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Laugh-A-Bit with Tidbits Q: Where would you learn how to make ice cream? A: At Sundae school.

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Misc. ALFALFA SEED, Corn Seed, Grass Seed. Direct from farmer. Lowest prices. We deliver. Odermott Seed/ Matt, 208-3552261 or 208-739-2317. CASH FOR CARS. Any make, model and year! Free pick-up or tow. Call us at 1-800-3189942 and get an offer TODAY MINERS According to the CDC approximately 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise on the job and an additional 9 million are at risk for hearing loss from other agents such as solvents and metals. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is 100% preventable but once acquired, hearing loss may be permanent and irreversible. Do you have Noise Induced Hearing Loss? You insurance may be able to help! Call Brant Audiology Associates today at 307-473-5666 WANTS TO purchase minerals and other oil & gas interests. Send details P. O. Box 13557, Denver, Co 80201

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• In 1977, Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Company, made the following regrettable statement: “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” • Gross fact of the day: Half of the bacteria in the human mouth haven’t even been identified yet by science. • The drug Ivermectin is a broad-spectrum antiparasitic, used mainly to treat infestations of worms. The people who have been helped by this medication might be surprised to learn that the drug was developed through research spurred by a fungus found growing on the golf shoe of a botanist. • If you’re a centenarian, you might want to consider moving to New Mexico. In that state, there is a law declaring that everyone 100 and older is taxexempt. • Unless you were around on April 17, 1964, you may not be aware of the hullabaloo caused by the introduction of the Mustang. In Seattle, a truck driver was so distracted by a display of new Mustangs that he crashed his cement truck through the window of the dealership. In Chicago, so many people were

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TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Hormones Can Cause Female Facial Hair DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I’m a 26-year-old woman with an embarrassing problem. I’m growing a mustache. What causes this? I have started to shave, but I worry that shaving is going to make the hair grow faster and coarser. I see some hair on my breasts, too. What can I do about this? -- V.K. ANSWER: Hair growth in females in places where it should be found only in males is hirsutism (HERE-suitizm). Such areas include the skin above the upper lip, the chin, the chest,

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the thighs, the upper back and the abdomen. Hair in those places is sensitive to the action of male hormones. Common causes for such hair growth are idiopathic (a definite cause not found), menopause (when female hormone production dips) and polycystic ovary syndrome. Polycystic ovary syndrome is fairly common. Signs of it are a diminution or complete stoppage of menstrual periods, hirsutism, obesity and large ovaries with many cysts. One of the mechanisms responsible for some polycystic ovary symptoms is an overproduction of androgen -- male hormones. The unwanted pattern of hair growth stems from androgen excess. Idiopathic hirsutism -- hair growth without a cause found -- might be a mild form of polycystic ovary syndrome. That’s a popular theory expounded by many experts. Rarer causes of hirsutism include adrenal gland overactivity, tumors of the adrenal gland or ovary, pituitary gland tumors and some prescription medicines. You’re not going to solve this on your own. You need a doctor to evaluate your hormone status. The appropriate treatment hinges on finding a specific cause. When a cause cannot be found, shaving, electrolysis, depilatories (chemical hair removers) and laser treatments are options. Shaving doesn’t make hair grow faster or coarser. Vaniqa cream, a prescription item, gets rid of unwanted hair quite well. Birth-control pills work when a woman needs estrogen. Spironolactone, a water pill, can counter the influence of male hormones and is often useful. ••• DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What is the appropriate time interval for a repeat colonoscopy? I have different continued on next page


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information from doctors. I had my first colonoscopy when I was 51. The doctor who performed it said I didn’t need another until I was 61. A different doctor says I need a repeat at 56. Which is it? -- E.P. ANSWER: If no polyps were found on yo ur first exam and if you have no close relatives who have had colon cancer, then the usual time for the next exam is 10 years. Otherwise, it is five years. The booklet on colon cancer explains its detection and treatment. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 505W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the

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recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: This is a silly question, but I’d like to know: Why do men spit so much? Baseball players do it all the time. -- L.L. ANSWER: I don’t know. It might be a habit. Baseball players get dried out and their saliva thickens. That’s one reason they spit. Some chew tobacco. Another reason. •••

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Kid-Friendly Road Trips By Tresa Erickson

Now that fall has arrived, you may think that your vacation days are over, but they don't have to be. You can still take a road trip with the kids, and with some effort, you can make the time you spend with them in the vehicle en route to your destination memorable. Here's how. To ensure that everyone has a good time, take these steps: • Go in a roomy vehicle. There is nothing worse than traveling with several people in a tight space. Not only will your kids' feet

and legs start to cramp after a while, but by the end of your trip, their nerves will probably be frazzled, and yours, too. If your vehicle is small, borrow a larger one from a friend or family member or rent one. • Prepare for any health issues that may arise. Monitor your kids closely and watch for signs of illness, especially motion sickness. Pack medication for motion sickness and any other potential health problems. If your kid has asthma, for example, make sure you bring all of the supplies needed to deal with an attack. • Make comfort a priority. Bring pillows, blankets and anything else that will make your kids feel like they are at home. If they have a special stuffed animal that they like to sleep with, allow them to take it along. Napping in the vehicle will be much easier

