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Kelly, emerald, olive, lime, chartreuse, sage or forest … No matter how you say it, the color is green! This week, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Tidbits brings you facts about all things green.

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• Located on the color spectrum at a wavelength of about 520 to 470 nanometers, the color green is created from a mixture of yellow and blue. Celadon is a shade of green that is a pale tint of spring green, while chartreuse is a pale apple green. Viridian is a dark blue-green color, whose chemical name is hydrated chromium oxide. The facility belonging to comic action heroes the X-Men is colored viridian.

• Beginning in 1903, Crayola offered one green crayon, simply called “green.” Sea green, spring green and olive green were made available in 1949, and in 1958, the company introduced forest green. Ultra-green came along in 1972, and since then, the company’s more creative green names have included electric lime, jungle green, magic mint, asparagus, Caribbean green, fern green, Granny Smith apple, inch worm, mountain meadow and tropical rainforest. • The waiting room for performers or speakers scheduled to appear on stage is called the Green Room. Although historically painted green, most modern Green Rooms are not.

Games...........................................................Pg. 2 Veteran’s Post (Military Life Column)............Pg. 2 Trivia..............................................................Pg. 3 Pet Bits (Pet Advice Column)...........................Pg. 4 The Art of Touch (Massage Column)...............Pg. 4 Dining Guide..................................................Pg. 5 Strange But True (Fun Facts)..........................Pg. 5 Community Calendar.....................................Pg. 6 Moments in Time...........................................Pg. 6 Senior News Line..........................................Pg. 7 Horoscopes...................................................Pg. 7 Now Here’s A Tip! (Tips & Tricks)...................Pg. 7 Answers (Trivia & Games)..................................Pg. 7 3rd Thursday Specials.............................. Pg. 8


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Tidbits® of Pulaski County GREEN THINGS (continued): • If a company is guilty of green-washing, they are misleading consumers by proclaiming that they implement positive environmental practices that don’t exist or can’t be substantiated. The company might falsely claim that they use recycled content in their product, or advertise one small truth to distract consumers from a larger falsehood. • The word green has found its way into many terms in the English language. If you’re a greenhorn, you’re an inexperienced beginner. When the green-eyed monster rears its ugly head, it represents jealousy; similarly, an individual can be green with envy. Those who have the ability to make anything grow are said to have a green thumb. If you have a roll of greenbacks, your pocket is full of U.S. currency. Not feeling well? You might be described as green around the gills. • Members of the Green Party focus on the environment, equal opportunity, social justice and non-violence. It is their platform that, “every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives.” The party does not accept corporate donations, shunning corporations’ influence and control over government and the media. Probably the most famous Green Party member is Ralph Nader. • The blue-green color of teal was named for the Common Teal, also known as the Eurasian Teal, a common breed of duck, which is the smallest “dabbling” duck. This means it feeds at the surface of the water rather than by diving. The Teal’s green eye patch dominates the bird’s otherwise chestnut-colored head.


Down on the Farm The sun on the back of the neck, the feel of the earth in your hands, seeing the first green shoots growing out of the ground ... all of this can be quite healing for a veteran who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or a brain or physical injury. All across the country, large and small farms have opened their doors to veterans who want (or need) to get back to the land. Veterans who have gone into farming enjoy a sense of purpose in the physical work, while taking the time to heal. While thousands of veterans are signing up for education benefits or funds to start a new business, other veterans are digging in the soil. The opportunities are varied: weeks-long training classes, farms where veterans are working, transition camps for those who want to try it out. Some farms are wheelchair accessible, with elevated beds that are easy to reach. Some are CSA farms, with crops grown for a specific market, with the customers paying in advance. If becoming a farmer sounds like something you’d like to explore, here are some ideas: • The Farmer-Veteran Coalition [] matches returning veterans with farmers and funding, and also hosts two-day farm retreats. • The Veterans Farm [ com] is an accessible farm for disabled veterans. It hosts 14week horticultural therapy programs to learn how to grow organic fruits and vegetables. • Vet Farms [315-863-5143] in upstate New York offers instruction in planting, tractor operation, marketing and more. • Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots at the University of Nebraska’s Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture [], in coordination with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Agriculture, offers training and career placement for veterans wishing to become farmers or ranchers. The typical American farmer is nearly 60 years old. Where will the next generation of farmers come from? It could be you.

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• The myrtle plant is the source of the green color by the same name, a very dark shade, darker than spinach. Plants in the same family as the myrtle include the clove, guava, allspice and eucalyptus.

