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by Kathy Wolfe Cardinal, scarlet, ruby, flame, cranberry or carnelian: No matter how you say it, the color is red! This week, Tidbits looks at what Crayola ranks as America’s 12th favorite color. • The longest wavelength of light discernible by the human eye is red. Longer wavelengths can’t be seen and are called infrared. Red light carries the least amount of energy. It’s also the highest arc of the rainbow. • Early red dye was a very expensive commodity. It came from the female cochineal, a little beetle found in Mexican cacti. When the Spaniards arrived in Mexico in the 16th century, they scraped the beetles off the plants and dried them, then shipped them to Europe. About one million beetles were required to produce a pound of water-soluble extract. • Symbolism associated with the color red is full of opposites. We think of it as the color of love — red roses, Valentine’s Day and Cupid — but it is also the color of danger, hate and the devil. Red can be used as a symbol of guilt, sin and anger, as in the Biblical statement, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel “The Scarlet Letter” tells the story of a woman in sin forced to sew a red letter “A” onto her clothing.

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• On March 6, 1899, the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin registers Aspirin, the brand name for acetylsalicylic acid, on behalf of the German pharmaceutical company Friedrich Bayer & Co. In its primitive form, the active ingredient, salicin, was used for centuries in folk medicine. • On March 10, 1902, in the case of Edison v. American Mutoscope Company, the U.S. Court of Appeals rules that despite his claims, Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera. The court did, however, admit that Edison invented the sprocket system that moved perforated film through the movie camera.

• On March 9, 1913, English author Virginia Woolf delivers the manuscript of her first novel, “The Voyage Out,” to her publisher. In 1941, fearful for her own mental state and afraid of the coming world war, she filled her pockets with rocks and drowned herself. • On March 7, 1923, the New Republic publishes Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.” The poem begins with the famous line “Whose woods these are, I think I know.” Although Frost never graduated from a university, he had collected 44 honorary degrees before he died in 1963.

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• On March 5, 1963, the Hula-Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company’s co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin. An estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone.

• On March 11, 1970, author Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason, dies. The crime-solving attorney Perry Mason appeared in numerous novels and became the star of a top-rated TV show starting in 1957. The show starred Raymond Burr as the titular hero and ran for nine years. • On March 8, 1986, “Mask,” starring Eric Stoltz and Cher, opens in theaters. Cher, who had launched a serious acting career with her appearance in Robert Altman’s film “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” in 1982, received the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in “Mask.”

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by Freddy Groves Nightmare Was Real An Army reservist in Washington, D.C., called a help line when he was depressed because he hadn’t slept for days. When he dialed the number, he thought he was calling a support hotline for veterans. He wasn’t suicidal, but yes, he did have some firearms, and yes, he was a veteran. Eventually he hung up and went to bed. Imagine his dismay when the police and SWAT showed up (setting off his PTSD big-time). They hauled him off to a VA hospital, where he stayed voluntarily for three days. While he was gone they trashed his place, without a warrant, and took his guns (which were all locked up and separated from the ammo). They took his dog and then, on a hunt for explosives, they further trashed his place, still without a warrant. Once the reservist was released, he was arrested and thrown in jail for a couple weeks for reasons that still aren’t clear. When Matthew Corrigan finally returned home 16 days later, he found his front door unlocked, his oven on and his tropical fish dead. I’m guessing that the number he called was 1-800-273-8255. It’s an easy mistake to make, thinking that it’s a number for veteran assistance. On Google, that number is listed as Veterans Crisis Line. However, it’s also the listing for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, SAVE, Crisis Hotlines Suicide Prevention and SuicideHotline, among others. The Department of Veterans Affairs even lists it as the number to call for “Where to Get Help for PTSD.” In other words, it’s a one-size-fits-all number -and maybe not one you want to call unless it’s serious. Here’s a better bet: When you’re getting treatment, whether individually or in a group, ask for phone numbers you can call when the going gets rough. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. Is the Book of Philippians in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. What prophet came from among the shepherds of Tekoa? Joel, Hosea, Daniel, Amos 3. From Genesis 6, how many decks were on Noah’s Ark? 3, 4, 5, 6 4. Which biblical name means “God with us”? Nicodemus, Emmanuel, Elijah, Jacob 5. How many books of the Bible (KJV) were named for women? 0, 1, 2, 3 6. From Genesis 16, whose maidservant was Hagar? Esther, Ruth, Sarai, Deborah

