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During World War II, Japanese invasions of rubber-producing countries in the Far East vastly reduced availability of rubber in the U.S. In the 1940s, the U.S. War Production Board asked General Electric for help in developing a cheap substitute for rubber so that production of things such as boots and tires could continue. G.E. hired James Wright, who created a compound after accidentally dropping some boric acid into silicone oil in 1943. • It stretched further than rubber; rebounded higher than rubber; was impervious to mold and decay; and could withstand all temperatures. The only problem was that scientists could find no real use for the stuff. In 1945, G.E. mailed samples to scientists all over the world, asking them to find a purpose for it. • Paul Hodgson happened to attend a party where some of the stuff was brought out. It entertained the party-goers for hours. He teamed up with the owner of a toy store and Silly Putty outsold everything else in the company catalog with the exception of a 50 cent box of crayons. Still, the store owner wasn’t interested in pursuing Silly Putty, so Hodgson split off on his own. In 1950 Hodgson bought a huge glob of the stuff for $147 and hired a Yale student to separate it into one ounce balls and put it into plastic eggs, perhaps because Easter was coming up. Several months later when Silly Putty was mentioned in the “Talk of the Town” section of the New Yorker magazine, Hodgson’s phone rang off the hook and he collected a quarter million orders in only four days. A few years later, he was racking up sales of over six million dollars annually. Hodgson was soon a millionaire. • Today, Binney & Smith, owners of Crayola, own the rights to Silly Putty. It comes in 16 different colors including glow-in-the-dark, glitter, metallic gold, and hot flourescent colors. There’s also Silly Putty that changes color depending on the temperature of your hands. You can even buy a five-pound block of Silly Putty for only $79. • In 2001 Silly Putty was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame located in Salem, Oregon. In addition, one of the original Silly Putty eggs is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. • Binny & Smith sponsored a contest asking people to submit their silliest uses for Silly Putty. The winner suggested using it to replace your stockbroker by throwing a ball of it at the stock page in the newspaper and investing in whatever stock it lifts from the newsprint. Second place went to the woman who said it could be used to form a fake swollen gland to get out of an unwanted date.

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“PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4”: Get out the video cameras to monitor evil again. Another family experiences supernatural terror in this installment of the cost-effective franchise, which moves forward in time from the initial tale but still retains familiar elements for those familiar with the preceding films. Original co-star Katie Featherston appears again as a linking factor between the stories, and Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (“Catfish”) return from the series’ third film as directors. *** “DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 3”: Since the newest episodes of creator-writer Julian Fellowes’ internationally popular drama are airing currently on PBS’ “Masterpiece Classic,” there’s a bonus for those who buy this set upon release, as they’ll be able to see the remaining stories before they’re televised in the States. Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine is a highly notable cast addition as the mother of Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), and she wastes no time colliding with Lady Violet (Emmy winner Maggie Smith). Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Dan Stevens, Penelope Wilton and Joanne Froggatt are among other continuing cast members. **** “THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY”: If your father is played by Bruce Willis, and he’s supposedly a worker drone, chances are good he’s keeping some big secrets. That’s what the character played by the screen’s soon-to-be Superman, Henry Cavill, finds out in this well-cast but too-familiar melodrama. During a vacation in Spain, the Wall Street employee played by Cavill is distraught when relatives are kidnapped, forcing him to turn to his father for any possible help. And Dad turns out to be much more resourceful than expected. Sigourney Weaver and Caroline Goodall (“Schindler’s List”) also appear. ** “SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS”: One psychopath usually is enough for any movie, and it’s actually a budding screenplay within the film that inspires the title of this offbeat action-comedy. Along with two friends (Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken), the aspiring writer (Colin Farrell) makes ends meet by kidnapping dogs ... but when the trio preys upon the pet of a mobster (Woody Harrelson), there may be a lot more to add to the script than was intended. Abbie Cornish, Harry Dean Stanton, Gabourey Sidibe and Olga Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace”) also appear. DVD extras: six “making-of ” documentaries. ***

Pet Bits Q: I’m considering a new pet, however my business travel takes me away from home two to four nights a week. Do you think I should get a cat? Or would two cats be a better choice? Any other ideas? A: Get a fish. I’m only half kidding. Some kinds of lizards, snakes, or fish might be better options than a cat, but I understand that it’s not easy to cuddle a reptile or a fish. If you’re determined to get a cat, you should. Even better, two cats will keep one another company. Most shelters have cats that, in fact, have lived in pairs and the agency prefers to adopt them out this way. If you want only one pet, a slightly older cat makes the most sense, since you don’t want to leave a rambunctious kitty home alone too long. Actually, I don’t like the idea of leaving any cat alone for two to four days without some human companionship. Of course, that’s what pet sitters, dog walkers and litter box scoopers are for!


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Answers Toronto retailer offered autographed copies to the first 1,500 people who ordered online. They sold out within hours and the book quickly climbed to bestseller status in Canada. When Cohen made his first public appearance in 13 years at a book event in Toronto, about 3,000 people showed up, a crowd so dense the street in front of the bookstore had to be closed off. Philip Glass later composed music for the book. NEIL YOUNG • Neil Young was born in Toronto in 1945, LEONARD COHEN • Leonard Cohen was born in Westmount near and grew up in Omemee, Ontario. The local Montreal in 1934. He became a published poet elementary school is named after his father. and novelist but found that it didn’t pay very well. • He contracted polio in 1951 in one of the At the age of 32, he went into music hoping to last major outbreaks of the disease in Ontario. earn more money, which he did. When a mutual Coincidentally, Joni Mitchell also contracted friend introduced him to Judy Collins, he sang the disease during this same outbreak. She was her a song he’d recently written called Suzanne. nine years old at the time. She loved it, recorded it in 1966, and it became a • He taught himself to play the ukulele before hit. learning the guitar. While playing folk clubs in • He’s been called the poet laureate of Winnipeg, he met Joni Mitchell. He played a pessimism, the godfather of gloom, and the song for her called Sugar Mountain, composed prince of bummers. His songs have been called at the age of 19, in which he laments his lost ‘music to slit your wrists to.’ Anjelica Huston youth. In response, Joni composed the song Circle Game. described him as “part wolf and part angel.” • Phil Spector produced his album Death of a • In 1966, Young moved to California and Ladies’ Man using his famous “Wall of Sound” started the band Buffalo Springfield, naming technique, which annoyed Cohen, who preferred the band after a brand of steamroller that was a minimalist sound. During an argument over parked on the street at the time. His first album the production, Spector allegedly pulled a gun came out in 1968, the first of 35 studio albums and threatened to shoot Cohen. The album was a released over a 40 year time span. commercial disaster, with fans complaining they • In 1969, he teamed up with Crosby, Stills, & couldn’t hear Cohen’s voice underneath all the Nash. Stills complained that Young “wanted to layers. play folk music in a rock band.” • One of Cohen’s most famous songs is Hallelujah which is about characters in the Bible. It took him five years to complete the song to his satisfaction and he turned out over 80 verses. Many artists have recorded the song and it’s appeared in numerous soundtracks, including the movie Shrek. • When Cohen released a book of poetry and drawings called Book of Longing in 2006, a


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