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CREEPY CRAWLIES (continued) • There’s a difference between an insect and a bug. A bug is actually an insect with characteristics other insects don’t have, such as a stylet mouth (one that is shaped like a straw) that is used to suck plant juices. True bugs have thickened front wings, which are colored close to the body, but clearer and thinner at the wing’s hind end. Cicadas, aphids, and stink bugs are truly bugs, but ticks, beetles, and flies are not. • Perhaps one of the most unpopular crawlies is the cockroach. It is one of the most adaptable creatures on Earth, which makes getting rid of them very difficult. There are more than 4,000 species of this pest worldwide. They are cold-blooded and can live without food for a month. They can even survive for a week without a head. Because they breathe through little holes in each body segment, they don’t need a mouth or head to breathe. After a week of being unable to drink water, they die of thirst. A cockroach is able to hold its breath for 40 minutes, and can survive being under water for 30 minutes. No wonder they are so hard to get rid of! It doesn’t take long for a cockroach to spread bacteria throughout a home – they can run 3 miles per hour (4.8 kg/hr). Although the average cockroach is _” to 2” long (1.3 to 5 cm), one South American species is 6” long (15.2 cm) and has a 12” (30.5 cm) wingspan. • In the British Isles, the ladybug is called the ladybird. The ladybug is a type of beetle that can be red, yellow, black, grey, or brown, depending on the species, and might have spots, stripes, or no markings at all. Red and orange ladybugs have seven spots, three on each side and one in the middle. The number of spots has nothing to do with this beetle’s age. The number and placement of spots are determined by its species and are fixed well before the ladybug is born. (continued on page 4)

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the “wild and crazy guys” alongside Steve Martin. FAMOUS CANADIANS: Aykroyd received an Emmy Award for his writing DAN AYKROYD in 1977, and four other nominations during his tenDid you know that famous funny-man Dan Aykroyd ure. He and Belushi created the black-suited, sunhails from Canada? Here’s the scoop on this Ontarglass-wearing Blues Brothers duo for the show and io-born actor, comedian, and screenwriter. took it to the big screen in 1980 with a highly successful movie. • Aykroyd was born in Ottawa on Canada Day, July 1, 1952. His father, a civil engineer, was a policy advisor • The idea of Ghostbusters came to Aykroyd from his to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, while his mother fascination with the paranormal after reading an arworked as a secretary. Dan was born with two unusual ticle about quantum physics. He and fellow actor physical characteristics, syndactyly, meaning he has Harold Ramis wrote the script in a Martha’s Vineyard webbed toes, and heterchromia – his right eye is green bomb shelter, tailoring the roles to fit John Belushi, and his left eye is brown. Eddie Murphy, and John Candy. When Belushi died of a drug overdose in 1982 and Murphy and Candy were • It was Aykroyd’s original ambition to become a priest, unavailable, the script was tweaked and Bill Murray, and he attended Catholic academies until age 17. He Ramis, and Aykroyd starred in the 1984 smash hit and switched gears and decided, as the grandson of a Caits 1989 sequel. nadian Mountie, to study criminology and sociology at Carleton University, although he dropped out be- • In 1989, Aykroyd switched to a dramatic role in the classic Driving Miss Daisy and received an Oscar fore finishing. For a time, he worked as a mail sorter nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his efforts. for the Canadian postal service, as a train brakeman, • Over the years, he has continued writing and acting, and as a surveyor. and occasionally appearing on Saturday Night Live. • Aykroyd started out in comedy in assorted CanadiHe last appeared as guest host of SNL in 2003. an nightclubs. He met John Belushi in Toronto where Belushi was scouting out talent for the National Lam- • In keeping with his love of the blues, in 1992, Aykroyd co-founded a nightclub in Cambridge, Massachusetts poon series. In 1975, the pair were hired for the new called The House of Blues, an operation that has late-night show Saturday Night Live. Aykroyd, hired grown into 13 locations. He also owns several wineras a writer and doubling as a cast member, was just ies in Canada’s Niagara region. 23, the youngest on staff. For the program’s first four seasons he established himself as a talented imper- • Aykroyd’s wife Donna Dixon, whom he married in 1983, was a former Miss Virginia in 1976 and Miss sonator, famously mimicking Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Julie Child, and Rod Serling. He was the well(continued on page 8) known father of SNL’s Conehead family and one of

