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IT’S TEA TIME! (continued): • There are all kinds of tea – white, green, oolong, and black – but they all come from the same plant, the Carnelia Sinensis. The end product is determined by the processing of the tea leaves.

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• While a cup of tea does contain caffeine, it doesn’t compare to the amount found in coffee. A cup of tea has about 40 mg. of caffeine compared to coffee’s 110 mg per cup. The lesser-processed green tea has even less caffeine than black leaves. But if you want a higher caffeine level in your tea, sip yerba maté, which has about the same amount as coffee. It’s made from the leaves of a South American rain forest holly tree, and contains 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and an abundance of antioxidants.

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IT’S TEA TIME! (continued) • Herbal teas, also known as tisanes, aren’t really tea at all. They come from the roots, stems, and flowers of other plants. There are numerous types of tisanes, depending on what part of the plant they come from. Mint, verbena, and lemongrass varieties are leaf tisanes, while chamomile, hibiscus, and lavender are flower tisanes. Cinnamon is a considered a bark type, while ginger, Echinacea, and chicory are root tisanes. • The invention of the tea bag came about by accident. In 1904, a New York tea importer was looking for a cheaper way to send samples to customers. Thomas Sullivan had been using tin boxes, but as this proved expensive, he began wrapping the tea in small silk bags. His customers didn’t realize the bags were just packaging, and brewed their tea in them. Soon after, Sullivan was receiving orders for the new product. Today, 96% of the world brews its tea using a tea bag. • More of tea’s many medicinal and health benefits are being uncovered every day. Green tea seems to be especially healthful. It is high in the amino acid theanine, which has been shown to reduce stress and improve mental concentration. It may also increase the body’s immune system and antioxidant powers.

Lab testing indicates that catechins, a type of antioxidant, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and may help reduce the breakdown of cartilage. A recent university study indicated that tea has more potent antioxidants than 22 fruits and vegetables that were tested. Scientists say drinking green tea might also even help prevent tooth decay! And a study in the Netherlands has shown that those who drink catechin-rich tea are 50% less likely to die of heart disease.

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• Tea is not just for drinking! On the outside, green tea can help with inflammation. Soothe your puffy eyes with a soaked, chilled green tea bag. The same will work for insect bites. Keep mosquitoes away by smoothing the skin with damp tea leaves. Black tea bags have been proven beneficial in removing plantar warts. It’s the acidic tannin present in tea that shrinks the wart, just by placing a cooled bag on the wart for 15 minutes three times a day. • Tisanes also have medicinal qualities. If you have an upset stomach, try sipping peppermint tea, since peppermint relaxes the muscles that give you stomach cramps. The antiinflammatory properties of licorice root can reduce the swelling of a sore throat. It’s also well known that chamomile tea is a relaxant and is a natural sleep aid. • And it’s not just the human body that reaps the benefits of tea. It’s a great fertilizer for your roses! Watering both indoor and outdoor plants with cool leftover brewed tea gives them a boost of nutrients. You can also stir brewed tea leaves into your garden soil. • Tea experts warn not to use an aluminum teapot to prepare a tisane. Because aluminum is a reactive metal, they claim that it can react with certain plant types, and the result can actually be toxic.

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• Born in 1866 to a wealthy London family, Helen Beatrix Potter spent most of her time with nannies and governesses, rarely seeing her parents except at bedtime. Educated in a schoolroom in their home, Beatrix and her younger brother also didn’t have the opportunity to interact with other children. Instead, a wide variety of pets became their companions and the Potter children spent many hours a day observing and sketching the mice, frogs, lizards, snakes, rabbits, turtles, hedgehogs, and a bat that shared their schoolroom. Beatrix demonstrated a unique gift for drawing, and when she was 12, her parents hired a private art tutor to help further her abilities. • Beatrix’ first income from her work came in TRIVIA her 20’s when she sold six watercolor paintNEWSFRONT ANSWERS ings of her pet rabbit to a greeting card firm, which 1. ledEurythmics to a series of other illustrating jobs. About this time, she began writing illustrated 2. Jessica Lange letters to the children of a former governess. It 3. that Casper, Friendly Ghost was here Peterthe Rabbit had his beginnings. Seven 4. years after she had written to William Shakespeare one young child, she asked to borrow the letters, copying 5. Freddy Krueger the illustrations into a rough black-and-white version of a children’s book. or call Jenny 787-7831 or Kathy 787-7932

