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by Kathy Wolfe The simple definition of genius is someone with “exception intellectual or creative ability.” That can certainly be said of the individuals Tidbits examines this week. • What constitutes a genius IQ level? Intelligence tests are based on one devised by French psychologist Alfred Binet in the 1950s. Average intelligence falls between a score of 85 and 114. It’s estimated that about half of the world’s population has an IQ between 90 and 110. A score of about 160 is considered to be a genius. About 1% of all the people in the world are above 136. It’s believed that Einstein’s IQ was 160, while Mozart’s is estimated at 165. • Considered the world’s first real child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began studying violin and harpsichord at age 3. At 5, he was performing at the University of Salzburg and at Vienna’s Imperial Court the following year. He was 6 when he began composing minuets and other short pieces. His first symphony came along at age 8 and an opera at 12. Mozart received all of his education from his father and never attended a school. He frequently experienced anxiety, loneliness, and sadness, and occasionally exhibited the symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome and bipolarism. Although he only lived to age 35, he composed more than 600 pieces, including 68 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, horn concertos, violin sonatas, and many volumes of string quartet music.

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GENIUSES (continued): • Albert Einstein was responsible for “the world’s most famous equation,” E=mc2, the formula for mass-energy equivalence. Yet this German-born physicist failed his first college entrance exam, passing only the math and science sections, forcing him to attend a secondary school before retaking and passing the test a year later. Einstein’s 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. He came to America on a visit in 1933, and made the decision to stay when new German laws prohibited him from teaching at any university there. He renounced his German citizenship, took a teaching position at Princeton, and became a U.S. citizen in 1940. Regarding the topic of genius, he once said, “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” • Regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all times, Isaac Newton almost became a farmer. His mother urged him to follow in his late father’s footsteps on the family farm, but this genius disliked the profession intensely. He attended Cambridge University, studying mathematics, physics, and astronomy. We’re most familiar with his theory of gravitation, developed after watching an apple fall from a tree. Most folks have also heard of his law of inertia that states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. Another familiar Newton law is that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Newton was also responsible for the first practical reflecting telescope. Modern-day psychologists believe it’s quite possible that this genius had Asperger Syndrome, an autism disorder characterized by severe difficulties in social situations.

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HOLLYWOOD -- The much-ballyhooed $50 million lawsuit Tom Cruise dropped on The Bauer Media Group and its magazines “In Touch” and “Life & Style” is over. In cover stories, both magazines intimated that Cruise abandoned his daughter with Katie Holmes, Suri. Both Cruise and Bauer were prepared to fling dirt from TMZ to The Wall Street Journal. Their Mexican stand-off ended because they realized they could tarnish their reputations forever, so Tom Cruise the lawsuit was dropped. Cruise was prepared to accuse Bauer Media of having un-American ties, while Bauer was prepared to rake Scientology over the coals. For instance, Tom involved his three wives -- Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes -- in the religion, but all three left the church soon after cutting ties with him. Scientology has had some major defections to worry about. Jason Beghe, best known for the films “Thelma & Louise” and “X-Men: First Class” and who will star in the upcoming NBC series “Chicago PD,” premiering Jan. 8, left the church in 2007. In 2009, “Crash” director Paul Haggis, a 35-year member, left. In 2012, Lisa Marie Presley exited quietly, for fear she would alienate her mother, Priscilla Presley, still a Scientologist. And most recently, “King of Queens” star Leah Remini announced on “Dancing With the Stars” that she’d left the church. Luckily for the religion, its board of directors is made up of many lawyers, who can resolve most of their legal problems swiftly and quietly. *** CBS thinks we’re ready for a reboot of Neil Simon’s classic “The Odd Couple” and has chosen “Friend’s” star Matthew Perry to play the messy Oscar Madison ... now that is odd! *** Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber may have lost his way with his latest musical effort. The musical genius who gave us such megahits as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita,” “Cats,” “Starlight Express,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Sunset Boulevard” and recently “The Wizard of Oz,” has chosen “Stephen Ward” as his latest project. Who is Stephen Ward, you ask? In 1961, Dr. Stephen Ward was at the center of the infamous Profumo scandal in which the very-married John Profumo, secretary of state for war for the British government, began an affair with a call girl named Christine Keeler, who also was having an affair with a naval attache at the Soviet Embassy in London. The affair lasted only two weeks, and the story didn’t break until 1962. Variety’s British theater critic described the show by saying, “How could the fallout from Britain’s most notorious real-life sex-and-politics scandal have been turned into something so flaccid?” Well, that certainly is a stiff review! (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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GENIUSES (continued): • Although we think of Alexander Graham Bell as the inventor of the telephone, he had 17 other patents, including hydrofoil boats, aerial vehicles, and selenium cells. Bell was 29 years old and working on an improvement to the telegraph when he invented the telephone. As “This is the day in which a young boy, he had come God’s most excellent favors up with a talking doll that have been poured out upon said, “Mama,” and at age 12, built a device for the process of dehusking men, the Day in which His wheat. Following the shooting of President most mighty grace hath James Garfield in 1881, Bell quickly devised an electromagnetic apparatus to try to locate been infused into all created the bullet lodged in Garfield’s abdomen. In things.” 1906, this genius with a vision said, “The day will come when the man at the telephone will For Meetings Call 509-525-7284 be able to see the distant person to whom he is 509-525-7284 speaking.”

