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UNUSUAL WORDS, Part 2

by Kathy Wolfe This week, Tidbits continues with its lexiphanicism — showing off with big words! It’s time to learn more about these whatchamacallits and thingamajigs.

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with a lesser status, for example, a musicaster is a mediocre musician, while a militaster is a soldier without skills or abilities. The theologaster is a shallow theologian who has no deep spiritual thinking. turn the page for more!

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To Your Good Health By Paul G Donohue M.D.

Watchful Waiting for Prostate Cancer? DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am an 80-year-old male whose annual physical exam was good. My wife and I have a good sex life. We’ve been married 61 years. However, my PSA rose to 5.7. My family doctor sent me to a urologist, who suggested a biopsy. The urologist said my prostate gland is normal for my age and had no hard spots or lumps. My dad died at 87 due, in part, to prostate cancer. A brother also had difficulties. I read that at my age, I should enjoy life without such procedures. Your opinion, please. -B.M. ANSWER: What to do when the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test is higher than normal is a controversial subject. Every year, about 192,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Close to 70 percent of those cancers are low-grade, meaning they don’t pose a serious threat to life. Such cancers, depending on the man’s age and his health, may not require any treatment other than scheduled monitoring. One of the ingredients that goes into the mix for making a decision for “active surveillance” is what’s seen on the biopsy. The pathologist examining the prostate tissue discovers if any cancer is present and assesses the cancer’s stage and its potential to be an aggressive cancer. If the cancer is in its early stages and if its appearance is one that’s not threatening, then the decision for treatment is something that can be discussed with the doctor. Quality of life is as important as extension of life. However, I believe you should have the biopsy. It has some rare complications, but it provides information not obtainable in any other way. You are a very young 80-year-old. You have no other health problems that might shorten your life. You have a family history of prostate cancer. If the biopsy shows a low-grade cancer, then talk to the doctor about your wishes. One of those wishes could be active surveillance. The booklet on the prostate gland discusses gland enlargement and cancer. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1001W, 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. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 52-year-old male in good health. I am not a drinker or a smoker. My problem is premature ejaculation. I am on no medicines. Are there any vitamins or supplements that would help me? -- Anon. ANSWER: This discussion should start with your family doctor. The doctor can, after talking with you, decide if the problem is physical or psychological. Both are possible causes. Anxiety, depression and prostate gland inflammation are examples of things that can lead to your problem. Sometimes simply starting and stopping and then restarting relations will solve the problem. A numbing agent like the combination of lidocaine and prilocaine cream might be helpful. A condom should be worn so that your partner isn’t affected by the cream. Fluoxetine, paroxetine and sertraline are medicines that have been successful for some men. Vitamins or supplements are not likely to help.

Hurry Up and Wait Too many veterans have waited far too long for mental-health care. The Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs was asked to look at whether the Veterans Health Administration is accurately recording the wait times for mentalhealth services for both existing and new patients. Policy states that if a veteran calls in and asks for help, he or she is to be seen within 24 hours. If after the initial evaluation the veteran is not immediately given services (hospitalization or outpatient care), a more-comprehensive evaluation must take place within 14 days. This would include a diagnostic and treatment plan. VHA is to calculate wait times by figuring the days from the desired date of care to the date of the actual appointment. This assumes, of course, that the right date is entered into the system. The VAOIG determined that: 1) VHA doesn’t have a reliable way to determine whether it’s giving services on time; 2) VHA doesn’t provide initial appointments within that 24-hour window; 3) Veterans are waiting far past that 14-day window for their treatment plan appointments. As always, the devil is in the details. The VA’s own 2011 performance report claimed that 95 percent had their evaluation with 14 days. Not so, said the VAOIG. The VA’s inaccurate calculations were based on the time between the actual appointment date and the time the evaluation was complete ... often on the same day, which looked like a wait of zero days. It wasn’t calculating how long it took to get the appointment, which might have been weeks. The VAOIG looked at selected records and determined that only 49 percent of veterans had their evaluation within 14 days. The average wait was 50 days to get a full evaluation. Fifty days is a long time for a veteran who is seeking help. To read the whole report, go online to www. va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-12-00900-168.pdf.

