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Tidbits crosses many paths in researching information for your reading pleasure. This issue will look at some familiar crosses and crossings that we all encounter. • The first type of crossing that comes to mind for most is a railroad crossing. Many drivers encounter railroad crossings every time they drive. Rail lines are prevalent in North America, which highlights the fact that railroads play a huge part in transporting goods and people across this continent. • Where railroads exist, crossings also exist. Railroad crossings are intersections where a roadway crosses a railroad at-grade. In the United States, they are referred to as grade crossings. In Canada and many other places, they are called level crossings. • As of 2005, there were 147,681 public grade crossings and 94,583 private crossings in the United States. Public crossings are maintained by a public authority, but private crossings, not intended for public use, are not. They are for the use of the owners of the property and usually on farms or industrial complexes.

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I’LL TAKE A DOZEN There are some units of measurement that are just odd. For instance, the words knot, carat, cubit, ream, bale and dozen. Let’s spend about 40 dozen words looking at the ins and outs of dozen. • A dozen equals 12 things. Eggs, doughnuts, flowers and more are often measured in dozens. • The word dozen is a contraction of the Latin word duodecim, which means two plus 10. The root “duo” also appears in duodenum, the first part of the intestines, which happens to be about 12 inches (30.48 cm) long. Some language and math historians believe that a dozen is one of the earliest groupings, hence there are a dozen cycles of the moon in a cycle of the sun. There are a dozen months in the year, and watches and clocks are based on 12 hours of A.M. and 12 hours of P.M. • In the Bible, there are 12 tribes of Israel in the Old Testament, and Jesus chose 12 men to be his disciples in the New Testament. But these groups were never referred to as a dozen! • Do you know the significance of giving a dozen roses? Even though many don’t think of this, it is said to convey that the gift giver is thinking of the recipient all 12 months of the year. True love! • The original movie “Cheaper By the Dozen” was based on the 1948 autobiographical book written by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, two of the children of efficiency experts Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr. and Lillian Moller Gilbreth. The couple had a dozen children, and the book is based on a comment that the father was often heard saying when people asked him why he had so many children. He’d say, “Well, they come cheaper by the dozen, you know.” • Two more “Cheaper By the Dozen” movies were made in 2003 and 2005, but they were not based on the real family or book. The only similarities were that the family had a dozen children and a lot of chaos! Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt starred in those movies.

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Post-Deployment Brain Tests

Military personnel who served in Iraq or Afghanistan should have been given a postdeployment test specific to Traumatic Brain Injury, in addition to the standard post-deployment health assessments. In 2008, Congress mandated that all military personnel be given tests of brain function before and after being deployed. Initial tests would set a baseline. The “after” tests would show differences and discrepancies, if any, and anyone needing care for TBI would get it. National Public Radio, in conjunction with ProPublica, conducted an investigation into how all that testing-plus-treatment was working out for veterans. What NPR and ProPublica discovered was that while most military personnel (millions) were given the tests pre-deployment, a scant few got the tests later -- when it would matter the most. The test, called Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metric, either was or wasn’t designed to reveal TBI, depending on whom you ask. (But, if the media stories are correct, no other test was considered because the Army itself developed the program.) Some medical types thought that any test was better than none, especially if the “after” test was done quickly. Others wanted to wait until the “right” test came along, and the “after” test results were ignored. The Army wants a good test, of course, so it wants to compare others that are available -- which will take years. Meanwhile, how many cases of mild TBI won’t be diagnosed? To read the long NPR story go to: www.npr. org and put “Military’s Brain-Testing Program a Debacle” in the search box. Follow the links in the article to the companion piece on ProPublica, “Brain Wars.” For another version of this story, go online to Stars and Stripes at and put “Testing program fails soldiers” in the search box. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@ (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.


