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Wearing bits of cloth around the neck dates back to time immemorial. In the days before laundromats were invented, strips of cloth were worn around the neck because it kept the collar of the shirt from getting dirty. It was far easier to wash a narrow strip of cloth than it was to wash the shirt. Bibs tied around the neck were worn at mealtimes to protect the shirt from spills. In the summer, a wet cloth around the neck kept the body cool. In the winter, it kept the body warm. Men sporting full body armor wore neck cloths to pad their neck from the hard metal. Cloths were worn around the neck to prevent sweat from running down the shirt, or to keep vocal cords warm. Later, strips of cloth tied around the neck became a symbol of class, rank, or station, whether by soldiers or students.


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TIES THROUGH HISTORY • China’s first emperor, Qin Shih-huang-di, lived in 200 B.C. When he died he was buried in an underground mausoleum surrounded by 7,500 sculptured terra cotta soldiers. The tomb was uncovered in 1974. Archaeologists found that many of the individually carved soldiers sported knotted neck cloths-- the first known instance of the use of neckties. • In the mid-1600s, a crack regiment of soldiers

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from Croatia visited Paris to celebrate their recent victory over Turkey. The soldiers held court with King Louis XIV, who was a fashion nut. For the occasion, each of the soldiers had tied a brightly colored scarf around their necks. Louis XIV liked the look and began wearing silk neck cloths himself, and the fashion rapidly spread. The French word for Croatia was ‘cravate,’ giving us today’s cravat. • In 1715, another kind of neckwear, called “stocks” made its appearance. The term referred to a leather collar, laced at the back, worn by soldiers to help keep their head held high in a military bearing. The leather stock also offered the wearer some protection to the major blood vessels of the neck from the sharp edge of a sword or the tip of a bayonet. • In England men used to wear a shirt collar which they tied together with string to keep the draft out. Eventually the string became larger and more elaborate, until it was a frill. Then the frill became increasingly more elaborate until it was a ruff instead of a frill until, by the time of Henry VIII, the ruff was so large it covered both of the shoulders. • Neckties came to the forefront of fashion after World War II ended and soldiers returning home felt like dressing up with festive ties. Right after World War II there were over 600 companies making 200 mil(cont’d on page 4) lion neckties per year.

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Although a tie may look like a simple piece of cloth, it is actually a complicated piece of sewing joining four different strips of cloth. It was patented by Jesse “Joss” Langsdorf in 1920. Langsdorf, known as the father of the tie, patented the ‘all-weather wrinkle-free’ tie. His patented pattern incorporated slip stitching running down the length of the back of the tie which ensured that the tie would return to its original shape when it was taken off. It also added resilience to the tie and prevented rips. Langsdorf also added various linings to the inside of the tie to increase bulk. One of the linings he used was rubber, thus inventing the supposedly ‘weather-proof’ tie. ~ POEM ~ by Conrad Aiken

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Before macaroni was well known, it was considered a specialty. Wealthy Englishmen who traveled to Italy often experienced their first macaroni, and then went home to Britain and began to serve the dish at their tables. Because the food was rare and unusual, the people who served it became known as ‘macaroni’ which meant fancy, uppity, or overly stylish; the type of people who wore fancy hats, big wigs, and white cravats tied in enormous bows. People living in America where there was less money and less fashion wore simpler clothing, and began to make fun of the Macaronis. Thus, when “Yankee Doodle went to London riding on a pony / Stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni” the unfortunate Doodle (German for ‘fool’) was taking on airs and pretending that a feather in his cap would make people think he was an upper class gent.

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Tidbits of Boise • Now they wanted to find out if decreased blood flow to the retina can impair eyesight. They had men press a button when a blinking light started blinking so fast that it appeared to be a steady beam; and when it slowed down again to become distinguishable blinks. Each man was tested three times: the first and last times with a loose tie, and the second time with a tight tie. It was found that tight neckware slowed down the response times. Furthermore, their speed did not rebound after the tie was loosened. • The researchers concluded that a too tight tie can impair visual perception and may harm the performance of computer operators, pilots, and others who need good visual discrimination.

