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Most of Canada will ‘spring forward’ earlier and ‘fall back’ later this year, as Canada and the US are adjusting traditional Daylight Savings dates. Though the change was no doubt hastened by the US’s decision to make a change starting in 2007, the thinking behind the move is that it will result in a savings in energy, which is why daylight savings was devised in the first place.
Germany was first to enact Daylight Savings in 1915, quickly followed by Britain and much of Europe and Canada. As the winter season ended and the hours of sunlight in a day grew, people were finding that some of the additional sunlight was shining before they rose to greet the day. By adjusting the clocks, more light was available during waking hours to help warm and illuminate our worlds – meaning less demand for artificial sources of heat and light. As winter approaches, the reverse applies.
Though each province and territory decides for itself, this year daylight savings will begin earlier and end later for most jurisdictions in Canada. Rather than the traditional ‘spring forward’ on the first Sunday of April, our daylight savings start on the second Sunday of March. Come autumn, the date we ‘fall back’ will be delayed a week to the First Sunday in November.
Will your computer observe the new DST timelines automatically? Not unless you install some updates (patches) so new DST rules are applied on your computer prior to March 11, 2007. In addition to your operating system (eg. Windows XP), some other software on your computer may also need to be updated. In particular, any software that has schedule management functionality such as Lotus Notes, or devices such as a BlackBerry may be affected.
The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest
Elaborate April Fool’s hoaxes have been stirring people up for years – with
some real doozies orchestrated so convincingly that many unsuspecting people
were taken in by the hoax. Check out this sample from The Museum of Hoaxes’ Top
100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes of All Time;
In 1957 the respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very
mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss
farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement
with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees.
Huge numbers of viewers were taken in, and many called up wanting to know how
they could grow their own spaghetti trees. To this question, the BBC
diplomatically replied that they should "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of
tomato sauce and hope for the best."
To read more about the Swiss Spaghetti hoax, or to check the other 99, visit
Ah, Spring! - a season of new life for much of our country’s flora and fauna. Buds and shoots will begin appearing – if they haven’t already – and a lot of our local wildlife will give birth to new generations. Life is everywhere!
We thought this would be a good time to test your knowledge of the names given to various animals groups with our Animal Group Names quiz below:
Example; Birds - Flock
Check your answers at bottom of newsletter. Send it to your friends to compare scores!
“There is a great spectacle and that is the sea. There is a greater spectacle than the sea and that is the sky. There is yet a greater spectacle than the sky and that is the interior of the soul.”
~ Victor Hugo
Heading south for an American holiday this March Break? Better watch you don’t break any of these wacky laws that are still in effect:
In Florida, the law states that if an elephant is tied to a parking meter, it must pay the same fees as a car.
In Washington, it is illegal to ride an ugly horse.
In Connecticut, it is illegal to educate a dog.
In North Carolina, it is illegal to sneeze within the city limits.
In Maine, it is against the law to blow your nose in public.
In Colorado, it is against the law to loan your vacuum cleaner to your next door neighbour.
In California, it is illegal for any man to purchase liquor without the written consent of his wife.
In Kentucky, it is against the law for a woman to buy a new hat without her husband trying it on.
In Georgia, it is illegal to say "Oh Boy."
In New York, it is against the law to eat peanuts and walk backwards when a concert is on.
What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a four leaf clover?
A rash of good luck.
Why do so many people live in Ireland?
Because it’s capital is always Dublin.
Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day?
Because regular rocks would be too heavy.
What is Irish and sits in the backyard all the time?
What does an Irishman get after eating Italian food?
Why can't you borrow money from a leprechaun?
Because they're always a little short.
Why should you never iron a four leaf clover?
Because you don’t want to press your luck.
What do you get when you cross a leprechaun with a frog?
A little green man with a croak of gold.
Do Leprechauns get mad when you make fun of their height?
Only a little.
What do you call a leprechaun’s city residence?