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1. In 2013, Detroit’s Max Scherzer became the fifth major-league pitcher to win 18 of his first 19 decisions in a season. Who else did it? 2. Six players have hit at least 200 home runs for the Dodgers.

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1. Is the book of Ruth in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. “Praise ye the Lord” begins and ends which five consecutive Psalms? 1-5, 63-67, 75-79, 146-

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By Samantha Mazzotta Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Q: Several months ago, my parents agreed they were unable to take care of their house on their own, and moved to an assisted-living community. I took on the task of selling their home so that they can continue to fund their new situation. However, the real-estate broker who I initially contacted said the house is in too poor a condition to sell. I don’t have the time or money to fix up their house. What can I do? -- Charly, via email A: Did the broker give you any indication of why he or she felt the house couldn’t be sold in its current condition? If not, contact the broker to find out what specific things stood out. If you don’t get answers, contact another real-estate firm to come see the house and find out if it’s really unsellable. I don’t have any specifics as to the home’s condition from your letter, but to an agent or broker trying to sell your home, appearance is very important. Is the inside of the home very cluttered? Is there damage to interior walls, visible mold, large cracks or other immediately noticeable issues? Is the exterior of the home in need of paint or repairs to the siding, roof, steps or walkways? These all affect the home’s sale price and can make it sit on the market longer than anyone would like. Houses can sell in any condition -- but the price will take a hit if it needs a lot of work. I vividly recall being shown a tri-

DAN AYKROYD (continued) District of Columbia in 1977. The couple has three children. Although a permanent resident of the United States, he retains his Canadian citizenship and maintains an estate on Ontario’s Loughborough Lake. Every year, he spends his Canada Day birthday performing civil service in Kingston, Ontario, including swearing in new Canadian citizens. SNAILS Since May 24 is National Escargot Day, let’s take a look at another creepy crawly, the snail. • Snails aren’t insects, but rather are gastropods, a member of the Mollusks phylum along with slugs and conches. Their one-piece shell is coiled or spiraled. Gastropods rank second behind insects in the number of named species. Snails are triploblastic protostomes, which is a fancy way of saying they are made up of three parts – one foot, a head, and an unsegmented body. • The thousands of snail species include land snails, sea snails, and freshwater snails. The French delicacy escargot is simply cooked garden snails. (The name escargot is the French word for snail.) They are prepared by removing the snails from their shells and cooking in garlic butter, chicken stock, wine, and thyme or parsley. The snails are then placed back into their shells and served with the sauce. • That little garden snail has 14,000 teeth, all of which are on its tongue. It hibernates during the winter while living on its stored fat. Although most ground snails are passive little vegetarians, sea snails are predators with a sharp tongue resembling a harpoon that injects a deadly venom into their victims. The poison of certain cone snails can kill a human. • Since a snail could never hope to escape a predator, if (continued on page 10)