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• Robert “Bobby” Fischer was an American chess master, who at age 14, won the World Chess Championship, the youngest winner of the title. At 15, he was the youngest international grandmaster of all time. This son of a biophysicist father and a teacher, then nurse, then physician mother, Bobby learned chess when he was six years old, using the instructions from a chess set bought at a candy store. As a genius with an IQ of 187, he dropped out of high school at age 16 to dedicate himself to the game. His famous 1972 world championship match against the USSR’s Boris Spassky put Fischer in the public eye. After that match, he became a recluse and didn’t play a competitive game in public for nearly 20 years. • A modern-day genius, 30-year-old Michael Kearney received his first bachelor’s degree at age 10, and had earned three more by age 21, followed by a doctorate in chemistry at 22. Kearney spoke his first words at four months, and at six months, surprised his pediatrician by saying, “I have a left ear infection.” By 10 months, he was reading, and graduated from high school at age six.

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GENIUSES (continued): • When Edison was developing the phonograph, it wasn’t as a form of entertainment. He was more interested in its educational and business possibilities – teaching elocution and diction, recordings for the blind, dictation, and recording a teacher’s instructions. During the 1880s, this brilliant individual filed for a new patent on the average of every five days, more than 1,300 items over the course of his creative life. Because he had dyslexia, Edison spent just three months in public school before his mother chose to deal with his learning disability by homeschooling him. Although we mainly remember his “big” inventions, such as the stock ticker, voting machine, motion picture camera and projector, phonograph, and incandescent light bulbs, Edison was also the inventor of waxed paper! As to being a genius, Edison had this to say, “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99% perspiration.” • Kim Ung-Yong’s IQ is approximately 210, perhaps the highest in the world. By his third birthday, he was reading Japanese, Korean, German, and English, and was enrolled as a physics student at South Korea’s Hanyang University. At 8, he was invited by NASA to study in the U.S. and work for the organization. After 10 years with NASA, he returned to Korea and obtained his doctorate in civil engineering.

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• It was Polish chess grandmaster Savielly Tartakower who made the following sage observation: “Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.” • In the late 19th century, a single female Bengal tiger, known as the Champawat Tiger, was solely responsible for an estimated 430 deaths in India and Nepal. After evading hunters and the Nepalese Army for years, she was finally killed in 1907 by a hunter named Jim Corbett. • A leech can consume 10 times its weight in its victims’ blood. • In 2011, during a tough financial time for the nation of Romania, the government instituted a 16 percent tax on the incomes of self-proclaimed witches, fortunetellers and astrologers. Those so employed were incensed and vowed retribution, some casting spells against the president and those members of the government who had supported the legislation. In an unrelated incident, the legislature also drafted a measure that would punish those who incorrectly predicted the future.

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• There is a planet named Gliese 436b orbiting a red dwarf star. It’s about the size of Neptune, and it’s very, very hot -- roughly 820 degrees Fahrenheit. None of this is terribly unusual; what’s truly surprising is the fact that the planet’s surface is made up largely of ice (with an outer layer of hydrogen and helium) despite the heat. It seems that the gravity and atmospheric pressure are so great that water is forced into a solid form, creating so-called hot ice. • A Louisiana man once caught a grape in his mouth that was tossed from 252 feet away. *** Thought for the Day: “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” -- Sir Winston Churchill (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1/16 MOPS (Mother of Preschoolers) 9:30-11:30 am; Eastgate SDA Church, 380 Tausick Way, Walla Walla. Come & connect with other moms. Brunch and child care are provided for this potluck and play date. Come and have some much needed "mom" time. For more info: Call 509-301-4866 or email 1/16 Financial Peace University Class 6:30 pm, SonBridge, 1200 SE 12th Street, College Place. Classes begin January 16th and the class continues for the next nine Thursdays. To register: Call Greg Nelson at 509-540-9686 1/17 Celebrate Recovery 6:30 pm (Dinner at 5:30 pm); Eastgate SDA Church, 380 Tausick Way, Walla Walla. This is a 12-step Christ centered program. Child care is available. For more info: Ladies call Ruth at 509-301-5685 or Men call Tracey at 509-301-8400. 1/18,19 All You Can Eat Breakfast 8-11 am; Prescott Lions Community Building, corner of Hwy 124 & D Street, Prescott. Cost is $6 per person. 1/19 Square & Round Dance Lessons 2-3:30 pm; Community Building, 109 NE Fifth, Milton-Freewater. Offered by the Muddy Frogs Square Dance Club. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend but a partner is not required. First three lessons are free. For more info: Call Merri Anne at 541-861-9055 or email 1/21

