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The simple definition of genius is someone with “exception intellectual or creative ability.” That can certainly be said of the individuals Tidbits examines this week. • What constitutes a genius IQ level? Intelligence tests are based on one devised by French psychologist Alfred Binet in the 1950s. Average intelligence falls between a score of 85 and 114. It’s estimated that about half of the world’s population has an IQ between 90 and 110. A score of about 160 is considered to be a genius. About 1% of all the people in the world are above 136. It’s believed that Einstein’s IQ was 160, while Mozart’s is estimated at 165. • Considered the world’s first real child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began studying violin and harpsichord at age 3. At 5, he was performing at the University of Salzburg and at Vienna’s Imperial Court the following year. He was 6 when he began composing minuets and other short pieces. His first symphony came along at age 8 and an opera at 12. Mozart received all of his education from his father and never attended a school. He frequently experienced anxiety, loneliness, and sadness, and occasionally exhibited the symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome and bipolarism. Although he only lived to age 35, he composed more than 600 pieces, including 68 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, horn concertos, violin sonatas, and many volumes of string quartet music. • Albert Einstein was responsible for “the world’s most

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GENIUSES (continued): famous equation,” E=mc2, the formula for mass-energy equivalence. Yet this German-born physicist failed his first college entrance exam, passing only the math and science sections, forcing him to attend a secondary school before retaking and passing the test a year later. Einstein’s 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. He came to America on a visit in 1933, and made the decision to stay when new German laws prohibited him from teaching at any university there. He renounced his German citizenship, took a teaching position at Princeton, and became a U.S. citizen in 1940. Regarding the topic of genius, he once said, “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” • Regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all times, Isaac Newton almost became a farmer. His mother urged him to follow in his late father’s footsteps on the family farm, but this genius disliked the profession intensely. He attended Cambridge University, studying mathematics, physics, and astronomy. We’re most familiar with his theory of gravitation, developed after watching an apple fall from a tree. Most folks have also heard of his law of inertia that states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion. Another familiar Newton law is that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Newton was also responsible for the first practical reflecting telescope. Modern-day psychologists believe it’s quite possible that this genius had Asperger Syndrome, an autism disorder characterized by severe difficulties in social situations. • Although we think of Alexander Graham Bell as the inventor of the telephone, he had 17 other patents, including hydrofoil boats, aerial vehicles, and selenium cells. Bell was 29 years old and working on an improvement to the telegraph when he invented the telephone. As a young boy, he had come up with a talking doll that said, “Mama,” and at age 12, built a device for the process of dehusking wheat. Following the shooting of President James Garfield in 1881, Bell quickly devised an electromagnetic apparatus to try to locate the bullet lodged in Garfield’s abdomen. In 1906, this genius with a vision said, “The day will come when the man at the telephone will be able to see the distant person to whom he is speaking.” • Robert “Bobby” Fischer was an American chess master, who at age 14, won the World Chess Championship, the youngest winner of the title. At 15, he was the youngest international grandmaster of all time. This son of a biophysicist father and a teacher, then nurse, then physician mother, Bobby learned chess when he was six years old, using the instructions from a chess set bought at a candy store. As a genius with an IQ of 187, he dropped out of high school at age 16 to dedicate himself to the game. His famous 1972 world championship match against the USSR’s Boris Spassky put Fischer in the public eye. After that match, he became a recluse and didn’t play a competitive game in public for nearly 20 years. • A modern-day genius, 30-year-old Michael Kearney received his first bachelor’s degree at age 10, and had earned three more by age 21, followed by a doctorate in chemistry at 22. Kearney spoke his first words at four months, and at six months, surprised his pediatrician by saying, “I have a left ear infection.” By 10 months, he was reading, and graduated from high school at age six.

