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COTTON... (continued) to make cloth. The fiber has to be separated from the seeds, which are quite sticky. This is why the cotton gin was so important. When the fiber and seeds had to be separated by hand, it took many laborious hours. • • “Linters,” the short fuzz remaining on the seeds after separation of the lint, provide cellulose for making explosives, plastics and other products. They are also incorporated into high quality paper products and processed into batting for the padding used in mattresses and cushions for furniture and automobile seats.

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• • The cottonseeds are a valuable byproduct as well. They are crushed and separated into three products: oil, hulls and meal. Cottonseed oil is used for salad dressing, cooking oil and shortening. Cottonseed oil has no cholesterol has little or no trans-fats, making it a good option for healthy cooking. • • The meal and hulls are used for livestock, poultry and fish feed and also fertilizer. After all of these parts are taken away, the remaining leaves and stalks of the cotton plant are plowed under to enrich the soil. • • For years, the “Cotton Row” district of Memphis, Tennessee, was the center of the worldwide cotton trade market. The Cotton Museum at the Cotton Exchange opened in 2006 in the building that was once the place where cotton was inspected, bought and sold, and shipped around the world. The museum has artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of cotton, its history and its impact on the region and the world. • • Another museum dedicated to cotton is The Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum in Greenville, Texas. This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of America’s cotton industry. The museum includes the oldest house in Greenville and an actual cotton patch. • • The states where cotton grows are sometimes referred to as the “Cotton Belt.” These states are all across the southern edge of the United States. They are Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The climate and soil conditions of these areas provide a great cotton-growing environment. • • Are you curious as to what can be made from one bale of cotton? How about 4,321 socks, 3,085 diapers (yes, the old fashioned cotton kind!), 1,256 pillowcases, 690 bath towels, 409 skirts or 250 pairs of pants! • • Most people have heard of “hand-medowns” and probably have worn them. Blue jeans are especially known for this because of their durability. Hand-medown blue jeans were taken to a new level in 2006 when Cotton Incorporated created a marketing initiative to recycle denim for insulation for housing. • • The “Cotton. From Blue to Green. ®” denim drive was a student-run campaign ...continued on next column

on several college campuses to educate students on the renewable and recyclable attributes of denim. Blue jeans were donated and then given a “new life” as housing insulation for houses. In the spring of 2007, 30 homes were built for families by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge (Louisiana) who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Twelve of those homes were insulated with UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation. • • A campaign by National Geographic Kids Magazine in 2009 asked readers to donate their old jeans with the goal being to set a Guinness World Record™ for the “most items of clothing collected for recycling.” The record was announced in Washington, D.C. on August 12, 2009, with 33,088 pieces of denim donated. These jeans were given to the “Cotton. From Blue to Green.®” campaign for more housing insulation projects. What a terrific way to help people, recycle and keep blue jeans out of our landfills! • • Cotton has been an important part of our lives for many years and will likely continue to be. As the advertisements say, it is the “fabric of our lives.” Cotton is now grown in 70 countries, with China producing the most at about 25 percent and the Unites States producing almost 20 percent. China and India are the largest producers of cotton, while the United States is the world’s largest exporter of cotton.

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¥ On April 19, 1897, John J. McDermott of New York won the first Boston Marathon with a time of 2:55:10. Fifteen runners started the race but only 10 made it to the finish line. The marathon’s distance was changed in 1908 in accordance with Olympic standards to its current length of 26 miles, 385 yards. ¥ On April 21, 1918, in the skies over France, Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious German flying ace known as “The Red Baron,” is killed by Allied fire when an Australian gunner shoots him through his chest. He was 25 years old. Von Richthofen had downed 80 enemy aircraft. ¥ On April 23, 1923, “Mambo King” Tito Puente is born in New York City. Bandleader and percussionist Puente helped popularize Latin dance music and jazz in America. During a career that spanned six decades, the dynamic showman recorded more than 100 albums and won five Grammy Awards. ¥ On April 22, 1937, John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson, who would become known as one of the greatest actors of his generation and famous for his role in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” is born in Neptune, N.J. In his first film, Nicholson played a troubled teenager in the low-budget 1958 horror flick, “The Cry-Baby Killer.”

