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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Kathy Wolfe

Most of us are familiar with the popular Christmas tune “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” This week, Tidbits has a few more details about each of the gifts received by the singer from his or her “true love,” everything from drummers drumming to maids a-milking to swans, geese, turtledoves and the partridge in the pear tree! • The drum is considered the oldest musical instrument and is also used for non-musical purposes, such as longdistance communication. An Englishman set a world record by playing 400 separate drums in 16.3 seconds in 1995. Ireland’s Millennium Drum, constructed of birch plywood and sailcloth, is considered the world’s largest drum with a diameter of 15 feet, 6 inches. It was built for Ireland’s millennium festivities. • A set of panpipes consists of from three to 40 tubes, usually cane, but also wood or pottery. The length of the pipes determines the pitch of the note. • Greek mythology tells of Pan, the god of woods and pastures and the protector of shepherds and their flocks. According to legend, Pan, half-man and half-goat, is the inventor of the panpipe, fashioned from reeds, on which he piped lovely music. turn the page for more! Find All The Game & Puzzle Answers On Page 12! SE

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS (continued): • The title “Lord” can be used if a gentleman is a baron, viscount, earl, marquis, bishop, a dignitary of the Church of England or a member of Great Britain’s House of Lords. An aga is a Turkish Lord. • The cuckoopint is a European plant with bright red poisonous berries and is often referred to as the “Lordsand-Ladies.” Ingesting the berries can result in swelling of the throat, difficulty breathing, burning pain and an upset stomach. • The 1993 Arizona half-marathon had an interesting entrant, Elizabeth Ursic, who chose to tap-dance the 13.1mile distance. • In 1931, a couple set out to win Chicago’s Merry Garden Ballroom dance marathon. They danced over 214 days, with rest periods beginning at 20 minutes per hour, decreasing to zero minutes per hour. They were not allowed to close

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• “Swan” is the 1,471st most popular last name in the United States, which computes to about 20,000 people. • Swans live on every continent except Africa and Antarctica. The sounds they make vary from whistles to hisses to trumpet-like noises. Beware of the female swan; she will attack anything that presents a danger to her eggs, including dogs, foxes and people. • The stars Deneb and Albirco mark the head and tail of the swan in the constellation Cygnus. According to mythology, Cygnus was a friend of the son of Apollo, the sun god. When the son fell into the river, Cygnus dove into the water time after time in an attempt to rescue his friend, but to no avail. They myth says Cygnus was turned into a swan by Zeus in order to allow him to dive deeper. The English language uses the word “cygnet” for a baby swan. • Although the lifespan of the domestic goose averages 25 years, making it the longest-lived bird, George the Goose of Thornton, England, lived to be nearly 50 years old. Speckle the Goose of Goshen, Ohio, is noted for laying the world’s heaviest egg. It was 24 ounces, twice as weighty as the average goose egg. • In order for it to be made into jewelry, other metals must be added to gold, creating an “alloy.” If your ring is 18-karat gold, it is 18 parts pure gold and six parts other metals.


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Wine -- Good or Bad DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am thoroughly confused. Several months ago, I read of the benefit of wine for women. The conclusion was that it reduced a woman’s chances of heart attack and stroke by 30 percent. My husband and I have started to drink one glass of wine a day. Now comes a new report that says just one glass of wine a day increases the chances for breast cancer. Should I be concerned? -- M.T. ANSWER: Welcome to the army of nutrition confusion. What’s good one day might be life-threatening the next. I don’t rely on one report. I stick to what the majority says. If the majority changes its mind, then I change. Wine and other alcoholic drinks lower the incidence of heart disease and, apparently, strokes. That’s the current majority thinking. Moderate drinkers of alcohol -- wine in particular -- have a lower overall mortality rate than do alcohol abstainers and heavy drinkers. “Moderate” drinking is one glass of wine, one 12-ounce can of beer or 1.5 ounces of whiskey for women; it’s two for men. The role of wine (or alcohol) in promoting breast cancer is less clear. Analysis of 40 studies shows an increase in breast cancer for women downing three or more drinks a day. The same studies suggest that even one or two daily drinks might pose a slight danger. Other studies show an increase in lobular breast cancer with one drink a day, but no increase in ductal breast cancer. Ductal cancer is the most common kind of breast cancer. I am positive that equally confusing information will be forthcoming. The best advice I have read is this: If a woman truly


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Now a University of Michigan study (Winning the Battle but Losing the War: The Psychology of Debt Management) has uncovered the reasons for consumer debt repayment decisions. Researchers concluded that consumers will pay off a small debt first, even if a larger debt has a higher interest rate, for the emotional and psychological satisfaction of retiring a debt -- a “quick win,” as they dubbed it. Correct or not, consumers are concerned with reducing the number of debts more than they are with the dollar value of the debts.

