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EDIBLES (continued):

ARIES (March 21 to April 19)

After much traveling this year, you’re due for some settled time with family and friends. Use this period to check out situations that soon will require a lot of serious decision-making.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)

Keep that keen Bovine mind focused on your financial situation as it begins to undergo some changes. Consider your money moves carefully. Avoid impulsive investments.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20)

You’ll need to adjust some of your financial plans now that things are changing more quickly than you expected. All the facts you need haven’t yet emerged, so move cautiously.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22)

Personal and professional relationships dominate this period. Try to keep things uncomplicated to avoid misunderstandings that can cause problems down the line.

LEO (July 23 to August 22)

That elusive goal you’d been hoping to claim is still just out of reach. But something else has come along that could prove just as desirable, if only you would take the time to check it out.

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)

This is a good time to get away for some much-needed rest and relaxation. You’ll return refreshed and ready to take on the workplace challenge that awaits you.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22)

Confidence grows as you work your way through some knotty situations. Watch out for distractions from well-meaning supporters that could slow things down.

SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21)

Consider spending more time contemplating the possibilities of an offer before opting to accept or reject it. But once you make a decision, act on it.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You’re in a very strong position this week to tie up loose ends in as many areas as possible. Someone close to you has advice you might want to heed.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19)

Congratulations. This is the week you’ve been waiting for: After a period of sudden stops and fitful starts, your plans can now move ahead with no significant disruptions.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18)

You’re in an exceptionally strong position this week to make decisions on many still-unresolved matters, especially those involving close personal relationships.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20)

The new moon starts this week off with some positive movement in several areas. A special person becomes a partner in at least one of the major plans you’ll be working on.


You work hard and get things done. You also inspire others to do their best. You would do well heading up a major corporation. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

• Another place you’ll see slimy gelatin covering a chunk of meat is when you open up a can of SPAM. This little tin contains chopped pork shoulder and ham meat, hence the name, Spiced Meat And Ham. First manufactured in 1937, the luncheon meat was a popular staple for soldiers during World War II. Since its invention, more than seven billion cans have been sold. • At holiday time, many Norwegians fix a traditional dish known as Smalahove. This yummy dish is prepared first by torching the skin and fleece of a sheep’s head, removing the brain, then boiling the head for about three hours. Arrange some rutabagas and potatoes around it on a platter, and there you have your Christmas feast! • You’re not getting dessert when you order black pudding after a meal. Rather you’ll be served a sausage made up of animal blood, fat, rolled oats and spices. Depending on where you live, that blood could come from a pig, cow, sheep, duck or goat. Some recipes add chestnuts, sweet potato or barley to the mix. A yummy Asian snack, the pig’s blood cake, combines blood with sticky rice, fries it and serves it on a popsicle stick. • The process of making Polish blood soup is a tricky one. The head of a live duck must be chopped off and its blood collected in the cooking pot. Throw in some vinegar, onions, celery, parsley, sugar and some dumplings, and there you have it! Some cooks like to add dried fruit, such as prunes, pears or apples. • When folks down South talk about eating chit’lins, they are referring to chitterlings. This lip-smacking dish is the small intestines of pigs, boiled for several hours, then battered and fried and served with vinegar and hot sauce on the side. • Ask for a plate of menudo, and what you’ll get is an order of beef tripe, made from the rubbery lining of the stomach of a cow, sheep, goat, pig or deer. Your favorite Mexican restaurant might garnish it with jalapeno peppers. • No matter what you call them — Rocky Mountain oysters, cowboy caviar, Montana tendergroins or bull fries — it doesn’t change the fact that they are bull testicles, coated in flour and deep-fried. The people in some states love this “appetizer”

so much, they hold entire festivals around them, such as Eagle, Idaho’s “World’s Largest Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed” and Montana’s “Testicle Festival.” • Not all tacos are created equal! Lengueta de la vaca are tacos made with cow tongue, while Tacos de Cabeza include all parts of the cow’s head, including eyes and lips. • The French have a beautiful name for a particular variety of hot deli sandwich —langue de vache. That doesn’t change the fact that it’s cow tongue. • If you order geoduck off the menu, don’t expect to get an exotic poultry dish. It’s actually the largest burrowing clam in the world and is considered a delicacy in Asian countries, selling for as much as $30 per pound. It’s one of the animal kingdom’s longest-living creatures, at an average of 146 years, contributing to the amazing quantity of eggs produced by the female during her lifetime — five billion! The geoduck has a long meaty siphon it uses to suck in plankton when feeding. That portion of this mollusk is usually cooked fondue-style and dipped in soy or wasabi sauce.

