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TIDBITS® INVITES YOU TO EAT BREAKFAST! by Patricia L. Cook This Tidbits examines breakfast around the world. Many studies say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when it comes to what people think should be on the breakfast table, there are quite a few differences. •The word breakfast means “to break the fast,” meaning to eat again after hours of sleep and no food. Numerous nutritional studies have shown that people who skip breakfast are more likely to have problems with metabolism, weight and concentration. The first use of the word “breakfast” was in the 15th century when it was likely that porridge or bread was eaten. The first appearance in print that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” was not from a medical professional or scientist; it was in the book “Metamorphosis” by German writer Franz Kafka in 1915. • The typical full breakfast in the United States and Canada is based on the “full English breakfast,” although in many households this type of breakfast is now more likely to be reserved for weekends and holidays. When more people lived on farms and got up early for manual labor, a large breakfast was common. Now, it is not unusual to start the day with simply cereal or toast along with milk, juice and/or coffee. •So, what does a “full English breakfast” include, and when did this custom start? In the 19th century, when men started to work regular hours in offices, two-course breakfasts became popular. They would start with porridge and then have bacon, eggs, tea and more later. This became known as the “full English breakfast” during the time of World War I when lighter, quicker breakfasts became popular. Continued on page 13 WANT TO RUN YOUR OWN BUSINESS? Publish a Paper in Your Area If You Can Provide: Sales Experience · A Computer · Desktop Publishing Software · A Reasonable Financial Investment

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FAMOUS LANDMARKS OF THE WORLD: MOUNT ST. HELENS Mount St. Helens is a volcanic mountain found in the Cascade Range of western Washington. Mount St. Helens and the Cascade Range are a part of the ring of fire that encircles the Pacific Ocean. •The ring of fire was created and is continually changed by the collision of the North American and the Juan de Fuca tectonic plates. Mount St. Helens is the most active volcano in the Cascade Mountains. It erupts about once each century. The primary, newsworthy eruptions of Mt. St. Helens in recent times occurred on March 27 and May 18 in 1980. Smaller eruptions and earthquakes occurred prior to and between these dates but were insignificant compared to the two primary eruptions. The first eruption on March 27 was initiated with either one large or two closely timed explosions and lasted for nine hours. •Periodic eruptions continued at Mt. St. Helens until 1986. Early eruptions were the strongest and latter eruptions consisted primarily of lava flows that served to build a lava dome now measured at 920 feet (280.4 m) in height. However, even with construction of this lava dome, the mountain’s total height was reduced from 9,677 feet (2,949.5 m) to 8,357 feet (2,547.2 m) due to rock and soil being blown away during the volcano’s initial eruptive blast. The magnitude of the May 18 eruption was such that plants and animals to north of the mountain within five miles (8 km) were destroyed. Replacing the forested landscape teeming with wildlife was a lifeless, rocky stretch of land. • This scene coupled with the impact the volcano made in the minds of people living nearby and on those interested in and studying its aftermath prompted the area to be declared a national monument. In 1982, following the first eruptions, the 110,000-acre (44,515.4-ha) National Volcanic Monument (NVM) was created by Congress and promoted by President Reagan. The NVM offers a place for research, recreation and education. The grounds on the NVM were left as they were after the eruption and allowed to respond naturally concerning topography, revegetation and repopulation by wildlife. • Today, 32 years after the eruptions of 1980, the once-barren ground has been transformed into a mosaic of plant communities including fireweed, pearly everlasting, penstemon and lupine. Animals are returning too, including birds (killdeer, red-winged blackbirds, red-tailed hawks and osprey) and mammals (elk and coyote). Prior to the 1980 eruption, Mt. St. Helens was essentially dormant, dating back to its last volcanic activity in 1857. The eruptions in 1980 reminded Americans that volcanoes are not restricted to Alaska and Hawaii. •Mt. St. Helens was named in 1792 by Captain George Vancouver of the British Royal Navy. He named the mountain in honor of his fellow countryman Alleyne Fitzherbert who held the title of Baron St. Helens. Fitzherbert was the British Ambassador to Spain at the time. In addition to Mt. St. Helens, Captain Vancouver also named three other area volcanoes in honor of British naval officers — Mounts Baker, Hood and Rainer.

