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SCHOOLS by Rick Dandes

With the hazy, crazy early days of August approaching, can school be far away? Sorry kids, but this is the time of year when your parents are already starting to think about sending you back to class, whether it’s college, elementary school or high school. So to make it a little easier on you all, Tidbits makes the grade this week with trivia about all kinds of schools. Enjoy. • Did you know that the prestigious schools of the Ivy League were mostly founded before the Revolutionary War and funded by lotteries? It’s true. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Kings College (Columbia), Dartmouth and Brown Universities were all partially funded, back in the 1700s, by private lotteries. • The oldest university _in Canada is generally thought to be the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, founded in 1785_as the Provincial Academy of Arts and Sciences. turn the page for more Schools!

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TOP TEN MOVIES 1. Inception (PG-13) Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe 2. Despicable Me (PG) animated 3. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG) Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel Available in stores the 4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson week of July 13, 2010. 5. Toy Story 3 (G) animated 6. Grown Ups (PG-13) Adam Sandler, Kevin PICKS OF THE WEEK James 7. The Last Airbender (PG) Noah Ringer, Ni“Crumb” (Criterion Collection) (Unrated) -- Direccole Peltz tor Terry Zwigoff’s documentary of underground 8. Predators (R) Adrien Brody, Topher Grace comics legend Robert Crumb is like a geek’s 9. Knight and Day (PG-13) Tom Cruise, Cam“Grey Gardens.” Not only is this a brilliantly loving eron Diaz portrait of a man who almost singlehandly created 10. The Karate Kid (PG) Jaden Smith, Jackie the underground comics movement, it is also a Chan moving insight into Crumb’s bizarre and troubled family. TOP TEN VIDEO, DVD as of July 24, 2010 Special features include nearly an hour of deleted footage and two commentary tracks: A new track Top 10 Video Rentals with Terry Zwigoff, and a commentary track from 1. Hot Tub Time Machine (NR) John Cusack 2006 with Roger Ebert and Zwigoff. 2. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The LightIt’s worth mentioning that one of Crumb’s closest ning Thief (PG) Pierce Brosnan friends, comics artist Harvey Pekar died on July 3. Book of Eli (R) Denzel Washington 12 and also was the subject of the magnificent 4. Green Zone (R) Matt Damon documentary/biopic: “American Splendor,” which 5. The Crazies (R) Timothy Olyphant stars Paul Giamatti as Pekar. Even if you aren’t 6. She’s Out of My League (R) Jay Baruchel a comics fan, you simply must watch these films. 7. When In Rome (PG-13) Kristen Bell They are more than just a rundown of the artists’ 8. Shutter Island (R) Leonardo DiCaprio works, they are great movies in their own right. 9. Alice in Wonderland (PG) Johnny Depp 10. Remember Me (PG-13) Robert Pattinson

“Max Headroom: The Complete Series” (Unrated) -- Finally! The ground-breaking, cult cyberpunk series from the 1980s is now on DVD. Both seasons, all 14 episodes, digitally remastered. Matt Frewer stars as Edison Carter, an investigative journalist in a dystopian near-future where television networks control every aspect of civilization -- including the government. While investigating a network’s subversive scheme to control society using Blipverts (1-second commercials), Carter’s consciousness is uploaded to a computer, creating the manic, rogue element known as Max Headroom.

Top 10 DVD Sales 1. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG) (20th Century Fox) 2. Hot Tub Time Machine (NR) (20th Century Fox) 3. The Crazies (R) (Anchor Bay) 4. Alice in Wonderland (PG) (Buena Vista) 5. The Book of Eli (R) (Warner) 6. Green Zone (R) (Universal) 7. Avatar (PG-13) (20th Century Fox) 8. The Twilight Saga: New Moon (PG-13) (Summit) 9. Remember Me (PG-13) (Summit) 10. Toy Story 2 (G) (Buena Vista)


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SCHOOLS (continued):

