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England’s George III was Alamo. He proudly recalled prone to bouts of “madness” – of men like the exploits This word means: he often had to be confined in a type of consumer protest Davy Crockett and Sam a straitjacket during theseboasting “I'll bet Houston, attacks. There were several you never had anyone so theories as to what brave causedaround his Boston!” mental illness, but it wasn’t “Everwas hear of Paul Revere?” until DNA testing THE BOSTON TEA PARTY (continued): asked perfected that strands of the Bostonian. WORD POWER • The war between France and Britain raged the king’s hair was “Paul Revere?” said the ANSWER found to 2008 on. The Spanish supported France, while the analyzed and4th Quarter Texan. “Isn't he the fella thewho ran for help?” Colonists and some Native Americans fought contain 300 timesWeek 50 for the British. The forces of King George III toxic level of arsenic.

eventually overwhelmed the French, who signed a peace treaty in 1763. His Majesty didn’t have time to bask in victory, however. The expense of the war had plunged his na• On Dec. 9, 1926, young clarinetist Benny tion into massive debt. The best way to raise QUOTE Goodman records his first solo, 16 bars of a some quick cash, he determined, was to levy song called “He’s the Last Word.” Sadly, his “We must all hang together, additional taxes on the American colonists. father was hit by a car and killed on the same or assuredly we shall day Goodman recorded the solo. • King George’s Stamp Act of THIS 1765 required all hang separately.” WEEK’S that all legal documents be endorsed with a CELEBRITY ~ Benjamin • On Dec. 11, 1936, after ruling for less thanFranklintax stamp. And while this included BIRTHDAYS things one year, Edward VIII becomes the first English you’d expect, like commercial contracts and monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He wills, it also encompassed items like newschose to abdicate after the British government, papers and even playing cards. The Colonists public and the Church of England condemned objected to the additional taxes, and the mathis decision to marry American divorcŽe Wallis ter was debated in the British Parliament. Warfield Simpson. The Crown felt that it had nourished and protected their “American children,” and could • On Dec. 10, 1963, Frank Sinatra Jr., who was not understand why they refused to pay. kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, Calif., is allowed to • Of course, the Colonists – many of whom talk briefly to his father. The kidnappers revealed the drop point for the ransom money and the had left Britain to escape oppression – didn’t location where Frank Jr. could be found. To feel particularly “nurtured.” They’d endured avoid a public scene, law enforcement officials years of hardship and isolation to develop the picked up the young Sinatra and brought him New World, and now that monarchy came on home in the trunk of their car. board with a heavy hand. Most importantly, these taxes were levied on Colonists that had • On Dec. 14, 1980, a CIA report claims that no representation in Parliament. the Soviet Union delivered nearly $7 billion • The Colonists quickly rallied. The movers worth of military assistance to Third World and shakers of that era – Benjamin Franklin, nations such as Syria, Iraq and South Yemen. Samuel Adams, and Patrick Henry among The report suggested that Soviet arms sales them – formed committees. They drew up were dangerously increasing instability and the and sent correspondence informing Parliachances for war. ment that they would not comply with the Stamp Act, since they considered it a viola• On Dec. 8, 1993, the North American Free tion of their rights. Britain failed to collect Trade Agreement is signed into law by President Bill Clinton. NAFTA was heavily criticized by any proceeds from the Stamp Act, but that Reform Party presidential candidate Ross wasn’t the end of what Franklin termed “taxPerot, who argued that if NAFTA was passed, ation without representation.”

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Put Your Own “Stamp” on the Holidays Whether we’re children or adults, we all like to feel useful and part of holiday festivities. Now is the time to enlist the kids in some projects! Stamping is one of the easiest and most rewarding. Here are some ideas that can be mixed and matched to put your own stamp on a new holiday tradition. Hanukkah Napkins First, make a printing stamp. Draw and cut out a small 1-inch-by-1-inch or larger Star of David from an extra computer mouse pad or foam core. (To make a simple Star of David pattern, cut two triangles out of paper. Overlap the triangles to form the star. Place on the mouse pad or foam, outline the shape with a marker and cut out.) Glue the cutout to a block of wood using strong nontoxic glue or a glue gun. On a newspaper covered table, pour silver or white acrylic paint into a shallow dish. With a small brush, paint the star portion of the stamp. Blot the stamp on a paper towel, and then stamp the design on the outside of a blue cotton fabric or paper napkin. Continue stamping more napkins, adding paint to the stamp as necessary. If using cotton napkins, an adult should heatset the paint with a warm iron. Christmas Tree Stocking Make a stamp as described above in the shape of a Christmas tree. Stamp the design with acrylic paints on a plain purchased or homemade felt or cotton Christmas stocking. When dry, stamp stars to top the trees.

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• “I do a whole lot of traveling, and have always done this when I go out of town. I try to use up as much food as possible before I leave, but I also freeze what I can in order to reduce the amount of food I waste. I put a few ice cubes in a tied plastic bag and put it on the shelf of the freezer when I leave. If I come back to one large ice blob, I know that the power has been out for a substantial amount of time while I was gone. Then I know that the stuff in the freezer/ refrigerator has to go.” -- H.A. in Ontario, Canada • Here’s a wonderful tip from the Insurance Information Institute: Keep your toolshed locked. You might not be worried about losing that old shovel, ladder or set of screwdrivers, but you might be worried if someone uses them to break into your house. Lock it up for safety. • If you have smelly shoes, here is a “stocking stuffer” to try: Take the foot portion of an old pair of pantyhose. Fill it with tea leaves and stuff it into the shoe. Leave for a couple of days. It should soak up the smell. You can also use kitty litter or charcoal, but I find that the tea leaves leave a pleasant scent behind. • “I love patent-leather shoes for the kids. To make them shine (and to keep them from cracking), I give them a good buff with plain old petroleum jelly. It’s cheap and works perfectly.”


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