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Summer Vacation on the Cheap

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State parks can be a bargain for a tight vacation budget: Once you pay the entrance fee, most of the activities in the park are free. Most states have at least one park; some have dozens when you add in historical or memorial spots, wildlife refuges, natural monuments and recreation areas. One of the best online park finders is the one created by LL Bean, the outdoor gear store. They’ve accumulated information on thousands of state parks, making it easy to find just the right park experience. Go online to www. and type in the location you’re interested in (by ZIP code or city and state) or the name of park. If you search by location, you’ll see a number of flags on the map, each indicating a different park. You can filter your search by activities (boating, camping, fishing and more) or by distance from you. Mouse over each flag for the name of the park, and click for more information. You’ll find the address, phone number, park website and driving directions, as well as the activities the park supports. What you won’t find is the associated fees. For that you need to click through to the park’s website If you’re going to be a frequent visitor to your state’s parks, consider getting a seasonal or yearly pass instead of paying day-use fees each time you go. Read the fine print: You might be able to purchase an annual vehicle pass that’s cheaper than the per-person rate you’ll pay. Some parks sell a discount “punch card” that’s good for a certain number of visits. Check fees for children and seniors -- they’re less, and in some locations seniors are free, as are disabled veterans. If you’re camping, your day-use fee is likely included in the camping fee. Note whether the park is open all year or only during warm weather months. Check, too, whether pets are welcome. Some parks have cabins and cottages available for the night or by the week. You’ll need to make reservations in advance. Whether you want the occasional weekend away this summer or want to get away for a whole week, state and locals parks can be a bargain. If you want to explore one of the 58 national parks, there’s a guide at http://parks. Click on All Parks for a list of all parks.

Depression. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Substance abuse. Thoughts of suicide. Trauma from sexual assault. Anxiety. If you’re a veteran with any of those mental-health struggles, there is help via the Department of Veterans Affairs. You can take a big step forward in getting help for yourself or a veteran family member by going to the VA’s website, www.mentalhealth. Click on: --Screening tools: You’ll find screening tests for depression, PTSD and substance abuse, including drugs and alcohol. --Where to get help: Click on the green HELP graphic, and you’ll find tabs for getting help right now (if you are in crisis, call 1-800-2738255 and press “1”), program locators and treatment info. Click on the map graphic to find the nearest VA facility. Use the drop-down menu to find the type of facility you need. There is a special PTSD link on the left side of the screen. --If you’re having suicidal thoughts (or if there is a veteran you’re worried about): If you can get to a computer, consider checking in with the Veterans Crisis Online chat. Someone is there 24 hours a day. Go to www.mentalhealth. and click Suicide Prevention on the left side of the screen. (Or go to You also can send a text message to 838255. You don’t have to be enrolled in VA health care to get help. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki recently announced that the VA would be adding 1,600 more mental-health clinicians -- nurses, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists -- plus 300 more support staff. The need is great -- 1.3 million veterans were helped with mental-health services last year -- and that number will only increase. If you need help, it’s there. Don’t wait. Just take the first step.

David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail. com.

Contractor Fraud Q: I’d like to hire a contractor to make some repairs to my garage, but I hear a lot of stories these days about handymen who overcharge, don’t do the work promised or otherwise cheat customers. How can I make sure I get what I pay for? -- Clarence T., Philadelphia A: There are several things you can do to make sure a contractor is legitimate, that the work will be done on time and to your satisfaction, and that unpleasant surprises won’t crop up later. Here are a few tips to keep in mind: --Take your time deciding: Unless the repair is an emergency, you have the luxury of getting more than one estimate from more than one contractor. Get at least three quotes before deciding. --Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints were lodged against the contractor and how the contractor responded to those complaints. --Ask the contractor if you can contact past customers about his work. --Ask for the contractor’s license, as well as proof of workers compensation insurance. --Get everything in writing: A statement of when the work will begin and end, how much materials will cost and what materials will be used, how much labor is involved and what that will cost, whether permits will be required, and whether the work must meet building codes. --Do not allow work to begin until you have signed a contract you both agree on. --Never pay in advance, and do not pay in cash: write a check or use a credit card instead. --Insist on inspecting all work yourself (or have a representative inspect it for you) before providing the final payment. If a problem crops up during or after the repair job, try to resolve the issue with the contractor first. Reputable contractors will try to make it right. If you can’t resolve the problem or can’t find the contractor, you can lodge a complaint with the BBB or contact your state or city’s consumer protection department. HOME TIP: Word of mouth is still the best way to find a good contractor. Ask neighbors, family and friends if there’s a contractor they can recommend.

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TRIVIA PAGE 1. CHEMISTRY: What two elements are combined to make bronze? 2. MEASUREMENTS: How many furlongs are in a mile? 3. HISTORY: What was the first permanent English settlement in America? 4. ANATOMY: In which part of the body would you find the metatarsal bones? 5. GEOGRAPHY: In which city would you find the famous Carnaby Street? 6. LANGUAGE: What common item used to be known as “India rubber”? 7. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What does the Apgar Scale measure? 8. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Who was the only U.S. president to be sworn into office by his father? 9. SPORTS: Who was the first person officially to run a mile in less than 4 minutes? 10. ANIMAL KINGDOM: Which species of big cat cannot retract its claws?