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1. How did the Bay City Rollers get their start in the U.S.? 2. How many times did the Rolling Stones appear on the “Ed Sullivan Show”? 3. Who released “Dance to the Music” in 1968? 4. Which band had its only No. 1 hit with “Sweet Child o’ Mine”? 5. What group released “Sylvia’s Mother,” and when? 6. Who wrote “Baby, What a Big Surprise” in 1977? (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

Plant deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves in the fall) strategically in order to reduce your heating and cooling costs. Their leaves emerge in the spring to block summer’s heating rays, but when winter comes, they fall off to let the sun in, warming things up a bit. Keep nail-polish bottles easy to open by rubbing a little bit of petroleum jelly inside the cap of the bottle. M.C. in Arizona would like to know some alternative uses for hair conditioner. Here goes: as a shaving lotion for legs or face; a makeup remover; ouch-free bandage removal; to soften makeup brushes or paintbrushes before storage; to get knots out of doll hair or costume wigs; washing delicates (think silks and pantyhose); rub on a shower rod to help curtain glide effortlessly; and lastly, soak a shrunken sweater in a conditioner/ water solution to soften the fibers, then gently try stretching the sweater back to size. “Clean an egg carton very well, then flip it over and make slits in each egg cup. This works wonders as a child’s card holder for card games.” -L.P. Use an empty paper towel roll to store plastic grocery bags. Just stuff to capacity. These “bag sticks” are easy to store in a drawer or even be mounted on the side of a trash can with doublestick tape. When cleaning glass tabletops or chrome fixtures, try using newspaper instead of paper towels or rags. There is no lint left behind, and newspaper gives a better shine. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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PHOTO: Kristen Wiig PICKS OF THE WEEK “Bridesmaids” (R) -- This movie represents a true breakthrough in the realm of chick flicks: it’s a raunchy, heartfelt movie that is actually funny to members of both sexes. Annie and Lily (“Saturday Night Live” alums Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph) have been best friends since childhood. As Annie’s life hits a low point after her bakery closes down and her boyfriend leaves her, Lily asks her to be the maid of honor in her upcoming wedding. This movie has rightfully defeated “Sex and the City” as the top-grossing female comedy, and it’s easy to understand why. The cast is made of ascending stars and truly funny individuals, most notably Kristen Wiig, who makes the most of her first big-screen leading role. “Bridesmaids” is funny, unexpected and, hopefully, a sign of things to come. “Today’s Special” (R) -- Samir (Aasif Mandvi of “The Daily Show”) is a sous chef with big plans to further his career in Paris. All of that goes down the drain when his father has a heart attack, leaving the future of the family’s failing Indian restaurant in Samir’s hands. What follows is a fresh comedy about family, heritage and learning about life through the lens of Indian cooking. Aasif Mandvi adapts his own sarcastic-but-insightful style into an earnest protagonist who has to

swallow his pride -- as well as a great deal of very potent spices. The story trods familiar territory at times, but the charm is undeniable. “Adam” (PG-13) -- This startlingly sweet romantic comedy has a catch: The protagonist isn’t just quirky or inept, he’s diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a disorder characterized by difficulty communicating with and relating to other people. Adam (Hugh Dancy) understands astronomy far better than he understands the simple ritual of everyday conversation. When the gorgeous Beth (Rose Byrne) moves into the apartment one floor up, Adam is determined to have actual human contact with this person. Underneath his tone-deaf comments and awkward tics, Adam seems like a great guy, which only makes his condition as an outsider more endearing. Hugh Dancy wins praise for his portrayal of the complicated character, which is compounded by his chemistry with the lovely Rose Byrne -- a fellow rising star.

(c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. Game “The R.E.D. Album” 2. Jay Z Kanye West “Watch the Throne” 3. Adele “21” 4. Barbra Streisand “What Matters Most” 5. Pistol Annies “Hell On Wheels” 6. Various Artists “NOW 39” 7. Luke Bryan “Tailgates & Tanlines” 8. Various Artists “Muppets: The Green Album” 9. Jason Aldean “My Kinda Party” 10. Eric Church “Chief”

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According to those who study such things, the average American believes the ideal age -- that is, the best year of his or her life -- is 32. And when 30-somethings are asked when old age begins, the majority of men say it’s in the late 60s, while more women believe old age begins in the 70s. That iconic symbol of the Old West, the Pony Express, was based on the mail system used throughout the Mongol Empire in the 13th century. However, the Mongol riders often covered 125 miles in a single day, which was faster than the best record held by a Pony Express rider. In Nazi Germany, it was illegal to name a horse “Adolph.”

