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SKIN AND BONES (continued): • When a person is born, skin is about 1 millimeter thick and will grow to about 3 millimeters by adulthood.
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• The body’s three million sweat glands will produce about two quarts of fluid on a warm summer day. When sweat evaporates off the skin, body heat is reduced. Sweat glands are the most concentrated on the bottom of the feet, with the least concentration on the body’s back. The smell of sweat is affected by a person’s mood, diet, hormones, medical condition, or drugs. • Our skin is thinnest on our eyelids, just 0.02 m thick. • Why does our skin bruise? It’s caused by blood capillaries that burst near the skin’s surface. The blood cells quickly die and change color, creating the purplish bruise. The bruise fades as those cells are carried off by the body. • And why does our skin tan when we’re out in the sun? It’s the result of our skin secreting melanin, a brown pigment that helps block out harmful ultraviolet rays. Thousands of years ago, when dark-skinned humans migrated to colder climates, much of their melanin pigment was lost and white skin began to appear. • There are two types of melanin – pheomelanin, which varies from yellow to red in color, and eumelanin, which is dark brown to black. Pheomelanin is responsible for our pink lips and for red hair color. Eumelanin contributes to brown and black skin and hair. A person with a complete or partial absence of melanin is known as an albino. • Skin that is glabrous has no hair.
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SKIN AND BONES (continued): • Acne, caused by an overproduction of oil that plugs the pores, afflicts more than just teenagers. One in 20 adult women is bothered by acne. That figure is just one in 100 for adult men. • The next time you’re doing the dusting, consider that 75% of household dust consists of dead skin cells. Every minute, you are shedding about 30,000 dead skin cells. By the time you’re 70, you will have shed about 40 lbs. of dead skin. • Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, accounting for almost half of cancer diagnoses in the United States. There will be about 76,000 new cases of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, this year. Pale skin that sunburns easily is more susceptible to skin cancer. Severe sunburns in the past along with excessive unprotected exposure to sunlight or tanning booths are also contributing factors. Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer worldwide, and one in 50 Americans will develop it during their lifetime. • About 45% of bone consists of mineral deposits, including calcium, phosphorus, and sodium, along with the protein collagen. Living tissue, cells, and blood vessels make up another 30%, with the remaining 25% water. TRIVIA
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SKIN AND BONES (continued): • The longest and strongest bone of the skeleton is the femur, the thighbone, accounting for nearly 25% of a body’s height. The femur can support 30 times its own weight. The largest bone is the pelvis, and the smallest is located in the middle ear. The tiny stapes, commonly called the stirrup is only 0.11 inches long, about the size of a grain of rice. It’s the only bone that’s fully grown at birth.
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• The parts of the body with most bones are the arms and hands with a total of 60. Legs and feet are next with 58, followed by the 26 vertebrae. Most people have 24 ribs and our skull contains 22 bones. One out of 20 individuals has an extra rib, usually males. You can expect your ribs to move about 5 million times over the course of the next year. They move every time we breathe!
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Christmas around the world Christmas Around the World By Sabrina Napolitano In America, Christmas means Santa Claus, brightly decorated Christmas trees and gingerbread cookies. But other countries celebrate Christmas in their own special way! Take a look at some of the unique Christmas traditions below and share them with your family. It’s a fun way to learn about a new culture, and might even provide some ideas to spice up your own Christmas.
the sweets such as struffoli, balls of fried dough drizzled in honey.
Australia Down Under, it’s actually summertime during Christmas! Even though it’s hot, that doesn’t stop the Australians from celebrating. Many decorate their houses with Christmas bush, a
be a barbecue. A popular dessert is pan dulce, literally, “sweet bread.” In addition, there are usually fireworks. Some Argentinians also will light “globos” — small hot air balloons made of paper with light inside. They release them into the night sky, and globos can be seen floating all over Argentina on Christmas Eve!
The United Kingdom The British celebrate much the way we do in America, but with an added twist. During Christmas dinner, they’ll tear apart Christmas “crackers” — cardboard tubes wrapped in decorative paper made to resemble a large sweet. Inside is a paper hat, small toy and a riddle or trivia. The paper hats are normally worn at Christmas dinner, which usually consists of roast beef or goose. For dessert, the British will have a nice Christmas pudding, traditionally made with dried fruits held together by egg or suet.
Poland Christmas Eve in Poland is very important. As the country is largely Catholic, most Poles will fast during the day and eat a special dinner after the first star is seen in the sky. This meal is traditionally meat-free. Before dinner, the family will break bread together using an Oplatek — a wafer embossed with religious imagery. The eldest member of the family will break a piece of the wafer first while a prayer is said, passing it around until each member has one.
Italy The Italians love to use nativity crib scenes to tell the Christmas story. In fact, it’s not uncommon for nativity crib scenes to be very grandiose, sometimes covered in candles and decorative paper. The largest nativity crib scene is in the Italian city of Naples, with more than 600 objects on it! Typically, Italian families eat a light fish dinner on Christmas Eve before going to Midnight Mass. One of the real treats of an Italian Christmas are
In Australia, Santa's sleigh is pulled by 6 white kangaroos.
native tree with white flowers that turn red in the summer. Australians even have their own Christmas carols, such as “Six White Boomers,” which tells the story of Santa using kangaroos to delivery presents in Australia’s summer weather.
Ghana Ghana is a coastal country in Africa where Christmas is celebrated starting Dec. 20. During Christmas Eve services, there usually is a lively celebration with drums and dancing. For their Christmas meal, Ghanaians tend to eat okra soup, porridge and a yam paste called “fufu,” which is usually dipped in the soup.
