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  1. Happy Natalis

    May 25, 2014 by quirkyowl

    A birthday is special because it is the one day of the year a person can call his/her own.

    On this beautiful day, loved ones celebrated by sharing a delicious meal and indulging in scrumptiously decadent Sacher torte.

    Cheers and thank you!



  2. Has Spring finally sprung?

    April 22, 2014 by quirkyowl


    Earth Day is officially celebrated on this day, April 22nd.

    Left undisturbed* from his Winter slumber, a groundhog finally awakened and wandered into my backyard (*how would you like to be prodded awake while in a deep sleep and forced to predict the weather?)

    Could it be that Spring is here after all?

    Take a moment (preferably longer) to look around you and appreciate the wondrous beauty of what Mother Nature has to offer.

    Oh yes, and Happy Earth Day, today and everyday.


  3. Showery ideas

    March 2, 2014 by quirkyowl


    Why do our best ideas come to us while singing our hearts out in the shower?

    A person’s voice bouncing off the walls of a typical bathroom tiled shower with small dimensions, provides for better acoustics, enriching a person’s voice.
    Alone with our thoughts, the running water inspires free flowing ideas and creative thinking.

  4. Toothy wisdom

    March 1, 2014 by quirkyowl

    Between the ages of 17 and 25, the last teeth to develop and appear in the mouth are wisdom teeth or third molars.

    Some people have wisdom teeth while approximately 30% of people don’t. Does this imply that some people are wiser than others?

    Research suggests that this is due to a random genetic mutation that came about thousands of years ago, which suppressed the formation of wisdom teeth among modern day humans.

  5. You said what?

    February 28, 2014 by quirkyowl


    ‘I disagree respectfully’ really means <You are wrong>

    ‘Permission to speak freely’ really means <Let me say what I have to say without getting in trouble>

    ‘With all due respect’ really means <You are full of it>

  6. Spring cleaning?

    February 27, 2014 by quirkyowl


    One more day left in the shortest month of the year



    Latin Februa(s) “Februa” + –arius “ary (pertaining to)”

    From the Latin word februa, “to cleanse.”

  7. Scandalous

    February 25, 2014 by quirkyowl


    The word ‘gate‘ is often used as a suffix to refer to a scandalous event that has taken place in current affairs, eg. Watergate (Nixon political scandal), so what would a scandal about a gate be called?


  8. Mini bites

    February 24, 2014 by quirkyowl


    APPETIZER : a small, usually tasty sampling of food taken to whet the appetite


    Italian: antipasto from anti- (from Latin ante- ‘before’) + pasto ‘food’, from Latin pastus

    Chinese: dim sum – literally ‘touch the heart’

    French: hors d’oeuvre literally ‘outside of the work’; appetizers were usually served apart (or ‘outside’) from the main course of a dinner

    Turkish: meze –  literally ‘appetizer’, from Persian maza ‘to relish’

    Spanish: tapas  tapa, literally ‘cover, lid’


  9. Olympia : Faster – Higher – Stronger

    February 23, 2014 by quirkyowl

    Olympic motto:

    Latin: Citius – Altius – Fortius

    In ancient Greece, games were held in Olympia every four years in honor of Zeus, the supreme deity and god of the sky. To the ancient Greeks, fire was considered to have sacred qualities. Months prior to the official opening ceremony of the Olympic games the Olympic torch is ignited in Olympia, Greece, and the flame continues to burn throughout the Games, until the day of the closing ceremonies, when it is finally extinguished. Today the flame symbolizes the connection between the games of ancient and modern times.


  10. Spices

    February 22, 2014 by quirkyowl


    Spices are a colourful feast for the eyes and an explosion of savoury flavours on the tongue