• For those who wonder why it’s Johns Hopkins University (in Baltimore, Maryland) instead of John Hopkins, the explanation goes way back to the founder of the school. Johns Hopkins (1795-1873) was named after his great-grandmother, Margaret Johns Hopkins. Hopkins was a lifelong bachelor, and when he died, he left most of a huge fortune to found the University and Medical School that now have his name. • During the 18th and early 19th centuries, Canadian families remained the unrivalled setting for education in that country; few children in what was then British North America received formal instruction either from tutors or in schools. • Although Thomas Jefferson had supported the concept of free public education, elementary schooling was only available to America’s wealthy until the 1840s. That’s when reformers like Horace Mann of Massachusetts and Henry Barnard of Connecticut began to push for tax-funded schools with the belief that universal education would produce good citizens, unite society, prevent crime and end poverty. • Until the 1930s, most Americans only completed eight years of school. High School only became popular during the Great Depression, when job-strapped communities saw benefits to keeping teenagers in class and out of the workforce where they’d only serve as low-cost competition to adults. • Founded in 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth and the Anglican Diocese of Huron, the University of Western Ontario is one of Canada’s oldest and best universities. The first students graduated in arts and medicine in 1883. • Remember James Meredith? The University of Mississippi gained national attention when it denied admission to James Meredith, an African American, who applied in 1961. He took the case to court, won, and started classes at Ole Miss in 1963. What many people don’t know is that he successfully graduated in 1964 and has been a supporter of Ole Miss ever since. • 74.9 million: That’s the number of people enrolled in school throughout the United States — from nursery school to college. To put this in perspective, this amounts to more than one-fourth of the U.S. population age 3 and older. • The average number of children participating each month in the United States’ national school lunch program in 2009 was 31.3 million. That’s a lot of milk.

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¥ It was American actress and comedian Lily Tomlin who made the following sage observation: “Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.” ¥ According to Henry Heimlich, the inventor of the abdominal thrust technique known as the Heimlich Maneuver, the food upon which people most commonly choke is peanut butter straight out of the jar. ¥ Astronauts on the International Space Station see the sun rise every 90 minutes. ¥ You’ve probably heard that Eskimos have 50 words for different types of snow, but you might not realize that their language doesn’t have a word for just plain snow. ¥ You might recall Glenn Ford, an actor from Hollywood’s Golden Era, from such films as “3:10 to Yuma,” “Blackboard Jungle” and “The Big Heat.” You probably didn’t know, though, that when he was born in Quebec he was named Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford. The inspiration for his stage name was the town of Glenford, Canada. ¥ Those who study such things say that every day in the world, 62 square miles of land becomes desert. ¥ When groups of shrimp end up with too few males to sustain the population, some of the females turn into males. ¥ Michael Crichton is best known as an author and screenwriter, and most of his fans are aware of the fact that he was a medical doctor, as well. It’s interesting to note, however, that as an undergraduate student he majored in anthropology. ¥ If you’re like 80 percent of Americans, you will experience some kind of back trouble at least once in your lifetime. ¥ Businesswoman Mary Kay Ash, before she founded the Mary Kay Cosmetics empire, sold encyclopedias door-to-door.

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MUSIC LEGEND:

BOB DYLAN

1. Sparky Anderson was the first manager to win a World Series with both an A.L. and an N.L. team. Name the teams and the years. 2. In 2008, Mike Mussina became the oldest major-league pitcher to win 20 games in a season for the first time. How old was he? 3. Who is the only two-time winner of The Associated Press’ NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award? 4. Which two teams hold the NCAA mark in men’s basketball for consecutive conference victories? 5. When was the last time before the 2009-10 NHL season that the Chicago Blackhawks won a division title? 6. Name two of the three drivers to be in both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. 7. Entering 2010, who held the ATP record for most wins by a doubles combination? Answers 1. The Cincinnati Reds (1975, ‘76) and the Detroit Tigers (‘84). 2. He was 39. 3. Quarterback Chad Pennington (2006, 2008). 4. Kentucky (1945-50) and Memphis (2006-10), both with 64. 5. The Blackhawks won the Norris Division crown in the 1992-93 season. 6. John Andretti, Robby Gordon and Tony Stewart. 7. Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, with 61.