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¥ It was British mathematician, philosopher and social critic Bertrand Russell who made the following sage observation: “Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent.” ¥ If you’re like most adults, you have approximately 1,000 hairs per square inch of your scalp. That might seem like a lot, but consider the otter: Its 1 million hairs per square inch of skin make it the owner of the densest fur in the world.

1. Is the book of Zephaniah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From 2 Samuel 24, to whom did Gad ask, “Shall seven years of famine come unto thee”? David, Joshua, Isaiah, Jonah 3. After her first husband’s death, whom did Ruth marry? Malachi, Joel, Cyrus, Boaz 4. Of these, what name was shared by 33 people in the Bible (KJV)? David, Zechariah, Daniel, Haggai 5. Who fathered 70 sons with his many wives? Solomon, Jacob, Gideon, Esau 6. From Exodus 33, who saw the back of God? Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses

¥ Before the 19th century, it was declasse to wear clothing with pockets. All the well-dressed members of the upper classes had servants to carry things for them. ¥ On May 22, 1455, the battle of England’s War of the Roses begins in St. Albans, 20 miles northwest of London. The forces of House of York, whose badge was a white rose, defeated the red-rose House of Lancaster. Both families claimed the throne, and the war would stretch on for 30 years. ¥ On May 23, 1701, at London’s Execution Dock, British privateer William Kidd, popularly known as Captain Kidd, is hanged for piracy and murder after capturing a boat that was loaded with gold, jewels, silk, sugar and guns. A colorful legend grew up around the story of Kidd, including reports of lost buried treasure. ¥ On May 21, 1881, in Washington, D.C., humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross, an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters. ¥ On May 26, 1897, horror writer Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale, “Dracula,” is first offered for sale in London. Through fictional journal entries and letters written by the novel’s principal characters, “Dracula” tells the story of a Transylvanian vampire and his English victims.

¥ The next time you’re out for a walk in the country, kneel down and scoop up a cupful of soil. You might be surprised to learn that that single cup of dirt could hold more bacteria than there are people on the planet. ¥ Those who study such things say that more Frisbee-type discs are sold every year in the U.S. than footballs, baseballs and basketballs combined.

1. Name the group that had hits with “The Angels Listened In” and “Step By Step.” 2. What was the name of the Beatles’ final album? 3. Who released “Here She Comes Now,” and when? 4. When did the Rolling Stones first get together? 5. Which artist had hits with “Superstition” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You”? (Hint: He was born Stevland Hardaway Judkins.) 6. What artist wrote and released “Dirty Diana,” and when? Bonus for knowing the album name.

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Don’t Just Sit There Alzheimer’s Is Common Type of Dementia DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? Are they the same? -- M.J. ANSWER: “Dementia” is an encompassing word that includes many different conditions. Those conditions have some similar features that indicate an impairment or loss of important mental functions. The inability to retain new information, getting lost in familiar surroundings, difficulty choosing the proper words to express oneself, trouble doing simple arithmetic like adding and subtracting, the failure to recognize close relatives and friends, and showing poor judgment like dressing for winter in the middle of summer are signs of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease, Pick’s disease, vascular dementia (dementia due to many small strokes), dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia are but a few of the dementia illnesses. Each of these illnesses has special features that set it apart from the other dementing conditions. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common kind of dementia. People often use “dementia” when they mean “Alzheimer’s disease.” It’s best to give the exact name for the illness that is causing mental deterioration. The booklet on Alzheimer’s disease provides the signs and symptoms of this illness. Readers who would like a copy can obtain one by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 903W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What has happened to the appendix? I never hear about appendicitis anymore. Has the operation gone out of fashion? Or is there some other way to deal with it? -- R.P. ANSWER: The appendix is still where it always has been, dangling down from the first part of the colon on the lower right side. Long thought not to have any purpose, it does appear to add to immune defenses and seems to produce products useful for the development of the fetus. We do well without it, though. Appendicitis has not gone out of fashion. It happens with the same regularity it always has. The age group most likely to suffer from it is the group between 10 and 19. Around 250,000 appendectomies are done yearly in the United States. Newer developments in the diagnosis of appendicitis include CT scans and ultrasound. Many surgeons now use a laparoscope to remove it. It’s a viewing instrument passed into the abdomen through a small incision. Instruments also are inserted through similar small incisions.

