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• If your acquaintance refers to something as a moot point, it might mean that it’s unimportant, not worth talking about, or inconsequential. It might be a question that no one will ever be able to answer. However, if that person calls it a mute point, it’s incorrect grammar. “Mute” means “silent,” and it rhymes with “cute.” “Moot” rhymes with boot, and means it does not apply to the current situation for any number of reasons.
• If you have a good friend who is available to help you out at any time, he or she is at your “beck and call,” not “beck on call,” a phrase that is frequently misused. And if you did something you didn’t mean to do, it was “by accident,” not “on accident.” • Let’s set the record straight on the word “there” and its homophones. The word “there” indicates a place, such as, “It’s over there.” The word “their” signifies possession, for example, “That is their house.” “They’re” is a contraction of the words “they are,” as seen in the sentence, “They are on vacation.” • Perhaps an acquaintance has asked you to “borrow him some money.” You should say no to this request, but if you are so inclined to grant him some cash, tell him you could LOAN him some money! We borrow from, but loan to. • When it comes to revenge, there’s a difference between “extracting” and “exacting.” The word “extract” means to remove out of something else. If you say you are “extracting your revenge” on someone, you are taking out that person’s revenge, whereas if you “exact revenge” on them, you’re taking your revenge out on them. ...continued
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• On Aug. 14, 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion, an international force featuring British, Russian, American, Japanese, French and German troops relieves the Chinese capital of Peking. The Chinese nationalists besieging Peking's diplomatic quarter were crushed. • On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is ratified by Tennessee, giving it the required two-thirds majority of states. The amendment culminated more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. • On Aug. 20, 1932, in Flanders, Belgium, German artist Kathe Kollwitz unveils the monument she created to memorialize her son, Peter, who was killed during World War I. Entitled "The Parents," the statue depicts an elderly couple kneeling before the grave of their son.
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• When you give someone complete freedom to do as he or she pleases, you are giving “free rein,” not “free reign,” as is used by some. “Free rein” is a reference to horseback riding, when the rider holds the reins loosely, allowing the horse freedom of movement, the opposite of keeping a tight rein. “Reign” can mean to rule as a monarch, such as Queen Elizabeth, who reigns over the United Kingdom. It can also mean to dominate or control, such as a certain team “reigning supreme” in the NFL.
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• If you ask your friend how his son performed at the school track meet, and he answers, “He did good,” sorry to say, his grammar is incorrect. His correct response should be, “He did well,” or “He did a good job.” The word “well” is an adverb, a word that describes verbs, while “good” is an adjective, used to describe nouns. However, if you want to maintain that friendship, it might be best not to say anything except, “Glad to hear it!” • There is a bit of confusion about “your” and “you’re.” Your is a possessive adjective used to show it belongs to you. You might tell a friend, “Here is your portion.” You’re is a contraction of “you are.” You could tell your significant other, “You’re the best thing in my life.” When someone thanks you, it is incorrect to write, “Your welcome.” It is always “you’re welcome!”
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Did you know that August 8 is “Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night?” As harvest time approaches for summer gardens, Tidbits takes the opportunity to focus on a staple found in most vegetable plots, the zucchini. • The community of Obetz, Ohio, has their three-day annual Zucchini Fest coming up this month, with a parade, Zucchini Queen pageant, contests, arts, crafts, and games, assuring visitors that the festival is “everything zucchini.” • Zucchini belongs to the same family as pumpkins, cucumbers and several other squashes. Although we think of zucchini as green, other hybrids are deep yellow or orange. It’s classified as a summer squash, which means it has a thin edible skin, soft seeds, and a tender flesh. They are very perishable and must be eaten within a few days of harvesting. Contrast this with winter squash, which have a thick inedible skin and may be stored for the winter months. • Fruit or vegetable? In the culinary world, the zucchini is regarded as a vegetable, and used as a side dish. However, botanically, zucchinis are fruits, a botanical berry that is the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower. • Zucchini is native to the Americas, and it was a vital part of the diet for people living in Central and South America as early as 5500 BC. The plants were spread to other continents by explorers, including Christopher Columbus, who brought seeds to the Mediterranean region. The Italians named it “zuccino,” meaning a small squash. The American Indians called it “skutasquash,” which translates “green thing eaten green.” The French call it “courgette,” while the British refer to a fully grown zucchini as a “marrow.”
