This week, we offer a smorgasbord of tips selected from the many "Tip of the Day" sites on the Web.
The dean of travel, Arthur Frommer, advises in a recent tip at http://www.fromers.com/tipoftheday that you can get great shopping bargains at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Ala.
Click on Gardening Tip of the Day at http://www.parkseed.com to find out, for example, that "Cantaloupes are ready to harvest when the stem slips easily from the melon with slight pressure."
For foodies, there is a kitchen tip at http://www.sargento.com/recipe/tip.jsp to remind you that dried pasta keeps for two months in the box but for as long as a year in an airtight container. Vegetarians can get a recipe a day at http://www.topica.com/lists/tipworld-vegetarianrecipes. And for decorating tips, go to http://www.decoratorsecrets.com/tip_of_the_day.asp, where you learn that a flat sheet with the corners knotted can make a spur-of-the-moment tablecloth.
If you plan to take the SAT, you can prepare a bit every day by going to http://www.powerprep.com/tipofday.shtml.
Health tips are at http://www.med.upenn.edu/upmc and at the American Dietetic Assn.'s site, at http://www.eatright.org/erm.html.
Golfers get two tip sites: http://sports.yahoo.com/pga/golftip.html and http://www.golfonline.com/instruction/tips. For bicyclists, there is http://www.bicycling.com/daily/tip, and scuba divers can swim on over to http://www.scubadiving.com/feature/tipoday.
On a more ethereal level, the meditation tip of the day is at http://www.deeshan.com, including, "Enlightenment, the only cruise you can book that doesn't cost anything (it costs everything)."
Back on Earth, there is the daily banjo tip at http://users.erinet.com/33224. Did you know a fanny pack filled with plastic bags makes the perfect perch for a banjo when you are playing and strolling?
Don't say you never learned anything from us.