Numerous studies have shown us two things: ItÕs never too late to start being active, and a small amount of activity is better than none when it comes to better health. Now thereÕs an additional benefit: Being active helps keep depression and other psychological issues at bay. Not only that, but a recent study shows that those with “psychological distress are four times more likely to be functionally limited.” The study, done on 91,000 adults age 65 and older, indicates that one-third of us don’t get regular exercise, and the number goes up even more for those 75 and older. Another study on the same topic came to a serious conclusion: Those who have depression had better results from exercising three times a week than those who took drugs for their symptoms. All it took was getting 20 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise. Other researchers have approached senior health from a different angle: A Psychological Bulletin news release from the Harvard School of Public Health reported on a study that compared psychological well-being to heart health. It found that psychological well-being reduces the chance of heart attack and stroke. Specifically, being optimistic, happy and satisfied with life can reduce the risk of a cardiovascular event. Somehow those emotions not only protect us, but can slow down existing disease. How then do we use this information? A simplistic look might be this: If we elevate our mood with exercise and gain a sense of emotional well-being, we’re also helping our heart. And looking on the bright side of life gives an additional benefit: Those of us who are optimistic cut our risk of heart attack in half. 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) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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¥ “Keep frosting looking glossy -- with your hair dryer. Before guests come over, give the whole cake a once over holding the hair dryer about 7-10 inches away from the frosting and set on high. It will soften the frosting, giving the cake a just-made look.” -- R.L. in California ¥ Remove hard-water stains and mineral deposits from your showerhead with this trick: Fill a ziplock baggie halfway with warm vinegar. Immerse your showerhead in the baggie and secure it to the pipe with a rubber band. Let it hang for an hour or so, then release the bag and scrub the showerhead with a soft toothbrush. ¥ “There are so many different ways to pay bills these days that it can be hard to keep track of those that need to be mailed. Here’s a great way to remember when to pay a bill so that it always gets there on time: I used to write the due dates of my bills on my calendar. Now I write the payby date for each bill instead. For bills that go in the mail, I write a date on the calendar that’s a week ahead of when it is due. For bills that are paid online, I write a date three days ahead of the due date, and for automatic payments, I deduct the money from the paycheck BEFORE the draft is made. Now I never miss a due date.” -- T.F. in Indiana ¥ You might not have a blackboard in your home, but keep a clean blackboard eraser around to get streaks off of freshly cleaned windows. It works really well in the car, too! ¥ Change your air filter to save money this summer. Be sure to change it once a month to keep your air conditioner working at its most efficient.

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SPORTS OF SORTS NASCAR THIS WEEK By Monte Dutton Kyle’s Awesome Win What a difference a victory makes. Kyle Busch arrived at Richmond International Raceway, where he won in the past three springs, ranked 13th in the Sprint Cup points. He had placed 36th, 11th and 10th in the previous three races. Guess what? Busch won again. He moved up to 11th in the standings. The Capital City 400 was the 24th victory of his career. His older brother, Kurt, even won the Nationwide Series race a day earlier driving a Toyota Kyle owned. Kyle, who turned 27 on Wednesday, wasn’t exaggerating when he said, “It was an awesome victory overall.” Crew chief Dave Rogers said, “I think the key to the game was Kyle kept us in it all race. He never got frustrated or discouraged.” “Kyle just stayed real patient, never worried about things, kept his poise, and things just worked out right for us in the end,” added owner Joe Gibbs. Another important factor was Busch’s pit crew, which managed to get his No. 18 Camry out of the pits ahead of Tony Stewart’s Impala in its final stop.

“Once I got out front, I knew I had 10 laps,” Busch said. “I could abuse the heck out of that thing and drive it for all it was worth, and didn’t have to save any tires.” It was a great spot for Kyle Busch to be in. To borrow the cliche often used by Motor Racing Network’s Barney Hall, he “drove the wheels off that car.” “In evaluating our program, we’ve definitely had some ups and downs,” Busch said. “We haven’t run to the competitiveness we want to. We’re not out there leading all the laps, and running up front, and doing what (point leader Greg) Biffle has been able to do or Martin Truex has been able to do, or some of those guys. In addition to his fourth straight springtime victory in Richmond, Kyle also equaled his older brother’s total of career victories. “It’s neat that we’re still racing around here in Cup,” Kyle said, “and hopefully with many more wins that we can both achieve.” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. In 1973, there were four no-hitters tossed in the American League. Two were by California’s Nolan Ryan. Name either of the other two pitchers. 2. Which of these left-handers had more 20-win seasons: Vida Blue, Tom Glavine or Ron Guidry? 3. Who reached 100 college football victories quicker -- Urban Meyer or Bud Wilkinson? 4. Name the all-time leading scorer in Clippers franchise history. 5. What was the last time before November 2011 that the NHL’s Boston Bruins went a calendar month without a single loss in regulation? 6. In 2011, driver Sebastian Vettel set a Formula One record by winning 15 poles in a season. Who had held the mark? 7. True or false: Martina Navratilova was in every Wimbledon’s women’s singles final during the 1980s. 1. Kansas City’s Steve Busby and Texas’ Jim Bibby. 2. Glavine did it five times; each of the

others did it three times. 3. Wilkinson needed 111 games to do it; Meyer did it in 118 games.

