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• It took only two hours and 40 minutes for the Titanic to sink after striking the iceberg. The ship that responded immediately to the distress calls was the Carpathia, 58 miles (93 km) away. Unfortunately, it took four hours for the ship to reach the Titanic. The Carpathia carried the 700plus survivors into New York harbor, where the ship was met by over 40,000 people. • Most of the victims froze to death rather than drowned in the 28º F (-2º C) water, where death occurred in as little as 15 minutes. When James Cameron produced his 1997 movie blockbuster, he instructed cast members on the stages of hypothermia in order to make their scenes more realistic. Cameron advised his cast, “It’s supposedly a very peaceful feeling.” The actors’ icy frozen hair was created by coating hair with colored wax. • Of the 306 bodies recovered, 150 were never claimed. Those unclaimed were buried in Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Captain Edward Smith had plans of retiring after safely navigating the Titanic to New York City, wrapping up 38 years with the White Star Line. • The wreck of the Titanic was discovered in September 1985, on an expedition led by Robert Ballard. She lay approximately 400 miles (644 km) off the coast of Newfoundland, 1,191 miles (1,917 km) from New York City, 12,460 feet (3,798 m) below the ocean’s surface. The bow and the stern were 1,970 feet (600 m) apart. During Ballard’s expedition, more than 20,000 photos were shot in four days. • Producer James Cameron made 12 trips to the actual wreckage site to conduct research for his 1997 film. His movie contains actual footage from these trips, shot on location. A replica of the ship was constructed for the film, and it was sunk in an immense tank filled with 17 million gallons of water. A hydraulic lift was used to tilt the tank and raise and lower the ship. •The youngest passenger on the ship was Millvina Dean, just nine weeks old. Her parents were emigrating to Wichita, Kansas, where they had family and friends. Millvina, along with her mother and brother, were some of the first steerage passengers to be loaded into lifeboats. Her 25-year-old father did not survive. Millvina was also the last living survivor, passing away in May 2009, at the age of 97. Her ashes were scattered off the Southampton dock,

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• If you have trapped hairs, try this trick: Wet an old, clean toothbrush and dip it in baking soda or body scrub. Gently exfoliate the area once a day for several days, and it should work itself right out. • Bar soaps are much more concentrated and eco-friendly than liquid body washes. These days, they are just as moisturizing as any liquid soap. Look for ingredients like “shea butter” or the words “ultra-moisturizing” and “added emollients.” Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@yahoo.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Hit with the revolution and to right field. 7. KEEP YOUR LEFT ELBOW COCKED ON LEVEL WITH YOUR HANDS OR EVEN HIGHER. Never let the elbows down below the hands, and keep your hands always well away from the body -- keep pushing them out, even with your body or back. 8. KEEP YOUR BACK LEG STRAIGHT. Of course, if you put your weight more on the front leg, then the back leg will be straight. 9. IF HIGH FAST BALLS INSIDE REALLY BOTHER YOU: crouch over from waist and pass them up. Don’t bite, in other words. In crouching, you make the pitcher throw lower, which forces him away from the position that bothers you. But I think with the instructions I have given, you will hit them wherever they pitch. 10. AGAINST A SPEEDY LEFT-HANDER, DON’T PULL. Use same stance I have given you, and when he throws you his curve, knock him down with it. ... BUT AGAINST A LEFT-HANDER OF FAIR SPEED: Move up in the box, also closer to the plate, and PULL THIS STYLE OF PITCHING. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Use a Post Office box for miscellaneous mail such as club newsletters and church bulletins; disable the GPS photo function on your smartphone; and use only one credit card for online purchases. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sign up with your real name on public Internet sites. Work to limit the amount of information in each section of your PII Chart. When you go to the doctor and fill out the forms, leave out your Social Security number. Ask if you can substitute another form of identification. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use public charging stations or anyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s computer for your cell phone, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let anyone else hook their phone to your computer. Data-stealing malware could be transferred from one to the other. Are you a potential victim of identity theft? Assess your risk with an online test. The higher the score, the bigger your risk. Big point items (indicating a larger risk) are questions about whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ordered your credit report in the last two years, posted your outgoing mail at home in an unlocked mailbox or failed to scrutinize your monthly bank and credit-card statements. Look around the ID Theft Info website. The more you know, the less likely youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll become a victim of identity theft.

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