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NOSEY by Patricia L. Cook This issue of Tidbits is not just about nosey neighbors or co-workers (but they will be mentioned…shhh! Don’t tell them!), but also about noses that are superior in sensing aromas. • There have been a number of television shows and movies that have featured nosey neighbors. Whether putting a glass against the wall to listen to voices in the next room or peeping through a keyhole, there are times when curiosity gets the best of a person and they just want to know what is going on! Examples of these “snoopy” tricks can be found in videos of I Love Lucy, Friends, Bewitched. • One of the main characters of the show, Bewitched, was Gladys Kravitz. She was constantly spying on her interesting neighbor, Samantha, who happened to be a witch. When the show was on television in the 1960s and had quite a following, many would refer to their nosey neighbors as having the “Gladys Kravitz syndrome!” • In case you are wondering, nosey can be spelled with or without the “e,” according to thefreedictionary. com. It is an adjective meaning: “offensively curious or inquisitive.” While people can be nosey in the inquisitive way, many animals have superior smelling abilities. • One such beast with an extraordinary sense of smell is the bear. A bear’s brain is only about a third of the size of a human brain but his nose is approximately five times larger; the nasal mucous membrane in a bear’s head is 100 times larger than the membrane in a human! Their nostrils have folds that house thousands of smell receptors making their sense of smell better than bloodhounds and possibly the best of any land animal. Bears use their sense of smell to find mates, identify their cubs, find food, and detect and avoid dangerous situations involving other turn the page for more!

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Tidbits® of the River Region NOSEY (continued): bears or humans. • In California, a black bear was seen traveling upwind in a straight line for three miles to find a dead deer. Some studies have shown that a bear’s sense of smell is actually seven times better than a bloodhound’s. • Speaking of bloodhounds; they are possibly the best detectives known! Their sense of smell is so good that they beat the best man-made odor detecting machines. Even after several days of a person’s trail going through streets, shops and more, a bloodhound can still follow the scent. Some dogs have been trained to detect types of cancer with greater accuracy than very expensive screening equipment. • Detecting scents underwater is what a shark’s brain does well. Approximately twothirds of a shark’s brain is focused on smell. They can detect a tiny drop of blood from more than a mile (1.6 km) away. They can even detect nervousness in other fish, which helps them find and destroy prey very easily. • In many instances humans have better recall of smells than visual recall. One study found a 65% accuracy for smell after a year, while visual recall of photos was below 50% after only three months. • Rats can be trained, like dogs, to use their extraordinary sense of smell to help humans in life-saving ways, one of which is to detect land mines. Rats can smell in stereo, with each of their nostrils working independently! • The advantage to using rats instead of dogs for this type of defense work is not just because of dogs’ reputation as “man’s best friend” and the close relationships handlers form with dogs but also because they are cheaper to keep and train. • Giant African pouched rats are used for mine detection by APOPO, an acronym from the Dutch language which means Anti=Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling. In case you don’t speak Dutch, it is translated Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development. APOPO conducts research and “develops and disseminates detection rats technology for humanitarian purposes.” It is a company registered in Belgium with headquarters in Tanzania. Their rats are called HeroRATs. • Three countries that have been helped with mine detection rats are Tanzania, Mozambique and Thailand. When the land is cleared of

landmines, not only does it make an area safer for those living nearby but it also makes the land accessible for use and many times opens up water sources nearby as well. • H eroRATs are also trained for tubercolsis detection. Read about these super smellers at: • On to a prettier animal – moths can sniff out a future mate in flight 6-7 miles (9-11 km) away. The feathery antennae allow this fine searching ability. • Snakes use their tongues in a flicking action not just to scare humans and animals, but to smell with. Snakes do have nostrils and nasal cavities but don’t use them to smell. • Most birds have keen eyesight but their sense of smell is lacking. The albatross is an exception. This large bird hovers above the water, usually an ocean, looking for its next meal. An albatross has an extra-large nose on top of its beak. The oversized honker helps an albatross detect food even in the dark. • People with oversized noses tend to have many critics. Some celebrities have actually become famous in part because of their noses. Many refer to their noses as a proboscis, a facetious use of the word that is defined as a trunk of an elephant or a long flexible snout, usually referring to animals. • Jimmy Durante was a very popular entertainer known for his jokes about his nose and a silly song he called Inka Dinka Do he recorded in 1934. A great piano player, jazz musician, band leader and one of the early stars of television, his nickname was Schnozzola, a name he coined himself for his large nose. • Bing Crosby called his friend and fellow comedian, Bob Hope, “Old Ski Nose.” Hope’s nose wasn’t especially big but was long and thin and had a bit of a curve up. Many caricatures were drawn of the comic’s nose. Hope joked about his nose saying that “my nose came on screen 10 minutes before the rest of my face.” • Another large-nosed entertainer was Danny Thomas. He was the star of Make Room for Daddy, a popular television comedy from 1953-64. He left an honorable legacy by founding the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee in 1962.

