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There is something for just about everyone during the month of October. Take a look at several things to celebrate this month.
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OCTOBER CELEBRATIONS (continued): largest bat has a six-foot (1.8-m) wingspan. Most bats feed on insects, with the average brown bat consuming up to 1,000 bugs in one hour. A very small percentage dine on fish, mice, and frogs. Out of the 1,200 species, just three are vampires, and all three are native only to Latin America. Although these blood drinkers are perceived as frightful, their saliva contains an enzyme that dissolves blood clots, beneficial in treating human stroke victims. Many people associate bats with rabies, but in the U.S., an average of only two people die per year from rabies from a bat. • It’s estimated that more than 20 million Americans are philatelists, that is, they collect stamps! Because it’s one of the world’s most popular hobbies, October is National Stamp Collecting Month. It’s unlikely there are many collectors who own any of the first two U.S. stamps ever printed, stamps featuring Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, in 1847. However, there were 120 million copies made of the most popular stamp, a 1993 stamp of Elvis Presley. Famous folks who have enjoyed this hobby include Franklin Roosevelt, Warren Buffet, James Earl Jones, James Michener, and John Lennon. • In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared October as National Roller Skating Month. Although the first known roller skates were invented in the 1760s with a single line of wheels, James Plimpton is considered the “father of modern roller skating” due to his 1863 invention of a four-wheel skate. In 1935, a Chicago restaurant owner devised a scheme for a roller derby marathon. Fifty skaters teamed up in 25 male/female teams and took their starting positions in front of 20,000 fans at the Chicago Coliseum. They were prepared for a 3,000-mile (4,828-km) jaunt around the track, the distance equivalent between San Diego and New York City. The marathon
began on August 13 and wrapped up on September 22, with just nine teams finishing. Roller derbies became a craze, and before long, 50 major cities were hosting them before five million spectators. When World War II began, the majority of the skaters enlisted and the fad died down. • It’s Spinach Lovers’ Month! This would be a good time to reap the health benefits of this iron- and nutrient-rich vegetable. This member of the goosefoot family (along with beets and Swiss chard) is a powerhouse of daily requirements, aiding in red blood cell production, bone strength, prevention of anemia, and slowing down damage to neurons in the brain. And because there are only seven calories in a cup of raw spinach, it’s also a great contribution to weight loss programs. Most of America’s spinach is grown in California and Texas. Crystal City, Texas makes the claim as the spinach capital of the world. In 1936, the community (present-day population 7,200) established its first annual spinach festival, and erected a statue of famous spinach consumer Popeye the Sailor Man across from City Hall the following year. Back in the 1930s, the Crystal City Cannery was producing 10,000 cans of spinach every day • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was founded on October 16, 1945, and to commemorate the date, World Food Day is now celebrated every year on that day. It’s a worldwide event that aims to increase the public’s awareness of world hunger. National Food Bank Week is observed October 14-20 in correspondence with World Food Day, with all citizens urged to contribute to their local food banks. • Nothing is more devastating than the death of an infant, and many organizations have been formed to educate parents and caregivers on how to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. October is National SIDS Awareness Month, a time to learn more about the leading cause of death in children between the ages of one month and one year. About 2,500 SIDS deaths occur per year in the United States. Research indicates that African-American babies are more than twice as likely to die of SIDS than Caucasian babies, while American Indian and Alaska Native babies are nearly three times as likely. Studies show that infants who sleep on their stomach have a much higher risk, as do those whose mothers smoked during pregnancy. An elevated body temperature contributes to the danger, as does sleeping on a soft mattress. Some scientists think that defects in an infant’s nervous system, where breathing and heart rate are regulated, contribute to the likelihood, as do less-developed brain stems, where respiratory functions are controlled. The good news is that since physicians began instructing parents to put babies to sleep on their backs around 1994, the number of SIDS deaths has declined by more than half.
