Good student

By Carol Peim
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This month’s winner is CAROL PEIM, from Hendersonville, NC:

In March 2019 I was in Australia buying boulder opals. They are opals that are still encased in brown stone. I asked the owner of the store what the brown stone was called and she said, “Einstein.” I looked puzzled and asked why it was called that and she just said that that was its name.

When I went to another store and they asked if I knew what the brown stone around the opal was called, I proudly answered, “Einstein.”

She smiled and said, “Yes, that’s right, ironstone.”

Go figure accents.


Tell us about something humorous that happened to you while traveling outside the United States. There are no restrictions on length. ITN staff will choose each month’s winner, who will receive a free one-year subscription to ITN. Include your full mailing or billing address. Entries not chosen cannot be acknowledged.

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This month’s winner is CAROL PEIM, from Hendersonville, NC:

In March 2019 I was in Australia buying boulder opals. They are opals that are still encased in brown stone. I asked the owner of the store what the brown stone was called and she said, “Einstein.” I looked puzzled and asked why it was called that and she just said that that was its name.

When I went to another store and they asked if I knew what the brown stone around the opal was called, I proudly answered, “Einstein.”

She smiled and said, “Yes, that’s right, ironstone.”

Go figure accents.


Tell us about something humorous that happened to you while traveling outside the United States. There are no restrictions on length. ITN staff will choose each month’s winner, who will receive a free one-year subscription to ITN. Include your full mailing or billing address. Entries not chosen cannot be acknowledged.