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RESTAURANTS by Janet Spencer

About 95% of all households report that at least one family member had dined out in the last month. Come along with Tidbits as we eat out! THE RESTAURANT IS BORN • Until the mid-1700s there were no recognizable restaurants as such. There were inns, where lodgers were fed whatever was in the stew pot that night, and there were taverns where limited food played second fiddle to the drink, and there were places called “ordinaries” where a fixed menu was available at a fixed time for a fixed price. • In France, development of the restaurant was stymied by licensing laws. Only stewmakers were licensed to sell stew; only bakers were licensed to sell baked goods; only soupmakers were licensed to sell soup. • In 1765 a soupmaker named Boulanger decided to challenge the licensing system, so he offered his customers lamb’s feet in white sauce. The stewmakers took him to court. • The judge, however, decided that since lamb’s feet were not stewed meat, Boulanger was not breaking any laws. This was the first inroad into the world of restaurants. Boulanger hung a sign above his shop that read in French “Come to me all whose stomachs cry out and I shall restore you.” The French word for restore is “restaurabo” and gave us the word restaurant. Continued on Page 6


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Welcome to Platte County, Wyoming!

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Whether you’re here for vacation, looking to relocate, or just passing through, you’ll see that Platte County is a truly wonderful place to be. The Platte County Farmers Markets will be held every Saturday from 8:00 until 10:30 in the Pocket Park beginning this Saturday, July 13 through September 21st.

• On Sept. 14, 1901, U.S. President William McKinley dies after being shot twice by a deranged anarchist. One • bullet deflected off a suit button, but the other entered his stomach, passed through the kidneys and lodged in his back. When he was • operated on, doctors failed to find the bullet, and gangrene soon spread throughout his body. • On Sept. 15, 1935, German Jews are stripped of their citizenship, reducing them to mere “subjects” of the state. German Jews were excluded from a host of high-profile vocations, from public of- • fice to journalism, radio, theater, film and teaching — even farming. Jews found it difficult to buy food, as stores would not admit Jewish customers. • On Sept. 9, 1942, in the first and only air attack on the U.S. mainland in the war, a Japanese floatplane drops incendiary

bombs on Oregon’s Mount Emily, setting fire to a state forest. The president immediately called for a news blackout for the sake of morale. On Sept. 12, 1951, former middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Randy Turpin to win back the belt at the Polo Grounds in New York City. Robinson, a New York City native, had lost the belt to Turpin two months prior in Turpin’s native London. On Sept. 10, 1977, at Baumetes Prison in Marseille, France, Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant convicted of murder, becomes the last person executed by guillotine. In 1981, France abandoned the guillotine forever. On Sept. 13, 1989, Hurricane Hugo approaches the Leeward Islands. Over the next 12 days, the category 4 storm would kill 75 people from the island of Guadeloupe to South Carolina. The environmental toll in the Carolinas was severe, and one national forest lost about 70 percent of its trees. On Sept. 11, 1991, a Continental Express commuter plane crashes near Houston as it prepares to land, killing 14 people. Short of workers, an inspector had been drafted to assist the afternoon maintenance crew. The inspector worked on putting the screws on the plane’s horizontal stabilizer, but did not finish the job. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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The tradition of hunting on Wyoming’s public lands began more than a century ago and that tradition continues to thrive today. Many of Wyoming’s residents are avid hunters who enjoy sharing the experience with family and friends. In addition, people from across the country travel to Wyoming each fall to experience the thrill of hunting Wyoming’s big game species. License applications may be submitted singly or in party groups of 2 to 6 people. The legal age for hunting big game is 12. A hunter safety card is required by law for anyone born after January 1, 1966. Out of state hunter safety cards are honored. The card must be in hunter’s possession at all times. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department Regulations are revised periodically and hunters are encouraged to check for updates on a regular basis. Future season dates may change from year to year, so plan far in advance. Visit www.wgfd.wyo.gov for more information.