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Shots Leave Cat Owner Wincing DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My cat, “Trina,” is an indoor cat -- her paws never touch the outside ground. So why does she need so many different shots each year? The feline leukemia I can understand, but why should she get a rabies shot and so on when she’s never exposed to other creatures? The shots are so costly that we are refraining from taking her to get them. -- Ethel H., via e-mail DEAR ETHEL: I can understand your reluctance to keep getting Trina shots every year when she is at low risk of catching the diseases the shots prevent. And the shot package is costly -- even many “low cost” shot clinics run upward of $45 to $65 for a complete set of vaccinations. However, state health boards have decided they can’t take the chance of unvaccinated cats getting out among other cats (and pets do escape, even if Trina is a good cat) and catching and then spreading certain diseases. There’s also the admittedly low risk of another pet or wild animal entering Trina’s living space and biting or otherwise exposing her to a disease. So, although I know it’s expensive and uncomfortable, for Trina’s sake, she needs to be vaccinated regularly. In recent years, a growing number of states have been reducing the frequency of rabies shots -- from every year to once every three years. Certain other shots still are required annually, but it’s one less item on your bill. Please keep Trina’s vaccinations up to date. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing she’s safe just in case. Note: To help out financially strapped pet owners, I’ve been listing low-cost vaccination clinics by state on my website, Check to see if a clinic is taking place in your area. If you know of an upcoming clinic that’s not listed, email me at ask@, and I’ll add the date. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

¥ On April 18, 1945, Pulitzer Prizewinning war correspondent Ernie Pyle is killed by Japanese machine-gun fire on Okinawa. Extremely popular, Pyle had been at the London Blitz of 1941 and saw action in North Africa, Italy, France and the Pacific. A monument to him exists to this day on Okinawa, describing Pyle simply as “a buddy.” ¥ On April 24, 1976, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in 139 minutes and 15 seconds of total game play, making it the fifth-longest match in the history of the National Hockey League. A regulation hockey game lasts 60 minutes. ¥ On April 20, 1980, the Castro regime announces that all Cubans wishing to emigrate to the U.S. are free to board boats at the port of Mariel, west of Havana, launching the Mariel Boatlift. The first of 125,000 Cuban refugees reached Florida the next day in about 1,700 boats.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Whether a waiting period is taking longer than expected, or just seems that way, the anxious Lamb would do well to create a center of calm within her- or himself, and not do anything rash. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Practical matters dominate the week, but cultural activities also are favored, especially those that can be shared with someone special in the Bovine’s life. Some important news might be forthcoming. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You need to know more about a possible career move in order to see if it offers a real opportunity or just a change. You’re sure to get lots of advice -- some of it good -- but the decision must be yours. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The arrival of hoped-for good news about a loved one dominates most of the week and provides a great excuse for the party-loving Moon Child to plan a special event to celebrate. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Leos and Leonas rushing to finalize their plans might want to think about slowing down the pace, or risk overlooking an important consideration that could become a sore point down the line. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) The week’s challenges call for logical approaches. But sentiment also has its place. Sharing memories with a special someone, for example, strengthens the bond between you. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A brandnew approach to a problem could have a good chance of succeeding if it’s based on a solid foundation of fact to strengthen its potential for standing up to scrutiny. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A favorable report should give your optimism an important boost as you confront another phase of a challenge. Don’t be timid about accepting advice from someone you trust. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December