July 11 - 17, 2013 for them with their favorite things. 19and • Provide plenty of activities. Bring along somePage games toys that your kids can play with in the vehicle that will keep them entertained for hours. If your vehicle has a DVD player, use it. If not, consider bringing along personal CD players or handheld video games. The more your kids have to do while traveling, the less likely they are to become bored and start asking you the infamous question, "Are we there yet?" • Turn the trip into a family affair. Give your kids a map of the route you are taking and have them mark off major landmarks as you pass them. This will enable them to know where they are at any given moment and how much farther they have to go, and put a stop to such questions to you. It will also keep them busy and teach them valuable map skills. • Pack lots of snacks. Kids get hungry while traveling. To avoid having to frequently stop at a gas station or restaurant, bring along a number of snacks, but watch the sugar. You don't want to have hyper kids. Fresh fruit, vegetables, raisins, juice and other healthy treats will appease hunger and please the tongue. To keep the vehicle clean, bring wipes for dirty hands and a bag for trash. • Stop occasionally. While there is no need to visit every town, you should stop from time to time to let your kids stretch their legs and expend some pent-up energy. Parks and rest areas are ideal for kids who need to cut loose and run around.

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friends, relatives and acquaintances of Sorenson died under mysterious circumstances. In 1925, Sorenson was arrested when she made an unsuccessful attempt at killing two children with poisoned cookies.

• On July 24, 1567, during her imprisonment at Lochleven Castle in Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots is forced to abdicate in favor of her 1-year-old son, later crowned King James VI of Scotland. In 1542, while just 6 days old, Mary had ascended to the Scottish throne upon the death of her father, King James V. • On July 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln informs his chief advisers and cabinet that he will issue a proclamation to free slaves, but that he will wait until the Union Army has achieved a substantial military victory. The Emancipation Proclamation had less to do with ending slavery than saving the crumbling union. • On July 23, 1918, Della Sorenson kills the first of her seven victims in Nebraska. Over the next seven years,

• On July 28, 1929, President John F. Kennedy’s wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, is born into a prominent New York family. In 1951, she began her first job as the Washington Times-Herald’s “Inquiring Camera Girl,” roaming the streets of Washington, D.C., and asking “man on the street” questions. • On July 26, 1943, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is born in Dartford, Kent, England. Michael Philip Jagger attended the London School of Economics, but left without graduating in order to pursue a career in music. • On July 25, 1978, Louise Joy Brown, the world’s first baby to be conceived via in vitro fertilization, is born in Manchester, England. In December 2006, Louise gave birth to a boy, Cameron John Mullinder, who was conceived naturally.

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• On July 27, 1996, in Atlanta, the XXVI Summer Olympiad is disrupted by the explosion of a nail-laden pipe bomb in Centennial Olympic Park. The bombing killed one and injured more than 100 others. Police were warned of the bombing in advance, but the bomb exploded before the anonymous caller said it would. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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temperature vinegar and lay it on the affected area for 15 minutes, then rinse. For the face, soak a cotton ball and lightly dab on • Sometimes a tip isn’t about saving burned areas. -- I.E. in California time or money, but about a cleaner, healthier solution to a problem. • Bug bites can be treated with Going green is a trend that’s here to banana peel. Use a small piece stay. And the wisdom of yesteryear of the peel laid white side down is popping up all over the place. For over the bite. Secure with a instance, want beautiful highlights? Band-Aid. Leave on at least five Get a lemon and get out in the sun. minutes. This works especially well Use the juice to dampen strands of for my kids, who seem to think it’s your hair, then as you are out in the fun. -- W.S. in Alabama sun, they will lighten -- no chemicals, • Old farm trick: “I keep a spray au natural! bottle of rubbing alcohol mixed • Sunburn can be soothed with with water on my garden cart. plain vinegar. For the back, arms If I think I got into some poison or legs, soak a washcloth in room ivy, I spray the skin area pretty thoroughly. It’s the oil in poison ivy that spreads the rash, and the alcohol stops it from spreading pretty well.” -- J.J. in Florida • Lush lips and lovely nailbeds are only as far away as your pantry. Use olive oil applied directly to lips and nails to moisturize. • Duct tape remedy for warts: “Cover wart completely with duct tape. Leave it on for six days. On day seven, remove the tape, soak the wart in warm water and use a pumice stone or emery board to rub the dead skin off. Repeat until it’s gone. No chemicals, and it takes about the same amount of time to work as expensive medicines you buy at the drugstore.” -- H.V. in Virginia Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@yahoo.com. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. In a large skillet sprayed with butter-flavored If the gardens in your area are anything like ours, then cooking spray, saute onion and zucchini for 5 minutes. zucchini is beginning to take over the world! This is one tasty Add mushroom soup, tomato sauce, water, mustard and way to begin to tame it. basil. Mix well to combine. Stir in macaroni and Cheddar cheese. 1/2 cup chopped onion 2. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until cheese 2 cups diced unpeeled zucchini melts and mixture is heated through, stirring occasionally. 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup Makes 4 (1 full cup) servings. • Each serving equals: 265 calories, 9g fat, 16g protein, 30g carb., 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce 984mg sodium, 3g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1 1/2 1/2 cup water Meat, 1 1/2 Vegetable. 1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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By Sam Mazzotta

