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• Owen Rutherford was an attendant at the Lincoln Park Zoo. One day he drove to the airport to pick up some snakes being shipped in. It seemed to him that the deadly black mamba snake was dead. So he poked it with his finger. The snake was not dead. Rutherford recovered in a nearby hospital.

• Abie Goldberry was goalie on a Canadian junior ice hockey team in 1930. In the back pocket of his hockey shorts he kept a book of matches and a plastic comb. When a puck from a hard shot struck his back pocket, the friction caused the matches to ignite, melting the comb and setting his pants on fire. He was rushed to the hospital, and his team lost 2 - 0.

• A 1961 game between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies did not go well for the Giants, who lost 1-0. The Giant’s manager, Alvin Dark, was so angry at the team’s poor performance that he stormed into the clubhouse, grabbed a metal stool, and threw it across the room. Unfortunately, his pinky finger got caught on a rough edge of the metal and the tip of it tore off. He was rushed to the hospital and stitched up, minus the missing tip. His players felt bad, so to make their peace with him they found the tip of his finger, pickled it in alcohol, and presented the jar to him as a gift. • George Watts of England liked being in the hospital. He liked the free room and board, and he especially liked being cared for by

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• Oatmeal has more protein than whole wheat. Samuel Johnson said oats are “a grain which is generally given to horses but in Scotland supports the people.” A Scot replied, “That is why in England you have such fine horses and in Scotland we have such fine men.” • Grape Nuts is one of the few cereals with no added sugar. It has nothing to do with grapes or nuts, being made out of wheat and barley. Charles Post named it Grape-Nuts because it tasted nutty and he thought its taste came from dextrose, called grape sugar at the time. • Charles Post cashed in on the success of the cereal business when he came out with a cereal he called Elijah’s Manna. He tried to export it to Britain but they refused to register it, feeling giving such a religious name to a food item was sacrilegious. Post changed the name to Post Toasties. • If all the shredded wheat biscuits consumed by Americans in a single year were placed end-to-end, they would circle the globe twice.


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sympathetic nurses. So he made a habit of swallowing coins, then admitting himself to various hospitals across the country. He would even met Pres. Ford. In 1980 the family moved complain of chest pains, doctors would remove to Maryland and took Rodney to see a new the coins, nurses would care for him, and the doctor. The new doctor found that Rodney did government would pick up the tab. When the not have cystic fibrosis after all. He merely government figured out his scheme, he was suffered from asthma. sentenced to a year in jail for obtaining hospital • A psychic suffering from persistent headaches care by deception. had a CT-scan. The dye they used, she said, • Donald Wright was installing a door in made her feel like her head was going to Toronto when he fell off the ladder, knocking explode. Afterwards she found her psychic himself out. When he came to, he found that powers had evaporated. She sued the hospital. he had fallen on his electric drill— which was Although the jury awarded her nearly $1 on at the time. The drill was imbedded three million, the judge threw out the verdict. inches deep in his skull. He pulled on it but it wouldn’t come out. So he restarted it, reversed • In 1984 a 305-pound man in Virginia underwent a stomach-stapling operation to lose weight. He the direction, and pulled it out. At the hospital was still in the hospital two days later when he they removed a bone fragment from his brain. spied a refrigerator. He ate so much he popped Afterwards he was fine. the staples and required emergency surgery. • Police officer Timothy Day of Indianapolis He later tried to sue the hospital, saying they made a trip to the hospital after picking up a were negligent in allowing him near the fridge. bag of cocaine to seize it as evidence, and a MENTAL PATIENTS gust of wind blew the contents into his face. • Nathaniel Lee was an author who suffered from MALPRACTICE bouts of insanity and was confined to Bedlam • In 1970 in Indiana the parents of 15-monthHospital. A friend once visited him there. Lee old Rodney Brown were informed the child showed him around, giving him a tour of the suffered from cystic fibrosis and would not hospital. His conversation was so rational that live past his mid-teens. For the next decade, the friend hoped that Lee might have recovered Rodney was subjected to all manner of medical his sanity. His hopes were dashed, however, procedures. In 1975 Rodney was chosen as when they reached the roof of the building. Indiana’s cystic fibrosis poster child, and in “Let us achieve immortality by leaping down 1976 he became the national poster child. He off this roof!” exclaimed Lee. Coolly, the friend replied, “Any man can leap DOWN off a building and there is no immortality in that. True immortality would be achieved by going to the pavement below and leaping UP!” 2910 - 30th Ave. Lee rushed quickly down the stairs to see if he Go to www.vernoncinema.com could indeed achieve immortality this way.