ple-decker in East Boston several years ago with foundation problems so bad, the structure was tilting at an alarming angle. The house sold, but at about one-third the average price for homes in that neighborhood. If the house is structurally sound, you may be able to raise its sale price by investing some time and sweat into freshening up its appearance, outside and in. A fresh coat of paint alone can make a home’s value jump, and it’s not a huge investment. Make a plan to do specific things over several weekends, or even one day a week if that’s all the time you have. Enlist family and friends to help. Put together a budget ahead of time so you know how much you can spend on minor repairs. Spruce up the house exterior by keeping the lawn mowed and the hedges trimmed. Tear out any dead vegetation. Plant a few flowers along the walkway or in front of the house. De-clutter the entire home interior, too. If there’s a lot of furniture or keepsakes, if the closets are full of clothes, find out what your parents want to keep, sell or distribute. If they can’t come to the house to show you, take pictures of all the items, put them on your laptop and go through them with your parents. Clean as much as possible: Get dust and cobwebs out of the house, wipe the walls clean and get the kitchen and bathrooms as sparkling as possible. Give interior walls a fresh coat of paint. Remove peeling or torn wallpaper, and repair small holes and dings in the walls. Check out websites or books about staging a house. HGTV has some quick tips, as well as a room-by-room staging guide. Finally, if the house has some major repair issues, such as needing a new roof, foundation or plumbing issues, talk with the broker about them and how these can affect the sale of the home. HOME TIP: Make de-cluttering and staging a home easier by removing personal items, photos and memorabilia first -- it takes much of the emotion out of the decision-making. Send your questions or home tips to ask@thisisahammer. com. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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HOLLYWOOD -- Jimmy Fallon took over for Jay Leno, Seth Meyers took over for Fallon, Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman and now Craig Ferguson has announced he’s leaving the “Late, Late Show.” In Ferguson’s last contract, he was given first refusal of Letterman’s job or a hefty six-figure settlement, but when Ferguson announced he’d be hosting and producing the syndicated game show “The Celebrity Name Game,” we knew something was up. “After 10 years I felt I was done,” Ferguson said. He had told CBS, before he knew Letterman was leaving, that he wanted to go. Ferguson added, “I wanted to move on before the work became a chore.” Another reason for leaving might have been the decline in his show’s ratings since Seth Meyers’ “Late Night” debut. *** Bryan Cranston won three Emmys for Best Actor in “Breaking Bad” (2008-10) and as producer of “Breaking Bad” in 2013. Now he’s received a Best Actor Tony Award

nomination for his portrayal of Lyndon Johnson on Broadway for “All The Way,” against “Monk’s” Tony Shalhoub (for “Act One”). “Cagney & Lacey’s” Tyne Daly (for “Mother’s and Sons”) is pitted against “Bonnie and Clyde” Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons (for “The Velocity of Autumn”). Other nods went to “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” and Idina Menzel (who sang “Let It Go” from “Frozen”) for “If/ Then.” The Tonys will air June 8 on CBS from Radio City Music Hall. *** J.J. Abrams has cast his new “Star Wars” film. John Boyega, recurring on “24: Live Another Day,” will be a Jedi; Daisy Ridley, who guested on “Mr. Selfridge,” will be the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia. Others include Adam Driver, a Darth Vader-ish character, did “HBO’s “Girls”; Oscar Isaac, Hans Solo-ish, was in “Inside Llewyn Davies”; plus Andy Serkis of “Lord of the Rings” and “Rise/Dawn of the

PHOTO: Craig Ferguson Planet of the Apes,” and veteran actor Max Von Sydow. You also can expect cameos from Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Ken Baker. *** Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce their third Oscar show on Feb. 22. They’ve also committed to a live three-hour production of “Grease” for Fox in 2015, as well as their live production of “Peter Pan” for NBC in December and a big-screen production of “Pippin” for the Weinstein Co. Judge Judy, who has had the No. 1-rated first-run syndicated daytime show for the past three years, is going to primetime. CBS will air a one-hour special May 20, following her from a judge in a New York court to “Judge Judy.” If you don’t watch it, you’ll be in contempt of court! (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