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1. LITERATURE: Who wrote the “Little House on the Prairie” book series? 2. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the official animal of Oklahoma? 3. HISTORY: By what other name did Southerners refer to the Battle of Bull Run? 4. PERSONALITIES: What was the first name of pirate Captain Kidd? 5. MOVIES: The film “Schindler’s List” won how many Oscars? 6. GEOGRAPHY: What is the approximate total square mileage of land in Hong Kong? 7. TELEVISION: Who played the character of Norm on “Cheers”? 8. INVENTIONS: What did Robert Goddard develop in 1926? 9. U.S. PRESIDENTS: How many years did Franklin Roosevelt serve as president? 10. LANGUAGE: What common vegetable’s Latin name is Solanum tuberosum?

- It was American inventor and businessman Thomas Alva Edison who made the following sage observation: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.” - If you’re planning a trip to Peru to ring in the new year, you might want to bring along some yellow underwear. In that country it’s considered lucky to wear it on the first day of the new year. - Another story to add to the file on clueless criminals: In 2010, two men in Portland, Ore., went to a supermarket and started removing price tags from items and filling their backpacks with the loot. However, they didn’t even make it out of the store with their ill-gotten gains. It seems that the would-be crooks decided to do their shoplifting during a “Shop With a Cop” promotion, and there were 60 police officers already in the store -- in uniform. - You may be surprised to learn that the Statue of Liberty is not located in New York. While it is on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, it’s technically within the territorial waters of Jersey City, N.J. - If you’re going to be traveling to California anytime soon, you might want to keep this in mind: In that state, shooting game from a moving vehicle is illegal -- unless the animal you’re aiming for is a whale. - A baseball will travel farther on a hot day than on a cold one. - The oldest bakery yet uncovered was found by archaeologists digging in the Egyptian city of Giza in 2002. They say that the baking trays, bread molds and ovens there date back to 2500 B.C., right around the time the pyramids were being built.

Trivia Test Answers 1. Laura Ingalls Wilder 2. Buffalo 3. Manassas 4. William 5. Seven 6. 407 7. George Wendt 8. Liquid-fuel rocket 9. 12 years, 42 days 10. Potato Bible Test Answers: 1. New 2. Engaged 3. Bible not specific 4. Herod 5. Nazareth

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1. Barrett helped found Pink Floyd in 1965, and was the lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter during the band’s psychedelic years. 2. Amazingly, none of them have. A few albums hit No. 1, mostly in the U.K. and Australia. 3. “Right Place Wrong Time.” Dr. John -- whose real name is Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. -- also is a session musician with numerous movie music credits and five Grammy awards. 4. ABBA, in 1975. The song went to No. 1 in more than a dozen counties. 5. “King of Pain.” Originally released on the “Synchronicity” album, the song broke out and climbed to the top of the charts. 6. “It Must Have Been Love.” The song got a boost when it appeared on the soundtrack for the film “Pretty Woman.”

1. Syd Barrett was a founding member of which English rock band? 2. Of his very large body of work, how many of Bob Dylan’s singles have climbed to No. 1 on the charts? 3. Dr. John is best known for which 1973 song? 4. Which group released “Dancing Queen,” and when? 5. The Police scored a No. 1 hit in 1983 with which song? 6. What was Roxette’s big hit of 1990?

1. Is the book of Luke in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Matthew 1:18, when Mary became pregnant, she and Joseph were what? Married, Engaged, Just friends, Strangers 3. For the journey to Bethlehem, how did Mary and Joseph travel? Bible not specific, Walked, Rode donkey, Boat 4. At the birth of Jesus, who was King of Judaea? Solomon, Herod, Balak, Belshazzar 5. What was the home city of Mary and Joseph? Capernaum, Nazareth, Aphek, Shechem 6. Of these, which wasn’t a gift from the “Wise Men” (Magi)? Silver, Myrrh, Gold, Frankincense

