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• Rainforests get over 80 inches of rain each year. Because of this, many plants have adapted to prevent the large amounts of moisture from adversely affecting them. Some plants have what could be called drip spouts that help excess water run off. Other plants have an oily coat that also keeps excess water at bay.
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THE RAINFORESTS (continued): • Rainforests can be broken down into four major layers. Everything begins at the forest floor. Most of the floor is clear of plants because very little sunlight penetrates that far down. Any leaves or animal waste that fall to the floor decompose very quickly due to the lack of light and high humidity levels, leaving the area bare. • The second layer is the understory, which gets more light than the forest floor and is home to many plants and animals, such as snakes, jaguars and trees that can reach up to 60 feet (18 m) tall. It is very humid in the understory, and there is little air movement. • The canopy layer is next, formed of 98- to 131-foot (30-40 m) trees that comprise a thick canopy that covers everything below. A majority of the rainforest’s life lives in the lush and plentiful canopy layer, and some species never leave it. • The final layer of the rainforest is the emergent layer, which is made up of even taller trees that grow anywhere from 147 to 262 feet (45 - 80 m) tall. • Because most food resides so high in the canopy, rainforests aren’t suitable habitats for humans. Most tribes that utilize rainforests for food live outside the forest in nearby areas. • The Amazon rainforest is one of the world’s largest biomes. It covers 1.4 billion acres (5.5 million km2) of the Amazon River basin and supports more than 300 species of mammals, including two species of freshwater dolphins. • Although they are some of the oldest in the world, most of Southeast Asia’s primary rainforests are expected to be completely destroyed within the next decade. This means animals like the Bengal tiger, king cobra and the Javan silvery gibbon will all lose their homes. As of 2008, there were less than 2,500 silvery gibbons in the wild, and some estimates show that at least 50 percent of the gibbons’ population will disappear in the next decade, putting this creature in danger of extinction. • The world’s largest rodent makes its home in the Amazon rainforest. The capybara can grow up to 4.3 feet (1.3 m) long, and although some have been said to weigh up to 200 pounds (90 kg), the average capybara is about 140 pounds (65 kg). Capybaras are herbivores that live semi-aquatically near rivers, swamps and other bodies of water. They also live in packs and are very social creatures. The capybara is a favorite snack of another of the world’s largest animals: the anaconda. • The plants of the world’s rainforests are also very important. Did you know that Madagascar Periwinkle, also known as the Rosy Periwinkle, contains the alkaloid vincristine? Vincristine is used in
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chemotherapy, mainly to treat Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as well as acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Before the discovery of vincristine, which originally studied as a possible treatment for diabetes, those with Hodgkin’s lymphoma only had a 19 percent survival rate. However, the use of vincristine and other drugs have brought this rate up to 58 percent. • Many of our favorite foods first originated in the rainforests too, things like chocolate, avocados, guavas, mangos and bananas. • So why should we worry about the rainforests now? If they covers so much of the Earth, there’s still some left, right? Every second a football field-sized area of rainforest is destroyed due to deforestation. That’s roughly 86,400 acres every day. Over 2,250 species of trees and flowering plants, 125 species of mammals, 150 species of butterflies and 400 species of birds reside in a single hectare (2.47 miles) of rainforest, and in less than an hour each day, all of this is destroyed. • To further put it into perspective, every year we lose a piece of the rainforest twice the size of the state of Florida. • The rainforest is also home to many species that are vulnerable or endangered, and deforestation affects them. Pollutants and waste from industry and deforestation degrade the water quality in places like the Amazon River, causing poor quality of life for vulnerable species like the Amazon River dolphin. • The argument for cutting down the rainforest is its initial economic boost, but many experts agree that preserving the rainforest would yield far more economic benefits from its exports of fruits, oils, nuts and plants than its deforestation for ranching or timber harvest. • So what can you do? Search “rainforest preservation” in your favorite search engine and get involved with the preservation group that you like best. Also, spread the word to your friends and family. Tell them you read it in Tidbits.
