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• If you’re an average American, you’ll spend about $1,200 on fast food this year. About 50 million Americans will eat fast food in the U.S. today, contributing to the industry’s annual total of $117 billion, more than the annual amount spent on movies, books, music, and newspapers combined. An estimated 20-25% of Americans eat fast food at least once a week. • Fast food is nothing new. In fact, in ancient Rome, bread, sausages, and wine were sold at stands on the side of the road. Fast food really took off beginning in the nineteenth century when fish and chips stands started up in Great Britain. A commemorative plaque in the community of Oldham in Manchester, England, honors the origin of that fast food industry there in 1860. By 1910, The United Kingdom boasted more than 25,000 fish and chips shops. • Merriam-Webster first included the term “fast food” in its dictionary in 1951. • Based on Subway’s menu choices of meats, breads, salads, and toppings, there are nearly 38 million possible combinations for lunch.
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• When a bank robber in Albuquerque demanded that the teller hand over all the money, the teller was so shocked that she fainted dead away. The robber fled. • A bank robber in Oregon in 1969 handed a note to the teller, saying, “This is a holdup and I’ve got a gun. Put the money in a paper bag.” The cashier wrote back, “I haven’t got a paper bag.” The robber fled. • Bruce Damon held up the Mutual Federal Savings Bank in Brockton Massachusetts in 1987. He stunned tellers when he demanded that instead of cash, he wanted them to write out a check. He was arrested when he tried to deposit the check into his account at another bank. • A guy robbed a bank in Champaign, Illinois in 1985 and was caught when he returned to the same bank at a later date to open an account. • Bank robber Anthony Colella got away with $2,100 in a holdup in Brooklyn in 1989. However, as he was making his getaway, an attacker who jumped out of a station wagon mugged him. The mugger relieved him of his entire haul. This upset the bank robber so much that he called the police and reported the crimes – both of them! The cops promptly arrested him. • An average of 20 banks are robbed in the U.S. each day.
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HERE’S THE STUFF YOU’LL NEED: • A pair of new, long tube socks • Scraps of fabric, fiberfill or outgrown leggings and tights with elastic waistbands removed for filling • Needle and thread in the color of the tube socks • Decorative craft supplies such as buttons, felt, pompoms, ribbon and fabric paint HERE’S THE FUN FOR ADULTS AND KIDS TO DO TOGETHER: 1. STUFF the two tube socks with scraps of filling material. Show your child how to place the filling all the way to the toe end of each sock first and continue to fill until it almost reaches the cuff area. 2. SEW the socks together at the cuffs (overlap them an inch or two) with a whipstitch to form a long tube. Tip: If you are making it to fit snugly in a windowsill, measure the length of the space first. Proceed to fill the socks to equal the total length of the draftbuster when the two socks are combined at the cuffs. 3. CREATE the head of your puppy. First, sew large buttons on one end to make eyes. We added two tiny blue buttons on top of the center holes of two white buttons, and sewed them together first before attaching to the face. Sew or glue on felt for floppy ears, pompoms for a nose. Create a mouth with fabric paint. Tie on a bright ribbon to make a collar. Add a felt tail, too. Give your puppy a name, such as “Buster,” and tuck it in a windowsill or along the bottom of a closed door to help keep out a chilly draft. Or, if you’re giving a puppy or a litter of puppies away for homemade holiday gifts, add a nametag to the collar ribbon with puppy care instructions. NOTE: This craft and the completed puppy contain small materials that are potential hazards for children 4 and under.