You can make use of an online calculator to show 1) how quickly a debt will be paid off if you make payments of varying amounts, and 2) how much interest you’ll be paying during that time. Search online for “credit card payment calculator,” then do the math for each of your debts to see which plan gets you debt-free the fastest.

It was only when consumers were shown the amount of interest they were paying that some saw the sense in changing their repayment methods. Credit-card companies are now required to show in a box on each month’s statement just how long it will take you to screening takes place at the Grand Cafe in Paris. The film was a series of short scenes from everyday French life. Admission was charged for the first time.

• On Jan. 1, 1876, the first area-wide New Year’s Day Mummers’ Parade is held in Philadelphia. Mummers’ celebrations in America date back to colonial times. Reciting doggerel and receiving in return cakes and ale, groups of five to 20 people, their faces blackened, would march from home to home, shouting and discharging firearms into the air. • On Dec. 28, 1895, the world’s first commercial movie

The bottom line: No matter which method you use to pay off debts, be sure it makes financial sense. Always make more than the minimum payment to protect your credit scores. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

killer Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs” and its two sequels, “Hannibal” and “Red Dragon.”

• On Dec. 27, 1900, prohibitionist Carry Nation smashes up the bar at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kansas, causing several thousand dollars in damage and landing in jail. Nation became famous for carrying a hatchet and wrecking saloons as part of her anti-alcohol crusade.

• On Dec. 29, 1940, London suffers its most devastating air raid when Germans firebomb the city. The next day, a newspaper photo of St. Paul’s Cathedral standing undamaged amid the smoke and flames seemed to symbolize the capital’s unconquerable spirit during the Battle of Britain.

• On Dec. 30, 1922, in post-revolutionary Russia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is established. In the USSR, all levels of government were controlled by the Communist Party. Soviet industry was owned and managed by the state, and agricultural land was divided into state-run collective farms.

• On Dec. 26, 1966, the first day of the first Kwanzaa is celebrated in Los Angeles. The seven-day holiday is a celebration of African-American family, community and cultural values, which include unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, economic cooperation, purpose, creativity and faith.

• On Dec. 31, 1937, Anthony Hopkins is born in Port Talbot, Wales. Hopkins is known for playing one of the greatest villains in movie history, the cannibalistic serial

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HOLLYWOOD -- What does it take to become a movie star today? Take Jeremy Irvine, who hails from the little town of Cambridgeshire, England. In 2008 he landed a role in the teen series “Life Bites” on the British Disney Channel. After two seasons, the show was put on hold and he took a role in the Royal Shakespeare production of “Dunsinane,” the sequel to “Macbeth,” as a spear carrier. A routine audition for the film “War Horse” turned into two months of call backs until he was asked to do a film test.

When he was handed the script for the test, it told him that Steven Spielberg, who was directing the film, wanted him for the lead. “War Horse,” a very successful play in London and on Broadway that utilizes puppets as the horses, takes place during World War I. There was just one problem, though -- Jeremy had never been on a horse! He had to go through two months of extensive training to play a boy who searches war-torn Europe to find his horse. Eleven horses were used to portray his horse, Joey, at various stages of his life. In addition, Jeremy has been dealing with Type 1 diabetes since he was 6 years old, which you can be sure had to be dealt with for such a demanding physical role. “War Horse” is rated PG-13 and opens on Christmas Day. Jeremy is currently playing Pip in the new film of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” with Helena Bonham Carter, and then goes right into “The Railway Man” with Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. So far, he still prefers living in Bedfordshire, England, with his parents and two younger brothers rather than Hollywood, but when Hollywood calls, most young actors answer! *** If you haven’t seen “The Artist” yet, go see why it’s already getting Oscar buzz. French director Michael Hazanavicius cast French actors Jean Dujardin, who won the best actor award at The Cannes Film Festival this year for playing a rising actor who has to deal with the advent of talking pictures, and Berenice Bejo, as well as John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller and Malcolm McDowell. Shooting for seven weeks in and around noisy Los Angeles wasn’t a problem for “The Artist,” since it’s in black and white and is A SILENT FILM! The one and only silent film to win the best picture Oscar was l928’s epic “Wings.” If “The Artist” should win, the movie industry will have come full circle, and it will have taken 84 years to prove people who said “Talkies won’t last!” and “Silent films are all washed up!” wrong -- twice! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

store with their ill-gotten gains. It seems that the would-be crooks decided to do their shoplifting during a “Shop With a Cop” promotion, and there were 60 police officers already in the store -- in uniform.

