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Happy Easter Week of April 25, 2011

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by Patricia L. Cook If you look at the labels on the clothes you are wearing, at least some of your apparel is probably made from cotton. You may not realize the versatility of this plant. It is not only used as a fiber but also in food products, fertilizer, fuel and more. This week, Tidbits looks at this remarkable plant. • Cotton is a natural fiber whose history goes back thousands of years. Civilizations in India, China and Egypt grew cotton as well as the Mayans in Guatemala, Yucatan and other parts of Mexico. The oldest archaeological evidence of clothing made from cotton comes from the Indus Valley of today’s Pakistan. Cotton “bolls” that start in a field are used to produce much of the fabric in the world. • The first cotton grown in the United States was in Virginia and Florida in the early 17th century. By the end of the 18th century, cotton had become the biggest industry in the United States. This was helped by Eli Whitney’s cotton gin invention in 1793. • Whitney’s machine provided a faster way to separate cotton from its seeds. It could clean the cotton about 10 times faster than doing it by hand. • When we think of cotton, most of us think of comfortable blue jeans, flannel shirts, underwear or the 800-threadcount soft sheets that we sleep on at night. Cotton provides all of that and a whole lot more. • Cotton is used more than any fiber, natural or manmade, in the world. It is a daily part of our lives and is still today one of the leading cash crops for farmers in the United States. Every part of a cotton plant is useful. • The most important part of the cotton plant is the fiber, or lint, which is used to make cloth. The fiber has to be separated from the seeds, which are quite sticky. This is why the cotton gin was so important. When the fiber and seeds had to be separated by hand, it took many laborious hours. • “Linters,” the short fuzz remaining on the seeds after separation of the lint, provide cellulose for making exploTurn The Page For More!

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¥ On May 7, 1896, Dr. H.H. Holmes, one of America’s first well-known serial killers, is hanged to death in Philadelphia. Although not as well known as Jack the Ripper, authorities discovered the remains of more than 200 victims on Holmes’ property. ¥ On May 6, 1937, the airship Hindenburg, the largest dirigible ever built and the pride of Nazi Germany, bursts into flames upon touching its mooring mast in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 36 passengers and crewmembers. The lighter-than-air craft was lifted by highly flammable hydrogen gas. ¥ On May 5, 1945, in Lakeview, Ore., Mrs. Elsie Mitchell and five neighborhood children are killed while attempting to drag a Japanese balloon out of the woods. Unbeknownst to Mitchell and the children, the balloon was armed, and it exploded soon after they began tampering with it. ¥ On May 3, 1952, a ski-modified U.S. Air Force C-47 piloted by Lt. Col. Joseph O. Fletcher of Oklahoma and Lt. Col. William P. Benedict of California becomes the first aircraft to land on the North Pole. A moment later, Fletcher climbed out of the plane and walked to the exact geographic North Pole, probably the first person in history to do so. 1. ASTRONOMY: The star called Rigel is part of which constellation? 2. MYTHOLOGY: What did the god Frey represent in Norse mythology? 3. CHEMISTRY: What gas has the chemical symbol of CH4? 4. MOVIES: Who directed “The Magnificent Ambersons” and “Touch of Evil”? 5. HISTORY: Who was the first English king to hold the title “Prince of Wales”? 6. INVENTIONS: What was the name of the first submarine commissioned by the U.S. Navy? 7. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Who drew the famous image of Uncle Sam proclaiming, “I Want You”? 8. GEOGRAPHY: To what island group in the Caribbean does St. Croix belong? 9. LITERATURE: Which writer’s autobiography is called “Black Boy”? 10. POLITICS: Who was Adlai Stevenson’s vice-presidential running mate in 1956? Answers 1. Orion 2. Frey is the Norse god of fertility 3. Methane 4. Orson Welles 5. Edward II 6. U.S.S. Holland 7. James Montgomery Flagg 8. U.S. Virgin Islands 9. Richard Wright 10. Estes Kefauver

