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k Hibernation is a very deep, special sleep that animals use for protection during the cold winter months. All hibernators eat a lot of food for their bodies to store as fat, seek safe shelter for the winter months and become inactive or dormant. Some store nuts or other seeds to eat during the winter. k There are actually two groups of hibernators: deep sleepers and “true” hibernators. True hibernation involves greatly lowering breathing, body temperature and heart rate. k Most people think of bears when the word hibernation is used. In fact, bears are not true hibernators but deep sleepers. They are inactive during extreme winter weather but may wake up during mild weather. They are easily disturbed by noise and can rise to protect themselves rather quickly. Many bears actually give birth during hibernation so they have to be aware and somewhat awake to tend to their cubs. Some scientists call the winter sleep of bears “denning” instead of hibernation or deep sleeping. k A list of hibernating mammals includes: chipmunks, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, possums, hedgehogs, hamsters, skunks, bats, marmots, badgers and some lemurs. Some non-mammals that hibernate are: turtles, lizards, snakes, frogs, toads, newts and some insects. There is even one bird that is considered a hibernator. The Common Poorwill can drop its body temperature and go into a hibernation-like state known as “torpor” for several weeks. k The Arctic ground squirrel, a true hibernator, is North America’s largest and most northern ground squirrel. This small mammal digs a hibernation chamber off its main burrow which is only about 20 (continued on page 4)

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HIBERNATION (continued): inches (.5 m) deep. It rolls up into a ball and covers itself with its tail in the chamber lined with leaves, grass, lichen and animal hair. It is the only mammal known to survive a drop in body temperature during hibernation of 28 to 27º F (-2 to -3º C). People can’t survive a body temperature lower than 90º F (32º C). This squirrel wakes up briefly every few weeks during its long hibernation, which may last seven months. k The type and length of hibernation depends on the animal’s body and its habitat or home. Since the Arctic ground squirrel is small and lives in cold areas, its hibernation is long. Similarly, mouse lemurs hibernate up to seven months. Garter snakes in the Arctic tundra may hibernate eight months. The longest hibernators known are Turkish hamsters in the Middle East, which can hibernate as long as ten months! k Those long-hibernating garter snakes may get together with thousands of friends for group hibernating. Groups of up to 12 skunks sleep together, and brown bats hang in clusters in their caves in groups of over 100. k To prepare for hibernation and the approach of winter, animals eat a lot. They need lots of body fat for the long sleep. Baby toads and bats actually eat enough to double their weight. Not all bats hibernate. By the way, did you know that bats are the only flying mammals? (Flying squirrels and flying lemurs move through the air but they are only gliding.) k Black bears may gain as much as 30 pounds (13.5 kg) per week when they are preparing to hibernate or “den.” So, just like when you eat too much at a holiday meal, the extra fat makes animals less energetic and ready for their long winter’s nap. k Non-breeding polar bear females and males don’t

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hibernate or den. Pregnant polar bears hibernate in dens built in snow banks while preparing for their cubs to arrive. The cubs weigh about a pound (.45 kg) when born and 20–30 pounds (9–14 kg) when they come out of the dens in March or April. Polar bears are found in Arctic areas of Canada, Alaska, Russia, Greenland and Norway. k Are you wondering about these sleepers’ bathroom issues? When they burn fat, it produces water. This water stays in the bodies of true hibernators for hydration, eliminating the need to urinate. Animals that get up to eat occasionally, such as squirrels, do urinate. k Instead of storing large amounts of body fat, eastern chipmunks and Columbian ground squirrels (and other small mammals) store large amounts of

January 8–14, 2011 nuts and other seeds in their burrows. Scientists have found up to two gallons (8 l) of seeds and nuts in the burrows of chipmunks. That’s a lot of food for such tiny animals. k On humans, body fat is not necessarily desirable, although we need some for reserve energy. For animals, it is extremely important. There are two types of body fat — white and brown fat. k White fat is what animals live off of while hibernating. White fat burns slowly and lasts for a long time. Brown fat is found near the vital organs, heart and lungs and is needed for survival. This fat is like rocket fuel and is used for quick bursts of energy. k One small animal that is really a nuisance to farmers and even suburban neighborhoods is the (continued on page 7)