• One study showed that wearing a necktie may interfere with perceptual skills needed for job performance. Researchers at Cornell University set out to discover if the pressure of a tie that’s too tight might interfere with blood flow to the brain and eyes. • To do this, they had an ophthalmologist study the retinal veins of a number of men. The pulsing of the retinal veins indicates whether or not the blood supply is circulating efficiently. He found that when the tie was half an inch (1.27 cm) smaller than the circumference of the man’s neck, the pulsing was no longer visible. This suggests that blood flow to the retina is decreased. • Next they decided to find if most men wear their ties too tight. They picked 94 businessmen at random and found that 66% were wearing ties that averaged .2 inches (.48 FAST FACT cm) smaller than their necks. 12% had ties that were half an inch The average tie is about 52 to 58 inches long. (1.27 cm) too small.

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Getting Outdoor Equipment Ready For Winter (NAPSA)-When it comes to prepping outdoor equipment for winter storage, even an optimist knows that a gas tank that’s half full is bad news. That’s because today’s gasoline is made with a percentage of ethanol, which can increase the chances of moisture buildup, corrosion and even phase separation in your engine. That can lead to expensive repairs. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid these and other problems when it’s time to start your engines once again. Don’t Drain The Tank According to small engine expert Tom Bingham, when you leave the fuel level low, it allows water vapor to condense on the walls of your fuel tank. It then runs down the walls and collects in the fuel. This is what causes phase separation. When you start your engine in the spring, this water may run

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• Betty Anne Waters was born in 1955, one of nine children in a chaotic household in Ayers, MA. She was close to her brother Kenny. When a neighbor was murdered in 1980, Kenny was questioned because he had a long history of petty infractions. Kenny had an airtight alibi: He’d worked all night at a local diner, and then had gone straight to the courthouse the next morning to face charges of assaulting a cop. Kenny was released. However, more than two years later, he was arrested and charged with the murder. • The family couldn’t afford a lawyer, but Kenny was certain he’d be exonerated. Yet things soon took a turn for the worse. • Betty Anne Waters stopped in at the diner to make sure they still had his time card on hand that would prove his alibi. The secre-

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tary assured her that yes, the time card was still on hand, because the police had called in order to pick it up. When the trial started, however, the police said that no time card had ever existed. Then, two people testified against Kenny. • The jury found Kenny guilty. In 1983 he was sentenced to life without parole. He was 29 years old. • He soon attempted suicide. He begged his sister for help, asking her to become a lawyer so she could help prove his innocence. She promised to do so, as long as he promised not to attempt suicide again. Betty had no idea at the time how to even begin. • She began by taking night classes at a community college, and then put herself through law school, all while raising two kids and managing a local pub. “It seemed like as long as I was doing something in school, Kenny was O.K.,” she said. It took her 13 years to get her law degree. (cont’d on page 8)

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• On Dec. 19, 1732, Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia first published “Poor Richard’s Almanack.” The book, filled with proverbs preaching industry and prudence, was published continuously for 25 years and became one of the most popular publications in colonial America. • On Dec. 17, 1843, Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” is published. Dickens never lost momentum as a writer, churning out major novels every year or two, often in serial form. Among his most important works are “David Copperfield” (1850), “Great Expectations” (1861) and “A Tale of

Two Cities” (1859). • On Dec. 18, 1912, after three years of digging in the Piltdown gravel pit in Sussex, England, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson announces the discovery of two skulls that appear to belong to a primitive hominid and ancestor of man. • On Dec. 21, 1945, Gen. George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. 3rd Army, dies from injuries suffered not in battle, but in a freak car accident. He was 60 years old. Descended from a long line of military men, Patton graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1909. • On Dec. 22, 1956, a baby gorilla named Colo enters the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity. She went on to become a moth-

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er, grandmother, and in 1996, a great-grandmother to Timu, the first surviving infant gorilla conceived by artificial insemination. Colo is still alive today. • On Dec. 16, 1960, two airliners collide over New York City, killing 134 people aboard the planes and on the ground. A miscalculation by the pilot of the United flight put his plane directly into the path of a TWA Super Constellation. Christmas presents carried by the planes’ passengers were strewn all over the streets. • On Dec. 20, 1989, the United States invades Panama in an attempt to overthrow military dictator Manuel Noriega, who had been indicted in the United States on drug-trafficking charges. Noriega’s Panamanian Defense Forces were promptly crushed. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


