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by Kathy Wolfe Say “Welcome” to the new year by learning a little about some January commemorations you might not be familiar with. This week, Tidbits looks a few lesser-known celebrations. • January 11 is officially Amelia Earhart Day, but not because that was the day she disappeared. It marks the date she became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific from Honolulu to Oakland, California in 1935. It was two years later on June 1 that she and her navigator Fred Noonan departed Miami on a 29,000-mile (46,671 km) journey, attempting to fly around the world. They were just 7,000 miles (11,265 km) from completing the goal when radio transmission ceased and the two were never seen again. • January 7 is Harlem Globetrotters’ Day, remembering the first game the famous basketball team played on that day in 1927. They traveled 48 miles west from their Chicago home to play a game in Hinckley, Illinois. The team was the brainstorm of Chicago businessman Abe Saperstein during a time when only whites were permitted to play professional basketball. The team had nothing to do with the New York City borough of Harlem. Abe chose the name to emphasize the team’s ethnic heritage. The Globetrotters didn’t even play their first game in Harlem until the late 1960s! Since their creation, they have played in front of 120 million fans in more than 115 countries. turn the page for more!

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JANUARY JUMBLE (continued): • January 10 is Save the Eagles Day, reminding us of the importance of protecting the world’s 70 species of eagles from extinction. Eagles can be found on every continent except Antarctica. America’s national emblem, the bald eagle, inhabits every state except Hawaii. This enormous bird can have a wing span of up to 8 feet (2.5 m) and weigh 15 lbs. (6.8 kg). Surprisingly, it is monogamous and mates for its entire 15- to 20-year lifespan. • The name Margaret Gorman is probably not familiar to most folks, but she is notable as the first Miss America, winner of the pageant in 1920. Originally initiated as a local Atlantic City festival in an attempt to extend the tourism season past Labor Day, the event became was not known as the Miss America Pageant until 1922. Miss America Day is now in January each year, with the next pageant scheduled for January 12, 2013. It was broadcast for the first time in 1954, with a record-breaking 27 million viewers, and remains the fourth longest-running live event in television history. The state of California has had the most winners with six, while 21 states, including Washington, Idaho, Maine, Nevada, and Montana, have never had a Miss America hail from their state. • Happy Cable Car Day on January 17! This year marks the 142nd anniversary of the first cable car railway patent bestowed upon Andrew Smith Hallidie. He was inspired to invent the cable car after witnessing an accident with a horse-drawn streetcar on San Francisco’s steep streets. The cable car made its first appearance in that city in 1873. The cars move up and down San Francisco’s inclines at a speed of about 9 miles per hour (14.5 km/hr). • Who hasn’t used that handy little tool, the Thesaurus? It’s the volume that lists synonyms for words, enabling a writer to avoid using the same word in articles, speeches, and papers. January 18th is officially Thesaurus Day, celebrating the 1779 birthday of the author of Roget’s Thesaurus, Peter Roget. He was a British physician who struggled with depression and used the compiling of lists of words to combat it. The brilliant Roget graduated with a medical degree at only 19, and served as chief surgeon of an English hospital. In addition, he invented a slide rule that enables a person to perform exponential and root calculations. His first Thesaurus was published when Roget was 73, and was entitled Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition. His work had 28 printings during his lifetime, and after his death, was carried on by his son and later by his grandson. • Sharpen your pencils! It’s time for National Handwriting Day on January 23, a day established by the Writing Instrument