• Pregnant women often have to endure allotriophagy, that craving for strange foods. Hopefully, they will choose items that are salutiferous, meaning conducive to health or well-being. • If you shilly-shally, dodder, quail, haw, demur or shrink before making a decision, you merely hesitate. Let’s say you’re diffident, gelid, reticent, chary or delitescent — you’re considered rather reserved. Now if someone calls you a miscreant, wastral, garmin, reprobate or varlet, consider yourself insulted. You’ve been labeled a scoundrel! • What do the words coquelicot, tilleul, smaragdine and smalt have in common? They are all names for different colors! Coquelicot is a brilliant poppy red; tilleul is a yellowish-green color; smaragdine is emerald green; and smalt is a deep blue. Speaking of colors, there is an actual name for those who fear the color purple — porphyrophobia. • Good words come in small packages! To aby means to make amends or atone for an offense. A wen is an enormously congested city. To soften something by soaking is to ret it. That broad sash we see wrapped around a kimono is an obi. And kir is a drink composed of black currant syrup and white wine. • Don’t confuse philalethists with philatelists. The former are lovers of truth, while the latter love collecting postage stamps. • How about that really boring person you meet at a party who has absolutely no conversational skills? This dull dude is a macrologist, and he frequently engages in battology — wearisome redundancy and trifling talk. He’s enough to give you a bad case of drapetomania, that uncontrollable urge to run away!

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• Some folks are famous for mentimutation — the act of changing their minds. Some might actually have hypobulia, which is an inability to come to a decision. • Do you have big feet? You’re sciapodous! How about great big ears? You’re macrotous! Maybe buck teeth, too? You’re a gubbertush! Is there a noticeable gap between those buck teeth? That’s called a diastema. Let’s add a buccula to the mix; that’s a double chin. • Everyone knows a breedbate, an individual who seems to enjoy starting arguments and stirring up controversy. Breedbates are occasionally suggilated — beaten black and blue! And how about that lazy loafer you know? He’s a drotchel, scobberlotcher, ragabash, lobcock, lollard or sluggard. • Over the baize and into the side pocket! Baize is the green felt-like cloth covering your pool table. • At one time or another, everyone has had the misfortune of sitting behind a milver, a person who chatters non-stop through a movie. Related terms include pleniloquent (one who is full of talk) and blatteroon (a constant talker). Many of them have a cacoethes loquendi, that unquenchable desire to talk. No matter how you say it, you just wish they’d shut up! (Several of them are probably somniloquent as well, meaning they even talk in their sleep!) • The longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicrosocpicsilicovolcanoconiosis, a disease resulting from over-exposure to ultra-microscopic silicone dust. Inhaling the dust found near volcanoes is a major cause of this disease. If this word frightens you, you may have

hippopotomonstro-squippedaliophobia, the fear of long words. • When the time comes to absquatulate, it means it’s time to pull up stakes, to decamp and flee. • There are numerous kinds of beggars — A toothless beggar is a mumblecrust. One who pretends that his tongue has been cut out is a dommerer, while a female beggar who borrows or hires several children temporarily to arouse sympathy is an autem mort. There’s a whole new generation of beggars. The beggar whose parents are beggars is a palliard. If he bangs on a dish or cup to attract your attention, he’s a clapperdudgeon. No matter how you say it — mendicant, cadger, bezonian, panhandler, sponge, supplicant or gaberlunzie — He’s still a beggar. But, only a beggar monk can be a gyrovague. • What are you afraid of? If you are an epistaxiophobic, you are afraid of getting a nosebleed. Astrapophobics hide under the bed during thunder and lightning storms, while nosocomephobics have a fear of hospitals. Those suffering from pnigophobia are afraid of choking on fish bones, and koimetrophobics avoid cemeteries. Most people wouldn’t see anything unusual in being a little selacophobic or afraid of sharks. • When thinking of someone you know who is a workaholic, remember the technical term for someone who loves work is an ergophile. • Pity the poor fellow who’s married to an objurgatrix! His wife is a nagging, carping, faultfinding battle-ax of a woman. Other terms of endearment for this special lady include termagant, shrew, beldam, virago, harridan and xanthippe. • Something that causes cancer is said to be carcinogenic. Cariogenic items are much less serious — They cause dental cavities.