• Most people won’t recognize the name of Hugh “Lumpy” Brannum, but baby boomers will remember him as the overall-wearing sidekick of children’s television’s Captain Kangaroo. Aptly named Mr. Green Jeans, Brannum appeared as the handyman at the Treasure House from 1955 to 1984.

• We know the Trifolium repens by another name — the white clover, but more commonly, the shamrock. Taken from the Irish word, seamrog, meaning “little clover,” this white-flowered perennial was regarded by early Celts as a charm

1. Is the Book of 1 Thessalonians in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. To keep Adam and Eve away after the Fall, what did God place around the Tree of Life? Smoking pits, Deep moat, Cherubim with flaming swords, Walking vipers 3. In 2 Samuel 12, what personality did God name Jedidiah? David, Amos, Solomon, Joab 4. What “type” water did Jesus offer the Samaritan woman at the well? Fresh, Cool, Living, Clean 5. From John 10, to what type animals are Christians compared? Camels, Sheep, Lions, Serpents 6. Which of these was a type of food? Yoke, Manna, Prodigal, Mina


1. MOVIES: Who played the role of “Pardner” in the Western musical “Paint Your Wagon”? 2. GEOGRAPHY: Minsk is the capital of what former Soviet republic? 3. LITERATURE: In “Gone With the Wind,” what were the first names of the Tarleton twins? 4. HISTORY: When did the Suez Canal open? 5. MYTHOLOGY: Who was the Norse trickster god? 6. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What sport did Scotland ban in 1457 for fear that it was interfering with the practice of archery, a vital part of the national defense? 7. MUSIC: Frank Sinatra first gained major fame by singing for which Big Band leader? 8. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Who served as FDR’s secretary of war 1940-1945? 9. U.S. STATES: Which state’s nickname is the Pine Tree State? 10. FOOD & DRINK: What type of fruit is known as a honeydew?

Who is the only player in majorleague history to have at least 500 doubles, 100 triples, 600 home runs and 300 stolen bases? How many consecutive seasons did Joe Torre manage a team to the major-league playoffs? Which NFL team has appeared in the most conference championship games? In 2010, Eric Bledsoe hit eight 3-pointers in an NCAA Tournament game to set a University of Kentucky record. Who had held the mark? Jarome Iginla entered the 2010-11 NHL campaign with the longest current streak of at least 20 goals in consecutive seasons, with 11. Name three of the five players tied for second with 10 seasons? In 2010, Sebastian Vettel became the youngest driver (23 years, 133 days) in Formula One history to win the season championship. Who had been the youngest? Name the last left-handed men’s tennis player before Rafael Nadal in 2010 to win the U.S. Open.

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• The color green is considered sacred in the Islam religion as a symbol of vegetation and new life. Folklore states that Muhammad was especially fond of the color and wore a green cloak and turban. According to the Koran, inhabitants of Paradise will dress in fine garments of green silk. Several Islamic nations incorporate the color into their flags; in fact, the flag of Libya is simply a green field, with no other colors, designs or details.

• That pigment in plants and algae that makes them green is known as chlorophyll, and it is necessary for the process of photosynthesis. Chlorophyll absorbs sunlight and uses that energy to synthesize carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water. Leaves change color in the fall because the chlorophyll in the leaves begins to decay.

• A gentleman in China who wants to express his love for his sweetheart will give her a gift of jade. In this culture, this gemstone indicates eternity, and is given to convey deep eternal love, similar to the symbol of gold and diamonds in the Western world.

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• At the end of the yellow brick road in the Land of Oz is the Emerald City, home of the famous Wizard. In L. Frank Baum’s legendary novel, all those entering the Emerald City were made to wear green-tinted eyeglasses that made everything look green, although the City was “no more green than any other city.”

• Can you imagine the Wicked Witch of the West without her trademark green makeup in the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz”? The makeup, which took two hours every day to apply, achieved its distinctive color from a dangerous chemical, copper oxide, and actress Margaret Hamilton had to exercise extreme caution when eating meals while wearing it, so as not to ingest any. It became even more dangerous when Hamilton was making her spectacular exit from Munchkinland via an elevator in a trap door on the set. When the burst of real fire came up, her makeup ignited, causing painful burns that required six weeks to heal.