1. ADVERTISEMENTS: What was the name of the finicky eater in the Nine Lives cat-food commercials? 2. LITERATURE: Who is the author of the best-seller “Roots”? 3. TELEVISION: What was the setting for the “I Dream of Jeannie” TV show? 4. GEOGRAPHY: What was the Netherlands’ basic currency before it adopted the euro? 5. ABBREVIATED TITLES: What is an M.P.? 6. ARCHITECTURE: Who designed St. Paul’s Cathedral in London? 7. HOLIDAYS: What holiday is celebrated on July 14? 8. MOVIES: In “Forrest Gump,” what was the nickname of Forrest’s best friend in the Army? 9. ASTRONOMY: What is the first planet beyond Saturn in our solar system? 10. MEASUREMENTS: What does the Mercalli Scale measure? Answers 1. Morris 2. Alex Haley 3. Cocoa Beach, Florida 4. The guilder 5. Member of Parliament 6. Sir Christopher Wren 7. Bastille Day 8. Bubba 9. Uranus 10. Intensity of earthquakes

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman, Bob Dylan is perhaps the best known and best loved of all American singer-songwriters. • Robert Allen Zimmerman’s birth date is thought to be May 24, 1941. But a passport issued to Robert Dylan in 1974 says his birth date is May 11, 1941. So which is it Bob? • Dylan was scheduled to appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on May 12, 1963. He was going to sing “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues.” But during the dress rehearsal, he was told that “John Birch” was deemed too controversial by network censors, and program producer Bob Precht, whose idea it was to invite Dylan on the show, asked him to sing another song. Dylan declined and did not appear. • In August 1969, Dylan made his first paid public performance since July 26, 1966, when he broke his neck in the crash of his Triumph 500 motorcycle. Backed by the Band, he performed in front of 200,000 people at England’s Isle of Wight festival. He was paid $75,000 for a 70-minute performance. • In 1967, while recuperating from his motorcycle accident, Dylan signed with MGM Records, home of the Righteous Brothers, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Connie Francis and the late Hank Williams. MGM withdrew the contract, and Dylan signed with Columbia. • Dylan won his first Grammy in 1980 for best rock vocal performance for the religious-oriented “Gotta Serve Somebody.” • Dylan’s reputation as a songwriter is larger than his record sales. His best-selling album is “Greatest Hits” (1967), which sold between 2 million and 3 million copies. The runner-up is “Greatest Hits Vol. II” (1971), selling one million copies. Columbia Records doesn’t release sales figures, but a press release said Vol. II is nearing double-platinum status. The next bestsellers are “Desire” (‘76) and “Blood on the Tracks” (‘75). • Dylan was not a big hit-maker either. None of his singles ever reached No. 1 on Billboard’s pop chart. “Like a Rolling Stone” (‘65) peaked at No. 2, as did “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” (‘66). • Three Dylan songs begin with nearly the same line, “Early in the morning.” The songs are “Obviously Five Believers,” “Pledging My Time” and “Tangled Up in Blue” (which actually starts “early one morning”). • Dylan’s harmonica is heard on records by Harry Belafonte, George Harrison, Steve Goodman, Roger McGuinn, Booker T. and Priscilla Jones, Doug Sahm, Carolyn Hester, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and Sly & Robbie. • Dylan had a rule that he only recorded music at night. He would show up to the studio around 9 p.m. and work until the early hours of morning Occasionally his band would record music pieces during the day and try to get Dylan to listen to them. • The Minnesota Historical Society lists 97 Dylan items in its reference library. Included are a 1987 Ph.D. thesis by a Purdue University student, five fanzines, 17 books and articles published in Germany, one children’s book and Dylan’s original, hand-written lyric sheet for “Temporary Like Achilles,” a 1966 song on the album “Blonde on Blonde.” The most interesting title in the society’s collection is “Mysteriously Saved: An Astrological Investigation into Bob Dylan’s Conversion to American Fundamentalism,” by John Ledbury.

