Friday, January 31, 2020

Potpourri Day!

Today, loosely defining the word potpourri as a mixture of things, I share some interesting (hopefully) bits and pieces.

EWGS lost another long-time member. Mary Jean Freese was 87 when she passed away recently. Many remember working on various committees with this dedicated member.

For "only" $199 you can get a DNA kit for your dog which will "help you find his long lost relatives" (?????) but help identify breed-related diseases. I think for $199, Tika and I will take our chances.

Here is a puzzle from Ask Marilyn in the Sunday Parade magazine: what do this words have in common, other than having six letters:  abhors,  adopt,  almost,  begins, bijoux, biopsy,  chimps, chinos, chintz?

Got a question? Google has the answer! The above made me wonder if our ancestors enjoyed puzzles:  The first known published crossword puzzle was created by a journalist named Arthur Wynne from Liverpool, and he is usually credited as the inventor of the popular word game. December 21, 1913 was the date and it appeared in a Sunday newspaper, the New York World. 

Now we know. Here's the answer:  the letters in each word appear alphabetically. 

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