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Waldorf Bridal Party Salad More weddings are performed in June than in any other month. And why not, June is just about the most perfect month of the year. The flowers are in full bloom, and the weather is both warm and sunny. So with everything so ideal, let’s toast the bride with a perfectly delightful bridal luncheon -- featuring this recipe. 3 cups (6 small) cored, unpeeled and chopped Red Delicious applies 1 cup seedless green grapes 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 1/3 cup fat-free mayonnaise 3/4 reduced-calorie whipped topping 1. In a large bowl, combine apples, grapes, marshmallows and walnuts. Stir in mayonnaise. Add whipped topping. Mix gently to combine. 2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Gently stir again just before serving. Serves 8 (1/2 cup each). ¥ Each serving equals: 90 calories, 2g fat, 1g protein, 17g carb., 85mg sodium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Fruit, 1/2 Fat.

1. Is the book of Stephen in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. How many different books of the New Testament (KJV) are divided into two parts (books)? 2, 3, 4, 5 3. The book of Hebrews tells us to entertain strangers, as they may be “what”? Demons, Angels, Prophets, Reincarnated 4. From Genesis 17, what was the name of Abraham’s wife? Ruth, Anna, Abigail, Sarah 5. The Bible was written over a period of about how many years? 1,300; 1,600; 1,900; 2,200 5. From Mark 5, who said, “Who touched my clothes”? Jesus, John the Baptist, David, Solomon

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are safe from access. Your network safety is only as strong as the weakest link on it. --Be sure your router is set to WPA2, the most secure network privacy setting. You’ll be required to type in an ID and password, the longer and more complicated the better. This will protect you from those outside who might try to piggyback on your network, either for their own access or to steal your data, or to turn your computer into a remote computer for their own use. --Beef up your security with a firewall, either the one in your computer or one that comes with your antivirus software. Install good spyware to keep others from following you around the Internet. Run malware scans frequently. --Stay off social networking sites until you have a thorough understanding of the security settings. If you have children, be sure they’re old enough to know not to disclose where they live, the school they attend or

even their real name. Use online names that have nothing to do with who they really are. An innocent remark in a public chat room about going away on vacation can lead burglars to your door while you’re away, if paired with other personal information. And don’t let your children use flash drives belonging to their friends. --Remember that what you post online stays forever. While you might think it’s OK to tell someone that you went to the XYZ Farmer’s Market just down that street, that information will be there for anyone to read years for now. If you post photos, make sure they were taken with a digital camera that’s had the GPS location tagging turned off. StaySafeOnline.org has a wealth of information to help ensure that you and your family -- and your gear -- are safe. Read the Fixing Problems section just in case. If something happens, you’ll know what to do quickly and whom to contact.


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¥ On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land. Massachusetts had initially opposed the document as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states. ¥ On June 23, 1902, German automaker Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) first registers “Mercedes” as a brand name. The famous Mercedes symbol, a three-point star, was registered as a trademark in 1909. ¥ On June 24, 1915, young German fighter pilot Oswald Boelcke makes the first operational flight of the Fokker Eindecker plane. The Fokker was equipped with machine guns that could fire straight ahead through the aircraft’s propellers. The precise timing of the propeller blades allowed them to avoid being struck by the machine gun bullets. ¥ On June 18, 1923, the first Checker Cab rolls off the line at the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company in Kalamazoo, Mich. The shipment stood out as a major landmark in the history of the company, which by then employed some 700 people. ¥ On June 19, 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviets, are executed by the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y. Both refused to admit any wrongdoing and proclaimed their innocence right up to the time of their deaths.

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¥ On June 20, 1980, in a match in Montreal, Roberto Duran out-points “Sugar” Ray Leonard to win the World Boxing Council welterweight title. Yet, five months later in a rematch, with less than 30 seconds left in the eighth round, Duran looked at the referee and famously uttered the words “no mas” or “no more,” giving up.

1. TELEVISION: What was the name of Tonto’s horse in the series “The Lone Ranger”? 2. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What was the country of origin for the pop group The Bay City Rollers? 3. COMICS: In the “Archie Comics,” Archie Andrews has a hard time choosing between two young ladies. What are their names? 4. INVENTIONS: What did Leonard A. Fish and Robert P. Cox patent in 1972 that was described as a “foamable resinous composition” that was propelled from a can? 5. LITERATURE: What futuristic novel’s first line reads, “It was a pleasure to burn”? 6. MUSIC: What kind of instrument does musician Chuck Mangione play? 7. MOVIES: What was Ron’s patronus in the “Harry Potter” movie series? 8. FOOD & DRINK: Farfalle is a type of what food? 9. GEOGRAPHY: What is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands? 10. HISTORY: What was the code name of Hitler’s planned invasion of England?