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For Advertising Call (417) 458-1407 • The mineral beryl, which is actually beryllium aluminum silicate, is a colorless crystal. But add a couple of impurities to the mineral, specifically chromium and vanadium, and the beryl crystal becomes a beautiful green color. The new stone is called an emerald! Although emeralds are mined primarily in Colombia, they can also be found in Australia, Canada, India, Italy, France, 
 Germany and Nigeria, among several other places. They have also been found in the U.S. states of Connecticut, Montana, Nevada and the Carolinas. ************************************** FAMOUS PATRICKS As a tribute to St. Patrick’s Day, Tidbits looks at several of those whose names are derived from the Latin word meaning “noble one.” • As a fine high school athlete, Patrick Swayze excelled in football, diving, broad-jumping, track and martial arts. Yet he abandoned all of his sports to study ballet and dance professionally with major New York City companies. His first professional gig was as Cinderella’s Prince Charming in Disneyland parades. Swayze’s television debut came on the series “M*A*S*H,” where he played a soldier who had been diagnosed with leukemia. Of course, he’s best known for his role as Johnny Castle in 1987’s “Dirty Dancing,” and as Sam Wheat in 1990’s “Ghost,” roles for which he received Golden Globe nominations. He was People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1991 and was also chosen as one of their 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. Although he fought valiantly against pancreatic cancer, it claimed his life in 2009, 21 months after diagnosis. • One of America’s founding fathers, Patrick Henry was a two-time governor of Virginia and a strong advocate of the American Revolution. As the House of Burgesses debated whether to take military action against the advancing British army, Henry made his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech in 1775. • The number 33 jersey has been retired by hockey’s Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. It belonged to Patrick Roy, who has been voted the greatest goaltender in NHL history by a panel of writers and a fan poll. This Hockey Hall of Famer won two Stanley Cup championships each with the Canadiens and the Avalanche, and is the only player in history to win the Stanley’s MVP award three times Today, Patrick Roy spends his time managing

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• Early in the history of the Christian church, tea was considered to be a dangerous intoxicant.

• It was English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley who made the following sage observation: “There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.” • In 1955, a woman in Italy gave birth to a baby who weighed 22 pounds, 8 ounces. • Two United State first ladies ran away to get married: Florence Harding, future wife of President Warren G. Harding, eloped with her first husband when she was 19, and Anna Harrison eloped with the future ninth U.S. President William Henry Harrison (also known as “Old Tippecanoe”) when she was 20 and he was 22. • The substance now known as cat litter was originally designed to be used as nesting material for chickens.

• Louis Diat, chef at the New York City Ritz-Carlton in the early 20th century, is usually credited with first creating the soup known as vichyssoise. He based the recipe on one his mother and grandmother used to make, but he had to change the name to something a bit more fancy; it seems that “Mama’s Potato-Leek Puree” didn’t fit in with the other menu items. • The blood of the icefish has no color. • Have you ever noticed that there’s a pale crescent of flesh at the base of each of your fingernails? If you want to be technical, the word to describe it is “lunula.” *** Thought for the Day: “Animals have these advantages over man: They never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.” -- Voltaire

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Community Calendar To announce a local non-profit event for FREE in Tidbits please email: March 9, 11:45am - 1pm Waynesville St. Robert Chamber Luncheon March 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26, 7:30pm PFAA Spring Production: “The Cemetery Club” March 12, 6pm - 11pm 7th Annual Ham & Beans Dinner at The Barn March 17 - St. Patricks’ Day March 17, 4pm - 8pm 3rd Thursday in downtown Waynesville March 19, 7pm Mad Agnes performing at the Waynesville United Methodist Church, 301 Lovely Lane in Waynesville March 26, 9am Miles 4 Missions 10K & 5K at the Westside Baptist Church in Waynesville

• On March 13, 1781, the German-born English astronomer William Hershel discovers Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun. Herschel’s discovery of a new planet was the first to be made in modern times, and the first to be made by use of a telescope. • On March 11, 1918, a historic influenza epidemic breaks out at the U.S. Army hospital at Fort Riley, Kan. The disease soon traveled to Europe with the American soldiers heading to the battlefields of France. The flu would eventually kill 675,000 Americans and more than 20 million people around the world. • On March 12, 1922, author Jack Kerouac is born in Lowell, Mass. In World War II, he served in the Navy but was expelled for severe personality problems that may have been symptoms of mental illness. It was not until 1957 when he published “On the Road” that he became famous as a seminal figure of the Beat Generation. • On March 7, 1938, Janet Guthrie, the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 races, is born in Iowa City, Iowa. Guthrie drove in her final Indy 500 in 1979 and her last Daytona 500 in 1980. Her helmet and driver’s suit are in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. • On March 10, 1945, 300 American bombers drop almost 2,000 tons of incendiaries on Tokyo. The attack destroyed large portions of the Japanese capital and killed 100,000 civilians. Ten square miles of eastern Tokyo were entirely obliterated, and an estimated 250,000 buildings were destroyed. • On March 8, 1951, the Lonely Hearts Killers -- Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez -- are executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in New York. The odd couple had schemed to seduce, rob and murder women who placed personal ads in newspapers. Their story has been the subject of several movies, most recently “Lonely Hearts” (2006). • On March 9, 1985, the first-ever Adopt-a-Highway sign is erected on Highway 69 in Texas. The highway was adopted by the Tyler Civitan Club, which committed to picking up trash along a designated 2-mile stretch of the road.

