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• What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children? If your father could see you now, he’d turn over in his gravy! • Which side of the turkey has the most feathers? The outside • If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for? Their age. • Why can’t you take a turkey to church? Because they use such fowl language. • What are the feathers on a turkey’s wings called? Turkey feathers. • What’s the best dance to do on Thanksgiving? The turkey trot. • Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building? Yes - a building can’t jump at all. • What do you get when you cross a turkey with an octopus? Enough drumsticks for Thanksgiving. • What kind of music did the Pilgrims like? Plymouth Rock. • Why did the police arrest the turkey? They suspected it of fowl play. • Why did they let the turkey join the band? Because he had the drumsticks. • What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner? The turkey • What did the turkey say before it was roasted? Boy! I’m stuffed! • Why do a pilgrims’ pants always fall down? Because they wear their belt buckle on their hat.

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Carolina, conducted research, grafting and cross-pollinating chestnut trees. They cross-pollinated grafts from the strong American chestnut with a mixture of three United States Department of Agriculture-released Chinese chestnut varieties. After years of work, Dunstan Hybrid Chestnuts were developed. They have a combination of American and Chinese traits. The first chestnuts to ever receive a U.S. Plant Patent, the Dunstan trees are healthy, vigorous trees that bear heavy annual crops of large, sweettasting nuts. • • The grandson of Dr. Dunstan, R.D. Wallace, and his wife, Deborah A. Gaw, started Chestnut Hill Tree Farm in 1981 in Alachua, Florida. Dunstan Chestnuts are the most widely planted chestnut variety, and Chestnut Hill is a national leader in the chestnut industry. • • The American Chestnut Foundation, started by plant scientists in 1983, is also working to reestablish American chestnut trees. They have worked to breed blightresistant trees, while maintaining the characteristics of the original trees. The successful program has resulted in trees that retain “no Chinese characteristics other than blight resistance.” • • Canadian scientists and naturalists established the Canadian Chestnut Council in 1988 to work on reestablishing the trees in Canada as well, mainly in Ontario. • • There are fewer than 2,500 acres (1,012 ha) of chestnut orchards in the United States. We import $20 million of chestnuts annually. Our consumption of chestnuts is very low compared to Europe, Asia and Africa. Most chestnuts are imported from Japan, China, Spain and Italy. • • Chestnuts are used as a potato substitute frequently in Europe, Asia and Africa. The nuts actually contain twice as much starch as potatoes. They are also similar to brown rice in their nutritional value and sometimes called a “grain that grows on a tree.” They are 40 percent carbohydrates and only 2-3 percent fat, compared to many nuts that contain 50 percent fat. They contain 5-10 percent high quality protein and no cholesterol. • • In some European countries, Catholics give chestnuts to the poor on the Feast of Saint Martin in November. Also, chestnuts are eaten as a traditional food on Saint Simon’s Day in Tuscany, Italy. • • Chestnuts are excellent steamed or ...continued on next column

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roasted. They are often included in dressing with turkey for holiday meals and are a great addition to soups and stews. Chestnuts can be ground into flour and used for baking pastries and bread. A traditional European dessert, “Mont Blanc,” has chestnuts sweetened with honey and topped with whipped cream. Also, a few beer brewers are now producing glutenfree chestnut beer. • • One of the largest chestnut forests in the world is on the French island of Corsica. In the 16th century, landowners were ordered to plant four trees each year in an eastern mountainous area of the island. The town of Castagniccia, which means chestnut grove, became forested with magnificent chestnut trees. Today, that forest is dying from neglect. • • Tourists and locals walking the streets of Beijing and other Chinese cities are likely to find chestnuts being roasted and sold by street vendors. About 40 percent of the world’s chestnuts are consumed in China. They roast them in ovens, on coals or even in hot sand. They also simmer them in numerous dishes and add them to soups. • • American chestnut wood is straightgrained, easily workable, lightweight and highly rot-resistant. It is used for railroad ties, fence posts, barn beams and home construction, as well as for musical instruments and fine furniture. Healthy chestnut trees grow straight and tall, often not producing branches until around 50 feet (15 m). The trees are known for being used “from cradle to coffin.” • • A famous piece of chestnut furniture is an armchair on display at the Longfellow National Historic Site, operated by the National Park Service, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The chair was a gift to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of the most widely read American poets of all time, from Cambridge children for his 72nd birthday. The chair was built from wood from the “spreading chestnut tree,” written about by Longfellow in “The Village Blacksmith.” The tree in the poem, that he and many others loved, was removed in 1876 in order to widen Brattle Street in Cambridge. • • There are chestnut trees around still today, and restoration efforts are ongoing to return the American chestnut trees to their majestic glory. There are growers selling chestnuts in the fall, mostly blight resistant Chinese varieties. It is hoped that someday soon, there will be more healthy chestnut forests of the American variety that produce chestnuts for us to “roast on an open fire.”

