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COOKIE FACTS by Kathy Wolfe Who doesn’t like cookies of one sort or another? This week, Tidbits is taking a look at this treat’s origin, along with how some of our favorites got their start. • The word “cookie” has its origins in the Dutch language from their word keokje, meaning “little cake.” It’s thought that cookies originated as a method of testing cakes. Bakers used a small amount of cake batter to test the oven temperature. Persia was probably the first country to make cookies, as it was one of the first to cultivate sugar. • Home-baked cookies come in several styles. Pressed cookies are formed by pressing dough through a press to form fancy shapes. Drop cookies are made by merely dropping spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet while the dough for bar cookies is spread in a shallow pan and cut into bars after baking. Icebox cookies are created by shaping dough into a log, which is refrigerated, then sliced and baked. Cookies cutters are used to make rolled cookies into decorative shapes. American tinsmiths began fashioning cookie cutters by hand in the 1700s. • The first American cookbook, American Cookery, published in 1796 includes two recipes simply called “Cookies” and “Christmas Cookey.”

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• Springerle are traditional Christmas cookies from Bavaria and Austria, and are small anise-flavored cookies with an image stamped on top, imprinted from a carved rolling pin or mold. Centuries ago, these were used to tell the Christmas story to the illiterate by stamping Bible scenes from the Nativity into the dough. A 14th-century hand-carved wooden springerle mold featuring images of the Easter lamb, the world’s oldest known mold, was discovered in Switzerland. • No matter what you call it, it’s still a cookie. In England, they’re biscuits, in Spain, galletas, while Germans say keks. The Italians use several different names, most commonly amaretti and biscotti. The word biscotti translates “twice cooked,” as the dough is formed into a log and baked, then sliced and baked again. • The tradition of Girl Scout cookies dates back to 1917, just five years after Juliette Low founded the organization. A scout troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and held a sale in their high school cafeteria as part of a service project. Over the next two decades, Girl Scouts across America held sales of cookies baked by their own troops, packaging them in wax paper, and selling door-to-door for 35 cents a dozen. In 1934, Philadelphia Girl Scouts became the first to sell commercially-baked cookies, and within two years, the national organization licensed the idea. Illustration by Susan J. Ghezzi During World War II, when there was a shortage of sugar, flour, and butter, the Girl Scouts sold calendars as their service project. By 1948, 29 commercial bakers were licensed to bake the three varieties – peanut butter sandwich, shortbread, and chocolate mints. Today, cookie sales during the short eight-week time period when the Scouts hold their sale are close to $790 million. • One common belief for the origin of fortune cookies dates back to the 12th century, when Chinese soldiers defended their territory from Mongolian invaders. Legend has it that the Mongolians didn’t particularly care for Chinese lotus nut paste cakes, so Chinese soldiers hid messages containing details of their uprising written on rice paper inside the cakes to notify the troops. A more recent explanation cites a Cantonese immigrant working as a baker in Los Angeles putting slips of paper inside his cookies with words of encouragement and good “fortune” and handing them out to the poor and homeless street people. In 1960, a new machine was invented that folded fortune cookies in half much faster. • After his service with the Air Force, Wally Amos went to work as a talent agent with the William Morris Agency. His trick to persuade celebrities to meet with him and work out a deal was to send

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home-baked chocolate chip cookies home with them. It became apparent that he was better at cookies than as an agent, and in 1975, Wally “Famous” Amos opened his first store in Los Angeles, selling $300,000 his first year, jumping to over $1 million the following year. • The world’s favorite cookie is the Oreo, now sold in more than 100 countries around the globe. The very first Oreo rolled out of a Manhattan bakery in March, 1912, and was sold shortly thereafter in Hoboken, New Jersey. The first Oreos were packaged in bulk tins and sold by weight, about 30 cents a lb. back then. Today, they’re baked at 21 different bakeries and over 20.5 million of these favorites are eaten worldwide every single day. Just one batch of Oreos requires 18 million lbs. (8,165,000 kg) of cocoa. • Another favorite is the Toll House cookie, which is the original name of chocolate chip cookies. In 1937, Ruth Wakefield was the proprietor of the Toll House Restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts. The restaurant was housed in a former 1709 toll house, a station where stage coach passengers ate while the horses were exchanged, and a toll was paid for using the highway. Ruth regularly served a popular cookie, the “Butter Drop Do,” which called for baker’s chocolate. Having run out of the chocolate one day, she chopped up a bar of Nestles semisweet chocolate and stirred the pieces into the dough, expecting them to melt and spread throughout the cookie. The chunks did not melt, and Ruth had a new creation, which she dubbed Toll House Crunch Cookies, which became an immediate hit. The recipe was published in a Boston newspaper soon after. • It’s believed that chocolate brownies also came about by an ingredient mishap, that is, a cook neglecting to add baking powder to chocolate cake batter. Without the leavening action of the baking powder to increase the volume of the cake, a denser cookie-like cake was produced. Others say it was intentionally created by a chef at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel during the 1893 Columbian Exhibition. The 1897 Sears and Roebuck catalog published what is thought to be the first known recipe for brownies, and it became so popular, the company offered a brownie mix in their catalog. • Philadelphia inventor James Henry Mitchell is credited with inventing a double dough sheeting machine and funnel device that made the Fig Newton possible. He patented his invention in 1892, and production began on the little jamfilled confections which were named after the community of Newton, Massachusetts, which was near the factory where the first Newtons were created.


