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by Janet Spencer January 1st is National “Z” Day, whose purpose is to give recognition on the first day of the year to people and places whose name begins with the letter Z and are always listed or thought of last. Come along with Tidbits as we consider Z! Z FACTS • Z is the most rarely used letter in the English language. However, it’s more common in American English than it is in British English because Americans use word endings such as “-ize” instead of “-ise” (realize vs realise) and “-ization” instead of “-isation” (civilization vs civilisation). The American method of spelling is derived from Greek origins whereas the British spelling comes from the French language. • Why do Americans pronounce the letter as “zee” while Brits, Canadians, and others say “zed”? It harks back to the original Greek letter, “zeta” which came from the Old French “zede.” After Americans split from the British, a lot of language was re-formed as regional dialects gained a foothold. According to the Concise Oxford Companion, “The modification of zed to zee appears to have been by analogy with bee, dee, vee, etc.” Lye’s New Spelling Book (published in 1677) was the first to list “zee” as the “correct” pronunciation, and Webster followed suit in his dictionary of 1827. (Continued next page)

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December 31, 2013 Z FACTS (continued) • During the Viet Nam war when young American men were defecting to Canada, they often betrayed their American origins when asked to recite the alphabet by border guards. “Zed” is the only letter of the alphabet that Canadians pronounce differently from Americans. Zink, Ziegler, Zeno, & Zarb etc. • Mr. T. M. Zink of Iowa died in 1930 and left his $100,000 fortune to fund a womanless library. He specified that his daughter should receive $5 and his widow a single penny. The rest of the fortune was to be held in trust for 75 years, until the year 2005 when Zink’s womanless library would be funded. Signs reading “No Women Admitted” were to be posted above the doors, and no books or art by women were to be allowed. Fortunately, Zink’s family successfully contested the will. • In 1974 the Doublespeak Award for outrageous language went to Ron Ziegler, who was Pres. Nixon’s press secretary. When asked whether a certain bunch of Watergate tapes was still intact— a question that could have been answered with ‘yes’, ‘no’, or ‘I don’t know’— Ziegler used a colossal 99 word sentence that left everybody scratching their heads. During Watergate, Zielger said, “If my answers sound confusing, I think they are confusing because the questions are confusing, and the situation is confusing and I’m not in a position to clarify it.” • Greek philosopher Zeno in the year 264 B.C. suffered a broken toe and decided this was God’s sign that he had lived long enough. He killed himself, dying at age 98. • Florenz Ziegfeld of the Ziegfeld Follies once offered Gracie Allen $750 a week to appear in a show in London. Gracie asked how much the pay would be if her husband, George Burns, appeared too. “Five hundred,” was the answer.


“Quench ye the fires of war, Page 3 lift high the banners of peace,Tidbits of the Blue Mountain Region Z People (continued) work for the oneness • The story goes that Greek painters Zeuxis and “Bend your minds Parrhasius had a feud concerning who could humankind, produce the most realistic painting. Finally they and of wills to the to a paint-off. Zeuxis painted a picture and remember education of that the religionagreed of a boy holding a bowl of grapes. It was so done that birds came down to peck peoples and kindreds is the channel of love untorealistically at the picture. Then Zeuxis asked Parrhasius to draw back the curtain covering the painting he of theallearth....” peoples.” had drawn. At this point Zeuxis realized that

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• A computer programmer working for a large bank wrote instructions to the main frame in which it was directed to deduct the odd cents below ten cents from every current account at the end of each month and credit it to the last account on record. The programmer then opened an account for himself under the assumed name of Mr. Zyglit. Things went fine for six months. Then a Polish immigrant legitimately named Mr. Zyzov opened a new account. When he went to the bank to ask them why so much money was being deposited in his account, an investigation was launched and the programmer arrested. • In a Greek myth, Zeus wanted to have an affair, so he convinced the nymph named Echo to divert his wife’s attention by involving her in conversation. When his wife found out about it, she confiscated Echo’s ability to talk and sentenced her to forever repeat the last words of whatever she heard.


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Tidbits® of the Blue Mountain Region A New Flower • In the 1700s a botanist was exploring Mexico, looking for new plants. When he found an interesting new flower, he gathered a sack full of the dried-out seed heads. Suddenly he was seized by bandits who thought his sack must be full of gold. When they opened it and found only a bunch of dead flowers, they were convinced he was an idiot, wandering through the desert with a bunch of dried plants. Because it was considered bad luck to murder the feeble minded, they let him go.


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• The flower seeds he was collecting were sent to Europe where they were cultivated. Later the flower was examined by another botanist named Johann, who was the director of the Botanic Garden of the University of Göttingen in Germany. He named the new flower after his last name, and they rapidly became a popular annual, cultivated in gardens worldwide. Johann died young, at the age of 32, but the flower spread quickly because they are easy to start from seed. A long-stemmed flower with a single head, they come in many colors, re-seed easily, and attract butterflies. Today it is one of the most popular bedding plants. Can you guess the name of the flower that Johann named after himself? Answer at the bottom of this article.

Z Namesakes • Karl von Zois was an Austrian botanist in the 1700s. He is the namesake of the grass now called zoysia. Zoysia makes great lawns because it grows sideways along the ground instead of up, so it needs less mowing. It tolerates drought, so it needs less watering. • An entomologist who had just discovered a new species of moth was determined to have the final word. He invented a name for the insect that guaranteed it the final spot in every dictionary in the world: Zyzzyx. Answer: Johann Zinn named the zinnia.