Wyoming’s Top Ten Hunting Violations

visible external sex organs, head or antlers shall accompany the animal as a whole.

HUNTING IN THE WRONG AREA For example, a general license is only valid in general license areas and cannot be legally used in limited quota areas. A limited quota license is only valid for the area or areas listed and no others.

HUNTING WITHOUT HUNTER EDUCATION SHOOTING FROM A PUBLIC ROAD It is illegal to shoot from or across a public road when hunting or target shooting. Twotrack roads on public lands are not public roads. The road surface, the area between the fences on fenced public road or highway and an area thirty feet perpendicular to the edge of the road surface on an unfenced public road or highway shall be considered public road or highway.

FAILURE TO RETAIN TAGGING EVIDENCE OF VIOLATIONS GENDER ON A These violations range from forgetting to sign BIG GAME your license in the excitement of having just ANIMAL bagged a big game animal to a “slick license” where the hunter intentionally omits all the tagging procedure with the hope of using the license again. Hunters are reminded detailed tagging instructions are printed on each big game license.

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Some licenses and hunt areas require a specific gender be harvested. When there are gender restrictions, either the

Wyoming law requires all hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1966 to have passed a certified hunter education course. Hunters must carry their hunter education card with them.

FALSE OATH When a non-resident purchases resident licenses or a person purchases resident licenses without having resided in and been domiciled in the state for one full year immediately preceding the date of purchase of the license.


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TRESPASSING Hunters must have permission to enter private land in Wyoming, even if the intent is to just cross the private land to reach public land. In Wyoming, private property does not have to be posted to deny access.

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ming has a flexible hunter orange law compared to many states. In Wyoming, hunters must visibly wear a fluorescent orange vest/coat, hat or both.

FAILURE TO PURCHASE C O N S E R VA TION STAMP

In addition to the license, all hunters, exShooting an animal and leaving it to waste. cept Pioneer License The most common occurrence of this is a holders who are exerhunter who “high grades� or abandons a big cising hunting or fishgame animal wanting one with larger antlers. ing privileges under a pioneer license, must purchase a $12.50 FAILURE TO WEAR Conservatio n Stamp. FLOURESCENT ORANGE If the pioneer is hunting on a non-pioneer For whatever reason, some big game hunters license, a conservation still refuse to wear fluorescent orange. Wyo- stamp is required.

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INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW:

• Hunter Safety: : If you are going to hunt with us and your age requires a hunters safety course Please be aware you must carry valid proof of completing this course before going afield. You will be required to take a safety course if you were born after Jan. 1st 1966. If you are in need of this course please contact your local Department of Natural Resources(or equivalent) for available classes and locations. • Safety Orange: Big Game hunters in Wyoming must wear, in a visible manner, one or more exterior garments of hunter orange, from the waist up

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RESTAURANTS(continued): FAST FACTS • August is the busiest month of the year for America’s restaurants. A typical family of four will spend more than $200 in various eating establishments in August. • The United States now has over 250,000 restaurants, of which more than a third are franchises. The franchises account for more than 40% of all the income for restaurants. • Americans are dining out even more often than at any previous time in our history. A survey showed that 99.4% of people who were under 30 years old typically eat out about once a week. Of the over 65 group, 87.9% had eaten out in the previous week. The survey also showed that 39.7% of all meals eaten away from home were served by a fast food outlet while only 6% of the meals were consumed at full service restaurants. • Another survey concluded that 56% of adults eat out at a sit-down restaurant at least once a week. 7% of people eat out almost daily • Each American eats almost 30 lbs. (13 kg) of hamburgers each year. McDonalds, the single largest chain of restaurants in the world, serves up 2,250 head of cattle per day. McDonalds has surpassed the Army as the biggest supplier of meals as well as the biggest employer of young people. • The following dishes are the most frequently ordered by people dining out: chicken; roast beef; spaghetti; turkey; ham; shrimp; stew; meatloaf; fish; macaroni & cheese. YOU BE THE JUDGE • When a food critic reviewed a restaurant, he used phrases like “a ghastly concoction” and “pretentious failures” and “green plague” and “yellow death.” The restaurant owner sued for $2 million in damages claiming that the reviewer ruined his reputation and humiliated him. If you were the judge, how would you rule? • The courts said the review was “degrading, malicious, and unprovoked” but that it still expressed the writer’s opinion which was protected by the Constitution. UNUSUAL RESTAURANTS • A restaurant in Washington, D.C. opened in 1992, specializing in insect dishes. They served mealworm wontons, cricket meatloaf, candied mealworm, and cricket popcorn. Chef Mark Nevin claimed he went through some 20,000 mealworms and 8,000 crickets every two weeks. All of his dishes contained insects that had been ground into flour or paste and no recognizable bugs or bug parts showed up in the fare. • George Pappavlahodimitrakopoulous owned a restaurant in Lansing, Michigan in 1961. He said he’d give a free meal to

