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HOSPITAL TRIPS

by Janet Spencer 67% of the sickness treated are preventable. According to the National Institute of Medicine, 50% of the deaths today from the 10 leading causes of death can be traced to lifestyle. Come along with Tidbits as we visit the hospital. Antics & Anecdotes • On Nov. 9, 1965, a backup relay on one of the five main transmission lines failed at a station near Toronto. The electrical load shifted to the other four lines, which then became overloaded and shut down. Within minutes, power plants in Canada, New York, and most of New England were out of service, putting 30 million people in the dark. In some areas, power was not restored for more than 12 hours. Nine months later, hospitals in the area noted a distinct increase in the number of babies born. • Janos Pek of Hungary had been confined to a hospital bed for 11 years after an accident left him paralyzed and mute. In 1975, he was listening to the opening game of the soccer season on the radio. When the announcer described the tripping of a player of Pek’s favorite team, Pek shouted, “Penalty!” It was the first word he had spoken in over a decade. Though he remained paralyzed, he spoke normally afterwards. Incidentally, Pek’s team won the game.

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“BUCKLES, BOOTS & BLUE RIBBONS!” WYOMING’S 101ST STATE FAIR

ENTERTAINMENT and EVENTS SCHEDULE FOR 2013

THURSDAY, JULY 25

Open Class Livestock Entries Due

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8

1:00 P.M. — Animal Health Inspection Begins 5:00 P.M. — Youth Horse Show Entries Due

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9

7:30 A.M. Ft. Fetterman Remount Horse Sale Preview 8:00 A.M. — Wyoming Stock Dog Cattle Trials. (Ford Grandstand Arena) 1:00 P.M. — Begin arrival of Quarter Horses 2:00 P.M. Ft. Fetterman Remount Horse Sale. (Pepsi Equine Center)

MONDAY, AUGUST 12

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

5:00 P.M. — CRABTREE CARNIVAL OPENS 7:00 A.M. to — Complimentary Guest Admission 6:00 P.M. 7:00 A.M. — Youth Horse Show check-in 8:00 A.M. — 4-H Dog Show Check-In (Horse Arenas) — Youth Rabbit Show Check-In (Event Tent) 8:00 A.M. — Open Culinary judging (Ft. Reno, lower level) — Open Needlework judging (Ag Hall, upper level) (Limited Access due to judging) 8:00 A.M. — Youth Exhibit Buildings open to receive entries to 5:00 P.M. (Access Limited for the Public: Ft. Reno, Ft. Steele, Ft. Caspar and Ft. Fetterman) 9:00 A.M. — 4-H Dog Shows and Showmanship Contest (Horse Arenas) Youth Rabbit Showmanship followed by Youth Rabbit Show (Event Tent) 10:00 A.M. — OPENING CEREMONIES(Pathway to Water Quality) Question: Do you — Crafted Arts judging (Upper Ag) — Open Floriculture judging -(Ft. Reno lower level) know what kind of — Open Fine Arts judging (Ft. Fetterman) horse it is that only — 4-H Clothing judging begins (Ft. Caspar) comes out at night? — FFA Exhibit Building open to receive entries. Answer on page 9 (Ft. Laramie) (Limited Access in all buildings due to judging — Youth Horse Show Showmanship (Horse Arenas)

5:00 P.M. — CRABTREE CARNIVAL OPENS 7:30 A.M. — Quarter Horse Show (1 & 2) (Horse Arenas) 8:00 A.M. — Sheep Dog Trial (Ford Grandstand Arena) 9:00 A.M. — ABGA Boer Goat Show (Sheep/Goat Arenas) 9:30 A.M. Wyoming State Fiddle Championships Ruthe James Williams Building 10:00 A.M. — Kidz and Kars Fair Parade: Downtown Douglas 10:00 A.M. — Entries accepted for Creative and Home Arts to 6:00 P.M. (Exhibit Buildings) 6:00 P.M. — DEMOLITION DERBY (Ford Grandstand Arena)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11