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â€˘ McDonaldâ€™s is the most valuable fast food brand in the world, but itâ€™s not the one with the most restaurants. There are about 36,000 McDonaldâ€™s restaurants worldwide, but Subway has close to 45,000 eateries. McDonaldâ€™s is the largest purchaser of beef, pork, and potatoes in the nation. McDonaldâ€™s fries make up 7.5% of the U.S. entire potato crop. Surprisingly, as one of the worldâ€™s largest owners of real estate, McDonaldâ€™s holdings earn the corporation more profits from rent than from selling food. And the inclusion of toys in Happy Meals has earned the chain the distinction of worldâ€™s largest toy distributor. â€˘ According to McDonaldâ€™s, one of their burgers can contain parts of more than 100 cows. â€˘ So is that really chicken in your chicken nuggets? It seems so, but not the parts you might expect. A medical study revealed that the content is not much meat, and more bones, fat, and tendons. That didnâ€™t bother Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, who ate 1,000 chicken nuggets during his time at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His love of nuggets hasnâ€™t affected his achievement of nine Olympic medals. â€˘ Recommended daily fat intake is between 44 and 66 grams per day. Carl Jr.â€™s Double Six hamburger delivers 111 grams of fat. â€˘ How about a large order of fries at Five Guys? Itâ€™s surprising that the calorie count in the restaurantâ€™s large fries is higher than the hamburger patty, bun, and milkshake combined. At 1,310 calories, the fries order contains 57 grams of fat, and the salt content is equal to more than six salt packets. Compare the large fries at McDonaldâ€™s, which add up to 510 calories. â€˘ A regular burger, small fries, About-face and small drink amounts to 630 calories, which can be further Back up reduced by 150 calories by Backward drinking water.
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â€˘ How about burning off those fast food calories? A medium order of fries contains about 400 calories, and riding a stationary bike at a brisk pace for 30 minutes will burn about 391 of those. Thirty minutes of aerobics will only knock off 260, with strength training burning just 224. Burger Kingâ€™s Double Whopper has 923 calories, which would require the average male to walk about nine miles (14.5 km) to take care of those calories. Adding an order of fries and a large cola to the burger will bring the total to 1,500 calories, which is 65% of the recommended daily calorie intake for an adult male.
â€˘ One in three Americans drinks a large sugary drink every day. Forty ounces of regular soda is about 400 calories. Consider changing to water, unsweetened tea, or at least a smaller size on your next fast food visit. â€˘ A salad at your favorite fast food place seems like a healthy option. But consider that a Grande Taco Salad at your local On the Border has 1,390 calories and 95 grams of fat. A salad at McDonaldâ€™s with their regular dressing tallies up to 680 calories, more than a Big Mac! â€˘ Wendyâ€™s, the only major fast food chain that sells baked potatoes, sells about a million spuds per week. â€˘ It should be no surprise that fast food has been linked to an increase in the number of cases of obesity. The Centers for Disease Control list obesity as the #2 cause of preventable death (second only to smoking). There are several other consequences of frequent fast food consumption, including a link to depression. Some studies indicate a link between unhealthy food and dementia and breast cancer. Research has shown an increased risk for diabetes, colorectal cancer, heart disease, and high cholesterol for those who regularly consume fast food. â€˘ Itâ€™s alarming to think that just living near a fast food restaurant can increase your chances of becoming obese! Recent studies suggest that people living less than 2 miles (3.2 km) from a fast food place are more likely to have a higher Body Mass Index. â€˘ Parents seem to be passing the fast food habit on to the next generation. About 9 out of 10 American children visit McDonaldâ€™s every month, and 34% of U.S. kids eat fast food on any given day. In addition to being linked to childhood obesity, a study of 12,000 students indicates that fast food may affect academic achievement. Students who ate more fast food had slower growth in educational improvement in reading, math, and science than those who ate no fast food. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 6)
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• On Nov. 22, 1718, Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, is killed off North Carolina’s Outer Banks during a battle with a British navy force. In 1717, Teach took over a captured French merchantman from a retired pirate, increased its armament to 40 guns and renamed it the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
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ADVERTISING • The Dairy Association’s huge success with the campaign “Got Milk?” prompted them to expand advertising to Mexico. It was soon brought to their attention the Spanish translation read, “Are you lactating?” • In October, 1994, Amtrak railways cancelled $2 million in advertising with “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to retaliate against the frequent jokes Leno told on the show about the railway. Amtrak had complained several times, demanding that the wisecracks be stopped. Leno continued to take potshots, prompting Amtrak’s cancellation. • Coors put its slogan, “Turn It Loose,” into Spanish, where it was read as “Suffer From Diarrhea”.
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• On Nov. 19, 1969, Brazilian soccer great Pelé scores his 1,000th professional goal. It was a major milestone in a career that included three World Cup championships.
