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There are certain records that you may be familiar with. The fastest 100-meter dash, the top speed for a land vehicle and the first breaking of the sound barrier are just three common examples. We may not all know who holds these records, but at least we know these records are out there. Then, of course, there are other records that sit happily outside of the norm. Not only will almost no one know the names of these “famous” record holders, very few people will even be aware that these records exist. Here are a few examples of unusual bests from around the globe. • Did you know that Chris Elliott and Tyson Turk of Bedford, Texas, hold the world record for the most body piercings in one session? Three thousand, one hundred piercings were performed in just over six hours, topping the previous best of 1,015 by a couple in the United Kingdom. (It seems some people aren’t happy with a nice pair of earrings anymore.) Turn the page for more!
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MOMENTS IN TIME • On March 23, 1836, in hopes of keeping pace with the furious march of technology, the U.S. Mint unveils its first steam-powered press. The new-fangled contraption helped crank out coins more efficiently.
• On March 25, 1911, at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York’s Lower East Side, a fire quickly engulfs the factory and claims 146 lives, mostly young women. Because management had locked the exit doors, many of the garment workers either expired from asphyxiation or leapt from windows -- a fatal, 10-story fall. The factory’s owners were eventually found guilty on charges of manslaughter.
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• On March 20, 1920, Bugatti delivers its first 16-valve car to a customer in Switzerland. The Bugatti was a symbol of wealth and status, and its cars were equipped with massive racing engines. The renowned American dancer Isadora Duncan was riding in a Bugatti when her trademark long scarf caught in a rear wheel of the vehicle, and she was instantly strangled to death. • On March 22, 1947, President Harry Truman issues an executive decree establishing a sweeping loyalty investigation of federal employees in every department and agency. The program uncovered only a few employees whose loyalty could be “reasonably” doubted.
• On March 19, 1952, the one-millionth Jeep is produced. The name “Jeep” is reportedly derived from the Army’s 1941 request that car manufacturers develop a “General Purpose” vehicle. “G.P.” turned to “Jeep” somewhere along the battle lines. • On March 21, 1971, “The Andromeda Strain,” the first movie to use computer animation, opens. The sci-fi thriller, featuring scientists racing against time and an alien virus, was the first of many films to be made from a Michael Crichton book. • On March 24, 1989, the worst oil spill in U.S. territory begins when the supertanker Exxon Valdez runs aground on a reef in Prince William Sound in Alaska. An estimated 11 million gallons of oil eventually spilled into the water, polluting more than 700 miles of coastline. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Veterans weren’t forgotten in the recent $25 billion mortgage servicing settlement. In fact, veterans were treated much better than civilian counterparts who’d had their homes foreclosed. In the lawsuit leading to the settlement, it was determined that the four biggest mortgage servicers violated the Servicemen’s Civil Relief Act, the law that outlines the rules under which mortgages must be handled for veterans. Those banks will now have to pay veterans $116,785 each, plus equity that was lost in the property after it was wrongfully foreclosed, plus any interest. That number might end up being higher. JP Morgan Chase will need to provide the veteran with his or her property “free and clear of any debt or the cash equivalent of the full value of the home at the time of sale.” Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Ally will have to give a refund to any veterans charged more than 6 percent interest on a mortgage after receiving a request to lower that rate, plus triple that amount. The agreement expands and beefs up the rules for SCRA. Previously a bank was prohibited from foreclosing on a veteran-owned property if the mortgage was taken out before the veteran began military service. Now the rule will additionally state that no matter when the mortgage began, if the veteran received Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay and was away from home within nine months of foreclosure, the veteran is protected from foreclosure. If you believe you are covered by this settlement, get your paperwork in order and call for military legal assistance. Go online to http:// legalassistance.law.af.mil and look in the Legal Services Locator for the Armed Forces Legal Assistance office nearest you. Also see www. servicemembers.gov for information, or call the Justice Department at 1-800-896-7743. