Color Insights (or not)

Truth be told–I am a blue lover, but so are 75% of other men !

 

Got a favorite color? Well, what does your favorite color say about you? Check this artistic infographic for answers and fascinating color facts. Important when choosing brand colors!

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From Garden Snips:

Garden Trivia

img_5671cdf41fae5After a long hiatus, the blog is alive and well! Today’s post is a little trivia about a plant that we can’t grow, but whose fruit we love: bananas.  The banana plant is the largest known plant without a solid trunk. Botanically it is not a fruit but a berry. If we do classify them as fruit, however, bananas are by weight the world’s second highest fruit crop, just ahead of grapes but behind oranges. They contain more vitamin B6 than any other fresh fruit. This is the vitamin most commonly associated with creating a good mood and may provide some justification for the Latin name for the banana, which is Musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men.”

  • India and Brazil produce more bananas than any other countries.
  • Elephants in Burma have been known to silence bells hung around their neck by clogging them with mud so they won’t be heard when stealing bananas.
  • In February 1946, a girl in Bridlington died after eating four bananas from among the first crop to reach Britain’s shops after the war.
  • 3 medium size bananas weigh approximately 1 pound.
  • A cluster of bananas is called a hand and consists of 10 to 20 bananas, which are known as fingers.
  • As bananas ripen, the starch in the fruit turns to sugar. Therefore, the riper the banana the sweeter it will taste.
  • Bananas are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber.
  • Bananas are America’s #1 fruit.
  • Bananas are available all year-round. They are harvested every day of the year.
  • Bananas are great for athletic and fitness activity because they replenish necessary carbohydrates, glycogen and body fluids burned during exercise.
  • Bananas have no fat, cholesterol or sodium.
  • Bananas were officially introduced to the American public at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Each banana was wrapped in foil and sold for 10 cents. Before that time, bananas came to America on the decks of sailing ships as sailors took a few stems home after traveling in the Caribbean.
  • In 2001, there were more than 300 banana-related accidents in Britain, most involving people slipping on skins.
  • In Eastern Africa you can buy banana beer. This beer is brewed from bananas.
  • Over 96% of American households purchase bananas at least once each month.
  • Some horticulturists suspect that the banana was the earth’s first fruit. Banana plants have been in cultivation since the time of recorded history. One of the first records of bananas dates back to Alexander the Great’s conquest of India where he first discovered bananas in 327 B.C.
  • The average American consumes over 28 pounds of bananas each year.
  • Mait Lepik won the first banana-eating championship in Estonia in 1997 by eating ten bananas in three minutes. His secret was to save time by eating the skins as well. (Ugh!) The world record for the most bananas eaten in one hour is eighty-one.
  • Bananas first went on sale in Britain on April 10, 1633. Three hundred and forty-seven years and one day later, Dr. Canaan Banana became President of Zimbabwe.

110 Good First Date Questions (That Also Work for Small Talk)

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Have you ever been stuck trying to think of good first date questions? Or maybe just stuck making small talk and run out of things to say?

I’ve compiled a list of what I think are some pretty good first date questions to get to know someone better. While some lists will have you asking your date about hypothetical situations (e.g., if you won the lottery tomorrow, what’s the first thing you’d buy), I think on a first date it’s better to stick to the basics.

What you’re trying to do is figure out if you’re compatible and have anything in common (at least that’s what you should be doing). Chemistry will only take you so far if you’re looking for a partner and not just a date, so at some point, you’ll want to take inventory of how much you overlap.

That doesn’t mean you have to both like cats, drink coffee, and enjoy long walks on the beach—in fact, it might get boring if you’re too much alike. It just means that you should be aware if there are things on which you don’t agree and figure out how much of a problem that could be down the road.

Of course, don’t become an interrogator and just keep asking questions. Pick 5 or so of your favorite, write them down, and keep them handy for when the conversation dries up.

