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OLD-TIME CANDY by Kathy Wolfe
What was your favorite candy when you were growing up? Take a nostalgic look back at the history behind some of the early varieties you may have enjoyed, many of them long gone but not forgotten. • The first candy to combine milk chocolate, marshmallow, peanuts and caramel was the Goo Goo Cluster, introduced in 1913 and sold unwrapped from large glass candy jars in the drug store. When a regular customer mentioned that the candy was “So good, people will ask for it from birth,” the creator named his confection after the first sounds made by his newborn son, “Goo Goo!” • The invention of America’s first candy machine, a lozenge cutter in 1847, got the NECCO wafers their start. The familiar pastel candies were sold for over 50 years before they were given their name, an acronym for the New England Confectionery Company that produced them. The same company introduced conversation hearts in 1866, dubbing them “motto hearts” and printing such messages as “Be Good,” “Be True” and “Kiss Me.” The phrases have been updated in recent years, adding “Call Me,” “Fax Me” and “Email Me.” In 2011, NECCO added “Tweet Me” to the list of mottos. • It’s likely that nearly every child in America has at some time received a ball-shaped lollipop from the bank teller. These little pops, known as Dum Dums, have been around since 1924 when they were introduced by the Akron Candy Company. Sales manager I.C. Bahr named the pop, figuring Dum Dum was a word any child could say. Seven original flavors were introduced, with many added and deleted over the years, including the famous Mystery Flavor. The Mystery Flavor changes regularly since it is a blend of the tail end of one batch and the beginning of the next, whatever they may be. turn the page for more!
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• Remember Chuckles? These sugar-coated jelly candies have been around since 1921, when a Chicago marshmallow manufacturer introduced them. The five-flavored strip of candies was widely advertised with the slogan “5 flavors – 5 cents.”
Happy Thursday! This week Tidbits is full of special treats just for you! We’ve got a sweet story all about your favorite candies. A super crossowrd that is sure to keep you busy throughout your lunch break. And some amazing local events happening the area - read more about them on page 4!
• Chick-O-Sticks and Chicken Bones were pretty much the same thing. Introduced in 1938 as Chicken Bones, this was a honeycombed candy filled with peanut butter and rolled in toasted coconut. In 1955, it was discovered that another company already owned the name, and the change was made to Chick-O-Sticks.
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• There’s nothing like pouring straight sugar down your throat, which is what we did with Pixy Stix, a powdered sugar packaged in a drinking straw. It started out as a drink mix in the late 1940s called Frutol, but since kids seemed to prefer the straight powder, Pixy Stix made their debut in 1952.
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• The chocolate-covered, crunchy peanut butter bar 5th Avenue was the 1938 brainstorm of William Luden, who is more famous as the creator of Luden’s cough drops. • Back in the 1950s when James Dean and Marlon Brando looked cool with their cigarettes rolled up in their T-shirt sleeves, candy cigarettes were all the rage with kids. It seems that candy makers actually worked with the tobacco companies to help attract young smokers! Although the original candy cigs with their “lit” red tip are long gone, they are now reproduced but, we hope, with a different goal. Some folks who have quit smoking pass out packs to friends on the anniversary of their last cigarette. • Those little hollow tubes of black licorice coated with pastel-colored candy were known as Snaps. They appeared at candy counters for the first time around 1930 and can still be found at specialty candy shops. You’ll have a little more trouble finding wax lips, introduced in the early 1900s, which could be chewed into a waxy, cherry-flavored gum. If you didn’t like the lips, vampire fangs and moustaches were also available. turn the page for more!
