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Laugh Lines! The children begged for a hamster, and after the usual fervent vows that they alone would care for it, they got one. They named it Danny. Two months later, when Mom found herself responsible for cleaning and feeding the creature, she located a prospective new home for it. The children took the news of Danny’s imminent departure quite well, though one of them remarked, “He’s been around here a long time--we’ll miss him.” “Yes,” Mom replied, “But he’s too much work for one person, and since I’m that one person, I say he goes.” Another child offered, “Well, maybe if he wouldn’t eat so much and wouldn’t be so messy, we could keep him.” But Mom was firm. “It’s time to take Danny to his new home now,” she insisted. “Go and get his cage.” With one voice and in tearful outrage the children shouted, “Danny? We thought you said Daddy!”

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word for “fifth.” When the Romans later moved the beginning of the year from March 1 to January 1, July became the seventh month. Because Julius Caesar was born during this month, the Roman Senate changed the name to July. • • July is a big month for Independence Days — the U.S. celebrates on July 4, while Canada observes July 1. National independence is observed on July 5 in Venezuela, on July 9 in Argentina and July 14 in France. The holiday in Belgium is July 21 and in Peru, July 28. • • The first patent ever registered in the United States was in July of 1790 and was granted to Samuel Hopkins for his new process of making potash, an ingredient in soap, glass and gunpowder. • • When the minimum wage was established in America in July of 1933, you could expect to earn 33 cents an hour. • • The name of Rod Laver is not a familiar one unless you are an avid tennis fan. In July of 1969, Laver became the first person to win four Wimbledon titles. • • International Lefthanders Day is set aside every August 13 for the estimated 13 percent of the world’s population who is left-handed. Lefthanders International publishes a magazine and offers a catalog packed full of products aimed at “lefties.” • • According to legend, St. Lawrence of Rome, a friend to the poor, was roasted to death on an iron grill for distributing church property to the needy. As a result, southern Europeans consider it civilized to eat only cold meat on this martyr’s feast day, August 10. • • Summer has been a historical time for the English Channel. Frenchman Louis Bleriot accomplished the first flight across the English Channel in July of 1909 in 37 minutes, piloting his 25-hp plane. He received an award of 1,000 English pounds for his efforts but apparently not much fame, since the name of Louis Bleriot is unknown to the average person. The first woman to fly across the Channel is honored on August 2. Harriet Quimby Day is set aside to commemorate this brave woman’s flying feats, including being the first American woman to earn a pilot’s license. Sad to say, Harriet was killed in an airshow accident just three months after her historic English Channel adventure. • • August 1, 1893 goes down in history for all cereal lovers. That’s the day a patent was issued for Shredded Wheat! • • Only the diamond is harder than July’s birthstone, the ruby. Rubies are actually rarer than diamonds and can be found in Burma, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Afghanistan and India. In Sanskrit, the ancient ...continued on next column

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language of India, the word for ruby was Ratnaraj, which translates “king of gems.” According to legend, wearers of rubies will receive wisdom, happiness and health. • • Women’s rights took a step forward in July of 1848, when the first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. Resolutions presented at the gathering maintained that a man should not withhold a woman’s rights, take her property or refuse to allow her to vote. • • The pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in August of 1945, was 30-year-old Paul W. Tibbets. • • It was during the summer of 1974 that Richard Nixon became the only U.S. President to resign from office. He was avoiding probable impeachment proceedings stemming from his cover-up of the illegal activities of his staff in the Watergate scandal. He was granted a full pardon for all federal crimes one month later by his successor Gerald Ford. • • The founder of L’Oreal cosmetics, chemist Eugene Schueller, is credited with the invention of sunscreen in 1936. If you’re using sunscreen with an SPF of 15, it is providing protection from 93 percent of the sun’s UV rays, while the SPF-30 variety will provide 97 percent protection. Manufacturers advise against using any sunscreen that is more than a year old. Statistics indicate that only about 30 percent of teenage males apply sunscreen on a regular basis, compared to 46 percent of females of the same age. • • Going fishing on your summer vacation? According to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” the best times for fishing are when the ocean tides are “restless, one hour before and one hour after high and low tides.” In addition, when the wind is from the west rather than from the north or east, fishing will be better, as well as when the barometer is steady or rising, says the “Almanac.” • • July 19 is Flitch Day, when according to an old custom, bacon was given to any couple who could prove they had lived in harmony and fidelity for one year. • • The 40 days from July 3 to August 11 are the hottest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and are known as “Dog Days.” The technical term for this period is “Canicular Days,” deriving its name from the Dog Star, Sirius.