Energy Vampires Drain Your Wallet You turn off the television when you’re not watching it because it saves you money, right? Not so. If you can see lights from all the extra gear you have connected to the television, the juice is still flowing and the meter is still running. That can mean your cable box, DVD player, Wii or Xbox, and your stereo are still pulling energy even though they’re not being used. If you turn off the lights in your house and navigate by flashlight, you’ll spot many of the energy thieves at work. Laptops and computers in sleep or standby mode, coffee makers on a timer set to start up in the morning, cell-phone adapters and telephone chargers are all energy thieves that increase your energy bill. So are clock radios, rechargeable electric toothbrushes and printers on standby. Called “vampires” or “phantom loads,” these appliances pull energy even when they’re not in use. Here are some tips for dealing with energy vampires: • Unplug, especially if it’s a device you don’t use every day. • Use a power strip to easily turn off multiple devices. • Have an energy audit done to see where your biggest expenses are. Or invest in a Kill A Watt electricity usage monitor (www. to see how much energy your individual appliances are using. • If you need a nightlight for small children but forget to turn it off during the day, invest in the type that only comes on when it’s dark. • Turn off your electronics gear and step outside to your meter. You’ll likely see it still running, possibly from all the other “sleeper” appliances. • When it’s time to buy a new appliance, go for the ENERGY STAR models. Look for the big yellow tag on the side that tells you

the appliance’s rating. • If you have pets, you might be guilty of keeping appliances on for their comfort -- and you won’t be alone. A recent survey in Florida showed that 86 percent of pet owners leave on fans, lights and the television for the comfort of the animal, and especially in summer, the air conditioning. Reconsider whether your pet needs human-type temperatures. To learn more, go online to and put “vampire loads” in the search box. You’ll find a number of articles full of information on how to save on your energy costs. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to

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eighth of what we contractually had for you because we think the second one will be successful with or without you.’ I called ‘my friend’ (Downey), who I helped get the first job, and he didn’t call me back for three months.” Anyone else would have called their lawyers, but Howard only says, “Oh, I love him. God’s going to bless him.” Sounds like there’s a little rust in that tin man. Daniel Day-Lewis won three best-actor Oscars but made a mess of his private life. Well, it used to be private until his son Gabe Day did a rap video saying, “Bipolar stoop kid taking care of biz. Call me Gabe Day and not Gabe Day-Lewis, cause if you’re trying to call me out, I’m going to Gabe Day-Lose it! I know what my name is, and I know what fame is. Judging someone for their dad is just as bad as being a racist.” Day-Lewis ended his six-year affair in 1995 with French actress Isabelle Adjani, who in 1996 called him a “Lothario” and a “womanizer” in The London Daily Mail. Day-Lewis married Arthur Miller’s daughter, Rebecca, soon after, while he was shooting Miller’s “The Crucible,” and they have two

continued her campaign on BETTY ANNE WATERS, cont’d his behalf. It took her another • She searched for DNA eviseven years to track down the dence which had supposedly evidence that would prove the been destroyed, and met with police had deliberately sent witnesses who admitted they the wrong man to prison. Finhad lied on the stand. The turngerprint evidence that proved ing point arrived in 2000, when Kenny’s innocence had been she teamed up with the Innohidden. Two witnesses had cence Project. Together they been coerced into testifying obtained access to DNA testagainst him. The town of Ayer ing on evidence from the crime settled a lawsuit for $3.4 milscene which they doggedly lion. In 2010, a movie called tracked down. The results “Conviction” was made, with proved Kenny’s innocence. He Hilary Swank playing the role was released in 2001, having of Betty. served 18 years for a crime he did not commit. • In the meantime, Betty returned to her regular life: man• Kenny moved in with his loyal aging a pub, tending her famisister, and together they had a ly. She opted out of joining any blast doing chat shows, media law firm or starting a practice interviews, even appearing on of her own. However, she does “Oprah.” volunteer her time working for • Tragically, just six months afthe Innocence Project, which ter his release in 2001, Kenny works to exonerate the wrongtook a short cut over a fence, fully accused. But the only tripped, and fell 15 feet on to time she’s returned to court concrete. Thirteen days later, was when the pub she works with Betty by his side in hospifor had trouble renewing its lital, he died. quor license. She won the case. • Even after his death, Betty

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The survey also explored the topic of wellness and found that younger Americans want to take better care of themselves but don’t have the time. Eighteen-to-44year-olds (55 percent) are significantly more likely to agree with the statement “I want to take better care of myself but I don’t have the time” than those ages 45 and (cont’d on page 11) over (34 percent).