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ported injuries so far include skull fractures and bleeding on the brain as a result of the falls. The manufacturer has offered a free repair kit that will lock the seat in position. Twenty-one thousand gas dryers have been recalled because the gas valve doesn’t shut off, which causes the temperatures to rise even after the dry cycle is finished. Go the Consumer Product Safety Commission (http:// www.cpsc.gov) for the latest recall information and to report unsafe products. The most recent recall information is on the front page. Or call its toll-free consumer hotline: 1-800- 638-2772. If there’s a malfunction with an item, report it. Only after a number of people report malfunctions and injuries from consumer products will recalls be issued. Never assume you’re the only one with a problem. Be sure to report your safety problem to the manufacturer as well. Many of them will do a voluntary recall to catch the problem quickly, before it shows up at the Consumer Product Safety Commission level. If your gift buying for the coming holiday season includes making purchases at discount stores, consider
that the models available there might not be current. It’s important to check for recalls on any models of appliances before you buy them. Search for product information at saferproducts.gov. Purchasing an online subscription to Consumer Reports magazine is well worth the small cost. You get even more information than the print edition alone. Online, by signing in with your ID and password, you can access comments made by other consumers and expanded information on the products you want to buy. Additionally, you can sign up to receive monthly email information about product safety and recalls. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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• The Pittsburgh-based D.L. Clark Company had a hit in 1917 with a chocolate-covered honeycomb of ground, roasted peanuts, simply called Clark Bar. This confection became so popular with U.S. troops stationed overseas in World War I, it became a giant sensation back at home as well. The same company produced the Zagnut candy bar beginning in 1930, a crunchy peanut butter bar covered in toasted coconut. The word “zigzag” became popular in the 1930s, and it’s believed that’s where the name originated. • Many children spent their allowance on the caramel Slo Poke suckers, because according to the familiar jingle, “Get yourself a Slo Poke, it lasts all day!” If you were a chocolate fan, you could purchase the similar Black Cow. • How about our preferred chewing gums? Three of our old favorites, Black Jack, Beemans and Clove were discontinued years ago, but the Cadbury Adams Company, which owns the formulas, cooks up a batch of each every couple of years. The licorice-flavored Black Jack gum was the first flavored gum in America. Back in the late 1800s, an Ohio physician Dr. Edward E. Beeman marketed a gum of pepsin powder and chicle, designed to aid digestion. Legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager made Beemans gum famous by chewing a stick before every flight for good luck. In fact, the antacid qualities of pepsin made the gum popular with pilots for reducing stomach agitation in flight. Clove gum was first manufactured in 1914 by Thomas Adams. Legend has it that Clove grew in popularity during Prohibition because its strong smell masked the odor of illegal alcohol on the breath. The Beech Nut Company launched Fruit Stripe gum in the 1960s with a zebra as its “spokesman,” packaging it in zebra-striped wrappers. It was the only gum with stripes, which were added on after the gum was made. The down side of Fruit Stripe was that it lost its flavor very quickly, and now that it has been re-introduced, the complaint is the same — It’s pretty much flavorless in just over five minutes. • Chicago’s Williamson Candy Store produced and sold chocolate back around 1920. One of their young customers hung around the establishment so much, before long the employees were asking him to do little odd jobs, “Oh, Henry, could you do this?” and “Oh, Henry, will you bring me that?” Soon after, their newest confection was named the Oh Henry bar.
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To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.
1. MONEY: Who was the first president to appear on a U.S. coin?
Shaky Hands Not Due to Nervousness
2. GEOGRAPHY: What three states border on the state of Louisiana?
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you please provide information on essential tremor? Thanks. -- D.C.
3. MUSIC: Which rock star had a hit song with “Papa Don’t Preach”?
ANSWER: When people unfamiliar with essential tremor see a person with it, they immediately assume that the person is quite nervous. The shaky hands are a giveaway. It’s not “nerves” that are causing the shakiness; it’s essential tremor. A glitch in one of the brain’s movement-control centers has occurred. Katharine Hepburn suffered from essential tremor. Not only did her hands shake, but so did her head and her voice. Essential tremor is a common condition. Its other name is familial tremor, indicating that it runs in families. Most affected people can find other relatives who have it. Trembling hands make it near impossible to bring a spoonful of soup to the mouth. Handwriting often degenerates into a scrawl. Buttoning a shirt or coat becomes a herculean task. Alcohol abolishes the tremor for a short time. Alcohol can’t be used as a treatment. Other medicines, like propranolol (Inderal) and primidone (Mysoline), offer effective control. For seriously disabling tremors, deepbrain stimulation can put an end to them. People can help control shaking hands by holding their elbows firmly against the body when using their hands for a fine task. Everyone with essential tremor needs to make the acquaintance of the International Essential Tremor
4. GAMES: The properties in the U.S. version of “Monopoly” are based on streets in which city? 5. TELEVISION: On what sketch comedy show did Jim Carrey make a name for himself in the 1990s? 6. LANGUAGE: What does the word “torpid” mean? 7. MOVIES: Who were the three actors in “Three Men and a Little Lady”? 8. BIBLE: What kind of wood was Noah’s ark made of? 9. PHOBIAS: What fear is represented in the condition called “glossophobia”? 10. ENTERTAINERS: Who was Paul McCartney’s first wife?
