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• There were several “G” men who sat at King Arthur’s round table, according to the legend. The most famous was Sir Galahad, who was the natural son of Sir Lancelot. Folklore tells us that one day, as they were out riding, Arthur’s knights spied a sword in a stone sitting in a river. Only the world’s best knight could pull it out of the stone. Galahad was the knight who accomplished it. Galahad was later chosen as one of the three nights chosen to embark on the Quest for the Holy Grail. Sir Gawain, Sir Gareth, and Sir Gaheris were all nephews of King Arthur, and Sir Geraint was the eldest son of King Erbin of Dumnonia. What was the reason for the round table? A round table has no head, signifying that the 12 knights who sat there all had equal status. • There are several synonyms for the word gormandize, including pig out, binge, and gorge. A person gormandizes anytime they eat food gluttonously. • We might call this person a panhandler, beggar, vagrant, or bum, but the fancy term for these folks is gaberlunzie, a word with its roots in the medieval Scottish language. It can also refer to someone who is licensed to accept public charity. ...continued

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• The famed Apache chief Geronimo spent the first part of his life in Arizona. His name translates “the one who yawns.” During Mexico’s attempts to annex the southwest, Mexican soldiers killer his mother, his wife, and his three small children, which led to a life of antagonism. After Geronimo and his people were confined to a reservation in Arizona, they found the restricted life difficult. Geronimo carried out various raids on the U.S. and Mexican military until his final surrender in 1886. He was incarcerated in Florida, followed by exile at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was allowed to appear at the 1898 World’s Fair in Omaha, Nebraska, which launched his celebrity status. Geronimo was soon in demand at fairs, appearing at the 1901 and 1904 World’s Fairs, and posing for photographs in his traditional clothing and selling his crafts. After being thrown from his horse in 1909, Geronimo died at Fort Sill, still considered a prisoner of war. Over the course of his life, he’d had nine wives. • Some folks have “G” phobias, such as gamophobics, those who have a fear of marriage, or gelotophobics, who are afraid of being laughed at. Gerascophobia is the fear of growing old, while gerontophobics fear old people. It’s one thing to have galeophobia, the fear of cats, but galeanthropy is something completely different – it’s the belief that one IS a cat!

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"G" FLOWERS Gee, it looks like there are several varieties of flowers with names beginning with the letter “G”. Let’s pick a few! • The name gladiolus has its origins in the Latin language, from the word gladius, meaning “sword.” In fact, sometimes it’s referred to as the “sword lily.” In ancient times, the gladiolus was known as xiphium, from the Greek word xiphos, also translating “sword.” There are about 300 different species of gladioli, with their numbers added to every year. It’s necessary to dig up the bulbs at the first Autumn frost. • Gladioli are associated with a fortieth wedding anniversary and are the flower for the birth month of August. They symbolize remembrance, and also stand for strength of character, faithfulness, and honor. A gift of gladioli also expresses infatuation, telling the receiver that she “pierces the heart.” • In 1925, the first National Spelling Bee was held. “Gladiolus” was the word that 11-year-old Frank Neuhauser spelled correctly to win the contest. Frank prepared for the competition by copying the dictionary into a notebook. U.S. President Calvin Coolidge personally awarded the boy $500 in gold pieces. Back home in Kentucky, Frank was honored with a parade, where he was presented with several bouquets of gladioli. He went on to become a patent attorney. • Gardenias are a member of the coffee family, and are native to tropical regions. They are named in honor of a Charleston, South Carolina physician and naturalist, Alexander Garden. The flowers are waxy, white or pale yellow, and very strongly scented. Although they can be cultivated as a house plant, because of their tropical origins, they require high humidity to thrive.

• In France, men wearing formal evening dress traditionally wear gardenias as their boutonniere. During America’s Gilded Age, upper-class men in New York City wore gardenias in their buttonhole. It was the favorite flower of psychologist Sigmund Freud. • Gardenias are the symbol of purity and sweetness, and a gift tells the receiver, “You are lovely.” They also indicate secret love. • Geraniums are a popular addition to hanging plants, containers, and flower gardens everywhere. They are hardy plants that will grow in nearly any type of soil and don’t need frequent watering. • There are about 400 species of geraniums found throughout the world, ranging in height from 6 inches to 4 feet tall. • Geraniums are also known as crane’s bill, because their seed capsule does in fact resemble a crane’s bill. They’re not just a beautiful addition to a garden, but are useful in many other ways, including brewing a tea from the leaves. Their essential oil can be used as a deodorant, tonic, or diuretic, and has been effective for some in reducing the appearance of scars. • There are many unusually-scented geraniums, including peppermint, lemon, rose, orange, pineapple, and nutmeg. There is even a variety that smells like citronella that repels mosquitoes. • You may not have heard of gypsophilia, but you’ve certainly seen it. It’s the fancy name for plain old Baby’s Breath, a bushy plant with delicate small flowers on long slender stems. Baby’s breath is a member of the carnation family, and there are about 150 different species of the plant.

