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TRIVIA, LAUGHS, INSPIRATION, BAGELS DRESSED TO IMPRESS AND A CLEVER RIDDLE

HELLO HAPPY READERS AND GREETINGS 2nd TO THE LAST WEDNESDAY IN SEPTEMBER

Presenting Wednesday Reader.  It’s packed full and a great read.

Leslie Elman does it again with the Pop Quiz and Fascinating Facts.  Giving us material to be the most interesting person in the room.

I don’t think I mentioned this before – but Leslie writes Q & A for Pub quizzes around the world.  How cool is that?  And you get to read her here!

Quick Question re: what’s our favorite day of the week.  Interesting – I actually believe we all have a favorite day even if we haven’t called it out.  Mine is Thursday.  You?

Who knew that a Cronut was a thing?  Not me.

Tracy Beckerman knocks it out of the park with a totally fun tongue-in-cheek column of weird and whacky bakery creations.

The 4 Bagel ideas are all so much delicious fun.  Hopefully, you’ll make 1 or all 4 in the weeks to come and enjoy out on your patio or deck or sun room during these wonderful cooler morning temps!

Thanks one and all for giving us a read today + commenting if you feel like it (we LOVE comments) + sharing us with your people.

Grateful.

Have a grand day.

We’ll catch ya Friday!

POP Quiz

POP QUIZ

  1.  FORMER BRITISH PRIME MINISTER MARGARET THATCHER GRADUATED FROM OXFORD WITH A DEGREE IN WHAT FIELD?
    a)  Chemistry
    b)  Classics
    c)  Fine art
    d)  Theology
  2. KETCHUP ORIGINATED IN ASIA, WHERE IT WAS MADE NOT WITH TOMATOES BUT WITH WHAT MAIN INGREDIENT?
    a)  Fermented fish
    b)  Green plums
    c)  Pickled ginger
    d)  Rose petals
  3. WITH A SEATING CAPACITY OF MORE THAN 23,000, THE WORLD’S LARGEST DEDICATED TENNIS STADIUM IS NAMED FOR WHICH TENNIS GREAT?
    a)  Arthur Ashe
    b)  Billie Jean King
    c)  Rad Laver
    d)  Stan Smith

Wednesday Reader September 20

QUICK QUESTION

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK?

Wednesday Reader September 20

POP QUIZ ANSWERS

  1. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher majored in chemistry at Oxford and briefly worked as a chemist before going into politics.
  2. Ketchup derives from ke-tsiap, a savory fermented fish sauce.
  3. Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York is the world’s largest dedicated tennis stadium.

~ Leslie Elman is the author of “Weird But True:  200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts
COPYRIGHT 2023 LESLIE ELMAN
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THINK ON THIS –

DEAR OPTIMIST, PESSIMIST AND REALIST,

WHILE YOU WERE ARGUING ABOUT THE GLASS OF WATER BEING HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY …

I DRANK IT. 

SINCERELY,
THE OPPORTUNIST

LET YOUR DREAMS LEAD THE WAY
ENJOY THE RIDE

(( Starve the landfills.  Recycle. ))

RIDDLE ME THIS

I CANNOT TALK, BUT I ALWAYS REPLY WHEN SPOKEN TO.
What am I?

Wednesday Reader September 20

BAGELS DRESSED TO IMPRESS FOR BREAKFAST

4 ideas for fun + yum + bagels for breakfast.  These Dressed to Impress Bagels are intended to be served as halves as opposed to a whole bagel closed together “sandwich” style. 

Assemble ingredients in the order as written and you’ll be good to go.

BANANA BAGEL

  • Toasted plain or seeded bagel
  • Creamy peanut butter spread over all
  • Favorite granola sprinkled on the peanut butter
  • Fresh sliced banana
  • Honey thinly drizzled on the top

AVOCADO AND SAUTEED GRAPE TOMATO BAGEL

  • Toasted Plain or seeded bagel
  • Softened cream cheese lightly spread on toasted bread
  • Ripe avocado “smashed” or “crushed” on top of bagel and
    spread over all
  • Crispy cooked bacon bits sprinkled on avocado
  • Sauteed grape tomato halves
    (to saute cute little grape tomato halves:
    in a small skillet over medium high heat – melt a little butter or olive oil and saute grape tomatoes cut side down first and then flip them over – cooking all until warmed all the way through – no more than 3  minutes start to finish)
  • Fresh cracked pepper

3 CHEESES AND GREEN APPLE BAGEL

Preheat oven to broil and get it ready

  • Toasted plain or seeded bagel
  • deli Cheddar / Swiss / Gouda cheese – sliced sandwich style – not super thin and not thick
  • Thin sliced green apple

    Place one slice of cheese on toasted bagel and position  under oven broiler for about 45 seconds to a minute.  You don’t want it to get bubbly – just melted.  Repeat with slice #2 and then slice #3.  Remove from oven and cover with green apple slices like a pizza.