• In August of 2014, an Italian gentleman named Giovanni Scozzafava took the honors for the longest zucchini on record, with a squash measuring 8 ft., 3 inches in length. Mr. Scozzafava claimed that he used absolutely no fertilizer or manure, he just gave his plant plenty of water. • How about the health benefits of the zucchini? It contains more potassium than a banana, with that potassium helping to control blood pressure. Potassium lessens the harmful effects of salt on your body, and studies indicate that it can also reduce your risk of stroke. Zucchini is rich in Vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help your blood cells function better, and fight against clogged arteries. Just one cup of sliced zucchini will deliver about one-third of the daily requirement of Vitamin C. If you’re watching your weight, that cup of zucchini has just 19 calories, up to 50% less calories than broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Contrast this with a baked potato, which has 130 calories. • Looking for a unique gift for a friend? One vendor manufactures the Fresh Zucchini Flower Big Bar Goat’s Milk Soap, using real zucchini in the mix. • Although zucchini can reach lengths of up to 3 feet, it’s best to harvest zucchini before they get too big, as they will become too hard and seedy. The optimal size for harvest is 6 to 8 inches in length, and 2 inches or less in diameter. The smaller squash will be sweeter. A gardener can expect to harvest within 50 to 60 days after planting the seeds.
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• It was aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart who made the following sage observation: "Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done." • You might be surprised to learn that famed composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wanted to marry the notorious Marie Antoinette. Of course, at the time he stated this desire, he was 6 years old and she was 7. • It's possible that you've never tried to imagine a baby bat nursing -- though, as mammals, they certainly do. Now that you are imagining it, here's a hint: The babies have to nuzzle into mom's armpit (wingpit?) to get to the milk. • The year the Second Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence, establishing the United States of America, the fledgling nation had a total population of 2 1/2 million -- less than one-third of 1 percent of the global population. By 1800, even though the population of the growing nation had more than doubled, America still ranked 16th in the list of most-populous nations. Today, though, with a population of over 325 million, the United States has more people than any country except China and India. • Those who study such things say that as we get older, we breathe more slowly. • Sure, a group of swans can be referred to as a flock or a flight, but why not show some creativity? You can refer to a grounded group as a bank or a drift (presumably due its resemblance to a drift of snow); in the air, they can, collectively, be called a wedge. The best choice, however, might be the fanciful term "a lamentation of swans." *** Thought for the Day: "It has been said that a pretty face is a passport, but it's not. It's a visa, and it runs out fast." -- Julie Burchill
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Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease that first showed up in our region in 2002. This virus has been present every year since 2002. Human cases of WNV are starting to appear in Minnesota and South Dakota and it’s only a matter of time before it gets to our region. Grand Forks Mosquito Control is monitoring and testing the mosquitoes most commonly known to transmit this virus. We cannot eliminate this virus. The Grand Forks Public Health Department urges citizens to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The type of mosquito most common for transmitting WNV is present in our area and is most active from dusk until dawn.
How can people reduce their chance of getting WNV? The most effective way to prevent WNV is to avoid mosquito bites: • Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors from dusk through dawn. • Apply insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET provide the best protection. • Reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by eliminating standing water from containers such as flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, discarded tires, and birdbaths. Anything that holds water for more than a week could be producing mosquitoes.
How do people get infected with WNV? Most people get infected with WNV by an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals. In a very small number of cases, West Nile virus has been spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, and from mother to baby during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding.