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TEDDY BEARS Presidents are remembered for their historic decisions in leadership, whether good or bad. Few are remembered for inspiring a toy whose popularity has endured around the world for many generations. • Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt was President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. A cartoon that appeared in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902, drawn by Clifford Berryman, was the inspiration for a toy that has stood the test of time. • The cartoon depicted an incident that happened when the President, an avid hunter, was on a bearhunting trip in Mississippi. The hunting had been disappointing, and, wanting to please the president, guides captured a bear and tied him to a tree for the president to shoot. President Roosevelt refused to shoot the captive animal. News spread, and Berryman drew a memorable cartoon to depict the event. • Brooklyn shopkeeper Morris Mitchom asked his wife, Rose, a seamstress, to sew a jointed bear that resembled the bear in Berryman’s cartoon. They put the bear in their shop window with a sign that said, “Teddy’s Bear.” The bear sold quickly, and they had a hard time keeping up with demand as word spread about their creation. • Mitchom wrote a letter asking President Roosevelt for permission to name his popular bear “Teddy.” The president sent Mitchom a handwritten reply. He is quoted as saying, “I don’t think my name is likely to be worth much in the toy bear business, but you are welcome to use it.” • The Mitchoms’ bears were so successful that they started the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company, with their main success being Teddy Bears. • At about the same time that Teddy Bears were becoming the hot toy item in the United States, Margarete Steiff, a disabled German seamstress, started making stuffed toy bears at a toy factory in Geingen, Germany. The Steiff bears were based on drawings from Margarete’s nephew, Richard. Richard was an art student and sketched bear cubs that were at the Stuttgart Zoo. • The Michtoms’ bear resembled the Berryman cartoon bear, while the Steiff bear looked more like a real bear cub with a humped back and long snout. • An American toy buyer ordered 3,000 Steiff bears in 1903, realizing that Teddy bear popularity in the United States was growing. Millions of Steiff bears were sold between 1903 and World War I. In 1905, a trademark button in the left ear was added to Steiff bears. • Steiff and Michtom bears are valuable collectors’ toys today. The popularity of the original bears led to many other manufacturers putting out toy bears through the years, and the popularity of teddy bears has continued. • In fact, the teddy bear was so loved, President Roosevelt used the song “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” in his re-election campaign in 1904. • In 1986, the Theodore Roosevelt Association started the Teddy Bears for Kids Program. The goal of the program is to: “… help make sick children smile and feel safe.” The Association, which is a national historic organization chartered in 1920 by an Act of Congress, is dedicated to keeping the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt alive. Since its inception, there have been more than 74,000 teddy bears given to children’s hospitals for sick children across the nation.