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PICKS OF THE WEEK “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (PG-13) -- Percy Jackson is the heroic son of Poseidon, the Greek sea god -and his human parent must be related to Harry Potter. In this sequel, Percy attends a magic training camp, where he drills alongside other magic teenagers. (If that sounds too much like Potter, then just replace “magic” with “mythical,” and you’ll get the Percy Jackson flavor.) They need the same Magic Macguffin that the bad guys are after. Eventually, Percy and his pals must brave a large body of water teeming with terrifying creatures. Much like its predecessor, the movie serves as a flashy adventure that will

thrill the kids without leaving much to remember. It has plenty of smashboom action -- Percy carries a sword instead of a magic wand, after all. “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (R) -- In a dreamy rural corner of 1970s Texas, two intense and endearing hick kids, Bob and Ruth (Casey Affleck

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Bob busts out of a chain gang, just as the young sheriff starts to take a keen interest in Ruth and the young daughter she’s been raising on her own. Dramatic and focused, the film is at its best when the lonesome wide-open country setting underlines the doomed love story. Mara’s performance is especially drawing -- she plays her cards close while living in the most complicated position of all. “Elysium” (R) -- In the future, earth has become a grimy, overpopulated mess. Hovering over the giant slum is Elysium, an ideal space world inhabited by rich people -- a place full of luxury and super-advanced health care. Max DaCosta (Matt Damon) is a wisemouth ex-con working in future L.A. When he gets a deadly dose of radiation, Max becomes part of a plan to break through Elysium’s security and

grab some of that healing technology. The big idea: criminal technicians outfit Max with a cutting-edge exoskeleton system. DOG OF THE WEEK “The Lone Ranger” (PG-13) -- In this reboot nobody asked for, Tonto (Johnny Depp) is the show-stealing mentor to the Lone Ranger’s (Armie Hammer) whiny, bland, reluctant hero. Overly brutal outlaw Butch Cavendish (Michael Fichtner) kicks up trouble, and a pacifist lawyer from the East, John Reid, has to put on a mask and sacrifice his beliefs in the name of justice and revenge. One of the sacred rules of cinema has been broken: When you make boring, loud, genre-remake schlock, make it short. Finishing up at 149 minutes, “The Lone Ranger” has little to say and too much time to say it. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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This has always been one of my favorite motivational quotes when it comes to exercise because it is both superficial and profound all at once. On the surface, it merely speaks to the base notion of vanity, which is certainly reason itself to undergo a resistance training program. Beyond that though, is the true depth of this thought. It speaks to the importance of fully realizing one's potential in the physical world. People often will speak proudly of their cars, their clothes, their shoes, and their house. Yet, I see fewer people who have taken care of their home properly. Allow me to expand upon this. When I say your home, I am not referring to the place where you store your stuff and sleep at night. Home is where YOU are. Home is the body that you live in day to day and its a sad reality that many of us no longer care for and love this home in the way we all should. Your home will always hold you, but that means you have to, or get to, live with the results of the life you live. The year ahead is a new opportunity to renovate your home and make it better what whatever you want to, be it running, cycling, lifting, or even just hauling groceries up several flights of stairs. As the holidays start to loom in the distance, bringing with them good cheer and the promise of fond memories think about this.

