A Free Monthly Newsletter From Your Friends At Harold’s Auto Service Resolve To Do Something Different It’s January again. Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Maybe this is the year to forget the boring, routine promises you won’t keep, like going to the gym every day and calling your parents once a week. Try resolving to be more creative in 2012 with these resolutions: • Keep a journal. Spend a few minutes every day or so writing down your thoughts, feelings, dreams, and ambitions not your daily schedule or your upcoming appointments. Let your mind wander; free-associate a little. You may be surprised at the ideas you generate. • Read more. Vary your reading habits and explore different topics. If you usually read novels, try a biography. If you read only history, try a book on modern-day science. You’ll exercise your mind, and maybe find new connections between ideas. • Learn something new. Take a class in something unrelated to your job or your usual hobbies, art, auto mechanics, philosophy, etc. Mastering new skills can refresh your outlook on life. • Meet new people. Make a positive effort to make new friends this year (or professional contacts). Look for gatherings of people whose interests match yours, and network. The more people you know, the better equipped you are to learn and grow. • Create something for the heck of it. Paint a picture, write a poem, or start a garden, not because you’ll get paid for it, but because you want to. You’ll find satisfaction in achieving personal goals and motivation to keep trying new things. • Volunteer. Find a cause you support, and offer your time and service. You’ll meet new people and enjoy the feeling of helping out with an important cause.
A Web Of Numbers: Stats On The Biggest Website The information superhighway (as the Internet was dubbed in the 1990s) is packed, and most of us are headed for the same few off-ramps. Here are some numbers associated with biggest, busiest destinations on the World Wide Web, from the Web data firm Alexa: ★ Wikipedia. The online encyclopedia ranks sixth in U.S. traffic, and seventh globally. The average visitor spends about five minutes on the site, and about 52 percent of those visits are “bounces” (users view just one page before leaving). ★ Amazon. Online since 1992, Amazon’s users are more often female than male (55 percent versus 45 percent); about 19 percent of its visitors are referred to it by search engines. The average load time for an Amazon page is 1.783 seconds. ★ YouTube. Only 22 percent of YouTube visitors come from the U.S., and about 27 percent of video visits are bounces. More than 755,000 websites link to it. ★ Twitter. Visitors to the 140-character posting site view an average of 3.5 unique pages per day. They spend about seven minutes on the site, and 51 seconds per page view, and 62 percent are women. ★ Facebook. With over 500 million users, the social network is ranked second in U.S. traffic. The highest percentage of users (30 percent) are in the 45–54 age range, and 57 percent of them are female.
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Mouth-Watering History Of The Lobster Does the thought of lobster make you salivate? Lobsters have been an important menu item in fine restaurants for years. But the pricey crustacean wasn’t always so upper-crust. Up until the 1800s, lobster was chiefly consumed by the lower classes—the poor, indentured servants, and people in prisons and mental institutions. In colonial America, there were even laws against feeding lobster to inmates more than once a week, and employment agreements often specified that servants would not have to eat lobster more than twice a week. One reason was probably because lobsters were so abundant on the East Coast. The Plymouth pilgrims, according to some stories, could wade into the water and capture more than they wanted by hand. After great storms, so much lobster washed ashore that it was ground up and used as fertilizer. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that New Yorkers and Bostonians developed a taste for lobsters, and commercial lobster fisheries flourished only after the development of the lobster smack, a boat with a large open holding well on deck that allowed live lobsters to be shipped. The largest lobster ever caught, by the way, was found off Nova Scotia. It was 3.5 feet long from the tip of its tail to the end of its crusher claw, and weighed 44 pounds, 6 ounces.
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Where Does Aspirin Come From? “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning” is a medical cliché, but that doesn’t mean that aspirin is something to ignore. Even Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed an early form of aspirin for patients suffering from minor pains. Aspirin, known by its technical name of acetylsalicylic acid, belongs to a group of drugs called salicylates. It’s commonly used for minor aches and pains, to reduce fever, and to relieve inflammation. Aspirin also inhibits the production of platelets in the blood, making it useful in preventing clots that may cause heart attacks and strokes. In addition, low doses of aspirin administered immediately after a heart attack can reduce the risk of a second attack or damage to cardiac tissue. Hippocrates and other early physicians used extracts of willow bark or the plant spiraea (found in Europe and Asia) to treat headaches, pain, and fevers. In 1853, a French chemist named Charles Frederic Gerhardt was the first scientist to create acetylsalicylic acid, but it wasn’t until 1897 that chemists at Bayer AG first produced a version of salicin that was gentler on the stomach than pure salicylic acid. The new drug’s name, “aspirin,” was based on the word “spiraea.” By 1899 it was being sold by Bayer throughout the world. Following World War I, “aspirin” became a generic term, although Aspirin with a capital A remains a registered trademark of Bayer in Germany, Canada, Mexico, and more than 80 other countries.