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Broccoli Adds a Boost of Flavor Although broccoli isn’t one of former President George H.W. Bush’s favorite vegetables, it’s a popular choice for many Americans. The average person in the United States eats four and one-half pounds of broccoli a year. Broccoli is available year round, but it’s best during the spring months and cooler weather. Broccoli is rich in fiber and might help reduce cholesterol and fight other diseases. It takes 3 to 3 1/2 cups of broccoli to equal the calcium in one cup of milk. Broccoli was first grown wild about 2,500 years ago on the island of Cyprus and in other parts of the Mediterranean. Broccoli has been grown in America for about 200 years. The first commercially grown broccoli crop was harvested in New York. Broccoli was first planted in California the 1920s, and now 90 percent of the fresh broccoli sold in the U.S. is grown in California’s Salinas Valley, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Broccoli has become one of the best-selling members of the Brassica genus family, which also includes cabbage, Brussels sprout, cauliflower and cruciferous vegetables. One of the most common types of broccoli sold in the U.S. is sprouting, or Italian green, broccoli, which has light-green stalks topped by umbrellashaped clusters of purplish-green florets. It also is known as Calabrese, after the Italian province of Calabria, where it was first grown. When buying broccoli look for firm, compact clusters of small flower buds. The bud clusters should be dark or sage green, or even green with a purplish tinge. Broccoli adds vitamins, flavor and texture to my recipe for Broccoli Pasta Salad with Zesty Lemon Parsley Dressing. This salad is the perfect “make ahead” dish for a light lunch or as a side dish for a main course. Best of all, it tastes even better the next day. BROCCOLI PASTA SALAD WITH ZESTY DRESSING When prepping the broccoli, keep the stems and florets separate, as the stems need a little more time to cook. 2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon lemon zest 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 3 tablespoons honey or agave syrup 2 teaspoons Dijon or honey mustard 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper or chili powder 1/3 cup olive oil 1. In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a rapid boil (covering the pot with a lid). Stir in salt and pasta. Cook, uncovered for 8 to 9 minutes, stirring as needed to prevent pasta from sticking. 2. Meanwhile, whisk together lemon zest, juice, chopped fresh parsley, honey or agave, mustard, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and red pepper in a large bowl. Add the olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until smooth. 3. Using a slotted spoon, scoop (don’t drain) the pasta from the boiling water--you’ll need the boiling water to cook the broccoli. Add the pasta to the bowl of dressing. Toss to combine. Set aside. 4. Trim the florets off broccoli, cut into 1-inch pieces. Chop the tough end off of the stalks and discard. Halve stalks length-wise and slice them, about 1/4 inch thick. 5. Bring pasta water back to a boil. Add broccoli stalks to the boiling water and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. You should be able to poke the tip of a knife into the stalk quite easily. Add florets to the pot and cook until slightly tender, about 1 minute. 6. Drain broccoli and place in ice water to cool. Drain again, transfer to salad spinner, and spin dry. If you don’t have a salad spinner, lay the broccoli on paper towels or clean kitchen towels to dry for 5 minutes. 7. Mix the broccoli, raisins, red bell pepper, onions, walnuts and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt with the pasta. Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving. You can make the salad up to six hours in advance. Makes 4 to 6 servings Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, culinary historian and author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva!, on Facebook and go to Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis