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FAMOUS WOMEN OF THE WORLD

HARRIET TUBMAN Harriet Tubman risked her life for hundreds of people during the American Civil War era. Let’s look into the life of this Underground Railroad “conductor.” • Born into slavery in Maryland in 1820, at age six, Harriet was given nursemaid duty watching a tiny baby. Any time the baby cried, Harriet was whipped, and later told of a day when she was thrashed five times before breakfast. At age 12, when she refused to help tie up a captured slave who was about to be whipped, Harriet was struck in the head by a weight thrown by her owner. The result was a lifelong injury that caused severe headaches, seizures, and unexpected attacks of narcolepsy. • At age 29, Tubman became quite ill, which caused her value as a slave to drop considerably. Although her owner repeatedly attempted to sell her, no buyer could be found. Because she feared being separated from her relatives, she began to pray that God would make her o w n e r change his ways. When no change occurred, and a sale was being finalized, Harriet made a change to her prayer. In her words, “I began to pray, ‘Oh, Lord, if you ain’t never going to Illustration by Susan J. Ghezzi change that man’s heart, kill him, Lord, and take him out of the way.’” A week later, the owner died. When his widow began liquidating the estate, Harriet escaped to Philadelphia. Shortly afterward, she returned to Maryland and guided her relatives to freedom. • Over the next 11 years, Tubman returned to Maryland nearly 20 times, rescuing over 300 slaves, leading them through the various stations of the Underground Railroad. She was given the nickname Moses, after the Bible hero who led his people out of Egyptian slavery. Tubman was never captured, nor were any of her rescued slaves. • When the Civil War broke out, Harriet went to work for the Union Army, initially as a cook and a nurse. But when it was discovered she was very familiar with the Confederate area and terrain, she became a mapmaker, a scout, and a spy. She would frequently enter towns under Confederate control in disguise, wandering the streets gathering valu-

able intelligence information for the Union’s military leaders. • In 1863, Tubman became the first woman to lead an armed assault during the Civil War. Working with Colonel James Montgomery, she guided the Combahee River Raid through a dense forest and swamps in South Carolina, an effort that freed 750 slaves. Through her intricate spy network, she knew the Confederate positions and location of their supply lines. • After the War, Harriet returned to her Auburn, New York home to care for her aging parents. She dedicated her time to caring for orphans and invalids, as well as promoting freedmen’s schools in the south. She married a Union soldier and adopted an infant daughter. • Tubman did not receive any salary for her Civil War efforts, so was ineligible for any military pension. But late in life, Congress granted her a special pension of $20 per month for her courageous endeavors. Along with royalties she received from publishing her biography, she founded a retirement home for impoverished former slaves. It was here in the Tubman Home for the Aged that she passed away in 1913. The tiny 5’2” former slave who had endured a debilitating illness and could not read or write, was laid to rest with military honors.

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SEE YA LATER! See ya later, Alligator! Take a look at some of these interesting facts about this member of the order Crocodylia.

ing a length of 5 feet (1.5 m) and females at about 4.5 feet (1.4 m). The tail accounts for about half of an alligator’s length. •

• Early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida gave the alligator its name. This scaly reptile takes its name from the Spanish word el largarto, meaning “the lizard.” • Alligators are native only to the United States and China. In the U.S., Louisiana has the most alligators, but large populations also live in Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Although an American alligator can grow up to 20 feet (6.1 m) long and weigh up to half a ton (454 kg), on average, males grow to about 11 feet (3.4 m) and females to about 8 feet (2.6 m). The Chinese alligator is much smaller, with males averag-

quickly through water, alligators are slow-moving on land. • A female alligator will lay up to 50 eggs at a time, keeping them warm in a nest of rotting vegetation. The temperature of that nest will determine the gender of her offspring. Oddly enough, if the eggs are incubated over 93 degrees F (33.8 C), the embryos develop into males. Females are the result of temperatures below 86 degrees F (30 C), and between 86 and 93 degrees F, an embryo can develop into either gender. About 8 out of 10 baby alligators will be eaten by bobcats, snakes, otters, large fish, raccoons, and other alligators. • An American alligator has a life expectancy in the wild of nearly 50 years.

