Toady's tidbits for today / Don't skip breakfast! Start the day with some food for thought.
Words to keep
"Wrong opinions and practices gradually yield to fact and argument; but facts and arguments, to produce any effect on the mind, must be brought before it. Very few facts are able to tell their own story, without comments to bring out their meaning." —John Stuart Mill (On Liberty)
Pop culture eternal
In very old movies we rarely see or hear about real product brands, but in newer movies we often do. The makers of old movies were careful not to give any company "free advertising". So are the makers of new movies: they advertise products, but not for free. It's well known now that companies pay to have their drinks, cigarettes, or computers included in movie scenes. This is called product placement. When a character uses or mentions a familiar brand, it's not realism. It's a commercial.
Toady's teaser for today / Look tomorrow!
Q: What kind of entertainment is associated with the name Houdini?
Q: According to legend, what city was originally called Troia Nova ("New Troy") and was founded by descendants of Trojan exiles?
A: London. The city's legendary founder was the great-grandson of Aeneas. His name, Brutus, is said to be the origin of the name Britain.
Toady's triathlon for today /
Here are three quick exercises to get you going!
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