Hot Cars: The Sequel DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I read in a column of yours that the inside of a car can heat up to more than 100 degrees even on a day that’s not too hot. I just don’t believe that, especially when the windows are cracked. The airflow from that can keep temperatures low. And can’t a dog just pant to cool off? -- Greg in Pittsburgh DEAR GREG: It’s true. On an 80 degree Fahrenheit day, the interior of a car can heat up to 109 F within 20 minutes, according to nonprofit RedRover. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward recently posted a video where he sat in a car with a thermometer and a timer for 30 minutes on a hot summer day -- with the windows cracked. For pet owners, the results are chilling (not in a good way). Watch the

video at http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/ watch/82689781/. Dogs pant to cool off because they don’t have sweat glands. Panting alone won’t displace the heat they have to deal with in an enclosed car. And their body temperature can rise dangerously in a short period of time. I wrote about this topic at the beginning of summer. But as we enter the hottest period of the season, I can’t repeat it enough. Don’t leave your pet in a parked car, not even for a few minutes. Not even with the windows cracked. Leave them at home in a comfortably cool area with plenty of water to drink. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner.com. Did you know mosquitos can transmit heartworm larvae to dogs, but fleas don’t? Find out more in my new book, “Fighting Fleas,” available now. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Volume 8, Week 27

July 11 - 17, 2013 THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta

Repair Instructions Aren’t Always Right

Q: My cousin often asks me to come over and help with various home-repair projects. The thing is, he isn’t particularly good at these various tasks, particularly plumbing, yet he won’t take advice. He just sticks to the instructions he downloads from the Web, without varying. How can I help him be a little more flexible in how he accomplishes jobs? I’m ready to just stop helping him. -- Barry in Oklahoma City A: It can be pretty difficult to convince a new DIY’er that the instructions for a project aren’t always exactly right. That might seem odd coming from a home-improvement column that offers advice on various projects, but real-life experience offers variables that written instructions can’t always predict. There’s a lot of ego wrapped up in fixing things yourself, especially when it’s on your own property. So being told you’re wrong about a repair step can be tough to process. What do I mean by instructions that aren’t always right? Well, instructions for many repairs are given as general instruction -- they don’t address specific brands or models, or the exact problem you’re facing. Take, for example, repairing a dripping faucet. There are plenty of instructions available to fix this problem on the most common types of faucets -- there is the basic compression faucet, but there are also ball, disc and cartridge types. And each manufacturer and model has slight differences -- sometimes it’s just chrome finish versus brushed steel, but others have unique peculiarities. What if, for example, there’s a problem with a cartridge-type faucet, but when your cousin follows repair directions exactly, the faucet doesn’t work? He’s got to look at other sources or listen to other advice. I’ll give you an example. My mother called a plumber to install a new cartridge-type faucet recently. She used to do this kind of improvement herself, but in the past few years has decided against complex DIY projects. The plumber installed the faucet, but was stumped as it was non-operational. What to do? My mother had already called the manufacturer and learned that the cartridge had to be installed in a specific sequence. Once she convinced the plumber to follow her initial instructions, the faucet worked perfectly.


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For my mother, tact wasn’t a big of a problem because the plumber was getting paid to do the job. For you, since your cousin is family, convincing him to do a job a bit differently from the instructions may take some work. Be patient, make recommendations calmly (like, “hey, why not try this?”) and don’t threaten to leave if he doesn’t follow your advice. If it’s too stressful to work with your cousin, and giving it one more try didn’t work, then perhaps it’s wiser to just make yourself unavailable for DIY jobs at his place.

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Appliance and part manufacturers often include customer-service numbers on product packaging. Before returning an item to the store because of a problem, contact the manufacturer to see if another solution is available. Send your questions or home tips to ask@thisisahammer.com. My new e-book, “101 Best © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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