Welcome to Wiser Now’s weekly email blast which reflects my eclectic interests and, I hope, yours. October is a month that celebrates a broad range of foods from (unexpected) pizza to (expected) pumpkins, but my choice for this eblast is Apple Appreciation Month. Did you realize that “American as apple pie” is really a tribute to our diversity because apple pie has multi-cultural origins? FYI, my logo is an apple because for me it is the symbol of curiosity, an essential element of wellbeing. Thank you, Eve.

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The Quirky Quote

"With an apple
I will astonish Paris."
~ Paul Cezanne

The Quirky Observation

Three people in Western culture are associated with apples. One was Isaac Newton, who was supposedly moved to write about gravity because of an apple falling from the tree he was sitting beneath.  Jonathan Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed was the second. (You can take a trivia quiz about him in the slide show featured below.)

The third, William Tell, was more likely a legend than real. There is no written record of the story in which he shot an apple off his son’s head in a remote Swiss valley about 700 years ago, and it is remarkably similar to a Danish legend about a man named Palnatoki dating slightly earlier. But it IS a good story. You can also take a trivia quiz about William Tell in the “Fascinating Fall” slide show featured below or you can read the story here.

The Quirky Fact

The William Tell Overture from the opera William Tell, was composed by Gioachino Rossini. It premiered in 1829 and was the last of his 39 operas. Most older Americans are likely to remember the lively score which simulates a chase because it introduced a famous cowboy TV show in the 1950s. Do you know which one? See answers at the end of the document. You can listen to the music here.

The Questions

  • Who is the apple of your eye?
  • In your family, who is the apple that fell closest to the tree? (Who is most like one of your parents?)
  • A second bite of the apple means to be given a second chance. What would you like to take another chance at?

And one more: Did your family ever make homemade applesauce using this device?

Featured Product 

Parts of fall are covered by the Wiser Now slide shows “Happy Halloween” and “Remembering November,” but “Fascinated by Fall” has entirely different delights that include:
  • Trivia quizzes on apples, Johnny Appleseed, William Tell, and fall colors
  • A funny word game on “Logical Saints”
  • Reminiscence exercises on fall feelings and fall events
  • An imaginative exercise on beautiful words
  • A discussion on “What’s an Indian Summer?”
All in all, it’s a bushelful of fun. You can purchase it here.

The Quiz 

1. Apples are associated with the number 5 for all of the following reasons except which one?

  1. Apple is 5-letter word. ___
  2. Apple blossoms typically form in clusters of 5. ___
  3. An apple blossom has 5 petals.  ___
  4. Apples grow on five continents. ___
  5. Red Delicious apples usually have 5 bumps (lobes) on the base. ___
  6. The "star" you see when you cut an apple in half (sideways) is due to the fruit's 5 seed cavities. ___
2. Apples float in water because they are:
a.  25% air ___     b.  50% air ___

3. Americans eat about twice the number of fresh apples annually per person than Europeans.
True ___     False ___

4. Apples really are good for your health because they have no fat or sodium and are high in fiber and antioxidants – if you don’t peel them!
True ___                False ___

5. Apples are a member of the marigold family.
True ___                False ___

6. Unlike most other fruits, apples do not need to be refrigerated to keep them from spoiling.
True ___              False ___

Answers and explanations are at the end of the document.

Bonus Idea

If you have children or grandchildren, consider making a disembodied smile snack: 2 thin red apple slices stuck together with peanut butter, interspersed with mini-marshmallows.

The Quirky Resources

Answers to the quiz
1. d – Apples grow on six continents
2. a – 25% (Happy bobbing!)
3. False. Americans eat less than half the apples per person annually that their European counterparts do.
4. True. Two–thirds of an apple’s fiber and lots of antioxidants are found in the peel.
5. False; but perhaps equally surprising; they are a member of the rose family!
6. Sort of false; apples will ripen 6 to 10 times faster in open air, which leads also to quicker spoilage, but they can last a long time on the counter.

TV show that opened with the William Tell Overture?
The Lone Ranger
My multiple goals are to amuse and inspire you, to share what I and people whom I admire am doing, to stimulate your curiosity and spur you to action. I hope you enjoyed this offering. You can access previous issues here. We welcome your feedback. (
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