1. MEASUREMENTS: How often would a tricennial celebration occur? 2. MOVIES: What movie is considered to be the first feature-length talking picture ever made? 3. HISTORY: In 1973, who became the second special prosecutor in the Watergate scandal? 4. MYTHOLOGY: What area of influence is the Norse god Bragi associated with? 5. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What country once had emperors called “kaisers”? 6. MUSIC: In musical terms, what is an opus? 7. THEATER: Who wrote the play “The Odd Couple”? 8. GEOGRAPHY: What river runs through Baghdad? 9. GAMES: How often is soccer’s World Cup held? 10. POETRY: What poet wrote the lines, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I ... /I took the one less traveled by”?

SEEING RED (continued): • According to psychological research, people of both genders find those of the opposite sex more attractive if they’re wearing red. Men wearing red appear more powerful to women, as well as higher in status and more likely to succeed. In a University of Rochester study, men were shown identical photos of the same woman. In one, she’s in a blue dress, and in the other, the dress is digitally altered to red. Consistently, men chose the photo of her in the red dress as more attractive. • Other research indicates that red can keep us from doing our best on important tests. During experiments, those who saw a flash of red before the test were impaired in their performance, perhaps because they associated the color with mistakes and failures, as errors have been traditionally marked in red on school papers. Studies also show that red elicits the strongest reaction of all colors and can actually stimulate energy and increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat and pulse rate. • Most Americans have probably seen the U.S. flag countless times without knowing what

its colors mean. The red stripes symbolize “courage, hardiness and blood shed from the brave men and women who fought for America,” while the white stripes stand for purity and equality. The blue field represents justice, perseverance and vigilance.

a magazine and more than 70,000 registered members who believe “silliness is the comedy relief of life.” The first red hat, which had been a birthday gift to one of the charter members, has been donated to the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

• Before the days of synthetic dyes, the shade of red known as crimson was produced by using the dried bodies of the kermes insect. This bug is found in the Kermes oak tree, which grows in Mediterranean countries. Crimson is not only the official color of Harvard University’s athletic team, it is also the name of the team itself. Likewise, the University of Alabama’s 19 varsity sports teams adopted the name Crimson Tide in the early 20th century.

• An abundant amount of iron oxide on the surface of Mars gives the planet its red color, hence its nickname, the Red Planet. The fourth planet from the sun, Mars is the only planet whose surface can be seen in detail from Earth.

• A poem entitled “Warning” inspired the formation of The Red Hat society, a social group founded for the purpose of “fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment and fitness” for women over 50. The lines “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, with a red hat that doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me” gave the original group of 18 their signature hat idea. Within seven years, there were 40,000 chapters of the group worldwide. The Society has an online store,

• In China, red is the symbol of good luck and fortune, and a bride traditionally wears red and walks down a red carpet to her groom, who lifts her red veil. When the couple’s children are born, well-wishers gift them with red eggs. During Chinese New Year, homes are decorated with red, red clothing is worn, and unmarried children are given red envelopes filled with “luck money.” Feng shui is an ancient Chinese method of organizing our spaces to achieve balance, harmony and good fortune. Devotees of feng shui recommend painting your home’s front door red to invite prosperity. - continued on next page


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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I’ve always heard that at older ages, it doesn’t matter how high the first number of a blood pressure reading is; it’s bound to rise with age. My blood pressure is 185/70, and my doctor wants me to go on blood pressure medicine. My second number is fine. Why is he making a fuss? I am 67. I don’t like taking drugs. -- W.S. ANSWER: You have heard wrong. Both numbers of a blood pressure reading are significant. If either is higher than normal, it indicates high blood pressure. It is true that systolic pressure, the first number, rises with age. And it is true that the second number, diastolic pressure, tends to plateau after age 50. However, a higher-than-normal systolic or diastolic pressure constitutes hypertension, high blood pressure. The first number is the pressure imparted to blood when the heart pumps it into the aorta. It takes a great deal of pressure to circulate blood through all the body arteries. The second number is the pressure in the heart as it fills with blood. Normal pressure is less than 120/80. High blood pressure is 140/90 and above. Numbers between those two pressures are called prehypertension, a short stop lower than actual high blood pressure. You have high blood pressure, hypertension. You doctor made a fuss because uncontrolled high blood pressure causes artery hardening, leads to strokes and heart attacks, puts the kidneys out of action, contributes to congestive heart failure and promotes dementia. Still think your pressure is OK? If you are overweight, weight loss brings pressure down. So does shunning salt. It’s not the saltshaker on the table that pushes people over the recommended daily limits (1,500 mg of sodium), but it is commercial foods. Become a reader of the sodium content of the foods you buy. Potassium lowers blood pressure. Potassium-rich foods are baked potatoes, bananas, orange juice, peas, beans, milk, spinach, squash, watermelon, figs and cantaloupe. Be as physically active as your doctor allows. If your pressure doesn’t fall, then you have to resort to medicines. Eight large drug families, yielding more than 57 different medicines, give you a wide choice to bring your pressure down without side effects. The booklet on high blood pressure will convince you of the importance of blood pressure control. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 104W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Allow four weeks for delivery. ***