5:00 P.M. — CRABTREE CARNIVAL OPENS 7:30 A.M. — Quarter Horse Show (3 & 4) (Horse Arenas) 8:00 A.M. — WSF Dairy Goat Show and WDGA Dairy Goat Show (Sheep/Goat Arenas) 9:00 A.M. — Deadline for Youth Livestock Specie Numbers 9:30 A.M. Wyoming State Fiddle Championships Ruthie James Williams Building 10:00 A.M. — Cowboy Church (North Stage) — ARBA Rabbit Show (Event Tent)

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— Sheep Wagon Contest and Dutch Oven Cookoff Energy Lane 10:00 A.M. — Entries accepted for Creative and Home Arts to 6:00 P.M. (Exhibit Buildings) 1:00 P.M. — Computer entries and all fees for FFA, 4-H, and Youth Shows 1:00 P.M. — Youth Dormitories Open — Begin arrival of Youth Livestock 6:00 P.M. — Begin arrival of Youth Show Horses 10:00 A.M. Coolest Pickup Contest and 11:00 P.M. — Antique Tractor Show and Pull (Ford Grandstand) 10:30 P.M. — 4-H/FFA Curfew

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Top 10 Things a Man Should Never Wear to a Cowboy Bar:

An ascot. Just…don’t. Please. Yes, we know cowboys often wear wild rags around their necks. But these are not ascots. These are not cravats. It’s a cowboy bar, not a vampire lair. Wear an ascot or a cravat and you will get your butt kicked. Continued on page 3

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A leather vest…with nothin’ under it. Or, worse, a leather vest with nothing under it but your bad__ biker tattoos that you think make you scary. Cowboys won’t be scared. They’ll be amused. And not in a good way. At least not until you’re limping back to your Harley. Just…um…no. Continued on page 4


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— Youth Horse Show Halter Classes (Horse Arenas) — Youth Horse Show Performance (English) (Horse Arenas) 11:00 A.M. — Vendors Open 1:00 P.M. — 4-H Foods Judging - (Ft. Caspar) — Open Horticulture Judging (Ft. Reno lower level) 3:00 P.M. — Open Photography Judging (Ft. Fetterman) (Limited Access in all buildings due to judging) — WY Fed Beef Contest Check-in (Longhorn Pens) 5:00 P.M. — All 4-H/FFA exhibits and all Youth Show Livestock must be in place. — 4-H Horticulture Exhibits judging 5:00-7:00 P.M.— Youth Dairy Goat and Meat Goat Check-in (Goat Barn) 6:00 P.M. — Fed Beef Contest and Fed Beef Live Evaluation Contest (Longhorn Show Ring) 7:00 P.M. — PIG ‘N MUD WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP (Ford Grandstand Arena) 8:00 P.M. — 4-H Chaperone/Agent Meeting (Cafeteria) 9:00 P.M. — FFA Member/Advisor Meeting (Cafeteria) — Exhibit Buildings Close 10:30 P.M. — 4-H/FFA Curfew

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13

5:00 P.M. — CRABTREE CARNIVAL OPENS 6:30-7:30 A.M.— Youth Horse Show Check-in 7:30 A.M. — Youth Horse Show Performance (Western). (Horse Arenas) 8:00 A.M. — 4-H Clothing judging continues (Ft. Caspar) — 4-H Home Ec/Misc. judging begins. (Ft. Caspar) — 4-H Foods Judging continues (Ft. Caspar) — 4-H Exhibits judging begins (Ft. Caspar & Upper Ft. Reno) 8:00 A.M. — Process All Youth Market Beef (Ford Livestock Pavilion) — Process all Youth Market Swine (Stallion Oilfield Services Show Center) 9:00 A.M. — Youth Poultry Check-in/In Place (Event Tent) — Youth Meat Goat Showmanship followed by Youth Breeding Meat Goat s h o w followed by Youth Market Goat show (Goat Show Arena)