4. Randy Smith, with 12,735 points. 5. It was 1969. 6. Nigel Mansell won 14 poles in 1992.

7. False. She was in every final from 1982-89, winning six of them.

Best Sports Apps for Your iPad According to the Gartner Group, more than 66 million people purchased some type of tablet computer last year (myself included). There are thousands of applications for the iPad, Android and Windows-based tablets. Here are some of the Top 10 apps I’ve found for the sports fan with an iPad: 10. Flipboard This just may be the best application for the iPad, period. It allows users to pick up to 36 websites, Facebook or Twitter accounts and presents them in a magazine-like fashion. While not a sports app per se, it is easy enough to plug in your favorite teams and other sports information sites. 9. Zite This app is CNN’s version of Flipboard, but with a twist. Like Flipboard, it presents the web, Facebook and Twitter like a magazine, but it sorts information by topic instead, and it lets you pick as many of them as you like from a pre-approved list. Again, one convenient location makes it easy and convenient to follow your favorite teams or sport. 8. The Masters Already outdated for this year, nonetheless, Augusta National came through with a truly excellent app for the most famous golf tournament in the world. Everything you’d expect from an app that focuses solely on one event, at one venue, is included. HD video, detailed maps of each hole and the history of the club and tournament are covered in exquisite detail and during the tournament, the scoreboard is active and there is a live feed from the course and a highlight reel. This is the standard that every tournament should be measured by. 7. Asphalt 6 This is a racing game that has great graphics and utilizes the iPad’s gyroscopic abilities in that you treat the tablet like a steering wheel. It’s pretty difficult and very fast-paced. (Don’t play it before bed -- your adrenaline will keep you up all night, and I speak from experience.) The game is free, and as you win races you earn points and get to upgrade to other car models. I’m not much of a game player, but this one has me hooked. 6. NBC Sports Talk I’ve found this to be the best “inside” sportsinformation app available. The stories are well-written, often a bit pithy but usually very insightful. Every major sport is covered in an easy-to-use interface, and it provides a daily schedule, scores, the Vegas line and even lets you buy tickets to an event. Far better than ESPN or any other sports-news app I’ve found to date.


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Q: I have a “tire” ashtray that I think is probably from the 1930s. Are these collectible? -- Carl, Dayton, Ohio A: Most of the “tire” ashtrays that I’ve seen being offered for sale were originally given away as premiums by service stations, tire manufacturers and garages. The earliest styles were crafted of glass circled by a miniature rubber tire. On the tire is embossed the name of the company. Ashtrays of this type produced before about 1950 are especially collectible. Typical prices are Goodrich Double Eagle, $125; Firestone Deluxe Champion, $45; Zenith, $40; and Jetzon, $20. As with most collectibles, condition is extremely important. For non-smokers, some of the ashtrays were issued that featured a pin tray. Q: My mom collected Avon bottles, and I have inherited them. I know nothing about Avon and current values. Can you help me? -- Susan, Stigler, Okla. A: The California Perfume Company was founded in 1886 and the Avon line was not introduced until about 40 years later. Collecting the earlier items is still competitive, but ones issued after about 1960 have little or no value to serious enthusiasts. After monitoring eBay for several days, I still believe that the Avon market has softened. There are several guidebooks available at, but you should take the prices listed in them with some caution. For example, one guide lists a Nile Blue Bath Urn for $15, but it actually sells for about $5. Q: I have a sheet of 29-cent stamps honoring Elvis Presley. Are they valuable or should I use them? -- Theresa, Nashua, N.H. A: I spoke to several stamp collectors, who seem to agree that they are only worth face value. My advice would be to use them.

doors. If your cat must be outdoors, make sure it is treated regularly for fleas and ticks or wears a flea/tick collar. If your cat shows signs of illness -- sluggishness and/or refusal to eat -- or if you discover a tick on its fur or skin, contact your veterinarian immediately. Cohn recently developed a more effective treatment for bobcat fever, which increased the survival rate for cats affected by this illness from less than 25 percent to nearly 60 percent. She also is doing research toward a vaccine for bobcat fever. In the meantime, prevention is the best medicine for this disease.

