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There is a good story behind almost every toy. Sometimes the story is as entertaining as the toy itself! This week, Tidbits takes a look at how some toys were invented and how others got their names. • President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt is responsible for giving the teddy bear its name. In November of 1902, Roosevelt was helping settle a border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana. While there, he attended a bear hunt in Mississippi. His staff, trying to accommodate him, captured a black bear cub and tied it to a tree for the president to shoot. Roosevelt didn’t find this sporting enough and ordered the bear cub be set free, sparing its life. The Washington Post ran an editorial cartoon that illustrated the event. The cartoon was called “Drawing the Line in Mississippi” and depicted both the state line dispute and the bear hunt. The cartoon and the story it told became popular, and within a year, the cartoon bear became a toy for children called the teddy bear. turn the page for more!

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1. HISTORY: When did the Franco-Prussian War end? 2. INVENTIONS: What was the name of Robert Fulton’s first commercially successful steamboat? 3. RELIGION: Who is the patron saint of Wales? 4. MUSIC: What famous singer’s 1950s TV show featured the Vic Schoen Orchestra? 5. LITERATURE: Who wrote the novel “Rebecca”? 6. MYTHOLOGY: In Greek mythology, who was Telemachus’ father? 7. ADVERTISEMENTS: What is “the beer that made Milwaukee famous”? 8. GEOGRAPHY: Where is Lake Maracaibo? 9. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: For what line of work was Fannie Merritt Farmer best known? 10. POLITICS: What system of government does the Fabian Society support?

• “What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs, and makes a slinkity sound? A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing, everyone knows it’s Slinky. It’s Slinky; it’s Slinky. For fun it’s a wonderful toy. It’s Slinky; it’s Slinky. It’s fun for a girl and a boy.”This catchy advertising jingle helped sell a quite simple toy that was created in 1943 by naval engineer Richard James. He was working with tension springs, and when one of the springs fell to the ground and “walked” end over end along the floor, an idea for a toy was born. After borrowing $500, James and his wife Betty started the James Spring & Wire Company. He designed a machine that he made himself to manufacture Slinkys. They began producing and selling the coiled wire as a toy in 1945. Each one is made of 80 feet of wire, and to date, over a quarter billion Slinkys have been sold worldwide. • In 1916, Frank Lloyd Wright and his son John Lloyd Wright supervised constriction of the Imperial Palace Hotel in Tokyo. The hotel was assembled with an inner frame of wood to withstand earthquakes. John was inspired by this method of building, and it gave him the idea to create a line of sturdy, interlocking toy building logs sold as Lincoln Logs. • 1940, during World War II, rubber in the United States was scarce and the shortage began to hamper war production efforts, especially for truck tires and boots. American industry was called upon by the government to develop a synthetic rubber compound. James Wright, an engineer working for General Electric, experimented with combining boric acid and silicone oil in a test tube. The compound “polymerized,” resulting in a bizarre substance with unusual properties. It bounced, stretched and could be broken in pieces, yet it had no practical use.

