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The Quote

"On Halloween you can be anything you imagine. On any other day, too."
~ Kathy Laurenhue


The Quirky Fact
Speaking of imagination: Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn. 
How do you say, “Por qué no” in Scottish?

The Quirky Observation

A friend posted this on Facebook:
Sometimes late at night I dig a hole in the backyard to keep the neighbors guessing.
I’m rethinking our relationship...

The Question

Mental Floss, one of my favorite sources of quirky information, recently posted an article on the best Halloween costumes under $25. Some are hilarious (to me) like the inflatable sumo wrestler costume and the deflated life-size whoopee cushion. (It’s a gas.) Having once gone to a Halloween party in a tutu when I was seven months pregnant – as the ballerina who should have danced all night – I am partial to punny costumes. This site has some easy ideas for those. One of my favorite punny costumes is the Taco Belle. It may represent a fast food, but it is definitely not a last-minute solution. One that could be: Cut out a yellow ovally shape, perhaps add a few folds, attach it to the top of your T-shirt sleeve, and you are someone with a chip on your shoulder!

You can Google funny costumes and suddenly find you are just coming up for air two hours later. And that’s not even counting costumes for your pet. So, what’s my question? Two, really:
  • What’s the most clever costume you’ve seen or worn?
  • A set of googly eyes that are 5-inches in diameter called out my name at the local Dollar Store, but now I don’t know what to do with them. Any suggestions? (Your answer doesn’t need to be a costume suggestion.)
You can respond to me at

The Quiz

As you may have realized by this point, I am not into scary Halloween symbols/ costumes/events. My Happy Halloween slide show features a trivia quiz not on superstitions, but signs of good fortune. Here are the first four of 13 questions to pique your interest (Answers at the end of this document):

1. Only one of the following is not a sign of good luck. Which is it?
  1. A cricket or frog in the house___
  2. A raven on a fencepost ___
  3. A pig crossing your path ___
  4. A ladybug landing on you ___
  5. Meeting 3 sheep ___
  6. A black cat walking toward you ___
  7. A horseshoe in the house ___

2. In the ditty about “Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace,” is it fortunate or unfortunate to be born on a Friday?
    a. fortunate ___      b. unfortunate __
3. An acorn at the window will
  1. Keep nutty people from visiting ___
  2. Keep lightning out ___
  3. Frustrate the squirrels ___
  4. Make your children grow straight and tall ___
4. If a bee enters your home – and you do not kill it – it's a sign that
  1. Your hard work will soon pay off ___
  2. Your garden will be abundant with flowers ___
  3. You will soon have a visitor ___
  4. You are as sweet as honey ___
Answers at the end of this document.

The Request – a Freebie!

Would you take one of my online webinars for free and time it? I have so far recorded webinars on the following topics aimed primarily at activity programming professionals:
  • Changing the Narrative on Dementia Care (A positive viewpoint)
  • Grief and End-of-Life Care
  • Nimble Numbers (Using numbers for programming fun)
  • Time Management for Activity Professionals
In order to get CEU credit from NCCAP (National Certification Council for Activity Professionals) for a webinar that can be viewed at any time through my website, I need letters from three people saying how long it took them to complete the course, which includes a 1-hour narrated slide show, a handout of the webinar’s key points and a brief pre-test and longer multiple choice post-test. You needn’t pass the post-test, (although I hope you’ll try) and the letter, which can be as short as a couple of sentences, simply has to indicate how long it took you to complete the course. It’s on the basis of the average of the three letters that the number of CEUs are awarded (1 hour = 1 CEU, 2 hours = 2 CEUs and so on).

If you are also willing to write a review of the webinar that I can put on my website, that’s a bonus for me, but not a requirement.

My goal is to record one new webinar a month for the next two years, so anyone willing to write letters for multiple courses is welcome to apply to me to do so. You will get lots of free, jam-packed, practical, and easy to digest training material to use personally or in your community as a result.

The Kiosk of Resources

We’ve provided a lot of internal links this week, but here’s my suggestion for learning more about good and bad luck symbols:

Quiz Answers:

  1. c and possibly f: In the U.S. a black cat crossing one’s path is considered bad luck, but in England, Ireland, and Japan, black cats are good luck. And three black cats together are always good luck.
  2. b - Friday's child is loving and giving
  3. b
  4. c
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