with your personal goals. Lucky Numbers: 3, 6, 18, 24, 30, 36.
libraLibra (Sept 24 - Oct 23)
Opportunities for enjoyable social interactions may occur now. Financial plans could go smoothly, and personal relationships might be a bit more harmonious. Lucky Numbers: 11, 15, 19, 31, 35, 39.
taurusTaurus (April 21- May 21)
A goal or vision you may have been working toward could come to fruition. Your optimistic attitude could gain momentum and provide positive recognition. Lucky Numbers: 7, 23, 26, 33, 36, 40.
scorpioScorpio (Oct 24- Nov 22)
Your communication skills may be excellent now. This could be the right time to discuss feelings and clear the air of any past grievances you might have had. Lucky Numbers: 8, 14, 18, 23, 31, 40.
geminiGemini (May 22- June 21)
You may feel like socializing, but might not want to put out any great expenditure of energy. Relaxation, enjoyment, and pleasure might be all you need right now. Lucky Numbers: 4, 7, 13, 18, 24, 33.
sagittariusSagittarius (Nov23-Dec21)
You may really enjoy art, theater, music, and your own inner world of fantasy. Your imagination and interest in spiritual matters might come to the fore. Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 8, 17, 20, 24.
cancerCancer (June 22 - July 23)
A difference of opinion may arise, and you might have to challenge someone. Your mind may be sharp, allowing you to reason in ways that are more cooperative with others. Lucky Numbers: 10, 20, 28, 30, 37, 40.
capricornCapricorn (Dec 22- Jan 20)
Opportunities for friendship, cooperation, and shared happiness may arise. The warmth and goodwill you generate to others now might be a benefit to you later on. Lucky Numbers: 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24.
leoLeo (July 24 - Aug 23)
This may be a very positive time in your marriage or closest relationships. Your need to be together and to share loving feelings could be very strong right now. Lucky Numbers: 4, 17, 21, 25, 28, 36.
aquariusAquarius (Jan 21- Feb 19)
You may have more energy and fun now. You might be in harmony with those in your circle of friends. There could be a sense of cooperation, rather than resistance. Lucky Numbers: 12, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25.
virgoVirgo (Aug 24 - Sept 23)
You may feel confident and ambitious, and enjoy athletic events and sports. You also might feel energetic and optimistic about your own personal growth. Time to learn. Lucky Numbers: 6, 11, 17, 19, 26, 36.
piscesPisces (Feb 20 - March 20)
Social gatherings may be very positive. You could be inclined to make your home more inviting. You might even want to enhance your own personal look in some way. Lucky Numbers: 4, 16, 21, 27, 32, 39.
Lucky numbers for the week: Lucky numbers this week: This week's odds favor Aries winners with the luckiest number being 3.

Did you know

Another name: Art lovers are familiar with Mona Lisa, the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci. It's also known as La Gioconda, after its possible subject, Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy Italian merchant named Francesco del Giocondo.

Good eyesight: Giraffes have two very distinct advantages over other animals. They're tall enough to munch leaves at treetop level, and they have such excellent eyesight they can spot a threat coming from at least a mile away.

Not a UFO: People often spot unidentified flying objects in the night sky, but another kind of UFOs exist in the quilting world. UFOs are what quilters call their unfinished objects. They can be unfinished for a variety of reasons, including simply running out of fabric.

Little flute: The piccolo, which means little in Italian, is a musical cousin to the flute. A member of the woodwind family, its sound is an octave higher than a flute. The piccolo is the highest pitched instrument in the orchestra.

The Equator: The South American country of Ecuador derives its name from the word's Spanish meaning the equator. The Equator runs through the country, and in San Antonio Parish there is a 30-meter (98-ft.) monument to mark the location.

On the lighter side

Everyone learns from other people's mistakes none of us has time to think them all up for ourselves.

During a grammar class, the teacher spots one of her pupils staring out the window. Hey, Peter! she shouts, Give me two pronouns. Peter answers, Who? Me?

People who say it cannot be done are often interrupted by the person doing it.

What did one candle say to the other candle? Let's go out tonight


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