1. Name the last rookie manager before Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 to beat the defending World Series champions on Opening Day. 2. Only two major-league teams since 1900 started a season 0-6 and made the playoffs. Name either one. 3. Name the last 11-win team to not make the NFL playoffs. 4. In 2011, Doc (1980) and Austin Rivers became the second father-son basketball duo to be named McDonald’s All-Americans. Who was the first? 5. When was the last time an NHL team won back-to-back Northeast Division titles? 6. Name the first Major League Soccer team to win consecutive U.S. Open Cups? 7. In 2011, Joseph O’Brien became the youngest jockey to win a Breeders’ Cup race. How old was he?

-SEEING RED (continued): • Surveys reveal that those who drive red cars have dynamic personalities, are high-energy, speedy and sexy. • Bees can see all bright colors except red. Consequently, red flowers are usually pollinated by butterflies, birds and wind. • Your blood is red because it contains the protein chemical known as hemoglobin. Bright red in color, hemoglobin contains iron, which makes it a superb medium for transporting the oxygen and carbon dioxide essential for the body’s functions. • The word red has found its way into many terms and phrases in the English language. When you’re really angry, you’re seeing red. And lots of things can cause you to see red: going through a lot of red tape (having to endure excessive paperwork or requirements to complete a process), or having your checkbook in the red, meaning it is below balance. Taking the red eye? You’re on an overnight flight. There’s not much recourse if you’ve been caught redhanded, because you’re clearly guilty. That might cause you to become red in the face or extremely embarrassed. Has someone given you poor advice? Guidance with no value isn’t worth a red cent. Now and then, we’ve all received the red carpet treatment, when we’ve been made to feel special, and we’ve all had red-letter days, which were important, memorable or joyful. After such days, many folks like to paint the town red, meaning they go out to celebrate! • Restaurateur Bill Darden’s first restaurant wasn’t a Red Lobster, but rather The Green Frog, when he was just 19. His first Red Lobster came along in 1968, opening in Lakeland, Florida. The chain now operates close to 700 locations throughout North America, with average annual sales per restaurant of $3.9 million.

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in today’s dollars. By the end of its first year, the Tower had recouped about 75 percent of its initial cost.