sives, plastics and other products. They are also incorporated into high quality paper products and processed into batting for the padding used in mattresses and cushions for furniture and automobile seats. • The cottonseeds are a valuable byproduct as well. They are crushed and separated into three products: oil, hulls and meal. Cottonseed oil is used for salad dressing, cooking oil and shortening. Cottonseed oil has no cholesterol has little or no trans-fats, making it a good option for healthy cooking. • The meal and hulls are used for livestock, poultry and fish feed and also fertilizer. After all of these parts are taken away, the remaining leaves and stalks of the cotton plant are plowed under to enrich the soil. • For years, the “Cotton Row” district of Memphis, Tennessee, was the center of the worldwide cotton trade market. The Cotton Museum at the Cotton Exchange opened in 2006 in the building that was once the place where cotton was inspected, bought and sold, and shipped around the world. The museum has artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of cotton, its history and its impact on the region and the world. • Another museum dedicated to cotton is The Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum in Greenville, Texas. This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of America’s cotton industry. The museum includes the oldest house in Greenville and an actual cotton patch. • The states where cotton grows are sometimes referred to as the “Cotton Belt.” These states are all across the southern edge of the United States. They are Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The climate and soil conditions of these areas provide a great cotton-growing environment. • Are you curious as to what can be made from one bale of cotton? How about 4,321 socks, 3,085 diapers (yes, the old fashioned cotton kind!), 1,256 pillowcases, 690 bath towels, 409 skirts or 250 pairs of pants! • Most people have heard of “hand-me-downs” and probably have worn them. Blue jeans are especially known for this because of their durability. Hand-me-down blue jeans were taken to a new level in 2006 when Cotton Incorporated created a marketing initiative to recycle denim for insulation for housing. • The “Cotton. From Blue to Green. ®” denim drive was a student-run campaign on several college campuses to educate students on the renewable and recyclable attributes of denim. Blue jeans were donated and then given a “new life” as housing insulation for houses. In the spring of 2007, 30 homes were built for families by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge (Louisiana) who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Twelve of those homes were insulated with UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation. • A campaign by National Geographic Kids Magazine in 2009 asked readers to donate their old jeans with the goal being to set a Guinness World Record™ for the “most items of clothing collected for recycling.” The record was announced in Washington, D.C. on August 12, 2009, with 33,088 pieces of denim donated. These jeans were given to the “Cotton. From Blue to Green.®” campaign for more housing insulation projects. What a terrific way to help people, recycle and keep blue jeans out of our landfills! • Cotton has been an important part of our lives for many years and will likely continue to be. As the advertisements say, it is the “fabric of our lives.” Cotton is now grown in 70 countries, with China producing the most at about 25 percent and the Unites States producing almost 20 percent. China and India are the largest producers of cotton, while the United States is the world’s largest exporter of cotton.

¥ On May 4, 1965, San Francisco Giants outfielder Willie Mays hits his 512th career home run to break Mel Ott’s National League record for home runs. Mays would finish his career with 660 home runs, good for third on the all-time list at the time of his retirement. ¥ On May 2, 1972, after nearly five decades as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover dies just as the Watergate affair is about to explode onto the national stage. An inquiry later revealed that the FBI had illegally protected President Richard Nixon from investigation. ¥ On May 8, 1988, Stella Nickell is convicted of murder by a Seattle jury. She was the first person to be found guilty of violating the Federal Anti-Tampering Act after putting cyanide in Excedrin capsules in an effort to kill her husband. She began planning his death after their 1976 honeymoon.

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Spring Garden SautŽ With its bright colors and flavors, this warm dish of spring vegetables tastes even better than it looks. 2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces 8 ounces sugar snap peas, strings removed 1 tablespoon margarine or butter 1 pound radishes, each cut into quarters Salt and pepper 4 tablespoons snipped fresh chives 1. Heat large covered saucepot of salted water to boiling on high. Fill large bowl with ice water; set aside. To saucepot, add asparagus and snap peas; cook 4 minutes. Drain vegetables; cool in bowl of ice water. Drain vegetables well. 2. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat margarine on medium until melted. Add radishes, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; cook 10 minutes or until tender-crisp. Transfer to bowl; keep warm. To same skillet, add asparagus, snap peas, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; cook 5 minutes or until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally. Stir in 2 tablespoons chives. Transfer to serving bowl; arrange radishes around edge. Sprinkle with remaining chives. Makes 10 side-dish servings. TIP: Asparagus and snap peas can be cooked through step 1 up to one day ahead. Place in plastic storage bag and refrigerate until ready to use. ¥ Each serving: About 45 calories, 2g total fat, 185mg sodium, 5g total carbs, 2g dietary fiber, 3g protein

PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Green Hornet” (PG-13) -- For nearly a decade, “The Green Hornet” languished in Hollywood’s Development Hell, with virtually every leading man and director seemingly attached to the project at one time or another. For fans of the 1960s TV series starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee, it was beginning to look like this picture was never going to be made. Then someone had the bright idea to attach Seth Rogen to the project, and any hopes for a gritty, “Dark Knight”-style action/adventure version of “The Green Hornet” went out the window in favor of a Judd Apatowesque slacker doofus farce. Great. Another bromance comedy. But hey, it’s in 3-D! Right? Right? That’s gotta be ... special. But somehow, in the midst of this ridiculous, convoluted mess of a movie, there are a few shining bits. Jay Chou’s Kato is a performance that even Bruce Lee would be proud of. The fight choreography is pretty

good. And the gadget-packed Black Beauty is still one bad supercar. It’s a shame that Columbia couldn’t have found a better lead actor and script, because “The Green Hornet” had the potential to be a great franchise. Instead, it wound up being yet another superhero misfire relegated to the midwinterrelease junk pile along with the other films that weren’t good enough for the summer or holiday-season slots. “Once Upon a Time in the West” (PG-13) -- Sergio Leone’s epic 1968 masterpiece is without a doubt the “Citizen Kane” of Spaghetti Westerns. The film stars the ravishing, almost supernaturally beautiful Claudia Cardinale as a widow trying to save her homestead against the evil machinations of a railroad tycoon who sends a steel-eyed, child-murdering desperado (Henry Fonda) to kill her. Thankfully, there are two men to help her: Cheyenne (Jason Robards), the outlaw framed for the murder of her family, and the enigmatic Harmonica (Charles Bronson), a man with a troubled past who also is the fastest gun in the West. “Taps” (PG) -- Timothy Hutton stars as a cadet at a military school run by George C. Scott in this 1981 drama. When the

cadets learn that the school has been sold to real-estate developers, they take matters into their own hands, turning the school into a military fortress under siege. When one of the boys accidentally kills a police officer, things take a turn for the worse as the young cadets find themselves in a standoff between themselves and the military. TV SHOWS “Being Human” Season 3 “Drop Dead Diva” The Complete Second Season “Boy Meets World” The Complete Fifth Season “According to Jim” Complete Third Season “PJ’s” Season 1 “Penn & Teller” Eighth Season “Melrose Place” Sixth Season V.1 “Make It or Break It” Season Two, Volume Three “Dirty Jobs” Collection 7 “Murdoch Mysteries” Season 3 “Dora the Explorer: It’s Haircut Day” “Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys” “Little Rascals” Classic & Hidden Episodes

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1. Which singer had a debut hit with “I Only Want to Be with You”? 2. Name the group that released the ever-popular “Shout.” 3. Who sang the 1962 hit “Party Lights”? 4. Name the group that wrote and released “Mr. Lee.” What was the song about? 5. Who sang “River Deep -- Mountain High,” and when? 6. Which band released “Baby, Come Back”? Answers 1. Dusty Springfield in 1963. Samantha Fox covered the song in 1988. 2. The Isley Brothers in 1959. Amazingly, the song never rose higher than No. 47 on the charts, but became gold through long use. “Shout” continues to be played at athletic events and weddings. 3. Claudine Clark, who also composed the song. 4. The Bobbettes, an all-girl group from Harlem, wrote the 1957 song about a crush on a schoolteacher. The original version was negative about poor Mr. Lee and had to be rewritten. 5. Ike and Tina Turner, in 1966. Except you won’t hear Ike. Legend has it he was paid $20,000 to stay out of the studio while it was recorded. 6. Player. The 1977 song has been used in films and currently is being used in a commercial for Swiffer.

