While I now live in Vancouver, BC with my wife of 48 years I received a Roman Catholic education at a boarding school in Austin, Texas, St. Edward’s High School in the mid 50. To this day I thrive in knowing facts that I jokingly call “useless”.

Cucumbris is one of the few words in the vocabulary (cucumber) from Punic times. The Romans defeated the Carthagenians. Had it been the other way around…

Tar sands (like the ones in Alberta) are also called bitumen sands or tar. Cleopatra convinced Marc Anthony to interce for her with Herod the Great to get exclusive rights to bitumen of Judea which was used to caulk wooden ships and make them seaworthy. Niepce who took the world’s first photograph coated a metal plate with bitumen of Judea before sticking on it a light sensitive salt.

The key to facts as I was taught by Brothers of Holy Cross in Austin (the same one at Indiana’s Notre Dame) is to associate. When you associate you remember. When you transfer facts from here to there you have an organic action that is good for memory and thinking.

Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

Vancouver BC

Into Bunny Watson. I am a Vancouver-based magazine photographer/writer. I have a popular daily blog which can be found at:http://t.co/yf6BbOIQ alexwh@telus.net

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