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Keep your hands (and minds) busy.

While we’re still practicing social distancing and homebound isolation, turn off the television. Instead, consider how you might use your time to keep in touch with family and friends.

Here’s an idea: create a puzzle purse.

Puzzle purses are square pieces of paper folded into envelope-like packets. The creased paper is collapsed upon itself to form a ... Read More >

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26 Mar 2020
Posted in Tidbits & trivia, Uncategorized

So you thought.

We hope you’re at home, trying to stay safe and healthy, attempting to work remotely.

Are you trying not to binge-watch absolutely every episode of everything you love on TV?

Does your brain need a break? If so, we’ve found an interesting website that lists today’s most common misconceptions.

Here are a few selections that we found ... Read More >

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Bhutan’s top archer? A woman.

Archery is Bhutan’s national sport. The country has participated in the Summer Games since 1984, invited to compete under the “universality invitation” awarded to small or developing nations to ensure diversity at the games.

For the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Bhutan will—for the first time—have an archer competing on merit alone.

Meet the athlete, ... Read More >

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13 Feb 2020
Posted in History, Tidbits & trivia, Uncategorized

An “X” is but a kiss.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s a bit of trivia. We hope it warms the heart of your beloved.

We’ve always wondered how an “X” has come to represent a kiss, especially in the sign-off of a handwritten letter (remember those?) or a Valentine’s Day card. It seems that in the early days of Christianity, an ... Read More >

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16 Jan 2020
Posted in Tidbits & trivia, Travel with us

A better way.

A recent study by the travel industry found that 25 percent of travelers waste as much as a full day of their vacations trying to figure out what to do once they reach their destinations. Another 25 percent of respondents spend more vacation time letting other people in their party choose the activities than ... Read More >

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31 Oct 2019
Posted in Culture, History, Tidbits & trivia, UNESCO sites

Double, double toil and trouble.

Since it’s the spookiest day of the year, we thought it appropriate to mention the Hill of Witches in the town of Juodkrante, on Lithuania’s Curonian Spit, the latter a UNESCO World Heritage site.

What do you find here on this oddly forested sand dune? Carved fairy tale creatures. Witches. Monsters, devils, dragons, and the ... Read More >

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26 Sep 2019
Posted in Culture, Tidbits & trivia

Ruff stuff.

Speaking of museums…

If you’re headed to England anytime soon, and if you love dogs (or history, or fashion, or the unusual), be sure to stop at Leeds Castle in Kent for a visit to the world’s only Dog Collar Museum.

Yes, the British love their canines. But the Dog Collar Museum, though diminutive in ... Read More >

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14 Aug 2019
Posted in News, Tidbits & trivia

Don’t sit down.

It seems the city government of Rome no longer wants people plunking themselves down on the Spanish Steps. This week, it announced that the historic steps are not to be used by the public as seats, though for generations they have attracted those looking to rest, have a nibble, or sip a cold ... Read More >

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The clock is ticking.

Recently, Condé Nast Traveler posted an article entitled, “14 Places to Visit Before They Disappear.” That’s an attention-grabber if ever we saw one.

We’d like to share that list of amazing (and endangered) places you ought to consider visiting before, well, you know…

Great Barrier Reef, Australia Venice, Italy Glacier National Park, Montana Dead Sea (Israel, Jordan) Amazon River (Peru, ... Read More > Read More >

(Way) beyond customer service.

In 2013, when Japan made a final bid for the 2020 World Games, many non-Japanese speakers first heard the word “omotenashi.” According to the Japan Times, “Omotenashi is hard to define, but Japanese use it to describe what they believe is their unique approach to hospitality. It involves the subjugation of self in service ... Read More >

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