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Who doesn’t like cookies of one sort or another? This week, Tidbits is taking a look at this treat’s origin, along with how some of our favorites got their start. • The word “cookie” has its origins in the Dutch language from their word keokje, meaning “little cake.” It’s thought that cookies originated as a method of testing cakes. Bakers used a small amount of cake batter to test the oven temperature. Persia was probably the first country to make cookies, as it was one of the first to cultivate sugar. • Home-baked cookies come in several styles. Pressed cookies are formed by pressing dough through a press to form fancy shapes. Drop cookies are made by merely dropping spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet while the dough for bar cookies is spread in a shallow pan and cut into bars after baking. Icebox cookies are created by shaping dough into a log, which is refrigerated, then sliced and baked. Cookies cutters are used to make rolled cookies into decorative shapes. American tinsmiths began fashioning cookie cutters by hand in the 1700s. • The first American cookbook, American Cookery, published in 1796 includes two recipes simply called “Cookies” and “Christmas Cookey.” turn the page for more!

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COOKIES (continued): • Springerle are traditional Christmas cookies from Bavaria and Austria, and are small anise-flavored cookies with an image stamped on top, imprinted from a carved rolling pin or mold. Centuries ago, these were used to tell the Christmas story to the illiterate by stamping Bible scenes from the Nativity into the dough. A 14th-century hand-carved wooden springerle mold Saluting Our Military Dogs featuring images of the Easter lamb, the world’s oldest known mold, was discovered in Switzerland. By Sam Mazzotta • No matter what you call it, it’s still a cookie. In England, they’re biscuits, in Spain, galletas, while Germans say keks. The Italians use several different names, most DEAR PAW’S CORNER: While we remember the commonly amaretti and biscotti. The word biscotti sacrifices our men and women in uniform have made translates “twice cooked,” as the dough is formed into a on Veterans Day, please tell your readers not to forget that there are still hundreds of military working dogs log and baked, then sliced and baked again. • The tradition of Girl Scout cookies dates back to 1917, providing security and keeping our soldiers in action just five years after Juliette Low founded the organization. safe from IEDs and other threats. -- John in Tempe, A scout troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies Ariz. and held a sale in their high school cafeteria as part of a DEAR JOHN: You said it! There are actually about service project. Over the next two decades, Girl Scouts 3,000 military working dogs in all branches of across America held sales of cookies baked by their service, and they’ve played a crucial role in protecting own troops, packaging them in wax paper, and selling U.S. forces since at least World War I. They’ve served door-to-door for 35 cents a dozen. In 1934, Philadelphia as trackers, sentries, scouts and bomb sniffers, and Girl Scouts became the first to sell commercially-baked assisted military police in their duties. cookies, and within two years, the national organization So, how can you recognize, honor or even help licensed the idea. During World War II, when there was military working dogs today? Here are a few ideas. a shortage of sugar, flour, and butter, the Girl Scouts --Learn about heroic military working dogs and read sold calendars as their service project. By 1948, 29 their stories at DogsofHonor.com, or read the book commercial bakers were licensed to bake the three “Soldier Dogs” by Maria Goodavage. varieties – peanut butter sandwich, shortbread, and --Donate to a military working-dog association or chocolate mints. Today, cookie sales during the short eight-week time period when the Scouts hold their sale Let us treat men and women well; treat them as if are close to $790 million. they were real. Perhaps they are. turn the page for more!

November 14 - November 20, 2013 charity. Many of these are small charities and aren’t monitored or rated, so do as much research as you can before sending your money. --Or, donate to the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument, which was dedicated Oct. 28 at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. -- Organize a care-package drive to send treats, protective booties and other items to military dogs overseas. -- Consider adopting a retired military dog. This is a big step, and military dogs require a lot of attention and care, but it is possible. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner. com. If your question is published you’ll receive a copy of my book, “Fighting Fleas!” (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Page 3 COOKIES (continued): • One common belief for the origin of fortune cookies dates back to the 12th century, when Chinese soldiers defended their territory from Mongolian invaders. Legend has it that the Mongolians didn’t particularly care for Chinese lotus nut paste cakes, so Chinese soldiers hid messages containing details of their uprising written on rice paper inside the cakes to notify the troops. A more recent explanation cites a Cantonese immigrant working as a baker in Los Angeles putting slips of paper inside his cookies with words of encouragement and good “fortune” and handing them out to the poor and homeless street people. In 1960, a new machine was invented that folded fortune cookies in half much faster. • After his service with the Air Force, Wally Amos went to work as a talent agent with the William Morris Agency. His trick to persuade celebrities to meet with him and work out a deal was to send homebaked chocolate chip cookies home with them. It became apparent that he was better at cookies than as an agent, and in 1975, Wally “Famous” Amos opened his first store in Los Angeles, selling $300,000 his first year, jumping to over $1 million the following year. • The world’s favorite cookie is the Oreo, now sold in more than 100 countries around the globe. The very first Oreo rolled out of a Manhattan bakery in March, 1912, and was sold shortly thereafter in Hoboken, New Jersey. The first Oreos were packaged in bulk tins and sold by weight, about 30 cents a lb. back then. Today, they’re baked at 21 different bakeries and over 20.5 million of these favorites are eaten worldwide every single day. Just one batch of Oreos requires 18 million lbs. (8,165,000 kg) of cocoa. turn the page for more!