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 16

— Hay Show judging (Peabody Ag & NR Center) 10:00 A.M. — Process all Youth Market Lambs (Ford Pavilion) — Youth Poultry Showmanship followed by Youth Poultry Show (Event Tent) — WJAA Heifer Show (Ford Pavilion) 10:30 A.M. — Weigh-in for Performance Pork Contest (Stallion Oilfield Services Show Center) 11:00 A.M. — Vendors Open 11:30 A.M. — Weigh-in for Performance Lamb Contest (Ford Pavilion) 8:00 A.M. — WSF Dairy Goat Show and WDGA Dairy Goat Show (Sheep/Goat Arenas) 9:00 A.M. — Deadline for Youth Livestock Specie Numbers 9:30 A.M. Wyoming State Fiddle Championships Ruthie James Williams Building 10:00 A.M. — Cowboy Church (North Stage) — ARBA Rabbit Show (Event Tent) — Sheep Wagon Contest and Dutch Oven Cookoff Energy Lane 10:00 A.M. — Entries accepted for Creative and Home Arts to 6:00 P.M. (Exhibit Buildings) 1:00 P.M. — Computer entries and all fees for FFA,4-H, and Youth Shows Due 1:00 P.M. — Youth Dormitories Open — Begin arrival of Youth Livestock 6:00 P.M. — Begin arrival of Youth Show Horses 10:00 A.M. Coolest Pickup Contest and 11:00 P.M. — Antique Tractor Show and Pull (Ford Grandstand) 10:30 P.M. — 4-H/FFA Curfew

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 ARMED FORCES DAY

11 A.M. — CRABTREE CARNIVAL OPENSYOUTH DAY 7:30 A.M. — 4-H Livestock Judging Contest (Sheep/Goat Arenas) 8:00 A.M. — Open and Youth Wool Show Judging (Wool Pavilion) — Natural Colored and Spinning Wool Judging (Wool Pavilion) — 4-H Cat Show Check-in (Event Tent) — Judging of 4-H Exhibits (if needed) (Ft. Caspar) — FFA Agronomy, Classroom judging (Ft. Laramie) — 4-H and FFA Dairy Goat Showmanship

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Contest followed by Youth Dairy Goat Show (Goat Arenas) 9:00 A.M. — 4-H Cat Show and Showmanship Contest (Event Tent) 10:00 A.M.— Commercial Heifer Show (Longhorn Pens) — Wyoming Ropefest 2012 (Silver Arena) 11:00 A.M. — Vendors Open 12 NOON — Open and Youth Exhibit Buildings Open 12:30 P.M. — 4-H Livestock Judging Reasons (Ruthe James Williams Building) 1:00 P.M. — All Other Breeds Cattle (AOB) Show followed by Wyoming Maine-Anjou Market Beef Show. (Ford Pavilion) 2:30-4:30 P.M. — Miss Rodeo Wyoming Horsemanship (Equine Arena) 3:00 P.M. — Shorthorn Cattle Show followed by Shorthorn Steer Show (Ford Pavilion) — 4-H Livestock Judging Awards (Ft. Reno Stage) 3:30 P.M. — Natural Fiber Arts Judging (Wool Pavilion) 4:00 P.M. — 4-H Swine Showmanship followed by Youth Breeding Swine Show followed by Champion of Champions Market Swine Show followed by Pen of 5 Market Swine (Stallion Oil Field Services Show Center) — Champion of Champions Market Lamb Challenge followed by Pen of 5 Market Lambs followed by WVATA Youth Jackpot Market Lamb Show (Sheep/Goat Arenas) 5:30 P.M. — Wyoming Livestock Roundup & Farm Credit Services Gathering - City Park 7:00 P.M. — BRANTLEY GILBERT CONCERT - with Chancey Williams & The Younger Brothers Band (Ford Grandstand) 9:00 P.M. — Exhibit Buildings Close 10:30 P.M. — 4-H/FFA Curfew

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 WYOMING PIONEER DAY

1:00 P.M. — CRABTREE CARNIVAL OPENS 8:00 A.M. — 4-H Sheep Showmanship (Breeding) followed by Youth Breeding Sheep Show (Sheep/Goat Arenas) 9:00 A.M. — 4-H Fashion Revue judging-Douglas High School