A Worldwide Look At Wealth The richest Canadian citizen is David Thompson (media) who, according to Forbes magazine, is worth $23 billion. But he’s far from the only billionaire in the world. Here’s a look at some of the wealthiest people around the Western Hemisphere: ✴ Mexico. Carlos Slim Helu (telecommunications), $74 billion ✴ United States. Bill Gates (computers), $56 billion ✴ Brazil. Eike Batista (mining), $30 billion ✴ Chile. Iris Fontbona (mining), $19.2 billion ✴ Colombia. Luis Carlos Sarmiento (construction, financial services), $10.5 billion ✴ Argentina. Carlos and Alejandro Bulgheroni (energy), $5.1 billion
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….Hodge Podge From The Internet ✓ Canadian’s eat more Macaroni and Cheese than any other country ✓ It’s illegal for non-dark sodas to contain caffeine in Canada ✓ The first Ford cars had Dodge engines. ✓ H G Well’s last words were, "Go away. I’m all right." ✓ The wing span of vultures can be as much as 11’ 6’’. ✓ Ten million pints of Guinness are produced daily in Ireland. ✓ One fifth of the world’s population smoke cigarettes ✓ Sheep theft is still a hangable offence in Scotland. ✓ Windshield wipers were invented by a woman. ✓ Over 4000 individual compounds are found in cigarettes and cigarette smoke ✓ Fleas drink 15 times their weight in blood daily. ✓ Ex-boxer George Foreman has five sons called George. ✓ Through sheer size, Canadian caribou herds actually generate their own weather. ✓ Every person has a unique tongue print. ✓ More than 50% of the people in the world have never made nor received a telephone call ✓ Only humans and armadillos suffer from leprosy. ✓ Gorillas love to watch TV. ✓ Cherophobia is a fear of fun. ✓ Human hearts pump about 1,500,00 gallons of blood annually ✓ 80% of millionaires drive used cars.
The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others. Solomon Ibn Gabriol Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. Chinese Proverb
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Bound by traditions, Canadian families gather around the world to worship, attend family gatherings and social events with friends old and new, entertaining children with Easter egg hunts, Halloween parties or trouping off to see Santa. Varying traditions founded in religious belief or cultural values provide identity to ethic groups; be they Chinese, Canadian, Iranian, Christian, Muslim or Buddhist. Cherished traditions offer color and flavor to a culture to make it recognizable world-wide. Within each culture, familial groups develop their own traditions, seasoning each family with its own distinctive identity, creating memories that bind us ever closer. When our boys were young they hid in separate rooms documenting their Santa wishes; then with parental oversight carefully tossed them into fireplace flames, excitedly hopping about as their wishes flew skyward on charred paper wings to Santa’s workshop. Our annual “Mandatory MayLong Family Camping” tradition has for years seen Brian and I gather with kids, family members and myriad friends to commune with nature and each other. Homemade Italian food Christmas Eve is a recently formed tradition that contrasts to candy canes on the tree, Pez figurines in Christmas stockings and bundles of new socks found under the tree for many years. Our current traditions celebrate folk lore that arrived with immigrant forefathers; transformed by time, now reflecting Canadian society. Regardless their origin traditions are our past and our future, drawing together the invisible stitches of society as a whole. When lost, a small share of our identity is compromised. In 2011 Canada Post allowed neither Christmas music nor decoration; management feared non-Christmascelebrants might be offended by displays honoring Christian beliefs, traditional folk lore, music and ornamentation. However, decisions like this tear away at the fabric of Canada. Canadians are known for acceptance of others, humility, gratitude, kindness, generosity and good manners. Participation in and contributions to “Movember” (the prostate cancer awareness/fundraiser) were unmatched worldwide. When disaster struck Haiti, Canadian donations supporting relief funds outstripped donations from many countries. As our brother’s keepers in the world we welcome new citizens expecting they will enrich our lives, enhancing the cultural fabric of communities. Along with higher degrees of personal safety, freedom and living standards I imagine immigrants expect new opportunities, new ways of living life and new joys to celebrate. I expect them to embrace learning the culture of their adopted land leaving behind what was negative in their former homeland whilst sharing their language, culture, food and family traditions with us. While sensitivity to Canada’s increasingly diverse culture should carry much weight with decision makers, kneejerk reactions ensure our beliefs and traditions are not forced upon others, but make it acceptable that new citizens do not embrace Canadian society and standards. I sorely miss immigrant groups, cultural diversity, ethnic food and festivals that offered a glimpse into foreign lives and customs when I lived in Calgary. Sharing food and drink Saturday afternoons with Indonesian, Indian, First Nations, Jamaican and other neighbors, they welcomed me into their lives sharing wisdom that enlightened me. Where do we draw the line; what to keep, what to cast aside? Consider no more Easter for Christians or Easter egg hunters; no more Hanukkah for Jews or Remembrance Day honoring brave troops who quite possibly, fought against the very same harsh governments our new citizens fled. Discarding celebrations erodes our cultural identity bolstering intolerant minds disinclined to accepting others and diminishes us as a people. Distaining long-standing traditions, we appear not as strongly-principled people prepared to defend our values, but fearful, weak-willed, easily swayed. It’s been said “without knowing our past, without……memory, we do not have the tools we need for confronting the future.” The same holds true for our immigrant population. If traditions and rituals which formed Canadian society are lost, can new citizens understand, embrace and become all they can be as Canadians? Surely adopting proper social thinking and political correctness doesn’t mean we sweep out our past and treasured traditions to be replaced with……what?? Provided the standards of law, conduct and respect held dear in Canada are met, immigrants have much to teach us; wisdom, diverse values, delicious foods and traditions never anticipated. Should they not also be encouraged to expand their hearts, minds and lives; embracing, including, even protecting societal customs which created the country now supporting and protecting their lives, families and futures. Life’s only certainty is change, so Canadians will adapt to societal modifications compelled by movement of people. Change isn’t bad – only different but efforts to adapt any society to its newest members by wiping out much loved traditions can only in the long run, fail miserably. Taking away that which delighted us as children makes no sense to me. I hope always to enjoy the sparkle and magic of Christmas trees, Santa tales, twinkling lights, generosity of spirit and gift giving. Alongside believers on their way to Easter worship services, I hope to see families hunting Easter eggs at the park, exchanging chocolate bunnies or simply taking advantage of increasingly rare opportunities to spend time with family and friends. In my mind, any excuse for that is a good enough excuse and I dare say many new citizens would agree. After all immigrants from diverse lands and societies created who and what Canadians are today. Till next month, we wish you happy safe driving. Beverly Kaltenbruner