On Nov. 30, 1886, the Folies Bergere in Paris introduces an elaborate revue featuring women in sensational costumes. The highly popular “Place aux Jeunes” established the Folies as the premier nightspot in Paris. The Folies followed the Parisian taste for striptease and quickly gained a reputation for its spectacular nude shows. On Dec. 1, 1913, Henry Ford installs the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile. His innovation reduced the time it took to build a car from more than 12 hours to 2 1/2 hours. On Nov. 28, 1925, the “Grand Ole Opry,” one of the longest-lived and most popular showcases for country music, begins broadcasting live from Nashville, Tenn. The showcase was originally named the “Barn Dance.” On Nov. 26, 1931, the first cloverleaf interchange to be built in the United States, at the junction of NJ Rt. 25 (now U.S. Rt. 1) and NJ Rt. 4 (now NJ Rt. 35) in Woodbridge, N.J., is featured on the cover of the Engineering News-Record. (By contrast, a piece on the under-construction Hoover Dam was relegated to the journal’s back pages.) On Nov. 25, 1952, “The Mousetrap,” a murder-mystery written by novelist and playwright Agatha Christie, opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London. The crowd-pleasing whodunit would go on to become the longest continuously running play in history, with attendance by more than 10 million people to date. On Nov. 27, 1965, the Pentagon informs President Lyndon Johnson that if Gen. William Westmoreland is to conduct the major sweep operations necessary to destroy enemy forces during the coming year, U.S. troop strength in Vietnam should be increased from 120,000 to 400,000 men. On Nov. 29, 1975, Silver Convention earns a No. 1 pop hit with “Fly, Robin, Fly.” Suddenly, the world wanted to see the “artists” behind it. The problem: Silver Convention didn’t exist. The two unknown singers who’d cut the record couldn’t be hired again, so two others were pressed into service to appear in their place. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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who might like a comb and brush set or bright slipper socks. --Boxes and tissue paper for the above, as well as wrapping paper and bows. Have a holiday card for each veteran. --Set a date for your wrapping party. Have everyone on your crew bring several rolls of gift wrap, tape and scissors. Be sure everyone signs every holiday card. --If your budget allows, consider giving each veteran a small ($5-$10) gift coupon to the canteen. --Ask store managers for donations of items for your gift boxes. --Arrange for the pizzas (and sodas, if allowed) to be delivered at the time of your party. Be sure who is providing plates, cups and napkins, and paying for the pizza delivery. If gifts aren’t possible, remember that what the veterans want most is your presence and your time. Freddy Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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COOKIES (continued): • Another favorite is the Toll House cookie, which is the original name of chocolate chip cookies. In 1937, Ruth Wakefield was the proprietor of the Toll House Restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts. The restaurant was housed in a former 1709 toll house, a station where stage coach passengers ate while the horses were exchanged, and a toll was paid for using the highway. Ruth regularly served a popular cookie, the “Butter Drop Do,” which called for baker’s chocolate. Having run out of the chocolate one day, she chopped up a bar of Nestles semisweet chocolate and stirred the pieces into the dough, expecting them to melt and spread throughout the cookie. The chunks did not melt, and Ruth had a new creation, which she dubbed Toll House Crunch Cookies, which became an immediate hit. The recipe was published in a Boston newspaper soon after. • It’s believed that chocolate brownies also came about by an ingredient mishap, that is, a cook neglecting to add baking powder to chocolate cake batter. Without the leavening action of the baking powder to increase the volume of the cake, a denser cookie-like cake was produced. Others say it was intentionally created by a chef at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel during the 1893 Columbian Exhibition. The 1897 Sears and Roebuck catalog published what is thought to be the first known recipe for brownies, and it became so popular, the company offered a brownie mix in their catalog. • Philadelphia inventor James Henry Mitchell is credited with inventing a double dough sheeting machine and funnel device that made the Fig Newton possible. He patented his invention in 1892, and production began on the little jam-filled confections which were named after the community of Newton, Massachusetts, which was near the factory where the first Newtons were created.