anyone who could pronounce his name correctly. • When Gordon and Jasmine Geisbrecht decided to open a new restaurant in Winnipeg in 1986, they wanted to make it really different. They decided to make toilets the theme of the restaurant. Called “The Outhouse,” toilet bowls were placed here and there in the decorating scheme, and menus featured a toilet bowl logo. Ironically enough, health inspectors suspended their license when it was found that their restroom facilities were inadequate. ANTICS & ANECDOTES • A homeless man paying for his meal in Salt Lake City apologized for not tipping, saying, “I’m going to go rob a bank and I’ll be back.” He walked across the street, relieved First Interstate Bank of $1,200, and was arrested at the restaurant after leaving a $2 tip. • At the New House Hotel in Wales, Chef Albert Grabham decided to hide the restaurant’s New Year’s Eve earnings in the oven. He forgot about it until he lit the oven to prepare New Year’s Day lunch. ANTICS & ANECDOTES • Timothy George was a busboy at a restaurant in California in 1982. When a customer was robbed in a restroom, Tim chased and captured the mugger, retrieving the stolen items. When he returned work, he was fired. Why? For leaving work… and for fighting. • In 1964, Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of President Johnson, was traveling from Cleveland to Washington, DC. Her secretary called ahead to a Howard Johnson’s restaurant to make reservations for Mrs. Johnson and her party. After they had eaten and left, a reporter interviewed the waitress. “How did it feel to serve Mrs. Johnson?” “I was pretty nervous,” replied the waitress. “Have you ever met a first lady before?” inquired the reporter. “First Lady?” cried the waitress. “That was Mrs. Lyndon Johnson? I thought it was Mrs. Howard Johnson!” • Entertainer George Jessel once arrived for dinner at the prestigious Stork Club with the talented black actress Lena Horne as his companion. The Club had a “whites only” policy and the restaurant owner pretended that all the tables were

filled. “Who made the reservations?” he asked as he looked over the reservation book. George Jessel leaned forward and said, “Abraham Lincoln!” The couple was seated. • Musician Gerald Berners was listening to a high-toned woman of his acquaintance as she complained about a local restaurant. She was upset because the head waiter had refused to seat her and her husband immediately. “Why,” she exclaimed, “We had to tell him who we were!” Gerald inquired politely, “And who were you?” • Dining with friends at a fancy restaurant, Dorothy Parker rose and excused herself saying, “Excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom.” She paused a moment, then added, “I really have to use the telephone, but I’m too embarrassed to say so.” Women In History: JUANITA MUSSON • Juanita Musson was an extraordinary woman who ran restaurants in California from 1954 until she retired in 1984. Continued on Page 7