The national symbol of France welcomes nearly • The Tower was not well-received by seven million visitors every year. Follow along Parisians and was frequently referred to as and learn more about the Eiffel Tower, one of the “eyesore.” The structure’s building permit the most recognizable structures in the world. allowed it to stand for 20 years, after which • Paris was chosen as the site of the 1889 it was to be dismantled. However, in 1898, it World’s Fair to mark the 100th celebration of was determined that the Tower was valuable the French Revolution. The city solicited ideas as a radio tower, and it was saved from for a unique entranceway to the area. Gustave demolition. Eiffel’s company submitted the winning design, although it was Eiffel’s employee • There are 347 steps to the first level of the Tower where visitors can dine at the fine Morris Koechlin who actually designed the restaurant Le 58 tour Eiffel. Another 674 steps Tower. bring climbers to the second level, location • Ground was broken in January of 1887, and of the swanky restaurant Le Jules Verne. If over the next two years, two months and climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower is on five days, 300 workers on wood scaffolding your bucket list, this is one item that you can’t assembled more than 18,000 pieces of iron, check off. Tourists can only climb as far as holding them together with 2.5 million rivets the second level, with access to the summit to form the open-framed structure. Gustave by elevator only. At the top, on a clear day, Eiffel was adamant about safety precautions, visitors can see 42 miles in every direction. and as a result, only one worker died during • In order to protect the Tower from oxidation, the construction. its iron surfaces are repainted about every • At the time of its completion, the Tower was, seven years, 18 times since its 1889 opening at 986 feet (300.5 m), the tallest structure in day. All the painting is done by hand by 25 the world, surpassing the previous recordpainters over an 18-month period. About holder, the Washington Monument. For 41 50 tons of paint are used, along with 1,500 years, the Eiffel Tower kept that title. But brushes, 5,000 sanding disks and 1,000 in 1930, New York City’s Chrysler Building scrapers. The Tower’s color has changed exceeded the Tower’s height. occasionally over the years, starting with • Gustave Eiffel engraved the names of 72 red-brown, progressing to yellow-ocher and notable French scientists and engineers on the chestnut brown, and finally ending up with its side of the tower in 23.6-inch-high (60-cm) current bronze color. letters, just under the first platform; there are • About seven million people visit the Eiffel 18 names on each side. Tower each year, making it the most visited • Nicknamed La dame de fer, or the iron lady, the Tower was finished at a cost of about $1.5 million, which translates to about $58 million

paid monument in the world. Since its opening, it has welcomed 250 million people from every corner of the world.

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DOLLARS AND SENSE Communities across the country are setting up spaces for gardens to be used by residents. If your town doesn’t have a community vegetable garden yet, approach local leaders about setting one up on public property. If you can identify in advance locations that would make good sites, you’ll have taken care of one possible objection. Look for vacant areas without trees that would block the sun (you need six hours per day, minimum), and stay clear of industrial sites because of the possibility of chemicals in the soil. Look for a flat location with access to water and parking. If you provide town officials with a petition with signatures of people who would make use of the garden, so much the better. Enlist the input of your county extension office and any Master Gardeners you can find. Once you have a suitable location, either community or private property (private schools, hospitals and churches are a good bet), decide on the size of each plot. You’ll need them to be uniform (provide two sizes) with paths between the plots. Plot sizes of 10 by 16 feet and 8 by 10 feet should be large enough to provide families with quantities of fresh vegetables. Decide on a fee to charge for rental of the plots, with a portion of it to be given back at the end of the growing season if the plot is cleared of trash, and weeds have not been al-

lowed to grow. Fees of $20 to 30 are reasonable. Decide whether you want to provide tools or leave it to individuals to bring their own. Query local hardware stores about the possibility of donations. Insist that the whole garden be organic, with no insecticides or weed killers allowed. (Pollutants can drift from one plot to the next.) An area with a fence to keep out wildlife is ideal. Set aside a large separate area and require all those who have a plot to spend a certain number of hours working the community section with the vegetables going to food pantries and shelters. For more specifics on how to begin, go online and search for “start a community garden” and add your state. Hunt, too, for towns near you who’ve already created a garden. They could provide wealth of information. Setting up a community garden can be as easy -- or as complicated -- as you make it. 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 columnreply@gmail.com.

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What happens to the miracle winner of the Daytona 500 ... a year later? Trevor Bayne, only 20 at the time, won NASCAR’s most prestigious race in only his second try at the Sprint Cup level. His year had some rather dramatic ups and downs. Bayne, from Knoxville, Tenn., missed a portion of the schedule while dealing with a mysterious illness that required treatment at the Mayo Clinic. He then won his first Nationwide Series race at Texas Trevor Bayne’s Cinderella story of winning the Daytona 500 last year Motor Speedway in November. The Cinderella story of Daytona makes him a driver to watch for this didn’t change much in the long run. year’s race. He’ll be running the Wood Get New Brothers No. 21 Ford. (John Clark/ The WoodThe Brothers hoped to2012 use the NASCAR NASCAR This Week photo) victory to gain sponsorship sufficient Gear For Your Favorite Driver to compete in the full Cup schedule. &Neither Team. That never materialized. did a expected him to win the 500, most full-time Cup ride for Bayne this year. thought he was a driver to watch, Eastfor29th St. Loveland He257-D will again compete the Nationbased on his performances in other

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: In a list of “responsible” things one should do to their pets, you wrote that owners should spay or neuter them. Well, I own a purebred German shepherd, and I think your advice is just wrong for owners of purebred pets. Maybe mongrels from the shelter need to be spayed and neutered but doing that to my “shep” will alter his behavior. Plus I plan to breed him. You should rethink your advice. -- Tom C., Roswell, Ga.