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CHRISTO REDENTOR Watching over the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with outstretched arms, stands the Christo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer statue. This week, Tidbits imparts some little-known facts about this wonder of the modern world. • Although it may appear that this immense statue stands in the middle of the wilderness, it is actually located in the heart of the city in the urban forest of Tijuca National Park. Christ the Redeemer stands atop the 2,300-foot (701m) peak of Corcovado Mountain. The statue is visible from 20 miles (32.2 km) away. • A Catholic priest named Pedro Maria Boss first proposed the idea for a religious monument overlooking Rio de Janeiro; however, his idea never reached fruition. It wasn’t until 1921 that it was put forward again, this time by the Catholic Circle of Rio. They launched a fund drive, soliciting donations from the public, and construction began in 1922. • A local engineer created the design, but French sculptor Paul Landowski was commissioned to do the sculpting. The statue was made from reinforced concrete with outer layers of soapstone. Stone was brought to the mountain from Sweden and construction continued for the next nine years. The statue was officially unveiled in 1932. • From its foundation base to the top, Christ the Redeemer stands 130 feet (40.4 m) tall, and has a span of 92 feet (28 m) from fingertip to fingertip, the
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© 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. • Use self-stick notes to organize your errands. Use a note for each location, with instructions or shopping lists on each. Then put the notes in order: e.g., drop kids off at Grandma’s, shoe store, hardware store, grocery store, home, etc. You will be less likely to forget a stop, and you can make the best use of your time and gas! • Two tips for sewing on buttons: First, for pants buttons, use unwaxed dental floss. It’s incredibly strong and can take a lot of abuse. Second, slip a pin between the button and the fabric before sewing on. When you’re finished, remove the pin. The button now has some room behind it, and it will last longer. • “This is a tip for us singletons. I love whipped topping on my hot chocolate, but it doesn’t always last in my fridge. I buy a tub of it, and spoon mug-size dollops on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. When the sheet is full, I freeze them. They can be peeled off easily and slipped in a container or plastic bag. When I make my hot chocolate, I plop in one straight from the freezer. It takes only minutes to soften and melt. And it’s delicious!” -- F.D. in Michigan • “If you cut the entire top and one of the top corners off a cereal box, then tape the bottom closed, it’s almost the same as the magazine holders they sell in stores. I covered mine with fancy paper. I keep it in my kitchen for cooking magazines.” -- R.R. in Indiana • Gifts that school-age kids can make: Bookmarks! Cut strips of cardstock into bookmark lengths. Have your child decorate one side and write a nice message on the other. Laminate if possible. A great gift from your child. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@ yahoo.com.
• Until 2002, visitors had to climb 220 steps to reach the statue’s base. Panoramic elevators and escalators have now been installed to reach the viewing area. • Because of the strong winds and rain to which the statue is exposed, regular maintenance is a must at this site. A 2008 lightning strike created extensive damage to the statue’s fingers and head, requiring immediate repairs to the exterior as well as to the lightning rods concealed in the arms and head. In 2010, a $3.8 million restoration was completed. One hundred workers labored to renovate both the internal structure and outer appearance. Layers of fungi were removed and small cracks were repaired. More than 60,000 pieces of soapstone were replaced with stone taken from the same Swedish quarry as the original. This restoration also corrected the shocking vandalism that occurred when individuals spray-painted the statue, an act the mayor of Rio called a “crime against the nation.” • During the 2010 renovation, a dynamic lighting system was installed at the base of the monument to produce special effects. At the unveiling, green and yellow lights illumined the statue to cheer on the Brazilian national football team competing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. •The apocalyptic movie “2012” featured the Redeemer in a scene of destruction, with the statue collapsing at the arms and knees, crumbling into ruin. A billboard image of the statue’s fall posted in Los Angeles so offended that city’s Brazilian community that a campaign was launched to have the ads removed. The Brazilian Catholic church even filed a lawsuit against Columbia Pictures for the use of what they claimed were “unauthorized images.”