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by Samantha Weaver It was noted wit Oscar Wilde who made the following sage observation: “Every saint has a past and every sinner a future.” It seems that having blond hair was popular in ancient Rome, too. Those not naturally blessed with golden hair, though, had to go through a bit of an ordeal to change their natural color. The treatment of choice was pigeon droppings. Messy, perhaps, but effective. Those who study such things say that dung beetles use the Milky Way as a navigational aid. In June 2009, the town of Cave Creek, Ariz., was faced with an electoral tie in the race for a city council seat: Each candidate received exactly 660 votes. According to the state constitution, such ties can be broken by a game of chance. After some discussion, the candidates agreed that they would each pull a card at random out of a deck, and the one with the highest card would be declared the winner of the election. Thomas McGuire drew the six of hearts, then waited while his opponent, Adam Trenk, took his turn. Trenk pulled the king of hearts, securing his city council victory. You may be surprised to learn that clams can live to be 200 years old. If you’re of a morbid inclination and have some time to kill in Chicago, head to that city’s Graceland Cemetery. Find the monument known as “Eternal Silence” -- a tall figure in robes -- and look into the statue’s eyes. It’s said that if you do that, you’ll have a vision of your own death. *** Thought for the Day: “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” -- E.B. White (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A project benefits from your organizational skills that get it up and running. Your success leaves a highly favorable impression. Don’t be surprised if you get some positive feedback soon. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Spend time on practical matters through the end of the week. Then begin shifting your focus to more-artistic pursuits. Resist being overly self-critical. Just allow yourself to feel free to create. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Restarting those creative projects you had set aside for a while will help provide a much-needed soothing balance to your hectic life. Besides, it will be like meeting old friends again. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A change in plans could make it tough to keep a commitment. But stay with it. You’ll get an A-plus for making the effort to do what’s right and not taking the easy way out by running off. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Lion’s enthusiasm for a workplace policy review is admirable. But be sure you know who is really behind the resistance to change before pointing your finger at the wrong person. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You can expect to have to do a lot of work through midweek. Devote the rest of the week to checking your holiday plans in case some need to be adjusted to accommodate changes. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Try to avoid signing on the dotted line in the early part of the week. You need time to study issues that weren’t fully

explored. Later in the week might be more favorable for decision-making. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A new development could snarl travel schedules or other holiday-linked projects. Some flexibility might be called for to deal with the problems before they get too far out of hand. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Relatives seek your advice on a matter you’d rather not be involved in. If so, use that sage Sagittarian tact to decline the “offer,” so that no one’s feelings are needlessly hurt. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A shift in planning direction might help you speed up your progress toward achieving that long-planned goal. Trusted colleagues are ready to offer some valuable support. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An unexpected demand for settlement of an old loan could create some pre-holiday anxiety. But you might not really owe it. Check your records thoroughly before remitting payment. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) It’s a good time to get into the social swim and enjoy some well-earned fun and games with those closest to you before you have to resume more serious activities next week. BORN THIS WEEK: Your ability to sense the needs of others makes you a wise counselor for those seeking help with their problems. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Harriet Tubman risked her life for hundreds of people during the American Civil War era. Let’s look into the life of this Underground Railroad “conductor.” • Born into slavery in Maryland in 1820, at age six, Harriet was given nursemaid duty watching a tiny baby. Any time the baby cried, Harriet was whipped, and later told of a day when she was thrashed five times before breakfast. At age 12, when she refused to help tie up a captured slave who was about to be whipped, Harriet was struck in the head by a weight thrown by her owner. The result was a lifelong injury that caused severe headaches, seizures, and unexpected attacks of narcolepsy. • At age 29, Tubman became quite ill, which caused her value as a slave to drop considerably. Although her owner repeatedly attempted to sell her, no buyer could be found. Because she feared being separated from her relatives, she began to pray that God would make her owner change his ways. When no change

occurred, and a sale was being finalized, Harriet made a change to her prayer. In her words, “I began to pray, ‘Oh, Lord, if you ain’t never going to change that man’s heart, kill him, Lord, and take him out of the way.’” A week later, the owner died. When his widow began liquidating the estate, Harriet escaped to Philadelphia. Shortly afterward, she returned to Maryland and guided her relatives to freedom.

November 14 - November 20, 2013 an armed assault during the Civil War. Working with Colonel James Montgomery, she guided the Combahee River Raid through a dense forest and swamps in South Carolina, an effort that freed 750 slaves. Through her intricate spy network, she knew the Confederate positions and location of their supply lines.