by H. Boker & Company, Germany. The blade in engraved on one side with the exposition site and has a black handle. Can you tell me its approximate value? -- H.W.S., Sod, W.Va. A: Most straight razors generally sell in the $10 to $50 range, depending on condition and Q: I have a perfume bottle that was given to me design. The razor most similar to the one you almost 50 years ago, and I wonder if it is worth have that I was able to find is from the 1904 St. anything. There is no label or markings on the Louis World’s Fair and referenced in “1904 St. bottle, so I am unable to identify it. I am enclos- Louis World’s Fair: Mementos and Memorabilia” ing a photo. -- Geneva, Franklin, Ky. by the late Robert L. Hendershott. The blade is A: Although I was unable to find your exact engraved and also made by a German company. bottle in any of my reference books, I did find Hendershott places its value in the $100 to $200 one that was similar in “The Wonderful World range, which should be helpful to determine the of Perfume Bottles: Identification and Value value of your Columbian Exposition razor. Guide by Jane Flanagan (Collector Books, *** $29.95). The top of your bottle is what is called Q: I have a “silver bullet” pen issued as a premia “feather” or “fan” stopper, which was especial- um for the Oldsmobile automobile. Can you tell ly popular during the 1930s and ‘40s. The one me anything about it? -- Carol, Edgewood, N.M. most like yours in Flanagan’s guide was manuA: Throughout the decades, automobile compafactured by New Martinsville Glass during the nies have given away premiums to promote their 1930s and is valued in the $50 to $75 range. brand. These items included coin banks, toy rep*** licas of their cars, beverage glasses, scratch pads, Q: I have an old straight razor in a small case. It and pencils and pens. To find out more about was originally purchased at the Columbian Ex- the pen you have, you might want to contact the position in Chicago in 1893, and manufactured Oldsmobile Club of America through its Website: www.oldsclub.org.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Lots of possibilities begin to open up by midweek. Some seem more appealing than others. But wait for more facts to emerge later on before you consider which to choose. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Bravo to the determined Bovine. While others might give up, you continue to search for answers. Expect your Taurean tenacity to begin paying off by week’s end. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might want to consider stepping back from the task at hand for a while. This could help you get a better perspective on what you’ve done and what still needs to be done. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your keen Cancerian insight should help you determine whether a new offer is solid or just more fluff ‘n’ stuff. The clues are all there, waiting for you to find them. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Being ignored is difficult for any proud Leo or Leona. But pushing yourself back into the spotlight might be unwise. Instead, let things work themselves out at their own pace. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Trying to uncover a colleague’s secret under the pretext of showing concern is illadvised. Control your curiosity in order to avoid raising resentment in the workplace. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Expect to hear good news about a loved one. Also, be prepared for some changes in several family relationships that could develop from this lucky turn of events. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Some surprises are expected to accompany a number of changes that will continue through part of next week. At least one could involve a romantic situation. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You might be upset by some of your critics. But most of your associates continue to have faith in your ability to get the job done, and done well. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A workplace goal that suddenly seems out of reach is no problem for the surefooted Goat, who moves steadily forward despite any obstacles placed in his or her way. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Uncertainty about who is right and who isn’t might keep you from making a clearcut decision. Wait until you know more about what you’re being asked to decide. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Be careful to keep your emotions in check when dealing with a demanding personal situation. You need to set an example of strength for others to follow. BORN THIS WEEK: You have an extraordinary ability to rally people to do their best. You would be a treasure as a teacher.

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DEAR TOM: Thanks so much for calling attention to this possible health condition! Chewing on clear plastic as a signal for possible diabetes is not something I have heard of before, but I’m very glad your wife made that connection. Readers, keep in mind that many, even most, cats chew on weird things. Plastic shopping bags and crumpled paper are especially fascinating, and it’s not unusual to see cats gnawing at them. Of course, you should take efforts to stop them from ingesting such items. This type of gnawing does not necessarily signal a health problem, but if you’re unsure, take your pet to the veterinarian to ease your suspicions. Other signs of feline diabetes include a voracious appetite and/or drinking large quantities of water, as well as frequent urination or urinating a much larger amount than usual. Weakness in the cat’s back legs is another serious symptom.