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• On July 22, 1598, William Shakespeare’s play “The Merchant of Venice” is entered on the Stationers’ Register. By decree of Queen Elizabeth, the Stationers’ Register licensed printed works, giving the Crown tight control over all published material. • On July 19, 1799, a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing is discovered in Egypt. The artifact, called the Rosetta Stone, held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been “dead” for nearly 2,000 years. • On July 24, 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look at Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru. Machu Picchu is believed to have been a summer retreat for Inca leaders, whose civilization was wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century. • On July 21, 1925, schoolteacher John T. Scopes is convicted of violating Tennessee’s new law against teaching evolution. The case was never really in doubt. On May 4, the American Civil Liberties Union had offered to help any Tennessee schoolteacher challenge the law. To gain publicity for the town of Dayton, Scopes, a local science teacher, agreed to fill the role since he wasn’t planning to stay in Dayton anyway. No one was really concerned whether he had actually taught evolution to his students. • On July 20, 1963, Jan and Dean’s “Surf City” reaches the top of the charts. “Surf City” might be mistaken for a Beach Boys record, but the Beach Boys had yet to have a No. 1 hit at that time. • On July 23, 1976, members of the American Legion gathered in Philadelphia begin suffering from a mysterious form of pneumonia. By Aug. 2, 22 people were dead and hundreds more were experiencing pneumonia-like symptoms. Their ailment would come to be known as Legionnaires disease. • On July 25, 1985, Rock Hudson, a tall, dark and handsome Hollywood leading man of the 1950s and 1960s, announces through a press release that he is suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Hudson became the first major celebrity to go public with such a diagnosis. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.
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“As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti...” This lyric from a rock song just hints at the majesty and wonder of Africa. Get ready to learn some wild facts as we adventure through the savanna. • In African folktales, the hare is a trickster. The tales of the African hare migrated with the slaves who told them in America and are thought to be part of the basis for the Br’er Rabbit stories by Uncle Remus. The African hare is an herbivore that lives among the wooded savannas. • Bongos aren’t just drums. They are a type of antelope as well. Bongos are the largest and heaviest of forest antelopes. They live in the rainforests of West Africa and are nocturnal by nature. The male bongo will actually live on his own except during mating season. It is the females and calves that form the bongo herds. An adult bongo can weigh anywhere from 500 to 900 pounds (227 to 408 kg). • An elephant never forgets! Likewise, once you learn about an African elephant, you’ll never forget it. Unlike most four-legged creatures, an elephant’s legs are placed directly under it. An elephant’s skin can be up to an inch thick in some places. And elephants drink up to 50 gallons (189 liters) of water each day to stay hydrated in the hot African sun. • Let’s not forget about our other African giant, the hippopotamus. Did you know that a hippopotamus can live up to 50 years? The hippopotamus is the third-largest living land animal and can weigh up to 31 tons. In ancient Egypt, the hippopotamus was revered as a deity. There is also another type of hippopotamus that lives in Africa, the smaller pygmy hippopotamus of West Africa, which is listed as an endangered species. • Found in the grassy plains and woodlands of Africa, the lion is one African symbol that everyone recognizes. Did you know that a lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles (eight km) away? The lion is a natural predator, and its only real threat is humans. • The largest of all living primates surely deserves its part in our African safari. Adult, male gorillas, which live in central Africa, grow to reach heights of 5.75 feet (1.75 m) and can weigh up to 450 pounds (204 kg). Did you know that gorillas, like humans, have individual fingerprints? • You might not think of penguins when you think of Africa, but the dark continent certainly has its fair share of our fine-feathered friends. You can find this semi-aquatic creature along the islands off the coast of Southwest Africa. • Speaking of creatures that are black and white, we can’t end this article without talking about our friend the zebra. There are three species of zebra in Africa, and they can be found most prominently in the savannas of the eastern coast of the continent. Did you know that a zebra’s stripes are as individual as a gorilla’s fingerprints? Talk about unique. But we’re not the only ones who appreciate zebras: They are part of the Botswana coat of arms.
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“X” Marks the Spot DEAR PAW’S CORNER: A friend of mine told me that he trained his dog to go in a specific spot in his backyard by using a scented rock to mark the spot. How does that work, and where can I get this rock? -- Frank in West Roxbury, Mass. DEAR FRANK: Your friend essentially trained his dog to identify a particular scent with a location that’s OK for him to eliminate. Using a focal point like the rock is pretty helpful when you’re trying to train your dog to do this. Hopefully the scent is unique enough that the dog won’t smell it elsewhere in or around his neighbor’s house! You can most likely find something like the scented rock (or a similar training tool) at a local pet store or online. Look under house training or basic obedience. Most dogs can be trained to use a specific spot, or several designated spots. It’s best if this training begins early in a dog’s life. If
the dog is used to just running anywhere in the yard to do his business, disassociating him from this behavior is necessary and adds time to the process. You’ll also need to be absolutely disciplined yourself with this method -- taking the dog out at specified times, daily, to that spot, until he completely associates the area with elimination. Ultimately, you’ll want to be able to just let the dog outside at that specified time and have him go on his own in that spot, although some dogs may never reach that point. The upside of this, of course, is that your lawn will remain free of little surprises as well as yellowed spots on the grass. The extra benefit, however, is that you give your dog a little more “face time” as you work with him to use the designated spot, something that rewards both of you. Send your pet questions and tips to ask@ pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Find more pet advice and resources at www.pawscorner.com. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.
