Categorie archief: Weekend thoughts

Before You

Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.

By William Arthur Wald

Italian Turtles

While I was in Italy I remember somehow I was thinking of this special unit of turtles I used to watch on television when I was a small(er) kid. This group of turtles have all these famous Italian names. It’s kind of funny. I had to look these turtles up on Wikipedia and introduce them to you. Cowabunga! The Ninja Turtles…

Leonardo (Leo) — The courageous leader and devoted student of martial arts, Leonardo wears a blue mask in some versions and wields two katana. He is the oldest of the four and the most skilled fighter of the turtles. Leonardo was named after the Italian polymath, scientist, engineer, inventor, anatomist, and painter, Leonardo da Vinci.
Michelangelo (Mike or Mikey) — Easy-going and free-spirited, Michelangelo wears an orange mask in some versions and wields a pair of nunchaku. Michelangelo provides much of the comic relief. While he loves to relax, this Turtle also has an adventurous and creative side. He’s something of the “surfer” boy, speaking usually in a Southern California accent. He is named after the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Donatello (Don or Donny) — The knowledgeable scientist, inventor, engineer, and technological genius, Donatello wears a purple mask in some versions and wields the bō staff. Donatello is perhaps the least violent Turtle, preferring to use his knowledge to solve conflicts. He is named after the sculptor Donatello.
Raphael (Raph) — The team’s bad boy, Raphael wears a red mask and wields a pair of sai. He has an aggressive nature and seldom hesitates to throw the first punch. He is an intense fighter. He would usually speak in a Brooklyn accent. His personality can be alternately fierce and sarcastic, and oftentimes delivers deadpan humor. Still, he is intensely loyal to his brothers and sensei. He is named after the Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, Raphael.
Oh, I don’t want to forget Splinter — The Turtles’ sensei and adoptive father, Splinter is a Japanese mutant rat who learned the ways of ninjutsu from his owner and master, Hamato Yoshi.

Fun to remember! Anyway. I guess these turtles prepared me for watching the A team.

Thinking outside of the box

Are you a creative thinker? Take this test:
1. How many sides does a house have?
2. If 1 is love and 2 is hate, what are 3 and 4?
3. What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?

Answers to the quiz:
1. Two sides. The inside and the outside.
2. Seven.
3. A towel!

Scoring: If you got all three right, you probably have way too much time on your hands…