21) You might want to target another goal if your current aim is continually being deflected. But stay with it until you find that first sign of an opening, and then follow through. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Although offers of advice might not always please the usually sure-footed Goat, good counsel is always worth considering, especially from those whose experience can be invaluable. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Don’t rush to make up for lost time. Your productivity can be measured not only by what you do, but how you do it. Move carefully until the job is done the way you like it. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Emerging facts about someone you know might cause you to rethink your relationship. But remember to make judgments in context of a full situation, not just on scraps of data. BORN THIS WEEK: You are known both for your love of acquiring beautiful things as well as for your generosity to others. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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SUGAR CANE Sugar cane is actually a tropical grass, like bamboo, with some varieties growing up to 16 feet (5 m) high. Since it is tropical, you won’t find it in the northern United States or Canada. • Sugar is grown in 121 countries across the globe, and production exceeds 120 million tons (108,862,169 metric tons) per year. Approximately 70 percent of the production is from sugar cane, and the remaining 30 percent is from sugar beets, a root crop similar in appearance to parsnips that DOLLARS AND SENSE is mostly grown in northern temperate By David Uffington zones. How to Block Those • Sucrose is the type of sugar rePesky Telemarketers ferred to as “table” sugar that comes from sugar cane or sugar beets. (It Three-quarters of Americans have signed up for the Do Not Call registry, hoping not to be also occurs naturally in some fruit and bothered by telemarketers, yet the calls keep vegetables.) The sugar from cane coming. and beets is identical. After the juice Unfortunately, not all calls are covered: If is extracted from either plant, and the you’ve done business with a company, they can impurities are removed, it is crystalcall you for 18 months unless you ask them to lized into white sugar that is 99.95 stop. It’s the same with political groups and percent sucrose. charities, unless they use a telemarketing service, and phone survey companies. • Numerous societies are credited Here are some steps to take: with the discovery of sugar cane and The magic words if a telemarketer calls: “Please its sweet byproduct. It is said to have take my number off your list. Don’t call again.” been first discovered by the PolyneThen hang up. They have 31 days to get you off sians, although early writings mention their list. it in Africa, the Middle East, India, ChiIf you haven’t signed up for the DNC registry, go online to Click Register na, Taiwan, Malaysia and the South Now. You can put in up to three phone numbers Pacific. Darius the Great of Persia is at a time and need to give your email address. credited as having called sugar cane: You’ll later get a verification email. But sure to “the reed which gives honey without click the link in that email within 72 hours to bees” when Persia invaded India in verify that you want your phone covered. 510 BC. Don’t forget your cellphone. While there cur• According to the World Sugar Rerently isn’t a cellphone book, if your number search Organization headquartered does get out, telemarketers are allowed to call you as long as they don’t use a “robot” to make in England, India was the first country the calls. to extract cane juice to make the first If you’ve signed up and you continue to get crude sugar at around 500 BC. From calls, verify that your phone numbers are on India, the technology spread to the the DNC list. Go to the same website and click Middle East and then to Europe via Verify a Registration. Follow the steps, includthe Christian Crusaders. Christopher ing replying to the confirmation email. Columbus is credited with taking sugIf you want to register or verify by phone, call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you want covar cane to the Caribbean. It came to ered. the southern United States in the 15th The Federal Trade Commission goes after and 16th centuries. companies that violate the DNC registry, but it • When crushed, sugar cane produccan pursue only the ones it knows about. After es cane juice and bagasse, the woody 31 days of your number being in the registry, leftovers. When the sugar is removed telemarketers cannot call you. If they do, comfrom the juice there is a dark, thick liqplain to the FTC at the same number or on the website. Have all your information handy, such uid left called molasses. Molasses is as time and date you were called, plus the name used for making animal feed, alcohol, of the company if you have it. beverages, bakery products and pharIn the beginning, a DNC signup was only good maceuticals. The bagasse is a valufor a few years. Since 2008, however, your able source of energy and is burned in signed-up phone number is permanently prosteam generators to power the sugar tected. If you live in a fast-growing region and mills, making them environmentally your area code changes, you don’t need to sign up again. It’s done automatically. friendly. David Uffington regrets that he cannot person• Asia and South and Central Amerially answer reader questions, but will incorpoca produce the most sugar cane with rate them into his column whenever possible. India and Brazil being the top counWrite to him in care of King Features Weekly tries. Louisiana, Florida, Texas and Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853Hawaii are the top producing U.S. 6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail. states. com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. •

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THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta Split Outdoor Pipe Disables Spigot

By Samantha Weaver • It was French novelist, essayist and critic Marcel Proust who made the following sage observation: “There is nothing like desire for preventing the things one says from bearing any resemblance to what one has in one’s mind.” • ¥ The city of Denver holds the distinction of being the first major metropolitan area to allow women to vote in elections, back in 1893. • ¥ Connectivity may finally be going too far. Way too far. Beyond death, even. It seems that someone has now invented the solar-powered eTomb, a headstone that stores information from the deceased’s social networking sites. Visitors to the grave can use a laptop or a smartphone to download photos, blog posts and even videos via a Bluetooth connection. • ¥ Famed screenwriter and director Woody Allen started his career in show business in the 1960s as a writer for the TV series “Candid Camera.” • ¥ In a traditional Moroccan wedding, the bride must be purified in a milk bath and have her hands and feet painted with henna before the ceremony. • ¥ A man named Stephen Burns holds a rather odd world record: He managed to hitchhike through all of the contiguous 48 states in less time than anyone else -- 26 days and 6 hours. • ¥ You might be surprised to learn that the largest supplier of foreign oil to the United States isn’t Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iraq or Kuwait. In fact, we buy more of our oil much closer to home: from Canada. • ¥ Between 70 percent and 80 percent of all the world’s fresh water is frozen, stored in Arctic and Antarctic glaciers. • ¥ Not all black bears are black; individuals in some populations around the world can be brown, white, cinnamon or even blue. • Thought for the Day: “I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on.” -- Oscar Levant