Bobcat Fever Is Cat Killer DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I recently began hearing reports about something called Òbobcat fever,Ó which affects cats. What is it, and how can I keep my cat safe? -- Darlene G., Kansas City, Mo. DEAR DARLENE: Bobcat fever, scientifically known as Òcytauxzoonosis,Ó is a serious illness that has spread across the United States in recent years. It affects cats -- not only domesticated cats, but wildcats and even tigers -- and has a high mortality rate. It does not affect dogs. Bobcat fever is spread through bites from infected ticks: A tick first bites and sucks blood from an already-infected cat, drops off then bites and infects another cat. Leah Cohn, a University of Missouri veterinarian, said healthy outdoor cats are most at risk. ÒThe disease acts very quickly and can kill a cat less than a week after it begins to show signs of being sick, so it is important to get treatment from a veterinarian as soon as the cat appears ill.Ó How can you keep your cat safe? Keep it in-

Send your questions or tips to, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner. com.

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Craft Sheer Hosiery Into Flower Bouquet “She loves me, she loves me not,” the kids chant in a chorus around a little patch of daisies blooming on our boulevard. Tugging flower petals one by one, their smiling young faces announce in a most traditional way that spring has sprung. Join your kids during this beautiful season and take a closer look at the flowers in your yard, neighborhood park or in the vase on your kitchen table. Discover the interesting shapes of the petals that one by one compose a unique bloom. Then let your observations inspire you to make a bouquet of everlasting flowers from the most unusual of materials: wire and inexpensive, colorful knee-high stockings! Here are the materials for a flower with four or five petals: 2 sheer knee-high stockings in white or pastel colors A roll of 16- or 18-gauge wire Scissors Floral tape or green electrical tape Vase or flowerpot with florist foam inside Floral moss (optional) Here’s the fun: 1. Shape and twist the wire in a loop to form an outline of a petal that is about 1 inch in diameter. Think of it as the “frame” of the petal. Do not cut the wire at the base of the loop, but rather twist and turn the wire to form another similarsize petal next to the first until you have four or five petals. Do not cut off the wire. 2. Cut off the toe and the elastic end of a pair of sheer knee-highs. Stretch the stocking over a wire petal, then twist it in place at the base, stretch it a bit more, and then twist again. Wrap the wire around the base to fasten the stocking in place. Cut off excess stocking below the petal. Continue with each petal. This can be a two-person project. Your child can stretch the stocking over the petal while you do the twisting. 3. Cut the wire, allowing for a stem. Give the stem a nice finished look with floral or green electrical tape. Arrange in a flowerpot with floral moss or in a vase. Tips: Glue miniature butterflies or bugs to the flowers, or add details with fabric paints in squeeze bottles. *** 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.”

•A customary “full English breakfast” has bacon and eggs as the star of the plate. They might be accompanied by sausage, fish, toast and marmalade, grilled tomatoes and muffins or other breads. Typically, the British would start with orange juice, cereals, stewed or fresh fruit and tea. •A full breakfast for the English may also have included oddities such as baked beans and black pudding. Black pudding is generally made by mixing pig’s blood with pork fat and oatmeal or barley. It is so popular in northern England that a festival is dedicated to it: the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships! •The Irish also love a full breakfast like the British, including black pudding. They are likely to include white pudding and soda bread on the table as well. White pudding is similar to black except it doesn’t contain blood. Both of these “puddings” are formed into sausages. •Large Scottish breakfasts also include dishes similar to those of the English, but they may add potato scones, haggis and oatcakes. Haggis is another odd sausage, made from chopped lamb’s heart, lungs and liver mixed with suet, oats, onions and seasonings and usually boiled. (Hungry yet?) •If you are wondering when boxed cereals became popular for breakfast, this occurred in the late 1880s and was prompted by a backlash against large breakfasts. Many thought these large morning meals were leading to health problems. Cereal pioneers like W.K. Kellogg, Henry Perky and C.W. Post developed products that became extremely popular. Cereals were very important when eggs and bacon were rationed during World War II. •There are many places in the world where the morning meal is not much different from other meals. •In Mexico, it is not unusual to have beans and cheese served with tortillas. Just as for other meals, spicy food is welcomed at breakfast. •In Thailand, you’ll find a spicy fish dish with mint and pork and served with rice offered by street vendors in the morning. Other dishes are available as well, dishes very similar to those served at mid-day and evening meals. •China is a very large country with a diverse population representing many cultures, so there are multiple variations in breakfast foods. Probably the most common breakfast dish nationwide is rice porridge with pickled vegetables. Some people include hard-boiled eggs and steamed bread as well. In the north, many enjoy hot soy milk and fried dough sticks that are like unsweetened doughnuts. On the streets in China you can find a wide variety of steamed breads, noodles and dumplings, some with meat or veggie fillings. Until recently, cow’s milk was not a part of Chinese diets. Now consumption of cow’s mike is encouraged, as is eating Western-style bread, as the Chinese have begun to follow the Western way of making children big and strong. •In Russia, oladi are a popular breakfast food. Similar to pancakes, oladi are fried, soft inside and have a crispy edge. They’re usually eaten with sour cream, jam, honey or fresh berries. •Another country with a popular pancake offering is Sweden. Pannkakor is a thin, flat cake, fried on both sides, similar to a crepe. It is usually served with a fruity filling. •The French are known for the pastries they enjoy for breakfast — or anytime with a cup of strong coffee. The croissant is one of the famous pastries for which the French have been given credit, and they do serve them beautifully, but it was actually adapted from an Austrian pastry in that originated in the mid-1800s.