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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1. Is the book of Colossae in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Genesis 32, who became lame when he wrestled with God? Jacob, Adam, Noah, Aaron 3. What city was second of the seven churches as mentioned by John? Derbe, Gomorrah, Beersheba, Smyrna 4. From Acts 8, what magician came to be baptized by Philip? Balaam, Endor, Simon, Laban 5. Whose standard version of the Bible was/is the Vulgate? Greek, Hebrew, German, Latin 6. Which Psalm is the shortest of all? 1st, 3rd, 117th, 123rd
1. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What term refers to a type of patterned sock or sweater and a region within a country? 2. LOGOS: What is the official logo of the Atlanta Braves baseball team? 3. HOLIDAYS: When was Father’s Day first celebrated officially? 4. CHEMISTRY: What is the color of sulfur at room temperature? 5. ANATOMY: What human organs are responsible for cleaning waste from blood? 6. HISTORY: In what year did U.S. law require cars to include turn signals? 7. FOOD & DRINK: Which vegetables are used primarily in succotash? 8. BIBLE: What is the longest book in the Old Testament? 9. U.S. GOVERNMENT: Which Constitutional Amendment deals with self-incrimination? 10. MOVIES: What new category was added to the Academy Awards in 2001?
OFF THE RECORD (continued) • The record for “Most People Inside of a Bubble” is held by Fan and Deni Yang. The two wowed an audience with their outlandish talent for creating bubbles. As part of this year’s BubbleFest in Santa Ana, California, at the city’s Discovery Science Center, they created a soap bubble so large that they were able to fit 118 people inside it, setting the current world record. The BubbleFest, now in its 16th year, celebrates the science and math principles of bubbles. • For Takuo Toda, chairman of the Japan Origami Airplane Association, breaking the “Longest Paper Airplane Flight” record with his time of 27.9 seconds was the culmination of an 11-year scientific effort. In April of 2009, Toda finally reached his goal when he turned a sheet of light sugarcane into a 10-cm craft that stayed aloft for almost 30 seconds. Toda’s model bore a striking resemblance to a NASA space shuttle that he recalled watching three decades before, yet Toda claims that his design actually preceded NASA’s by three
or four years. In 1980, he began lobbying for a proposal to launch paper darts from the International Space Station, and in 2008, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced a three-year, 90 million yen (over 1.1 million U.S. dollars) study of that very thing. Though it may sound frivolous on its surface, the research could yield valuable information on how future spacecraft may be lighter and more aerodynamic. The next time your co-worker teases you for making paper airplanes, tell him you’re doing it for science! • American Ashrita Furman presently holds 113 places of distinction within the “Guinness Book of World Records.” Nicknamed “Mr. Versatility,” Furman has set more than 340 records since 1979 in 35 countries on each of the world’s continents. In 2010, he sprinted his way into history with the aid of something generally reserved for the water — a pair of black and blue swim fins. He ran a mile (in fins) in 7 minutes, 56 seconds. In addition to breaking the “eight minute land swim fin mile” (a phrase that we are hoping to popularize), Furman’s accomplishment made him the
current record holder for holding current records (the aforementioned 113). • Breaking the “World’s Fastest Furniture” record, a lounge chair created by a design group from the United Kingdom was clocked at 87 miles per hour, well over the speed limit on nearly every highway in the world. Couch potatoes with a need for speed need look no further than the “Casual Lofa” (as its creators Cummfy Banana have deemed it), which has an actual vehicle license with the British Ministry of Transportation. In addition to its plush, leopard-patterned upholstery, the “Lofa” features the same unleaded A-series engine found in the Cooper Mini, along with a steering wheel that doubles as a pizza pan, a hand-operated brake and a throttle that can be operated with the feet up or down. In addition to its performance-driving chair, the company has also built a bed on wheels called the “Street Sleeper” that can go 69 miles per hour and a zooming tub (the “Bog Standard”) that can go 71. They even offer a motorized office suite for the more business-minded racing aficionado.
