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The Conversation Starter: Five Things You Can Tell Your Friends About Today
February 13, 2013
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Ever have those moments when you're talking to someone, and you pretty much run out of things to say.

Well, we've got your back. Here's five things you can share with someone, that might start a conversation or save a dying one.

1 - Did you know this: Adolf Hitler used to have all of his food tasted before he ate it.

Hitler's last surviving food taster - 95-year-old Margot Woelk - shared some of the Fuhrer's dining secrets with The Telegraph.

She was one of dozen women who had to protect Hitler from potentially being poisoned.

Woelk said everything he ate was vegetarian, and it was all arranged on one plate, which is how it was served to him.


She told the paper: "Between 11 and 12 o'clock, we had to taste the food, and only after all of us had tried it was it driven to the headquarters by the SS."

"Of course I was afraid. If it had been poisoned I would not be here today. We were forced to eat it, we had no choice."

Via The Telegraph

2 - A bit of NHL history was made today. The Columbus Blue Jackets have hired the first European General Manager in league history.

He's Jarmo Kekalainen, the GM of Jokerit in Finland's top league. He was also the former director of amateur scouting with the St. Louis Blues from 2002 to 2010.


Via CBC Sports

3 - You've heard of cats hiding under the hood of a car in the winter? Well, how bout this. A woman in Miami spotted something in the grille of her vehicle.

A Great Horned Owl. Here's a report from CNN.

Somehow, the bird got stuck in there after being hit by the car, going 100km/h. It was night and the driver didn't know the bird was in the grille until the next day.

Vets say the owl is okay and will be released back into the wild.


4 - This one is perfect for a Canadian winter. has put together a handy guide on How To Walk On Ice Like A Penguin.

The chart pretty much explains it all.


Via Laughing Squid

5 - And how's this for terrifying. A guy in France, Frank Lecerf, was driving to the grocery store when his car jammed at 100 km/h.

Every time he tried to brake, the car just got faster, until it eventually hit 200 km/h and stayed there.

Lecerf had no choice but to keep going, as other cars swerved to get out the way and police gave chase.

He ended up 250 kilometres away from his home, across the border in Belgium, when he ran out of gas and crashed into a ditch.

"My life flashed before me," he told a French paper. "I just wanted it to stop."

Via The Guardian

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