Shiny new chaps. Sure, they might have cost you a pretty penny. But the gleam and stiff crispness of your mailorder chaps, and the fact that you’ve worn them to a bar you drove to in your shiny BMW, reveal you to be clueless about what these things are actually for, and where you should actually wear them. Stop. Now. Before y’all get yerself hurt. Continued on page 5

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1:00 P.M. — CRABTREE CARNIVAL OPENS 7:30 A.M. — Miss Rodeo Wyoming Horsemanship (Horse Arenas) 7:30 A.M. — FFA Sheep Showmanship followed by 4H Sheep Showmanship (Mkt) followed by Youth Market Lamb Show (Sheep/Goat Arenas) 8:00 A.M. — Draft Horse Competition (Silver Arena) — Weigh-in for Open Prospect Calves (Ford Pavilion) 8:30 A.M. — Wyoming Mustang Days In Hand and Performance (Horse Arenas) 9:00 A.M. — 4-H Beef Showmanship Contest followed by Youth Breeding Beef Show followed Youth Pen of 5 Breeding Heifer Show followed by N.I.L.E. Merit Heifer Showcase, followed by Open Prospect Calf Show and WEA4HA Jackpot Beef Showmanship (Ford Pavilion) 10:00 A.M. — PRCA Steer Roping (Ford Grandstand Arena) — Texas Longhorn Cattle Show (Longhorn Ring) 11:00 A.M. — Vendors Open 12 NOON — Open and Youth Exhibit Buildings Open 1:00 P.M. — Ranch Horse (Silver Arena, Yellow Arena) 2:00 P.M. — Draft Horse Show (Ford Grandstand) 3:00 P.M. — Sheep Lead Contest (Event Tent) 4:00 P.M. — WDA Awards Reception (Ruthe James Williams Building) 6:00 P.M. — Youth Sheep Fitting Contest (Sheep/Goat Arenas) 6:30 P.M. — WVATA Youth Jackpot Market Swine Show (Stallion Oil Field Services Swine Show Center)

7:00 P.M. — PRCA RODEO (Grandstand Arena) — CROWNING OF MISS RODEO WYOMING 2014 (Ford Grandstand Stage) — 4-H Fashion Revue - (Douglas High School Aud.) 8:30-10:00 P.M.—WREA and PEPSI Sponsored 4-H/FFA Exhibitors Dance (Cafeteria Commons) 9:00 P.M. — Exhibit Buildings Close 10:30 P.M. — 4-H/FFA Curfew

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 STATE FAIR PARADE DAY

11 A.M. — CRABTREE CARNIVAL OPENS 7:30 A.M. — Appaloosa Show (Horse Arenas) 8:00 A.M. — FFA Beef Showmanship followed by Youth Market Beef Show followed by Pen of 5 Market Beef Show, followed by Bred, Fed and Owned show (Ford Pavilion) — Open Class Sheep Show and Natural Colored Sheep Show (Sheep/Goat Arenas) 10:00 A.M. — WYOMING STATE FAIR PARADE Downtown Douglas 11:00 A.M. — Lamb Evaluation Contest Awards (Sheep/Goat Arenas) — WAE4HA Jackpot Swine Showmanship 12 NOON — Vendors Open — Exhibit Buildings Open — Wyoming Farmer’s Market (Event Tent) — Fed Beef Contest Awards Presentations held during Youth Mkt. Beef Show (Ford Pavilion) 1:00 P.M. — Wyoming State Finals Ranch Rodeo (Ford Grandstand Arena) — WEA4HA Jackpot Sheep Showmanships (Breeding and Market) 1:30 P.M. — Sheep Shearing Demonstrations (Wool Pavilion)

July 18-July 24, 2013

2:00 P.M. — Bonsai Demonstration (Lower Ft. Reno) — Wyoming Mustang Days Activities presented by Encana (Horse Arenas) — 100 years of Wyoming 4-H “kick off ” celebration (Ruthie James Williams Building) 3:00 P.M. — FFA Round Robin Showmanship followed by 4-H Round Robin Showmanship followed by Over the Hill Showmanship (Sheep/Goat Arenas) 9:00 P.M. — Exhibit Buildings Close 10:30 P.M. — 4-H/FFA Curfew 11:00 P.M. — Vendors Close