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TOYS (continued): • What we know today as the Yo-Yo is possibly the second oldest toy in the world after dolls. Ancient Greek yo-yos made of terra cotta are displayed in museums and The name says it all -- meaty and spicy, hearty and hot as you like it. Real he-man food! pictured on the walls of Egyptian temples. The yo-yo is known to have been popular 8 ounces ground extra-lean sirloin or turkey breast 1/2 cup chopped onion with Napoleon and the Duke ofWellington. 2 teaspoons chili seasoning In the 1920s, a Philippine immigrant 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce 4 (6-inch) flour tortillas named Pedro Flores came to Santa Monica 1/2 cup chunky salsa (mild, medium or hot) and worked as a bellhop. He had grown 1 (8-ounce) can tomatoes, finely chopped and undrained up carving and playing with wooden yo1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes yos, which was a traditional pastime in the 1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese Philippines. On his coffee breaks, Flores 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large skillet sprayed with always drew a crowd playing games with olive oil-flavored cooking spray, brown meat and onion. Add chili seasoning and tomato sauce. Bring mixture to his yo-yo. He became the first person to boil. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. mass-produce the toy and is responsible 2. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the mixture on each tortilla. Roll up tortillas and place on a cookie sheet, for the name Yo-Yo, which means “comeseam side down. Lightly spray tops with olive oil-flacomeâ€? in Philippine. An entrepreneur vored cooking spray. 3. In a medium bowl, combine salsa, undrained tomanamed Donald Duncan saw the Flores toes and parsley flakes. Evenly spoon mixture over tortoy, liked it, bought the rights from Flores tillas. Bake 10 minutes. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons Cheddar cheese over top of each. Continue baking for 3 minutes in 1929, and then trademarked the name or until cheese starts to melt. Serves 4. Yo-Yo. Duncan changed the string from a ÂĽ Each serving equals: 232 calories, 8g fat, 17g protein, tied knot to the looped slip-string, which 23g carb., 944mg sodium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: allows the user to do advanced tricks. 2 Meat, 1 Vegetable, 1 Starch. • In 1767 London, an engraver and Finding a Good Nursing mapmaker named John Spilsbury Home created the first jigsaw puzzle as an aid If you have Medicare, there are places online you can in teaching students geography. He look for ratings information as part of your search for glued a map of England and Wales on a a good nursing home. Medicare-eligible facilities are rated on the www.Medicare.gov site. Called Nursing sheet of hardwood and cut around the Home Compare, the website uses the five-star system borders of the countries using a fineto rate nursing homes in areas such as fire safety, health bladed saw. The jigsaw puzzle was born. inspection, nursing staff levels and others. Do a search The idea caught on, and people began by ZIP code or city/state of the area you’re interested in. making puzzles out of pictures as a form of To be eligible for Medicare, these facilities must have entertainment. These early jigsaw puzzles an annual inspection and be recertified. did not interlock; that wasn’t possible until As always, know what Medicare will and won’t pay for. the invention of power tools more than Generally, nursing homes (skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities) are for short stays. If you need a century later. In 1880, Milton Bradley long-term care, perhaps for assistance with daily living, made the first jigsaw puzzle for children investigate at-home services. called “The Smashed Up Locomotive.â€? On the Medicare.gov website you’ll also find informa-

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• Each veteran is matched by Camp Patriot staff with potential activities, and special equipment is supplied for those who need it. Camp activities range from the extreme, like climbing Mt Rainier, to more moderate activities, like fly-fishing in Montana. • Redman, Stuart, Ivory and Day are participants in Camp Patriot and have all trained together to climb Mount Rainier with the help of Iron90, Camp Patriot’s official fitness training partner. “I’m just humbled to be able to do this and give back,” Iron90 co-founder Robert Vera said. “I see the sacrifice they made for not only them,buttheirfamiliesandthecommunity we have. It represents a fabric of support.” • The climbers say it is not just about support, it is also about inspiration. “It shows the wounded guys, ‘Hey if I can climb Mount Rainier, there’s nothing I can’t do.’ Even bigger than that, it shows Americans if they see wounded guys doing this, they should be saying to themselves, ‘If these guys can do this, what’s stopping me from accomplishing my dreams?’” Redman said. “Doing stuff like this will boost confidence, and it gets them on the track to getting back to what their new normal is going to be,” Day said. • The four wounded veterans made it to the summit of 14,411-foot (4392.47 m) Mount Rainier on July 10, 2010, with a team of devoted guides and other volunteers. Their individual stories are of bravery and heroism in the face of insurmountable challenges, both physical and emotional. With the help of organizations like Camp Patriot and their sponsors, these men have held onto their inner strength to overcome the disabilities that have changed their lives forever.

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Way back when, when I was a poor college student back in the 70’s, my friends and I would always watch which restaurants and café’s the truckers would go to. Because we figured they always knew where to go to get a great meal at a great price. While most people referred to those café’s at “greasy spoon joints”, we quickly learned these guys knew where to go for a great deal. It’s not often that I go to a place and still feel like I’m really getting a big bang for my buck and the food is always top quality. Fancy doesn’t interest me much, I just want it to be good, plentiful, and reasonable. I am happy to announce that we do have at least one place here in the area where I do feel that way. More surprisingly it’s not located in a place most people would look and that’s why I’m writing this article now. There is a little 9 hole golf course out on the corner of Rd 13 and Sable called Bella Rosa. They have a little restaurant in the clubhouse (I view it more as a café) that will literally surprise you. Almost any breakfast they serve you will be almost more then you would normally eat for breakfast and all their dishes are right in the $6 range. The quality is excellent and they have no problem substituting items such cottage cheese or fruit instead of potatoes. The staff is friendly and efficient and the café just has such a nice home town feel to it. It’s where friends meet to eat. They are open 6am till 1:30pm. The lunch menu is every bit as good as the breakfast. If you want some real entertainment while enjoying your lunch go the week of June 20 through the 24, around noon. Then go eat out on the patio, which looks out onto the driving range. On those dates from 12:30 till 3pm the golf course has a clinic for the “wee ones”, kids ages 4 to 8 years old. Trust me on this one it’s definitely entertaining watching a group of four year olds with their little golf clubs (really little) learning how to hit a golf ball. Needless to say the entertainment is free. They are so cute to watch and the food is soooo good. What a great way to spend an early summer afternoon. You can check out the menu at www.bellarosagolf.com See you there, the Longmont Tidbits Staff