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* On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. * On April 8, 1916, at the Boulevard Race in Corona, Calif., an early racing car careens into a crowd of spectators, killing the driver and two others. The fatal accident helped encourage organizers to begin holding races on specially built tracks instead of regular streets. * On April 13, 1939, the heavy cruiser USS Astoria arrives in Japan under the command of Capt. Richmond Turner in an attempt to photograph the Japanese battleships Yamato and Musash in a pre-war reconnaissance. The Astoria was sunk during Operation Watchtower in the Solomon Islands in August 1942. * On April 12, 1945, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in his home at Warm Springs, Ga. The only man to be elected to four terms as president of the United States, Roosevelt is remembered for his New Deal social policies and his leadership during wartime. * On April 10, 1953, the horror film “The House of Wax,” starring Vincent Price, opens at New York’s Paramount Theater. It was the first feature from a major motion-picture studio to be shot using the three-dimensional, or stereoscopic, film process, and one of the first horror films to be shot in color. * On April 9, 1962, President John F. Kennedy throws out the ceremonial first pitch in Washington D.C.’s new stadium. He continued a long-standing tradition that began in 1910 when President William H. Taft threw out Major League Baseball’s first opening-day pitch in Washington D.C.’s old Griffith Stadium. * On April 11, 1970, Apollo 13, the third lunar landing mission, is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. After an oxygen tank exploded on the evening of April 13, however, the new mission objective became to get the Apollo 13 crew home alive. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. In 2012, Stephen Strasburg became the sixth major-league pitcher since 1900 to notch 200 strikeouts in fewer than 30 career games. Who else has done it? 2. Entering 2013, who was the last major-league pitcher with consecutive seasons of at least 20 wins? 3. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball tied an NCAA record in 2011 for most touchdowns in a season (39). Who else holds the mark? 4. In 2012, Deron Williams set a Nets team record for most points in a game (57). Who had held the record? 5. Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in 2013 became Pittsburgh’s all-time leader in victories (227). Who had held the mark? 6. How many times has a defender been named MVP of the Major League Soccer Cup final? 7. Who was the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic judo medal?

1. Is the book of Psalms in the Old or New Testament, or neither? 2. From Genesis 4, whom did God ask, “Why is thy countenance fallen?” Eve, Ahaz, Cain, Esau 3. From Genesis 3:4, who/what told the first lie? Adam, Eve, Serpent, Cain 4. From 2 Chronicles 26, at what age did Uzziah become king of Jerusalem? 16, 36, 66, 96 5. Who was the first person to build an altar unto the Lord? Abraham, Noah, Artaxerxes, Levi 6. Which prophet saw the Lord’s angel riding on a red horse? Hosea, Nathan, Zechariah, Isaiah

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April Fool’s Treat Looks Like a Potato The French are famous for their trompe l’oeil or “trick of the eye” cuisine. One food is made to look like another. A famous example is the candy truffle, made of chocolate, in the shape of a mushroom-like root. This marzipan potato is another trompe l’oeil you can make easily with your kids for an April Fool’s Day caper. The “skin” of this potato is marzipan almond candy dough, made with ground almonds. The body of the potato is a scrumptious chocolate cake mixture. Once made, serve the small trick potatoes with verve! Place them in a small basket or bowl and present them as a surprise dessert. After confusing everyone, slice them into 1/2-inch-thick servings and place on dishes accompanied by a triumphant “Tada!” Or should we say, “Fooled ya.” April Fool’s Marzipan Potato Surprise Ingredients for 6 “potatoes” 2 1/2 cups crumbled chocolate cake (no frosting) 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 cup apricot preserves 1 roll (7 ounces) almond marzipan candy dough or marzipan paste, which is stickier (in the baking section of the grocery store) 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/4 cup slivered almonds Here’s the fun: 1. In a large bowl, lightly combine the cake crumbs, walnuts and preserves with a fork. 2. Shape approximately a quarter-cup of the mixture into irregular, stubby, oval “logs” with your hands. Wash your hands to remove all the crumbs when you’re done with the shaping. 3. Cut the roll of almond paste into six equal, medallion-type pieces. Place one piece at a time between two sheets of waxed paper and roll out into a 5-inch disk with a rolling pin. 4. Remove the waxed paper and wrap each disk around the oval-shaped cake logs. Fold in all edges and press together to seal the cake mixture inside. Trim away any extra “skin” to use on another “potato.” The finished shape should resemble a small russet potato, which typically has an imperfect skin. Little bumps and dents make it look more realistic. 5. Roll lightly in the cocoa powder or brush it on with a pastry brush. Insert a few slivered almonds to resemble slightly sprouted potatoes. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2013 Donna Erickson


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1. Hideo Nomo (23 games), Kerry Wood (23), Dwight Gooden (25), Mark Prior (27) and Herb Score (29). 2. Houston’s Roy Oswalt won 20 games in both 2004 and 2005. 3. Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders, in 1988. 4. Mike Newlin scored 52 points in a game in 1979, and Ray Williams did the same in 1982. 5. Tom Barrasso, with 226. 6. Once -- the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez, in 2012. 7. Ronda Rousey won a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008.

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