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Philippines If you visit the Philippines during Christmas, you may see “parol,” a bamboo pole with a lighted star on it, usually decorated with colored Japanese paper or cellophane. It’s the most popular Christmas decoration in the Philippines. On Christmas Eve, there is a large midnight feast with family, friends and even neighbors known as Noche Buena. Some of the dishes found laid out on the table might be lechon (roasted pig), bibingka and puto bumbog (steamed rice cakes), as well as white rice. Of all the Asian countries, the Philippines has the largest concentration of Christians and Catholics, so Christmas is widely celebrated. Visit www.MyHolidayCheckUp.org for a free financial assessment tool. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.
We know him best as defense attorney Perry Mason on the long-running television series. But there’s more to Raymond Burr than just the courtroom, as you’ll see. • New Westminster, British Columbia, was the birthplace of Raymond Burr, born to a local hardware salesman and his musician wife in 1917. He spent his early childhood in Canada, but at age 12, his pianist/music teacher mother followed her dream to Berkeley, California, taking Burr with her. • After a year-long stint in the Civilian Conservation Corps, Burr moved on to his true love, the theater. He began serious acting at the Pasadena Playhouse at age 20, and four years later, he had his first Broadway role. His deep and distinctive voice was frequently heard on radio dramas as well. • Although we think of Raymond Burr mainly as a television actor, he actually had roles in more than 60 movies between 1946 and 1957, long before he appeared on the small screen. In 1956, the highly successful novels by Erle Stanley Gardner were to be turned into a new courtroom drama. Burr auditioned for the role of the District Attorney Hamilton Burger. Gardner attended the auditions, and although Burr was auditioning for the opposing role, Gardner immediately spoke up, “He is Perry Mason.” Another actor, William Talman, who was auditioning for the Mason role, was given the District Attorney part. Perry Mason aired from 1957 to 1966, during which time Burr won two Emmy Awards for his performance. Re-runs of all episodes have been in syndication ever since.
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• There was no rest for Burr following the termination of Perry Mason. Television’s 1967 season brought a new drama to NBC, that of Ironside. Burr played San Francisco Chief of Detectives Robert Ironside, an officer critically wounded in the pilot episode and left confined to a wheelchair. Ironside was the first crime drama to feature a disabled police officer. This series was another big hit, and ran from 1967 to 1975, earning Burr six Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations. • Burr’s next series, Kingston Confidential, in 1977, in which he played a publishing magnate/amateur detective, was not successful, perhaps due to its time slot opposite the highly-popular Charlie’s Angels. It was cancelled after just 13 weeks. • One of Burr’s many hobbies was collecting seashells, and in 1965, he purchased a 4,000-acre island in Fiji called Naitauba, one extremely rich in shells. He also enjoyed cultivating orchids, something that he could pursue on his island. Burr was also an avid fisherman and loved sailing. • In 1985, television producers figured it was time to bring back Perry Mason, and 26 made-for-TV movies were produced before Burr’s death. • Burr’s philanthropic efforts included the donation of his salaries from the Mason movies to charity. He donated large sums of money to medical and education institutions in Denver, where the movies were primarily filmed. He was the sponsor of 26 foster children through Save The Children. His donations helped establish the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum in Sanibel, Florida. For many years, New Westminster, B.C. was home to the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre. • TV Guide has ranked Raymond Burr as #44 on their list of the 50 Greatest TV Stars of all Time.
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Every year on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit between West 48th and West 51st Streets in midtown Manhattan in New York City. Here’s a glimpse into the history of this tradition. • Construction began on Rockefeller Center in May of 1930, a cluster of 14 buildings in an Art Deco style. Its centerpiece is the 70-floor, 872foot GE Building located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, formerly known as the RCA Building, and nicknamed 30 Rock. Today the complex consists of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres. • On Christmas Eve, 1931, in the midst of the Great Depression, a group of 30 construction workers dragged a 20-ft. balsam fir tree through the muddy construction site and decorated it with strings of cranberries, paper garlands, and tin cans. In 1933, the year that 30 Rock opened, the tree became an official holiday tradition with the first lighting ceremony.
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• Mount Wingen, Australia, is home to the world's longestburning fire. The coal deposits there have been aflame for 6,000 years.
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• Those who study such things say that one-quarter of all trips made in the United States are less than 1 mile, but threequarters of those trips still are made by car.
• Usually a Norway spruce, the tree must have a minimum height of 65 feet. The height is limited to 110 feet due to the width of Manhattan’s streets. The tallest Christmas tree at the Center was in 1999, a Norway spruce from Connecticut, 100 feet tall. Since 1999, the tree has come from one of four states – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania.
• The Surinam toad method of reproduction is unique in the animal world. The female releases eggs, and the eggs are fertilized by the male, who then rolls them into holes on the mother's back. Skin soon grows over the holes, offering protection to the eggs as they develop through the tadpole stage. Once the young ones have become toadlets, they literally punch through their mother's skin to emerge on their own into the world.
• An eight-ton bronze sculpture of the Greek Titan Prometheus bringing fire to mankind was installed in early 1934 and is a prominent feature in the plaza. On Christmas Day, 1936, the Center’s ice skating rink was opened. Its popularity has grown to the point that today over a quarter million people skate there every year.
• Popcorn may be indelibly associated with movie theaters these days, but that wasn't always the case; in the early days of the movies, when the films were still silent, popcorn was actually banned in theaters. The first movie theaters were swanky affairs trying to compete with traditional theaters. The owners didn't want to have popcorn spilled on the fine upholstery and ground into the carpets.
• It was noted Major League Baseball player and manager Yogi Berra who made the following sage observation: "You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."
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