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With Elizabeth Taylor, often called the last living superstar, now gone, the new question is are there any living superstars left? The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences -- the Oscar people -- have scheduled a tribute to who they think is the last living superstar -- Sophia Loren. On May 4, the Academy will honor her body of work and her Oscar-winning performance in “Two Women” (1961). Film clips and personal remarks from her friends and colleagues will honor Sophia, who will attend the tribute! Once when Sophia arrived at Kennedy Airport, I shot a photo of her that looks like we were alone in the TWA terminal, However, there were 200 people standing behind me ... staring at her beauty! Look out, Disney! There’s a new Snow White in town, and she is Lily Collins, daughter of musician Phil Collins. The film has no title yet (How about “Snow White and Those 7 Little People” to be politically correct?). However, it does have Julia Roberts as the evil queen and “Social Network’s” Armie Hammer as the prince. Lily Collins was Sandra Bullock’s daughter in “The Blind Side” and will be in Taylor Lautner’s new thriller “Abduction.” *** In 2009, the Farrelly Brothers cast two-time Oscar-winner Sean Penn as Larry Fine, Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro as Moe Howard and Jim Carrey as Curly, aka The Three Stooges. Were they serious? The trio are great talents, but to do funny, physical slapstick as The Three Stooges? In 2000, Mel Gibson exec-produced a TV movie about The Three Stooges that featured “The Shield” star Michael Chiklis as Curly. Reviews were lukewarm, but Stooges fans loved it. Now the Farrelly brothers have revived the project and signed “Will and Grace” Emmy winner Sean Hayes as Larry Fine, and five-year “Mad TV” alum Will Sasso -- currently on William Shatner’s show “$#! My Father Says” -- to play Curly. Richard Jenkins, Oscar nominated as best actor in ‘08 for “The Visitor,” and a frequent collaborator with the Farrelly brothers is first listed as a cast member without a character name. He could be playing Moe Howard or famed Columbia Pictures Studio head Harry Cohn. The lives of the Three Stooges (actually there were five of them: Moe’s brother Shemp was an original Stooge and Curly Joe was replacement for Curly) were a double-edged sword. Their story is both magic and tragic and very difficult to play when an audience is expecting it to be hilariously funny, thus the reason serious actors were first cast. Casting Hayes and Sasso is very smart, both are very adept at playing comedy and pathos. How did Johnny Depp miss PHOTO: Sophia Loren out on this one?


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Martin’s Been There Before When the Sprint Cup Series moves from one track to another -- oh, say, Martinsville to Ft. Worth to Talladega -- a lot changes and a lot doesn’t. Or said Mark Martin, who has seen them all innumerable times. “Texas has its own personality,” said Martin entering the Samsung Mobile 500. “It’s fast, and it’s flat for as fast as it is. It doesn’t have a lot of banking in relation to the speed that you’re able to make around it. “It’s amazing. It’s a great place to race, the location as well as the facility. They put a lot of money into this place, and I think it represents our sport well.” But it’s just another track, which, in that rather general sense, makes it like ... Martinsville, where Martin, 52, finished 10th on April 3. “It’s the same as Martinsville,” he said. “You’re almost a wreck at Martinsville, and you’re almost a wreck here. If you’re not almost a wreck, then you’re not driving fast enough. The miles an hour [aren’t] what scare you. It’s the loss of control.” Martin knows what it’s like to finish first, second, third, fourth and fifth at Texas Motor Speedway ... and at most every other track. He’s taken his lumps, too, which proved to be the case in the Samsung Mobile 500, where Martin

found his No. 5 Chevy collected in a crash. He wound up 36th. In the season’s first six races, Martin finished no better than 10th (twice) and no worse than 20th. That consistency was good enough to rank him 10th in the point standings ... until the Texas catastrophe dropped him to 15th. Martin said the difference between first and 20th isn’t as great as it seems. “There’s a little bit in speed and a little bit in track position, but the cars are relatively close nowadays,” he said. “You squeeze every ounce of time out of every single component in the whole sport. You can’t leave anything alone. You’ve got to squeeze every bit of it from pit-road speed to pit stops to restarts to handling and everything.” As such, Martin believes victory, not to mention the finishes better than 10th, will come in its own sweet time.

