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When we think of November holidays, Thanksgiving most frequently comes to mind. But there are several other unusual observances you may not know about. Tidbits brings you up to date on a few others worth noting. • Folks around the world band together every 11th month to celebrate “No-Shave November,” when they toss their razors aside for 30 days. Do you know the reason behind this observance? It began in Australia in 2003 as “Movember,” a campaign to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancers. In the last 12 years, the movement has grown to 21 countries. Participants are urged to show off their mustaches, goatees, or what have you, and then to donate what they would have spent on hair grooming to their country’s cancer society for research. In the U.S., prostate cancer accounts for about 5% of all cancer deaths. Leaders of the foundation hope that men will be asked why they have a beard, which can promote conversations about men’s health. • Most of us are probably unaware there is a National Button Society, let alone National Button Day! The society was formed in 1938 for all who enjoyed preserving, studying, collecting, and crafting with buttons, and November 16 was designated National Button Day. The organization boasts 3,000 members on four continents. Publish a We provide the opportunity for success!



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NOVEMBER HOLIDAYS (cont.) • November 10 has been designated Sesame Street Day in honor of the premiere of this popular educational program on that day in 1969. Now the most widely-viewed children’s program in the world, it has aired in upwards of 120 countries, with more than 74 million American viewers. About 8 million Americans tune in every week. Sesame Street was the brainstorm of Joan Cooney, a public TV documentary producer, with the goal of entertaining preschoolers while educating them, particularly underprivileged children. She hired puppeteer Jim Henson to create characters such as Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch. Tests conducted after one year on the air showed that the more kids watched the program, the more they knew, an average of a 19% increase in general knowledge. • Every year, the third Thursday of November is designated The Great American Smokeout, when all Americans are urged to stop smoking. The challenge is only for 24 hours (this year it’s November 19), but it is the hope of the American Cancer Society that the decision will last forever. The event had its beginnings in 1970, when a Randolph, Massachusetts man named Arthur Mullaney asked people to give up cigarettes for one day and donate the money saved to the local high school’s scholarship fund. A similar campaign was held in Minnesota a few years later, and in 1976, the American Cancer Society had its first official Smokeout in San Francisco. The Society reminds citizens that tobacco causes more than 5 million deaths every year, and that the life expectancy for a smoker is 10 years less than that of a non-smoker.

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• International Tongue Twister Day falls on November 8th this year. The official definition of a tongue twister is “a phrase containing a combination of alliteration and rhyme strategically designed to be stumbled over.” Some of the more familiar ones include “rubber baby buggy bumpers” and “She sells sea shells by the seashore.” Most of us know that “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,” but were you aware that Peter Piper was a real person? Pierre Poivre, a onearmed French pirate and horticulturist who lived in the mid-1700s, was known for stealing spice nuts, known as peppers, from Dutch trade ships and planting them in his garden. The Guinness Book of World Records states that the English language’s most difficult tongue twister is, “The sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick.” • November 8th is also X-Ray Day, commemorating the day in 1895 when German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen accidentally discovered the X-ray in his laboratory. While experimenting with passing high-voltage current through a glass gas tube, Roentgen observed that the beam turned a screen 9 feet away a strange greenish fluorescent color, even though the tube was covered in heavy black cardboard. Realizing that objects could be

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• Bullwinkle received his name from the name of a Berkeley, California car dealership called Bullwinkel Motors. The duo lived in the fictional Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, which was loosely based on the real city of International Falls, Minnesota. They battled the Russian-esque spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. • Happy Area Code Day! In the early 1950s, the Bell Telephone System used human operators to direct long-distance calls to their destinations. However, a change was on the on the way when the North American Numbering Plan was devised, a plan that assigned area codes across the continent. New Jersey received the first area code, 201, followed by the District of Columbia, which was assigned 202. The first customerdialed telephone call using area codes was made on November 10, 1951, from Englewood, New Jersey, to Alameda, California. • You probably didn’t know that November 15 is National Bundt Pan Day, a day set aside to honor this ring-shaped, fluted cake pan. Inspired by the European fruit cake known as Gugelhupf, the pan was invented by David Dalquist, founder of the Nordic


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The name of Otis conjures up a vision of elevators for most folks, but there was much more to this inventor than just that apparatus. Here are the facts on American industrialist and inventor Elisha Otis.

• It wasn’t until the 1854 New York World’s Fair that Otis’ contraption gained notoriety. In a daring demonstration at the Crystal Palace exhibition building, Otis stood on a platform high in the air, and ordered the rope cut. The platform fell just a few inches before Otis’ safety device stopped its descent. Orders for his elevator began pouring in, with the numbers doubling every year. Otis perfected a three-way steam valve engine, which could switch the elevator between up and down as well as stop the cab rapidly. In 1857, the first safety elevator for passenger service was installed in a New York City department store. • Otis’ other patents included railroad car trucks and brakes, an oscillating steam engine, a steam plow, and a baking oven. His success was cut short when he contracted diphtheria in 1861 and perished from the disease at age 49 in 1861. Sadly, he didn’t live to see one of his safety elevators installed in Paris’ Eiffel Tower for the 1889 World’s Fair. The Otis Elevator Company gained further notoriety when their elevators were installed in the Chrysler Building in 1930, at the time the world’s tallest building, and the Empire State Building in 1931, which grabbed the title from Chrysler.



