The English language challenges me

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– Research indicates that six out of seven dwarfs are not Happy.

– It was 1810 when the very first Oktoberfest was celebrated in Munich, Germany. The idea seems to have caught on. The 185th Munich Oktoberfest is scheduled to run September 22 through October 7, 2018. It is the 208th anniversary, but wars and other circumstances caused some celebrations to be canceled.

– Are you bilingual? Triangular? Some guy named Gregg Cox can read and write “efficiently” in 64 different languages. Mr. Cox could yet extend his repertoire. Linguists generally agree that there exist more than 6,000 distinct languages. The English language challenges me aplenty.

– Planning to dine out on Mother’s Day (May 13)? Be forewarned: Mother’s Day is the busiest time of the year for our restaurants. More than 92,000,000 Americans are expected to be observing the occasion by treating Moms and families to special repasts nationwide.

– For decades nutritionists and physicians have touted the benefits enjoyed by humans who regularly include fish in their diets. Recently added to the listed advantages of pescado consumption is the ability to sleep more soundly. Chinese studies indicate that fish eaters not only sleep better, but also have I.Q.’s that average 5 points higher than those who eat no fish. It appears as if I should invest in some tuna or other Platycephalus fuscus. Pretty sure those are clean words.

– Certain ancient Egyptian folks genuinely revered cats. When a household feline died or disappeared, many of the immediate family publicly displayed grief by shaving off their eyebrows. Mourners that were especially affected might continue the razor ritual for several weeks.

– Europeans were amazed to see that natives living on the African savannah could routinely fell fully-grown elephants in the nineteenth century. Firearms of that era could not be depended upon to kill the huge beasts, yet the aborigines were consistently able to bring down African pachyderms using bows and arrows. The answer to the mystery involved poison used on arrow tips. The deadly toxin was a plant derivative named ouabain. IANMTU (I am not making this up). Medical researchers have been analyzing ouabain and one claim is that this powerful drug is a “disrupter” which appears to be promising when used as a tool for treating various heart maladies. The drug is even more promising as a key ingredient for formulating safe, effective human male contraceptives. FYI: I shall not volunteer as a test patient. Well, eat fish and sleep well. Have a great week.