Just sound it out, folks.

March 5 is World Read Aloud Day, an occasion meant to promote literacy across the globe.

Of course, reading aloud has a host of nifty benefits. The most obvious one is helping a child learn how to read. Bedtime stories allow parents quality screen-free time with their kids while honing the youngsters’ literacy skills.

But speaking the words as your eyes pass over them on the page is great for everyday adult use, too. It helps with remembering names, proofreading papers and nailing the bonus round clue on Wheel of Fortune.

So, go wild — announce to the world every phrase that comes into sight on Wednesday, from those on traffic signs, to the fine print on your insurance policy, to your friends' posts on your Facebook feed, to the adult novel you’re secretly penning while at the office. 

What’s there to lose? You know, other than friends, your job and your personal dignity.

Happy reading!

DayStarter Commute

GO Transit says there are no delays on its train and bus routes running in and out of Hamilton.

The Ontario Provincial Police are reporting the following collisions on Hamliton-area highways on Wednesday morning:

  • Toronto-bound QEW at Burlington St. on the left shoulder, no injuries — 9:30 a.m.
  • Off-ramp of Toronto-bound QEW at Jordan Road, no injuries — 7:35 a.m.
  • Toronto-bound QEW between Brant and Guelph Line, two vehicles on left shoulder, no injuries — 7:25 a.m.
  • Toronto-bound Hwy 403 before Waterdown Rd., three-vehicle collision blocking left lane, no injuries — 6:40 a.m.

Hamilton Daystarter, Weather

Clouds and a high of –6 C are in the forecast for Hamilton on Wednesday. Environment Canada says there will be a 60 per cent chance of flurries in the morning lasting into the early afternoon. However, there is a risk of snow squalls for the later afternoon, the agency warns.

After some overnight flurries, Thursday looks as though it will be calmer. Sunny skies and a high of –4 C is expected for the day.

And mercifully, temperatures this week are set to jut above the freezing mark, with a high of 3 C predicted for Friday. Could the worst be over?

DayStarter City News

How would you feel if the government sent you a cheque for one cent, made out to your son, who took his own life after a seven-month tour of duty in Afghanistan? Probably not too fantastic.

This happened to the family of Hamilton soldier Cpl. Justin Stark, who died inside the John V.C. Foote Armouries on James Street North in October 2011.

Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MP Wayne Marston rose in Question Period on Tuesday to ask the Conservative government how the error was made and what’s being done to ensure the blunder will never happen again.

Also on the site today: the cost to grow produce in southern Ontario greenhouses has skyrocketed this winter. Take one guess as to why. 

DayStarter Photo

Instagram user _lindamichelle snapped this moody shot of the detail on an old archway on James Street North. 

DayStarter internet

Great Scott! It was just too good to be true.

An online video was released Tuesday announcing the development of a real-life hoverboard, inspired by fictional floating skateboards that were imagined in the sci-fi cult classic Back to the Future II. The promotional clip even featured a dapper-looking Christopher Lloyd, who played eccentric scientist Dr. Emmett Brown in the BTTF flicks, and celebrity cameos from skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and musician Moby.

 

Inevitably, the video sparked speculation from critics who say the whole thing was a hoax. And according to a report from tech blog Mashable, they are almost certainly right. 

Here's a look at the 1989 chase scene that inspired the gag.