12 MIDNIGHT Carnival Closes SUNDAY, AUGUST 18

5:30 A.M. — McKibben Cafeteria Open for Breakfast 6:00 A.M. — Livestock Exhibits Released 7:00 A.M. — Release of Home Arts Exhibits to 1:00 P.M. 7:30 A.M. — Appaloosa Show (Pepsi Equine Center) 10:00 A.M. — Dormitories Close

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An Alcoholics Anonymous t-shirt. Any kind of t-shirt is bad enough, but one with a slogan on it that advertises your healthy liver and need to tell the world your problems is just…verboten. And a target. For a fist. Or a boot. So, yeah. Don’t do it. Continued on page 6


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Stay Cool by eating normally – even if you aren’t hungry, you need a normal diet to replace salt losses from sweating. In addition, try to have more cold foods, particularly salads and fruit, as these contain a lot of water.

Smoking Isn’t Only Cause of Emphysema

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I work with a woman who claims she has emphysema. She smokes regularly and finds herself out of breath when coming up the stairs. She is 60. She says when she was 9, a local gas station near her home moved and, in the process, pulled up the gas tanks that provide gas to the pumps. The fumes from the move caused her emphysema. She doesn’t know anyone else with the problem, and there are no classaction lawsuits I can find that cite gas fumes from moving gas tanks as causing emphysema. Will you clarify and talk about emphysema? — E.E. ANSWER: Emphysema is destruction of the millions of air sacs that fill the lungs. It’s through these sacs that oxygen reaches the

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blood. One of the chief signs of emphysema is shortness of breath when active, as in climbing stairs. Emphysema is one-half of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD. The other half is chronic bronchitis, an inflammation and narrowing of the breathing tubes, filled with pus. The inflamed tubes obstruct airflow into the lungs. The chief sign of chronic bronchitis is a never-ending cough. Smoking is the greatest cause of COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, but not the only cause. In past days, workers in mines inhaling the dust were subject to emphysema, as were people who worked in cotton mills. Those who made a living in grain-processing plants also were subject to COPD. Now stringent regulations protect these workers. An inherited condition, called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, also leads to emphysema. Alpha-1 antitrypsin tells cells that scrub the interior of air sacs

An earnest smile. Seriously? Don’t. Don’t smile at people you don’t know here. Unless they are women, and even then, don’t be earnest or sweet. Please. It’s just…I don’t know. Wuss-like. And this is not the place for wusses. Continued on page 8

to stop scrubbing when the air sacs are clean. Without its signal, scrubbing goes on, and the air sacs are destroyed. I have never heard of emphysema arising in a situation like your fellow worker describes. She must be happy explaining her condition the way she does. Let her be happy. It’s her way of coping with the illness. She also must be smart enough to know that smoking is harming her greatly, regardless of her emphysema cause. The booklet on COPD explains this common malady in clear terms. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue — No. 601W, 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. Allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What is the purpose of making all Coumadin users make a separate trip to a nurse for having their blood checked? It’s an additional charge that I cannot afford. Is there any other drug I could use? I am 93. — R.J. ANSWER: I imagine the procedure was instituted so the nurse can change your dose of Coumadin right away if the blood tests indicate that your blood is too thin or too thick. Coumadin is an anticoagulant that stops clots from forming; it really does thin blood. The medicine is prescribed when a person has a condition where clots form and might cause a stroke. Atrial fibrillation is such a condition. You can ask your doctor if you’re a candidate for the new anticoagulant Pradaxa. With it, you don’t need to have the same blood checks. *** 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

Welcome to Platte County, Wyoming! 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. Saturdays PLATTE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET July 13th thru September 21st: Pocket Park in Wheatland PLATTE COUNTY PULLERS September 14 & 15 (two day pull & BBQ) Saturday, July 20…Fort Laramie National Historic Site 75th Anniversary and Star Gazing Program Platte County Fair and Rodeo begins Thursday, July 25th. See attachment below for all other events and scheduled times. Craze Daze will be held this year on August 3rd from 8 am to 1 pm. We are encouraging not only businesses but also individual vendors to have sidewalk sales! Please contact Genia Vineyard at 322-0918 or Dan Brecht at 322-4232 for more information!

