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1. What nut grows on a caju tree? 2. What tree is considered the national tree of America? 3. Which U.S. state honors the pecan tree as its state tree? 4. Which nut has the highest calorie count? 5. Which nuts are also known as groundnuts, earthnuts, and pinders?


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• With origins in ancient Persia, the walnut is the oldest tree food known to man. Walnut meats closely resemble a little human brain, with left and right hemispheres, and because of this, people in medieval times believed that walnuts could cure headaches. In actuality, walnuts contain substances that help develop neuron transmitters within the brain, boosting its ability to send signals and messages. Studies also indicate they help ward off dementia by breaking down the plaques associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. Walnuts are the only nut that contain heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, and can help reduce inflammation in the arteries. • California supplies 99% of U.S. walnuts and 75% of the world’s resources. Franciscan monks first began growing walnuts in California in the late 1700s. Commercial groves were first planted in 1867. • Native to Brazil and the West Indies, cashews are also drupes and are a member of the poison ivy family. The lining of the cashew’s seed contains a powerful oil called anacardic acid that can irritate and burn the skin. Once the cashew is roasted, the oil disintegrates and the shell is easy to remove. Research indicates that cashews may be beneficial in warding off or managing diabetes by stimulating blood sugar absorption by muscle cells. • Sometimes called the “king of nuts,” the Brazil nut is actually another drupe. The Brazil nut tree produces large pods weighing about 4 lbs. that are filled with 12 to 20 seeds, sectioned like a grapefruit. The pods fall to the ground when ripe, split apart, and release the seeds. They are grown mostly in the Amazonian rain forest of northern Bolivia, not in Brazil as the name implies. The trees have a height of 150 feet, with a trunk diameter of nearly 8 feet. ...continued

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NUTTY FACTS (continued): • Brazil nuts are 65% oil with 19 grams of fat in a oneounce serving. You would need to walk nine minutes to burn off the calories in one Brazil nut. The good news is they are high in fiber, protein, and magnesium.

capital. Every year, the community is home to the National Pecan Festival, hosting a race, parade, cooking contest, and crowning of the National Pecan Queen.

• A pecan tree can live to be over 200 years old. The only major tree nut that is native to North America, the name “pecan” has its origins in the Algonquin Native American language, describing “all nuts requiring a stone to crack.” Cultivation of pecan orchards began in the 1700s and George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were among those who planted pecan trees. A tree, which only produces its fruit every two years, has a trunk that can grow to a diameter of more than 3 feet.

• Pecans and macadamia nuts have the highest amount of fat, the lowest amount of protein, and the most calories of any nuts. However, a pecan contains more than 19 vitamins and minerals, and is rich in Vitamins A and E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, and zinc.

• Many of the more than 1,000 varieties of pecans are named for Native American Indian tribes, including the Cheyenne, Mohawk, Sioux, Choctaw, and Shawnee. Some pecan processing facilities shell 150,000 lbs. of pecans every day, enough to make 300,000 pecan pies. The average pecan pie contains about 78 pecans. • About 80% of the world’s pecan supply is produced in the United States. There are more than 600,000 pecan trees in Albany, Georgia, making it the nation’s pecan


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NUTTY FACTS (continued): • The macadamia nut tells the farmer when it’s ready for harvest by falling to the ground. With origins in Australia, this nut was not discovered until around 1857 and not cultivated until the 1930s. It was named in honor of an Australian chemist, medical teacher, and politician John Macadam. The seeds were introduced to Hawaii in 1882 as a windbreak for sugar cane fields. Dog owners should be aware that macadamias are toxic to dogs, and can produce weakness, hind leg paralysis, muscle tremors, and severe abdominal pain. • The almond has its origins in the Mediterranean countries. It’s considered a very healthy nut (although it’s really a drupe!), with more calcium than any other nut. It also contains an antioxidant that helps fight inflammation and may keep cancer and cognitive decline at bay. Almonds are the lowest-calorie nuts – 23 nuts contain 160 calories. There are 110,000 acres of almond trees in California, the almond capital of America. • Filberts are also known as hazelnuts or cobnuts, and are the main ingredient in the confection praline. Filberts are used to make Nutella, a sweet hazelnut

chocolate spread, and Frangelico, an Italian liqueur. As with many other nuts, filberts are rich in thiamine and B vitamins. Most of the world’s supply is grown in Turkey (75%), but Iran, Spain, the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington, and British Columbia, Canada, also contribute to the production. • The black walnut tree, a member of the hickory family, secretes a poisonous substance called juglone into the soil. Apples, tomatoes, and white birch should not be planted near a black walnut tree, as juglone deprives the plants of energy for their metabolic activity.

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Every time you drive past a neighbor’s front yard decorated with plastic pink flamingos, remember the name of this man, Donald Featherstone, their inventor.


• In 1958, when the color pink was trendy, the plastic birds appeared in the Sears catalog with a retail price of $2.76 a pair. Instructions were included: “Place in garden, lawn, to beautify landscape.” However, not everyone viewed them as a lovely addition to the neighborhood. Some residential developments prohibited the ornaments, declaring that they epitomized bad taste.


• Late in 1957, Union tasked Featherstone with carving a flamingo to be molded into plastic. Without a live flamingo to use as a model, he studied photographs of the bird from National Geographic. A pair of flamingos was the result, one standing erect, the other bending over, seeming to munch on grass. Their legs were metal rods that were planted in the ground. Featherstone dubbed his creation Phoenicopterus ruber plasticus.


• One of Featherstone’s first projects at Union Products was to sculpt a duck. He purchased a live duck, named it Charlie, and kept it in his sink while he studied the duck for sculpture. Charlie was later released in Fitchburg, Massachusetts’ Coggshall Park.