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CREDIT AND DEBT MYTHS AND TRUTHS There are a half-dozen myths about credit and debt that can get consumers into trouble: Myth 1: It’s easy to fix bad credit. Truth: Negative information can stay on your credit report for as long as specified by the Fair Credit Reporting Act law. A simple delinquency on a credit card can stay on your credit report for a whopping seven years, and that starts 180 days after the account first becomes delinquent. A bankruptcy will stay on your credit report for 10 years. Myth 2: Bankruptcy gets rid of all your debts. Truth: Student loans, child support, alimony and any taxes you owe that are less than three years old are not discharged by bankruptcy. Additionally, not everyone is automatically approved for bankruptcy. Since 2005 you’ll have to pass a “means test” to see if you qualify for bankruptcy or will receive a repayment plan instead. Myth 3: A debt collector can’t contact other people, such as your neighbors or family. Truth: They’re allowed to call others to try to determine where you live
Myth 4: A divorce decree will relieve you from your debts. Truth: Since the creditor didn’t have input about how the divorce settlement was written, they depend on the original contract to determine who pays what and when. No matter what the divorce decree says, if you don’t adhere to the terms of the original contract, the creditor can report you delinquent if you don’t pay. Myth 5: Creditors can’t change your interest rate. Truth: With just 45 days notice, a creditor can make significant changes to your account agreement, including raising your interest rate. This can happen if your credit score drops, even if you’ve continued to make payments correctly to that creditor. Myth 6: Once your car is repossessed, you don’t have to worry about it anymore. Truth: That depends whether there is a balance due after the car is sold at auction. If the car doesn’t sell for enough to clear the whole amount due, you are obligated for the balance. Before you sign up for credit, learn about your rights and obligations. Go online to credit.com for information on consumer credit. 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. © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
FAMOUS LANDMARKS OF THE WORLD: THE LOURVE On the right bank of the Seine in the heart of Paris stands the majestic Louvre, the most visited art museum in the world. But it wasn’t always a museum, as you’ll soon learn! • About 15,000 visitors tour the Louvre every day! Its 652,000 square feet (60,600 square meters) are filled with more than 380,000 objects, including 35,000 works of art, sculptures, and archaeological finds. There are more than 7,500 paintings dating from the 13th century up to 1848. • The Louvre began as a towered fortress and arsenal to protect Paris, Europe’s largest city, from Anglo-Norman threat around the year 1200. In the mid-1300s, King Charles V ordered the transformation of the fortress into a royal residence. Its interior was filled with tapestries, ornate paneling, and art, while elaborate gardens were created in the courtyard. Two kings called it home until 1422, when it was abandoned for over 100 years. • The Louvre once again became home to royalty in the mid-1500s, when more wings
were added as well as a corridor connecting the structure with the Tuileries, a newer palace that had been built nearby. Further construction was completed by Louis XIII, and the Louvre was dramatically enlarged. • When Louis XIV decided to build a permanent home at Versailles, all work was halted at the Louvre for another 100 years. The King made the decision for a gallery of sculptures to be housed in the abandoned palace. In 1793, the Louvre began its permanent function as a monument to science and the arts. Many of the Louvre’s masterpieces were the spoils of Napoleon I’s war conquests. After Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo, many of the works of art were returned to their original owners. • When World War II broke out in 1939, the majority of the art was evacuated, hidden across France in various sites, and moved several times for security purposes. In early 1945, the masterpieces began their journey back to their permanent home. • In 1986, the art collection was divided, with all pieces completed after 1848 moved to the Musee d’Orsay, a converted train station. • It should be no surprise that the Louvre’s most popular attraction is the Mona Lisa.
Painted by Leonardo da Vinci sometime between 1503 and 1506, the subject is thought to be Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine cloth merchant. It’s believed that da Vinci was invited by King Francois I to work near the king’s castle around 1516, and that da Vinci took the painting with him. The artwork was eventually returned to Italy when da Vinci bequeathed it to his assistant, who possibly sold it to the king around 1518. Before taking up permanent residence in the Louvre, the Mona Lisa hung in Francois I’s Palace of Fontainebleau, the Palace of Versailles, and in Napoleon’s bedroom in the Tuileries Palace. • The Louvre is also home to the armless Venus de Milo, a marble statue discovered in 1820 on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It was presented to Louis XVIII, who donated it to the museum. • There is a small remnant of the original fortress walls still standing in the basement of the current structure, dating back to the late 12th century. • When the Da Vinci Code was produced in 2006, many of its scenes were filmed in the Louvre. The museum was paid $2.5 million for allowing the filming to take place in its galleries.