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Online Banking Grows by Leaps and Bounds
Say it isn’t true. Seniors are moving to online banking? So says a survey done by the American Bankers Association. For the first time ever, those of us age 55 and older now prefer doing our banking online rather than going to the bank in person or using the mail. It wasn’t just a few of us either. We went from 20 percent of seniors doing banking online in 2010 to a whopping 57 percent in 2011. Part of this, it’s said, is due to the banks now having a long list of requirements to avoid the fees they now charge. In some cases we’re required to have a very large balance in savings or we’re charged a monthly fee to get statements by mail. Doing our banking online is often one of the ways we can save money. Why do we do it? It’s convenient, especially if we no longer drive or if we live in places with inclement
weather. For those of us who are so busy it’s not easy to get to the bank during working hours, online banking is a means to easily take care of business. That doesn’t mean we’re eager to use our cell phones to conduct bank business, however. We’re not quite there yet. Computer classes have made us more comfortable pressing keys, but a small cell phone is easily lost. So, what can we do online? We can: transfer funds from one account to another, check balances, see if a check has cleared, view our statement and pay bills. If you want to explore online banking, remember two key safety steps. Keep good virus protection on your computer, and close your browser after you log out of the bank’s website. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to email@example.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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FAMOUS LANDMARKS OF THE WORLD: • In 1977, Universal began adding new attractions as both part of and separate from Nestled in the San Fernando Valley, just over the back lot tour. These attractions included the hill from Hollywood, is one of Los Angeles’ the Screen Test Comedy Theater, the Animal great attractions, The Universal Theme Park. Actors stage, the Prop Plaza and the Western Though Disneyland has the more heralded Stunt Show. Video screens were added to the history and gets a majority of the press, tram, allowing visitors to watch productions Universal has quietly carved out a place of on the lot being filmed live. magic and wonder for locals and visiting tourists since 1964. In fact, it is estimated that over 100 • The influence of Disneyland’s theme-ridecentric design emerged in the 1970s as the million men, women and children have since park added attractions inspired by some of walked the Universal Grounds, making it one the most successful movies filmed there, of the top tourist attractions in U.S. history. like “The Ten Commandments,” “Jaws” • The Universal back lot tour officially opened and “King Kong.” In the intervening three to the public in 1964, although informal tours decades, a host of new attractions have been were available to the public before then. added. These include the Revenge of the The first tours were walking tours, allowing Mummy thrill coaster, the Special Effects visitors to get a look at productions filming Stage, Jurassic Park – The Ride, Shrek 4-D, on the studio lot. In addition to getting a The Simpsons Animated Virtual Coaster and glimpse of active sets, guests were given a King Kong 360 3-D, a ride designed by film look behind the scenes in the dressing rooms director Peter Jackson (“King Kong,” “The of their favorite Universal stars. These early Lord of The Rings” trilogy) that the Los tours lasted about 90 minutes. Angeles Times described as “the kind of awe• In the next decade, walking tours were replaced inspiring theme park attraction you can’t find with more state-of-the-art transportation. anywhere else.” A pink-and-white tram nicknamed the “GlamTram” became the preferred mode of • Today, guests can roam 415 acres of Universal Property including the lot, theme park and transport. Onboard, a knowledgeable guide Universal City, a teaming outdoor plaza tells the studio’s rich history, shares bits that includes restaurants, shops and one of of trivia and answers questions for curious California’s largest and most modern movie visitors. Some lucky guests have even enjoyed theaters. Though the studio lot tour now takes face-to-face visits with the performers less than hour, visitors are advised to arrive themselves, as on occasion stars have made early. Almost 100 years of cinematic history themselves personally available to meet, sign have been celebrated there, more than enough autographs and answer questions. At the tour’s to captivate even the most casual movie buff end, guests are given the opportunity to eat in for hours on end. the studio commissary, where star watching is just as important as whetting hardy appetites.