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She was a large woman whose girth was underscored by her favorite garb, a muumuu, which also served to emphasize her colorful personality. She was born Juanita Hudspeth in Texas in 1923. She married a soldier named Richard Musson in 1944, following him to his station at the Presidio in San Francisco. Although they were later divorced, she remained in California for the rest of her life, running one restaurant after another, each one more unique than the rest. She started out with a place she called Juanita’s Gallery, a rowdy dive that occupied a former bait shop in Sausalito. Later she moved the restaurant into the decrepit remains of a paddlewheel boat. A columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle discovered her quirky restaurant and wrote about it in the paper, which brought comics, entertainers, and other celebrities flocking to the joint following their late night performances in San Francisco. “She was something else,” Tommy Smothers said of her. “She was the most intimidating personality,” Smothers said, while also describing her as charming, fiery and fearless. Over the years she ended up running eleven different restaurants. She often lost them due to tax problems or health department violations, and more than one of them burned down. She always found a way to move on. For many years she ran an eatery in and old gas station in the town of El Verano. Patrons coming to dine might run into her pet fawn Sissy, a pig named Erica, a monkey named Beauregard, as well as various ducks, cats, dogs, goats. Some people claim she was more into restRANT-eering than restauranteering, and she was never shy about letting the language fly when things displeased her. If she got your order wrong and you complained about it, she’d scream at the top of her lungs, “Eat it or wear it!” and she was by no means above dumping a plate full of food into someone’s lap if they irritated her. The house rules were printed on the checks: Pour your own coffee. Write your own order. Bus your own table. There were boxes to check whether you wanted slow service, didn’t care about the speed of the service, or were in a great big rush. Those in the know knew better than to check that last box. A sign was prominently posted: “Our food is guaranteed—but not the disposition of the cook.” There was the occasional riot, which was always taken in stride.

• The decor at Juanita’s was unusual to say the least. One reporter described it as “Grand Rapids Grotesque.” Decorations included Chinese gongs, dentist chairs, fake palm trees, baby scales, and stuffed alligators. A headless mannequin in a seductive gown lounged on a waiting room couch, and after-dinner mints were served from a bedpan. She used anything that resembled a dish for serving food, including a turkey served in an oval enamel baby’s bath pan. When the restaurant was full, she’d feed the overflow crowd in the parking lot on make-shift picnic tables fashioned from old doors and sawhorses. • She was such an unusual local character that two books were written about her. “Juanita: The Madcap Adventures of a Legendary Restaurateur” and “Juanita’s Eat it and Wear It Cookbook.” When she died at the age of 87 following a stroke, all of southern California mourned her passing. WORD ORIGINS • In Greek, gastro means stomach and nomia means law: gastronomic = the law of the stomach. • In France, grourmet meant a groom for the horses. Later it came to mean any servant. Some servants were wine-tasters; some were connoisseurs of food. Eventually the word came to mean one who is well studied in fine foods— a gourmet. • The Middle Dutch word snacken meant to snap at a thing, such as a dog snaps at a morsel of food tossed its way. Today the English version of the word is snack. • The French word bancus meant little bench, such as one would sit on during a banquet. FOODS NAMED AFTER PEOPLE • Prince Charles Phillipe de Condé, grandnephew of Louis XIII, King of France in the 1600s, had a sweet tooth. He wouldn’t eat anything that wasn’t sweet. A chef made up a glaze made of sugar, egg whites, and nuts. Poured over meats and vegetables, Prince Condé finally ate stuff that was good for him. The glaze was named after Condé, and the word came to mean anything sweet: candy. • Samuel Benedict was a famous playboy. After a night of partying in 1894, he went into the kitchens at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and made himself breakfast. It consisted of two poached eggs on top of bacon on top of buttered toast with Hollandaise sauce poured over all. The chef was so impressed that the Waldorf added it to the menu and named it after the inventor: eggs benedict. • Ancel Keys worked at Mayo Clinic in Min-

