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F Chess Boxing requires both brains and brawn. This Dutch event combines a game of chess played in between rounds of boxing. Two individuals go at it for up to 11 rounds. The game starts with a fourminute chess round followed by two minutes of boxing. The World Chess Boxing Organizationâ€™s motto is: â€œFighting is done in the ring, and wars are waged on the board.â€? The match can be won through domination in either activity or some combination of a knockout, checkmate and exceeding the time limit on speed chess or by a judgesâ€™ decision. F Ever thought of chasing cheese? In a battle of pursuit, people risk life and limb to chase an eightpound Double Gloucester cheese down a very steep hill in the annual Cheese-Rolling Festival at Cooperâ€™s Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire. There are five races, and the first person to make it to the bottom still on their feet wins the cheese! F Can you talk afterwards? The World Stinging Nettle Challenge is held at The Bottle Inn in Marshwood, Dorset, U.K., every year as part of a charity beer festival. Competitors come from all over the world to see how many nettle leaves they can eat off two stalks in an hourâ€™s time. The bare stalks are measured, and the winner is the one with the greatest accumulated length. It takes skill and endurance to chew and swallow the leaves and not blister the tongue. F You shouldnâ€™t be asleep for this one! Bed Racing is a sport enjoyed by the people of North Yorkshire Town in the United Kingdom who hold the annual (continued on page 4)
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If youâ€™re not sure youâ€™re getting all the benefits youâ€™re entitled to, or if you assist someone who might qualify for more, there is an easy way to find out. Benefits Checkup is a National Council on Aging website that lets you hunt for information on all kinds of benefits. Whether itâ€™s prescription costs, utilities, taxes, meals and more, you could be eligible for help. The questions might seem a bit intrusive in some areas, but thatâ€™s to help figure out where you might qualify for assistance. Thereâ€™s no need to give your name, however. At the website [www.benefitscheckup.org], click on Find Benefits, then click Comprehensive. Before you begin, check the Click Here button for a list of things youâ€™ll need to have before you start. For example, youâ€™ll need to know all your current income and assets for you and anyone else in your home, as well as the amounts of your utilities and medical bills not covered by insurance. If youâ€™re on prescription drugs, have those handy as youâ€™ll be entering the names of the
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Phonies and Fakes, the Next Wave They’ll be coming out of the woodwork now, after that magnificent covert raid by Navy SEALs on Osama bin Laden’s compound. From one end of this country to the other, fake heroes — Medal of Honor or Purple Heart, prisoner of war, Special Forces, Green Beret, a former Vietnam sniper with a million kills to his name — are working in schools, getting elected to public office, sitting in American Legion bars, walking in parades, and even collecting veterans benefits because they haven’t been discovered. Now they might claim to be a Navy SEAL. Don’t let it happen. I asked Steve Waterman, retired Navy underwater photographer and SEAL wanna-be hunter, for the general characteristics of these fakes. He says they have low self-esteem that causes them to be aggressive in
trying to make others believe the tales they tell. “Their stories are grandiose and wild to the point where they’re not believable,” Waterman says. “The details don’t hold up: They can’t tell you their class number, the instructor’s name or even the names of classmates, and they can become aggressive when pushed for details. And none of them use their so-called elevated status to benefit mankind; it’s all for themselves. Many are abusive and manipulative, using others for gain.” Documentation will either be nonexistent (“It’s classified”) or faked. To help bring down a phony: • Go to www.StolenValor.com and click on Report A Fake. • See www.veriseal.org. It can check claims and will post information about phonies on its Wall of Shame. • Contact pownetwork.org. It has had excellent success using Freedom of Information Act requests to the National Personnel Records Center get to the bottom of many claims. Thanks to the Stolen Valor Act, it’s no longer merely despicable to pose as something you’re not, it’s a crime.
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INGREDIENTS 2 cups cooked rice 2 1/2 cups frozen cut cauliflower, thawed 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 (4-ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup 1/3 cup no-fat sour cream 1/3 cup water 1 cup frozen peas, thawed 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese DIRECTIONS 1. Spray a slow cooker container with butterflavored cooking spray. In prepared container,
combine rice, cauliflower, onion and mushrooms. Stir in mushroom soup, sour cream and water. Add peas and Cheddar cheese. Mix well to combine. 2. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours. Mix well before serving. Makes 8 (1 cup) servings. s Each serving equals: 152 calories, 4g fat, 9g protein, 20g carb., 438mg sodium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1 Meat, 1 Vegetable. * * * © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Lots of possibilities begin to open up by midweek. Some seem more appealing than others. But wait for more facts to emerge later on before you consider which to choose. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Bravo to the determined Bovine. While others might give up, you continue to search for answers. Expect your Taurean tenacity to begin paying off by week’s end. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might want to consider stepping back from the task at hand for a while. This could help you get a better perspective on what you’ve done and what still needs to be done. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your keen Cancerian insight should help you determine whether a new offer is solid or just more fluff ‘n’ stuff. The clues are all there, waiting for you to find them. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Being ignored is difficult for any proud Leo or Leona. But pushing yourself back into the spotlight might be unwise. Instead, let things work themselves out at their own pace. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Trying to uncover a colleague’s secret under the pretext of showing concern is ill-advised. Control your curiosity in order to avoid raising resentment in the workplace. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Expect to hear good news about a loved one. Also, be prepared for some changes in several family relationships that could develop from this lucky turn of events. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Some surprises are expected to accompany a number of changes that will continue through part of next week. At least one could involve a romantic situation. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You might be upset by some of your critics. But most of your associates continue to have faith in your ability to get the job done, and done well. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A workplace goal that suddenly seems out of reach is no problem for the sure-footed Goat, who moves steadily forward despite any obstacles placed in his or her way. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Uncertainty about who is right and who isn’t might keep you from making a clear-cut decision. Wait until you know more about what you’re being asked to decide. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Be careful to keep your emotions in check when dealing with a demanding personal situation. You need to set an example of strength for others to follow. YOU BORN THIS WEEK: You have an extraordinary ability to rally people to do their best. You would be a treasure as a teacher. * * * © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
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WEIRD PASTIMES (continued): Knaresborough Bed Race. Competitors race beds in teams of six, plus one on the bed. The bed has to run on four wheels and must also float. The race is 1 mile (3 km) long with five up-hill climbs leading to a final challenge of crossing a river. F Ferret Legging is a male-only competition that started in Yorkshire, England, and is now held at the Richmond Highland Games & Celtic Festival in Richmond, Virginia. Men compete with one another by trapping two live ferrets in their pants. The pants must be tied at the ankle and secured at the waist with a belt to prevent the ferrets from escaping. The animals cannot be sedated and must have a full set of teeth. No filing or blunting of teeth is allowed. After the ferrets are secure in the trousers, the competitors stand in front of the judges. The winner is the man who can last the longest. There are two important additional rules to Ferret Legging: The ferrets must have free access from one leg of the trousers to the other, and no underwear can be worn! The current record stands at 5.5 hours. F Witcham in Cambridgeshire, England, hosts an annual Pea Shooting contest where the competition is fierce! Contestants shoot a pea 12 feet (3.64 m) through a 12-inch (30.48 cm) tube towards a 12-inch (30.48 cm) target. Pea shooting recently moved into the 21st century with laser-guided shooters.
Navigating a Short Sale If you’re considering buying a home via short sale, be prepared for the process to be different from a regular purchase. A short sale is the sale of a property for less than what is due on the mortgage. Short sales generally come about when an owner can no longer make payments (and likely can’t come to an agreement with the lender about refinancing), and is one step away from foreclosure. If the lender agrees, a short sale allows the seller to get out from under the property and ideally walk away without being obligated for the difference between the sale price and the full amount of the mortgage. The lender gets at least something and often sees this as a preferable alternative to an expensive foreclosure process. As a buyer, your first steps in a short sale are the same as with a regular purchase: get pre-approved and clean up your credit. Your second step is to understand that short sales can and often do fall apart. If you go into a short-sale purchase, be sure that it’s a property you really want, because it can take a long, long time for the lender to approve the sale, and approval isn’t guaranteed. There are a number of potential stumbling blocks along the way. Lien or second mortgage holders can delay or stop the process. After the seller accepts your offer, your agent will need to send those documents to the lender as well, along with a copy of your preapproval letter and a copy of your earnest money deposit. Make sure it’s clear in your offer who will pay the selling and buying agents a commission. The seller likely won’t have any money to do it. The lender will already be getting less than the full amount of the mortgage and will try to renegotiate the commission with the agent. Be careful that you don’t have to pay any of the shortfall. You’ll need an attorney to protect your interests, as the rules and laws vary from state to state. At the very least, you’ll need to work with an agent who is experienced in handling short sales, ideally someone who has Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification. That certification involves taking and passing a course through the National Association of Realtors. 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. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
F Wife Carrying started in Finland and is now played all over the world. In this race, male competitors run a 278-yard (253.5-m) track with two dry obstacles and one water obstacle while carrying their wife on their back. The fastest time wins. The wife must weigh at least 108 pounds (49 kilograms) and may be carried piggyback, fireman’s carry or Estonian style, where the wife hangs upside-down with her legs around the husband’s shoulders, holding onto his waist. The prize is the wife’s weight in beer. F A conker is a nut of the horse chestnut tree. During The World Conker Championships, conkers are threaded onto pieces of knotted string to prevent
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them from coming off. The aim of the game is to smash your opponent’s conker. Who goes first is decided by a coin toss, and the loser of the toss holds up a hand with the dangling conker on the end of its string. The other player then attempts to hit the dangling conker as hard as he can with his own conker by swinging it over-arm. If he hits it, he gets another go. If he misses or hits the opponent’s knuckles, the play switches, and the receiver gets a crack at his opponent. This continues until one of the conkers is so damaged that it falls off the string. F Big crowds regularly attend the Great Christmas Pudding Race held in London’s Covent Garden’s (continued on page 8)
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Best Dog Breeds for Allergy Sufferers By Sam Mazzotta
DEAR PAW’S CORNER: There are dogs that do not cause allergies because they have hair, not fur. My stepmother has one, and no one has a reaction to it. Here’s a list of potentially hypoallergenic dog breeds: • Basenji • Bedlington Terrier • Bichon Frise • Border Terrier • Chinese Crested Hope this helps! — Brooke S., Barre, Vt. DEAR BROOKE: Thanks so much! This is good list to start from and represents a variety of different breeds. For example, the Chinese Crested is considered a toy dog, very small-framed like a Chihuahua, but with either a soft, straight double coat of hair or no hair at all, depending on the breed. Meanwhile, the Bedlington Terrier is small to mediumsized with the classic curly Terrier coat. When kept groomed, this good-natured breed is less likely to set off allergies.
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