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• When Edison was developing the phonograph, it wasn’t as a form of entertainment. He was more interested in its educational and business possibilities – teaching elocution and diction, recordings for the blind, dictation, and recording a teacher’s instructions. During the 1880s, this brilliant individual filed for a new patent on the average of every five days, more than 1,300 items over the course of his creative life. Because he had dyslexia, Edison spent just three months in public school before his mother chose to deal with his learning disability by homeschooling him. Although we mainly remember his “big” inventions, such as the stock ticker, voting machine, motion picture cam-

era and projector, phonograph, and incandescent light bulbs, Edison was also the inventor of waxed paper! As to being a genius, Edison had this to say, “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99% perspiration.” • Kim Ung-Yong’s IQ is approximately 210, perhaps the highest in the world. By his third birthday, he was reading Japanese, Korean, German, and English, and was enrolled as a physics student at South Korea’s Hanyang University. At 8, he was invited by NASA to study in the U.S. and work for the organization. After 10 years with NASA, he returned to Korea and obtained his doctorate in civil engineering.

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WILLIAM SHATNER Tidbits beams up the facts on this famous Canadian, most widely remembered as Captain James T. Kirk. • Born in Montreal, Quebec in 1931, William Shatner got his start as a child performer on Canadian Broadcasting’s radio programs. While earning his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Montreal’s McGill University, Shatner spent his summers performing with the Royal Mount Theater Company, training as a Shakespearean actor. After graduation, he joined the Canadian National Repertory Theatre in Ottawa, acting regularly in the Shakespearean Stratford Festival of Canada in Stratford, Ontario. • A far cry from his Shakespearean roots, Shatner was cast as Ranger Bob on the Canadian Howdy Doody Show in 1954. Although his first movie role was the part of “a crook” in the 1951 Canadian film, The Butler’s Night Off, Shatner’s first big role was at age 26 in 1958’s The Brothers Karamazov, along with Yul Brynner. The early ‘60s were filled with lower-budget movies and TV guest spots for Shatner. • It was Shatner’s casting as Captain James Tiberius Kirk, commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise in 1966 that sealed his fame. Even though Star Trek was cancelled after just 79 episodes over three seasons due to low Nielsen ratings, the series became a cult classic with thousands of followers. The short-lived program generated five additional TV series, 12 movies, and books, video games, toys, and action figures. • After Star Trek’s cancellation, life became tough for Shatner. He had been typecast as Captain Kirk and offers for roles were few. His wife divorced him, taking much of his money with her, and Shatner lost his home. He lived in a pickup truck camper, hoping for better roles to come along. He guest-starred on a number of game shows and did some TV commercials to make ends meet. • In 1979, Paramount Pictures chose to produce a Star Trek movie, reuniting the original cast. The sequel, The Wrath of Khan,

came along in 1982, followed by six more films, ending with 1994’s Star Trek Generations with the death of Kirk. • In the midst of filming the Star Trek movies, Shatner landed the role of police sergeant T. J. Hooker, a popular television series from 1982 to 1986. The reality show Rescue 911 followed in 1989, a seven-year stint. At age 73, he joined the cast of the legal drama The Practice in 1997, a series that spun off into Boston Legal, starring as the eccentric attorney Denny Crane, winning two Emmys for the role. Shatner has also been the spokesman for Priceline for 15 years, as well as writing several Star Trek novels, including The Ashes of Eden and Avenger. • Shatner and his co-star Leonard “Spock” Nimoy both suffer from tinnitus, which is a ringing in the ears. The hearing of both men was damaged while filming a 1967 episode of Star Trek when they stood too close to a special effects explosion. • Although he retains his Canadian citizenship, the 82-year-old Shatner, an avid horseman, and his wife own a 360-acre horse farm near Lexington, Kentucky. He has been honored with both a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a maple leaf on the Canadian Walk of Fame. •January 17, 2014 • 3