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nesota. He invented a nutritious food that soldiers in the field could eat. It was named after the man who invented it: K-rations. EATING YOUR WORDS In French, hors means outside and oeuvres eans the works: literally ‘apart from the main work.’ The Latin word salsus meaning salted gives us our salad. Cole slaw is a salad which comes from the Dutch terms koolsa meaning cabbage, and sla meaning salad. The French word for head, caboch, gave us our cabbage. Spago is the Italian word for little cord: spaghetti. The cantaloupe was first grown in Cantalupo, Italy, and brussels sprouts come from Brussels, Belgium. Gelatin, Jello, and jelly come from the Latin word gelo meaning to congeal. Desservir is French for clear away, and that’s what you do before dessert is served. If you have some tutti-frutti for dessert, you’re eating an Italian word meaning ‘all fruits.’ If you have some chocolate, you’ll be using a

Mexican-Indian work for bitter water, chocolatl. And if your family is giving you heat over the number of calories you’re consuming, well, calorie is Latin for heat. FAST FACTS • Peanuts are known as goobers because the African word for peanut is nguba. • The old French word moisseron was mispronounced by the English and became mushroom. • The German word knappen means ‘to eat’ and a knappensack was a sack holding things to eat: a knapsack. • The Peruvian word charqui meant meat that had been cut in strips and hung out to dry. Today we call it jerky. • In Old English, grappe meant a cluster of fruit growing together, and grape was the hook that they were gathered with. Today, grape means the fruit itself, and grapple means struggling with a problem much as a harvester struggles with a hook.


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GLENRO CK HAPPENINGS ATTRACTIONS

Rock In The Glen Deer Creek Station Emigrant Crossing Mormon Mines A.H. Unthank Grave Brigham Young Mail Station

Deer Creek Museum Paleontological Museum Parker-Ringo Grave ADA Magill Grave Hayden Pioneer Monument

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This week we offer a hodgepodge of tips. Here’s one of my favorites: • Use kitchen tongs to retrieve an item that’s stuck behind a heavy piece of furniture. It is much easier than trying to move the couch. — JoAnn • “To save money on going out to eat, we purchase gift cards at the local warehouse club we belong to. It’s usually 10 percent or 15 percent below face value, but that helps with the tip and tax.” — E.S. in Missouri • “Old suitcases (hardsided ones) are really fun holders for craft supplies. You can use hook and loop tape to secure smaller containers to the inside lining. This has worked well for my scrapbooking supplies. They are easy to carry from room to room.” — L.A. in Georgia • If you have too many suds in the sink (or the tub), try pouring salt on the suds. They die down and can be washed away without creating more suds. • “We attached an over-the-door plastic shoe organizer to the back of our pantry door. The slots that are reachable by the kids hold

Camping With Pets DEAR PAW’S CORNER: We’re planning a multi-family, end-ofsummer camping trip and would like to bring our two dogs, Reilly and Quark. Our worry is that there will be several kids of various ages on the trip. Will our dogs be able to coexist with so many strange people? — Bill and Stacy, Boulder, Colo. DEAR BILL AND STACY: Bringing pets along on a camping trip can be a lot of fun, and the dogs could have a blast, but if it’s your first such trip, those are good questions to ask. How well socialized are your dogs? Are they accustomed to interacting with other dogs and with new people? Have they spent much time around children? If you’re not sure, it’s time to take them to the dog park or on a scheduled play date with other dogs to begin socializing them. You also need to ask questions of your fellow campers. How do they feel about the

dogs coming along? Are any of them, or any of their kids, afraid of dogs? Finally, you need to find out about the campsite. Does it have regulations concerning pets, such as requiring them to be on a leash in certain areas? Does it allow them at all? (Some don’t, for various reasons.) If you have doubts about your dogs’ ability to handle lots of attention from a group of new humans, it may be best to leave them with a caretaker during this particular camping trip. Plan a camping trip just for yourselves and your dogs in the near future, to get them and you accustomed to the unique experience of camping together. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner.com. Did you know mosquitoes can transmit heartworm larvae to dogs, but fleas don’t? Find out more in my new book “Fighting Fleas,” available now on Amazon. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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healthy, • single-serving snacks for the morning, to include in lunches or for afterschool snacking. It’s easy and the kids have choices!” — M.M. in West Virginia • Trying to lose weight? Many of us eat portions that are waaaaay too big. Try using a smaller plate, or one with a border around it. Studies show that people who do so serve themselves less food and still feel satisfied. 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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Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. — Benjamin Franklin

