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March 3-9, 2014

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When studying maps, whether with an atlas, a fold out map or internet mapping site like Google Maps, some names just kind of jump out at you. Many strange and funny names dot maps around the globe! Tidbits will direct you to a few. • Toponymy is “the study of place names.” Many places were named for historical events, persons or naturally occurring landmarks. Some have strange names that seem to have come from joking comedians or drunken sailors! • To start off with a laugh, a funny dot on maps of Quebec is Baie des Ha! Ha! This is a hamlet near the Ha! Ha! River, which has five dams, all named Ha! Ha! (numbered 1-5). There is also a Pointe des Ha! Ha!, Bridge Lake Ha! Ha!, Park Ha! Ha!, and more! The areas are all interesting and beautiful spots in Quebec. Remember that Canada has both English and French as their national languages. The French meaning of “haha” is “an unexpected obstacle on the path.” Sort of explains where the names must come from. • Another interesting place in eastern Canada is Blow Me Down Provincial Park near Deer Lake, Newfoundland. The wind does blow across and over the Blow Me Down Mountains but the park actually has lots of trees to shield visitors from the wind. turn the page for more!

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ODD DOTS ON THE MAP (continued): • When the town of Deer Lake was named in the late 1800s, it was named for the many “deer” who often crossed the local lake. Those deer were actually caribou. • A whistle on the roof of the Deer Lake Power Plant was placed there during construction in the early 1920s. An air raid siren that was brought to Newfoundland from England, it is still used today. Local residents listen for the whistle to know whether they are on time for work, ready for lunch, or ready to end their work day. It is sounded Monday to Saturday but silent on Sunday. The whistle also is blown in honor of several Canadian holidays. • If you do happen to visit Blow Me Down Park and Deer Lake in Newfoundland you should also head southwest and see Jerry’s Nose. Why? Because a place with a name like that should be interesting! • Heading way south, actually to the southern hemisphere, there is a lone rock hill in Queensland, Australia that is named Bang Bang Jump Up! This may make you wonder if a hunter found a large kangaroo years ago! t-shirts - lanyards - water bottles - golf kits - tool kits - keychains - stress balls • Hat Head National Park in New South Wales Australia boasts Shop Local For Your sand dunes, wetlands, the clear waters of the Tasman Sea and beautiful beaches. As opposed to “bed head,” which means bad Promotional Products hair, this is a place where a hat is needed for protection from the sunshine. It is about seven hours south of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. • There are many odd place names in all countries, including the United States. The state claiming New York City, one of the most fashion forward, sophisticated cities in the world, is also where Hoosick and Owl’s Head are located. However, there is also an Owl’s Head, Maine. Additionally, Maine has Bald Head and Suckerville on the map. • Speaking of suckers, if you’ve driven across the U.S. on Interstate 40 you’ve probably noticed signs for Toad Suck Park, near Conway, Arkansas. Years ago, Toad Suck was a steamboat stop on the Arkansas River. The legend is WHO NEEDS THESE? that riverboat crews would visit a local tavern and “suck Car Dealerships - Booster Clubs - Medical Offices - Restaurants/Bars whiskey until they swelled up like toads!” The name is still Schools - Banks - Non-Profits - Investment Firms used today for a U.S. Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam, Real Estate Agents - Businesses Large & Small a bridge, and the popular “Toad Suck Daze” festival held in Conway each May. Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30

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ODD DOTS ON THE MAP (continued): • Kansas has a small unincorporated town named Canada. David Christie, Speaker of the Canadian Senate from 1874-1878, sent his sons to purchase land in Kansas and other Canadians followed. • Some places have names that have no known reason for their origin. Maybe the answer to those origin questions should be submitted to Why, Arizona! Why is a community about thirty miles north of the Mexican border near Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The town name originated from the Y intersection of State Routes 85 and 86. Arizona law required all city names to have at least three letters – or it would have simply been “Y.” By the way, the intersection has since been changed to a T intersection. • If you are looking for Grit, Noodle or Cut and Shoot, you need to go to the state of Texas. Grit was so-named after the texture of the soil. Noodle was named after Noodle Creek, which according to old folk tradition meant “nothing,” meaning the creek bed was dry.