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Week of November 21st ARIES (March 21 to April 19) This is a good time to let that intrepid Aries temperament take charge. Your strong leadership will help settle those still-unresolved situations. Support comes from a surprising source. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your problem-solving talents shine as you move to cool down heated emotions. You also inspire trust in all parties when you act with careful consideration of their feelings. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) That longdelayed commitment begins to look better to you. But there’s still a crucial fact or two you need to know about it. A health problem needs to be taken care of. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Don’t waste time trying to learn why someone you relied on is wavering in his or her support of your stand on a workplace issue. Move on with the help of more steadfast allies. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Relationships enter a brighter period, both at home and in the workplace. Prospects also look good for single Leos and Leonas, who can expect a welcome visit from Cupid. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Those mixed signals that were complicating your life are giving way now to clear, definitive guidelines. This makes it easier for you to weigh your options and make decisions. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Ask your partner for an explanation of what seems to be a sign of strain in your relationship. The sooner you understand the problem, the sooner you can both act to resolve it. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A new challenge in the workplace holds an exciting promise for the future. But be aware of the fact that you haven’t been told about all the demands you might have to meet. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your financial picture brightens as you get into sorting out realistic goals and those that are not reachable at this time. “Caution” remains your fiscal watchword. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You’re deep into your new project, and that’s just fine. But don’t neglect your family and friends. Spending time with people you care for is always a wise investment. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Past feelings are suddenly reawakened. This could make you emotionally vulnerable. Be careful about decisions you might be asked to make at this time. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You’ve come to a place where you’ll be facing important decisions that can affect your future. Rely on your strong moral compass to guide you toward making the right choices. BORN THIS WEEK: You’re gifted with both natural wisdom and wit -- a good combination for success as a writer, a teacher and, most importantly, a parent. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Taking Care of Frostbite DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Many years ago, when I was still a teen, I went skiing with my older brother. He was a much better skier than I, so we went our separate ways. Later, I saw a group huddling around one skier who looked a lot like my brother. It was my brother. He lost one of his gloves, and he had two frostbitten fingers. His only permanent damage was the loss of a fingertip. Ever since, I have been careful about dressing warm, often with two pair of gloves in cold weather. I don’t know what to do about frostbite. Will you run the basics by me? -- S.S. ANSWER: Frostbite happens when the temperature drops to 32 F (0 degrees C) or lower. Actually, the temperature has to be lower than 32, since the minerals in the fluids bathing the tissues lower their freezing point. The places most susceptible are the fingers, hands, toes, feet, nose and ears. The first sign of trouble is pain. Then the skin turns quite pale. After that, numbness sets in. People might think that nothing is wrong at this stage, but numbness is a sign that freezing is imminent. The skin and involved tissues become hard and firm. Ice crystals form in the spaces between cells. They pull water out of the cells and dehydrate them. The dehydration, decreased blood flow and ice crystals all work together to cause tissue damage. One of the most destructive factors is the lack of oxygen that comes from artery constriction to prevent heat loss from the rest of the body. Fast rewarming is the treatment. It should not begin if you are in a place where there’s a chance of refreezing. Refreezing is a more destructive process than leaving things alone until you are in a place where the person can be kept warm. The affected part should be immersed in a bath of hot water whose temperature is around 104 F (40 C). The water has to be kept warm by adding more hot water as the bath begins to cool. At no point should you rub the frozen part. If the affected area cannot be warmed in a water bath, then use hot compresses. Rewarming is painful. Tylenol or a stronger medicine should be given. In 12 to 24 hours, blisters form. Do not break them. At this point, have a doctor examine the patient for definitive care. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What can I do to improve my chipping, splitting fingernails? I was getting a weekly manicure but stopped due to economic reasons. My nails had grown stronger. Now they’ve become a disaster again. Please help. I take vitamins and calcium. -- M.H. ANSWER: Aging makes nails brittle, thin and fragile for quite a few people. Dryness fosters brittleness. After every handwashing and before going to bed, coat your nails with a moisturizer. Petroleum jelly (the many Vaseline products) works well. When washing dishes or putting your hands in water, wear waterproof gloves. Don’t use nail polish remover often. The B vitamin biotin toughens nails for some. You’ll need 2.5 mg daily. Neither calcium nor gelatin strengthens nails. *** 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

A man went to a turkey farm to buy a live turkey. He asked the turkey farmer if he had any turkeys that were going cheap. The turkey farmer said, “Nope, they all go gobble, gobble, gobble.” Alma: The pig people are coming this Thanksgiving. Dad: Who are the pig people? Alma: Aunt Helen and Uncle Bob. Dad: Whatever gave you the idea to call them pig people? Alma: You did. Last year you said that Aunt Helen was a crashing boar and Uncle Bob was a ham. He ate so much over the holidays that he decided to quit cold turkey.

