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    Fact of the Day - STREET NAMES Did you know... that In Nova Scotia, Canada, you can stand on the corner of "This Street" and "That Street." Drive down the highway in Nova Scotia, Canada, some 30 minutes northeast of Halifax, and you’ll run into a trio of odd street names. Just down the street from the Porters Lake Community Center, at the tip of a peninsula jutting out into nearby Porters Lake, are This Street, That Street, and The Other Street, obviously referencing the well-worn idiom “this, that, and the other.” Strange as these street names may seem, the 3,200 or so residents of Porters Lake would find common ground with Americans in Culver, Oregon, who named two of their streets “This Way Lane” and “That Way Lane.” (Meanwhile, in a somewhat similar vein, attendees of the Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo have to Abbott & Costello their way around What Stage, Which Stage, This Tent, That Tent, and The Other Tent.) Canada is known for places with unusual monikers. For example, in Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut, there’s a street called the “Road to Nowhere.” In Ottawa, there’s Scully Way and Mulder Avenue, a nod to the hit TV series X-Files; the neighborhood even held a block party for the show’s 20th anniversary in 2013. Also in the pop culture realm, the Alberta town of Vulcan leans heavily into its Star Trek connection with a visitor’s center that looks like a space station, and even received a visit from Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, who led a parade there in 2010. Then there’s Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Québec — reportedly the only town in the world with two exclamation points in its name. The reason for the exclamation points is far from clear, although by one (dubious) account the French trappers who founded the town exclaimed “Ha! Ha!” in joy when they discovered its beautiful scenery. Nova Scotia is home to the highest tides in the world. Not every tide is created equal. Take, for example, the Bay of Fundy, which separates the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Due to the bay’s funnel-esque shape and a geographical anomaly called “tidal resonance,” where a wave pushing in from the ocean to a bay takes the same amount of time to hit the farthest shore and return to the ocean as your typical tidal period (around 12.5 hours), the Bay of Fundy experiences extraordinary tidal extremes. Whereas your typical average for an ocean tidal range — the difference between low and high tide — is about 3 feet, in the Bay of Fundy the difference is upwards of 56 feet (and during storm surges, it can be even higher). Because of this enormous difference, more than 160 billion tons of water enter and exit the bay with every tide. That’s more flowing water than all the world’s freshwater rivers combined. (Interesting Facts) The Weirdest & Funniest Street Names In Canada That Are Totally Real by Colin Leggett | October 15, 2019 | December 20, 2021 Canada is a huge country with plenty of unique cities to visit. Of course, finding your way around a new city can be a bit difficult at first, especially if you don't know all the street names. Luckily, Canada's street names can often be pretty easy to remember, especially the ones that are so weird and hilarious, that it's kind of hard to miss them. There are streets all over the country with silly, weird, and downright strange names. Visitors to these places might even do a double-take at some of the oddly named roads where they find themselves. Canada has roads named after food, bands, and even nothing in particular. People who live in the towns with these roads probably wouldn't think twice about them, but the truth is that they are pretty strange. Imagine finding yourself on Ragged Ass Road, or Buttertubs Drive. You might start to wonder if you've fallen into the Bizarro version of Canada, but nope. You're still in the real world, and these streets are all a part of it. These are nine of the funniest, weirdest, and in one case, coolest street names from across the country! This Street, That Street, and The Other Street, Porters Lake, NS This is like the "Who's on First" of street names. There must be a lot of confusion when people get any of these addresses for the first time. "Where do you live?" "This Street." "The street we're on right now?" "No, I said I live on This Street, not this street!" "...What?" Queen's Bush Road, Wellesley, ON Wellesley may not be a well-known Ontario town, but it is home to one of the cheekiest street names that you'll ever see. If Queen's Bush Road doesn't get an immature giggle from you, we don't know what will! Buttertubs Drive, Nanaimo, BC It kind of makes sense that a town known for its own decadently sweet dessert might have a street named after tubs of butter, right? Ragged Ass Road, Yellowknife, NT We don't know how this street got such a colourful name, and frankly, we don't want to know. Road to Nowhere, Iqaluit, NU This street name is either kind of fantastical and charming or just really pessimistic, depending on what kind of mood you're in. The Tragically Hip Way, Kingston, ON While some people might think it's kind of funny to name a street after a band, they should understand that The Tragically Hip are beloved in their hometown of Kingston and across the country. The street name also serves as a special memorial to the late Gord Downie. Avenue Road, Toronto, ON Torontonians never think twice about how weirdly named Avenue Road really is. Yes, the Toronto street is well known, but what if it was called Street Road? This is basically the same! Ha Ha Creek Road, Wardner, BC This street just straight up tells you that it's funny. Who named it? Nelson from The Simpsons? Hill O' Chips, St John's, NL This street is just called Hill O' Chips. That's it. Not Hill O' Chips Street, Way, or Road. Just Hill O' Chips. Source: Unusual Street Names | Facts About Weird Canadian Street Names
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    What's the Word: HELIACAL pronunciation: [hə-LIH-ə-kəl] Part of speech: adjective Origin: Latin, 17th century Meaning: 1. Relating to or near the sun. Example: "The morning heliacal view is best seen on the beach." "The heliacal movements are more obvious in the fall and spring when the hours of daylight are changing dramatically." About Heliacal “Heliacal” is based on the English word “heliac,” meaning “pertaining to the sun.” This word is based on both the Latin “hēliacus,” and also the Greek “ἡλιακός,” both meaning “sun.” Did You Know? The astronomical expression “heliacal rising” refers to a star or planet coming into view in the east before sunrise, becoming a “morning star” before the sun comes into view. Prior to a heliacal rising, a star or planet has spent a season hidden behind the sun. In ancient Egypt, each summer’s heliacal rising of the star Sirius—the “Dog Star”—was an indicator the Nile would soon flood and nourish adjacent farmland to begin farming season. The English expression “the dog days of summer” refers to the idea that summer is at its hottest after Sirius’s heliacal rising.