August 19th thru 25th - 5th Annual Wheatland Green Harvest Festival


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not as high as it’s made out to be, and that alternative programs can be implemented to control the population without putting animals to death. For example, nonprofits like No Kill Advocacy Center help shelters develop feralcat trap/neuter/release programs and develop programs like pet retention (helping owners keep their pets) and foster care. People who are concerned about accidental (or bureaucracy-driven) euthanasia of lost pets can learn from no-kill advocacy organizations about how to take action in their communities to reduce or eliminate this tragic circumstance.

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found that he had fallen on his electric drill— which was on at the time. The drill was imbedded three inches deep in his skull. He pulled on it but it wouldn’t come out. So he restarted it, reversed the direction, and pulled it out. At the hospital they removed a bone fragment from his brain. Afterwards he was fine. • Police officer Timothy Day of Indianapolis made a trip to the hospital after picking up a bag of cocaine to seize it as evidence, and a gust of wind blew the contents into his face. MALPRACTICE • In 1970 in Indiana the parents of 15-monthold Rodney Brown were informed the child suffered from cystic fibrosis and would not live past his mid-teens. For the next decade, Rodney was subjected to all manner of medical procedures. In 1975 Rodney was chosen as Indiana’s cystic fibrosis poster child, and in 1976 he became the national poster child. He even met Pres. Ford. In 1980 the family moved to Maryland and took Rodney to see a new doctor. The new doctor found that Rodney did not have cystic fibrosis after all. He merely suffered from asthma. • A psychic suffering from persistent headaches had a CT-scan. The dye they used, she said, made her feel like her head was going to explode. Afterwards she found her psychic powers had evaporated. She sued the hospital. Although the jury awarded her nearly $1 million, the judge threw out the verdict. • In 1984 a 305-pound man in Virginia underwent a stomach-stapling operation to lose weight. He was still in the hospital two days later when he spied a refrigerator. He ate so much he popped the staples and required emergency surgery. He later tried to sue the hospital, saying they were negligent in allowing him near the fridge.

WEIRD REASONS FOR HOSPITAL TRIPS • Owen Rutherford was an attendant at the Lincoln Park Zoo. One day he drove to the airport to pick up some snakes being shipped in. It seemed to him that the deadly black mamba snake was dead. So he poked it with his finger. The snake was not dead. Rutherford recovered in a nearby hospital. • Abie Goldberry was goalie on a Canadian junior ice hockey team in 1930. In the back pocket of his hockey shorts he kept a book of matches and a plastic comb. When a puck from a hard shot struck his back pocket, the friction caused the matches to ignite, melting the comb and setting his pants on fire. He was rushed to the hospital, and his team lost 2 - 0. • A 1961 game between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies did not go well for the Giants, who lost 1-0. The Giant’s manager, Alvin Dark, was so angry at the team’s poor performance that he stormed into the clubhouse, grabbed a metal stool, and threw it across the room. Unfortunately, his pinky finger got caught on a rough edge of the metal and the tip of it tore off. He was rushed to the hospital and stitched up, minus the missing tip. His players felt bad, so to make their peace with him they found the tip of his finger, pickled it in alcohol, and presented the jar to him as a gift. • George Watts of England liked being in the hospital. He liked the free room and board, and he especially liked being cared for by sympathetic nurses. So he made a habit of swallowing coins, then admitting himself to various hospitals across the country. He would complain of chest pains, doctors would remove the coins, nurses would care for him, and the government would pick up the tab. When the government figured out his scheme, he was sentenced to a year in jail for obtaining hospital care by deception. WEIRD REASONS FOR HOSPITAL TRIPS • Donald Wright was installing a door in Toronto when he fell off the ladder, knocking himself out. When he came to, he

