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(Sometimes I feel like I'm just a bobble-head on the highway of life!)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winter vacation anyone?

Dear Readers:

 With the exchange rate on the U.S. dollar so low there area lot of snowbirds who will be staying home this year and Myrtle Beach, S.C. wants to change that. To entice Canadians to the area, hotels, attractions, and restaurants are offering money at par until April 30, all valid with Canadian ID.

 The discounts are meant to "at least cover the difference" of the dollar conversion from Canadian to U.S. currency.

Image result for Myrtle BeachMyrtle Beach Area CVB marketing director Susan Phillips said; "This special Canadian discount is just one more reason to visit in the lovely late winter and early spring seasons, which have typically mild weather, even more affordable accommodations and more elbow room at area attractions than anywhere else," she said in a release. (The South Carolina area gets about half a billion dollars a year from Canadian tourists!)

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I just came across an article for Americans called "28 thing you never knew about Canada!"  (Bet there's a few Canadians that don't know this stuff too!)

1. Canada consumes more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world.
2. Canada is the world's most educated country by percentage: over half its residents have college degrees.
3. Police departments in Canada give out "positive tickets" when they see people doing something positive.
4. Canada's lowest recorded temperature was -81.4 degrees fahrenheit (-63 celsius) in 1947.
5. Canada is the second largest country in the world, right after Russia.
6. Residents of Churchill, Manitoba leave their cars unlocked to offer escape for pedestrians who might encounter polar bears.
7. Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world's lakes combined.
8. The first Canadian casualties of the Afghanistan war were from an American pilot bombing a training exercise.
9. License plates in the Northwest Territories are shaped like polar bears.
10. In 2010, a Canadian man rescued a newborn baby from a dumpster, only to find out he was the father.
11. Canada has the largest coastline in the world.
12. Sometimes in Newfoundland the Atlantic Ocean freezes so people play hockey on it.
13. Until 1999, the Guinness Book of World Records considered Yonge Street in Ontario as the longest street in the world at 1,896 km (1,178 mi).
14. The Mall of America is owned by Canadians.
15. The US/Canada border is the longest international border in the world and it lacks military defense.
16. Canada has no weapons of mass destruction since 1984 and has signed treaties repudiating their possession.
17. After the attack on Pearl Harbor during WWII, Canada declared war on Japan before the U.S. did.
18. "Canada" is an Iroquoian language word meaning "village".
19. Canada's official phone number is 1-800-O-CANADA.
20. Large parts of Canada have less gravity than the rest of Earth. The phenomenon was discovered in the 1960s.
21. Prostitution is legal in Canada. Buying the services of a prostitute is not.
22. Americans have invaded Canada twice, in 1775 and 1812. They lost both times.
23. Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
24. The third country in space, after the US and USSR, was Canada, which was considered to have the most advanced space program in 1962.
25. In Canada, Mexico, India, Russia, and Israel, bank notes have Braille-like markings on them for the blind.
26. Canada has fewer people than Tokyo's metropolitan area.
27. During WWII, Canada gave out buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons to show their willingness to fight.
28. The Eiffel Tower was almost temporarily relocated to Canada in 1967.

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North American lawyers have a serious drinking problem, according to a new report from the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

More than 20 percent of licensed attorneys drink at levels that are considered "hazardous, harmful, and potentially alcohol-dependent." That's three times higher than the rate of problem drinking among the general public.
(I would say this is illuminating, but hardly surprising!)
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I've mentioned this before, but I'll mention it again because I was just sitting in there staring at the empty dispenser.

There is a bar that goes through the middle of a roll of toilet paper and holds it in place on the wall.

O.K?

When the roll is empty ya just take it off and put in a new roll and you're back in business.

Right!

Well for some strange reason I lost that bar and can't for the life of me figure out how I did that. After all, you just take it out long enough to replace the roll, and it never goes anywhere ..............., so how the hell could I lose it?