  1. What ‘s your favorite hobby?
  2. What is your favorite book?
  3. What’s your favorite movie?
  4. What’s your favorite TV show?
  5. What’s your favorite music?
  6. What’s your favorite food?
  7. Do you have any pets?
  8. Do you have any siblings?
  9. Who is your favorite author?
  10. What’s your nickname?
  11. What countries have you visited?
  12. Where were you born?
  13. What sports do you play?
  14. What’s your favorite holiday?
  15. Do you have a favorite quote?
  16. Are you a morning person or night owl?
  17. What’s your favorite restaurant?
  18. Where do you work?
  19. Do you like your job?
  20. What’s your favorite vacation spot?
  21. Do you have any fears or phobias?
  22. What are your pet peeves?
  23. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
  24. What’s your favorite animal?
  25. Where’s one place you’d like to travel that you’ve never been?
  26. Are you messy or neat?
  27. Are you organized or disorganized?
  28. Do you prefer phone calls or texting?
  29. Do you have any tattoos?
  30. What’s your favorite song?
  31. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
  32. What’s your favorite snack food?
  33. What’s your favorite drink?
  34. Do you like amusement parks?
  35. Would you ever bungee jump?
  36. Are you a homebody or party animal?
  37. What’s your ideal job?
  38. What are you most proud of in your life?
  39. What’s the best advice anyone has given you?
  40. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
  41. Would you like to be famous?
  42. Do you like camping?
  43. Are there foods you don’t eat?
  44. What were you like as a kid?
  45. Who are the most important people in your life?
  46. What makes you laugh?
  47. Do you have any big dreams for the future?
  48. What do you do on the weekends?
  49. Where did you grow up?
  50. What was your family like growing up?
  51. What’s on your bucket list?
  52. Where did you go to school?
  53. What was your major?
  54. Where exactly do you live?
  55. Do you prefer coffee or tea?
  56. Do you follow celebrity gossip?
  57. Do you like to cook?
  58. When’s your birthday?
  59. Where feels like “home” to you?
  60. Do you like going to concerts?
  61. What do you like about your job?
  62. What don’t you like about your job?
  63. Are you close to your family?
  64. How did your parents meet?
  65. Where is your family from?
  66. Do you play any instruments?
  67. Do you have a favorite podcast?
  68. Do you have a favorite app?
  69. What’s your hidden talent?
  70. What’s the longest relationship you’ve been in?
  71. Are you into social media?
  72. What’s your biggest regret?
  73. What’s a problem you’re facing lately?
  74. What’s your typical day like?
  75. Have you been to Disney World?
  76. What’s something I wouldn’t guess about you?
  77. What’s the most spontaneous things you’ve ever done?
  78. What are your friends like?
  79. What makes you unique?
  80. How was your day?
  81. Do you collect anything?
  82. How do you feel about… [insert something you’re passionate about]?
  83. What are your political views?
  84. Who inspires you?
  85. Do you believe in ghosts?
  86. Do you prefer sweet or salty foods?
  87. What’s something you want to try but have been scared to?
  88. What’s a misconception people have about you?
  89. What makes someone attractive to you?
  90. Are you an optimist or pessimist?
  91. If you had one hour to live, what would you do?
  92. Who is your favorite celebrity?
  93. When is the last time you cried?
  94. What’s your favorite emoji?
  95. Have you ever broken a bone?
  96. What’s your favorite season?
  97. Do you prefer hot or cold weather?
  98. What do your parents do for work?
  99. Do you believe in aliens?
  100. Do you have a favorite sports team?
  101. What was your favorite subject in school?
  102. What’s the craziest event you’ve ever witnessed?
  103. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
  104. What’s your greatest strength?
  105. What’s your favorite color?
  106. What’s your favorite city?
  107. Do you have any vices?
  108. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  109. Have you ever had your heart broken?
  110. What’s your most irrational fear?

That’s it! Hopefully, you feel inspired by some of the questions to learn some things about your date.

https://www.aboutsocialanxiety.com/good-first-date-questions/

Conversation Questions: Movies

A Part of Conversation Questions for the ESL Classroom.