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Dry Indoor Air Takes Its Toll Depending on your heat source, this winter likely has been one of the worst in recent memory when it comes to dry air in your home. Throat and respiratory problems are the first things most people notice, especially since we spend more hours indoors during the winter. Your wood furniture, musical instruments, wood floors and oil paintings take a beating too. Increasing the humidity levels in your home might seem easy -- head to the big-box store and load up on inexpensive humidifiers. That might solve your problem for about a week, but then the realities begin to settle in. Humidifiers need maintenance so they don’t become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria, which then gets blown into the room and can make you even sicker than the dry air did. Minerals in the water become airborne and can leave a white dust, made worse if you have hard water. Depending on the type of humidifier, you’ll need wick and filter replacements, chemicals -- and frequent cleanings. Here’s a breakdown of the types of humidifiers you’ll find: ¥ Steam vapor -- has a heating unit that creates warm mist ¥ Ultrasonic -- vibrates the water to produce a cool mist ¥ Impeller -- uses a rotating disk to produce cool mist ¥ Evaporators -- a fan blows water over a wick or filter For tips on keeping your home safe while using a humidifier, check the Mayo Clinic site online and search for humidifiers. Read humidifier reviews on before you settle on a particular model. Read Consumer Reports online for guidance about better models before you make a purchase. Do the math to calculate the cost of wick, filters and chemicals. Go on YouTube to find ideas for building inexpensive evaporative humidifiers. Meanwhile, try these inexpensive ways to add moisture: Hang your wet laundry in the house to dry. Turn off the auto-dry on your dishwasher and open the door after the final cycle so the steam will flow into the room. Keep a pot of water simmering on the stove (only if you’ll be home to keep an eye on it). Take a shower with the exhaust fan left off, then place a fan in the doorway to blow the humidified air into the next room. One of the benefits of higher humidity in your home is that you’ll feel warmer, and will even be able to lower the thermostat a few degrees. Invest in a hygrometer to test your humidity levels. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@ (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


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• Cut and Shoot was named when a religious dispute concerning a visiting preacher arose in the Texas town. Some wanted to hear him and some didn’t! An eight-year-old said, “I’m scared! I’m going to cut around the corner and shoot through the bushes in a minute!” He did cut but didn’t shoot and his words lived on in the town name! • While all places have histories, the small towns of Remote and Boring in Oregon must not have been as lively as Cut and Shoot. No Name, Colorado also missed out on a lively name. • Hot Coffee, Mississippi got its name from an innkeeper who attached a sign shaped like a coffee pot to his building to attract business in the 1800s. The inn’s business grew and the area adopted the name. • Two Egg, Florida was originally named Allison after a family-owned sawmill. During the Great Depression locals began trading eggs for other needs at the general store. The practice saved the town, and the name Two Egg was adopted. Tiny little Two Egg is still on the map! • Many strange names dot the map of Kentucky. Monkey’s Eyebrow, Rabbit Hash, Big Bone Lick, and Possom Trot are some of the peculiar ones. However, you have to go to Missouri to get to Peculiar and if you are interested in bigger critters like moose, maybe a visit to Eek, Alaska would be fun! • For the longest place name in the world, head down under to beautiful New Zealand. Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu is a hill where a chief of the native Maori tribe mourned the loss of his brother. It means “the hilltop where Tamatea with big knees, conqueror of mountains, eater of land, traveler over land and sea, played his koauau to his beloved.” melredinger 307-751-5360 Get your body back the way nature intended:

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Do Big Dogs Equal Stronger Economy? Is our growing preference for larger dog breeds a sign that the economy is recovering? According to the American Kennel Club, that’s a possibility. Owning bigger breeds -- an economic indicator of sorts -- have been on the rise during the past five years, said Lisa Peterson, an AKC representative. As the economy has improved, people are turning back to the big dogs they love, which cost more to feed and care for than the smaller breeds that saw a rise in popularity in 2007 and 2008. That’s an odd statement to make, considering the most popular large dogs have never been out of the AKC’s annual top 10 breeds. The Labrador Retriever has held the No. 1 spot for 23 years, and the German Shepherd and Golden Retriever consistently make the top five. The Dachshund and the Yorkshire Terrier are the only small breeds to consistently break into the top 10. It raises questions about what the AKC thinks of dog owners. What were GREAT DOUGH! While many think of money when they see the word, “dough,” this information is about the use of dough in baking some of the world’s favorite breads. • The topic of bread dough is enormous so a few “little” facts about some popular breads will fill this Tidbits section quickly.