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BEATRIX POTTER (continued): • Beatrix sent The Tale of Peter Rabbit to six publishers, all of whom rejected it. She paid to have the book privately published, ordering 250 copies which sold immediately. The little volume caught the attention of the publishing firm of Frederick Warne, a company of three brothers who agreed to publish it if Beatrix would re-draw the pictures in color. The firm released 8,000 copies of Peter in October, 1902, and by 1903 had sold over 50,000 copies. • The youngest Warne brother, Norman, was assigned as Beatrix’ editor. It wasn’t long before a romance bloomed between the two. Her parents did not approve of the romance, and when Norman sent Beatrix a letter containing a marriage proposal, her parents forbade the union. Shortly afterward, Norman became very ill, and sadly, just one month after his proposal, he died of leukemia. by Samantha Weaver

• It was ancient Roman dramatist, philosopher and statesman Seneca the Younger who made the following sage observation: “While we are postponing, life speeds by.” • You might be surprised at some of the seemingly innocuous things that arouse passions in a group of people. Take the venerable 1960s television show “Mr. Ed,” for example. Evidently, an evangelist named Jim Brown took issue with the show’s theme song, claiming that when played backward, the tune contains the message “the source is Satan” and “someone sang this song for Satan.” His preaching on the subject was so persuasive that members of a church in Ironton, Ohio, made a bonfire of recordings of the song. • If you’re planning to visit the Hawaiian island of Kauai, you might want to trek up to Mount Waialeale. If you do, though, be sure to take an umbrella, as that mountain holds the distinction of

receiving more rainfall than any other place on Earth, with an average of about 40 feet -yes, feet -- of rain annually. • A recent national survey of adult children with living parents found that a whopping 70 percent of respondents are against the idea of a parent moving in with them. If it became necessary for one parent to move in, though, two-thirds would choose Mom over Dad. • It was noted wit Ambrose Bierce who, in his “Devil’s Dictionary,” defined faith as “Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.” • Those who study such things say that an ordinary human being can live four weeks without food, four days without water and four minutes without air. * * * Thought for the Day: “Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.” -- Bertrand Russell

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• After the tragedy, Beatrix dedicated herself to her work, using her earnings to purchase farmland, where she raised sheep. A local solicitor, William Heelis, advised her on her land dealings as she continued to buy up local farms. Beatrix married Heelis when she was 47 years old, and the pair continued to purchase land, 15 farms in all. • Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated 23 books in all, including The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, The Story of Miss Moppet, and The Tale of Tom Kitten. In 1921, the first Peter Rabbit books were published in Braille. Beatrix passed away in 1943, leaving a charming legacy that will entertain children for generations to come. Many of her childhood sketches, letters, and original watercolors are displayed in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

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IT’S TEE TIME! Fore! Look out as Tidbits presents a few facts about the tools necessary for a good golf game. • The ancient Romans played a game similar to golf as we know it, but the modern game of golf was developed in Scotland in the 1400s. The first written record is that of a ban of the sport by King James II in 1457, calling golf a distraction to learning archery, which was necessary for national defense.

Moments in time • On May 30, 1431, in Normandy, Joan of Arc, the peasant girl who became the savior of France, is burned at the stake for heresy. Her most serious crime, according to the tribunal, was her rejection of church authority in favor of direct inspiration from God. She was 19 years old. • On May 31, 1889, the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pa., collapses, causing a flood that kills more than 2,200 people. It was the largest earthen dam (made of dirt and rock, rather than steel and concrete) in the United States. Reportedly, a baby survived on the floor of a house as it floated 75 miles from Johnstown.

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territorial limits of the country. Before the Civil War, citizenship often was limited to Native Americans of one-half or less Indian blood. • On May 27, 1937, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens to the public after five years of construction. On opening day -- “Pedestrian Day” -- some 200,000 walkers crossed the bridge, which spans the Golden Gate Strait at the entrance to San Francisco Bay and connects San Francisco and Marin County.

