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ELECTIONS (continued): • Six U.S. presidents had no children. John Tyler had the most, fifteen! Tyler was called “His Accidency” by opponents, being the first vice president called to fill the office of president by the death of his predecessor, William Henry Harrison. Harrison died of pneumonia after only being in office 32 days, the shortest term of any U.S. president. • There have been short and tall presidents, with James Madison the shortest at only 5’4” (1.62 m). Abraham Lincoln was the tallest at 6’4” (1.93 m), with Lyndon Johnson only a _ inch (1.27 cm) under him. James Madison was also the lightest president, weighing only about 100 pounds (45.36 kg). William Howard Taft was the heaviest at about 300 pounds (136 kg) and actually had a bathtub installed in the White House that would fit four normal sized men! • His size was not the most unusual thing or memorable trivia about William Howard Taft, it was his activity after he was president. He served as a Professor of Law at Yale until President Warren G. Harding selected him to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court eight years after his service as president, in 1923. In 1925, Calvin Coolidge was the first and only president to be sworn in by a former president. • Taft, said that his greatest honor was serving as Chief Justice. He wrote: “I don’t remember that I ever was President.” • When the government for the United States of America was first formed, there were no political parties. George Washington served as president with no political party affiliation.

MOMENTS IN TIME ¥ On Nov. 24, 1849, John Froelich, the inventor of the first internal-combustion tractor, is born in Girard, Iowa. Froelich and investors formed the Waterloo Gasoline Traction Engine Company. The Waterloo Tractor Works, owned by John Deere since 1918, remains one of the largest tractor factories in the United States. ¥ On Nov. 22, 1900, the first car to be produced under the Mercedes name is taken for its inaugural drive in Cannstatt, Germany. The car was specially built for Emil Jellinek, a fan of fast, flashy cars. He bought 36 of them. In exchange, the company agreed to name the car after Jellinek’s 11-year-old daughter, Mercedes. ¥ On Nov. 19, 1915, British airman Richard Bell Davies performs a daring rescue, swooping down in his plane to whisk a downed fellow pilot from behind the Turkish lines. The British government awarded him the Victoria Cross. ¥ On Nov. 21, 1934, teenager Ella Fitzgerald wins Amateur Night at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. Putting her name in the hat on a bet, she’d originally planned a dance number. History was made when she changed her mind and sang “The Object of My Affection.” ¥ On Nov. 20, 1945, a series of trials of accused Nazi war criminals, conducted by a U.S., French and Soviet military tribunal based in Nuremberg, Germany, begins. Twenty-four former Nazi officials were tried, and half would be sentenced to death by hanging. ¥ On Nov. 23, 1959, Robert Stroud, the famous “Birdman of Alcatraz,” is released from solitary confinement for the first time since 1916. For 15 years, Stroud lived among canaries brought to him by visitors, and he became an expert in birds and ornithological diseases. In 1943, Stroud’s Digest of the Diseases of Birds, a 500page text that included his own illustrations, was published to general acclaim. ¥ On Nov. 25, 1963, President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated three days earlier, is buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. An eternal flame was lit by his widow to forever mark the grave. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. Which book of the Bible (KJV) mentions the word “thanksgiving” the most times, at eight? Genesis, Nehemiah, Psalms, Isaiah 2. From Leviticus 22:29, a sacrifice of thanksgiving is most meaningful when it is “what”? Sincere, Often, Voluntary, Extravagant 3. In which book’s 5:18 does it state, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God”? 1 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 1 Peter, 1 John 4. What items of food and drink did Jesus give thanks for at the Last Supper? Figs/water, Bread/wine, Fishes/nectar, Honey/milk 5. Where was Jonah when he prayed with the voice of thanksgiving? Fish’s belly, Aboard ship, In the wilderness, Mountaintop 6. Whose thanksgiving is expressed in Philippians 4:10-20? Paul, John the Baptist, James, David