DEAR TOM: Nah, I don’t need to rethink my advice. The vast majority of pet owners in this country do not need to be breeding their dogs or cats for any reason. There are, indeed, professional breeders who do not spay or neuter their dogs or cats, but responsible breeders don’t just breed pets because they have certification papers. They have to select carefully so that harmful traits (like hip dysplasia, a rampant problem with German shepherds) do not carry through to new generations. Some professionals only breed working dogs, for police and military, for example, and do not deal with

the public. Others are extremely selective about whom their dogs go to. Many will recommend that dogs not suited to be bred be neutered or spayed. Neutering your German shepherd may indeed cause behavioral changes; in many dogs the procedure reduces aggression. But you also eliminate the risk of your dog getting out and fathering a bunch of unwanted puppies with, say, the owner of different breed of dog who thought her precious also was too special to be spayed. But you don’t have to believe me. Talk to your dog’s vet, or to a professional AKC-registered breeder of German shepherds (learn more at www.akc.org), and get the facts. Send your questions or 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. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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of leaves that hang out over a body of water. Once the eggs hatch, the tadpoles fall into the water.

• It was English philosopher Francis Bacon who made the following sage observation: “The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.” • I’m sure you’ve seen photos of those picturesque covered bridges. It seems that they would have provided a welcome haven for people driving buggies caught out in the rain. You may be surprised to learn, though, that the bridges weren’t designed with a roof for the comfort of travelers. Being made of wood in an era before protective sealants, the bridges themselves needed to be protected from the elements. • Most frogs lay their eggs in the water; that way, when the tadpoles hatch they are already in their element. The red-eyed tree frog, however, protects its eggs from aquatic predators by attaching its eggs to the underside

• The next time you travel to the United Kingdom, if you visit the university towns of Cambridge or Oxford, you should keep off the grass. Professors are the only ones allowed to walk on most of the green swards in those towns.

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• In ancient Rome, it was widely believed that holding in gas could cause a person to catch a disease or become poisoned. This was such a concern to public health that Emperor Claudius went so far as to pass a law making it legal to fart at banquets. • Have you ever known someone who keeps making the same error over and over again despite being corrected? The next time you run into this person, you’ll know what to call him or her: a mumpsimus. *** Thought for Today: “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” -- Albert Einstein

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Answers 1. The New York Yankees’ Lou Piniella, in 1986. 2. The 1974 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1995 Cincinnati Reds. 3. The New England Patriots, in 2008. 4. Milt (1981) and Dajuan (2001) Wagner. 5. Never since the division was formed before the 1993-94 season. 6. Seattle Sounders FC won three consecutive Cups (2009-11). 7. Eighteen.

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Becalmed in the Doldrums

Toward the end of February and the beginning of March, nobody is having a fiery discussion about sports. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to the seasoned sports-talk listener. This is the time of the hypothetical trade and the “bubble team.” With the possible exception of those two or three real sports writers that seemingly make all the rounds on ESPN — if only to make the folks behind “Deadspin. com” a little extra jealous — nobody cares about the sporting world right now. All there is to talk about is the absence of sport. It’s a language of lament. In college hoops we already know the top 25, and any team with 20 wins is going to the NCAA tournament. Some like to debate the merits of a bubble team, but they tend to be the hundred or so students that attend the bubble college.

— and I’m sure Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski can write a novella filled with all sorts of weep-inducing allegories, but really, rooting for pitchers and catchers is about as fun as scanning the sign-in sheet at a Kansas City software convention. And this year it appears that the Davis Cup has once again failed to capture the imagination of America, even though America’s John Isner defeated the legendary Roger Federer in the first bumper of the competition. Remember that despite its aristocratic French indoor courtyard origins and subsequent centuries of posh country-club maturation, outside of boxing and MMA, tennis is the only major sport where you can go one-on-one with somebody head-to-head. But this generation of tennis stars, I am told, doesn’t have the “it” factor previous generations did. The matches are too long today, people whine. Well those people clearly do not have kids. When you’re

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