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machine smelling great, dump a gallon jug of white vinegar into the machine and set to wash and rinse on hot. I use just water and vinegar once every few months, and my clothes never have an old water smell!” • Swimmer’s ear remedy: “Equal parts vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Put a few drops in either ear, and it’ll dry them out.” — O.I. in Texas • Vinegar is such a versa• Get hard-water deposits off of showerheads tile tool. It’s nontoxic, mild by filling a zipper-style bag with vinegar and yet a powerful cleaning and securing it to the showerhead using agent. Plus, it makes a tera rubber band. Let it soak overnight, then rific salad dressing! Here’s run hot water through it to clear. Amazing! one of my own vinegar tips: • ”Dampen a piece of bread with vinegar Keep a spray bottle of white and place it inside a lunchbox overnight. It vinegar by your washing removes food odors magically.” — S.B. in machine. Spray the armpits Oregon of T-shirts before launder• Pet or smoke odors in your home? Fill a ing. It helps to remove the few bowls with plain vinegar. Set them out Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orresidue left behind by antifor several hours to eliminate the smells. lando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at hereperspirants. — JoAnn satip@yahoo.com. • Speaking of washing machines, this is from © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. E.W. in Indiana: “To keep your washing Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King

No-Kill Movement Gaining Followers DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I’ve read more and more reports recently of lost dogs being euthanized at shelters even before a posted “grace period” has passed — less than three days in some cases. How can shelters justify this, and why am I seeing so much in the news about it? — Lila in Tucson, Ariz. DEAR LILA: Some shelters have exceptions to their grace-period rules, and those exceptions vary. It’s not a great answer for owners who worry about their dogs getting out and getting lost, and it’s tragic for owners whose pets have been euthanized at shelters with such practices. There’s a growing movement toward promoting “no-kill” shelters, which house dogs, cats and other animals and do not routinely euthanize them, even if they’re unadoptable or unclaimed. You may be seeing the results of increased publicity by no-kill advocacy groups, which often function as watchdogs of the shelter industry. Many argue that it’s often necessary to have a program to “put down” ownerless dogs and cats, due to overpopulation. No-kill advocates rebut that the stray population is

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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.

MENTAL PATIENTS • Nathaniel Lee was an author who suffered from bouts of insanity and was confined to Bedlam Hospital. A friend once visited him there. Lee showed him

around, giving him a tour of the hospital. His conversation was so rational that the friend hoped that Lee might have recovered his sanity. His hopes were dashed, however, when they reached the roof of the building. “Let us achieve immortality by leaping down off this roof!” exclaimed Lee. Coolly, the friend replied, “Any man can leap DOWN off a building and there is no immortality in that. True immortality would be achieved by going to the pavement below and leaping UP!” Lee rushed quickly down the stairs to see if he could indeed achieve immortality this way. • Catherine Yasinchuk came to the U.S. before World War I at the age of 15. She spoke only her native Ukrainian. She married, had a child— and was devastated when they both died. She wandered the streets weeping. The police found her, but she only babbled incoherently. The police sent her to a mental hospital. She was 23 at the time. She lived there for the next 48 years, where everyone assumed she was insane because she was unable to communicate. In 1968 a new director reviewed her case. An employee who spoke Ukrainian discovered she could communicate after all. She was released from the institute and went to live with the daughter of the woman in the personnel department. She died in 1983, having spent half her life in an institute because she spoke a different language. THE FINAL FACT • At the prison in McAlester, Oklahoma, death row inmate Robert Brecheen overdosed the day before he was to be executed. He was rushed to the hospital where his stomach was pumped. Then he was taken back to the prison and promptly executed.

Top 10 -continued will be very fun for them, especially if they’re 6. This traveling in a pack. Be brave, or go to Chili’s. Or Fear. If you wear fear, the real cowboys will smell it. better yet, stay home.