• In 1987, Featherstone inscribed his signature in the original molds in order for buyers to distinguish between his creation and unauthorized imitations. • In 1996, Featherstone became the president of Union Products. That year he was also awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for Art, a parody of the Nobel Prizes, given each year for unusual achievements. The goal of the prize is to “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.” Featherstone remained at the helm of the company until his retirement in 2000. During his 43-year tenure, he had designed over 600 items for Union. In addition, he had co-authored a book The Original Pink Flamingos: Splendor on the Grass. • In 2006, after producing an estimated 20 million plastic flamingos, Union Products closed its doors and the bird became an endangered species. Featherstone set out to find a buyer for the molds. In 2007, a New York manufacturer purchased the copyright and molds, and once again the ornaments were in production. • Donald and his wife Nancy, whom he married in 1976 when he was 40 years old, wore matching outfits for more than 35 years. Nancy sewed all of the ensembles, many of them from flamingo-patterned fabric. The couple kept 57 plastic flamingos on their front lawn. Her Christmas gift to Don one year was a 6-foot-tall bronze flamingo. Although the plastic flamingo was Don’s most popular creation, Nancy claims she has always been partial to the ostrich he designed. • Tribute was paid to Don by naming the pink flamingo character Featherstone in the 2011 Disney film “Gnomeo & Juliet.” Don passed away in June of 2015 at age 79.


• Back in 1957, Massachusetts native Donald Featherstone was a new graduate of the Worcester Art Museum’s art school, after nine years of formal art training. Described as “an extremely talented artist,” Donald said he “decided to make a living rather than starve to death,” and took a job designing 3D plastic animals for Union Products, Inc.

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• On Oct. 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France, is dedicated in New York Harbor as the last copper rivet is fitted. The dismantled Statue of Liberty had arrived 16 months earlier in more than 200 packing cases. • On Oct. 29, 1925, Dominick Dunne, chronicler of high-profile crimes, is born. Dunne reported on the 1995 O.J. Simpson double-homicide trial and provided TV commentary about the case. He was stunned when the former football star was acquitted. • On Oct. 30, 1938, Orson Welles, age 23, causes a nationwide panic with his broadcast of "War of the Worlds" -- a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth. "War of the Worlds" was not planned as a radio hoax, and Welles had little inkling of the havoc it would cause. • On Nov. 1, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt announces that the U.S. Coast Guard will be under the direction of the U.S. Navy, a transition of authority usually reserved only for wartime. Five weeks later, Japan would attack the U.S. at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. • On Oct. 31, 1957, the Japanese car company Toyota establishes its U.S. headquarters in California to begin selling its inexpensive Toyopet Crown sedans. A sensation in Japan, it flopped in the U.S. The car was too small for many American drivers, guzzled gas and oil, and shook at freeway speeds. • On Oct. 26, 1984, in Loma Linda, California, Dr. Leonard Bailey performs the first baboonto-human heart transplant, replacing 14-day-old Baby Fae's defective heart. Baby Fae survived for 20 days, longer than any previous human recipient of an animal heart. • On Oct. 27, 1994, the U.S. Justice Department announces that the U.S. prison population has topped 1 million for the first time. The 1,012,851 men and women were in state and federal prisons, and did not include those incarcerated in local jails. © 2015 King Features Synd., Inc.

2015 Mission of Hope Banquet and Silent Auction November 5, 2015 Alerus Center, Grand Forks Silent Auction: 5:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner & Program: 7:00 - 9:00 pm Join us for an evening of delicious food, great entertainment and warm fellowship, as we come together to celebrate Northlands Rescue Mission’s ministry to the homeless and hurting. You won’t want to miss the motivating message from River Jordan, criticallyacclaimed author, inspiring speaker and creative radio host. Your attendance and generous support will help the Mission provide guidance, training and resources to empower men and women struggling with homelessness and hunger to overcome their challenges and build stable and meaningful lives. An opportunity to invest in the ministry of Northlands Rescue Mission will be presented at the banquet. Proceeds from the evening will go to helping children in the community through the backpack program, helping the women’s dorm that is beyond capacity, helping feed those in the community who need a warm meal, and much more!

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World Origami Days are held October 24 through November 11. Let’s see how much you know about this ancient art. • The word “origami” has its origins in the Japanese language, with “ori” meaning “folding” and “gami” translating “paper.” At one time, it was known as “orikata,” or “folded shape.” The goal of origami is to transform a simple sheet of paper into a delicate sculpture through folding techniques, without the use of glue or cuts. Paper folding that utilizes cuts is referred to as “kirigami.” • Many claim that paper was invented in China around 105 A.D., although some archaeological evidence indicates an earlier date. Early Chinese paper folding was primarily “yuanbao,” paper folded to look like gold nuggets. The pieces were used at funerals as a burnt offering to the dead. China also introduced Golden Venture Folding, in which small pieces of paper are folded into triangular units which are assembled into larger models. • Around the sixth century, paper was introduced into Korea and Japan. Paper was expensive and not readily available to the general public, and consequently, became an art form limited to religious rituals and ceremonies. Early Japanese purification rituals employed the use of zig-zag-shaped paper known as “Shide.” These triangles were attached to straw ropes, to altars, or to wooden staffs that were used as purification wands. • The first documented book published about paper folding was Tsutsumi-no Ki, published in 1764, containing instructions on how to fold 13 different ceremonial folds. In 1797, recreational paper folding became popular and the book Folding of 1000 Cranes was introduced, with lessons on folding interconnecting cranes. ...continued

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