ARIES (March 21-April 19): The mind is a terrible thing to waste. Frequent phone calls can interrupt concentration. Plan ahead; arrange for a period of peace and quiet in the upcoming week to master a new skill or study. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You shot an arrow into the air, it comes to earth you know not where. If you commence a serious study or research business techniques in the week ahead, it may snowball into something valuable. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you put your “getup-and-go” on full throttle, you can go far in the week ahead. Be a mover and a shaker in the business world to receive recognition and attention. Pursuing amorous fancies is futile. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Put on your thinking cap. Other people challenge you to think things through this week. Develop a plan of action for the future. Rather than acting on every passing whim, consider the big picture. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Sharpen your wits to remain on the cutting edge. The people you meet in the week ahead might not remain in your life very long, but could offer powerful insights and open your eyes to exciting possibilities. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Forget your fear of heights. Honesty is not only the best policy, but the only policy that will get you up the ladder of success in the week ahead. Investigate and discover the facts and take time to study. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Receive rave reviews. Start any matter that needs to receive widespread publicity to succeed or where your people skills can be used to your advantage. Remain open to progressive concepts this week. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Polish your public image in the week ahead. What you think of yourself is more important than what other people think of you. Your resourcefulness and flair at work can bring you attention or recognition. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sometimes the teacher learns the most from the students. During the upcoming week, you may understand more when called upon to show someone how to perform a task or explain a concept. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do. In the week ahead, you will be able to visualize future possibilities. Your evaluation of people and potential is better than usual. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s not what you know, but whom you know that counts. Form alliances with powerful people this week, and fame and fortune could rub off on you. A special someone could show extra affection. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Sail with the current, not against it. The latest news, the most recent fads, and most innovative technology may attract you in the week ahead. You may be easily distracted if paid a compliment by an admirer.

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Jan. 14: in 1697, the Massachusetts Bay Colony held a day of fasting and repentance for having executed people convicted of witchcraft, beginning with the Salem trials of 1692. In 1952, NBC-TV’s “Today” show premiered, featuring Dave Garroway as host.

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Jan. 15: in 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, • January 25 is observed as World Leprosy Day, new headquarters of the U.S. War Department. In 1973, intended to educate people on this disease that President Nixon announced the suspension of U.S. damages the nerves that control the muscles in the hands and feet. Left untreated, it can lead offensive actions in North Vietnam, citing progress in to the inability to use the hands, paralysis of peace negotiations. the feet, loss of sensation in the extremities, Jan. 16: in 1920, Prohibition began in the United States and even blindness. Every day, 620 people are under the 18th Amendment to the Constitution. It was diagnosed with leprosy – that’s one every two repealed by the 21st Amendment in 1933. In 1991, minutes! Also called Hansen’s Disease, leprosy Operation Desert Storm began to drive Iraqi forces out is contagious, spread by droplets from the nose of Kuwait. and mouth by coughing and sneezing. India has more leprosy than any other country. The good Jan. 17: in 1893, Hawaii’s monarchy was overthrown news in this century is that it is curable, and as a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced deformities can frequently be remedied with Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate. In 1956, Ford Motor reconstructive surgery. Co. began selling stock to the public, ending total family control of the company.

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With the footbal season beginning to wind down, you might be interest in what spectators have been paying for tickets at some of the stadiums. Tidbits presents the most expensive, the least expensive, and a glance at Super Bowl ticket prices. • The price tag for game attendance is based on the Fan Cost Index, a figure derived by the Team Marketing Report. This figure represents the price for a family of four to attend an NFL game, including four tickets at the average price, two small beers, four small sodas, four hot dogs, parking, two game programs, and two adult caps. The average league-wide figure is $427.42. • The fifth most-expensive stadium, Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field, carries a Fan Cost Index of $557.18. Home of the Bears since 1971, it holds 61,500 fans, and has an average single ticket price of $101.55. Fans can have a beer for $8 and a hot dog for $5. The team has a season ticket renewal rate of 98%, and every game has sold out for the last 27 years. • The third most expensive stadium belongs to the New England Patriots, with an index of $597.66, and a single ticket average of $117.84. Gillette Stadium also offers “premium tickets,” which include oversize plush seats, fancier food and beverages, flat screen TV’s, and access to the field postgame. Want a season ticket? Get in line, there’s a waiting list. • The Dallas Cowboys play in the second most expensive stadium, with a cost index of $613.80. The $6 price tag on sodas is the highest in the league, and fans fork over $75 for parking at the three-year-old arena. If money is a little tight, spectators can purchase a $29 “party pass” that allows a standing-room view of the game from platforms on the end zone and corners.