Q: I can find new episodes of “Army Wives” on the TV schedule. Is it done for the season? -- Genie D., via e-mail A: Don’t worry -- there will be 10 new episodes of Lifetime’s “Army Wives” starting Sunday, June 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Note the new time slot, as “Wives” will now follow “Drop Dead Diva.” Upon the show’s return, Susan Lucci will be back in her guest-starring role. Q: I watched the most wonderful documentary on PBS the other night on the life of Johnny Carson. He is and always will be the best late-night talk show host, and I was very interested to learn about this usually private man. Will it air again soon? If not, can I buy it on DVD? -- Paul F., Altoona, Pa.

¥ On June 22, 1964, Dan Brown, author of the international blockbuster ÒThe Da Vinci CodeÓ as well as other best-selling thrillers, is born in New Hampshire. BrownÕs novels are known for involving symbols, conspiracies and secret societies. His first novel, ÒDigital Fortress,Ó was published in 1998.

A: I know the documentary you are talking about, because I watched it too and absolutely loved it. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s -- when I was finally allowed to stay up late -- I watched “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” religiously, so I was thrilled to sneak a peek into this talented man’s life. You can stream “American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night” on your computer at pbs.org/ americanmasters. However, if you can wait until July 17, you can purchase the DVD (or Blu-ray) of the film, which will include outtakes and bonus material, through PBS Distribution.

Q: My wife and I loved the show “Cold Case,” and still watch the reruns. We wonder whatever happened to Kathryn Morris, who played Det. Lily Rush. We have seen all the other lead characters on other shows, but not her. -Ron C., Roanoke, Va. A: The gorgeous 43-year-old just finished the short film

“Sunday’s Mother,” and most recently co-starred with Denise Richards and Jim Belushi in the direct-to-DVD movie “Cougars, Inc.” She also played a small role in last year’s Oscar-nominated film “Moneyball”; however, her part ended up on the cutting-room floor. I haven’t seen the DVD extras yet, but hopefully we can watch her there. I think your wife and you will agree that we need to see Kathryn in a leading role on another hit series stat! Q: My two favorite new shows of this past season were both on Fox: “Touch” and “Alcatraz.” Will they be back for another season? -- Sienna F., via e-mail A: I’ve got good news and bad news. Want the bad news first? Fox has opted not to pick up “Alcatraz” for a second season. While it debuted pretty strong in the ratings, each week saw a steady decline in viewers, and it lost more than half its initial viewers by season’s end. “Touch,” however will be back for a second season. And, in case you were wondering, “American Dad,” “Bones,” “The Cleveland Show,” “Fringe,” “Glee,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” “New Girl,” “Raising Hope” and “The Simpsons” will all be back for new seasons come fall.


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Lowering the Risk of Hypertension Many of us have retired and then discovered that retirement isn’t all it was cracked up to be. Maybe we got pushed out by downsizing. Maybe we felt the time had come to stop working because we’d reached a certain age. Now many of us miss having a purpose, structure and a reason to get up every day. Certainly we miss the people we worked with and feeling valuable. Often we’re simply bored. If you go online and Google the words “seniors retired bored” you’ll get more than 7 million hits. But here is a truth: We don’t have to stay retired. If your retirement isn’t what you’d expected, consider alternate paths you’d like to take for the rest of your life. Think back: What did you truly want to do with your life? Many women were pushed into mother and wife roles. If you’re a man, perhaps a college education wasn’t possible, so you created the best life you could. But now you have time -- and opportunities. If you’re lucky enough to live near a college or university, inquire about auditing (no credit) classes on topics that interest you. Maybe you’ll even go on to get a degree. Make a list of everything you know how to do, and offer to teach a class. Reading, swimming safety, woodworking, sewing, bookkeeping, photography, art, home repair and other skills are all valuable to someone else. Explore volunteer positions in your area and put your skills to use. Look at an AARP site [www.createthegood.org] and either sign up for a volunteer slot or get on the list to be notified of future opportunities. You might be astounded at the number of volunteer requests in your ZIP code. Decide how you’d like to spend your time. Then do it.