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The menacing-looking mouth of an American alligator holds between 74 and 80 teeth at a time, but it might go through 2,000 to 3,000 teeth over its lifetime. Although they seem to have a reputation for attacking humans, alligators are actually quite solitary and very rarely do they go after humans, usually only when provoked or when protecting their young. Their diet consists of fish, turtles, snakes, birds, and small mammals. Occasionally they eat other alligators. • An alligator’s jaws can clamp shut with enough force to break a person’s arm. But the muscles that open its mouth are very weak, so much so that a man can hold a full-grown alligator’s mouth open with one hand. And although they move very

• One of the main differences between alligators and crocodiles is their environment. Alligators dwell in fresh water, such as ponds, rivers, wetlands, lakes, and swamps, while crocodiles make their home in salt water. An alligator’s nostrils point upward, so they can breathe while the rest of the body is submerged in water. • Although there are about five million American alligators in the southeastern United States, they were once nearly extinct. Years of hunters seeking the valuable hides landed alligators on the endangered species list. When the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service prohibited the trade of hides, alligators made such a comeback that they were removed from the list in 1987.


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You’re Something Special # 11 Success Equals???

What is your definition of success?

If you’re a kid, success equals growing up.

There is nothing more personal than the definition of success. Quite honestly, the dictionary definition is inadequate, and though your mother’s opinion is probably still important, only you can define success for you! And that definition can change l i t erally from day to day and even moment to m o ment.

If you’re always in a hurry, success equals patience.

If you’re broke, success equals wealth.

If you’re undisciplined, success equals self-control.

If you’re sick, success equals health. If you’re lonely, success equals friendship. If you’re homeless, success equals a place to live. If you’re lost, success equals being found. If you’re disorganized, success equals order. If you’re unloved, success equals romance. If you’re unknown, success equals fame. If you’re infamous, success equals anonymity. If you’re in prison, success equals freedom. If you’re in debt, success equals “paid in full.” If you’re in doubt, success equals confidence.

If you’re weary, success equals vitality. If you’re abrasive, success equals gentleness. If you’re prideful, success equals humility. If you’re callous, success equals compassion. If you’re on the outside, success equals inclusion. And on and on I could go. Whatever your need right now, success for you is having that need met. Never mind your vision for future fame or your dream of great wealth, what you need this very moment is what attracts your attention, expends your energy, picks your pocket, takes all your time, and ultimately determines your future. Because you’re something special, you can find the answers you seek and get the help you need to make the changes you must make to succeed.

If you’re sad, success equals joy.

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If you’re a parent, success equals great kids.

©2013 Dr. Ronald D. Ross

If you’re fearful, success equals faith. If you’re nasty, success equals nice. If you’re uneducated, success equals knowledge.

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• On Internet memes, they call them “life hacks,” simple tricks to save you time, money or simply frustration. Here’s mine: “Place a bowl near your entryway. Place your keys in the bowl when you come home. They stay there until you leave. No more lost keys.” Now, more life hacks for your tip file. -- JoAnn • “Put a dryer fabric-softener sheet on the back of a fan. It sticks and will distribute a fresh scent throughout your room.” -- T.I., via email •

“Put an apple in the potato bag to keep them from growing buds. Check often.” -- E.W. in Oregon

