by Diana Filer
- “Toxic” is the OED’s word of 2018.
- There are 195 countries in the world today: 193 are in the United Nations and 2, the Holy See and Palestine, are not.
- Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com and currently the wealthiest person in the world, graduated from Princeton University with a degree in electrical engineering.
- A phylactery is a small leather box worn by Hebrew men at morning prayers.
- Steve Fonyo who lost a leg to cancer, ran across Canada from east to west, also for cancer, following Terry Fox. He completed the run in 425 days.