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Wine -- Good or Bad DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am thoroughly confused. Several months ago, I read of the benefit of wine for women. The conclusion was that it reduced a woman’s chances of heart attack and stroke by 30 percent. My husband and I have started to drink one glass of wine a day. Now comes a new report that says just one glass of wine a day increases the chances for breast cancer. Should I be concerned? -- M.T. ANSWER: Welcome to the army of nutrition confusion. What’s good one day might be life-threatening the next. I don’t rely on one report. I stick to what the majority says. If the majority changes its mind, then I change. Wine and other alcoholic drinks lower the incidence of heart disease and, apparently, strokes. That’s the current majority thinking. Moderate drinkers of alcohol -- wine in particular -- have a lower overall mortality rate than do alcohol abstainers and heavy drinkers. “Moderate” drinking is one glass of wine, one 12-ounce can of beer or 1.5 ounces of whiskey for women; it’s two for men. The role of wine (or alcohol) in promoting breast cancer is less clear. Analysis of 40 studies shows an increase in breast cancer for women downing three or more drinks a day. The same studies suggest that even one or two daily drinks might pose a slight danger. Other studies show an increase in lobular breast cancer with one drink a day, but no increase in ductal breast cancer. Ductal cancer is the most common kind of breast cancer. I am positive that equally confusing information will be forthcoming. The best advice I have read is this: If a

woman truly savors drinking wine, one glass a day is relatively safe in regard to breast cancer. The benefits of heart health and prevention of stroke are not so great that they should induce anyone to change from being a nondrinker to a drinker. The booklet on breast cancer explains this illness in detail. To obtain a copy, write to: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1101W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery.ments. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: How much stress does sex put on the heart? I don’t have a heart problem. I know two fellow workers, who, according to scuttlebutt, died while having sex. They were about my age. -R.L. ANSWER: Scuttlebutt isn’t a reliable source of information. Blood pressure and heart rate rise during sexual relations, but not so much as to be a source of concern for most men and women, even those who have had a heart attack. The energy expenditure is approximately the same as climbing two flights of stairs. That is, walking, not running, up those flights. Most people who have had a heart attack can resume an active sex life within three to six weeks of having the attack. The exact amount of time has to be determined by the person’s physician, who takes into account the magnitude of the heart attack and how well the heart is currently performing. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

Yes, You Can Afford a Pet Those of us who have pets know the benefits of pet ownership. There’s just something very physically and emotionally positive about owning a cat or dog, and the research literature is full of proof. We generally have lower blood pressure because pets reduce stress and anxiety. Maybe it’s the soft fur to pet, the funny antics or the happy welcome when we come home, but we’re happier and better able to fend off depression. We’re also in better shape, more active and physical, because of the care we need to give: walking, throwing toys, feeding, bending to put down food and water, daily brushing. Limited incomes can come into play, however. If you have a pet but are considering giving it up because of the cost of pet food, wait. All across the country there are local groups that can help you keep your pet. Some will help financially if the cost of food is too much. Others will help with the cost of veterinary care. One group will even take care of your pet if you go into the hospital. Other groups will match seniors with pets and provide help. If you receive Meals on Wheels or another program, they often have pet food they can deliver too. Your first calls should be to the local humane society, the pet store or the veterinarian: They’re the ones most likely to know about programs available in your area. Or go online and search for “pet food assistance” and put in your town and state. If you don’t have a pet, consider starting the New Year with an adult pet that’s outgrown the puppy/kitten stage and needs someone to love. It will be good for both of you! Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.


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„ “Set up a phone call between kids and grandparents a week or so before visiting. They can talk about what the kids might like to do. It gives the grandparents time to prepare, and it gives kids a chance to build excitement before the trip.” -- G.R. in Ohio „ Clean and disinfect a wood cutting board with salt and lemon juice. Sprinkle the board with a healthy dose of plain salt (kosher or coarse salt works best), and scrub it with a cut half of a lemon. Rinse and clean with soap and water. „ Hairspray spritzed on the end of a thread will stiffen it long enough to get it through a needle head. You also can thread your needle in front of a surface that’s an opposing color (e.g., a white piece of paper while threading a needle with black thread). „ “When shopping for seamless bras, bring a T-shirt that is relatively tight-fitting to wear over the bras. You will know right away if there are seam lines or if the cup is too small. These issues sometimes get overlooked when a bra is worn under a looser shirt.” -- E.D. in Ontario, Canada „ Another use for baking soda: It’s a perfect exfoliator. It’s good for the whole body and is pH-neutral, so it won’t overdry skin. To use it, just make a paste and rub onto skin. Rinse, and enjoy the softness. „ Cold and flu got you down? Once you clear those symptoms, try gargling with saltwater. It reduces inflammation in your throat and washes away irritants and bacteria. 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 (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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NASCAR THIS WEEK By Monte Dutton Kurt Busch Is Out of a Job ... For Now