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Car Maintenance: Good for you, Good for the Sound As much as 55 million pounds of petroleum enters Puget Sound every year. Some of this pollution comes from industrial oil spills, but oil from improperly maintained cars also drips into our watershed, at alarming rates. This toxic runoff not only directly harms fish and other wildlife, but also does significant damage to their habitat. Fortunately, you can be a part of the solution by keeping your Subaru clean and well-maintained. Prevent Oil Leaks with Regular Maintenance Just one quart of motor oil can pollute up to 250,000 gallons of water. Over time, any car that is not regularly maintained will eventually leak oil or other fluids. To prevent oil leaks and keep your car in top running condition, the Washington State Department of Ecology recommends the following: • Change your motor oil and help keep our waters clean. • Fix oil leaks. Check for oil leaks regularly and fix them promptly. We always check for oil leaks every time your Subaru is in our shop. Keep your car tuned to reduce gasoline use. • Use ground cloths or drip pans beneath your vehicle if you have leaks or are doing engine work. Clean up spills immediately. Collect all used oil in containers with tight fitting lids. Do not mix different engine fluids. • Never dispose of oil or other engine fluids
down the storm drain, on the ground or into a ditch, it always ends up in a lake or stream and then into Puget Sound, fowling the water, fish and animals habitat. • Recycle used motor oil. Suburb Service recycles all of your drained motor oils, transmission fluids, brake fluids and differential fluids. We employ EPA approved waste oil furnaces to heat our shops the burn your used oil. We are the ONLY Subaru Service Center in the Pacific Northwest to do so. Just one more way we help improve the environment and keep the Northwest cleaner.
can prevent car wash run off by taking your car to a commercial car wash. If a commercial car wash isn’t an option, the Department of Ecology recommends washing your car on the lawn, where water will seep into the ground rather than draining into the watershed. Hey here’s a deal you can’t refuse, get a scheduled maintenance service over $250.00, at Suburb Service and we will give you a FREE coupon for Brown Bear Car Wash. Just another way we work hard to keep our environment clean and pristine For All Your Subaru Maintenance Needs, Call Suburb Today
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1. True or false: Cal Ripken Jr. is the Baltimore Orioles’ alltime leader in career home runs. 2. Name the last National League pitcher to complete at least 10 games in a season.
4. SCIENCE: What is a less-than-average tide occurring at the first and third quarters of the moon?
3. When was the last time before 2011 that the Detroit Lions made the NFL playoffs?
5. PHOBIAS: Hemophobia is an irrational fear of what?
4. Name the last team to go undefeated for the regular season in men’s Division I college basketball.
6. GAMES: What kind of game has variations that include “Cincinnati” and “Omaha”? 7. HUMAN ANATOMY: What are the crescentshaped white spots on fingernails called?
5. How many consecutive seasons have the Detroit Red Wings tallied at least 100 points in the standings?
8. MYTHOLOGY: According to Greek mythology, what was the name of the prophetic god who could change his form at will?
6. When was the last time before 2012 that the U.S. finished 1-2 in the men’s Olympic decathlon?
9. LANGUAGE: What is the Gaelic equivalent of James?
7. Who is the only PGA golfer since Tiger Woods to win at least one tournament in each of his first five years out of college?
10. MATH: What is the lowest whole number (in English) that includes the letter “a” when it is spelled out?
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Treat family and friends to our slimmed-down quick bread. Gone are the traditional version’s 3 grams of saturated fat and all the cholesterol (thanks to egg whites and a blend of low-fat yogurt and canola oil). No one will suspect you’ve tinkered -- a slice is that good! 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar 2 large egg whites 1 cup pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) 1/4 cup canola oil 1/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch metal loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray with flour. 2. In large bowl, with wire whisk, combine brown sugar and egg whites. Add pumpkin, oil, yogurt and vanilla extract; stir to combine. 3. In medium bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture; stir until just combined. Do not overmix. 4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert pumpkin bread onto wire rack; cool completely. Serves 16. Each serving: About 140 calories, 4g total fat (0g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate, 1g dietary fiber, 2g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at www. goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/. (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved
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IT’S A SWEET MONTH! October is filled with tributes to cake decorating. It’s been dubbed National Bake and Decorate Month, National Angel Food Cake Day is October 10, National Cake Decorating Day is October 15, and National Chocolate Cupcake Day is October 18. Tidbits brings you some sweet facts about these confections. • The first known written reference to a cupcake was in a 1796 recipe in American Cookery, where the treat was referred to as “a cake to be baked in small cups.” It was actually called a “cupcake” in the 1828 publication Seventy-Five Recipes for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats. • The term “cupcake” was two-fold. Before the days of muffin tins, cupcakes were originally baked in heavy pottery cups or ramekins, and were called cupcakes because of the baking medium. The name was also derived from the ingredients’ measurements. Cupcakes were frequently called number cakes, quarter cakes, or 1-2-3-4 cakes. The numerical nickname started as an easy way to remember the quantities of the four main ingredients – 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 3 cups of flour, and 4 eggs. A cup of milk and a spoon of soda completed the recipe. • The British call cupcakes “fairy cakes,” while the Australians have given them the name “patty cakes.” • About 1.6 million viewers tune in each week to watch the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, a competition among bakers to create unique cupcakes. The program, which premiered in 2010, features four contestants who are eliminated one by one in three rounds. During Round One, competitors bake cupcakes corresponding to a certain theme which are judged on taste alone. Round Two’s cupcakes are judged on taste and presentation, while Round Three challenges teams to produce 1,000 cupcakes in just two hours. The sum of $10,000 is awarded to the winner. • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s largest cupcake was produced by Gourmet Gift Baskets in August of 2009. It weighed in at 1,224 lbs. (555 kg) and required 800 eggs. There were about 2 million calories in the 4-foot tall, 10-foot wide cupcake. • Hostess cupcakes, the best-selling snack cake in history, came along in 1919. As a child, Florida resident Suzanne Rutland started up a Hostess Cupcake Club among her friends, and estimates that she has eaten more than 50,000 of the confections over her lifetime, sometimes as many as four per day. • The record for the most cupcakes eaten in one sitting is 29 cupcakes in 30 seconds. • If you plan to bake an angel food cake on October 10, you’ll need the whites of 12 eggs. Recipes for this dessert first appeared in the late 1800s, and it’s believed it derived its name from being so fluffy and light, it was “fit for the angels.” • October 23 is National Boston Cream Pie Day, set aside for baking this American favorite. It’s not a pie at all, but a round cake split and filled with a custard filling and frosted with chocolate. It made its debut at Boston’s Parker House Hotel in 1855 and is the official dessert of Massachusetts.
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• It was 20th-century American author and actress Cornelia Otis Skinner who made the following sage observation: “One learns in life to keep silent and draw one’s own confusions.”
• If you grew up during a certain era in the United States, you are probably familiar with the board game Parcheesi. If you have a particularly good memory, you may recall that the game’s subtitle is “The Royal Game of India.” You may not realize, though, that the game is so-called because royalty in India used to play a life-size version of the game in gardens specially designed for the pursuit. Centuries ago, rajas would dress members of their harems in brightly colored costumes and use them as game pieces. • Everyone knows that a sophomore is someone in his or her second year of high school or college. Most people don’t realize, though, that the word is derived from the Greek words “sophos,” which means “wise,” and “moros,” which means “stupid.” • It’s not unusual for music critics and the artists they critique to butt heads, but they usually do it in print, not in person. In 1978, though, the staff of Rolling Stone magazine and the band the Eagles went head-to-head in a softball match. The writers ended up losing to the rock stars.
© 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. • When you’re in a hurry, dry erase markers and permanent markers sometimes look the same. Ever grabbed a marker to write a note on a dry-erase white board and found that it wouldn’t wipe off? To remove permanent marker from a white board, try using a pencil eraser. Rub lightly on the marker areas only, working from the outside in. It should come off. • Rusty bicycle handles can be unsightly and a pain. Make a paste of salt and lemon juice (3 parts salt, 1 part lemon juice), and use it to rub the rust away with a dry cloth.
• The creator of the ubiquitous smiley face earned a grand total of $45 for his creative effort. • Having trouble with your teenager? It’s a worldwide problem, it seems -- though not always for the same reasons. In 2004, a 13-yearold boy in India ran away from home, declared that he was a Hindu holy man and founded a monastery. His parents arranged for him to be kidnapped and brought back home. Thought for the Day: “Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.” -- George Santayana
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• What will you do with all that candy from trick-or-treating? Make your holiday cookie plans now, and you can freeze some for later baking use. • “If you have magazines or books you have finished reading, perhaps you’d consider donating them to local seniors centers. Look in the yellow pages to see if there are any near you. Often, the seniors are grateful to have new reading material.” -- T.C. in Florida • Many more of us nowadays are using reusable fabric shopping bags. A few cities have banned the use of plastic bags for retail shops. These fabric bags are much better for the environment, and can hold a lot more groceries per bag. One thing many people forget to do is wash them. You can take out the plastic insert (if there is one) and toss the bags in the washing machine. Hang to dry, and you’ll be carrying around a much cleaner bag! • To sharpen scissors, fold over several layers of aluminum foil and cut into strips. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. True. He had 431 homers. Eddie Murray is second, with 343. 2. Randy Johnson had 12 complete games for Arizona in 1999. 3. It was 1999. 4. St. Joseph’s went 27-0 in the 2003-04 regular season, then lost in the Atlantic 10 conference tournament. 5. Twelve seasons. 6. It was 1956 (Milt Campbell, gold; Rafer Johnson, silver). 7. Dustin Johnson (2008-12).
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