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JILL JACKSON’S HOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD ... Joan Fontaine is enjoying life in Carmel Highlands, Calif., with her five doggies, lots of flower gardens and a great social life. And still more. She has received word from NASA telling her she is a part of history and her name is being sent to Mars on a microchip. HOW ABOUT THAT! ... And how about this for a name? Imogen Poots. I kid you not! She is a British actress who has been cast as the female lead in “Fright Night.” The city has settled down after all the Lakers NBA title madness. I’ve lived here a long time and seen many a demonstration, but never one like we saw when our team took home the basketball championship. More partying about town to celebrate several new films. Among the famous faces mingling, sipping and chewing were John Lithgow, Kate Beckinsale, Nick Bayless, Betty White, etc. Tou jours, Betty. She seems to be everywhere receiving accolades for her work, and her work with animals. Aside to Penelope H. of Hammond, La.: Nobody told me, and I didn’t ask her, BUT you’d most certainly be right. Nancy Reagan is looking “younger than springtime.” She assuredly must have had a bit of a tuck here and there. But however, or whatever, hats off to her for “keeping in there” and looking her best. Lindsay Lohan, blonde again, shopping at Pavilions Market in West Hollywood and having a bad time at the check-out stand. Can’t fault her for that, it’s automatic and difficult to work. Friends there tell me she looked great, and they spotted the alcohol gizmo on her ankle. She was swamped by shoppers wanting an autograph, which she gracefully gave. So much for the saga of Lindsay for this week. And WOW! What a book! “Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century” by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger (Harper). The authors reveal why the relationship of Taylor and Burton
COUCH THEATER -- DVD PREVIEWS By DNA Smith
Peter Serafinowicz PICKS OF THE WEEK “Look Around You” Season One” (Unrated) -- Co-written and starring comedian Peter Serafinowicz, “Look Around You” is one of the funniest and most surreal television programs I’ve seen since “Wonder Showzen.” Originally broadcast on the BBC in 2002, this cult classic finally made its American run last year on Adult Swim. “Look Around You” is a spoof of educational television shows from the 1970s and ‘80s. The episodes (or “modules” as they’re called) are meticulously shot to look like worn, scratched, dated film from the era, with washed-out colors and fake scientific apparatus bedecked with
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“Black Narcissus” [Criterion Collection] (Unrated) -- Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons and David Farrar star in this lushly photographed, Academy Award-winning melodrama of a group of nuns’ attempt to start a convent in the Himalayas. Battling the unforgiving elements and the temptations of the flesh, characters are driven to the brink of madness and murder most foul. “Black Narcissus” is a tour-de-force featuring some of the most breathtaking Technicolor cinematography of the age and riveting performances from its stars. Well worth a look.
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Starting something new is always exciting for the adventurous Aries. And here’s the good news: This time you might be able to get some assistance in helping you finish what you’ve started. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Put your daydreaming penchant on hold for now, and face the facts as they are, not as you’d like them to be. Your customary hardheaded approach to “deals,” etc., would be called for. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Problems beyond your control might delay some of your plans. But things should start to get back to normal by midweek. The weekend could bring an unexpected (but welcome) visitor. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) It’s a good time to buckle down and tackle those unfinished tasks so you’ll be ready to take on other projects. The week’s end could bring an invitation from a most surprising source. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Mixed signals could create a few stressful moments for the Lion. But by midweek, explanations should help ease the tension. The weekend is party time! Share it with someone special. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good “catching up” week for finishing tasks, calling old friends and maybe reading that book you haven’t opened yet or renting that movie you wanted to see again. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Money matters should be worked out, even if it takes time away from a more romantic situation. Better to settle things before feelings turn hard and angry on all sides. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A job-related problem could turn out to be less troublesome than it seemed at first. Just a few moments of talk ‘twixt the parties resolves everything to everyone’s satisfaction. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) The Sagittarian Archer takes aim at health and fitness issues this week. Watch your diet, and try to put more exercise time into your typically busy schedule. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) As you continue to focus on a career or job change, it’s a good time to look over some of your rarely used skills and see where they can fit into your future workplace plans. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A loved one’s health might be worrisome, but there’s good news by midweek. Expect people who share your ideas and your goals to try to contact you by the week’s end. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A colleague’s request that makes the typically perceptive Pisces feel uncomfortable is a request you probably will want to turn down. The weekend favors family get-togethers. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a gift for making others feel warm and wanted. Even newcomers feel like old friends.