• After the War, Harriet returned to her Auburn, • Over the next 11 years, Tubman returned to Maryland New York home to care for her aging parents. She nearly 20 times, rescuing over 300 slaves, leading dedicated her time to caring for orphans and invalids, them through the various stations of the Underground as well as promoting freedmen’s schools in the south. Railroad. She was given the nickname Moses, after She married a Union soldier and adopted an infant the Bible hero who led his people out of Egyptian daughter. slavery. Tubman was never captured, nor were any of • Tubman did not receive any salary for her Civil her rescued slaves. War efforts, so was ineligible for any military • When the Civil War broke out, Harriet went to work pension. But late in life, Congress granted her a for the Union Army, initially as a cook and a nurse. special pension of $20 per month for her courageous But when it was discovered she was very familiar endeavors. Along with royalties she received from with the Confederate area and terrain, she became a publishing her biography, she founded a retirement mapmaker, a scout, and a spy. She would frequently home for impoverished former slaves. It was here in enter towns under Confederate control in disguise, the Tubman Home for the Aged that she passed away wandering the streets gathering valuable intelligence in 1913. The tiny 5’2” former slave who had endured information for the Union’s military leaders. a debilitating illness and could not read or write, was laid to rest with military honors. • In 1863, Tubman became the first woman to lead

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playoffs? 4. When was the last time before 2012-13 that the University of Michigan basketball team started a season 16-0? 5. What team set the NHL record for most losses in a season? 6. When was the last time before the upcoming 2014 event that Belgium’s men’s soccer team qualified for the World Cup? 7. Jockey Bill Shoemaker was the oldest winner (54 years old) of the Kentucky Derby. What year did he do it, and which horse did he ride? (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. Is the book of Judah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Revelation 4, what stone resembles the rainbow circling God’s throne in Heaven? Emerald, Ruby, Pearl, Gold 3. Of these books, which comes before the others in the Bible (KJV)? Titus, Jude, Colossians, Galatians 4. From Genesis 34, who boasted to his two wives that he had killed a young man? Baanah, Herod, Lamech, Jehu 5. To whom did Luke address the books of Luke and Acts? Ishmael, Theophilus, John the Baptist, Stephen 6. Who was the father of Isaac? Aaron, Noah, Abraham, Peter Now available pre-order online: “2014 True Crime,” Wilson Casey’s Daily Box Calendar.(c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the region of Ulster located? 2. MOVIES: Where was King Kong found? 3. MEDICAL: What does the drug Minoxidil do? 4. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What are the RITA awards? 5. HISTORY: The Peloponnesian war was fought primarily between which two forces? 6. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Who was Gerald Fords running mate in 1976? 7. LITERATURE: The 18th-century writer Francois-Marie Arouet was better known by what pseudonym? 8. MUSIC: Who recorded the hit The Banana Boat Song? 9. ADVERTISING: The slogan Is it in you? was used to promote what product? 10. GAMES: How many pawns are used in a game of chess? (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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See ya later, Alligator! Take a look at some of these interesting facts about this member of the order Crocodylia. • Early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida gave the alligator its name. This scaly reptile takes its name from the Spanish word el largarto, meaning “the lizard.” • Alligators are native only to the United States and China. In the U.S., Louisiana has the most alligators, but large populations also live in Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Although an American alligator can grow up to 20 feet (6.1 m) long and weigh up to half a ton (454 kg), on average, males grow to about 11 feet (3.4 m) and females to about 8 feet (2.6 m). The Chinese alligator is much smaller, with males averaging a length of 5 feet (1.5 m) and females at about 4.5 feet (1.4 m). The tail accounts for about half of an alligator’s length. • The menacing-looking mouth of an American alligator holds between 74 and 80 teeth at a time, but it might go through 2,000 to 3,000 teeth over its lifetime. Although they seem to have a reputation for attacking humans, alligators are actually quite solitary and very rarely do they go after humans, usually only when provoked or when protecting their young. Their diet consists of fish, turtles, snakes, birds, and small mammals. Occasionally they eat other alligators. • An alligator’s jaws can clamp shut with enough force to break a person’s arm. But the muscles that open its

November 14 - November 20, 2013 mouth are very weak, so much so that a man can hold a full-grown alligator’s mouth open with one hand. And although they move very quickly through water, alligators are slow-moving on land. • A female alligator will lay up to 50 eggs at a time, keeping them warm in a nest of rotting vegetation. The temperature of that nest will determine the gender of her offspring. Oddly enough, if the eggs are incubated over 93 degrees F (33.8 C), the embryos develop into males. Females are the result of temperatures below 86 degrees F (30 C), and between 86 and 93 degrees F, an embryo can develop into either gender. About 8 out of 10 baby alligators will be eaten by bobcats, snakes, otters, large fish, raccoons, and other alligators. • An American alligator has a life expectancy in the wild of nearly 50 years. • One of the main differences between alligators and crocodiles is their environment. Alligators dwell in fresh water, such as ponds, rivers, wetlands, lakes, and swamps, while crocodiles make their home in salt water. An alligator’s nostrils point upward, so they can breathe while the rest of the body is submerged in water. • Although there are about five million American alligators in the southeastern United States, they were once nearly extinct. Years of hunters seeking the valuable hides landed alligators on the endangered species list. When the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service prohibited the trade of hides, alligators made such a comeback that they were removed from the list in 1987. R

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