Is there anything more captivating, anything in sport that offers more sheer excitement than baseball’s winter meetings? I think not! Do you know that the Royals are fishing for a lefthanded utility player? Well, the wags down at Dallas (where the meetings were held this year) know! And the fans back in Kansas City could not possibly be more riveted. They are literally queuing up outside the department-store window displays -- even when it’s snowing -- hands deep in their pockets, watching the TV sets through the glass to catch the latest news headlines. (Because that’s how all news is gathered, right Hollywood?) A quizzical woman passes by, clutching her handbag and adjusting her hatpin. “Say,” she says. “Did the Royals sign Jose Batista yet?” The man tips the lid of his fedora and pulls the pipe out of his mouth, temporarily averting his gaze from the television sets. “Say,” responds the man. “Not yet -- but they may have made a swell offer to Jerry Hairston!” “Say!” she replies. “That is swell!” “Say!” he yells back, wild eyed, whipped into that jungle-like frenzy that the winter meetings bring out in all of us. Because whenever a general manager holds a press conference and says, “We’re here to try and improve the ball club,” it speaks to an ancient, some would say, primal urge to just light fires and dance. And that, of course, is exactly what all of those folks in front of the department store proceed to do (except for the lighting fire part -- I mean, come on, let’s not go too far here). They start off with a little two-step, then they kind of shake their hands in a hand-jive-meets-MichaelJackson sort of way, before stomping their feet, doing a complete turn before tossing their heads back, throwing their hands in the air, simultaneously dropping to their knees and yelling out: “Bautista!” This ritual is repeated all over the country. In Tampa Bay, they shoot off cannons usually reserved for the annual Gasparilla pirate festival whenever an agent drops a hint that a player might be interested in signing a long-term deal to play for the Rays. (And don’t even ask what they’d do if he’s a lefthanded reliever, because, oh boy! Look out! Are those real?) And who’d have thought that the Yankees are looking to add pitching? And that the Sox are looking for a bat? I mean, these are the sort of things that can be uncovered only at the winter meetings, that wonderous three-day span which is, apparently, the only time baseball executives, managers, agents, Andrei Gromyko and Henry Kissinger can get together in the same room and communicate with one another. Viva Bautista!

If he’d only been civil -- just civil -- when the cameras weren’t rolling ... In the final race of the 2011 season, a frustrated Kurt Busch, eliminated from contention at Homestead-Miami Speedway, first used a well-known gesture of derision toward NASCAR officials, then lashed out at ESPN reporter Jerry Punch, who was trying to interview Busch after he climbed out of his No. 22 Dodge. To make a long story short, the No. 22 Dodge won’t be his anymore. Penske Racing announced a split with the older Busch brother, who finds himself out of a ride. It’s a major development. Kurt Busch has won 24 Cup races and was the winner of the first Chase, in 2004. Since leaving Roush Fenway Racing for Penske in 2006, Busch ranks eighth in driver rating and 10th in victories, topfive and top-10 finishes. The split was officially termed “a mutual parting of ways,” which isn’t uncommon. Both owner Roger Penske and Busch were gracious in statements issued on Dec. 5. “I appreciate the victories that Kurt has brought Penske Racing and our sponsors over the past six years,” said Penske’s statement. “While I am disappointed that Kurt will not be racing for our team in the future, both Kurt and I felt that separating at this time was best for all parties, including our team and sponsors. I wish Kurt the best in his future racing endeavors.” Kurt Busch had already been fined $50,000 by NASCAR officials for his Homestead antics. Busch’s statement read, in part: “I am grateful to Penske Racing for six very productive years. ... I also appreciate the lasting friendships I’ve made while working with our great sponsors through the years, including Miller Lite, Shell and Dodge. “Coming to a mutual agreement to go our separate ways is a positive step for me. Over the Thanksgiving holiday I took time to reflect on what is most important to me and realized I need to find a way to put the fun back into racing. It’s time for a fresh start. Leaving a great organization and a lucrative contract is not easy, but it allows me to take a deep breath and work on things that can make me a better driver and a better person. “I recognize the passion and emotion that have helped me succeed on the track need to be better channeled off the track. ... I want to personally thank Roger Penske for the opportunity he gave me and for his friendship, which will continue long into the future.” Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at