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Q: I love “The Witches of East End.” Can you tell me if it will be back for another season? -- Lynn W., via email A: Lifetime recently announced that “Witches” will return for a second 13-episode season, to air sometime in 2014 (an exact date has not been decided yet). The hit drama stars Ju-

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especially miss Brenda and “The Closer.” -- Karen J. in Florida A: The consensus reason for the show’s demise is the ever-popular “low ratings.” And while the drama series -- which centered on former Secret Service agents who become private detectives, played by Rebecca Romijn and Jon Tenney -- didn’t have rock-bottom ratings, the show was enough on the bubble that TNT decided not to renew. On top of low ratings, “King and Maxwell” also lost one-third of its “Major Crimes” lead-in audience, which is usually a nail in the coffin for any struggling freshman series. Q: We are huge fans of “Person of Interest.” We were not expecting Carter to be killed off! She, Reese and Finch are the program. Without her, it won’t be the same. Why was Carter written out? -- Laura K., via email A: Taraji P. Henson, who played Officer Joss Carter for two and a half seasons on the CBS drama, was just as surprised as you were that her character died. However, she knows it was time for her character to go, and it was a great way to surprise and stun the audience. She recently told “Entertainment Weekly”: “You portray a character for so long, you care about her and her life. But art imitates life -- it comes to an end unexpectedly. It was bittersweet, because I enjoyed portraying Carter. What a strong, powerful woman on television.” But don’t get too sad about Carter’s death, because you could see her

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Careful, Lamb. Don’t let your generous nature lead to some serious overspending as you contemplate your holiday gift-giving. Your social life kicks off into high gear by week’s end. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A positive attitude helps you weather annoying but unavoidable changes in holiday plans. Aspects favor new friendships and reinforcement of existing relationships. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Demands on your energy level could be much higher than usual as you prepare for the upcoming holidays. Be sure to pace yourself. Friends and family will be happy to help. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Don’t allow a suddenly icy reaction from a friend or family member to continue without learning what caused it -- and what can be done to restore that once warm and caring relationship. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A relationship seems to be unraveling, mostly from a lack of attention. It might be a good idea to ease up on whatever else you’re doing so you can spend more time working to mend it. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) New facts emerge that not only help explain the recent rift with a trusted colleague, but also might provide a chance to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start in your friendship. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A family member’s personal situation is, fortunately, resolved in time for you to get back into your hectic round of holiday preparations. An old friend might bring a new friend into your life. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Pace yourself in meeting holiday pressures and workplace demands to avoid winding up with a frayed temper and a Scorpian stinger that lashes out at puzzled kith, kin and colleagues. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A financial matter requires close attention. Also, news from a trusted source provides the means to help sort out a long-standing state of confusion and put it into perspective. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) This is a good time to reinforce family ties. Make it a priority to assess and resolve all outstanding problems. Start the upcoming holiday season with a full measure of love. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Don’t be pressured into a so-called solid-gold investment. Wait until the holiday distractions are over. Then take a harder look at it. You might find that the “gold” is starting to flake off. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A former friend might be trying to heal the breach between you by using a mutual friend as an intermediary. Best advice: Keep an open mind despite any lingering bad feelings. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of saying the right thing at the right time. Your friendships are deep and lasting.

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Graeber & Company Making Spirits Bright Venue: Graeber & Company Address: 350 N 9th St #103, Boise, ID 83702 Time: 6-8PM Phone: (208) 343-4915 Boise State Mens Basketball vs. Carroll College Venue: Taco Bell Arena Address: 1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho 83725 Time: 8PM Phone: (208) 426-1766 Tickets: visit

December 6th (Friday) Boise Christmas Show Venue: Expo Idaho Address: 5610 N Glenwood St, Boise, ID 83714 Time: 11AM-9PM Phone: (208) 939-6426 For more Information, visit: Winter Lights Parade Venue: Main Street, Downtown Meridian Time: 6:30-8PM Phone: (208) 888-3579

Children's Winterland Festival Venue: Meridian City Hall Address: 33 E Broadway Ave, Meridian, ID 83642 Phone: (208) 888-3579 For more information, visit: **Participation is free with a food donation of any size for the Meridian Food Bank** Santa in Old Boise Venue: Old Boise Building Address: 106 N 6th Street #106, Boise, ID 83702 Time: 12PM-4PM ***Every Saturday until Dec. 21st*** Imagination on Ice: A Journey of Dreams Venue: Idaho Ice World Address: 7072 S Eisenman Rd, Boise, ID 83716 Time: 3PM & 6PM Phone: (208) 608-7716 Tickets: Adults $10, Children $5

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