Nobody Loves a Wart DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My 13- year-old son has a wart on his hand. In fact, he has two of them. They don’t bother him, but they bother me. If you neglect them, will they go away on their own? I’m not sure we can handle a doctor’s bill right now. How else can we get rid of them on the cheap? I’d like to find and grab by the neck whoever gave him these warts. — R.R. ANSWER: Don’t bother looking for the person who passed the wart virus to your son. You’ll never find him or her. For one, some infected people show no signs of a wart, yet they can pass the virus to others. For two, the incubation period for a wart is two to six months. Do you think your son remembers who touched him six months ago? The human papillomavirus is the cause of warts. More than 150 different varieties exist. Some warts are dangers to health. The ones that cause cervical cancer are examples, but that’s a topic for another day. The ordinary wart is passed by skin-toskin contact. Your son ought to make an effort not to touch the wart to other parts of his body. He can transfer the virus in that way. It’s OK to leave the warts alone. They disappear two out of three times,

but their disappearance can take as long as two years. For home wart treatment, you’ll find many wart removers on the counters of your local drugstores. DuoPlant, Compound W and Wart-Off are but a few names. Follow bottle directions carefully. Duct tape — the duct tape found in hardware stores — has a mixed record as a wart remover. Apply tape to the warts and leave it in place for six days. You don’t need a huge amount of tape, just enough to cover the wart. On day six, remove the tape and have your son soak his hand in warm water. Then, with an emery board or pumice stone — both drugstore items — lightly rub the warts to remove as much of them as you can. Reserve these devices for wart treatment only. On day seven, reapply the duct tape. Continue the ritual, if need be, for eight weeks. If it hasn’t worked by then, it’s not going to. The booklet on Pap smears discusses the relationship between genital warts and cervical cancer. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue — No. 1102W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow three to four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: This year I have had two cortisone shots into both knees for arthritis. It works wonders for me. I can tell it’s wearing off in three to four months. I’m concerned about overdosing on cortisone. How many shots are safe? — B.K. ANSWER: Three to four cortisone shots a year are safe, and two years of such treatments also are safe. The amount of cortisone

you’re getting is not enough to upset your blood sugar, raise your blood pressure or increase your susceptibility to infections. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. © 2013 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved


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stove in a horse-drawn wagon and began roaming the streets late at night, selling sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs and coffee. His success spurred imitators, and soon the city was teeming with the “afterhours lunchwagons.” • It was noted American author Ambrose Bierce (sometimes known as “Bitter Bierce” for his acerbic wit) who made the following sage observation: “It is by the goodness of God that we have in our country three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and the prudence never to practice either.” • Did you ever wonder why pirates often had pierced ears? It seems that the belief at *** the time was that wearing an earring im- Thought for the Day: “I have come proved eyesight. to believe that the whole world is • You might be surprised to an enigma, a harmless enigma that learn that there is a world reis made terrible by our own mad cord for the tallest recorded attempt to interpret it as though it hairdo. Even more surprising is had an underlying truth.” — Umthe fact that the recordholder’s berto Eco beehive measured a whopping © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. 6 feet, 6 inches tall. • Food trucks are rapidly gaining popularity all over the country, both at fairs and at stand-alone food-truck bazaars. You might be surprised to learn that the origin of the food truck goes all the way back to 1872. At that time, in Providence, R.I., all the restaurants closed at 8 every night, leaving factory workers who got off late without a place to eat. At the time, a man named Walter Scott (obviously not Sir Walter Scott) was working as a pushcart peddler, selling odds and ends out of a glorified wheelbarrow. Like a true American entrepreneur, Scott saw a need and moved to fill it. He put a small

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