Robert Orben

“Older people shouldn’t eat health food, they need all the preservatives they can get.”

Horseshoe Feet

How many feet separate the stakes in a game of horseshoes?

Ninety Mile Beach – 55 Miles Long!

Australia’s Ninety Mile Beach stretches from Ahipara to Scott Point in Northland, but it isn’t 90 miles (145 kilometres) long. It is actually only fifty five miles (just under 90 kilometres) long! So how did the name come about you ask!

Early missionaries to Australia traveled the beach by horseback. Not realizing horses move more slowly on sand, they thought their horses could go about 30 miles every day as they usually would on a regular road in those days. Since it took them about three days to get from one end of the beach to the other, they incorrectly assumed it was ninety miles long – and eventually gave it that name.

90 Miles?

How Long Is New Zealand’s Ninety Mile Beach?

Warren Buffett

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

Red Dawn

The first motion picture that was rated PG-13, was Red Dawn, which was released in 1984.

For those movie buffs who are also interested in military trivia, the only real military mission I could find with that name, was named and actually took place almost 20 years after the original movie was released.  The military operation by the United States that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003 was codenamed Operation Red Dawn.

Portugal’s Parliament Protects Remote Workers

Last Friday, stimulated by the realities of working during this COVID-19 pandemic and the concern over unequal access to technology, the Portuguese Parliament (formally, the  Assembleia da República or in English, the Assembly of the Republic), passed new amendments to Portugal”s labor laws intended to protect Portugal’s remote workforce.

In brief, the new laws (which apply to companies with ten or more employees) mean that:

  • Employers could face fines if they contact their employees outside work hours;
  • Employers are forbidden from monitoring workers’ productivity while they are working remotely;
  • Employees with children under the age of eight now have an explicit legal right to work at home – no longer requiring management approval; and
  • Employers are required to help defray some of the costs their employees face as a result of working remotely (e.g., Internet connectivity; electricity, gas) and when they do so, the employer can write the reimbursement off as a business expense.

The amendments also made an effort to tackle the isolation and loneliness that employees may feel working from home by expecting employers to make arrangements for in-person meetings at least once every two months.

The Portuguese Republic was one of the first nations to adopt temporary remote working regulations and these are now formally part of the labor laws that apply to the Portuguese workforce.

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Mark Twain

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”

Parental Guidance

Back in October, we asked you to name the only X-Rated movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture.  The answer: Midnight Cowboy!  Now can you name the first movie ever to be rated PG-13?