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Talk to Your Children (and Parents) about Shared Financial Picture It’s Thanksgiving week. And if you’re fortunate, you can look around your Thanksgiving table and see several generations of your family. Of course, as you know, many types of cohesiveness are involved in knitting a family together. But one connection Dustin Friend that frequently gets ignored, at least in terms of family dialogue, is the financial linkage between parents and their children on one hand, and these same parents and their parents on the other. So if you find yourself in this “sandwich” group, it may be worth considering your financial position. If your children are very young, you might want to start by emphasizing the importance of three separate concepts: saving, spending and sharing. If you give them an allowance, or if you pay them to do some minor tasks around the household, you can encourage them to put the money in three separate containers. The “spending” jar is for them to use as they choose, the “saving” jar is to be put in some type of savings or investment account and the “sharing” jar is to be used for contributions to charitable causes. You can extend the spending, saving and sharing themes by encouraging your kids to spend wisely, watch how their savings grow and feel pride in the work done by the charitable groups their dollars support. Later, when your kids are older, and can earn money by babysitting, mowing lawns or working part-time, you can further encourage good financial habits by offering to match their contributions to a Roth IRA. And be sure to discuss the different types of investments available; they may enjoy learning about the ways in which they can participate in the financial markets. Above all else, talk to them about the importance of developing good financial skills and how these skills will play a part in your family’s overall well being. Now, let’s turn to your parents. If they’re elderly, you may find that talking to them about financial issues may be considerably more challenging than talking about these issues with your children. It’s unfortunate, but true: People are sensitive about money and often don’t want to talk about it. You may find that you need to be persistent, especially if your parents are getting on in years. Perhaps you encourage them to consider their current position, and what planning might need to be considered. Do they have accounts in a local bank? Where are their investments held? Do they have a financial advisor? Have they worked with legal professionals on any arrangements? If your parents have expressed interest in leaving a legacy or passing assets to family mem...continued on next column

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Little Billy said, “I can’t wait to go to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving. My cousin’s going to be there, and he has three feet!” His friend Willie said, “Wow! How’d that happen?” “I don’t know. My aunt wrote my parents and said, ‘You won’t recognize little Howie. He’s grown another foot.”

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1. MUSIC: What artist is the subject of a 1970s Don McLean song that begins, “Starry, starry night”? 2. HISTORY: When and where did the first African slaves arrive in America? 3. ANIMATION: What was the name of the craggy peak overlooking Whoville in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”? 4. MEASUREMENTS: What is absolute zero measured in Celsius? 5. MOVIES: What was the home planet of the “Transformers” alien robots (2007) who came to Earth? 6. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a baby horse called? 7. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which U.S. president proposed the Great Society? 8. LITERATURE: Who wrote “The Canterbury Tales” in the late 14th century? 9. MEDICAL: What is the tine test used to diagnose? 10. SCIENCE: What elements were discovered by Pierre and Marie Curie? Answers 1. Vincent Van Gogh 2. 1619 (Jamestown, Virginia) 3. Mount Crumpit 4. -273 degrees 5. Cybertron 6. A foal 7. Lyndon Johnson 8. Geoffrey Chaucer 9. Tuberculosis 10. Polonium and radium (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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¥ It was the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who made the following sage observation: “Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.” ¥ If you’re like 75 percent of Americans, you like to doodle. ¥ There was a shipwreck in 1664 that had only one survivor, one in 1785 that also resulted in all but one aboard being killed, and one in 1860 that likewise left a single person alive. Considering the fact that shipwrecks are not that uncommon -- particularly in the heyday of ocean travel -- you might not think this much of a coincidence. Think again, though; in each of those shipwrecks, the sole survivor was named Hugh Williams. ¥ Those who study such things say that Roman Emperor Caligula’s last words were, “I’m still alive!” ¥ If you go bankrupt, your creditors are forbidden from seizing your wedding ring to pay debts. ¥ In 1984, a woman named Deborah Martorano was shopping at Bloomingdale’s in New York City, when one of the store’s employees, a perfume demonstrator, sprayed her with scent. The experience evidently caused Martorano, who suffered from allergies and asthma, to spend 10 days in a hospital. This respiratory distress resulted in a $75,000 settlement from the store. ¥ The Dead Sea isn’t a sea at all; it’s a lake. ¥ If you ever travel to Borneo or Sumatra and come face-to-face with an orangutan, keep this tidbit of information in mind: If one of these great apes belches at you, you might want to back off; that’s how they warn others to stay out of their territory. *** Thought for the Day: “Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.” -- Thomas H. Huxley