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THE “BEAR” ESSENTIALS

Although there are only eight living species of bear, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears are found on the continents of North America, South America, Europe and Asia. • Since prehistoric times, bears have been hunted for their meat and fur. To this day, they play a prominent role in the arts, mythology and other cultural aspects of various human societies. • The eight species of bears are: Malayan Sun Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacled Bear, American Black Bear, Brown Bear or Grizzly Bear, Polar Bear, Asiatic Black Bear and Panda Bears. • The collective name for a group of bears is a sleuth or sloth, but with the exceptions of courting individuals and mothers with their young, bears are typically solitary animals. They are generally by Bonnie St. Clair active during the day (diurnal), but may be active during the night (nocturnal) or twilight (crepuscuLaurel without Hardy? Bert without Ernie? Hall without lar), particularly around humans. Oates? They just wouldn’t have• Bears been the same. Join Tidbits have an excellent sense of smell, and as we share stories behind some famous “people despite their heavy build and awkwardpairs” gait, they candiscover run quickly andone are adept climbers and swimand how they managed to another. mers. • In the original story, Batman met the boy who would • Black bears are particularly good tree climbers become Robin in 1940. Dick as Grayson wasAnd an well as swimmers. theyeight-year-old are pretty good circus acrobat, the son of trapeze When runners, atartists. up to 30 miles per hour. a gangster Bears usethe shelters such as caves and burrowsthe who’d been extorting money •from circus sabotaged as their dens, which are occupied by most speriggings, Dick’s parents fell tociestheir deaths. during the winter for aBatman long period of investisleep, gated the crime, and he became fond enough of the boy to become his legal guardian (as some up to three to five months. This period is ofteninstructed called hibernation the but is not true hiberna- in the ways of fighting crime his alter ego, Bruce Wayne). He youngster tion. Today, scientists prefer to call bears’ winter and dubbed him Robin, the Boy Wonder. nap “denning.” • Cherilyn Sarkisian dropped out weigh of school and moved to Hollywood with dreams • Panda bears about 250 pounds. The ava panda bear is 20 to years. of becoming an actress. At 17,erage shelifespan met ofSonny Bono at30Aldo’s Coffee Shop. Bono worked Curiously, they do not sleep during the winter as for music producer Phil Spector other bear species do. The panda was actually and was able to get Cher, asnothe officially considered a bear until 1995. W. Seltice, Suite B • The this called her, work as a backgroundgiant panda is universally loved, but4610 peaceful animal faces many dangers. Its populavocalist. A songwriter at heart, Post Falls, ID tion is small and isolated, as its traditional forest Sonny had peddled his tunes habitat in southwest China’s mountainous areas becomes more fragmented. The government has without much success. But when set up more than 30 reserves, but habitat dehe and Cher became romantically struction and poaching continue to pose a threat. involved, the pair recorded • his The size of bears varies, according to species. Try our 30-minute circuit that works every major muscle group two muscles at a time, and can burn up to 500 calories. All with a trainer tune “I Got You, Babe,” whichThey hitcan reach a height of 6-and-a-half-feet tall; to teach and motivate. And come see how Curves and TNT are going to they can weigh 600 pounds or more. inspire you this summer. number one on the pop chart and • The grizzly bear is not endangered, but it is a made stars of Sonny and Cher. threatened species. The grizzly bear, on average, • One day in 1881, Dr. John weighs between 300 to 800 pounds. Some, of course, are larger than that. Watson happened to rent a room • The polar bear is the largest land carnivore in at a lodging house at 221B Baker the world. The average adult male weighs beStreet in London, England. His tween 850 to 900 pounds (380 to 400 kilograms).

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Dog’s Marking Doesn’t Do Deck Any Favors DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I have two 2-yearold neutered canine brothers (I found out after the fact that it is not a good idea to get them from the same litter). They have lots of forested room to roam, but “Jake” -- the dominant one -- occasionally insists on peeing on the deck. I can’t catch him at it. Why does he do that, and how can I get him to stop? -- Carolyn V., via e-mail DEAR CAROLYN: That can be tough to stop, since the deck is often considered part of the family living area for everyone, including the dogs. You’ll need to regain control of the deck area and remind Jake who’s boss. Whenever the dogs are off-leash, roaming through the yard and woods, block access to the deck and don’t allow them on until you have called them up the steps and clipped a leash on Jake and his brother. You may want to have a second person leash the less-dominant dog. Jake may, at this time, attempt to tug himself over to his usual marking spot, and drag you with him. Give him a firm “no” and order him to sit and stay. At this time you can take his brother inside the house while you work with Jake. For the next several days or weeks, the deck is going to become Training Central. Work with Jake and his brother, separately. Whenever Jake begins to sniff around or tries to mark something, firmly tell him “no” and continue giving him basic obedience commands. When he follows your commands, and especially when he stops sniffing and obeys rather than tries to mark, give him lots of praise and treats (if you choose). To further discourage marking, clean the areas he has marked and treat with an odor neutralizer.

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