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    Fact of the Day - THE RINGLING BROTHERS Did you know... The Big Top. Three rings of non-stop entertainment with trapeze artists, lion tamers, fire-eaters, acrobats, jugglers, knife throwers, and magicians. And of course, the clowns. Trained elephants and other exotic animals. A midway with shows promising sights never before seen by those who bought a ticket and went in to be entertained. The circus arrived in town by train, with gaudily painted and decorated cars carrying its performers and equipment. Watching the tents being erected using the power of the show’s elephants was part of the entertainment. For decades, one of the dreams of American children was to run away and join the circus. There were many traveling circuses in the United States, but the greatest and most famous of them all was the combined Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey, which somewhat immodestly billed itself as The Greatest Show on Earth. From 1871 to 2017 the circus crisscrossed the country, though over time the tents erected on the outskirts of town were replaced with performances inside America’s indoor arenas and showplaces. When it finally succumbed to the combined effects of high operating costs, the protests of animal rights activists, and competition from other forms of entertainment, it had awed audiences for nearly a century and a half. Here is its story. (Larry Holzwarth | June 21, 2019) Ringling Bros. Circus takes final bow: 10 unusual facts about the 'Greatest Show on Earth by Abigail Elise | May 20, 2017 The Ringling Bros. circus will close Sunday after nearly 150 years of operation, owner Feld Entertainment said in a press release. The Florida-based production company has owned the "greatest show on earth" since 1967. "After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey' will hold its final performances in May of this year," the company's CEO Kenneth Feld said in January. "Ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop. This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company." Here are 10 facts you may not know about the Ringling Bros. circus: 1. Ringling Brothers The Ringling brothers were born in Iowa and raised in Wisconsin. There were seven of them, and their original last name was "Rungeling." 2. First Performance The family's first performance was held in 1882 in Mazomanie, Wisconsin. It was dubbed the "Ringling Bros. Variety Performance." 3. Barnum and Bailey Five of the seven Ringling brothers purchased the Yankee Robinson Circus in May of 1884. This caught the attention of James Anthony Bailey, co-owner of Barnum and Bailey's Circus. Bailey met with the Ringlings and the competitors agreed to a division of areas. This prevented the Ringlings from performing at NYC's Madison Square Garden. Bailey died in 1905, and the brothers purchased the Barnum and Bailey's Circus two years later. 4. The Greatest Show on Earth The Ringlings ran the Barnum and Bailey's Circus and the Ringling Bros. Circus shows separately until 1919. 5. Merge of Two Great Circuses The brothers merged the two shows in March of 1919. Charles Edward Ringling and John Nicholas Ringling were the only two remaining family members of the five circus founders. They debuted the joint venture in New York City. 6. Charles Ringling John Ringling relocated the show's headquarters to Sarasota, Florida in 1927 after the death of his brother Charles in 1926. 7. Circus Fire The Hartford Circus Fire took place on July 6, 1944 in Hartford, Connecticut, one of the worst fires in US history. The cause of the blaze remains unknown, but approximately 167 people were killed and up to 700 injuries reported. 8. Feld Entertainment Feld Entertainment purchased the circus for $8 million with backing from Blum Capital founder Richard C. Blum in 1978. 9. Freak Shows Irvin Feld canceled the freak show portion of the circus because he didn't want to capitalize on exploiting others' appearances. He also made the performances more family-friendly. 10. The Elephants In 2015, Feld Entertainment announced it would phase it its elephant shows by 2018. The date was moved forward to May 2016. Source: Fascinating Facts About the Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey Circus | Facts About the Ringling Brothers
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    What's the Word: NOTIONATE pronunciation: [NO-shuh-nit] Part of speech: adjective Origin: English, 19th century Meaning: 1. Notional. Existing as or based on a suggestion, estimate, or theory; not existing in reality. 2. Given to fanciful thinking or exaggerated imagination. Example: "Elves, gnomes, and fairies are all notionate, but many people are fascinated by them." "My father claimed he’d been visited by gnomes, but he was a notionate fellow." About Notionate The term is a combination of the English word “notion,” from the Lation “nōtiō,” with the suffix “-ate,” with creates an adjective based on “notion.” Did You Know? “Notionate” has been overtaken in English by its synonym “notional,” and exists today mainly as a regional expression in the Southern U.S., Northern Ireland, and in Scotland. In nearly all contexts, the term has been used to describe a state of exaggerated imagination. For example, a person describing their grandfather as “old-fashioned and notionate” might be implying that the man is very superstitious and believes in ghosts, elves, or other notionate creatures.
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