Computer Tip; Smart Printing
These days, to buy a printer that delivers decent quality costs relatively little. The real cost is the ink! In fact, if you are in the market for a new printer, be sure to pay close attention to the cost of replacement cartridges or self-filling systems. This ongoing cost to keep your printer printing can make a huge difference over a few years. But there are ways to reduce your printing costs significantly. And they involve 2 simple tips;
When creating documents and pages with coloured text, images, or both, it isn’t usually necessary to see the first few ‘drafts’ in colour. Black and white printouts will allow you to proof the layout and proofread the copy, etc. No need to use the expensive colour ink yet. Once the piece has been proofed in b & w and any revisions made, then output in colour.
Another way to reduce ink usage when printing first drafts or when quality isn’t as important is to print in Draft mode, where the amount of ink used is a fraction of the Normal quality printer setting.
To be able to adjust these settings when you print, initiate the print process by clicking CTRL + P. This opens the print options window and allows you to change the Properties of your output when required.
Printing Selected Sections
There are many situations when we want to print only a section of a document or website, yet if we simply hit the print button/icon, we get the entire document or numerous pages in the case of a website – a huge waste of ink, paper, and time.
To print out only what you need, highlight the copy/images you want, initiate the print process using CTRL + P, then check the Selection option in the Page Range area of the print screen.
If you have kids, get them used to using CTRL + P to print so they see these options every time they print and become more comfortable using them.
COOL SITES for KIDS
Connect the Dots
Laura, age 6, says, “My mummy showed me how to move the thing around the screen to join all the dots together and make the picture. There are lots of different ones that I like. And I am getting really fast with the mouse and clicking.”
Angela, age 9, says, “I’m really good at this game, because I can aim the steel ball really fast and shoot it the right distance to get the most colours at once. It’s really easy to learn and play, so it’s really fun.”
Amazing Animal Pictures
Kyle, age 11, says, “There are some amazing animal pictures on this site of animals from all over the world. They are all good, but I liked the great apes and primates most of all - the first picture kind of looks like my little brother Andy.”
Justine, age 9, says, “I like the Fashion Fun page on this site the most, but there are lots of other things to do, too. I like to dress up Polly Pocket in cool clothes, then watch her perform in the outfit I chose. My friend Rene thinks I make her look terrible, but I like what I put on her.”
Origin of the Phrase
In the Limelight
Example – “She was in the limelight at the Oscars
because of her acclaimed performance in her latest movie.”
Meaning – popular, noticed, given attention.
Origin - In 1816, a man by the name of Thomas Drummond
invented a unique lighting effect for theatres. It was a cylinder of lime heated
by an incandescent flame and placed behind a lens or in front of a reflector.
These particularly bright lights were used to ‘highlight’ the star performer of
a scene. Since the audience could see these actors standing ‘in the limelight’
more clearly, actors began to compete for the opportunity to be seen by many
people. Thus today, being ‘in the limelight’ means getting a lot of
Predrilling, the process of drilling a hole before installing a fastener, is NOT just for screws! While rarely necessary for rough framing, you should consider predrilling before nailing if there is a chance of cracking the wood, and when the cracking will make a difference, either structurally or aesthetically.
Older wood, as you often encounter when repairing furniture, can be very hard and dry. It is especially prone to cracking and splitting. But even new wood can crack, particularly if it’s thin and a hardwood, such as oak or maple. Predrilling before nailing should be a given. Don’t wait until you have ruined an expensive piece of wood. Simply drill a hole slightly smaller than the shank of the nail before driving it home. And for finish carpentry, be sure to use a counter sink to avoid those unsightly hammerhead dents!
“Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant? I'm halfway through my fishburger and I realize, Oh my God. I could be eating a slow learner.” ~ Lynda Montgomery
“I didn't make it in television because of ill health. I made people sick.” ~ Fred Allen
“Trust everybody - but cut the cards.” ~ Finley Peter Dunne
“Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell, the name will carry.” ~ Bill Cosby
Animal Group Names Quiz Answers
1A. herd 1B. pack 1C. swarm 2A. pod 2B. murder 2C. troop 3A. smack
3B. mob 3C. skulk
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