French Vanilla and other French stuff.

The French are good at a lot of things, you know?

Bread, chocolate, art and literature, the Statue of Liberty (thanks, guys!), science (way to go Marie Curie!), the list goes on and on.

Where would we be without our French brothers and sisters? Not drinking pasteurized milk, watching movies, scuba diving, driving around on inflatable tires.

And, of course French vanilla, though French vanilla isn’t from France. (Most vanillas are named from their country of origin.) It’s a way the French made vanilla ice cream. Richer, caramelized, and with egg-based custards. Whatever the reason, again I thank France for their contribution to the wonderful taste of French vanilla.

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Where was ‘Leave it to Beaver’s’ hometown?

Do you remember Leave it to Beaver? The old classic television show featuring Theodore “the Beaver” Cleaver and his apparently perfect family?

The show took place in Mayfield, though it was never revealed which state.

In fact, there are at least 27 towns named ‘Mayfield’ across the U.S.

But Jerry Mathers, the actor who played the Beav, explained as an adult that they never specified a state because Mayfield was meant to be a symbol for anywhere and everywhere, so that every viewer could feel like this idyllic hometown life was right in their own backyard.

I like that idea. That there’s an idyllic hometown for everyone.

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The Color Blue — Who Knew?

An enormous portion of the world we see is blue, between the sky above us and the oceans and lakes that cover the earth. It’s no wonder that most people love blue.

But the thing about the ocean and sky is that the color can’t be bottled up—unlike flowers, rocks, and all the other things people historically used to make dye. The color blue is all around us, but for so long it was out of our reach.

Today, thanks to the modern science of dying things, we can all dress like queens and emperors every time we throw on a blue t-shirt!

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Flower Petals

Lovers scatter them and flower girls line wedding aisles with them, but beware, a stray flower petal could get you in big trouble.

One flower shop in England found themselves in court after a passerby slipped on a single fallen flower petal and sued for 1.5 million pounds!

Maybe you should think twice before scattering petals across the path of your beloved, you wouldn’t want to end up with a lawsuit!

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Groundhog Day, the Movie?

If you’ve seen Groundhog Day or 50 First Dates, you’re familiar with the idea of someone waking up to the same day over and over. If you could repeat your best day, which day would you choose to relive? A fun-filled day spent with your sweetheart or your favorite little ones? A rowdy road trip with your friends? Whatever your ideal day, go for it!

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Code Red!

Red is the power color.

Women with red lipstick get hit on more often than any other color. People using with red poker chips bet more. (Okay, maybe it’s not good to encourage even more gambling, but you get the idea.) Taekwondo competitors wear red win more bouts. Go figure. Do their red suits blind their opponents? Don’t know, but I do know that red velvet cake is only a chocolate cake with red food coloring dumped in. But, somehow, it’s better than other chocolate cakes. In the Native American color wheel, red is the power color, the color to wear heading into a scary situation.

I could go on forever but you get the idea. Red is great. Wonderful. Strong. Important. Wear red!

So why is red underrepresented in uniforms? You’d think that armies and police everywhere would dress their people in red to present a more powerful image but the only one that comes to mind at the moment I’m writing is the Canadian Mounties, and even they have downplayed red in recent years.

What gives, guys? Get with the program and think red! Wear red. Get out there and show the world how powerful you are!

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Creative People

When you hear someone say “it’s the closest thing to paradise,” they’re usually talking about a tropical island.

I get it. Who wouldn’t want to lounge on a white sand beach with warm turquoise water?

But creative people are not great at doing nothing all day long, so although it might sound tempting, I have a feeling you’d start to get bored if all you did was relax on the beach.

That’s why for creative types, paradise is more than just comfortable lounging; paradise for us has more to do with inspiration, time to create, and surrounding yourself with beautiful things

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Lazy People Invent Things Because …

Lech Walesa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, once said: “I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.” 

Call it laziness, creativity, or genius, whatever it is, I love finding tools that help me get things done in a smarter way. Such smart and lazy people have given the world inventions like a baby romper that dusts the floor while they crawl, glasses with mirrors arranged so that you can read a book in your lap even when you lie down flat, and suitcases that your kids can ride on through the airport like a scooter.

Most of the people I know, including me, can be classified as lazy and we all not only invent things to make life easier (if we are the inventive type), we appreciate anything someone else has already invented for us.

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