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FOR- YOU! These facts are for our Tidbits readers, meaning they all begin with for-! • Back in 1917, B.C. Forbes was a financial columnist for the Hearst newspaper franchise. Along with Walter Drey, the general manager of the Magazine of Wall Street, he founded Forbes magazine, a financial publication containing investing and market topics. Today his grandson Malcolm Forbes, Jr. is CEO and Editor-in Chief of Forbes. This periodical is famous for its miscellaneous lists, such as the 400 Richest Americans, the World’s Billionaires, and America’s Most Trustworthy Companies. According to Forbes, Bill Gates has been the richest American for the past 20 consecutive years, with a current estimated worth of $72 billion. • On April 14, 1865, Actor John Wilkes Booth entered a private box at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. and shot President Abraham Lincoln with a .44-caliber single shot derringer as Lincoln watched a performance of Our American Cousin. Booth was a familiar face around the theater and a personal friend of the owner John T. Ford. The structure was used as an office after the assassination for 28 years until the interior collapsed, killing 22 clerks and injuring 68 others. The damage was repaired and the building remodeled into a government warehouse, used until 1931, when it became a Lincoln museum. In 1968, a complete restoration of the historic theater was finished, and it reopened as a live performance venue. The site receives about a million visitors annually. • The old English word “forsooth” simply means “indeed,” “in truth,” “certainly.” • The colorless, flammable, odorous chemical known as

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formaldehyde is used in building materials, including pressed-wood products, along with many household products. It’s also found in cigarette smoke, some glues, permanent press fabrics, fungicides, and disinfectants, and is a common medical lab preservative and widely used at mortuaries. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen, and studies suggest there is a connection between exposure and leukemia. Exposure can be especially irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat, causing coughing and inflammation of the respiratory tract. • When gold was discovered in California at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, thousands flocked to the area seeking treasure. Most people headed there in 1849, giving them the nickname the Forty-Niners. That year, San Francisco’s population jumped

from 800 to more than 50,000. California’s head count increased by 86,000 people in two years. The folks who struck it rich weren’t the miners, but rather those who created businesses to serve the prospectors. Two well-known companies that came out of the era are Wells Fargo and Levi Strauss. • Back in 1912, Westinghouse employees Daniel O’Conor and Herbert Faber teamed up on an invention to be used in electrical insulation. It was made of wrapped woven fabric coated with a thermosetting resin, which was flattened and cured in a press. They intended their product to replace mica in the insulation, and dubbed their invention Formica, because it was a substitute for mica. Today we most often think of Formica as a heat-resistant laminate with melamine resin for use on kitchen countertops.

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clusion that the site contains a spherical field of force and 15 crisscrossing magnetic fields. Before his death in 1959, he burned his notes, reportedly saying, "The world is not ready for this." Those who tour the attraction today might see balls roll uphill or brooms stand on end. Some people appear to be much shorter and some much taller. There are even those who say visiting the Vortex eases back pain.

Andie MacDowell Q: Can you tell me if and when "Cedar Cove" will return for another season? -- Richard O., Summerfield, Fla. A: The Hallmark Channel has renewed the phenomenally successful series, which is based on the book series of the same name by Debbie Macomber, for a second season. The show's first season made Hallmark Channel the No. 1 cable channel for Saturday nights during the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. time slot. With internationally renowned actress Andie MacDowell leading the cast -- which includes Dylan Neal, Teryl Rothery, Bruce Boxleitner, Barbara Niven and Brennan Elliott -- season two of "Cedar Cover" promises more of the same drama, romance and fun. There is no word on the premiere date yet, but I'd start looking for it this summer. And of course, I'll let you know as soon as I know exactly when it will return. *** Q: Would you know anything about the fantastic TV series "24" with Kiefer Southerland? I thought they were bringing it back, or at least making a movie. -- Dick W., via email A: I did report on this about six months ago, but since this is such a hot subject -- I get tons of letters from readers asking me the same question -- I'll write about it again, with some new information to pass along. Fox is indeed airing a new version of "24," which is called "24: Live Another Day." This go 'round, it will be a 12-part series but will still cover the requisite 24 hours. Kiefer will return, as will Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Devane and Kim Raver. Kiefer recently told the press that the series will take place in London, stating: "'24' has always had such a global sensibility, but to be able to tell this intense '24'-style story with the beauty of Europe's history and architecture as the backdrop is going to be fascinating." Fox's entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly teased reporters that the show's pickup intrigued many industry stars. "A lot of who's who in Hollywood wanted to participate in this," he revealed. Be on the lookout for "24: Live Another Day" this May on Fox. *** Q: Please tell me that Animal Planet will be airing another "Puppy Bowl" this Super Bowl Sunday! -- Tina W., Portland, Maine