HUMMUS AND TOASTED PINE NUTS BAGEL

  • Toasted plain or seeded bagel
  • Hummus of choice spread over all
  • Toasted pine nuts
    (to toast pine nuts – in a dry skillet over medium heat add a single layer of pine nuts – meaning don’t crowd them.  Shake the pan and stir with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes.  Do not leave the pine nuts for that short little 3 minutes or they just might burn. *insert sad face*)
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice over hummus and toasted pine nuts
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • A tiny little drizzle of olive oil over all is the finishing touch

~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box

RIDDLE ANSWER

AN ECHO

Wednesday Reader September 20

LOST IN SUBURBIA

WHEN ALL THE WORLD IS YOUR CRONUT
BY TRACY BECKERMAN

“Ummm, this is good,” said my husband with a mouth full of food.  “What is it?”

I looked up from the kitchen sink where I was doing dishes.  “It’s a cronut.”

“A what?”

“A cronut.  It’s part croissant, part doughnut.”

He looked at me like I had two heads.

“I was actually gonna get some duffins, but the cronuts looked better, so I bought those instead.”

“What’s a duffin?” he asked hesitantly.

It’s part doughnut, part muffin.  The cruffins and bruffins looked good too, but I didn’t want to go crazy, so I just stuck with the cronuts.”

“What the heck are you talking about?” he said.

“A cruffin is part croissant, part muffin, and a bruffin is part brioche and part muffin,” I replied.

“Are you out of your mind?”  he said.

I laughed.  I didn’t blame him for being confused.  Ever since the cronut made its debut, it seemed like the food industry had been taken over by mad scientists.  They were not only combining doughnuts and muffins, but just about any other kind of food you could think of.  There were piecakens (a pie baked inside a cake), brookies (a brownie meets cookie) and cherpumples (cherry, pumpkin and apple pie).  There were meatzas (a pizza with a ground-beef crust), chocamole (avocado and chocolate guacamole) and turduckens (a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey).  It was like Betty Crocker got it on with Dr. Frankenstein and they had Frankenfood babies.

I actually blame all this on the snooty dog people.  When I was a kid, mixed breed dogs were simply called mutts.  But then someone got the idea that they could charge money for a mutt if they came up with a cute name for a dog that came from two different breeds.  Suddenly we were overrun with Maltipoos, puggles, schnoodles, and schnockers.  I knew we had hit designer dog saturation when I met a woman with a dog that was part butlldog and part shih tzu, which, naturally, she said was a bullshihtz.

As the proud owner of a pair of jeggings (jeans and leggings), I was already down with the hybrid trend.  But for my husband who couldn’t even bear to hear the word “spork” without cringing, this was all just a little too much for him.  Still, I told him it was all really a big nontroversy, and he should chillax, maybe put on a good rom-com, and take a short staycation from all this nonsense.

“You know, this is all too much for me,” he finally said.  “I’m going to go work out.”

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“I have a men’s fitness class.”

“What’s it called?” I wondered.

He smiled.  “Broga.”

~ Tracy Beckerman is the author of the Amazon Bestseller, “Barking at the Moon:  A Story of Life, Love, and Kibble.
COPYRIGHT 2023 CREATORS

Fascinating Stuff

FASCINATING STUFF

  • The world’s largest cast-iron statue fittingly depicts Vulcan, Roman god of the forge and patron deity of ironworkers.  The 101,200 pound, 56-foot statue stands atop a 124-foot-tall pedestal in Birmingham, Alabama.  Cast by the Birmingham Steel and Iron Company, Vulcan was exhibited at the 1904 St.l Louis World’s Fair to highlight Birmingham’s industrial prowess.  When the fair ended, Vulcan was returned to Birmingham, spending decades in disarray before finding a permanent home in a park on Red Mountain.
  • When an elephant encounters an elephant pal he hasn’t seen in a while, they greet each other by entwining their trunks in an affectionate elephant-style handshake.  Highly intelligent, with a huge capacity for logic, learning and emotion, elephants are famous for the prodigious memories.  (That’s not a myth!)  An elephant never forgets an old friend.
  • Before he founded the automobile company that bears his name, David Dunbar Buick invented a process for coating cast iron with porcelain enamel, which he used to make bathtubs and sinks.  Without him, we wouldn’t have the smooth, white bathroom fixtures we know today.  Think about that the next time you’re soaking in the tub.
  • A crowd of 30,742 tennis fans poured into the Astrodome to watch the “Battle of the Sexes” match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs on Sept. 20, 1973.  Fifty-five-year-old Riggs was a former world champ and inveterate “male chauvinist pig.”  Twenty-nine-year-old King was the top-ranked female player at the time and a “women’s libber.”  The match, played somewhat in jest, boosted the profile of women’s tennis — especially when King beat Riggs in straight sets and took home the $100,000 prize money.
  • On June 7, 1971, Georgi Dobrovolski, Vladislav Volkov and Viktor Patsayev became the first people to occupy a working space station.  Twenty-three days later, the crew of the Soviet Soyuz 11 space mission became the first — and, to date, only — humans to die in outer space.  (“Outer space” is the area beyond Earth’s atmosphere, beginning about 62 miles above sea level.)  The cosmonauts’  deaths by asphyxiation were caused by a malfunction during their return trip to Earth, which deprived them of oxygen.

~ Leslie Elman is the author of “Weird But True:  200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts.”
COPYRIGHT 2023 LESLIE ELMAN
DISTRIBUTED BY CREATORS.COM

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