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“The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.” — Carl Sagan By Samantha Weaver z It was American poet, etymologist and translator John Ciardi who made the following sage observation: “The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.” He was, evidently, also a shrewd observer of people. z Between 1997 and 2003, the number of 9- to 12year-olds who spent time outdoors hiking, fishing or camping fell by 50 percent. z Greece’s Parthenon is a famous ruin, but many people today don’t realize that it wasn’t time that caused the destruction of the structure. In 1687, the Ottoman Turks occupied the Acropolis and used the Parthenon to store gunpowder. A mortar fired by the attacking Venetians hit the building and ignited the gunpowder, causing much of the widespread damage we see today. z Although Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, those who study such things say that there are 170 languages spoken in that country, most of
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them known well only by the indigenous people who grew up speaking them. z When city officials in New Orleans are estimating the crowds that turn out for Mardi Gras, they use the sanitation department’s figures on how much garbage was removed during the festival. z It was famed fashion designer Coco Chanel who made the little black dress a popular item; before that, most women wore black only when they were in mourning. z England’s King Richard I, known popularly as the Lionheart, didn’t actually live in England; his residence was in Aquitaine, in the southwestern part of France. He didn’t speak English, either. z The next time you’re at a dance in Utah, remember not to get too close to your partner; in that state, by law, daylight must be visible between partners.
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Barking, Whining Annoy Dog Owner By Sam Mazzotta DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I need some strategies on some issues I’m having with my Bichon, “Sassy.” First, she wakes me up at the same time, 4:45 a.m., and whines for me to come play with her. I’ve tried putting her out of the room, tried the “shhhh” thing, but she’ll just keep whining. Also, if another dog is in the yard, she will bark and go crazy. I’ve tried distracting her, shaking coins in a can and using a spray bottle, to no avail. Can you help? — Maryann, via e-mail DEAR MARYANN: These behaviors can be frustrating, especially since Sassy sounds like a strong-willed, independent dog. In the first case, Sassy is on a different sleep schedule than you, and wants to be up and playing early. All of my dogs have been “morning people” too, and I’m not, so I feel your pain. Is anything that might be triggering her to wake up, like a coffee maker set to go off at 4:45? Look and listen for odd sounds at that time. You also might try to have Sassy sleep in the other room all night. If she’s used to sleeping with you, this will mean a few trying nights. Don’t scold or
shush her, and reward her with treats when she gets into her bed. Also, try adjusting her feeding, walking and play times, morning and night, and see if that makes any difference. Barking at strange dogs is an instinctive thing Sassy does. She doesn’t respond to negative reinforcement (shaker cans, spray bottles), so try a positive approach. When Sassy starts to bark at a dog in the yard, say “Enough” in a calm but firm voice. When she stops barking and looks at you, give her a treat. You’ll need to be patient and avoid giving commands in an angry voice or getting frustrated (which your pet can sense) and reverting to the old “shhh!” technique. Work calmly and consistently with Sassy on these issues.
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OVER THE MOON (continued): the song go to ShareSpace, a non-profit organization founded by Buzz in 1998. X A few more lesser known facts about Aldrin: Itâ€™s strange but true; Buzzâ€™s mother, Marion Aldrin, was named Marion Moon before she married! Buzz Lightyear, from the animated classic â€œToy Story,â€? was named for Aldrin. One more for the record books: Buzz was born Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr. but officially changed his name to Buzz in 1988. The moniker came from his older sister who pronounced the word brother as â€œbuzzer.â€? X Does Mare Tranquillitatis mean anything to you? If you took a Latin class, you know that it means Sea of Tranquility. However, if youâ€™re a space buff, you might know that it is the landing sight of the Apollo 11 lunar module. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their famous steps in the Mare Tranquillitatis, making it a famous landmark in American history on July 20, 1969. X Can you see the Sea of Tranquility from earth? You sure can! The sea, if you hadnâ€™t guessed, isnâ€™t actually a sea but a maria, which is one of the many dark spots we see on the surface of earthâ€™s moon. Itâ€™s location will look different depending on which portion of the world youâ€™re in, so be sure to look it up in your local library or favorite search engine. X Rabbit or man? This depends where youâ€™re from. Many Asian cultures believe the dark marias on the surface of the moon form the shape of a rabbit. There was a time in England when the shapes were believed to be an old witch carrying a bundle of sticks on her back. Some Muslim cultures believe the name of Muhammedâ€™s son is written on the moon, as Ali would be there to reflect the teachings of Muhammed (the sun) after Muhammed was gone. There is even a part of South East India that believes the face of still-living guru Sathya Sai Baba can be seen in the maria. What do you see?
