April 2013 Monthly Conundrum

We started April with April Fools Day

It is worth noting that many different cultures have had days of foolishness around the start of April, give or take a couple of weeks. The Romans had a festival named Hilaria on March 25, rejoicing in the resurrection of Attis. The Hindu calendar has Holi, and the Jewish calendar has Purim. Perhaps there’s something about the time of year, with its turn from winter to spring, that lends itself to lighthearted celebrations.
If you took part in any acts of lighthearted, err foolish behaviour on the 1st of the month then give yourself a pat on the back. As long as no-one was fatally wounded or psychologically scarred then you have done yourself a huge favour.
Play is more than just fun there is a strong correlation between success and playful activity. It is a transformative force for empowerment. From play comes innovation and creative thinking. It enables you to be completely free, to be you at your most candid, to explore your vulnerability.
WACKY WORDS
Answers for March’s contribution to Wacky Words …… for you to discover the origin of the phrase ‘Mad as a Hatter’
Meaning
Completely mad. This is now commonly understood to mean crazy, although the original meaning is unclear and may have meant annoyed.
Origin
Mercury used to be used in the making of hats. This was known to have affected the nervous systems of hatters, causing them to tremble and appear insane.
Mercury poisoning is still known today as ‘Mad Hatter’s disease’. That could be enough to convince us that this is the source of the phrase.
Aprils Wacky Word
What does Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia mean..?                                                                                      

CREATIVE CONUNDRUM 
Answer to CREATIVE CONUNDRUM 4
ALBERT EINSTEIN’S RIDDLE
THE QUESTION: Who owns the fish?
ANSWER;    The German owns the fish.

CREATIVE CONUNDRUM 5                                                                                                                                                    What word connects with these three words; Cracker, Union, Rabbit

 Pithy Pondering
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare
As always I love to hear from you, and any comments, questions you may have.
All the best for the month of May
Jude
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