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• The first political parties for the U.S. started in the late 1700s. On February 12, 1798, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “Two political sects have arisen within the U.S., the one believing that the executive is the branch of our government which the most needs support; the other that like the analogous branch in the English government, it is already too strong for the • People all over the world get fed up with politics. At a parliamentary election in Naples, republican parts of the Constitution.” The Italy in 2008, a 41-year-old man ate his ballot former were called federalists, sometimes in protest to the country’s politicians! He was monocrats and sometimes aristocrats, charged with destroying election materials. sometimes tories like the corresponding group in the English government. The latter were • In 2004, a woman in England was fined for called republicans, whigs, anarchists, jacobins, trying to register her cows, Henry and Sophie and sometimes disorganizers. Bull and her dog, Jake Woofies, as voters. Her barn was listed as a separate property and when • When the U.S. Constitution was written, there forms asked who the residents of the property was no mention of political parties. Most of were, she listed the animals! the framers of the document hoped that no political parties would form. They hoped the • For a last Tidbit on elections, imagine the new country would be such that everyone confusion if our North American countries had would just “get along!” (agree!) the diversity of over 1,000 political parties! According to the Election Commission of • The current two party system, with Democrats India, that is the estimate of parties that exist and Republicans, has been part of the political in India. The commission has a list of symbols system in the U.S. for years. The first party was that political parties can use to represent their originally formed from many of the advisers groups, including a kite, diesel pump, kettle, that George Washington consulted with. Oddly pressure cooker and many others. As you vote, the first political party, started in 1792, was be glad that we do have elections and that our called the Democratic-Republican Party. ballots don’t contain pressure cooker and kite • Many changes have happened with the political parties! parties through the years. Smaller parties have tried to gain power but have never been very successful. The Republicans and Democrats are still the main newsmakers.

• Canada has also been a country dominated by two political parties, today the Liberal and Conservative parties. An interesting time in Canadian history was when there were seven distinct political parties in the legislature in 1854. • The Canadian parties at the time were four groups from Northern Canada: 1) the Tories, 2) moderate Conservatives, led by the first Prime Minister of Canada, John A. Macdonald, known as “Sir John A.,” 3) Baldwin Reformers, who were moderate Liberals, 4) and the Radical or advanced Liberal party, known as the “Clear

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Keselowski slowly worked his way up from 32nd starting position. Following the third caution flag, Keselowski restarted in 15th position at lap 135. Meanwhile, Brian Vickers wrested the lead from Gordon on lap 146. A Kyle Busch spin in turn three brought out the fourth caution on lap 149. Hamlin, who had lost track position due to an early pit-road penalty, worked his way up to second. A turn-two shunt involving Marcos Ambrose and Kvapil slowed the pace again at lap 212. Clint Bowyer ousted Gordon from the lead on lap 226. Hendrick Chevys thus became aligned in second through fifth with Gordon, Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne. Kevin Harvick’s Chevy drop-kicked Kurt Busch’s into the turn-four wall on lap 233. Johnson and Bowyer conducted a side-by-side duel for the lead that lasted for more than three laps, Bowyer finally clearing him on lap 238. Bowyer then dominated the race up until a costly pit-road mistake -- he stalled the Toyota while attempting to pull away -- on lap 349. Kevin Harvick’s engine expired on lap 475, setting up the finish. Kyle Busch finished second, Kasey Kahne third and, in a surprise, Aric Almirola fourth in the Ford carrying the name of Richard Petty, Martinsville’s all-time leader, with 15 victories. *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at