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¥ It was American novelist and editor Edgar Watson Howe who made the following sage observation: “Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.” ¥ Those who study such things say that ancient Egyptians had bowling alleys. ¥ In 1980 a woman named Rosie Ruiz appeared to have won the Boston Marathon in the fastest time ever recorded for a woman in that race. However, after a number of suspicions surfaced (including a strange lack of fatigue at the end of the long race), it was found that she hadn’t actually run the entire race and was stripped of her medal. The tale doesn’t end there, though. Once word got out about her fraud, people came forward with information regarding her recent running of the New York Marathon. It seems that Ms. Ruiz started the race and then took the subway to a spot 2 miles from the finish line. And in a further note, she didn’t come to a good end: Two years later she was arrested for embezzling $60,000 from her employer, and she was later arrested again for allegedly trying to sell two kilos of cocaine to a Miami police officer. ¥ If you’re afraid of lightning, you might want to skip over this next tidbit: At any given time around the world, there are 1,800 thunderstorms taking place. ¥ You may have heard that the air that leaves your body when you sneeze can reach speeds of up to 115 mph, but you may not know that ordinary exhalations travel at about 15 mph. *** Thought for the Day: “When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of putting it into practice.” -- Otto von Bismarck

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ALL MY CHILDREN Angie was optimistic that David would cure her blindness. Kendall found Zach’s letter, which warned that the casino owners were out to get him. She later confided in Ryan that she suspected that Ricky was responsible for Zach’s death. Krystal made sure to comfort Jack while Erica was still missing. Cara created a diversion so that Griffin could escape from the hospital. Kendall prepared for her date with Ricky. Wait to See: Asher hacks into Bianca’s email. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Katie and Bill began counseling sessions with Taylor, where Katie revealed Bill’s plot to kill Amber. Hope agreed to give Oliver another chance, even though she was still in love with Liam. Thorne felt slighted when Thomas was named a partner at Forrester Creations. Taylor had a fit when she found out that Brooke and Thomas would be traveling together to Australia on business. Bill rebuffed Steffy’s advances. Wait to See: Nick helps out an old friend. Dayzee turns to Stephanie for relationship advice. DAYS OF OUR LIVES EJ and Taylor shared a passionate kiss after surviving the crash in their limo. Dario saved Melanie’s life when Troy tried to strangle her to death. Philip left town with Parker after realizing he could never trust Chloe. Jennifer discovered that she was jealous when she walked in on Carly and Daniel kissing. Rafe made his escape from the asylum. Wait to See: Nicole catches EJ and Taylor locking lips. GENERAL HOSPITAL Lisa gave Kristina a narcotic disguised as an herbal supplement. Shawn turned down Jax’s bribe to leave Port Charles. Anthony was determined to corrupt Michael for good. Dante realized that the odds were stacked against Michael in Brandon’s murder. Anthony surprised Johnny by showing up at the penthouse, free from jail. Sam told Jason that she was ready to have a baby. Wait to See: Abby is arrested for Brandon’s death. ONE LIFE TO LIVE Deanna moved into Langston’s old room. Marty confided in her doctor that Liam was John’s baby after all. Dani walked in just as Tomas was about to inject Todd with a syringe; he was later shown making a mysterious phone call about not being able to finish the job. Rex was privately affected by the news of Clint’s heart attack. Gigi was tempted to listen to the tape of Shane’s therapy session. Wait to See: John tries to figure out what Marty is keeping from him. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Adam identified the body as Sharon’s since she was wearing her wedding ring. Meanwhile, the real Sharon found shelter in a barn owned by a veterinarian named Sam. Malcolm found a pregnancy test in Sofia’s purse and encouraged her to take it. When the results turned out to be positive, Malcolm was overjoyed while Sofia panicked. Lily was shocked to see Cane standing before her at the cemetery. Wait to See: Victoria learns the truth about her baby’s adoption.

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Vol1 Issue 10  

Tidbits of MObile

Vol1 Issue 10  

Tidbits of MObile