  • What is your all-time favorite movie?
  • What is your favorite movie?
  • Are there any kinds of movies you dislike?
    • If so, what kinds?
    • Why do you dislike them?
  • Do you like to watch horror movies?
  • Do you prefer fiction or nonfiction books? How about movies?
  • Do you usually watch movies at home or at a movie theater?
  • Have you ever seen the same movie more than once?
    • If yes, name it (or them).
  • Have you ever seen ___? (Insert the name of a movie.)
  • How often do you go to movies?
  • How often do you rent videos?
  • If a book has been made into a movie, which do you prefer to do first, see the movie or read the book? Why?
  • What do you think of people who talk during movies at a movie theater?
  • What is the best movie you have ever seen?
    • Who was in it?
    • Why did you like it?
    • Who was the director?
  • What is the scariest movies you have ever seen?
    • What’s the funniest?
    • What’s the most romantic?
  • What is the worst movie you’ve ever seen?
  • What was the last movie you saw?
    • Was it good?
    • Who did you see it with?
  • What’s the best movie you’ve ever seen?
  • Which do you like better, action movies or comedy movies?
  • What movie star would you most like to meet?
  • Who is your favorite actor or actress?
  • What do you think of reality shows?
  • Do you think that films can be educational?
  • Is there a movie you could watch over and over again?
  • Who’s your favorite director?
  • See any good movies lately?
  • How much does it cost to see a movie in your country?
  • Do you usually rent DVD’s or videos when you rent movies?
  • What’s one of your favorite movies?
    • What kind of movie is it?
    • Who’s in it?
    • Who directed it?
    • Why do you like it?
    • When did it come out?
    • Where was it filmed?
    • How many times have you seen it?
    • Would you recommend it? Why?
  • Do you think movies have been developing technology or technology has been developing movies?
  • What is the most horrible movie you have ever seen?
  • What kind of movie do you like?
  • How much do you spend to buy DVD movies?
  • Are addicted to watching movies?
  • Do you like to see a movie many times?
  • Would you like to be an actor/actress? Why or why not?
  • Do you think action movies are bad for children?
  • Which do you prefer, to watch movies or to read books?
  • How much money do you spend when you go to movies?
  • What do you prefer, animated movies or real movies?
  • What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
  • Do you think historical movies are educational?
  • Do you like documentaries?
  • Who is your favorite movie hero?
  • What do you think about comic books movies?
  • Can you remember the name of the first movie you saw that made you cry?
  • What is your favorite classical movie?
  • Which do you prefer, comedy movies or horror movies?
  • Have you ever watched a movie twice that you disliked?
  • Do you ever download bootleg movies?
  • In your country what common courtesies apply when watching a movie at the cinema?
  • Have you ever seen a movie in another country? Describe the experience.
  • What movie ratings are enforced in your country?
  • What does it mean if a movie “bombs”?
  • Are movie trailers common at the cinema in your country?
  • Do you like foreign films that are dubbed in your mother tongue or do you like watching the film in its original form?
  • What kind of movie would you like to star in? Why?
  • Do you think there should be more movies made in your country?
  • What is something that you have never seen happen in a movie?
  • What things happen too often in movies?
  • What is the name of a boring movie you have seen. Is there a way to make it better?
  • How would you make a really bad movie?
  • Which movie star do you think should die today?
  • Which movie star should live forever?
  • Which two movie stars would you like to have for your parents?
  • If a movie star wanted to marry you, would you divorce your spouse?
  • If you could be a movie bad guy, which one would you be?
  • Have you ever thought about what super powers you would like to have?
  • Which famous person would you like to have for a best friend?
  • How often would you go to the movie theater if you always had free tickets?
  • Which movie has the best story ? Tell me about it.
  • Which horror movie is the scariest? Why?
  • If they made a movie about your life, what kind of movie would it be?
  • Which actor or actress would be you in a movie about your life?
  • Do you want your children to be actors or actresses?
  • How would your life change if you could do TV commercials?
  • How would you like to clean house for a celebrity?
  • Would you let a movie crew film in your house?
  • Would you like to be a movie extra?
  • Do you think there is too much nudity in movies, or not enough?
  • Do you think there is too much violence in movies? Does it affect children?
  • Do you think a movie has to be expensive to make to become a blockbuster? Why?
  • Why do some people become famous and others don’t?
  • Would you rather be in a movie, or be given $500.000?
  • Would you like to be in a television drama?
  • What kind of character would you like to play in a television drama?
  • Would you be willing to be on a TV show in only your underwear
  • What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?
  • If someone were to make a movie about your life, what would you
  • want included? Include AT LEAST three points !
  • When there’s a new movie on and you are interested in it, do you usually go to the cinema to watch it or wait and see it on DVD?
  • What do you think about eating during movies at a movie theater?
  • What are the different types/genres of films you can watch?
  • Which ones do you like?
  • What kinds of books do you usually read?
  • Do you usually eat something while you are watching a film at the cinema?
  • Do you think that films should be more educational?
  • Do you prefer classic films or westerns?
  • Have you got a favorite?
  • Have you ever fallen asleep in the middle of a film? Why?
  • Do you remember which one it was?
  • Do you choose a film for the plot/story or the actors?
  • Do you usually choose which films to watch?
  • What is the longest film you’ve ever seen? How many hours was it?
  • Do you like animated films?
  • Have you seen any of the “Lord of the Rings” or “Harry Potter” films? Did you enjoy them?
  • Do you prefer watching films in their original version or in your mother language?
  • If you decide to rent a movie, how do you choose one?
  • Who chooses the programs the family watches together?
  • Who holds the remote in your family?
  • If two people want to watch different programs at the same time, how do you settle the problemShould you read the book before you see the movie?
  • Should some kinds of movies not be made?
  • Should children under the age of 10 be allowed to see horror movies?
  • What common courtesies apply when watching a movie at the cinema?
  • What kind of movie would you like to star in? Why?
  • Do you think there should be more movies made in your country?
  • What is something that you have never seen happen in a movie?
  • What things happen too often in movies?
  • Think of a boring movie you’ve seen. Is there a way to make it
  • better?
  • How would you make a really bad movie?
  • Which movie star do you think should die today?
  • Which movie star should live forever?
  • Which two movie stars would you like to have for parents?
  • If a movie star wanted to marry you, would you divorce your spouse?
  • If you could be a movie bad guy, which one would you be?
  • Have you ever thought about what super powers you’d like to have?
  • Which famous person would you like to have for a best friend?
  • How often would you go to the movie theater if you always had free tickets?
  • Which movie has the best story? Tell me about it.
  • Which horror movie is the scariest? Why?
  • Would you be willing to leave your country forever if you could be famous?
  • What are some problems that famous people have?
  • Would it be a problem if your sweetheart became famous but you didn’t?
  • If they made a movie about your life, what kind of movie would it be?
  • Which actor or actress would be you in a movie about your life?
  • Do you want your children to be actors or actresses?
  • How would your life change if you could do TV commercials?
  • Would you like to clean house for a celebrity?
  • Would you let a movie crew film in your house?
  • What kind or style of music would it be weird for your parents to listen to? Why?

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