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Imogen Poots was the “most infamous, publicized, celebrated and condemned relationship” of the day. No city in the world has more “camp outs” on its streets than Los Angeles. Crowds are always out there on the sidewalks, either for sporting events, movie premieres, parties or just plain films they want to see. As you no doubt know from watching on the tube, they bring their chairs, bedclothes and everything else needed for “living on the street.” And they come from all over, by car, rail, on foot or on two wheels. *** BITS ‘N’ PIECES: Paris, where are you? The blond heiress has not been seen for days capering up and down the big boulevards. ... Nor has Leo been spotted making the nightclub rounds. However, that’s just for now. No telling what happens tomorrow. ... Indeed, yes! Others besides “bunnies” have posed for Playboy. Through the years, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Collins, Bo Derek, Raquel Welch, Kim Basinger, Catherine Deneuve and others have peeped out at the public from those pages. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. DYMO labels, vintage LED readouts and fauxwood trim. What makes the show so surreal is that even though it’s made to look like it was shot in the 1970s, the era in question must exist in another universe, as things such as ghosts are scientifically proven to be real (and in one module it is explained why they can’t sneeze), and ants apparently have An Agenda. The DVD not only contains the entire first season, but also features several commentary tracks by Serafinowicz, co-writer Robert Popper, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill and Tim & Eric, along with a slew of cool special features.
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The Benefits of Coffee For those of us who can’t get started in the morning without our coffee (and maybe another cup at mid-afternoon for a little pickup), there’s good news. There are benefits to drinking coffee. The latest research indicates that coffee reduces the risk of diabetes. Granted, this study was done with mice, but many mice studies end up with human correlations. The way it apparently works is that coffee suppresses insulin sensitivity and affects glucose metabolism. Additionally, coffee improves fatty liver. The two seem to go hand in hand, as fatty liver “causes insulin resistance in the liver.” Researchers initially believed caffeine was the reason, but now they wonder if the anti-diabetic compounds come from something other than the caffeine. And that’s not all. It seems that coffee helps to fight off advanced prostate cancer. According to the study, those men who drank the most coffee had a much lower risk of prostate cancer, especially the aggressive kind of the cancer. There’s more. The caffeine in coffee melted away the plaque in the brain caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Again, this was with mice, but it worked well enough that they tried it on humans. The dose, equivalent to five cups of coffee per day, is a bit much, but the results were promising enough that researchers are looking into using caffeine as a treatment for Alzheimer’s. If you have gout, you’ll appreciate this: Coffee helps fight the disease by reducing the uric-acid levels in the blood. Tea, however, doesn’t work. Therefore, scientists believe it’s not the caffeine that does the trick, but some other component in the coffee itself. For those of us who can’t handle caffeine, we need to beware. Even decaffeinated coffee contains some caffeine. It depends on how the beans were processed and how the coffee is made.
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TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.
What Is Prickly Heat? DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Exactly what is prickly heat? Do adults get it? If they do, I think I have it. -- M.K. ANSWER: Adults do get prickly heat. It looks like red dots or tiny blisters on the skin. The rash itches or feels “prickly.” Sweat ducts have become plugged. Prevention comes with dressing as coolly as possible in light cotton clothes. Air-conditioning is the ultimate answer. Second best is having a fan blowing on you. If you have a breakout, cool-water compresses take away the itch or prickliness, as do cortisone creams, which are found in all drugstores. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband has some kind of sleep disorder. He doesn’t believe he has a problem. I know about restless leg syndrome, but he has something beyond that. About four nights a week, his legs kick all over, and he throws his body in every direction. The bed bounces like a trampoline. In one month, he made large holes in two quality flannel sheets. Several times, he has hit me across the face. What is this problem? -- M.L. ANSWER: You describe periodic limb movements of sleep, PLMS, which used to be called nocturnal myoclonus. Most of the time, only the legs are involved. The toes, ankles, knees and hips involuntarily bend and straighten during sleep. The movements happen every 20 to 40 seconds, and each episode lasts from a few minutes to hours. Restless leg syndrome is a crawling sensation beneath the skin of the legs. The person has to get up and walk around to put an end to the annoying sensations. Sometimes it is associated
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Summer Pasta Salad Nothing could be as refreshing on a smoldering summer evening as a cold pasta salad just waiting for you in the fridge. When you’re dog tired after a hard day’s work, the thought of facing a hot stove is enough to push you into the drivethru lane of a fast-food restaurant. It’s a “cool thing” to have this salad on hand for just such a night!