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When Medicines Fail to Quell Heartburn DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 25. I have a serious case of GERD. I’ve been put on four different medicines. They aren’t working. I also have palpitations throughout the day. I’ve been told by doctors and nurses that there is nothing dangerous about them. I’d like to know if this true. — J.C. ANSWER: GERD — gastroesophageal reflux disorder — is heartburn. It’s the upward spurting of stomach acid and digestive juices into the esophagus, the swallowing tube, a place that is not able to cope with these corrosive juices the way the stomach is. Eliminate or go easy on foods that make GERD worse: citrus fruits; tomatoes; onions; carbonated drinks; spicy, fatty or fried foods; chocolate; peppermint; and caffeine. If you’re overweight, weight loss lessens GERD symptoms. Don’t lie down after eating. Don’t smoke. Sleep with your head, chest and stomach on a slope by putting 6-inch blocks under the bedposts at the head of your bed. That position keeps stomach acid in the stomach. Don’t wear anything that constricts your stomach, like tight pants or tight belts.

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January Featured Business Jackson Maintenance & Electrical, established in 1994, is owned and operated by George Jackson. George grew up in the lowcountry, having graduated from Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. Jackson Maintenance & Electrical is licensed in South Carolina and Georgia but can also be grandfathered in in any state in the U.S. George started his own company after having worked for many years in the hotel industry - working at Intercontinental/Marriott and as Chief Engineer with the Westin, where he supervised 415 employees. Jackson Maintenance & Electrical currently employs 6 full time – fully-qualified technicians. An amazing 95% of their customers are repeat customers, including Sea Pines Plantation. Jackson Maintenance & Electrical works with both residential and commercial clients. George is married to Janna, who also works within the company. They live in Bluffton and have 4 grown children, 1 grandson and 1 on the way. What makes Jackson Maintenance & Electrical unique? “We have a live person answer the phone — AND — we show up when we’re supposed to,� says Janna Jackson. “If it isn’t done right, we’ll make it right.� Debbie Morris, owner of HomeHelpers, remarked, “All my staff commented how wonderful and professional the electricians from Jackson Maintenance & Electrical were when they came to re-wire our expanded workspace.� What’s in the future for Jackson Maintenance & Electrical? Since service is their niche, George would like to handle more government contracts. So, don’t get zapped, call Jackson Maintenance & Electrical. See Jackson Maintenance & Electrical’s Ad on Page 6.

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SPABITS By Gwen Santos If you have ever had a spa moment, then you know just how wonderful it feels to relax and rejuvenate. Inspiring wellness and beauty has been my passion for over 30 years. I’m Gwen Santos, owner of Pretty Woman Day Spa, and I am dedicated to the enjoyment of beauty and wellness. I would like to start by wishing everyone Happy New Year! Writing each month for SpaBITS is my New Years commitment, what will be yours? Will it be a spa treatment or perhaps an afternoon of indulgence? Choose from a skin softening facial, luxurious body scrub, heavenly wrap, healing massage, hydrating hand treatment or a deep moisturizing foot mask. Schedule them individually or stay for the day. Did you know‌Facials Treatments promote healthy skin, improve radiance and reduce dryness. Moisture loss in the skin may be reduced with a daily skin care routine that includes botanical enriched day and night creams. Skin softening facials will hydrate, rejuvenate and replenish moisture loss in your skin. If you are having concerns with dryness, it may be time for a visit to the spa. Make a new year’s resolution to pamper yourself often — you’re worth it and your body with love you for it!

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Tebow: False Prophet or Mile-High Messiah? And so it was that on the first Sunday after Christmas, a star appeared to the faithful in Denver. He had been heralded for seemingly ages — blessed with a strong arm, fleet of foot and possessing a strong faith in God. This man is named Tim Tebow, but he has been called “Tim Tremendous,” “the Mile-High Messiah” and “Touchdown Jesus” — a nickname the seriously evangelical Tebow must surely frown upon. The Broncos have always inspired a certain kind of religious fervor among their followers. But it has been a long while since they have been to the Promised Land, and despite a few promising starts from quarterback Kyle Orton, the Broncos lost their way in 2010. With the exception of an epic beat down of their division-rival Chiefs, the Broncos have seemingly played without soul or conviction (at least not the good kind). And despite relatively good numbers, it was Orton banished to the sidelines and Tebow moved out of clipboard purgatory on Dec. 19. And despite a 39-23 road loss to the Raiders of Oakland, many fans saw a