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• In Japan, black cats are considered to be good luck. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. • If you're ever longing for the "good old days," you might want to keep this tidbit in mind: In 19th-century America, one of the most popular cure-all remedies was "snail water," which was made by pounding earthworms and snails together, adding the paste to beer and boiling the whole thing. Those in need of a tonic drank it. • Sea turtles can breathe through their backsides. • If you could leap over the St. Louis Arch unassisted, you would have jumping power equivalent to that of a flea. • If you're planning a trip to Oregon, you might want to stop off in Gold Hill to see the Oregon Vortex, where strange phenomena are said to occur. In the mid-20th century, a scientist and mining engineer named John Litser conducted experiments on the property and came to the con-

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single came out just before his death and hit the Hot List the day he died. 3. David Bowie. There is a video for the song, but it's apparently never been released. 4. Gene Pitney in 1962. The song was not used in the film by the same name and was written after the film came out.

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BOOKS AS BRAIN FOOD Now here's a "novel" way to increase our brain function. It doesn't involve getting more exercise or eating certain foods. It doesn't include doing puzzles. We

Emory University did a study that showed how there are "quantifiable changes" in brain activity when participants read a book. Granted it was a bit more regimented than just grabbing your favorite author's latest bestseller. In the study, participants were given a baseline brain scan each day for a few days. Then they were given the thriller "Pompeii" by Robert Harris with instructions to read 30 pages a night. Each morn-



tle of the work week. For many of us, healthy habits seem to go out the window as soon as we step beyond our front door. When eating away from home, planning may be the most important action a person can take when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. When stressed or rushed, many of us revert to our old, familiar habits. If those habits aren't healthy, that's when poor choices are made. Habits may include grabbing high-fat doughnuts, stopping at convenient fast-food restaurants, eating larger portions or making afternoon visits to the vending machine.

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ing they were given another brain scan. After the book was finished (about nine days), they were given more scans to see how the brain reacted. Researchers were able to track which portions of the book the participants were reading and correlate them to the brain scan images. Here's what they learned: During reading, and for days afterward, there were significant activity increases in the parts of the brain associated with story comprehension, as well as processing language. •January 17, 2014 • 7

According to the study, the reading has to be fiction to get these brain connectivity changes, something with a narrative that describes events unfolding, a story we can identify with. Here's my thinking: While researchers don't know yet how long these brain changes last after

With a little thought, anyone can of healthy options -- energy bars, plan a healthy snack or meal-on- bottled water, nuts or fruit. the-go to fit any situation. Use these as inspiration: --Bring a healthy snack or lunch with you. Include some protein; Try these tips when you are away it satisfies longer. With the apple, from home: bring some peanut butter, cheese or nuts. Microwave popcorn --If eating in the car is a trouble spot (trans fat-free, of course) also is a for you, make it a rule to only bring great choice. water in the car if you are traveling for an hour or less. --Carrying lunch to work not only saves you money, you --If your weakness have the added benefit is stopping at of choosing what's convenience healthiest for you! stores, fastfood restau--Take along healthy rants or foods that travel vending mawell: Vegetable chines, put sticks, soy yogurt, those on your fruit, granola bars and "do not stop" list, nuts are great choices. or only order one item, and bring the rest --Keep refreezeable ice packs in of your meal in a cooler. your freezer to throw in your cooler when transporting cooked foods. —- Make the local grocery store Freeze 100 percent juice packs or, in your food stop or get yourself a a pinch, throw some ice cubes in a cooler where you keep a "stash" zipper-lock plastic bag.