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My golden retriever, “Jessie,” recently turned 9 years old. He’s always been an energetic dog, but he doesn’t seems to like walking as far as he used to, and when chasing birds in the park, he only chases them a few feet before trotting back to me. He also has some digestive issues. Is this normal for an older dog, or should I worry that he’s got some hidden health issue? -- Sam L., Atlanta

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DEAR SAM: Nine years is definitely “senior dog” territory, and it is normal even for very energetic dogs to begin to noticeably slow down. Their dietary needs and their digestive system also go through gradual change. If Jessie isn’t showing signs of distress or extreme lethargy, he’s probably OK. However, as his owner, you know him best, so if his behavior or digestion concern you, take him to the veterinarian for a checkup. Senior dogs do have unique needs that owners should address. Heidi Ganahl, owner of Camp Bow Wow, recently listed a few considerations senior dog owners should take: --Schedule a veterinary checkup every six months, rather than once a year. A senior pet’s health can change rapidly. --Learn the signs of common ailments in senior dogs, like hip and joint problems, diabetes and eye or ear issues. --Feed your senior dog two smaller meals per day, rather than one. This may help with digestive problems. --Consider adding at least two fresh meals to your dog’s diet per week. The added nutrition can be a big help. --Replace long runs or walks with shorter jaunts followed by a daily training or toy romp. Send your question or comment to, 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 (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Issue #483

Using Linseed Oil to Preserve Tools Q: I’ve heard mixed information about using linseed oil to preserve tools over the winter. Do you place it on the cutting blades of garden tools, or only on the handles? Is there an alternative protectant for garden and work tools? -- John F., Providence, R.I.

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A: Linseed oil isn’t a good protectant for the metal parts of tools. The reason is that it creates a somewhat gummy, sticky coat that may be hard to clean off come springtime. It often is used to coat and protect wooden handles, but like most preservative products, linseed oil has its benefits and its drawbacks. First, many people don’t know that there are two kinds of linseed oil available: raw and boiled. Raw linseed oil is extracted directly from flax seeds, with no additives of any kind. It’s straightup linseed oil and nothing else. The raw oil dries extremely slowly, over several weeks, and so it develops a kind of gummy or sticky texture that you may not want to experience when picking up a hammer. Boiled linseed oil is not actually boiled. It has several ingredients added that quicken drying time and prevent mildew from setting in. If you want to coat wooden tool handles with linseed oil to preserve them, this is the product to use. The website has a pretty detailed article available on various uses for raw and boiled linseed oil. A note of caution when using linseed oil: After use, wash any rags that are soaked with the oil in soap and water immediately, or store the rags in a pail of water that is covered. Linseed oil tends to heat up as it dries (through a process called oxidation), and while that isn’t a problem for a tool handle with a light coat of boiled oil on it, it can be a problem if a pile of oil-soaked rags are sitting in a corner of your garage drying out. For the same reason, you’ll also want to air-dry the washed-out rags rather than placing them in the clothes dryer. Spontaneous combustion is only fun in science class. Before you get completely turned off toward linseed oil, keep in mind that safety is a priority when working with any type of solvent or chemical, and review the warnings on the back of all the products you use. Which leads into alternatives to linseed oil. You’ll find several kinds of wood preservatives on the shelf at your home-improvement store. Pick a protectant that is specifically formulated for wooden tool handles. It needs to quickly penetrate the wood, not leave a residue on the surface and ideally provide some protection from the sun as well. HOME TIP: To prevent glue from sticking to a painted or varnished surface, brush a thin coat of raw linseed oil onto the surface first. Once the gluing project is done, the oil can be wiped away. Send your questions or comments to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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