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by Samantha Weaver • It was Spanish philosopher George Santayana who made the following observation: “Sanity is a madness put to good uses.” • On a per-pound basis, your brain uses 10 times the calories as any other part of your body. • You might be surprised to learn that the U.S. state that is closest to Africa is Maine. • Those who purport to predict the future usually have pretty poor track records. You might be surprised to learn, then, that in 1900, a journalist named John Watkins successfully predicted a number of significant developments that came to pass in the 20th century. In an article in the Ladies’ Home Journal, Watkins wrote that within the following 100 years, “Man will see around the world. Persons and things of all kinds will be brought within focus of cameras connected electrically with screens at opposite ends of circuits, thousands of miles at a span.” Also, “Hot or cold air will be turned on from spigots to regulate the temperature of a house”; “ready-cooked meals will be bought from establishments similar to our bakeries of today, • equipped with electric stoves, coffee-grinders, egg-beaters, stirrers, meat-saws, dishwashers and the like”; and “wireless telephone and telegraph circuits will span the world.” • If you listen to the radio for one hour, you will hear approximately 11,000 words spoken (or sung). • It was beloved British author (and, of course, creator of Sherlock Holmes) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who introduced the sport of skiing to Switzerland, thereby transforming that snowy country into a premier tourist destination. • Those who decide to go into goat farming should know that the group of goats they’re raising could be called a flock, a herd, a tribe or a trip. *** Thought for the Day: “An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.” -- Spanish proverb (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

danger is nearby, snails can withdraw completely into their shells. A flat plate on the back of their foot called the operculum seals up the opening. • How can you tell a male snail from a female snail? The answer is…you can’t! A snail is actually both, as they are hermaphrodites, which means their reproductive organs enable them to both lay eggs like a female and fertilize them like a male. • Snails produce a thick slime as they move which protects them as they travel across any kind of terrain. They can even crawl across the edge of a razor and come out uninjured, due to this shielding lubricant. The slime also creates a suction that enables them to crawl upside down. • Everybody knows that snails are slow movers, but just how slow are they? The average adult moves along at about 0.04 inches (1 mm) per second. Some travel at 0.0004 miles per hour. If those snails could circumnavigate the Earth, it would take upwards of 7,000 years. The speckled garden snail is the fastest, able to navigate at speeds up to 55 yards per hour (50.3 m), compared to just 23 inches per hour (54.4 cm) for most land snails. • Snails have very poor eyesight and cannot hear, so their senses of touch and smell are very important in the task of finding food. • The world’s largest snail is the Australian trumpet, a sea snail found on that continent’s northern and western shores. Its shell is as large as 30 inches (77.2 cm) in length, and the flesh can weigh as much as 40 lbs. (18 kg). The length of most species of snails ranges in size from a fraction of an inch to 12 inches (30.5 cm).

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Page 11 lobe stroke. The once-strong patriarch of the family is now a collection of confusing behaviors, unable to relate to other people. Complicating things just a bit more is the observer, an American doctor (Will Forte) who asks to stay with the family and document the father’s difficult rehabilitation. The doctor can’t help being drawn into the family drama. Before last year, Forte was best known for his work on “Saturday Night Live.” Since the Oscar nominations for the black-and-white dark comedy/drama “Nebraska,” it seems he’s successfully branching out into more serious roles. DOG OF THE WEEK “Endless Love” (PG-13) -- This remake of a novel adaptation (that’s right, a remake of a remake) takes Hollywood’s most boilerplate teen romance and somehow manages to make it even blander. There isn’t any real conflict or controversy separating the young lovers, David and Jade (Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde), except that she’s rich and he’s blue-collar. They just graduated high school, and only recently discovered that the two of them are by far the best-looking people in town. Much of their romance consists of the 20-something-aged actors snuggling in good lighting. In the second half of the film, however, the plot devices attack. Jade’s father is clueless about feelings (but he’s a heart doctor!) and takes a villainous stance against the purity of Young Love. TV RELEASES “Suits: Season 3” “Covert Affairs: Season 4” “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Series 2” “The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series” “Wallander: Season 3” “Diagnosis Murder Season 7” (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I get a severe reaction to bee stings. The last time, my arm became swollen to the size of my leg. Is the next bee sting likely to be fatal? Do I need an EpiPen? -- N.N. ANSWER: Bee stings (or any of the family Hymenoptera, including wasps, yellow jackets and hornets) cause local reactions in the majority of people. About 10 percent of people have dramatic local reactions. Fortunately, the risk of anaphylaxis -- the severe systemic reaction that is responsible for 100 deaths per year in the U.S. -- is very low in people with local reactions. However, it is still worthwhile to discuss with your doctor or an allergist, because the symptoms of anaphylaxis are sometimes missed. Anyone with a history of systemic reaction should carry (and know how to use!) an epinephrine injection. Removing the stinger as soon as possible, preferably within seconds, is a good idea to prevent the full injection of venom. ***

