George Brossard of Montreal, Canada,spends half the year traveling around the world in search of rare insects. He shares his finds with insectariums, or insectmuseums, including one he helped establish in Montreal. TheMontreal Insectarium got its start in 1990 with a donationof 250,000 insects from his collection. The museum is thelargest exhibit of bugs in the world, which makes Brossard very happy, because he believes it’s important to dispelmyths about insects. He believes that people can learn alot from how bugs live. “They know how to utilize life andnature,” he says.
When a Pakistani doctor in the eastern city of Gujrat, in Punjab province, decided to buy a cow at the localmarket, he probably didn’t think about how he was going tobring the animal home. Then, he got the bright idea to pack thebeast into the ambulance from the rural health center wherehe worked and transport it that way. Alas, health authoritiesfound out what he’d done and weren’t impressed. Muneer Ahmad, an official in the provincial health department, saidhe was shocked by the doctor’s actions, and confirmed hehas been suspended while an inquiry gets underway.
If you like bunnies, then The BunnyMuseum in Pasadena, California, is for you. Collectors SteveLubanski and Candace Frazee have over 26,000 bunny-related items on display in the museum, which was declaredthe largest collection in the world by Guinness World Recordsin 1999. Sure, there are lots of plush bunnies, but there’s also wallpaper and wind chimes, phones, sheets, screen savers,and even a faucet. Lubanski and Frazee, who have seven realbunnies, call their museum “the hoppiest place in the world.”“And,” adds Frazee, “it’s one place where dust bunnies are welcome.”
Smell the coffee:
Trade fairs come in all shapes and sizes,from boat shows to home improvement exhibitions to craftsales. But there was one trade fair, held in October 2010 inTrieste, Italy, that made its visitors “wake up and smell thecoffee.” It was called the Fifth Annual Triest Espresso Expo,and its purpose was to give all those in the coffee industry achance to show their wares. There were exhibitors who exportgreen coffee beans, small roasting company representatives,and makers of cups, saucers and accessories. There werepresentations, seminars and discussion groups, all centeringaround the coffee industry. Trieste is the ideal location forsuch an event. For two centuries, it has been the main Italiantrading port for coffee beans, and the city’s roasting businessesare known worldwide for their high-quality espresso beans.
Quoteable QuotesEverybody’s Talking!What’s Happening Trivia
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1. The phrase ‘eleven plus two’ is an anagram of what phrase which also suggests a total of thirteen?2. Which country is known locally as Osterreich?3. What Olympic event is about to start when a jury directororders, “En Garde”?4. In 1993 Michael Jordan gave up basketball to try whichsport?5. What number is an improper fraction always greater than?“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”- Chinese epigram“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mindis a faithful servant. We have created a society that honorsthe servant and has forgotten the gift.”- Albert Einstein
January 10, 2011
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