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Sparrowâ€™s friends, like to grumble â€œarrrâ€? or â€œarrrrghâ€? frequently, real pirates were not known to do so. Hollywood actor Robert Newton, who played Long John Silver in the 1950s, had a regional accent from the Cotswolds district of England where they like to roll the â€œrâ€? a bit. However, your average real pirate did not. Q Pirates may have thrown men overboard, but no one was ever known to have â€œwalked the plank.â€? Again, this one is a Hollywood myth. Q Lady Ching Shih of China became one of the most powerful pirates to have ever sailed the ocean blue. She commanded one of the most formidable pirate fleets in all of Asia during the early 1800s, with hundreds of ships under her command. Q Pirates pierced their ears, not to look suave, but because it was believed that piercing the ears with such precious metals as silver and gold improved oneâ€™s eyesight. Even relatively respectable seafaring men indulged in the practice. Q â€œDavy Jonesâ€™ Lockerâ€? is a real nautical term that dates back to the 1700s and refers to the bottom of the ocean and a graveyard for drowned sailors. Q As early as 1611, there are written accounts describing a person who brings bad luck to a ship as a â€œJonah.â€? If a man was marked as a Jonah, he was doomed to be thrown overboard. If the trouble persisted, the pirates might suspect theyâ€™d thrown the wrong man overboard and would sometimes toss (continued on page 4)
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z It was American author and philosopher Eric Hoffer who made the following sage observation: “Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” z If you were to have a perfectly dry mouth, you wouldn’t be able to taste a single thing. Researchers conducted an experiment in which they placed salt on a subject’s dry tongue, and the subject reported absolutely no taste at all. Once a drop of saliva was added, though, the taste came through clearly. z According to the makers of the Stetson, a 10-gallon hat actually holds only about three quarts of liquid. z During the third century, Saint Lawrence of Rome, a deacon to Pope Sixtus II, was burned to death during a series of persecutions of priests and deacons. Legend has it that while he was on the fire, he turned to his executioners and said,
“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.” — Albert Einstein “This side’s done; turn me over and have a bite.” It was for this reason that he was named the patron saint of butchers, roasters and comedians. z The average robin reportedly has nearly 3,000 feathers. Makes you wonder who did the counting. z Most people probably are aware of the fact that Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the only American president who was elected to more than two terms in office — he served three full terms and died during his fourth term in office. Despite the fact that he was an incredibly popular president, however, in none of his four elections did he carry his home county of Dutchess, New York. z If you have a severe food allergy, peanuts are the most common culprit, followed, in order, by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. * * * © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.
Page PIRATES! (continued): the original accuser into the sea to appease the ghost of the innocent man. Q Every pirate ship had its Code of Conduct specified by the pirate captain. While stealing was the pirate’s job, stealing amongst shipmates was severely punished. Some boats had a “zero tolerance” policy for internal theft that left you dead or marooned if caught. Q No one has actually ever found a real pirate’s buried treasure map. Never too far from death, most pirates tried to enjoy their money quickly. At any rate, there aren’t any maps around today, unless some are still cleverly hidden. Q Throughout history some women have preferred knives to knitting needles. Two of history’s most famous female pirates are Anne Bonny, born in Ireland, and Mary Read, born in England. Not wanting to live the subservient life expected of women during her day, Bonny won over the respect of her pirate crewmembers with her murderous and capable ways. She eventually became best friends with her fellow fierce, female pirate, Read. Q As members of Captain “Calico” Jack Rackham’s crew, Bonny and Read disguised themselves as men and earned reputations as tough, fearless fighters. When Rackham and his crew were captured and sentenced to hang, Bonny, the captain’s girlfriend, reportedly told him: “Had you fought like a man, you need not have been hanged like a dog.”