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¥ On July 26, 1775, the U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Until then there were no post offices in the colonies, so mail was typically left at inns and taverns. ¥ On July 25, 1832, the first recorded railroad accident in U.S. history occurs when four people are thrown off a vacant car near Quincy, Mass. A cable on a vacant car snapped them off the train and over a 34-foot cliff. ¥ On July 31, 1916, future racing legend Louise Smith, who will become the first woman inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, is born in Barnesville, Ga. In her first race, unaware that a checkered flag meant the finish line, Smith kept going when the race ended until someone threw out a red flag. ¥ On July 28, 1932, President Hoover orders the U.S. Army under Gen. Douglas MacArthur to evict Bonus Marchers -- a group of World War I veterans seeking cash payments for their veterans’ bonus certificates -- from Washington, D.C. MacArthur’s men set their camps on fire, and the veterans were driven from the city. ¥ On July 29, 1958, the U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America’s activities in space. NASA was created in response to the Soviet Union’s Oct. 4, 1957 launch of its first satellite, Sputnik I. ¥ On July 30, 1971, a mid-air collision between a Boeing 727 and a fighter jet in Japan kills 162 people. At 28,000 feet the Boeing suddenly encountered two military jets. One was flown by a student who had only a few hours of flying experience. Neither jet was equipped with radar. ¥ On July 27, 1993, Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis collapses and dies after suffering cardiac arrest while shooting baskets at Brandeis University in Boston. After previous cardiac arrhythmias, doctors had incorrectly assured him that he could continue to play. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Dogs Help Bring Neighbors Together DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I just wanted to send you a note about something that occurred to me this morning. I was out for my morning run, and on almost every block I found myself waving and smiling to neighbors who were out walking their dogs. I take my own dog, “Riley,” out very early each morning, but at 11 years of age he’s gotten too old to go running with me. Still, it struck me today how many of my neighbors I’ve gotten to know just because we’re all fellow dog owners. Even if we don’t have long conversations, we all have commiserated over the chore of dragging ourselves out of bed early to walk our dogs, or chatted about how nice (or horrible) the weather is. I realized today that I’m acquainted with at least one person on every street that’s part of my running route. It’s just a nice thought I had about how dogs bring people together. Hope you agree! -Riley’s Mom in Albuquerque DEAR RILEY’S MOM: That is a fantastic thought! I sometimes wonder about the friendships I might not have made if it weren’t for my pets. I also think that seeing the same owners and their dogs every day is great for the dog, as well. We stop to catch up on gossip and weather, and our dogs get a chance to catch up on ... well, whatever they learn from sniffing each other. At any rate, it’s a chance for both dogs and owners to socialize and stay friendly with the neighbors. Send your question or comment to ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

After an overnight flight to meet her husband at his latest military assignment, a woman wearily arrived at Rhein-Main Air Base in Germany with her nine children - all under age 11. Collecting their many suitcases, the ten of them entered the cramped customs area. A young customs official watched the entourage in disbelief, “Ma’am,” he said, “do all these children and this luggage belong to you?” “Yes, sir,” the mother said with a sigh. “They’re all mine.” The customs agent began his interrogation: “Ma’am, do you have any weapons, contraband or illegal drugs in your possession?” “Sir,” she calmly answered, “if I’d had any of those items, I would have used them by now.”

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BETHANY HAMILTON By Samantha Weaver ¥ It was Danish author, philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard who made the following sage observation: “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” ¥ After the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film “The Birds,” pet stores all over the country saw a sharp decline in the sales of pet birds. ¥ You might be surprised to learn that during the first airing of the original “Star Trek” series, no episode ranked higher than No. 52 in the ratings. ¥ According to the Guinness Book of Records, it was poor Donna Griffiths who suffered the longest sneezing fit ever recorded. On Jan. 13, 1981, the 12-yearold girl started sneezing, and she continued sneezing every day for more than two and a half years. ¥ If you’re like the average American, you eat 20 quarts of ice cream every year. ¥ I’m sure you’ve heard the term “dimwit” used as an insult, but, as it turns out, the word is more descriptive than derogatory. The human brain actually uses less power than a 100-watt light bulb. ¥ A man named Patrick Hooligan lived in London in the mid-1800s. He was such a notorious troublemaker that his name is still used today to refer to ruffians and hoodlums. ¥ In 1909, in England, one Lord Barbazon took a pig up for a ride in an airplane. Bovines seemingly got short shrift; the first cow didn’t take to the air until 1930. It was in February of that year that a cow was loaded into an airplane in St. Louis. It was milked during the flight, and the milk was parachuted to earth. *** Thought for the Day: “He’s turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he’s miserable and depressed.” -- David Frost (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

If you’ve seen the 2011 film “Soul Surfer,” the name of Bethany Hamilton is a familiar one. This week, Tidbits spotlights the life of this courageous young lady who has triumphed over a devastating shark attack. • By the age of eight, Bethany Hamilton already knew she wanted to be a professional surfer. The young Hawaii resident entered her first competition, Oahu’s Rell Sun Menehune event, and came out the victor in her age bracket. It wasn’t long before she picked up a sponsor, and she was on her way! • On Halloween morning in 2003, when Hamilton was 13, she was out with friends for an early surf along the Kauai north shore beach. The water was clear and calm as she lay on her surfboard and dangled her left arm in the water, watching the many turtles in the area. With no warning, her life was forever changed. A 14-foot (4.3-meter) tiger shark attacked, severing her arm just below the shoulder. It was later determined that a bite just two inches farther in would have claimed her life. As it was, she lost over 60 percent of her blood. • Hamilton watched the water around her change to a bright red, but somehow this young teen managed to stay calm enough to paddle toward the beach assisted by her friend, who, upon reaching shore, created a tourniquet from a surfboard leash. Ironically, when they reached the hospital, Hamilton was wheeled into an operating room where her father had been scheduled to have knee surgery that morning. • After seven days of recovery in the hospital,