Green Beans With Mixed Mushrooms 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 sprigs fresh thyme 2 large (10 to 12 ounces each) onions, thinly sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed with press 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded, thinly sliced Salt Pepper 3 pounds green beans, trimmed 1. Heat covered 7- to 8-quart saucepot of water to boiling on high. 2. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Add thyme and onions; cook 10 to 12 minutes or until browned and very tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Remove and discard thyme. 3. Add green beans and 2 teaspoons salt to boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 8 to 9 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse with cold water. 4. When ready to serve, return green beans to saucepot and add mushroom mixture, stirring to combine. Cook on medium until beans are heated through, stirring occasionally. Serves 12. Tip: If making ahead, transfer mushroom mixture to medium bowl. Cover; refrigerate up to overnight. Transfer beans to resealable plastic bag; refrigerate up to overnight. ------------------------------------------

Lemon-Butter Broccoli 1 pound broccoli florets 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoon butter 1 cup cornflakes 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1. In 12-inch skillet, heat 1 inch water to boiling on high. Add broccoli florets; cook 3 minutes or until tender. Drain; sprinkle with salt. 2. In skillet, melt butter on medium. Add cornflakes; cook 2 minutes, stirring. 3. Add lemon peel and teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle over broccoli. Serves 4.

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Puzzle and Game Answers LAVA ROCK Lava rock is rock formed from the cooling and solidification of lava issued from volcanoes. In North America, most lava rock is located in the continent’s western half. • Molten rock beneath the earth’s surface is referred to by geologists as magma. Once this molten material is expelled through a volcano onto the earth’s surface, geologists then refer to it as lava. • Lava cools rapidly in air or water, sometimes in a matter of minutes or hours. Because cooling is rapid, lava rock appears very uniform and (as geologists describe) fine-grained. By contrast, granite is a coarse-grain rock, and when examined closely, it has a spotted appearance due to the many minerals in the rock. Lava rock generally is uniform in color with no spotty appearance. • Lava rock that cools very rapidly looks like dark glass; rocks of this type are called obsidian. Some ancient cultures used obsidian to make rock-cutting tools. • Lava rock that cools less rapidly forms basalt and rhyolite. Outcrops of basalt are very prevalent in the Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. • An interesting place to see an array of lava rocks is Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve near Arco, Idaho. There you will see and can explore former lava tubes, volcanic cinder cones and rocks of varied, interesting shapes. In fact, this area was visited by NASA astronauts in 1969 while training for their visit to the moon. • Craters of the Moon has within its boundaries another geological feature associated closely with volcanoes called the Great Rift. The Great Rift is the earth’s conduit through which lava moved to form the rock formations at Craters of the Moon. Lava coming through the Great Rift is also responsible for the Wapi Lava Field in southern Idaho. LAVA ROCK (continued): • Lava rock is a material with multiple practical uses. Landscapers use it extensively for mulch in flower beds and gardens because of its attractive red or black color, its fire resistance and its ability to hold heat and moisture. Lava rock is also used in grills and fireplaces to distribute heat more evenly across and between multiple heat sources (for example, multiple burners in a grill). • Lava fields are expanses of lava rock resulting from solidification of lava from one or more volcanic eruptions. Lava fields show up on aerial photographs as black splotches against typical earth hues of brown, grey and green. In the United States, lava fields are prevalent in the Pacific Northwest. • If you are interested in seeing lava before it cools to lava rock, two places to visit are Stromboli volcano in Stromboli, Italy, and Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Stromboli is one of the Aeolian Islands located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, west of the Italian peninsula. Because the volcano has been active for much of the last 2,000 years and its eruptions are visible from long distances at night, it is known as the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean.” • The Kilauea volcano is located on the island of Hawaii, the largest of all the Hawaii islands. Eruptions have been nearly continuous since 1983. Lava erupting from the cinder-and-spatter cone, named Pu`u `Ō `ō, flows through a tube system about 6.8 miles (11 km) to the sea.