revelation on the field. In that contest, Tebow hit on eight of his 16 passes, good for 138 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass. He also broke off a 40-yard touchdown run — the longest touchdown run for a quarterback in Broncos history and the longest touchdown in NFL history for a quarterback in his first start. But wait, Tebow became just the third quarterback in NFL history to throw for a touchdown of 30 or more yards and run for a touchdown of 40 or more yards in the same game. When you consider that this is the house that John Elway built, the numbers become even more staggering. Then came his first win — a commanding performance in Denver where he rallied the Broncos from a 17-0 deficit at halftime, finishing with 308 passing yards, one touchdown pass and a fourth quarter rushing touchdown, which capped the comeback. It was only two games, but fans saw enough in his arm and poise to get plenty excited about. His record-setting college career (including his mind-bending, Heisman Awardwinning sophomore campaign) had already given him a faithful flock — his jersey is the best selling in the NFL and the most ever for a rookie — and they believe there is more to come. Tebow, though enthusiastic, displayed his Christian humility. “In the NFL, everything you do is an interview, and it is an audition,” he said after the game. “You always have to put your best foot forward.…I will try to do nothing less, personally.” The Denver faithful want to be made believers. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter and publisher of The Kansas City Luminary. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta

Why Stainless-Steel Sink Loses Its Shine QUESTION: I was in the stainless-steel business for many years and thought I would comment on your recent column regarding cleaning a stained sink. Stainless steel is indeed an alloy of iron, chromium and nickel. (Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, not copper and bronze. Bronze is itself an alloy of copper and tin.) The oxidation layer of chromium is what protects the metal from staining. However, when it is scratched or worn away by abrasion, a new layer is instantaneously formed because chromium reacts immediately with the oxygen in the atmosphere. The layer is always present. It is clear, extremely hard and more or less impervious. Otherwise, the iron would oxidize, forming rust. Any popular kitchen cleanser will remove stains. However, to return to the factory polish finish is generally impossible because the sheets used to form sinks are polished at the mill with high-speed heavy machinery. It would be nearly impossible to duplicate this finish by hand. — Joe F., via e-mail ANSWER: Great information, Joe, and thanks for the clarification! Stainless-steel sinks are quite durable, and most stains or spots are made by other objects — for example, leaving a piece of damp steel wool in the sink overnight will inevitably reveal a rust spot the next day. However, a wipe and a rinse generally removes the spot. As Joe noted, stainless-steel sinks do lose their gleaming shine over time, particularly if you use abrasives. You can keep the finish looking uniform by rinsing and wiping down the sink each night with a nonabrasive cloth or sponge, then drying with a towel so that water spots don’t form. If you want to add a bit more shine to the sink, try using a commercial stainless-steel-sink polish occasionally, following the directions on the package carefully. HOME TIP: Never use a steel-wool pad to clean a stainless-steel sink. Steel-wool pads have a tendency to break apart, and tiny particles of steel can become embedded in sink’s surface. The steel particles will rust, making it appear that the sink itself is rusting. Send your questions or home tips to ask@thisisahammer.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Remember, when in doubt as to whether you can safely or effectively complete a project, consult a professional contractor.

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“Declaration of War” to Congress on December 8. With this speech the United States entered World War II, and it been called the “Day of Infamy” speech. The first words after addressing Congress were: “December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” s Many years later, on June 12, 1987, another politician, President Ronald Reagan, was speaking at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin when Germany was on the cusp of a huge change. The Berlin Wall was a physical barrier between East and West Berlin for 28 years. President Reagan’s words: “Come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev — Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” s While many famous speeches in history have been delivered by political figures, there are also many that are non-political. One of the best in recent years was from computer science professor Randy Pausch who gave his “last lecture” to an audience at Carnegie Mellon University on September 18, 2007. His speech on “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” was inspirational and has been heard (or read) by many more than the 400 in attendance. Dr. Pausch lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008, but his legacy lives on through his book, “The Last Lecture,” published before his death. He reminded us to live life to the fullest, because, “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think.”

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