“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” ~ Mathieu Flamini
A Toronto mother — who donated one of her kidneys to her six-year-old son — received the greatest gift for Mother’s Day when her son was discharged from the hospital. – CTV News
Ear Worm: The Mister Softee jingle has lyrics. Who knew? – The Daily Meal
Michael Bloomberg warns of an ‘epidemic of dishonesty‘ – Associated Press
Using less plastic leads to fewer harmful chemicals in the body – Tree Hugger
24 lists combined to find the top travel destinations for 2018 – Forbes
- Top 10 are: 1) Mexico; 2) Australia; 3) Italy; tied for 4th) Canada and Spain; 6) South Korea; tied for 7th) California, China, and Louisiana; tied for 10th) Argentina, Malta, and Portugal.
Boston Dynamics to start selling its dog-like SpotMini robot in 2019 – TechCrunch // Will not be as adorable but will it be easier to train than Skye, my Cairn Terrier.
The World Health Organization wants all countries to ban trans fats from foods – CBC Trans fats increase the risk of heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death around the world. Denmark banned them 15 years ago. Canada’s ban take effect this September.
Wowzers! The average price of gasoline in Canada has hit $1.38 a litre. That’s about $4.11 US per US dollar. And don’t expect any relief any time soon. – Globe and Mail (paywall) // That is more than 20% higher than the rate of about $1.10 a year ago. That difference adds up to an extra $14 per fill for the typical driver who pumps 50 litres of fuel a week.
Treadmills were originally designed to punish prisoners – Quartz
Israel celebrates it’s 70th by shooting and killing
41 58 Palestinians (and wounding another 1,600) protesting along the border fence over the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem – Washington Post, BBC
1643: Four-year-old Louis XIV becomes King of France. Louis the Great rules until he died in 1715.
1948: David Ben-Gurion publicly read the Israeli Declaration of Independence at the present-day Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, officially establishing the state of Israel.
1973: The NASA space station Skylab was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1984: Jeanne Sauve is sworn in as Canada’s first female governor general. She stays in office until January 28, 1990.