by Diana Filer

  1. “Toxic” is the OED’s word of 2018.
  2. There are 195 countries in the world today:  193 are in the United Nations and 2, the Holy See and Palestine, are not.
  3. Jeff Bezos, the founder of and currently the wealthiest person in the world, graduated from Princeton University with a degree in electrical engineering.
  4. A phylactery is a small leather box worn by Hebrew men at morning prayers.
  5. 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.