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DOROTHEA DIX (cont’d) build more asylums across the country. Although it was passed with broad support from both houses of Congress, the bill was vetoed by President Franklin Pierce, who felt that the federal government should not be involved in social welfare, which was the responsibility of the states. • Angry over the rejection of the bill, Dorothea traveled to Scotland and then to Nova Scotia where she continued her work. She mercilessly exposed the enormous disparity between public and private hospitals. After visiting with Pope Pius IX, he was moved to order the construction of a new hospital for the mentally ill. • Dix returned to the United States in 1856. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, she volunteered her services and was named superintendent of nurses. She was responsible for setting up field hospitals and first-aid stations, recruiting nurses, managing supplies, and setting up training programs. • In 1881, Dix moved into the New Jersey State Hospital, which she had founded 40 years earlier. The state legislature designated a suite for her private use as long as she lived. She died on July 17, 1887. • All in all, her tireless efforts over the course of 40 years directly led to the construction of 32 institutions for the care of the mentally ill in the U.S. and resulted in a major change in the way the mentally ill are treated.

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Diamondback Endeavour Mountain bike with full suspension and a disk brake on the front. 26 inch tires. 21 speed. 17 1/4 inch frame. $200 Call (250) 574-5751 or email Eneustaeter@gmail.com (Kamloops)

Looking to Purchase Vintage Costume Jewelry, Watches & Pocket Watches, War Medals & Buttons, Coins, Sterling Silver Cutlery & Tea Services, Silver & Scrap Gold! CASH DOLLARS PAID! Call Mick (250) 307-8486 (Vernon). 2 Bikes stolen from garage in Vernon. Would like to replace Kono bike with something suitable. Looking for Portable Ping Pong Table. Call Jerry (250) 938-1101 (Vernon)

Misc

1/2 price 12.3 Laminate and Hardwood Flooring. 10 colours available, acoustic underlay included. We measure and install from $1.59/sq ft.

Unwanted Firearms? Licensed, Safe and Secure removal. Will pickup at your convenience. Willing to purchase. Call 250-870-6672 (Kelowna). You Pick Raspberries (below Atlantis Waterslides). Picking Times: 7am-12pm and 6pm - dark. Phone for appointment (250) 5030781 (Vernon)

Stolen Bicycle, Blue PATHFINDER, Grey Seat, Black Kickstand, spotted in Kelowna June 26/13 ridden by male with grey/brown hoodie with large letters “EU” on back. Call POLICE File # 201332814 or Linda (250) 8613453. (Vernon)

Call (250) 260-8511. (Vernon) RED DOG CEILING PRO PAINTING AND DECORATING. Ceilings Dirty? Why clean them when you can have them refinished professionally and economically. NOW IN KELOWNA WWW.REDDOPAINTING.COM

info@reddogpainting.com

(250) 859-9081

10 ft fibreglass boat and trailer, brand new tires & wiring. $1200. Will also sell separately. Call Don (250) 309-0737 (Vernon). 14’ Mirrorcraft Boat 2012 with trailer (& spare tire) & loader guides. Bimini Top, Scotty Rod Holders, Hummingbird Fish Finder + 30 horse, electric start Tohatsu Motor. All barely used, like new. Call Ron (250) 832-2855

Automotive

55 Buick Special. 4 dr hrdtop. Red & black. Rebuilt motor w/264 engine nail head. $10,000 in chroming. 5,000 miles in last 14 years. Red/black cloth & leather seats. (Salmon Arm) Asking $21,000. 1996 Sea Ray Boat, 17 Call Ron (250) 765-0112 1/2 foot bow rider, 3 liter (Kelowna) Mercruiser 135hp. @000 ‘77 Ford Laundau Easyloader Trailer. All in (4 dr), mint, $4200 obo. ’75 Excellent Condition. $8500 Mercury (4 dr), new paint, for the pair. Ukrainian $4100 obo. ’73 GMC 3/4 records 33 1/3rd rpm $1 ton, rebuilt 454 motor, lots each. of new parts, $6200 obo. Call 250-260-3720 ’72 Winnebago, new tires, (Vernon) clean. $3100 obo. Call Ron (250) 765-0112 (Kelowna)

Wow! XK8 Jaguar Convertible! Pristine Condition! 119,000 ml, New Radials, 18” mags, 6-CD Changer, British Racing Green Tan Roof, & Leather. Mint - $12,500.00

Call (250) 260-8511. (Vernon)

flea/faRMeRs MaRKet fridays & saturdays 9am-5pm all Vendors Welcome 120 – 1135 stevens Road, West Kelowna

778.755.5515

Mel’s fun stuff for all occasions

is relocating to Grand forks. Visit us in our new location.


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