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Q: My 7-year-old Dachshund-mix licks at everything - her furniture, her bed, and she even licks leaves during walks. I believe poor Goldie was kept in a crate for many hours as a puppy. Do you have any insights on her behavior? A: Dr. Ilana Reisner, a veterinary behaviorist in Philadelphia, PA, explains that persistent licking can be coined a “displacement behavior,” sort of letting off steam, as an outlet for anxiety, much as nail biting can be for people. However, since your dog seems so intent, more might be going on.” One determination of seriousness is to assess if your dog can easily be distracted from licking and redircted to another behavior, such as coming when you call her. Lots of folks might jump to the idea that Goldie has a compulsive disorder, and certainly that possibility exists. However, Reisner says to first rule out a medical explanation (which most likely explains the licking), particularly a possible gastro-intestinal issue, or even chronic tonsillitis. Scoping with biopsies will rule out the stomach issue and visually looking at throat will rule out the other. Crazy as it sounds, a food allergy is also possible. Reisner suggests you keep a log to determine what Goldie licks and when to determine if there’s any pattern. This information might help a veterinarian. Meanwhile, you can do no harm to enhance your dog’s enrichment. Feed Goldie from various Kong or food dispensing toys. You might even stuff food inside toys and then hide them around the house, so she can sniff them out. Also, take Goldie for daily walks on-leash, not only for exercise but also to sniff what’s new in the ‘hood. A compulsive behavior is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that after everything else is ruled out, it is considered. If this ends up being the diagnosis, a psycho-pharmaceutical might help, as can a referral to a veterinary behaviorist.

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You can have a positive impact on human rights (NC)—One of Amnesty International’s greatest strengths as a movement has been the ability to mobilize communities to apply pressure on powerful governments and corporations to stop or prevent human rights violations. Every voice counts. Here are some ways you can make a difference: Take action right now! With so many issues happening all around the world, sign a petition on one of the many human rights issues facing communities around the world. Become a member with your donation today. We are a movement of people. Each time a new person joins, Amnesty’s light shines brighter on the injustices occurring at different places around the world. Join a group. Together, the members of our groups take action, reach out to new communities and educate the public about how they can make human rights a reality for all. Attend an event. Events are a great way to get to educate yourself and others about human rights and meet other like minded people in your community who want to take action together. Yoga Day on April 27, 2013, held at a local yoga studio or your own living room is a good example. Volunteer. Our network of volunteers have the chance to try almost anything—from phone banking, writing letters and organizing a group to responding to a crisis, leading a lobby effort or carrying out our campaigns—we invite you to explore the diverse volunteer opportunities available to you around the country. Write for Rights. Join over 22,000 Canadians in the world’s largest letter writing event on behalf of political prisoners, human rights defenders and others whose rights are being violated by governments or corporations. Further information is available by emailing or toll-free at 1-800-2663789 and by mail at Amnesty International, 312 Laurier Ave East, Suite 300, Ottawa, K1N 1H9.

STADIUMS (continued): • MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, is the only NFL stadium shared by two teams. The most expensive stadium ever built and the largest in the NFL in terms of permanent seating capacity (82,500), it is home to both the New York Jets and the New York Giants. The cost index differs between the two teams, with the Giants the fourth-highest in the league at $592.26 and a whopping $464.75 for a premium seating ticket. The most expensive tickets in the league belong to the Jets with the index at $628.90. If you’d like to reserve two tickets for the Jets in the premium club area, you can do so for a five-year period for $24,340. • How about the cheapest prices in the league? That honor belongs to EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although it’s the fifth-largest stadium in the NFL, its Fan Cost Index is just $316.50, and an average ticket price of $58.90. It’s close to the bottom in terms of attendance. • The average ticket price for last year’s Super Bowl was $2,900. Tickets for the 2013 game are slated to be much higher, with the cheapest in the $2,500 range and the most expensive over $9,500. This will be the 7th year for the contest at New Orleans’ Superdome, the largest fixed-dome structure in the world, which has a seating capacity exceeding 76,000. New York’s MetLife Stadium is scheduled for the 2014 matchup.

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