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• But Frank dreaded resurfacing the ice. To smooth the ice, a tractor pulling a planer would drive across the ice. The planer scraped the ice; the shavings were swept up; water was sprayed, followed by a squeegee. Frank decided to design a machine to perform this tedious task. It took him ten years to come up with a functional model, which was completed in 1949. When renowned skater Sonja Henie saw it while practicing at his ice rink, she insisted on buying one to travel with her ice show. People everywhere were subsequently introduced to Frank’s invention, and ice rinks all over the country ordered their own. Frank wanted to name his firm the Paramount Engineering Company, but that name was taken, so he named it after his last name instead. By the time he died in 1988, his machines were being used all over the world. What’s it called? Answer: Zamboni • In the early days of the Zamboni, the inability of tires to get adequate traction on the ice was problematic. Frank Zamboni solved the problem by having tire casings re-treated with a mixture of rubber and crushed walnut shells. In the mid-1960s, the invention of steel-studded tires solved the problem for good.

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HOLLYWOOD -- Tom Hanks is a shoo-in for a Best Actor Oscar nod for “Captain Phillips.” Hanks, who won back-to-back Best Actor Oscars, for “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994), also was nominated for “Big,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Cast Away.” Pitting him against the formidable Emma Thompson, who also will be nominated, was a stroke of genius. Thompson won her two Oscars for “Howard’s End” (Best Actress) and “Sense and Sensibility” (Best Adapted Screenplay), and also had Best Actress nominations for “The Remains of the Day” and “Sense and Sensibility,” and as best Supporting Actress for “In the Name of the Father.” Hanks, a top-notch producer, usually hits gold Tom Hanks at the box office, as he did with “Cast Away” ($90 million cost/$430 million gross), “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” ($5 million cost/$369 million gross), “Polar Express” ($165 million cost/$306 million gross), “Charlie Wilson’s War” ($75 million cost/$120 million gross) and “Mamma Mia” ($52 million cost/$610 million gross). He must have been very disappointed by “Parkland” (about JFK’s assassination with Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Ron Livingston, Billy Bob Thornton and Colin Hanks), which cost $10 million to produce and only took in $654,000 at the box office. However “Captain Phillips,” which he only acted in, took in $200 million, and “Saving Mr. Banks, in which he plays Walt Disney, is sure to be a juggernaut at the box office. *** Emma Thompson has “Effie” with Dakota Fanning, James Fox and Claudia Cardinale out in May, and “The Love Punch” with Pierce Brosnan on deck. *** For the past 25 years, Los Angeles businessman Sam Leslie has hosted a holiday toy drive. This year, his toy-raiser benefited The Lauren Foundation, which helps families affected by HIV and AIDS. The event was held in Leslie’s home, formerly owned by Sandra Bullock. If you’d like to help this worthy cause, go to its website at donate/. *** Everyone’s favorite “Nanny,” Fran Drescher, will play the wicked stepmother of “Cinderella” in the Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway musical of the same name, Feb. 4-April 13. Can you imagine that voice in song? *** Carrie Underwood’s “The Sound of Music Live!” triumph, which cost $9 million and brought in 19 million viewers, reminded us of Eleanor Parker, the film version’s Baroness Elsa, who coincidentally passed away Dec. 9 of pneumonia at 91. She received three Best Actress Oscar nominations for “Caged” (1950), “Detective Story” (1951) and “Interrupted Melody” (1955). NBC is planning another musical epic for next year. Critics who panned Carrie Underwood’s acting missed the point. She was young, naive and innocent in her acting, as Maria was at that time. Nevertheless, NBC turned a deaf ear to the reviews and only heard The Sound of Money! (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Zany Zamboni (continued) • Frank Zamboni also invented the “Grasshopper” (a machine to roll up artificial turf); the “Black Widow” (used to fill in dirt on top of cemetery vaults); the “Astro Zamboni” (designed to vacuum water from Astro-turf); and the “Vault Carrier” (built to lift and carry heavy cement burial vaults). • For his contributions to improving ice rinks, Frank J. Zamboni has been inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the World Figure Skating Museum and Hall of Fame, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Zany Zamboni Facts • Before Zambonis were invented, it took several men an hour to resurface an ice rink. • There are currently about 10,000 Zambonis in use around the world. • During the winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City in 2002, there were 20 Zambonis on hand. • A Zamboni travels an average of three miles (4.8 km) during each hockey game, covering about 2,000 miles (3,218 km) per year. • Road & Track magazine determined that the machine’s top speed was 9.7 mph (15.6 km/hr) and that the machine would go from 0 to _ mile per hour in 93.5 seconds flat. • In 2001, a Zamboni was driven from the east coast of Canada (St. John’s, Newfoundland) across to the West Coast (Victoria, B.C.). At about nine m.p.h. (14 km/hr), the 4,500 mile (7,242 km) journey took four months. • In 2000, the Zamboni was immortalized as an authentic Monopoly board game token in the NHL version of the game. • When a Zamboni machine operator in the Midwest passed away, his funeral procession was led by a Zamboni machine.


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