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6. Add wood to the fire one piece at a time. To maintain the fire’s size, add one new log for each log that burns away. To increase its size, add one log every five minutes or so to a steady fire, and note the amount of flames and heat after each addition. The most complicated part of fire-building, for new users, is finding the right amount of kindling to get a steady fire going. Dry twigs and wood chips can be added to newspaper; leaves don’t burn as well and are better left on the mulch pile. Use a combination of woods for the best results: oak burns slowly and cleanly, while pine ignites more easily and burns hotter, but is consumed quickly. Enjoy your new fireplace, with a dose of common sense: Don’t burn trash in it, keep the gate closed and have the fireplace and chimney cleaned once a year. HOME TIP: Leave about 1 inch of fine ash in the bottom of the fireplace. The ash insulates the firebox and helps the fireplace heat more efficiently. Send questions or home repair tips to ask@, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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from, most for less than $30 per set. Booties with extra traction or customized fit cost a little bit more. You also can find “fashion” booties if you want your pet to look swanky walking down the street, although many of those look like they would be uncomfortable for your dog. Be sure to buy booties of a size DEAR SARAH: Booties can closest to the size of your dog. be very good paw protectors Try them on your dog’s paws for dogs that are outdoors right away, in case they don’t in the winter. The biggest fit and need to be returned. considerations, besides price, Protecting your dog’s paws are getting the right type for the kind of terrain and the level is just the beginning of coldof activity your dog will have. weather safety, of course. A dog coat that wraps For everyday walking on comfortably around his torso a sidewalk, there are many will help Jake retain body heat brands of booties to choose much longer. Stay alert when DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I’ve been thinking of getting my Border Collie, “Jake,” a set of those booties that fit over a dog’s paws to protect them from cold ground and sharp objects. Do these really work? -- Sarah in Chicago

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¥ It’s not known who made the following sage observation: “The sharper your words are, the more they’ll hurt if you have to swallow them.” ¥ Those who study such things say that Southerners watch more TV than residents of any other region of the country. ¥ Any given major ballet company will go through about 3,000 pairs of toe shoes every year. Under normal use, one pair will last for about one hour of performing. ¥ If you average out the depth of the world’s seas and the elevation of the land, you’ll find that the ocean is four times as deep as the land is high. ¥ Pierre-Auguste Renoir, one of the leading artists of the Impressionist movement, died in 1919, at the age of 78. His last words were, “What a pity I have to go now just when I was beginning to show promise!”

showed human volunteers sequences of five numbers on a computer screen. When asked to repeat the numbers, the test subjects could accurately do so half the time. The same researchers conducted the same test with a chimpanzee named Ayumu, who was able to recall the number sequences 80 percent of the time. ¥ A male sea otter shows affection by biting his mate’s nose. ¥ If you’re a young baseball player hoping to make it in the big leagues, you might want to keep this fact in mind: Only 8 percent of those who sign major-league contracts actually play in even a single big-league game. The other 92 percent spend their careers languishing in the minor leagues for a pittance. *** Thought for the Day: “What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step to something better.” -- Wendell Phillips (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

¥ Researchers studying the workings of memory briefly

¥ Got soap scum? Mix dishwashing detergent with baking soda and use it to scrub bathroom walls. It’s very effective, and surprisingly gentle, as baking soda is a mild abrasive that works well without scratching. ¥ “Unless the label states otherwise, the best rinse temperature for clothing is cold water. It will help the clothing retain its shape and color better, and --bonus -- it’s the least-expensive setting.” -- I.F. in Texas ¥ When whipping egg whites, make sure you bring the eggs to room temperature beforehand. They will yield greater volume.


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¥ Store asparagus in the fridge only for a few days before serving. Trim the cut end and use wet paper towels to wrap it. Keep it in the crisper drawer. ¥ Getting out your old deck of cards to play? If they feel gummy, put them in a plastic baggie, add a little bit of talc, baby powder or cornstarch, seal the bag and shake. Knock the excess off before removing from the bag. Shuffle as usual. ¥ “Wanna spot clean your floor? Spray an old pair of socks with floor cleaner, put them on and do the cha-cha-cha.” -- V.B. in Iowa Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Magic Maze

Answers 1. Ray Miller, who was fired after 139 games of the 1986 season. 2. It was 764 consecutive games. 3. Bud Wilkinson (1934-36 with Minnesota; 1950, 1955-56 with Oklahoma). 4. Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon, 1989-90. 5. Lake Superior State. 6. Only one set on the way to three gold medals. 7. Sam Snead, with 82. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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