1. Who is the only second baseman in majorleague history to post five consecutive 30-homer seasons? 2. Seattle pitcher Felix Hernandez was 24 years old when he reached 1,000 career strikeouts in 2010. Name the three younger hurlers to reach 1,000 K’s. 3. In 2010, Indianapolis tied an NFL mark for most consecutive playoff appearances (nine). Who else holds the mark? 4. When was the last time before 2011 that the University of Kentucky’s men’s basketball team reached the Final Four? 5. In 2010-11, two Vezina Trophy (NHL’s top goaltender) finalists (Roberto Luongo, Tim Thomas) met in the Stanley Cup Finals. When was the previous time that happened? 6. Dale Earnhardt holds the Sprint Cup record for most wins at Talladega Superspeedway (10). How many times has Dale Earnhardt Jr. won there? 7. Combined, tennis players Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won 25 of the past 26 Grand Slam men’s singles titles. Who is the only other person to win in that span? Answers 1. Dan Uggla (2007-11). 2. Bob Feller (22 years old), Bert Blyleven (23) and Dwight Gooden (23). 3. The Dallas Cowboys, 1975-83. 4. It was 1998, when Kentucky won its last championship in men’s basketball. 5. It was 1989 (Calgary’s Mike Vernon, Montreal’s Patrick Roy). 6. Five times. 7. Juan Martin del Potro won the U.S. Open in 2009.

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• Grade crossings in all countries have always been accident-prone areas. When vehicles or pedestrians cross the paths of trains, trains win. The good news is that in recent years, accident rates have gone down. • The U.S. Department of Transportation has reported that crossing accidents between vehicles and trains decreased 84 percent between 1972 and 2009. In 2009, there were 1,900 collisions, compared to 12,000 in 1972. • Much of the improved safety at railroad crossings has been attributed to the Operation Lifesaver program that was started in Idaho in 1972. The Idaho governor’s office, Idaho Peace Officers and Union Pacific Railroad started the program with a six-week public awareness campaign. Fatalities fell 43 percent in the inaugural year, and within a decade, the program spread all around the country. Canada added Operation Lifesaver in 1981. A national office was created in 1986 for the non-profit organization to support the efforts of the states. The United Kingdom, Estonia, Mexico and Argentina also have Operation Lifesaver programs. • The Scottish flag, a white saltire on a blue background, is believed to be the oldest flag in Europe. The village of Athelstaneford, birthplace of the Scottish flag, has a Flag Heritage Centre and Saltire Memorial.

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• A baker’s dozen is a collection of 13 items, instead of a normal dozen of 12. The tradition, usually just used in the baking industry, started in the 13th century, and continues today at many bake shops around the world. • Also called a long dozen, devil’s dozen, rough rider’s dozen or long measure, giving a baker’s dozen most likely started because of severe punishments that existed in England when bakers shorted their customers. Bakers feared not giving their customers the proper weight of goods, so instead of not giving enough, they would give extra, just to be sure! An extra roll, pastry or loaf of bread would surely satisfy their customers and fulfill the law as well. • Bake shops were regulated by the Worshipful Company of Bakers, a trade guild to which most bakers belonged in medieval England. The guild regulated bread prices, what types were available for sale and where new shops could be established. The motto for the company was and still is, “Praise God for All.” • The next time you visit a doughnut shop or bakery, ask what their policy is concerning a baker’s dozen. Chances are, they’ll throw in an extra for you!


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