• On Nov. 20, 1923, the U.S. Patent Office grants a patent to Garrett Morgan for his three-position traffic signal. By having a • On Nov. 18, 1978, Peoples Temple third (yellow warning) position besides just “Stop” and “Go,” it regulated crossing founder Jim Jones leads 909 of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their vehicles more safely. commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana. While many • On Nov. 23, 1936, the first issue of of Jones’ followers willingly ingested a the magazine Life is published. When poison-laced punch, others were forced the original Life folded during the Great Depression, publisher Henry Luce bought to do so at gunpoint. the name and relaunched the magazine • On Nov. 21, 1986, National Security as a picture-based periodical. Council staff member Oliver North and his secretary, Fawn Hall, begin shredding • On Nov. 24, 1947, the House of documents that would have exposed their Representatives votes 346 to 17 to part in a range of illegal activities. When hold 10 Hollywood writers, directors North was fired, Hall continued to sneak and producers in contempt for refusing documents to him by stuffing them in her to cooperate at hearings dealing with skirt and boots. communism in the movie industry. It marked the start of a “blacklist” of names ©2019 Hearst Communications, Inc. of Hollywood personalities suspected of All Rights Reserved having communist ties.
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The boy, who has suffered complications following the surgery, returned home but was unable to keep what he had done from his mother. “When he came back, he had a laptop and a new Apple handset,” his mother, identified as Miss Liu, told the station, showing off her son’s livid red scar. “I wanted to know how he had got so much money and he finally confessed that he had sold one of his kidneys.” The mother took the son back to Chenzhou to report the crime to the police, however, the cell phones of the three agents that Zheng had contacted were all switched off. The hospital, which admitted contracting out its urology department to a private businessman, denied any knowledge of the surgery.
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When America’s first rocket scientist, Robert Goddard, theorized that rockets could reach the moon, the New York Times harshly criticized him and wrote that he “lacked the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.” 49 years later, Apollo 11 succeeded and the NYT published a retraction.
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ENGLAND (2006) - A dog cut off the power in 148 homes when it cocked its leg on a power cable. Bailey, a Staffordshire bull terrier, went for a wee against a faulty pylon, reports The Sun. His owner Gary Davies said, “There was an almighty explosion and the whole street lit up. I turned round and the dog was on fire.” The power was off in homes in Middlestone Moor, Co Durham for five hours. Bailey is currently recovering at home after being treated for burns.
• It was writer and cartoonist James Thurber who made the following sage observation: “Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.” • A single pound of sequoia seeds contains roughly 90,000 individual seeds.
(writing Chinese characters) exam that requires mastering about 2,000 characters. These days, more Japanese children are choosing computers over calligraphy. Even teachers are losing the knack of writing Japanese characters. • Did you know that in a random group of 23 people, there’s a 50% likelihood that two will share a birthday? It seems counterintuitive – there are, after all, 365 days in a year – but the number-crunchers assert that it’s true. In a group of 57 people, it’s almost certain that two of them will have the same birthday – the chances are more than 99%. Once you get up to 124 people, the chances are only 1 in 100 trillion that there won’t be a duplicated birthday. • The largest structure ever built by living creatures isn’t man-made – it’s Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
• The Romans were a bit wordy, it seems, when it came to naming certain foods. Would you recognize “oryza sativa” if you saw it? It’s Latin for “rice.” How about “solanum tuberosum”? That’s what they called a potato. • You might be surprised to learn that sloths can hold their breath longer than dolphins – much longer. Dolphins come up to the surface for air about every 10 minutes, while sloths can go 40 minutes without taking a breath. • Evidently it’s not just humans who associate a deeper voice with maturity (and desirability) in males. It seems that male owls try to appear more macho and attract females by lowering the tone of their hoots.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. It is found in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.
Thought for the Day: “There’s only one way to have a happy marriage – and as soon as I learn what it is, I’ll get married again.” – Clint Eastwood ©2019 King Features Synd., Inc.