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Handling Lump-Sum Benefits and Taxes
If you began receiving Social Security Disability Insurance payments in 2011, you could have a problem when you file your tax return and end up paying too much. Here’s why: Since it takes so long to begin receiving SSDI benefits, it’s possible that you’ll receive a one-time lump-sum payment that includes back payments for previous years. Those benefits are taxable income, and you could pay taxes at a rate up to a whopping 50 percent. The calculation to determine your income includes any other income you have. According to a news release by the Allsup Disability Life Planning Center, an average SSDI benefit is $1,073, which comes to $12,876 for the year. For a couple, a total income of more than $19,000 (or $9,950 for an individual) requires that a tax return be filed. However, if you receive a large lumpsum payment and report that, as well as any other income, you could end up paying too much in taxes. This is where you’ll need the help of a tax preparer or tax preparation software to complete your return: You’re allowed to spread that lump-sum income out over previous years. You’ll receive a Form 1099 showing the amount of SSDI income you received, with the amount showing in Box 3. If you want to complete your return yourself or read about filing to get an estimate of the tax you might owe, go online to the Internal
Revenue Service website at irs.gov and search for Publication 915. The name is “Social Security and Equivalent Railroad Retirement Benefits.” Look for the Lump-Sum Election on page 11 for detailed instructions on the Worksheets 1 through 4 that need to be filled out. Scroll down and look for the examples of the worksheets. The result of the calculations on those worksheets determine which election method will get you the lowest tax. Publication 915 contains other helpful information as well. If you receive a FORM SSA-1042S Social Security Benefit Statement and don’t understand the numbers in the various boxes, the publication explains each one. If you receive railroad retirement benefits on FORM RRB-1099, this publication explains the figures in each of the 11 boxes. If you do your taxes yourself and have a question, you can contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. Your best bet, however, if you’ve received a lumpsum benefit, is to get help from a tax preparer. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (c)
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They All Get Giddy on a Monday Night DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The no-frills Daytona 500 got off to a colorful start on Monday night, mainly because the dude with his hands on the plunger set off the fireworks early. On the start, Matt Kenseth bump-drafted Greg Biffle while everyone else played nice ... for slightly more than a lap. The bump draft worked out nicely. Behind the streaking Fords at the front caromed the five-time champion, the previous winner, the banished bad boy and ... The Danica. Contact between Elliott Sadler’s plebeian Chevy and Jimmie Johnson’s royal one touched off the bottle rockets. The last time a driver began a championship season with a 500 victory was Johnson in 2006. Since then he has finished no better than 27th. Next up for the winner of five of the past six titles: He and crew chief Chad Knaus try to duck the book being hurled at them by the always arbitrary NASCAR judiciary. “I’m really bummed out,” said Johnson, and he wasn’t insincere. He said he had some “help” from behind,
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which is an odd way for destruction to be described. Johnson still earned $327,000 dollars, or about $163,000 per lap. Lots of times, rained-out races seem restrained when everyone comes back and
A second-lap wreck at the rain-delayed Daytona 500 took out 5-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and damaged Danica Patrick’s car (No. 10) enough to effectively take her out of the race. (Getty Images for NASCAR photo) reconjures the magic. In particular, it’s usually later than the second lap when someone touches off a brawl of sparks and fire. Rain apparently isn’t calming when it’s the Daytona 500 and first place is worth $1.5 million or so. Eleven laps later Ryan Newman went spinning down the back straight, but he had a signed excuse because a tire went flat. Then there’s Danica Patrick, who, as usual, got more attention than Tony Stew-
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It will undoubtedly get better, in large measure because it is impossible for it not to. It seemed like yesterday when Trevor Bayne won the race, but this time Bayne barely made it a lap. The Kurt Busch Resurrection Tour went on immediate hiatus. It’s one of the reasons NASCAR insists on having 43 cars in every race. Sometimes the big shots charge the barricades too quickly and reinforcements are necessary.