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband had shingles about five years ago; when we went in for our flu shot, we were both encouraged to also get the shingles vaccine. Doesn’t he have immunity from actually having had it? We are both 60 years old. -- J.R. ANSWER: Even if you have a history of shingles, you still should get the shingles vaccine, since it is still possible to get shingles again after having it once. ***

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Cutting Disability Risk Is No Sweat The British Medical Journal has reported some findings that will cheer quite a number of seniors: We don’t necessarily have to do strenuous workouts to lower our risk of becoming disabled. During the two-year study, 1,680 participants ages 49 to 83 in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island wore accelerometers to measure the intensity and duration of their daily living activities. Key activities included cooking, grocery shopping, making phone calls, walking across the room, bathing and getting dressed. All of the participants were free of disability but were either at risk for knee osteoarthritis or already had it. The outcome showed that the more time spent in light-intensity activities, the lower the association with disability, as well as reduced progression of existing disability. It appears that the crucial factor is the amount of time spent in activities, not the intensity of an activity. So spending more time during the day simply moving your body may reduce disability. Granted, previous research indicated that 2 1/2 hours a week of moderate to vigorous activity can reduce disability, but some of us just aren’t able to handle moderate exercise, much less vigorous. So, just how long do we need to engage in light activities to give us the edge in lowering our disability risk? That depends on how far you want to reduce your risk. Spending four hours a day will reduce your risk 43 percent. The more minutes, the greater the reduction in risk. But even light housework each day or getting up during TV commercials can cut your risk of becoming disabled by osteoarthritis. All you have to do is move! Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


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I travel a great deal for work and gather matchbooks whenever I find them. They are free and fun to collect. Is there a guide to determine if I have any rarities? — Carl, Port Orange, Fla. The great thing about collecting matchbooks is — as you mentioned — a fairly good collection can be built with little or no money. That also seems to translate in prices when they pop up in the marketplace. During a recent visit to a major antique mall, I spotted a large plastic bag of several hundred matchbooks priced for $5. As I often write in this column, there are always exceptions. A matchbook from the Stork Club in New York would more than likely be worth its weight in gold. One of the better references that I have found is “The Matchcover Collector’s Price Guide” by Bill Retskin and published by Antique Trader Books. This guide features more than 10,000 matchcover descriptions and estimated values in over 150 categories, from airlines to zoos. Incidentally, the first matchbook was created in 1889 and quickly became one of the premier advertising vehicles of the 20th century. *** I have played golf for most of my adult life and have a collection of vintage clubs, balls and even tournament badges from the 1950s. How can I find out how

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much my collection is worth? — Dick, Macon, Ga. The “Official Price Guide to Golf Collectibles” by Edward Kiersh and published by House of Collectibles is fairly comprehensive, yet easy to navigate. In addition to current prices, Kiersh, editor of “Golf Course Register,” explains what makes a golf collectible valuable. He also advises how to make purchases on the Internet, and even provides tips on how to preserve, store and display golf collectibles. you toss. *** I was a member of the Playboy Club in Chicago during the 1960s. In addition to Playboy Magazine, I also managed to collect and save related materials such as ashtrays, key chains, shot glasses and calendars. Whom can I contact to find others who collect? – Art, Paterson, N.J. Tom Bonner is president of the Playboy Collectors Club of America, P.O. Box 653, Phillipsburg, MO 65722. Write to Larry Cox in care of KFWS, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@aol.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox cannot personally answer all reader questions, nor do appraisals. Do not send any materials requiring return mail.

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