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Recommended Reading: “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s Griffin, $18.99) Reviewed by Cindy Elavsky “Eleanor & Park” tells the story of a school year (1986-87) in the life of the titular characters. The reader gets a bird’s-eye view (or should I say bus-eye view) from their first encounter and getting to know one another to their falling in love. Don’t worry: It’s not a teen-angsty, cutesy book. Rowell delves deep into the characters of both Eleanor and Park, so much so that they practically jump out of the page, sit next to you and read the book along with you (like Eleanor and Park do on their bus ride to school sharing a “Watchmen” comic). Rowell perfectly captures the tentative awkwardness that one feels as a teenager who isn’t quite used to her body, her hormones or the opposite sex. From the electricity of that first touch from someone you have feelings for -- hoping upon hope that he feels the same way -- to the insecurity with one’s body and the topsy-turvy butterfly stomach of your first kiss, Rowell expertly plumbs those adolescent depths. Of course, it’s not all unicorns and butterflies. Eleanor has to deal with some major issues at home, as well as being the target of bullies at school. And Park’s issues stem from not feeling fully accepted by his macho father, or the town in general, since he doesn’t fit the All-American Boy standard. I also have to mention the main characters’ (and Rowell’s) great taste in music. This book’s soundtrack will have you rushing to your iTunes account to buy some of these songs that you only had on cassette or vinyl 25 years ago and really want to hear again. Rowell’s sophomore effort (her first novel is the superb “Attachments”) is a dandy, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a wonderful story to lose themselves in. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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FOR- YOU! These facts are for our Tidbits readers, meaning they all begin with for-! • Back in 1917, B.C. Forbes was a financial columnist for the Hearst newspaper franchise. Along with Walter Drey, the general manager of the Magazine of Wall Street, he founded Forbes magazine, a financial publication containing investing and market topics. Today his grandson Malcolm Forbes, Jr. is CEO and Editor-in Chief of Forbes. This periodical is famous for its miscellaneous lists, such as the 400 Richest Americans, the World’s Billionaires, and America’s Most Trustworthy Companies. According to Forbes, Bill Gates has been the richest American for the past 20 consecutive years, with a current estimated worth of $72 billion. • On April 14, 1865, Actor John Wilkes Booth entered a private box at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. and shot President Abraham Lincoln with a .44-caliber single shot derringer as Lincoln watched a performance of Our American Cousin. Booth was a familiar face around the theater and a personal friend of the owner John T. Ford. The structure was used as an office after the assassination for 28 years until the interior collapsed, killing 22 clerks and injuring 68 others. The damage was repaired and the building remodeled into a government warehouse, used until 1931, when it became a Lincoln museum. In 1968, a complete restoration of the historic theater was finished, and it reopened as a live performance venue. The site receives about a million visitors annually. • The old English word “forsooth” simply means “indeed,” “in truth,” “certainly.”




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Tidbits® of the Blue Mountain Region

January 14, 2014


Unique Sweetheart Gifts

A Dave Ramsey Program


In 9 lessons, you'll learn to take control of your money, invest for the future, and give like never before!

Classes Meet Every Thursday at 6pm Beginning January 16th

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• The colorless, flammable, odorous chemical known as formaldehyde is used in building materials, including pressed-wood products, along with many household products. It’s also found in cigarette smoke, some glues, permanent press fabrics, fungicides, and disinfectants, and is a common medical lab preservative and widely used at mortuaries. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen, and studies suggest there is a connection between exposure and leukemia. Exposure can be especially irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat, causing coughing and inflammation of the respiratory tract. • When gold was discovered in California at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, thousands flocked to the area seeking treasure. Most people headed there in 1849, giving them the nickname the FortyNiners. That year, San Francisco’s population jumped from 800 to more than 50,000. California’s head count increased by 86,000 people in two years. The folks who struck it rich weren’t the miners, but rather those who created businesses to serve the prospectors. Two well-known companies that came out of the era are Wells Fargo and Levi Strauss. • Back in 1912, Westinghouse employees Daniel O’Conor and Herbert Faber teamed up on an invention to be used in electrical insulation. It was made of wrapped woven fabric coated with a thermosetting resin, which was flattened and cured in a press. They intended their product to replace mica in the insulation, and dubbed their invention Formica, because it was a substitute for mica. Today we most often think of Formica as a heat-resistant laminate with melamine resin for use on kitchen countertops.

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