Trivia Test Answers

1. Copper and tin 2. Eight 3. Jamestown, Va. 4. The foot 5. London 6. An eraser 7. Newborns’ conditions 8. Calvin Coolidge 9. Roger Bannister 10. Cheetah

Bible Trivia Answers: ANSWERS: 1) Old; 2) David; 3) Boaz; 4) Zechariah; 5) Gideon; 6) Moses

Flash Back Answers:

1. The Crests. The group also scored a major hit with “16 Candles” in 1958. The song was covered by Stray Cats for the 1984 movie of the same name. 2. “Let It Be,” released in 1970. 3. The Velvet Underground, on their “White Light/White Heat” album in 1968. Lou Reed, the song’s writer, was still with the group at that point. The song was used in the 2009 movie “Adventureland.” 4. In 1962 at the Marquee Club in London. Their first record, “Come On,” came out in June 1963. 5. Stevie Wonder. The songs went to No. 1 on both the Hot 100 and R&B charts. 6. Michael Jackson, in 1986, on the “Bad” album.

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CELEBRITY EXTRA By Cindy Elavsky PHOTO: Breckin Meyer Q: My husband said he read somewhere that Breckin Meyer is leaving “Franklin & Bash” because he has a new comedy on TBS. Please tell me that isn’t true. -- Kellie K., via e-mail A: The only part that is true is that Breckin does indeed have a new comedy called “Men at Work” on TBS, which premieres Thursday, May 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The multicamera comedy, which Breckin created, writes and executive produces, stars Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Michael Cassidy and Adam Busch. Breckin told me a bit about his new show when we spoke the other day: “Honestly, it’s a show based on my life and the embarrassing relationships I’ve had. It’s about four guys who are all at different stages of their lives relationship-wise, and they have each other’s backs. It’s based on me and my friends.” As for Breckin making a cameo, he played coy: “I don’t know -- we’ll see. There might be an Alfred Hitchcock-like walkthrough. Hopefully we’ll have some better guest stars than just me.” Speaking of guest stars, as “Franklin & Bash” gears up for its second season -- premiering Tuesday, June 5, on TNT -- Breckin revealed: “We have an unbelievable line of guest stars this season. Sean Astin plays a superhero. Seth Green and Eric Mabius come on as the ‘Bizarro’ Franklin and Bash. Cybill Shepherd guest-stars. And we actually get to meet Mark Paul Gosselaar’s mom this time around, who’s played by Jane Seymour.” *** Q: When will my favorite show, “Rookie Blue,” be returning for another season? Please say it hasn’t been canceled! -- Olaf D., St. Paul, Minn. A: “Rookie Blue” will indeed be back for its third season on Thursday, May 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Now entering their third year on the job, our five rookie cops have learned to overcome the sophomore curse -- knowing a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Having seen the premiere episode, I can tell you that it is indeed one that fans won’t want to miss! *** Q: I love everything that the talented Sarah Chalke does. When will she get her own show? -- Jason R., via e-mail A: Sarah is slated to star in the new ABC comedy called “How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life,” in which Brad Garrett and Elizabeth Perkins play the aforementioned parents. Sarah plays Polly, a recently divorced single mom who moves in with her eccentric parents, Elaine and Max. The show is set to premiere this fall.

PHOTO: Martin Scorsese HOLLYWOOD -- The hype given an 11-time Oscar-nominated film is sure to add a fortune to the box office, or is it? While Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” won five Oscars, it only took in $182 million at the box office. That sounds like a lot, until you consider that it cost $180 million to produce and market the film. This has put a great strain on his producing partnership with Graham King, whose production company -- now facing financial problems -- produced many of Scorsese’s films. They’ve tabled their next production together, and Scorsese instead will team with Leonardo DiCaprio for the fifth time (as he did with “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” “The Departed” and “Shutter Island”) on “The Wolf of Wall Street.” It’s based on the book by Jordan Belfort, who was banned from the securities business for life and went to jail for fraud and moneylaundering. It starts shooting in August. As for Scorsese’s planned Frank Sinatra bio picture, he admits, “Leo (DiCaprio) always talked about doing it, but what if the story takes us a different way? We could go with an unknown.” The “different way” could be “a 15-hour miniseries along the lines of ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ as long as we stay reasonably on budget, we’d have a freedom which is very difficult to find in the cinematic marketplace.” His “Hugo” budget was $150 million to $170 million, but cost $180 million. Will 15 hours be enough to tell Frank Sinatra’s life story? Sinatra never let anyone stint on a budget! Want more of “The Hunger Games”? Fear not, Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend” and “Water for Elephants”) will direct the sequel. Original director Gary Ross turned it down because it has to be finished by January so star Jennifer Lawrence can shoot the sequel to “XMen: First Class.” Ross felt it wasn’t enough time to do justice to the original, which already has grossed three-quarters of a billion dollars.

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Tidbits of N Idaho Vol12 #19  

Tidbits of N Idaho Vol12 #19