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Unless you’re from Central Florida, you’ve probably never heard of the small town of Ocoee. So you might be surprised to learn that during World War II, Ocoee earned the distinction of sending more men, per capita, to serve in the military than any other town in the United States. *** Thought for the Day: “It ought to be plain / how little you gain / by getting excited / and vexed. / You’ll always be late / for the previous train, / and always in time / for the next.” -- Piet Hein (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Page 6 EDIBLES (continued): • Folks in Sardinia, Italy, may change the way you think about cheese. Their casu marzu starts with a sheep’s milk Pecorino cheese but with one variable. Whole cheeses are left outside so that the Piophila casei or “cheese fly” can lay its eggs inside the cheese, as many as 500 eggs at one time. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae eat their way through the cheese, and their acidic digestive juices break down the cheese’s fats, resulting in a very soft cheese. There are usually thousands of little white worms in a casu marzu cheese ready for the market. It’s up to the individual diner whether to scoop out the maggots before eating. • If your plate is filled with the Bosworth, Falstaff or Bedford Fillbasket varieties, you’ll soon be eating one of the most disliked vegetables, the Brussels sprout. This vitamin-rich cruciferous veggie belongs to the same family as the cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, kale and kohlrabi. Brussels sprouts were first brought to North America by French immigrants settling in Louisiana around 1800. • The Scottish regularly cook up a dish called haggis, which is a sheep’s stomach stuffed with a mixture of the liver, heart, lungs, rolled oats and a variety of spices. Some fast-food restaurants in Scotland even have this item on their menu, deep-fat fried or as a burger on a bun. For those who don’t care to eat it, there are contests for “haggis hurling,” a sport that has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The current record-holder threw a 1.5-pound (.68-kg) haggis a distance of 180 feet, 10 inches (55.12 m).

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Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? (NC)—Many Canadians have at one time thought of a great idea that they could turn into a business. But there are some important questions to consider before you put your business idea into motion. • Are you ready for entrepreneurship? • Do you feel comfortable making all the decisions? • Do you like to work hard and are you self-motivated? • Do you have a detailed business plan? • Are you comfortable with a certain amount of financial risk? • Do you really know how much it will cost to start your business? • Are you willing to put in the extra time needed to make your business successful? “Lots of unexpected expenses and lots of government regulation,” says Sarabjit Bhalla, president of Creations Amenda, a retailer, commenting on what many new business owners find when starting a business. Mr. Bhalla adds that while being your own boss is the best part of running your business, self-discipline is key, as there are no set roadmaps for being successful. Before taking the plunge, know what's involved in launching your business. Consider the time, money and energy it will take to succeed. Start your research with free business services. Call Canada Business Ontario's Business Info Line at 1-888-745-8888 or visit Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. before you launch. They provide information on regulations, government financing options for your project, business planning and secondary market research. If you're just getting started, they also have a short video on business start-up to get you warmed up. Entrepreneurs cite that the rewards of starting your business are substantial—independence, pride of ownership and the freedom of being your own boss, to name a few. However, the day-to-day running of a business can be challenging, particularly in the start-up phase, so be sure to have asked yourself if you're ready. With the right information and proper planning, you'll be on the right track to fulfill your entrepreneurship goals.