• It was American inventor and businessman Thomas Alva Edison who made the following sage observation: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.” • If you’re planning a trip to Peru to ring in the new year, you might want to bring along some yellow underwear. In that country it’s considered lucky to wear it on the first day of the new year. • Another story to add to the file on clueless criminals: In 2010, two men in Portland, Ore., went to a supermarket and started removing price tags from items and filling their backpacks with the loot. However, they didn’t even make it out of the

• You may be surprised to learn that the Statue of Liberty is not located in New York. While it is on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, it’s technically within the territorial waters of Jersey City, N.J. • If you’re going to be traveling to California anytime soon, you might want to keep this in mind: In that state, shooting game from a moving vehicle is illegal -- unless the animal you’re aiming for is a whale. • A baseball will travel farther on a hot day than on a cold one. • The oldest bakery yet uncovered was found by archaeologists digging in the Egyptian city of Giza in 2002. They say that the baking trays, bread molds and ovens there date back to 2500 B.C., right around the time the pyramids were being built.

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A: You are of sound mind, Mike. “Fear Factor” has returned to NBC (shows began airing Dec. 12) on Monday nights. Original host, comedian Joe Rogan, also has returned, as have the strenuous -- and gross -- stunts. Back in July, Joe Rogan told “TV Guide Magazine”: “It seems like some sort of bizarro dream world, but I’m looking forward to it. The idea of sitting at home and watching someone else host it would have driven me crazy.”

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As 2011 comes to a close and the cheer of the holiday season fills us, we reflect on the joys that the year has brought us, our family, our friends, and our community. At Tidbits of Greater Fort Lauderdale our community is the center of our newspaper. The goal of our family is and has always been to offer a fresh, fun and informative newspaper to our readers every issue, to support our local business community, and to help the cities we serve to promote the atmosphere that makes them the best they can be.

Tasty Penne with Kale, Tomatoes, and Olives Makes 4 servings

The kale in this flavorful combination provides highly absorbable calcium and isothiocyanates which have strong anti-cancer effects. 1 medium onion, chopped 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water 1 bunch kale, cut or torn into approximately 1” pieces (about 5 cups chopped) 2 14.5-ounce cans chopped tomatoes, preferably fireroasted, undrained, or 3 cups freshly chopped tomatoes plus 1/2 cup water or vegetable broth 1/2 cup pitted and sliced Kalamata olives 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 8 ounces dry whole-wheat penne pasta 1/4 cup dairy-free (vegan) parmesan cheese substitute or nutritional yeast (optional) Sauté onion with vegetable broth or water over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add kale and tomatoes and their liquid. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Add olives and parsley. Cook for an additional 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. Add kale mixture and toss gently. Serve immediately. Sprinkle vegan parmesan substitute or nutritional yeast over top, if using. Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, leftover Penne with Kale, Tomatoes, and Olives will keep for up to 3 days. Per serving Calories: 281 Fat: 3.3 g Saturated Fat: 0.5 g Calories from Fat: 10.5% Cholesterol: 0 mg Protein: 12 g Carbohydrates: 57.6 g Sugar: 8.3 g Fiber: 8.7 g Sodium: 497 mg Calcium: 166 mg Iron: 5 mg Vitamin C: 53.9 mg Beta Carotene: 6796 mcg Vitamin E: 2.9 mg Source: The Survivor’s Handbook: Eating Right for Cancer Survival by Neal D. Barnard, M.D. and Jennifer Reilly, R.D.

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Look for jars of water-packed roasted red peppers near the pickles and olives in your supermarket. Tahini is available in the ethnic food section of many supermarkets and in most natural food stores. 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans 1/2 cup roasted red peppers 3 tablespoons tahini 3 tablespoons lemon juice Drain garbanzo beans, reserving the liquid, and place them in a food processor or blender with red peppers, tahini, and lemon juice. Process until very smooth. If using a blender, you will have to stop it occasionally and push everything down into the blades with a rubber spatula. The mixture should be quite thick, but if it really seems too thick to blend, add a tablespoon or two of the reserved bean liquid. Per 1/4-cup serving

Calories: 97 Fat: 4 g Saturated Fat: 0.5 g Calories from Fat: 37.1% Cholesterol: 0 mg Protein: 4.3 g Carbohydrates: 12.2 g Sugar: 1.2 g Fiber: 2.9 g Sodium: 59 mg Calcium: 43 mg Iron: 1.6 mg Vitamin C: 21.6 mg Beta Carotene: 265 mcg Vitamin E: 0.3 mg Source: Eat Right, Live Longer by Neal D. Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Jennifer Raymond M.S., R.D.

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