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• The average American teenager drinks more than 64 gallons (53 Brit. Gal.) of soft drinks every year. • Ninety-six percent of children around the world recognize Ronald McDonald. This makes Ronald more recognizable than Santa Claus. • In 2004, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock conducted a 30-day experiment and captured the experience on film in “Super Size Me.” Seeking to investigate the increasing spread of obesity in America, Spurlock ate at McDonald’s
three times every day, with an average of 5,000 calories a day. Starting out at 185 lbs. (84 kg), the 6 ft. 2 in (188 cm) Spurlock gained 9.5 lbs. (4.3 kg) in the first five days. By the end of the month-long trial, he weighed 210 lbs. (95 kg). He reported mood swings, fat accumulation in his liver, depression, headaches, and lethargy during the 30 days of nothing but fast food. Those 90 meals consumed in that 30 days were equal to what nutritionists advise a person should eat in 8 years. It took Spurlock 14 months to lose the weight. Text by Tidbits Media, Inc.
Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
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LIGHTNING BOLT BURNS BUM CROATIA (2006) - A Croatian woman suffered burns to her buttocks after lightning struck her in the mouth and passed through her body. Natasha Timarovic, 27, was brushing her teeth in her home in the city of Zadar, when lightning struck the building. She said, “I had just put my mouth under the tap to rinse away the toothpaste when the lightning must have struck the building. I don’t remember much after that, but I was later told that the lightning had traveled down the water pipe and struck me on the mouth, passing through my body.” “It was incredibly painful, I felt it pass through my torso and then
I don’t remember much at all.” Doctors at the city hospital where she was treated for burns to the mouth and rear said, “The accident is bizarre but not impossible. “She was wearing rubber bathroom shoes at the time and so instead of grounding through her feet it appears the electricity shot out of her bottom.” “It appears to have earthed through the damp shower curtain that she was touching as she bent over to put her mouth under the tap. If she had not been wearing the shoes she would probably have been killed by the blast.” Natasha Timarovic was released from the hospital and made a full recovery.
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THAILAND - A Pattaya veterinarian recently shared the cautionary case of an American bulldog that swallowed no less than 38 rubber ducks, 32 of which had to be surgically removed. When Nong Aom, a young woman from Pattaya, in Thailand, bought a box of 50 yellow rubber duckies as decorations for a swimming pool, she had no idea most of them would end up in the stomach of her two-year-old American bulldog, Davel. The woman noticed something was wrong when Davel threw up a chewed up rubber toy in front of her, and went into panic mode when he proceeded to regurgitate five other half-eaten toys. When she went to check the box of rubber duckies she had bought, Aom noticed there were only 12 of them left. Assuming there much be more in Davel’s stomach, she rushed her pooch to a nearby vet clinic. “Normally my dog will not eat everything. He knows what’s edible and what’s not. But this time he swallowed 38 of the ducks,” Nong Aom said. “There were 12 left and he would have
ate the rest if he didn’t start to feel sick. It’s very lucky I found him and I live so close to the vets or he might not have survived.” After doing an X-Ray of Davel’s stomach, the veterinarian was shocked to find that it was full of rubber ducks, and got him ready for emergency surgery. The operation lasted over an hour and footage recorded by clinic staff shows doctors plucking yellow duckies oneby-one from the large dog’s stomach. In all, 32 yellow duckies were extracted, along with two pieces of green rubber and some undigested cow skin. “It was not the first time I have had to perform surgery to remove toy ducks a from dog’s stomach. But this is the highest number of rubber ducks I have ever removed,” veterinarian Muy wrote in a Facebook post. “The owner of Davel phoned me yesterday, saying she wanted her pet X-rayed to see how many more toy ducks were in his stomach after Davel vomited up five of them. The X-ray showed his stomach was so full of toy ducks I could not tell exactly how many.” Nong Aom suspects that Davel raided the box of rubber duckies during the night, but she only noticed it the following morning, when he got sick. Luckily, Davel recovered very well from the surgery, and went straight to his master as soon as the anesthetic wore off. Both Nong Anom and the vets who operated on him wanted to share the case as a cautionary tale for dog owners thinking of buying rubber duckies as toys or their pets. “Please share this story. I don’t want to see other dogs hurting like Davel,” Muy wrote.
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