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Battle of the Acronyms Growing up as a kid (is there any other way?), the biggest fears I had in life now seem absolutely absurd. You see, I was born into an era of five-channel television. You had your big three -- ABC, NBC, CBS -- and then two or three stragglers that showed nothing but reruns and live sports. And the old reruns ruled. The reruns were mostly a cavalcade of extreme violence or predicaments. The Justice League would battle the Legion of Doom every Saturday morning; Godzilla would level Tokyo every Sunday morning. Superfly Snuka, Andre the Giant, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan would rule the afternoons. I watched kung-fu fighters avenging the dishonor of their sister or mother before church. Thanks to Wile E. Coyote, I had an inordinate fear of anvils falling from the sky and Acme in general, since it seemed to supply all his faulty weaponry. I used to worry that somebody would tie my sister to train tracks or that a hike through the woods would somehow end up with her falling into quicksand with no ape men to save her, because ape men were not indigenous to our area. But without doubt, the biggest fear I had was instilled by my parents. If I wanted to climb a tree, my mother would tell me to get down because I might fall and "bang my head." My father would amp up the terror, warning me that I would "crack my head open." Well, times have changed. The only time I've ever seen an anvil was at Colonial Williamsburg, and apparently modern science has cured the scourge of quicksand. Thanks to the UFC, you can watch kung fu without having to make it about a battle over your favorite aunt. Yet, a serious battle looms in American sports. The NFL has literally cracked its head open.
A recent study confirmed what we all most likely knew: 99 percent of the brains donated to science by former NFLers showed signs of serious chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is a disease that causes early-onset dementia and a host of other things associated with brain function. It is the direct result of taking numerous hits to the head. Nobody is shocked by the findings. We've known that football and fighting cause damage to the brain. Muhammad Ali couldn't even walk up the stairs at the 1996 Olympics. No, now the fear is that we're going to lose our game. Participation is key in sports. It is hard to fill roster spots when nobody will play, and after this CTE report, really, parents have to be afraid for their kids. Luckily, this is nothing new. In the early days of football, the late 1800s, a Harvard coach came up with a formation designed to decimate Yale. Based on ancient military strategy, the wedge simply meant that everyone on the offensive team would grip each other's uniform in a V formation, their ball carrier safe behind them. The problem was that the wedge often singled out lone defenders with a half-ton of momentum, and that actually killed people. It got to be such a problem that the president of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt, got involved. Rather than see football go, he was instrumental in changing the rules of the game so that it exists to this day. That's why they carved his face into a mountain. If we put our heads together, football can be saved. We just need to be careful and not crack our heads open.
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FUNNY FACTS: ECLIPSES
• On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. Here are some weird and wacky facts about eclipses. • In 1998, there was an eclipse that could only be seen while over the Atlantic Ocean. One enterprising company chartered a Concorde airplane, which could fly faster than the speed of sound. If the Moon’s shadow was advancing at 2,000 mph and the Concorde was flying at top speed, the duration of the eclipse would be lengthened. Every seat on board sold out at astronomical prices. The problem was that only half the people on board the plane could see the eclipse through the tiny windows on the airplane. Everyone understood that the people in the eclipse-side seats would get to watch the event for two minutes, and then a PA announcement would signal when they had to give up their seats to the other half of the passengers. However, the plane took too long in turning to view the eclipse when it started. The people in the good seats had been promised two minutes of eclipse time, and held onto their seats even after the PA announcement. The people on the wrong side of the plane never got to see the eclipse at all. Tempers flared and no champagne was served. • An eclipse on May 22, 1724, was visible from Paris. According to the story, a marquis and several aristocratic ladies were invited to witness the spectacle from the Paris Observatory. However, the ladies spent so much time fussing over their wardrobe and their make-up and their hair-dos that they arrived a few minutes after the eclipse had ended. “Nevermind,” declared the marquis wryly. “The director is a great friend of mine, and he will be delighted to repeat the eclipse for you.” ...continued
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