1. In 2010, Arizona’s Stephen Drew became the third shortstop in major-league history to have at least three consecutive seasons of at least 10 triples. Name either of the other two to do it. 2. Name the last Philadelphia Phillies pitcher before Roy Halladay (21 in 2010) to win at least 18 games in a season. 3. Who set the NFL record for most touchdowns scored by a rookie? 4. Name two of the three men’s basketball coaches who immediately preceded Brad Stevens at Butler. 5. When was the last time before 2011 that the Boston Bruins were in the Eastern Conference finals? 6. How many times was Ronaldo named FIFA World Player of the Year during his 18-year soccer career? 7. Who is the oldest mixed martial arts athlete to win a major championship? (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Financial Preparedness Essential for Women (NC)—Among the 2,115 Canadians who participated in the 2011 Desjardins Financial Security Health Survey, 67 per cent said that an illness would make them financially vulnerable. Another 77 percent who live with children were afraid that they would use up their savings during recovery, leaving no money for their children's education. The survey also pointed out that women fear the potentially devastating effects of cancer more than any other serious illness. "What's interesting is that women today are able to assert their independence by their lifestyle and career choices, but many still find financial planning to be very stressful," said Janey Leslie, a certified financial planner with Desjardins Financial Security. "Statistically, women live longer than men, they play a key role in family care-giving and decision-making, but they are often in a more vulnerable financial position. So, it's essential that women become better prepared financially in case of an emergency, like a serious illness." Janey, what should women do to get started? One thing I have learned over the years, speaking to both advisors and clients, is the importance of putting a client's needs into a real-life context. This is especially true when working with female clients. Women need to be proactive and think about what they would need financially to protect their families should they ever become seriously ill. Being financially prepared will allow her to concentrate her energy on recovering and still maintain her place at the heart of the family. What should be incorporated into the financial plan? Every working mother with dependants should have a financial safety plan that includes three distinct layers: 1. Disability insurance: It's a valuable, must-have protection that pays a regular benefit based on the person's monthly salary, which can be used to cover every-day financial commitments. 2. Extended medical insurance: Even with the protection of disability insurance, many women are not able to pay for all of the drugs and treatments associated with a serious illness. And it's important to point out that they also may not be covered by their provincial health care system. An extended medical insurance plan is an excellent protection against these high costs. 3. Critical illness insurance: It's often the missing piece of the puzzle, but luckily it's a product that's growing in popularity. In fact, sales of critical illness insurance in Canada have doubled in the last ten years. It provides a substantial lump-sum payment taxfree, which can be used for anything. For example, even the minimum benefit of $25,000 would allow someone to make a year's worth of mortgage payments or travel outside the country to seek the best medical care available. Imagine what $100,000 or $250,000 would allow them to do? For more information about building a solid financial plan or about heath and life insurance, visit Desjardins Financial Security online at

On Sept. 22, 1598, English playwright Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter after a duel. He was very nearly hanged, but his ability to read and write saved him. He claimed “benefit of clergy,” which allowed him to be sentenced by the lenient ecclesiastical courts. Jonson was as famous in his time as Shakespeare. On Sept. 21, 1866, H.G. Wells, pioneer of science fiction, is born in Bromley, England. In 1895, he published his classic novel “The Time Machine,” about a man who journeys to the future. The book was a success, as was “The War of the Worlds” (1898). On Sept. 20, 1881, Chester Arthur becomes third president to serve in one year. The year began with Rutherford B. Hayes in office. Hayes served out his term and turned over the reins to James A. Garfield. Four months later, Garfield was shot by an assassin but did not die until Sept. 19. Vice President Arthur was then sworn in as president. On Sept. 24, 1890, faced with the eminent destruction of their church and way of life, Mormon leaders reluctantly issue the “Mormon Manifesto” in which they command all Latter-day Saints to uphold the laws of the nation and abandon polygamy. On Sept. 23, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is forced to defend his dog’s honor and his own reputation. Critics had circulated a story claiming that Roosevelt had accidentally left Fala behind while visiting the Aleutian Islands earlier that year. They accused the president of sending a Navy destroyer, at taxpayer expense of up to $20 million, to go back and pick up the dog. On Sept. 19, 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel in Nevada. The test was part of a series of 29 nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons safety tests known as Operation Plumbbob. On Sept. 25, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice in history when she is sworn in by Chief Justice Warren Burger. After graduating from Stanford law school in the early 1950s, no law firm in California would hire her because she was a woman.

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Flashback Answers 1. They appeared via satellite for the launch of ABC’s “Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell” in 1975. Their song “Saturday Night” went to No. 1 months later. 2. Six times. The Stones’ riotous crowds and questionable lyrics often caused problems for Sullivan. 3. Sly & the Family Stone. The song reached No. 8 and made Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 4. Guns N’ Roses, in 1987 In a recent BBC poll, the song was voted to have the “greatest guitar riff ever.” 5. Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, in 1972. It’s said that Shel Silverstein wrote the song about a real Sylvia who ended their relationship to marry another. 6. Peter Cetera of the group Chicago wrote and sang lead vocals on the song, backed up by Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys.

ANSWERS Sports Quiz Answers 1. Minnesota’s Zoilo Versalles (1963-65) and Jose Reyes of the New York Mets (2005-08). 2. John Denny won 19 games in 1983. 3. Chicago’s Gayle Sayers had 22 touchdowns in 1965. 4. Barry Collier (1989-2000), Thad Matta (2000-01) and Todd Lickliter (2001-07). 5. It was 1992. 6. Three times -- 1996, 1997 and 2002. 7. Randy Couture was 43 years, 255 days old when he won the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title in 2007.

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