• Sharpen your scissors by cutting through aluminum foil. All you have to do is fold a piece over on itself and use your dull scissors to cut strips. • “Store popcorn in the refrigerator. You will have fewer unpopped kernels, because the cold temperature makes them heat more evenly.” -- W.A. in Massachusetts • Chewing gum stuck in your hair? Rub with a spoonful of peanut butter. Massage into the gum-stuck hair. The oil in the peanut butter breaks down the gum, and you can comb it out or wash out the residue once you pick away the globs. How about on your clothes? Remove the garment and stick it in the freezer for several hours. The gum hardens, and you can literally peel it off in chunks. Use an old toothbrush to brush out any remaining crumbs of gum. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@yahoo.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. What does the grammatical abbreviation intr.v stand for? 2. In most cases, what suffix do you add to a verb to make it past tense or a past participle? 3. If you know the etymology of a word, what do you know? 4. What do you call a word that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or a group of other words? 5. What punctuation mark is used to indicate the possessive case of nouns? 6. What punctuation mark is used to indicate the plurals of figures, letters, or words? 7. What punctuation mark is used to indicate the omission of letters in contractions? 8. What punctuation mark is used to separate hour and minute in time designations? 9. What punctuation mark is used to separate the clauses of a compound sentence connected by a coordinating conjunction? 10. What do you call the three little dots that indicate the omission of words or sentences in quoted material? 11. What punctuation mark is used to join the elements of some compound words? 12. What are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet? 13. What is an epithet? 14. If someone implores you what are they doing to you? 15. What is the Roman numeral for the number 500? 16. What is the second tone in the scale of C major? 17. Is an epaulet 1. A figure of speech, 2. A shoulder ornament, or 3. A fencing sword? 18. What is a ewe? 19. What do you call the high-pitched woodwind instrument, tubular in shape, with finger holes and keys on the side and a reedless mouthpiece? 20. What do you call the person who plays such an instrument?

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1. Intransitive verb 2. ed 3. The origin and historical development of the word 4. Synonym 5. Apostrophe 6. Apostrophe 7. Apostrophe 8. Colon 9. Comma 10. Ellipses 11. Hyphen 12. Alpha, Omega 13. An abusive or insulting word or phrase 14. Begging you, earnestly beseeching you 15. D 16. D 17. A shoulder ornament 18. A female sheep 19. Flute 20. Flutist, also called flautist

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By Samantha Weaver • It was noted German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who made the following sage observation: “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” • A scorpion can live for an entire year without eating. • If you lack a belief in ghosts, UFOs, telepathy or other paranormal phenomena, you are in rare company; only 7 percent of Americans share your lack of belief. • If you traveled along Highway 50 east of Reno, Nev., in recent decades, you may have had the opportunity to see -- and perhaps even contribute to -- the world’s largest shoe tree. It’s claimed that the cottonwood got its start as a landmark when a quarreling couple, on their wedding night, threw each other’s shoes into the branches. This shoe-tossing (for reasons unclear) became a tradition, and the tree gradually became laden with the odd offerings. Travelers these days, though, miss out on the attraction; in late 2010, vandals cut down the tree. But take heart, seekers of the unusual! Shoe trees can be found in 18 other states, ranging from California to New York. • During the entire presidency of Bill Clinton, he sent two emails. • The Bronx Zoo is a well-respected institution these days, but some moments of its history show that it didn’t always deserve such respect. For instance, in 1906, a man named Oto Benga was placed as an exhibit in the monkey house. He was a pygmy from Congo. • It seems that the Germans have a word for everything. For instance, “waldeinsamkeit” describes the feeling of being alone in the woods. *** Thought for the Day: “Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.” -- Margaret Mitchell (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Quad Buckets! Sow-N-Go Seating! #4444

$6495 or $125.54/60 mos.

‘05 Toyota Corolla LE

4 cyl Auto Loaded! New Tires #4407A

$6995 or $135.20/60 mos.

‘05 Nissan Altima S

4 Cyl, Auto, Great MPG, Nice Local Trade-in! #4416A

$5995 or $115.87/60 mos.

‘05 Ford F250 XL

2WD, DSL! Auto, 128k miles! Super Nice Trade! #4246A

‘03 Lincoln Navigator

AWD, Roof, Quads, New 22’s! #4523

‘05 Dodge Durango SLT

4X4 Hemi! Leather Roof DVD #4529A

$7995 or $154.53/60 mos.

$8495 or $164.19/60 mos.

‘04 chev 2500 Silverado LS

‘05 Dodge Durango SLT

4X4, Duramax! Loaded, Nice Nice Trade In! #4249B $14,995 or $289.83/60 mos.

4X4, 3rd Seat, Only 94k miles! #4549

$7495 or $144.86/60 mos.

‘10 Ford F150 XLT 4x4, Great Truck!! #4521

‘02 Toyota Highlander LTD

AWD, Leather! New Trans! Nice-Nice! #4452

$20,995 or $347.85/72 mos.

$8495 or $164.19/60 mos.

‘02 Dodge Ram 1500

‘08 Chev K1500 Silverado LS

Conversion Van, Only 114k mil! Nice Local Trade! #3957D $3495 or $106.32/36 mos.