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TOOTHY TRIVIA Smile! An Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey reveals that 92 percent of people believe a nice smile is an important social asset. So maybe you need to know more about what makes up this important feature. • Teeth start forming well before a baby is born, although they don’t make their first appearance until the age of six months. We often call our first set of teeth “baby teeth,” but the official term is “milk teeth.” By age two, a child will have about 20 teeth, and won’t lose the first one until about age seven. • The part of the tooth visible above the gum is known as the crown, covered in hard shiny enamel. This protective enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Directly under it is the dentine, which makes up the majority of a tooth. The next layer is the pulp, where the blood supply and nerve endings are located. This goes all the way into the root of the tooth under the gum. • The average adult has 32 teeth. The four front teeth on both top and bottom are incisors. On each side of the incisors are the four sharp and pointed canine teeth. Premolars, sometimes called bicuspids, are next in line, eight in all, four up and four down. The eight molars include the wisdom teeth, which typically grow in between the ages of 17 and 21. • Cavities are caused by the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria thrive on carbohydrates, so any time you eat carbs, the bacteria become active and produce the acid. It’s not just sugar that kicks the bacteria into gear — rice, potatoes, bread, fruits and vegetables can also trigger this. It’s not how many carbs you eat, but rather how long your teeth are exposed to them. • Eating a lot of carbs at one meal will not do as much damage as ingesting sugary sodas all afternoon. About 78 percent of Americans will have at least one cavity by the time they reach 17. • You’ll spend about 39 days brushing your teeth over the course of your lifetime. Americans use about 14 million gallons of toothpaste every year. The Academy of General Dentistry turn the page for more!
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TOOTHY TRIVIA (continued): recommends a brushing time of two to three minutes; however, statistics show that the average person brushes just 45 to 70 seconds a day. • A New Orleans dentist, Levi Parmly, was the first to recommend the process of flossing and in 1815, invented the first form of a silk dental floss. But it wasn’t until 1882 that floss was made available to the general public. The first patent wasn’t issued until 1898, awarded to the Johnson & Johnson Corporation. • Once you hit age 65, your chances of keeping all your teeth significantly decline. Only six out of 10 seniors have all their teeth. • Your smile is important! Half the population says the smile is the first facial feature they notice. Yet 80 percent of people aren’t happy with their own smile. Smiles seem to differ by gender — The average woman flashes her pearly whites 62 times a day, but a man averages just eight smiles a day.
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• It was Canadian American educator Laurence J. Peter who made the following sage observation: “You can always tell a real friend: When you’ve made a fool of yourself, he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.” • In Murfreesboro, Tenn., it is illegal to keep indoor furniture outdoors. • Mike Edwards, one of the founding members of the British band Electric Light Orchestra, met with an untimely death decades after he left the group. In 2010, as Edwards was driving in the rural southwest of England, a farmer lost control of a 1,300-pound bale of hay. This wheel-shaped bale rolled down a hill and over a hedge, and just happened to smash into the van that Edwards was driving. • The humble honeybee is the official insect of 17 states. • Those who study such things say that there is a 1 million to 1 chance that, within the next century, an asteroid will crash into the Earth and destroy most life on the planet. • In 2008 a company called Defense Devices, based in Jackson, Tenn., introduced a new item: a stun gun disguised as a tube of lipstick. The same company offers a ring that will shoot pepper spray. • You might be surprised to learn that the giant bullfrogs of South Africa have sometimes been known to attack lions.
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1. Willie Stargell (1979), Darrell Porter (‘82), Orel Hershiser (‘88), Livan Hernandez (‘97) and Cole Hamels (2008). 2. Ken Forsch (1979), Nolan Ryan (‘81) and Mike Scott (‘86), all with Houston. 3. Kansas State, in 2003. 4. Kobe Bryant and Bob Pettit, with four each. 5. True. 6. It was 1908. 7. Lee Trevino did it in 1989 at the age of 49.