Q: I’m not sure how, but when checking the outdoor spigots this spring I noticed that the steel pipe behind one of them had swelled and split. I had turned off water to this pipe last fall so I’m not sure how this happened, and I don’t see any water damage in the basement. Why did this occur? What’s the cheapest fix so I can use this spigot again soon? -- Frank T., Dover, N.H.

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A: I’m not sure exactly why it happened either. Perhaps if the tap wasn’t fully drained after you turned off water at the nearest shutoff valve, perhaps some water pooled just behind the spigot and, when a hard freeze occurred, the water froze, expanded and split the pipe. I’m also not sure there’s a truly cheap fix for this. Duct tape will keep water from spraying all over the place but won’t stop a leak and will quickly break down. You need to keep the water turned off and the pipe drained, and contact a plumber as soon as possible. The pipe will need to be replaced, perhaps all the way back to the shutoff valve. Get a written estimate -- two or more if you’re not sure how much the job should cost -- and decide from there when and how you’ll have the pipe replaced. Because it sounds like you’ve got galvanized steel pipe, the plumber will recommend a different material (galvanized steel isn’t used anymore -- period) and he or she may recommend replacing all the steel pipes, though probably not all at once. Meantime, it would be a good idea to check all of the other pipes leading outside for similar damage. Hopefully, that’s the only one you have to deal with right now. Also, since the Northeast is still at risk in April of more hard freezes occurring, keep the outside spigots turned off and drained for a few more weeks. Homes with newer plumbing don’t have to worry as much about outside pipes freezing and splitting in early spring, but older pipe systems need to be more closely watched.



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TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Paul G. Donohue, M.D. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have a small lump on the back of my left wrist. It’s soft and doesn’t hurt even when I push on it. It’s been there for at least two months. I don’t remember injuring it. Lumps freak me out. My brother had bone cancer. When I see things sprouting on me, I think of cancer. Could it be? -- F.L. ANSWER: It’s not likely to be bone cancer. A more likely bet is a ganglion. That’s a kind of cyst filled with thick, gelatinous material. It communicates with the wrist joint or with one of the wrist tendons. If it doesn’t hurt or interfere with wrist motion, you can ignore it. It if does, a doctor can remove it without much fuss. Many ganglion patients want their doctor to drain it. Drainage is possible, but the recurrence rate is very high. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2011 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved



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NOW HERE’S A TIP By JoAnn Derson “I purchase rotisserie chickens and use the meat for different things -- soup, casseroles, etc. I have a trick for getting the skin off. My hand strength isn’t what it used to be, and those birds are slippery. I use a paper towel to grip the skin, and pull the meat and bone right out. It works well on a raw bird, too.” -- L.A. in Florida ¥ To rewhiten socks or wash cloths, try boiling a pot of water and adding a sliced, juiced lemon. Soak the items for at least an hour, and then pick out the lemon and add the pot -- water and all -to a load of wash. ¥ “If there are crushed cookies in a pack I purchase, I set them aside in a plastic baggie in the freezer to use on ice cream. Yummy!” -- R.L. in Alberta, Canada ¥ “If you’ve been cooking in the oven and have a pan that’s got cooked-on food, you can get it clean without all the scrubbing. Immediately after cooking, while the oven is still hot, add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan, and a little dish soap. Put it in the oven until the oven is cool. The residual heat will work on the stuck-on food while you are dining, and it’ll wipe right out.” -- W.O. in Minnesota ¥ When washing out stockings, add a tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse water, and they will retain their elasticity better. ¥ “Wintergreen oil makes a lovely room freshener. Put two drops on a cotton ball and tuck it into the cushions of your couch, or hide it under a lamp pedestal ... anywhere out of the way. The scent drifts for a week or so.” -- G.T. in Delaware Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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