• Let’s start with the Pillsbury Dough Boy. An icon of advertising in America known around the world, “Poppin’ Fresh” is the doughboy’s official name. Created by the Leo Burnett advertising agency in 1965, the doughboy debuted in a crescent roll commercial. Within three years he had an 87% recognition factor.

we doing when we were supposedly out of love with big dogs six years ago? What about owners who prefer smaller dogs? While financial problems are often cited as a reason for owners to neglect or abandon their dogs, the size of the dog isn’t the biggest cause. Smaller breeds can cost just as much or more to care for, and I’ve met many owners who would gladly go hungry to make sure their pet has food. Owners have many reasons for choosing the pet they bring into the family. Economic concerns are an important consideration, but responsible owners consider a lot of factors, such as the breed, its size, potential behavioral or health issues, apartment or homeowner association rules, and local pet ordinances. It’s irresponsible of the AKC to correlate breed size with growth or dampening of the economy and smacks of bias by the organization. Send your questions or comments to (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

• The doughboy’s first words were,”Hi! I’m Poppin’ Fresh, the Pillsbury Doughboy!” As he popped out of the canned rolls, he also said, “Nothin’ says lovin’ like bakin’ in the oven, and Pillsbury says it best.” Since the beginning, the doughboy has been dressed in a chef’s hat bearing the Pillsbury logo, a white neckerchief and his soft “doughy” body. He is known for his cute giggle when poked in the tummy! • BeaverTails Canada Inc. has a corner on the market in the northern country with its famous pastries called “BeaverTails.” The company claims that it is “the first to hand-stretch fried pieces of dough to the shape of beavers’ tails.” Created by Pam and Grant Hooker in Ottawa in 1978, the company is now owned by twin brothers Anthony and Pino DiIoias and Pino’s wife, Tina Serrao. PRESCHOOL & Childcare Center 100 S Main St. Sheridan, WY 82801 307-672-6222 Hours: 6:30am - 5:30pm

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• Just as BeaverTails are fried dough (or floatcooked), so are “beignets.” The official state doughnut of Louisiana, beignet is French for “fried dough.” Most popular at the Café du Mond, “the original French Market coffee stand since Flatwork - Large Shops, 1862,” in New Orleans, beignets were actually Sidewalks, or Custom brought to Louisiana by Acadians from the MariPatios time Provinces of Canada: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Walls - Custom height or • Areas with large Polish communities serve their thickness is not a problem own version of fried doughnuts, paczki, usually with our Forming System with a sweet filling. Mardi Gras, which is March 4 this year, is Paczki Day in Poland and areas with Masonry - Brick, block or Polish immigrants. stonework • Napoleon Bonaparte was the originator of the Commercial/Residential name for pumpernickel bread. His demand for a We have the experience, crew & equipment to loaf of dark rye bread was for his horse! He ordered “Pain pour Nicole,” which meant “Bread for handle large commercial or small residential jobs! Nicole,” the horse. This was in Prussia where the bakers were German and they heard it as “pumPlease call (307) 672-7518 pernickel.” for a quote! • Another bread with an odd name is the “hushpuppy.” Served in the southern U.S., usually with fried fish or other seafood, hushpuppies are small round or finger-shaped bites of fried cornmeal batter. Several legends about the name exist, either about Civil War soldiers, fishermen, or cooks who tossed the tasty treats to dogs to stop begging or barking followed by, “Hush, puppy!” The oldest story of their creation actually is attributed to a group of nuns from France who settled in New Orleans around 1727; the treats were known as “croquettes de maise,” or corncake. • The term “breaking bread” is not only a term used for mealtime, but for religious fellowship. It is also a universal term for “peace.” Now, go in peace and enjoy some dough!


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