reading a novel, it's at least five days. Perhaps we should spend some time in 2014 re-reading the novels that had an impact on us, as well as new narrative fiction and a few of the old classics. The reference librarian is sure to be a good source for book suggestions. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

This recipe for Sweet Potato Hummus is a healthy snack to pack for the days when you're on the go. The orange flesh of the sweet potato gives away its beta-carotene content. By serving this dip with whole-wheat pita and raw vegetables such as red peppers and broccoli, you'll also get selenium, vitamin C and sulforaphane. Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber and help to prevent blood-sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal. Chickpeas are high in protein and also promote slow burning of complex carbohydrates, thus increasing your energy by replenishing your iron stores. Peanut butter adds a boost of protein and a creamy texture to the hummus. Divide the Hummus into serving-size containers along with several individual packages of vegetable sticks so you'll always have a nutritious snack to grab and go! © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis

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• On Feb. 1, 1974, University of Washington student Lynda Ann Healy disappears from her apartment and is murdered by serial killer Ted Bundy. In the summer of 1974, Bundy attacked at least seven young women in Washington. By the time he was captured in 1979, Bundy had become America's most infamous serial killer. • On Jan. 28, 1985, 45 American music artists gather to record "We Are the World," a record that would eventually sell more than 7 million copies and raise some $60 million for African famine relief. The instruction producer Quincy Jones sent to pop stars doing the recording: "Check your egos at the door." • On Jan. 31, 1990, the Soviet Union's first McDonald's fast-food restaurant opens in Moscow. Throngs of people line up to pay the equivalent of several days' wages for Big Macs, shakes and french fries. Customers were most amazed at the politeness of the workers. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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is, you know, good. I have to admire that. We're at the point in America where if you mess up a hamburger or fries, you're either a jerk or you're not trying hard enough. We agree to retreat to the airport hotels as we pay our bills -- all of us except for the Saints fan, who got her meal free due to poor French fries. She suggests we decamp to Atlantic City instead. At checkout, I watch her roll the front desk like Obi Wan Kenobi at a storm trooper checkpoint in Mos Eisley. "These are not the charges I am looking for," she huffs. She gets comped, and yeah, I'm going to Atlantic City to learn the ways of the force.

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During the trip, I learn she isn't British, but from New England, and some of her stories make her more Artful Dodger than Jedi knight. Still, she does take the time to explain how hotels and casinos offer reward points. "Money is, like, where you put it," she says to me. "Understand?" I don't, but I get the general gist of offering a cheap room to get people into the casinos. Atlantic City is the Mos Eisley of America ... it can be a retched hive of scum and villainy. It stands, for many, as a symbol of casino gambling's failed promise: Since gaming was legalized in the '70s, the school system has gotten worse and crime rates and unemployment have skyrocketed. To stave off competition from Pennsylvania and Connecticut casinos, AC has tried to offer more of a Las Vegas resort-style vibe. It really isn't working. It does, however, have more Philadelphians at the steakhouse bar watching the football games the next day as compared to Vegas, and they're a riot ... even after Drew Brees rips their hearts out. But, like all Philadelphians do in their great every-man, working-class tradition, when faced with another Eagles loss, they complain about Andy Reid. "Yeah, well at least Kansas City lost!" "Andy Reid! Ten years as a head coach and he still cannot figure out how to run the clock. Lost a timeout at the 2:00 warning!" "Best head coach in the NFL ... Monday through Friday!" Me, I'm upset that I can't bet on the games. I'm not even a gambler, but I love visiting the sports book in Vegas during the NFL playoffs. That's when the absurdity of AC and the Artful Dodger's comments hit me with full force. How come I'm listening to people complain about failed revitalization and lack of revenue when New Jersey won't even take my money? The Super Bowl is coming to New Jersey, at great expense to the taxpayers of the state, and you can't bet on the game at their gambling Mecca. Brilliant. What are they afraid of? An increase in crime?

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