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• On July 8, 1776, in Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell rings out, summoning citizens to the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Although the historic document was adopted on July 4, the bell was not rung until it returned from the printer. • On July 5, 1946, French designer Louis Reard unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit at a popular swimming pool in Paris. Reard dubbed the swimsuit the "bikini," inspired by a news-making U.S. atomic test off Bikini Atoll. • On July 4, 1957, Italian automaker Fiat debuts the "Nuova Cinquecento," a redesigned version of a model it debuted in 1936. Fiat's first 500-cc car, the "Il Topolino," had space for two people and a top speed of 53 mph. • On July 3, 1969, Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones is found dead in the swimming pool at at his home in England. Two years later to the day, in 1971, Jim Morrison dies of heart failure in a Paris bathtub. Both were 27 years old. • On July 6, 1971, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, dies in New York City at age 69. A world-renowned jazz trumpeter and vocalist, he pioneered jazz improvisation and the style known as swing. • On July 7, 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominates Sandra Day O'Connor, an Arizona court of appeals judge, to be the first woman Supreme Court justice. After the Senate unanimously approved her appointment, she was sworn in by Chief Justice Warren Burger on Sept. 25. • On July 9, 1993, British forensic scientists announce they have positively identified the remains of Russia's last czar, Nicholas II; his wife, Czarina Alexandra; and three of their daughters. The scientists used mitochondria DNA fingerprinting to identify the bones, which had been excavated from a mass grave two years earlier. © 2017 King Features Synd., Inc.

Don't Bet on It So it's going to happen after all: Floyd Mayweather (49-0) will take on Conor McGregor (0-0) Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight will be historic on several levels. If Mayweather wins, he will have a 50-0 record, breaking the 49-0 tie he now shares with Rocky Marciano. Also, it likely will be the highest grossing fight in history, pulling in well north of $600 million when you factor in merchandising and licensing. Vegas odds have Mayweather as the 6-1 favorite, but 90 percent of the action has been on McGregor, according to Caesar's Palace. My advice to any sane person? Don't bet on it. I see the fight working itself out in the following scenarios: 1. Floyd toys with McGregor for 3-4 rounds before viciously knocking him out in the 5th or 6th; 2. McGregor is disqualified for kicking or doing something bizarre; 3. The ref stops the fight for humane reasons because McGregor won't go down, and; 4. Floyd slips on McGregor's blood and McGregor catches him with a hard left and knocks Mayweather out, scoring the greatest upset in sports history. That's my take. Here are a few other educated takes: Sugar Ray Leonard: "It's boxing, the dominant boxer wins ... they say it's gonna make a mockery out of [boxing], I don't think so ... not one fight." (TMZ Sports) Mike Tyson: "McGregor doesn't win in a boxing match ... [he's] going to look really ridiculous boxing him." (Sirius XM Channel 93) Oscar De La Hoya: "McGregor is not a boxer. And he's going up against the best boxer on the planet? In our generation? Against Mayweather? And he's 0-0? It's impossible! I couldn't beat him!"

Max Kellerman, boxing analyst: "The lack of respect for the discipline is astonishing. He's been doing this since he was a baby. The idea that Conor McGregor can win is absurd. Mayweather will be able to hit McGregor anywhere he pleases, whenever he pleases ... [he will KO McGregor] whenever he wants, however he wants." Joe Rogan, UFC announcer: "[McGregor] is fighting one of the best if not the best boxer ever. Most likely this is not going to work out well for him. The only way it could work out well is if Floyd takes him lightly and Conor clips him, Conor mugs him, Conor does some old-school Bernard Hopkins [stuff] in the clinch." Jim Lampley: "McGregor's style is exactly the wrong style for fighting Floyd Mayweather. He's not an attacker; he's a counterpuncher ... I'm a hundred percent certain the boxer is going to win." (Fight Hub TV) Whenever you enter the ring, the other guy always has a puncher's chance. A fluke left out of nowhere? It's happened before. You never know. Think Rocky and Apollo. By the way, what does Rocky think? Sylvester Stallone (Rocky): "Mayweather would be facing first-degree murder charges [after the fight]. It wouldn't even be fair." I wouldn't bet on that either, but we'll see soon enough. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in New Jersey.


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June is Dairy Month, so let’s turn our attention to the facts of this industry. • Before it was National Dairy Month, it was National Milk Month, an observance created in 1937 to promote drinking milk. The dairy industry had been changing dramatically since the late 1800s when scientific advances, including pasteurization, transformed the production process. The centrifugal separator that removes milk fat was introduced in 1878, and the Babcock test to determine fat content came along in the 1890s. Chicago was the first U.S. city to pass a law requiring milk to be pasteurized, in 1908. • Every state in America has dairy farms, with about 47,000 licensed dairy farms across the nation, 97% of which are family-owned. The average herd numbers about 200 cows. These farms produce about 21 billion gallons every year. About 99% of American households purchase milk, with the average person drinking about 25 gallons every year. • Although milk is sold by gallons, dairy farmers are actually paid by the hundredweight. One gallon weighs approximately 8.6 lbs.

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