X Dr. Eugene Shoemaker was a well-known astronomer and astrogeologist in his lifetime. At one point, he was considered as a candidate for an Apollo lunar mission. He also co-discovered the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. However, Dr. Shoemaker is also notably the only human being whose mortal remains have been laid to rest on the moon. A capsule containing his ashes was sent to the moon aboard the Lunar Prospector on July 31, 1999. X Do you know what a wolf moon is? Or a harvest or ice moon? These names refer to specific full moons in the year. A wolf moon is a full moon that occurs during the month of January, whereas a harvest moon occurs during the month of September. These names originated with the Native American tribes of North America, who named the moons to keep track of the seasons. X In â€œMore English Fairy Talesâ€? by Joseph Jacobs, there is a tale called The Dead Moon (or The Buried Moon) about the moon. After hearing that monsters came out on nights when she didnâ€™t shine, the moon came down to find out if this was true. She fell into a bog and was trapped. While struggling, her hood kept falling in front of her face, causing her light to flicker. A passing man saw the flashing light in the distance and it warned him of the bog and the monsters. Because she was trapped in a bog and not in the sky, the moon stopped rising for a long time. The people wondered what had happened to her. It was a wise woman who told the people where to find the buried moon, and at the wise womanâ€™s advice, the people freed the moon. X Earthâ€™s moon is the fifth largest moon in the solar system, but whatâ€™s the largest? That would be Ganymede, a satellite of Jupiter. Ganymede is named after a character in Greek mythology. He was a hero and a Trojan prince. Ganymede the moon was discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610, exactly 400 years ago this past January 10th. One more neat fact: Did you know
that the red giant has 63 confirmed moons in all? X What exactly is a blue moon? Every calendar year, there are approximately twelve full moons, but because the moon cycles every 28 days and doesnâ€™t fit into our monthly pattern, every 2.7 years there is an extra, thirteenth full moon in the year â€” a blue moon. So, the saying â€œonce in a blue moonâ€? really does mean something that doesnâ€™t happen very often as a blue moon only happens about every 2.7 years. The next blue moon will occur this year on November 21, 2010, but the next one wonâ€™t be until August 21, 2013. X Itâ€™s official! As of September 2009, water was discovered on the moon. But donâ€™t rush to get your bathing suits for the first swimming pool on the moon; our satellite is still drier than any dessert on earth. However, it has been discovered that there are very small traces of water on the moon, and that is an advancement for the ages.
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Keselowski Must Avoid Mental Mistakes TALLADEGA, Ala. — For the second week in a row, Brad Keselowski competed in two races, one Sprint Cup and one Nationwide Series, on the same day. He was far from the only one, but Keselowski won the Aaron’s 312 after finishing 34th in the Aaron’s 499. And he’s leading the Nationwide Series standings by a healthy margin. “There’s a quick adaptation period where you have to show a certain skill set that’s completely different,” said Keselowski. “It’s like in football, if you were taking a snap as a wide receiver and going over and taking one as running back. It makes it interesting, and that’s when you see who has the talent to do that and the mental strength to try.” Talladega Superspeedway is a track that often eliminates cars and drivers by something close to random selection. Ryan Newman suggested that its races shouldn’t count in the point standings. Dale Earnhardt Jr. referred to it as “a lottery.” But Keselowski owes a lot to the perilous Alabama
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1. Is the book of Lamentations in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From Daniel 5, who was holding a feast for 1,000 guests when handwriting appeared on the wall? Job, Belshazzar, Hagar, Hanun 3. Where did Jesus cause demons to go out of two men into a herd of pigs? Appii, Assos, Damascus, Gadarenes 4. Who used unfair labor practices at his brickmaking establishment? Pharaoh, Silas, Joash, Jonathan 5. What did Nebuchadnezzar dream of that reached into heaven? Tree, River, Ladder, Rope 6. Who fasted 40 days and nights after being fed by an angel? Darius, Paul, Elijah, Ahab Wilson Casey’s new book, “Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World,” is available from Alpha/Penguin publishing. © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.
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TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What is the amount of exercise recommended for a man or woman of 55? I was always under the impression that 15 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week was a sufficient amount of time for heart health. Am I wrong? — R.K. ANSWER: That used to be the recommended amount of exercise time for an adult. For readers, aerobic exercise is the kind of exercise that is tailored for the heart. It’s exercise that employs the continuous use of large muscles for a somewhat protracted period of time, at least 10 minutes. Jogging, biking, walking, swimming and dancing are examples of aerobic exercise. The latest advice for adults, if their doctors say they are fit enough to exercise, is to get 150 minutes of moderateintensity aerobic exercise a week. That’s 20 minutes of exercise seven days a week or 50 minutes, three times a week. You can divide it any way you wish, but the minimum amount of one session of exercise has to be 10 minutes. If you are a novice, take your time to reach 10 minutes. A single session can be longer if you choose. Moderate-intensity exercise is walking at a pace of 3.5 miles an hour, a brisk walk.
Or if you want to devote less time to exercise, you can if you make it vigorous exercise. Vigorous exercise for 75 minutes a week fulfills the requirement for heart health. If you’re up to it and if you want even greater results, double those times — 300 minutes of moderate exercise a week or 150 minutes of vigorous exercise a week. I want to issue the warning again. Get doctor approval for any of this. Strength-training exercise — weightlifting — also is strongly recommended for all adults regardless of age. The booklet on aerobic exercise explains how to benefit your heart in clear language. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue — No. 1301W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. 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. 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. © 2010 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved
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1) Old; 2) Belshazzar; 3) Gadarenes; 4) Pharaoh; 5) Tree; 6) Elijah
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1. Rickey Henderson, 1988-90. 2. Tom Seaver got 98.8 percent of the vote by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. 3. Julius Peppers, in 2002. 4. Fifteen times. 5. In 1956, the U.S. beat Canada, 4-1. 6. Jimmie Johnson, with three victories. 7. Serena Williams has won five titles (2003, ‘05, ‘07, ‘09, ‘10).
HOCUS FOCUS DIFFERENCES 1. Lamp has been moved. 2. Cap is missing. 3. Window is bigger. 4. Mom is wearing skirt. 5. Tree has extra branch. 6. Car is missing.