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Doc Martens. I really don’t think I need to say anything else, do I? Continued on page 10


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to indicate a short summary or promotional piece accompanying a creative work? At a trade association dinner in 1907, author Gelett Burgess presented attendees with a limited edition of one of his books. It was customary to have a brief summary included on the dust jacket of such books, along with a picture of an attractive woman. Burgess followed this custom – with a twist. On the cover of his piece was an image of a woman with her hand held to her mouth, as if shouting. The caption for this image was “Belinda Blurb, in the act of blurbing,” and bold letters at the top of the dust jacket declared, “Yes, this is a Blurb!” The name stuck. • On an average day in the United States, there will be 10 reported UFO sightings. • It seems that artist Leonardo da Vinci pioneered the paint-by-numbers style of art. He would sketch a piece, then number certain sections for his assistants to paint. *** Thought for the Day: “People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.” — Soren Kierkegaard © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

• It was President Abraham Lincoln who made the following sage observation: “The man who is incapable of making a mistake is incapable of anything.” • Researchers at Harvard University once decided to test several varieties f Coca-Cola to determine their effectiveness, if any, as a spermicide. The results? Diet Coke was the most effective, while New Coke was the least. Upon hearing of the tests, a representative for the company issued the following statement: We do not promote Coca-Cola for medical purposes. It is a soft drink.” • The minnow has teeth, but they’re ot in its mouth; they’re found in the throat. • Ever wonder where we get the term “blurb”

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Woodrow Wilson formally proclaims the neutrality of the United States. However, by June 1915, the first 14,000 U.S. infantry troops landed in France to begin training for combat. • On Aug. 2, 1934, Chancellor Adolf Hitler becomes absolute dictator of Germany under the title of Fuhrer, or “Leader.” The Fuhrer assured his people that the Third Reich would last • On Aug. 3, 1492, from the Spanish sport for a thousand years, but Nazi Germany of Palos, Italian explorer Christopher Cocollapsed just 11 years later. lumbus sets sail in command of three ships • On Aug. 1, 1943, a Japanese destroyer rams — the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maan American PT (patrol torpedo) boat, No. ria — on a journey to find a western sea 109, slicing it in two. The destruction is route to China, India and Asia. In October, so massive that other American PT boats Columbus sighted Cuba, which he thought in the area assume the crew is dead. Two was mainland China. crewmen were, in fact, killed, but 11 sur• On July 29, 1909, the newly formed Genervived, including Lt. John F. Kennedy, who al Motors Corporation acquires the counwould later become president. try’s leading luxury automaker, the Cadil- • On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnlac Automobile Company, for $4.5 million. son signs Medicare, a health insurance Cadillac was founded program for elderly Amerout of the ruins of icans, into law. At the billautomotive pioneer signing ceremony, former Henry Ford’s second President Harry Truman failed company. His was enrolled as Medicare’s third effort, the Ford first beneficiary and reMotor Company, ficeived the first Medicare nally succeeded. card. • On Aug. 4, 1914, as • On July 31, 1975, TeamWorld War I erupts sters Union president in Europe, President Jimmy Hoffa is reported Top 10 -continued

I don’t care how much you were born feeling like a girl. Just…if you want to live…do your makeup 9. Lipstick. somewhere else, sir. I’m not discriminating. I’m rescuing you. Continued on page 12

DOUGLAS HAPPENINGS July 26th - Converse County 4-H Livestock Auction 6 pm August 10 - 17th - WY State Fair

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Skinny jeans. Especially lowriding skinny jeans. On a guy, this should not be allowed anywhere. But it is. And, honestly, if you’re dumb enough to wear this to a cowboy bar, I will enjoy watching them throw your butt out of the cowboy bar. A lot. Continued on page 11

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missing in Detroit. He was last seen alive in a parking lot outside the Machus Red Fox restaurant the previous afternoon. Authorities have never been able to confirm what really happened to Hoffa. He was declared legally dead in 1982. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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GLENRO CK HAPPENINGS

Aug 2, 3, 4th - Deer Creek Days - Glenrock Town Park

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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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A Green Party t-shirt. Or any other progressive slogan. Just so‌you know. Be smart. Stay alive.

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