FAMOUS LANDMARKS OF THE WORLD: BIG BEN

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Big Ben is a well-known symbol of London, towering above the Parliament buildings. Here is a collection of facts you may not know about this famous landmark. • When you think of Big Ben, the tall tower surely comes to mind, but the moniker actually applies to the bell housed within the clock tower, officially known as the Great Bell. It is most likely named after London’s first Commissioner for works, Sir Benjamin Hall, and his name is inscribed on the bell. It was originally intended that it would be called the Royal Victoria bell. • The tower itself is named, not so creatively, the Clock Tower and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower in the world. It’s the third tower to be built on Parliament’s grounds. The first was begun in 1288 during the reign of King Edward I and also contained a clock and a bell named Great Edward, which was rung on the hour. This was replaced in 1367 with England’s first public chiming clock. It stood for 340 years. • When a devastating fire destroyed much of the palace of Westminster in 1834, the plans to rebuild did not include a new tower. These plans were altered to include it in 1836, but actual construction of the current Clock Tower did not begin until 1843. Construction continued for nearly 16 years. When the clock was finally installed, it was discovered that it wouldn’t work because the cast iron minute hands were too heavy! They were replaced with lighter copper hands, and the foursided clock began keeping time in May of 1859.

• Just as the Clock Tower isn’t the first, neither is Big Ben the first bell. The first one developed a four-inch crack while it was being tested in 1857, and a new one was cast. Sixteen white horses pulled a carriage carrying the bell to the New Palace Yard. It took 18 hours to raise the bell into the belfry. Late in 1859, two fractures were found in Big Ben. The hammer was replaced with a lighter version, and the bell was rotated so that an undamaged section would be struck. This second bell still resides in the Tower. • The tower is 316 feet (96.3 m) tall, about 16 stories. Each of the clock’s four dials is 23 feet square (49.15 sq. m). The minute hands are 14 feet (4.26 m) long, while the numerals are two feet (0.6 m) tall. The base of each dial contains a Latin inscription, which translates “O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First.” • During World War I, the bell was not rung, and the clock was unlit at night to protect it from German Zeppelin attacks. During World War II, the bells were rung, but also from a darkened tower. • Although it’s one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, only United Kingdom residents are allowed inside to tour Big Ben. Tours must be booked well in advance only through a Parliament member, with parties limited to 16 people, who must climb the 334 stairs to the top of its 11 floors, since there is no elevator.

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Recently, my cat “Clark Gable” got very ill -- vomiting frequently and lethargic. I had no idea what was wrong, so I called my veterinarian. The vet’s assistant talked me through some important steps that I didn’t know and wouldn’t have been able to accomplish in my panicked state, such as looking at what C.G. was vomiting up and looking for possible sources of poisoning in my apartment. She advised me to bring him in immediately along with a sample of the vomit (gross, right?) and a couple of possible items he could have eaten. The vet was able to quickly treat C.G., who has made a complete recovery. But I’ve become much more aware that I need to learn when my cat is in distress and how to prevent him getting into dangerous things -- like the houseplant leaves he ingested. I hope you’ll remind readers to educate themselves as well. -- Clarence in Cincinnati

DEAR CLARENCE: Your story is more common than you’d think. Thanks for sharing it. If you have a pet, it’s very important to know that many household items can be dangerous if your pet ingests them. For example, many cats love to chew on the leaves of houseplants -- but many houseplants are extremely poisonous to cats, especially plants from the lily family. Other seemingly benign things, like chocolate and onions, can be harmful to pets, especially dogs. Even armed with the knowledge of what can harm your pet, accidents can happen. For example, a dog can break into the pantry and eat a giant bag of dog food. Make sure to display the phone number of your pet’s veterinarian and the nearest emergency pet hospital near the telephone or on the refrigerator where you can access it should your pet ever be injured, ill or in distress.