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There are approximately 3,000 to 6,000 languages spoken by humans around the world today. Language is continually evolving, and the meaning of words has changed over the centuries from one civilization to another. Here are a few examples of how words of ancient times meant something entirely different from how we use them today. • From the Greek word para, “beside,” and pherne, meaning “dowry,” the word paraphernalia has its roots in Ancient Rome. A Roman law stated that when a woman married, her dowry became the legal property of her husband. Everything else she had, called paraphernalia or “goods besides the dowry,” remained her own personal property. • Sarcasm comes from the Greek word asrkazein, which means “to tear the flesh.” • “Grotesque” was originally used to describe the artwork decorating the walls of ancient Roman grottos, which was characterized by unusual and colorful flowers, fruits and animals. Over time, grotesque art went out of style,andthewordcametomean“ugly.” • The disease malaria got its name from the Italian words mala aria, meaning “bad air,” because early sufferers of the disease thought that their illness was caused by the humid and foulsmelling air found in swamps, not by the bite of infected mosquitoes. • The term pedigree comes from the French words pied de grue, which means “foot of a crane.” Old world French families were adamant about tracking their family trees.

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From the way a genealogy chart looked on paper, smallatthetopandbranchingoutatthebottom, in the near future, you might want to be sure Windsor Castle, located in the county of Berk- it looked more like the webbed foot of a bird shire, is on your itinerary. Built in the 11th cen- than the roots of a tree. Hence, any Frenchman tury, it is both the longest-occupied palace in who came from a family prominent enough to Europe and, with more than 500 people living have a family tree was said to have pied de grue. and working there, the world’s largest inhabited castle. As a bonus, through April of 2012 you’ll • Originally from the Latin word monstrum, which be able to view a special exhibit on royal cakes. means“warning,”the word monster also comes Yes, cakes. Amazingly, included in the exhibit from ancient Rome. The Romans believed that are two pieces of cake from the wedding of when a deformed animal was born to a farmer’s Queen Victoria to Prince Albert, which took livestock, it was an omen of bad things to come. place on February 10, 1840. • “Amazon” can be traced to the ancient Greeks, ¥ Stephen Spielberg, who has earned two who had a legend about a tribe of women Academy Awards for Best Director, and three warriors who were so fierce that in order to draw of whose films have set box-office records, was their bows more easily, they cut off their right rejected -- twice -- when he applied to the film program of the University of Southern Califor- breasts. They called these women Amazons: A means “without,” and mazon means “breast.” nia. *** • Explode is formed from the Latin ex, meaning Thought for the Day: “Every man possesses “out,” and plaudo, meaning “clap.” In the 17th three characters: that which he exhibits, that which he really has, and that which he believes century, the word explode meant to literally clap someone off the stage after a performance. he has.” -- Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr • From the Greek word tropaion, meaning “monument to the enemy’s defeat,” the meaning of trophy has evolved to have a broader meaning. The ancient Greeks erected monuments at the spot on a battlefield where the enemy had turned away. Over the centuries, the word has come to represent any monument of triumph, commemorating victories in sports and other competitions. • Ballot comes from the word ballota, which means “little ball” in Greek. On election day, the ancient Greeks voted using two small balls, placing them in a candidate’s designated container. A white ball was a vote in favor of the candidate; a black ball was a vote against. WANT TO RUN YOUR OWN BUSINESS? Publish a Paper in Your Area If You Can Provide: Sales Experience · A Computer · Desktop Publishing Software · A Reasonable Financial Investment

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