‘07 Ford Expedition EL Eddie Bauer

4X4, Leather, Wuads, Roof, DVD, Michs, Showroom!! #4542

$15,995 or $309.15/60 mos.

4X4, Loaded! Nice Shape! Priced Right!! #4483

$12,995 or $251.17/60 mos.

‘05 Dodge Durango SLT

4X4 Hemi! Leather Roof DVD #4529A

$8495 or $164.19/60 mos.

D SOL ‘08 Cadillac Escalade ESV #4435

$25,995 or $430.69/72 mos.

‘07 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

4 DR, 6 Spd! Lift and Tires!! Super Super Nice!! #4420

$20,995 or $347.85/72 mos.

‘95 GMC Suburban LS

4X4, 3rd Seat! Winter Ready!! #4112B

$3295 CASH

‘08 Ford F350 Lariat

4X4 Crew Short Leather Reman Motor with 0 miles! w/warranty NICE!! #4502 $26,995 or $441.04/72 mos.

‘07 Chev Suburban

4X4 6.0 Loaded! New Rubber SHARP! #4500

$13,495 or $260.83/60 mos.

‘08Toyota Chev Tahoe ‘01 CorollaLT LE

24”s, Loaded, Offmmiles! Lease. #4414 44X4, Cyl 3rd AutoSeat, Loaded! Only 121k #4475B

$22,995 $380.99/36/72mos. mos. $4495 oror$136.73


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Tidbits of Greeley, Centerra & Loveland Conan • Members of the tea party gathered outside the White House to demand President Obama’s impeachment. The president said he appreciated their views and he is setting up a new website where they can voice their opinion.

whacked him on the head with a magazine. “What was that for?” he asked.

• Everyone is talking about Toronto’s cracksmoking mayor. His reality show has been canceled after one episode. That is the difference between the U.S. and Canada. In America, when somebody goes off the rails we RENEW their reality show.

“That was for the piece of paper in your trouser pocket with the name Laura Lou

David Letterman

A guy was sitting quietly reading his paper when his wife walked up behind him and

written on it,” she replied. “Two weeks ago when I went to the races, Laura Lou was the name of one of the horses I bet on,” he explained. “Oh darling, I’m sorry,” she said. “I should have known there was a good explanation.” Three days later he was watching TV when she walked up and hit him in the head again, this time with a frying pan, which knocked him out cold. When he came to, he asked, “What was that for?” “Your horse phoned.”

Jay Leno

Best of Late Night Humor

• The ratings for Al Jazeera America has now dipped even lower than Al Gore’s Current TV, which it replaced. That’s how you know you’re boring, OK? When Al Gore is considered more entertaining to people than what you have. • Are you all getting ready for Thanksgiving? PETA says today’s turkeys are so fat, they can’t stand up, they’re prone to heart attacks, and they have trouble mating. No, I’m sorry, that’s what the turkeys are saying about us. I had it backward. • According to a report released yesterday, over a million people in California are losing their health insurance due to Obamacare. I can’t believe that. There’s not a million people in California who have car insurance.

• The U.S. may be close to a deal with Iran. Here’s how the deal would break down. They shut down their nuclear arsenal and in return the United States will shut down George Zimmerman. • How about that Obamacare? They bungled it. They rolled it out and it wasn’t ready. The only good news out of Obamacare is that it’s nice to know somebody knows less about computers than I do. • So far, only 106,000 people have signed up for Obamacare. Even more disappointing is that it turned out to be one man who accidentally signed up 106,000 times. • The world’s oldest living creature passed away — a 507-year-old clam. It was laid to rest today in the chowder at Red Lobster. Craig Ferguson • It’s Mickey Mouse Day today. He made his debut on this day in 1928. He’s 88 years old. He’s gone from “It’s a small world” to “It’s an enlarged prostate.” • I love Mickey Mouse. I love the squeaky voice, the happy face, the little shorts. Wait, I’m thinking of Richard Simmons. • Here in Southern California, you can see Mickey Mouse anytime. Just go to Disneyland. All you need is a way to get to Anaheim and about 500 bucks for a ticket to get in. Jimmy Fallon • The U.S. Postal Service just announced that it lost only $5 billion this year, as opposed to $16 billion in 2012. Yeah, they lost “only” $5 billion. Even Blockbuster was like, “You guys stink at running a business.”

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Tidbits of Greeley/Centerra/Loveland Issue 907  

Cookies are a sweet thing to read about in this issue of Tidbits. Also a great column by Ron Ross on the meaning of success.

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