• On May 28, 1957, National League owners vote unanimously to allow the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to move to San Francisco and • On May 29, 1914, heavy fog on the Los Angeles, respectively, at the midSt. Lawrence River in Canada causes season owner’s meeting in Chicago. a collision of boats -- the Empress of • On June 1, 1980, CNN (Cable Ireland and the Storstad -- that kills News Network), the world’s first 1,073 people. Caused by a horrible 24-hour television news network, series of blunders, it was one of the makes its debut. Today, CNN worst maritime disasters in history. is seen in more than 89 million • On June 2, 1924, with Congress’ passage of the Indian Citizenship Act, the government of the United States confers citizenship on all Native Americans born within the

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• The official rules of golf state that a golfer’s bag may contain 14 clubs. A typical player will carry a driver, two woods, seven irons, three wedges, and a putter. The putter has earned the nickname “the money club” because it is the one used to tap the ball into the hole. The first clubs were made entirely of wood, followed by wood shafts with iron heads. In the 1920s, steel-shafted clubs came into play. Shafts made of fiber-reinforced composite materials were introduced in the early 1970s. • The earliest golf balls were probably made of wood. Golf balls in the early 1800s consisted of thin leather pieces stuffed with feathers. Those that were very tightly packed flew the farthest. More than 5,000 patents have been granted for various forms of golf balls since 1900. Those little indentations on the ball are called dimples and were first used about 100 years ago. Players discovered that damaged balls flew farther than new ones, so companies began manufacturing balls in different shapes trying to increase the distances. One ingenious fellow studied the ball’s path, and came up with the current dimpled idea. Today’s regulation golf ball has 336 dimples. • An official golf ball should not weigh more than 1.62 oz., and must be at least 1.68 inches in diameter.

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IT’S TEE TIME! (continued): • There are about 32,000 golf courses worldDEERE. wide, with JOHN close DEERE. to 20,000(continued): of those in the • United It wasStates. while living in Illinois that John noThe country of Singapore has ticed the problems that farmers faced when one course every 10 square miles, giving it the attempting to highest till soil.per Because the area had record for the population density. formerly been woodland, the soil was rich England has one course every 27 square miles, with hummus, which clumped and clung to and Scotland every 56. Yet some of the most the blades of the plows farmers were accuspopulated areas of the repairing world have no golf tomed to using. While a broken cir-at all, for example, the Ukraine, whose populacular saw, Deere stumbled upon an idea. He tion exceedshis47smith million with nary a course employed skills to fashion the steelin sight! blade into the shape of a plow. He affixed two wooden spokes, then hitched the devicea • During a 1971 tournament in England, to a horse. It plowed the heavy Illinois soil 26-year-old golf pro named John Hudson like a charm. In fact, a farmer who happened achieved two consecutive holes-in-one at the to be observing the test run immediately put 11th and 12th holes. Don’t expect to tie his in an order for his own John Deere plow. record – the chances of repeating this are one • inIn67short order, Deere gave up his blacksmith million. shop and focused on making plows. The • Ifcompany you’d like to steadily golf onand theadded world’s longest grew many emcourse, you’ll have to travel to Australia. ployees. In the late 1840s, John relocated the Some the tees to areMoline, 50 miles (80.5 Ashamed km) apart entireofoperation Illinois. onof the 850-mile-long (1368 km) Nullarbor his own lack of education, John sent his Links course thatstate’s spansfinest two Australian states. children to the schools. One of his proudest days occurred when sonthe Charles Don’t be surprised if you encounter occaearned the camel equivalent of an MBA fromtoBell’s sional wild or wombat. Be sure notch Commercial College in Chicago. out enough time for your game – somewhere and four days! The seems • between With histhree son Charles managing thecost company, reasonable, however at $46. John found time to pursue philanthropic interests. He co-founded both the First National Bank and the First Congregational Church. He was elected the mayor of Moline in 1873, where one of his first actions – the replacement of the city’s open drains with a sewer pipe system – saved countless lives by reducing the spread of disease. • The original John Deere logo, registered in 1876, depicted a deer that was native to Africa. Thirty-six years later, in 1912, it was replaced with the image of a North American white-tailed deer. In the decades that followed, the now-familiar “outline” logo took May 27, 2013 over as the symbol of the John Deere brand. Information in the Tidbits® Paper is gathered from sources considered to be reliable, but the accuracy of all information cannot be guaranteed.


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