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Hamilton returned home. Less than a month later, she was surfing again, getting used to a whole new sense of balance in her body. • Three short months after the attack, Hamilton returned to competition, taking fifth place in her first time out. A year after, just shy of her 15th birthday, she nabbed first place in the NSSA national championships, her first national title. She was the recipient of 2004’s Best Comeback Athlete ESPY Award and a special courage award that was presented at the 2004 Teen Choice Awards. • In 2004, Hamilton recorded her experiences in a biography entitled “Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.” It is the story of how a positive attitude, perseverance and a strong faith in God accounted for her recovery. She has published five nonfiction books since the attack, with the goal of explaining how adversity can change a person’s life perspective. • In 2007, at age 17, Hamilton achieved the dream of turning professional and continues full time on the pro surfing circuit. In 2009, she appeared on the game show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” and in 2010 was featured on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition.” She also participates in humanitarian projects, including having helped children orphaned by a tsunami to overcome their fear of water. “Friends of Bethany” is a new effort of hers, a foundation that supports shark attack survivors and other amputees. The film version of her biography, “Soul Surfer,” was released in April of 2011, starring Anna Sophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood.

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Tammy’s Favorite Recipes By Tammy Knight

Brownies These brownies are so good and moist. Our family loves them. Brownies: 2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 2 sticks butter 1 cup cold water 4 Tbls cocoa 2 eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 tsp soda 2 tsp vanilla Sift together flour and sugar. Melt butter in pan with water and cocoa, bring to boiling point, then pour into flour and sugar mixture. Add soda to buttermilk. Then while first mixture is still hot, add eggs, buttermilk/soda and vanilla. Beat until smooth, pour into great 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Frosting: 1 stick butter 3 Tbls. cocoa 6 Tbls milk* 1 (lb) box powdered sugar 1 cup nuts optional 1 tsp vanilla Sometimes I add a little orange extract to the frosting. Bring to boil in saucepan. Mix with beaters until smooth, then add nuts and pour over cake while still warm. You can also add mini marshmallows to the frosting after it is cooled, then pour over warm cake. *I like to use canned milk for frosting, it makes it creamier! YUM!

Artery Plugging Can Make Walking Painful DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please explain peripheral vascular disease. I have never heard of it, and neither have people I have asked. -- C.D. ANSWER: Peripheral vascular disease also goes by the name peripheral artery disease. Have you seen the TV ad where the young boy and his grandmother are walking through a store where there’s a display on peripheral artery disease? The boy asks his grandmother if she has it. It’s extremely common. It’s the leg’s equivalent of heart artery disease. Both have to do with arteries clogged with plaque -- a buildup of cholesterol, fat and other materials. Pain on walking is the prominent symptom of this illness. The pain occurs because the working leg muscles aren’t getting enough blood. They complain by sending pain signals. Calf pain is common when the obstruction to blood flow is in a thigh artery. Stopping and resting relieves the pain.High blood pressure, a family history of this condition, a family history of heart disease, smoking, diabetes and increased cholesterol all contribute to it. The most important contributor is aging. The family doctor can detect peripheral artery disease by noting a decreased pulse at the ankle. Greater evidence is obtained by comparing ankle blood pressure to arm blood pressure. The two should be equal. If ankle pressure is lower than arm pressure, the reason is a blockage in leg artery blood flow. Treatment is similar to treatment for obstructed heart arteries. Affected people have to lower their cholesterol, lower their body weight, lower their blood pressure, stop smoking, control blood sugar and stay active by walking to the point of pain, resting and then continuing to walk. Doctors usually also must prescribe medicines to lower cholesterol and to facilitate the passage of blood through narrowed arteries. Sometimes an operation on the clogged artery is necessary. Often this can be done with a catheter that has a balloon tip. The catheter is threaded to the point of obstruction and inflated to open up the artery. Then a stent -- a metal device -- is placed to keep the artery dilated. The booklet on peripheral vascular disease gives the details of the illness and its treatments. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 109W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What can you tell me about medical foods? My doctor has put me on Limbrel to treat my osteoarthritis. He says it’s safe and has few side effects. After five days of use, I feel much better. -- F.G. ANSWER: Medical foods are foods that are more than nutrients. They have a place in the management of some illnesses. Limbrel, for example, contains flavonoids. These compounds act as antioxidants, neutralizing the harmful byproducts of cell chemistry. They also soothe inflammation like swollen, achy arthritic joints. I like the way Limbrel is marketed. It’s available only through prescriptions and without a huge amount of hype. I can’t say everyone gets the same results you did. Stick with it if it’s working for you. *** 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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