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Python in his pants: If smugglers want to get weird pets across the border, they need to find a way to do so without detection. A man from New York City failed in this quest. He tried to smuggle three Burmese pythons across the Canadian border, but he chose an unusual place to hide them: in his pants. The man, traveling from Montréal, Québec, Canada, back to New York City, didn’t get past U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. They discovered the reptiles, hidden in snake bags in the inner thigh of his pants. Pythons are some of the world’s largest snakes and are considered a vulnerable species. The failed snake smuggler was fined $5,000 (USD).

Lucky dog, lucky ticket: A woman buying items in a convenience store in Guangdong, China, might consider taking her dog shopping with her more often. The golden retriever broke free of its leash and took off, running into a nearby lottery shop. There the canine bit into a lottery ticket, which the owner, surnamed Lin, had to buy. She scolded her dog for being so disobedient. But she regretted the scolding because the ticket turned out to be a winner, bringing her ¥1,000 (CNY). The next time she went to the store, the dog chose a ticket worth ¥30. Lin’s friends and neighbours began calling her pet “Fortune Dog.”

Unusual rescue: What 3-year-old wouldn’t be intrigued by a glass-walled box filled with plush toys? A child that age would want to get in and start playing! In Brisbane, Australia, police came to the rescue when a child became trapped inside a toy-filled claw machine in a suburban shopping mall. Timothy Hopper, the boy’s father, said his son disappeared into the machine in seconds, before he had time to react. Police coaxed the boy to move to a safe corner inside the machine and cover his eyes so they could break a glass panel to free him. He was unharmed and his rescuers invited him to pick a prize.

Cold rescue: People in a floating sauna in the sea near Oslo, Norway, were in the right place at the right time to rescue two people whose car appeared to be driven off a quay and into a fjord. The electric-powered wooden sauna raft and its passengers raced to the rescue, with the passengers wondering who was behind the wheel of the wayward vehicle. During the ensuing rescue, the sauna lovers had only towels to keep warm during the chilly, early February event. The car’s driver had thought the vehicle was in park when he accidentally hit the accelerator pedal. The car was later recovered from the fjord.

Lipstick lore: Ancient Iranians must have flaunted red lips over 3,600 years ago! The lip colouring emerged from a burial ground in Jiroft, in southeastern Iran, that had flooded and been looted, after which many items were recovered and taken to a local museum. This Bronze Age lipstick is a testament to timeless beauty. Resembling modern-day lipsticks, its hue comes from the mineral hematite, added to quartz, plant wax, and several ingredients that served as darkening agents. While its precise origins remain a mystery, experts believe it belonged to a local Bronze Age civilization. This discovery hints at the social dynamics of the area, where cosmetics played a role in power and authority.

Nature’s shield: For years, experts have worried about the Great Wall of China succumbing to nature’s relentless assault. New research unveils a surprising safeguard on earthen sections: a delicate layer of biocrust. Composed of cyanobacteria, moss, and lichen, this natural “living skin” shields the wall from wind and rain erosion. The portions of the wall built with compacted soil and gravel are vulnerable due to their material composition. But the biocrust acts as a natural armour, with some organisms secreting a cement-like substance that fortifies the structure. Tests reveal biocrust-covered areas boast increased strength and stability, offering a glimmer of hope against the march of time.

Cat masterpiece: At an auction in New York (U.S.), the “world’s largest cat painting” sold for $826,000 (USD). The weight of this mammoth piece, featuring 42 cats on a 6-by-8.5-foot (1.8-by-2.6-m) canvas, required a reinforced wall. Commissioned in the late 1800s by cat enthusiast Kate Birdsall Johnson, who pampered hundreds of feline residents at her summer estate, the painting portrays their luxurious lifestyle. Each cat had a name and recognized it when called, and they were attended by a team of servants. Johnson bequeathed $500,000 in her will for her beloved cats’ perpetual care. That was a purr-fectly extravagant gesture!

“Love is space and time measured by the heart.”

—Marcel Proust

“The key is to keep company with people who uplift

you, whose presence calls forth your best.”           —Epictetus

To submit something to the free community What’s Happening section, email us at [email protected]  a paragraph summary of your event at least three weeks prior to the event date:

Saturday June 22, 2024, 11-3pm Welcome to Summerfest at Emmanuel United Church, 871 Upper Ottawa Street, Hamilton. Check out the food and music of the islands, face-painting, hotdogs and sausages, and much, much more!

Knights of Columbus Perogie & Sausage Dinner – Ukrainian Church of Resurrection, 821 Upper Wentworth St., Hamilton next to Limeridge Mall. Take Out Only on Thursday, June 27, 2024 from 3 to 6 pm. Preorder at 905-385-9462. $15.00 per order.

St. John’s Anglican Church Bake Sale & Food Truck Thursdays, 4 pm to 7 pm, JUNE 27, JULY 11, JULY 25, AUGUST 8 and AUGUST 22. Join us for supper and home backed goodies!

FUNDRAISING CLOTHING DRIVE – Join us at the Hamilton Church of God, 1955 Upper James Street @ Twenty Road on Saturday, June 29th, 2024 for a clothing drive in support of the Kidney Foundation from 11.am – 3.00 pm. Please bring ONE OR MORE BAGS of gently used clothing, shoes, linen, and other clothed based items. FREE HOTDOG WITH CLOTHING DONATION.

The Ancaster Farmers Market Returns This Summer – Wednesdays at the Ancaster Memorial Arts Center.
The market welcomed the Ancaster community from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and will continue to
do so every Wednesday until October 9th. Each week, the community can enjoy a wide variety of fresh produce, beverages, and delicious food. This season, fifteen vendors from previous seasons will be returning, and we
are excited to welcome 21 new vendors to expand our offerings.