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For Advertising Call (205) 552-5502 JUNK FOOD Junk food might be defined as “food that contributes lots of calories but has little nutritional value.” Let’s learn a little more about a few notso-healthy choices. • What’s for breakfast? If you choose a bowl of Trix cereal, that product will be 38 percent sugar and will add a little red, yellow and blue dye to your system. How about some Froot Loops? Your portion will be 41 percent sugar, unless you opt for the marshmallow version, which computes to 48 percent sugar and more of those dyes. If you’re cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, you’ll have a 44 percent ratio of sugar. A healthier choice would be Wheat Chex or Shredded Wheat, both at less than 3 percent sugar. • In 1930, baker James Dewar was dismayed that the strawberry season was so short; it was limiting his sales of shortcakes. In order to prolong his sales past the fresh fruit season, he experimented with filling his sponge cakes with cream. He called them “Twinkle Toes Shoes,” but the name was later shortened to “Twinkies.” Hostess bakes up about 500 million Twinkies a year, each with about 150 calories. That creamy center is no longer cream at all, but rather mostly Crisco shortening. • When Pringles debuted in October 1968 in their signature cylindrical can, they were known as Pringles Newfangled Potato Chips. Other manufacturers immediately objected, claiming that the product was not a potato chip at all, considering that only 42 percent of the snack is potato-based product, with the remainder composed of wheat starch and corn and rice flours. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration ordered the company to change the name to “potato crisps.”

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The snack was named for a street in Cincinnati, Pringle Drive, spotted by a Procter & Gamble employee. • The American Dietetic Association recommends a maximum daily caloric intake of 2,000 calories for a sedentary adult and a maximum of 60 grams of fat. Order up a Big Mac with a super-sized Coke and fries, and you’ll ingest 1,460 calories and 58 grams of fat. That’s a pretty scary figure when you consider that the average person visits McDonalds 1,811 times in his or her lifetime. Want to burn off that McDonalds lunch? It will take you seven straight hours of walking to burn off the above meal. • Although popcorn seems to fill up the box of Cracker Jacks, it’s not the principal ingredient — sugar and corn syrup are. This tasty snack was introduced at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, but the box didn’t contain a toy prize until 1912. • In addition to being high in calories, soda pop can lead to significant tooth enamel loss. The acids in soft drinks are nearly as corrosive to enamel as battery acid. In an experiment conducted by dentists, one group of children were given a can of pop every day for three years, and another group, water. The pop drinkers had 50 to 150 percent more tooth decay! • Snickers, the most popular candy bar in the world, is a 280-calorie treat with 14 grams of fat. It takes 100 tons of peanuts to produce the 15 million bars manufactured daily. Frank Mars, founder of the Mars candy company, named the confection after the Mars family’s favorite horse. • Visit your local 31-flavor ice cream parlor and ask for a double-scoop. With 31 varieties, there are 496 different combinations you could receive.

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after the author’s death; Ruth Plumly Thompson produced one Oz book every year between 1921 and 1939. ¥ Those who study such things say that wine was being drunk more than 7,000 years ago, in ancient Sumeria. ¥ It was pop art icon Andy Warhol who made the following sage observation: “It’s the movies that have really been running things in America since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look when you feel about it.”

¥ When the Coca-Cola Company first started marketing its product in China, the advertisements used Chinese symbols to spell out the brand’s name phonetically. It was only after the ads had been published that the marketers learned that those symbols spelled out the phrase “bite the wax tadpole.” ¥ The manufacture of a single domestic automobile requires the use of a whopping 39,000 gallons of water.

¥ If you were like the average rabbit, you would take 18 naps every day.

¥ Every year, about 10 percent of the world’s population visits a zoo. In the United States, though, about half of us make such a visit annually.

¥ You probably know that the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” was based on the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. You may not realize, though, that Baum wrote a total of 14 Oz books between 1900 and 1920. The series continued even

¥ Most people have about 100,000 hairs on their head. It’s not clear why, but redheads tend to have somewhat fewer hairs -- about 90,000 -- while blondes have more. *** Thought for the Day: “I’m willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I’m never wrong.” -Samuel Goldwyn BIBLE TRIVIA ANSWERS: 1) Neither; 2) 4; 3) Angels; 4) Sarah; 5) 1,600; 6) Jesus

1. Scout 2. Scotland 3. Betty and Veronica 4. Silly String 5. “Fahrenheit 451” 6. Flugelhorn 7. A Jack Russell terrier 8. Pasta 9. Maui 10. Operation Sea Lion


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