• Tasked with converting a former sawmill into a bedstead factory of his own, Otis was discouraged with the amount of garbage and rubble he had to clean up. Much of it had to be moved to the upper floors of the factory. Otis and his sons went to work devising a safety elevator for the project. His invention wasn’t the elevator, but rather a safety device that prevented the elevator from falling if the hoisting cable were to fail. The machine featured toothed wooden guide rails that fit into opposite sides of the elevator shaft. He then fitted a spring to the top of the elevator with the hoisting cables running through it.

• Otis’ elevator was guided by the cables, but if they broke, the spring mechanism was thrown outward into the notches, keeping the cab from falling. When it appeared to be successful, he and his sons founded the Union Elevator Works, and he sold his first safety elevator in 1853.


• At 34, Otis had remarried and moved to Albany, New York, where he worked as a doll maker. He tired quickly of the job, and took a position making bedsteads for four-poster beds. While working for that company in Albany, Otis set to work inventing a machine that could turn bedsteads four times faster than doing it manually. Production skyrocketed to 50 units per day. Otis was paid a $500 bonus, enabling him to start up his own business. In the meantime, he was also devising plans for a safety brake for trains and an automatic bread baking oven.



• As a young married man in Vermont, Elisha Otis designed and built his own gristmill, grinding grains into flour. When it failed to earn a profit, he converted the operation into a sawmill. Unfortunately, the sawmill was a bust as well, and Otis started building wagons and carriages. Tragically, his young wife passed away, leaving him with an infant and an eight-year-old.

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• “Here’s a great way to organize in the shop: Use chalkboard paint on the outside of cabinet doors, and even drawer fronts. You can label the contents, or use the surface to jot down quick measurements if needed. Simple to erase when you make a change. I write down references for a project as I go, and it’s easier to see than shuffling through scrap papers on my workbench.” — A. in Montana • Experts say to always crack your egg on a flat surface, rather than using the edge of a counter or bowl. More egg-tastic advice is to crack eggs into a small bowl instead of directly to ingredients. If you have a sneaky “bad egg” in your dozen, it’s better to find out before you ruin your baking. • Attention salad eaters: Got a thick dressing that’s high in fat? Rinse lettuce before dressing your salad. Wet or moist lettuce traps less dressing. If your dressing is light, give salad greens an extra spin. Drier lettuce holds on to dressing, making lightly dressed salad more flavorful. • Another great use for baking soda: Add a cup or two to your toilet bowl. Swish and let sit for 1-2 hours. Flush for odor control and shine. • “I love to search for recipes online, and I have learned to pay attention to the comments section. You’ll find a lot of explanation and frequently a tweak that many people have found successful. Comments have saved me from oversalting a recipe, as well as making necessary adjustments in temperature and cooking time. I have found complicated techniques broken down in a way that was helpful. It pays to check the comments out!” — W.G. in Missouri Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. © 2015 King Features Synd., Inc.

• On Nov. 10, 1775, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passes a resolution that "two Battalions of Marines be raised" for service as landing forces for the Continental Navy. The date is now observed as the birthdate of the United States Marine Corps. • On Nov. 13, 1850, Robert Louis Stevenson, author of "Treasure Island" and "Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," is born in Scotland. He pursued a career as a writer, but his decision alienated his parents, who expected him to follow the family trade of lighthouse keeping. • On Nov. 15, 1867, the first stock ticker is unveiled in New York City, making up-to-theminute prices available to investors around the country. Since the New York Stock Exchange's founding in 1792, information had traveled by mail or messenger. • On Nov. 14, 1900, composer Aaron Copland is born in Brooklyn, New York. Copland was responsible for the creation of some of the 20th century's most beloved and enduring works of classical music, such the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Appalachian Spring" (1944). • On Nov. 12, 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. Today, an estimated 40 percent of all Americans can trace their roots through Ellis Island, located in New York Harbor. • On Nov. 11, 1978, on the Georgia set of "The Dukes of Hazzard," a stuntman launches the iconic 1969 Dodge Charger named the General Lee off a makeshift dirt ramp and over a police car. More than 300 different General Lees were used in the CBS TV series. • On Nov. 9, 1989, East German officials open the Berlin Wall, allowing travel from East to West Berlin. The following day, celebrating Germans began to tear down the wall, the defining symbol of the Cold War.

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• Some folks allowed their next-of-kin to pen their epitaph, and may not have liked the results. Consider what one husband had engraved on his wife’s tombstone: “To follow you I’m not content. How do I know which way you went?” Another husband declared, “Here lies my wife. I bid her goodbye. She rests in peace and now so do I.”

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