We’re putting on a production of 35mm: A Musical Exhibition by Ryan Scott Oliver. It’s taking place on Thursday, June 20th, Saturday, June 22nd, and Sunday, June 23rd at 8pm. It’s a song cycle based on photography by Matthew Murphy, each focusing on an individual story about creation, art, and relationships. It’s a multimedia production and the music and theatre interface with the gallery environment

Learn to Play the Bagpipes or Drums – Branch 58 Royal Canadian Legion (East Hamilton) Pipe Band invites new members of all ages to join the band.  No experience is necessary. All instruction is free.  Call 905-664-4086 or email [email protected]  for more information.

This week we have Tuna and Barley! Tuna is a female calico and Barley is a female brown and white tabby. They are 12 years old. These two are spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, and snap tested. Ready for their new home!
These two girls are super friendly when comfortable and love people, they will roll over for pets and give head butts when they are looking for attention. They would do best in a home with just each other as they are a bonded pair that doesn’t love other cats. You can fill out an application at: https://anadoptflam.com/cat-kitten-dog-application-form/ or contact us during shelter hours at Animal Adoptions of Flamborough, 905-689-7801.
Visits to the shelter are by appointment only, except drop-in times on Wednesdays 1-3pm and Saturdays 1-3pm.

Classic Blend, a 4 part harmony chorus, is looking for new members!  Join us for a 4-week free trial.  No experience required.  We meet every Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm at Bartonstone United Church, Upper James & Stonechurch Rd E.  Join us for an evening of fun and song.  Phone 905 385-4398 and leave a message

  1. The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1776, 1890, or 1925?
  2. Which constellation is on the Australian flag?
  3. Where is Dracula’s Castle?
  4. Which continent has not had any observed tornadoes?
  5. This word means warmth of the sun in winter.


(March 20 – April 19)

If you are focused on fulfilling your purpose in this life, congratulate yourself and keep going. This week, though, fol­lowing your path may put you in conflict with others. Lucky numbers: 5, 7, 12, 15, 26, 41.


(April 20 – May 20)

This may be a good week to put thoughts on paper. What this entails doesn’t matter. Anything might be possible, from a jour­nal of your emotions to starting a book. Lucky numbers: 15, 18, 38, 41, 42, 44.


(May 21 – June 20)

Your head and heart may be in a stalemate at midweek. If you can’t find a compromise, take a deep breath and wait a few days before you make any decisions. Lucky numbers: 4, 13, 15, 34, 41, 43.


(June 21 – July 22)

Your birthday month is a good time to set new goals. A first step may be to examine if your family has healthy communica­tions, and to discuss any needed changes. Lucky numbers: 7, 8, 18, 26, 28, 45.


(July 23 – Aug. 22)

Leos often focus on what they want to accomplish for themselves. The next two months may let you consider what you want to accomplish in service to others. Lucky numbers: 10, 15, 22, 28, 32, 34.


(Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

This week may be a good time to explore a new opportunity that might help you overcome a real or perceived obstacle. Look around for others who could help you. Lucky numbers: 9, 12, 18, 19, 27, 48.


(Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

Libras are in an ongoing examination of self vs. others in relationships. If you find yourself in con­flict with people this week, ask how it fits with this dynamic. Lucky numbers: 11, 18, 19, 27, 32, 33.


(Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

At the beginning of the week, you may find your emotions running high. This might be a good time to explore your unconscious motivations and connect the dots. Lucky numbers: 8, 9, 11, 18, 41, 46.


(Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

At midweek, you may be very eager for a new adventure. Try some­thing small to satisfy this desire. If you still have the same urge next week, examine it more. Lucky numbers: 6, 11, 12, 17, 35, 48.


(Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Did you set new goals about six months ago at your birthday? Now may be a good time to review and see if each should be continued, completed, or abandoned. Lucky numbers: 2, 7, 9, 45, 46, 48.


(Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Aquarians value efforts to advance humanity. In the next two months, you may be at a stalemate about these endeavours. Understanding why can help you move forward. Lucky numbers: 3, 7, 11, 13, 16, 24.


(Feb. 19 – March 20)

Chances are good right now that you could con­fuse or delude yourself or others. If something is unclear for you, waiting until next week may be the best course of action. Lucky numbers: 1, 9, 17, 18, 21, 28.

Lucky numbers this week: This week’s odds favour Cancer winners with the luckiest number being 7.

Pink lake: Depending on weather conditions, a lake in Iran turns pink in the summer. It’s called Maharloo Lake, and is located near Shiraz. Red algae in the bottom of the lake causes the unique phenomenon.

Flood warning: While scientists and civic officials work to save Venice from sinking, bookstore owners worry, too. Some store their books in bathtubs, canoes, and kayaks, to protect them from frequent flooding.

Common surname: If you think Smith is the most common name in the world, you’d be close. But Wang, which means prince or king in Mandarin, is at the top of the list.

Floating library: A huge passenger and cargo vessel called MV Logos Hope is actually a floating library. Since 2009, the boat has visited over 150 countries. In some places, people have no other access to a library.

Longest name: You would need a supersized envelope to write the address of the New Zealand town with the longest name in the world: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu.

Knock! Knock! Who’s there? Ice. Ice who? Ice to see you, too!

What kind of beans won’t grow in the garden? Jelly beans.

That table was so rude! It said it couldn’t chair less!

I’m so unlucky, I get paper cuts from “get well” cards.

Nit: “What was the tow truck doing at the race track?”

Wit: “He was trying to pull a fast one.”

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Trivia answers:

Trivia answers:

  1. 1890 2. Southern Cross  3. Romania  4. Antarctica  5. Apricity

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