Writing a Solid Resume If you’ve revamped your resume for job hunting, chances are you’ve tinkered with it so much that you can no longer see it clearly. Here are some thoughts and ideas to consider before you send it out. In many cases, you’ll have only about eight seconds to grab someone’s attention. There are two formats to consider in writing a resume: chronological versus functional. In one, you describe your past jobs starting with the most recent and then work backward. In the other, you organize your skills. Which one you use is up to you and can depend on the type of position you’re seeking. In some cases a combination will work best. Depending on the jobs you’re applying for, you might need multiple resumes. In some, you might want to leave off that you have a Ph.D. and speak multiple languages. In others those qualifications could be important. Many resume services advise starting with a statement of your objective: What kind of job are you looking for? If there are certain keywords for your industry, use those. It might be a machine that scans your resume. If you’re just beginning to do your resume and you’re at a loss about where to start, look at samples online. Even if you’re able to hire someone to do the work, having an idea in advance about the finished product might well reduce your cost of having the resume prepared. If you’ve been out of work and don’t know how to account for that period of time, don’t fudge the truth. Ideally you’ll have some volunteer experiences to list. If you’re currently working and feel that your job is secure, great! But take the time to write down the things you’ve accomplished in your current job, as well as the ones you’ve had before. If the worst should happen and you’re handed a pink slip, having that information already written down will be a big help when you’ll likely be worrying about multiple issues. For in-depth information on writing your resume, go to www.resume-help.org. Also see www.jobsearch.about. com. Above all, edit, check and reread, even if a professional does the work for you. Don’t let a resume go out with a single misspelled word or wrong date. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.
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for a pirate flag, is unknown. It may come from “Old Roger,” an English term for the devil, or from a corrupted version of the French “Jolie Rouge,” meaning “pretty red.” Pirate ships didn’t fly Jolly Rogers at all times; instead, they’d often fly fake flags until their victims or enemies came into view. Q Pirate ships flew Jolly Roger flags featuring motifs intended to intimidate, including skulls, crossbones, swords, skeletons, bleeding hearts and hourglasses, meant to symbolize that time was running out. Q Port Royal, Jamaica, once known as the “wickedest city on earth” and as a wealthy haven for pirates, was devastated by an earthquake on June 7, 1692. Much of the thriving, densely populated community was destroyed. Port Royal was rebuilt and served as a British naval station in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Today, it is a small fishing town and tourist destination. Q “Treasure Island” by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson was first published serially in a children’s magazine between 1881 and 1882, under the title “The Sea-Cook.” It was published as a book in 1883. One of the main characters, the pirate Long John Silver, is nicknamed the Sea Cook. Silver, who is missing one leg, was reportedly inspired by a writer-editor friend of Stevenson’s who had lost a leg to disease. Q The “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride opened at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in 1967. It was reportedly the last attraction that Walt Disney (1901-1966) had a hand in planning before he died. Q The Caribbean Sea gets its name from the Caribs, one of the main Native American Indian groups in (continued on page 7)
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Is a Daily Vitamin Really Necessary? DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My adult daughter is unable to take vitamins without upsetting her stomach. She has taken them with and without food, and at different times of the day, to no avail. She takes no medicine except for thyroid. She has no gastrointestinal problems. — V.H. ANSWER: Has your daughter tried different brands of vitamins? The filler in some brands might be the cause of her stomach upset. Fillers are inactive ingredients that keep the tablet together. The question really is: Does your daughter, or anyone, need to take a vitamin (multivitamin or otherwise) daily? Vitamins are nutrients that the body doesn’t make for itself (except vitamin D). They’re needed in extremely small amounts. The era of beriberi, scurvy and rickets is all but over since the discovery of vitamins. Most doctors have never seen a case of those vitamin deficiency illnesses. Vitamins don’t pep us up and they don’t prevent heart disease or cancer as was once thought. In excess, they can be troublemakers. In spite of this, we’re conditioned to believe that we need a daily
multivitamin. Half of the adult American population swallows one every day. We can meet all vitamin needs through foods, with the possible exception of vitamin D. A diet that supplies fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and some meat provides the necessary vitamins. Meat is the source for vitamin B-12, but vegetarians can get that vitamin in other ways. Vitamin D is a problem for many. Sunshine converts a substance in the skin into this vitamin. Many people don’t get enough sunshine exposure to achieve skin production of D, and people in northern climates can’t get enough during winter months. All it takes is 15 minutes of sun exposure on the face, arms and legs three times a week. Age is another possible factor in failing to meet vitamin demands if older people subside on a marginal diet of tea and toast. i i i DEAR DR. DONOHUE: When patients are admitted to a hospital by ambulance and their prescriptions are given to the hospital staff, are they returned to the patients upon discharge? These are expensive medicines. — E.M. ANSWER: The medicines ought to be given back to the patients upon discharge. If they aren’t, an inquiry should be made. If no answer is forthcoming, take the matter to the hospital administrator. i i i 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.
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