he was able to stay ahead of Earnhardt and Biffle. “I have hit a lot of things, but a jet dryer? I mean, no ...” — Juan Pablo Montoya. “This is what he (Kenseth) deserves. He’s a hard-core racer, and he’s a good man.” — Carl Edwards (eighth) *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at nascarthisweek@ yahoo.com. © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My 8-year-old longhaired cat, “Buster,” has gas and diarrhea. He was given Flagyl for two months with no improvement. Then he took three months of probiotics, and no improvement. Now he gets 5 mg of prednisone and 5 drops of Rescue Remedy daily. His butt has been shaved to help keep him clean, and I wash it once a day. Buster eats special cat food, but that doesn’t help his digestion either. We have quarter-sized circles of poop all over the house, and I am breaking my back cleaning the carpet and floor. My husband says to euthanize him. What more can I do? -- Pat R., via email
Flagyl is a common treatment for IBD, as is prednisone. Rescue Remedy is a natural remedy to calm pets. Buster’s vet should run a number of tests, if he or she hasn’t already, to rule out bacterial infection, parasites or a metabolic condition. If a conclusive cause isn’t found, you must try and find ways to mitigate his symptoms. The change in diet also is recommended in case a food allergy is the problem. You’re feeding Buster a specialty cat food, but if it isn’t working, try other brands or even try making home-cooked cat food. Additional information can be found online. And realize you’re not alone: Many owners are caring DEAR PAT: Such long-term diarrhea is certainly for cats with IBD. Please don’t give up on Buster. cause for concern, and I know it can be intensely frustrating to care for and clean up after a sick Send your questions or tips to ask@pawscorner. cat. Please convince your husband to shelve the com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features euthanasia suggestion, however. Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL Buster sounds like he has inflammatory bowel 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and disease (IBD)-- a term that describes a collection information, visit www.pawscorner.com. of symptoms, such as frequent (or constant) diarrhea, but not a specific cause. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Daytona’s Wring of Fire
Two days of hand wringing, head ringing and jetfuel flinging burned down to a pretty exciting race in Daytona this year. The Daytona 500 was kicked around in the rain, and ratings were down. As expected, Danica Patrick hijacked much of the prerace coverage. Dale Earnhardt Jr. mounted an exciting comeback in the race, nearly passing eventual winner Matt Kenseth. The finish buoyed fans of Earnhardt Jr. who hope the finish will translate into a strong 2012 season for the driver. Earnhardt Jr., in post-race comments, was able to show that he, too, was looking forward to the future and not content with second-place finishes. “You know, you do want to come in here and make sure the press knows that you wanted to win the race, because the press is going to tell the fans what you thought, and you don’t want
shaved off the back end. This race, however, was anything but short. Delayed by rain Sunday, the race began Monday night and saw its first crash after the first lap. Then, in lap 160, under a caution flag, Juan Pablo Montoya slammed into a truck filled with 200 gallons of jet fuel, stopping the race for another two hours. Kenseth wasn’t given the Harvey J. Early trophy until early Tuesday morning. But just as Patrick dominated pre-race coverage, it was Brad Keselowski who garnered most of the postrace buzz over the interwebs.Daytona’s Keselowski, it Wring would seem, became the first of Fire NASCAR driver to ever tweetTwo fromdays his of car.hand Keselwringowski went on to finish in jeting, head ringing and 32ndfuel in the race, but accordflinging burned down ing to Time magazine, he in to a pretty exciting race sawDaytona his Twitter following this year. jump The from Daytona 60,000 to 500 morewas thankicked 200,000 the next around in day. the rain, As for Patrick, she still As and ratings were down. managed to find her name expected, Danica Patrick in the headlines for finish-prehijacked much of the ing race 38th in the race.Dale For the coverage. Earn-
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shaved off the back end. This race, however, was anything but short. Delayed by rain Sunday, the race began Monday night and saw its first crash after the first lap. Then, in lap 160, under a caution flag, Juan Pablo Montoya slammed into a truck filled with 200 gallons of jet fuel, stopping the race for another two hours. Kenseth wasn’t given the Harvey J. Early
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