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SCORPIO: October 22-28 Wednesday, October 22
“Children are the most desirable opponents at Scrabble,” declares Scorpio author Fran Lebowitz, “as they are both easy to beat and fun to cheat.” I don’t wholeheartedly endorse that advice for you in the days ahead.
LIBRA: October 22-28 Wednesday, October 22
The average serving of pasta on a typical American’s plate is almost 480 percent bigger than what’s recommended as a healthy portion, says the research paper “The Contribution of Expanding Portion Sizes to the U.S. Obesity Epidemic,” by Lisa R. Young and Marion Nestle.
VIRGO: October 22-28 Wednesday, October 22
In the English-speaking world, a sundae is a luxurious dessert of ice cream topped with sweet treats like syrup, sprinkles and fruits. In Korea, a sundae is something very different. It’s a cow’s or pig’s intestines crammed with noodles, barley and pig’s blood. Next week, you’ll be faced with a decision that has metaphorical similarities to the choice between the two sundaes. Be sure you’re quite clear about the true nature of each.
LEO: October 22-28 Wednesday, October 22
What are the new whisperings in your head? Messages from an inner teacher? Beacons beamed back through time from Future You? Clues from your unconscious mind’s wise parts? Whatever they are, pay attention. These signals from the Great Beyond may not be clear yet, but if you’re patient, they eventually tell you how to take advantage of a big plot twist. A caveat: Don’t automatically believe every single thing the whisperings say. Their counsel may not be 100 percent accurate. Be receptive and discerning.
CANCER: October 22-28 Wednesday, October 22
Astronauts on the International Space Station never wash their underwear. They don’t have enough water to waste on that luxury. Instead, they fling the dirty laundry out into space. As it falls to Earth, it burns up in the atmosphere. I wish you had a bunch of amenities like that. If there was ever a time to be free from having to wash your underwear, make your bed, sweep the floor and do the dishes, it’s now.
GEMINI: October 22-28 Wednesday, October 22
You have two options. Be in denial about your real feelings, ignore what needs to be fixed and wait for trouble to find you. Or vow to be resilient, summon your feistiest curiosity and search for trouble. The difference between these two is dramatic. If you mope, sigh and hide, the messy trouble that arrives will be indigestible. But if you’re brave and proactive, the interesting trouble ultimately evolves into a blessing.
TAURUS: October 22-28 Wednesday, October 22
Businessman Warren Buffet is worth $65.5 billion, but regularly gives away 27 percent of his fortune to charity. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates owns $78 billion, and donates 36 percent. Then there’s the Walton family, owners of Walmart, where 100 million Americans shop weekly.
ZOMBIES ARE THE LIVING END! Wednesday, October 22
The Undead are always in season
ARIES: October 22-28 Wednesday, October 22
The driest place on Earth is the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. It gets about a half-inch of rain a year. Yet in 2011, archaeologists discovered it’s home to a site containing fossilized skeletons of several whales and other ancient sea creatures.
NOTW CLASSIC (November 2010) Wednesday, October 22
Sixty-two percent of the 12 million people of Mumbai, India, live in slums, but the city is also home to Mukesh Ambani’s 27-story private residence (60,000 square feet, 600 employees serving a family of five), reported to cost about $1 billion. According to an October (2010) New York Times item, there are “four-story hanging gardens,” “airborne swimming pools” and a room where “artificial weather” can be created.
 
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