March 26, 11am - 4pm Taste of Pulaski County & Basket Auction at the St. Robert Community Center April 1 Fabulous Fakes: fake acts perform table to table during the luncheon at Pershing Community Center, FLW April 1, 7pm Tri-County Center for Independent Living Center Fundraiser: Trivia night & baked goods auction at Eugene Northern Hall, 400 4th St. in Rolla. April 16, 1pm - 3pm St. Robert Easter Egg Hunt April 17, 1pm Meat shoot at Steelville Country Club, 269 W. Hwy 8. Proceeds go to Tri-County Center for Independent Living.

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and coaching the Quebec Ramparts, part of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. • A different number 33 jersey has been retired by the New York Knicks, belonging to center Patrick Ewing. Ewing lived the first 11 years of his life in Jamaica, where he played cricket and soccer. At Georgetown University, he was one of the first college players to start on the varsity team as a freshman, which contributed to his being voted as the 16th greatest college player of all time by ESPN. The Hall of Famer is also on the list as one of the 50 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time. Ewing has two Olympic gold medals to his credit as a member of the 1984 and 1992 basketball teams. Today, he is the assistant coach for the Orlando Magic. • Although not a familiar name, the Reverend Patrick Bell was famous in his own right. This Church of Scotland minister invented the reaping machine in 1828. Bell collected no financial gain from his invention, because he never obtained a patent, believing it should benefit all mankind. • “Dr. McDreamy,” neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd on television’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” is played by heartthrob Patrick Dempsey. Dempsey entered the entertainment world as a teenager when he studied juggling and actually placed third in the National Jugglers Convention. At one time, he wanted to attend Clown College. The Maineborn star was also a state champion downhill skier who trained for an Olympic team slot. Dempsey was diagnosed as dyslexic at a young age, and although he attended the local high school, he dropped out before graduating. His dyslexia forces him to totally memorize all his scripts. In his spare time, he is a sports car racer and has participated in both the Indianapolis and Daytona Beach races.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might feel more encouraged about changes in your personal and/ or professional life. However, it might be best not to rush things but rather work with them as they evolve. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Bovine’s business sense is especially keen this week. But remember that it’s always best to investigate before investing. Make sure there are no hidden factors that can rise up later on. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Working on a family project could create tension between and among those concerned. Your good sense and your patience can help reduce bad attitudes and raise positive feelings. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You should be seeing more progress in the development of your plans and more supporters joining in. News from the past could help change someone’s long-held position. LEO (July 23 to August 22) With personal aspects strong this week, Leos and Leonas might want to spend more time with family and others who are especially close to them. Also expect news of a possible career change. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Taking a strong stand can be helpful this week. But be careful you don’t cross the line into obstinacy. Best to take a position on facts as they are, not as you want them to be. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You have a strong sense of the needs of others. This week, turn some of that sensitivity into an honest selfappraisal, and let it find places where you can help yourself. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Creating an emotional comfort zone to handle a personal problem helps at first. But by midweek, you’ll realize you need to deal with it directly or it could linger for too long. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Turning the page on a mistake to start fresh might not be the thing to do. Better to go over each step that led up to the decision you made and see which one misled you. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Goats enjoy a varied diet, but eating crow isn’t on the menu -- at least not this week. An embarrassing situation might have gone wrong before you got into it. Check it out. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Your sense of honesty might impel you to speak up about a situation you disapprove of. That’s fine. But do so without sounding accusatory. You might not know all the facts behind it. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Being asked to create a reassuring attitude in the middle of chaos isn’t easy, but you can do it. Support for your efforts comes slowly, but it does come. Enjoy an artsfilled weekend. BORN THIS WEEK: Your honesty about people and issues is expressed in a positive, not painful, way.

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Tidbits of Pulaski County Issue 42