with iron deficiency, and sometimes restless leg patients also experience periodic limb movements. Pramipexole or ropinirole treat both conditions. Your husband should see a doctor. The booklet on restless leg syndrome and nighttime leg cramps explains these conditions and their treatments. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 306W, 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. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I play softball for my company. Last week, while rounding second, I felt like I stubbed my toe. It hurt, and it still does. People tell me it is turf toe. What is that, and how long does it go on? -- M.L. ANSWER: Turf toe happens when the big toe is forcefully bent upward. That motion sprains ligaments at the base of the toe. Every time you take a step, your big toe propels the body forward. Limit your walking to give the toe a rest. Splinting the toe with tape is helpful. Shoes with a sturdy sole also protect the toe. If the ligaments have only been stretched, your toe ought to feel fine in two weeks. If the ligaments are torn, it will take six weeks. You and I are going on “people’s” diagnosis. If there isn’t a major turnabout shortly in how the toe feels, have a doctor confirm the diagnosis. *** 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. (c) 2010 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved
1 cup fat-free mayonnaise 2 tablespoons fat-free milk 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 cup grated reduced-fat Parmesan cheese 2 cups cold cooked spaghetti, rinsed and drained 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes 3/4 cup chopped unpeeled cucumbers 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken breast 1. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, parsley flakes and black pepper. Stir in Parmesan cheese and spaghetti. Add tomatoes, cucumbers, onion and chicken. Mix well to combine. 2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Gently stir again just before serving. Makes 4 (1 full cup) servings. • Each serving equals: 263 calories, 3g fat, 22g protein, 37g carb., 652mg sodium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 1/2 Meat, 1 1/2 Starch, 1 Vegetable. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.
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The government’s Making Home Affordable mortgage bailout programs haven’t been as successful as was expected. The programs were designed to lower mortgage payments, allowing homeowners to keep their homes and avoid foreclosure. As it’s turning out, the vast majority of homeowners who get a lowered mortgage end up defaulting on their mortgages anyway. There are quite a few reasons for the failure of the programs. --Banks weren’t initially asking for proof of income, automatically putting homeowners into a trial program. Once paperwork was completed during the trial period, it was discovered that many homeowners had too much income to qualify and were taken out of the program. (This happened with nearly half a million homeowners.) --Paperwork was lost or homeowners failed to send in required documents. --Homeowners are giving up and selling their homes. (Those who agree to a short sale or just give the house back to the bank qualify for $3,000 in moving expenses.) --Homeowners haven’t been able to get through the trial program successfully (payments have to be made on time) before the new modification deal is final. -- Even with mortgage modification, homeowners still have other debts to juggle. Not only did they have late mortgage payments, but other bills had stacked up as well before they applied for help. Those bills must still be paid. The number of people applying to the programs has plunged, but a new one, starting in August, could encourage thousands to seek help: the Unemployment Program. Some of the eligibility requirements include: • Mortgage must have originated prior to Jan. 1, 2009. • Home must be the principal residence. • The mortgage wasn’t already modified by one of the programs. • Mortgage payments are late, but not more than three months. • The payment is more than 31 percent of the homeowner’s income. • The homeowner can prove unemployment by receiving unemployment benefits. At this point there are a number of programs available: Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), Second Lien Modification Program (2MP), Home Affordable Unemployment Program (UP) and Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program (HAFA). For more information, go to www.makinghomeaffordable.gov, click on Resources, then click Frequently Asked Questions by Borrowers, or call 1-888-995-HOPE (4673).
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• You might be surprised to learn that it was theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, one of the best-known scientists of all time, who made the following sage observation: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” • On average, a man’s beard grows about a half-inch every month. • Do you suffer from coprolalia? I would hope not! If you’re a word deconstructionist and up on your Greek, you might be able to figure out that coprolalia means an uncontrollable use of obscene language, since “copro” means “dung” and “lalia” means “chatter” or “babble.” • Marilyn Monroe’s iconic film “Some Like It Hot” (which in 2000 was named the greatest American comedy film of all time by the American Film Institute) was originally titled “Not Tonight Josephine!”
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