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October is the time to celebrate Auto Battery Safety Month, Cookbook Month, National Dental Hygiene Month and National Liver Awareness Month. Let’s see what else is on the calendar for this time of year. • Dictionary Day is October 16, the birthday of Noah Webster. Webster, a 1778 graduate of Yale, began writing America’s first dictionary at age 43, wrapping up the job of 70,000 entries at age 70. He was responsible for changing some of the old English spellings, such as “colour” to “color” and “musick” to “music.” • The National Mole Day Foundation urges you to celebrate National Mole Day on October 23. Does that mean it’s time to be kind to those furry little fellows that wreak havoc on your lawn? Not at all! It’s a day to get excited about the mole, a basic measuring unit in chemistry, and to memorize Avogadro’s number, 6.024 x 10 to the 23rd power. That’s the formula that defines the amount of atomic mass units in a gram. It’s the amount of a substance that equals the quantity containing as many units as there are atoms in 0.012 kg of Carbon-12. It might actually be easier to be kind to the furry animal! • October is a big month for monuments. President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on an October day in 1886. The statue, officially called the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World, had been received from France the previous June in 350 separate parts and was assembled over the next four months. In October 1941, South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore was completed after 14 years of work by sculptor Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers. Unfortunately, Borglum didn’t get to see his 60-foot (18-m) carvings completed, as he died just months before the monument was done. Construction was completed on the St. Louis Arch in October 1965, following 32 months of work. Officially known as the Gateway Arch or Gateway to the West, it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States, towering 630 feet (192 m) over the city of St. Louis. When the structure was completed, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an order that any aviators who flew under the arch would receive a hefty fine and have their pilot’s license revoked. At least 10 pilots have disobeyed the edict. Only once have fliers been permitted — during the July 4th festivities of the nation’s bicentennial in 1976. • Germany’s Oktoberfest got its start in 1810, celebrating the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The royal couple invited the citizens of Munich to join in

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Page 2 For Advertising Call 251-285-4116 THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Brooke correctly surmised that Bill was behind Steffy’s shenanigans. Bridget arrived home from a Hawaiian vacation with Owen and baby Logan. Later, Nick wondered why on earth Jackie would allow Owen to go on vacation with his ex-flame. Katie got very vocal when it came to her opinion of Steffy. Nick arrived at Bridget’s door demanding to know about her personal life. Hope was determined to prove whether or not Bill had a hand in what happened in Aspen. Wait to See: Rick and Amber reflect on the past. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Rafe was fired after the FBI found out that he was helping Carrie with John’s defense. Abe put his political aspirations on the line after he publicly vouched for John’s character. Maggie wondered if she had a secret child somewhere after donating her eggs to a fertility lab years ago. Jennifer agreed to date both Jack and Daniel without getting physical. Rafe punched Austin, accusing him of ratting him out to the FBI. Abigail took Daniel’s side in Jennifer’s quest. Jack surprised Jennifer with a date at the children’s hospital. John and Marlena made love for the first time since his injury. Wait to See: Melanie has a shocking revelation.

Serve this luscious pie to your loved ones on Halloween night. They definitely will think they’re getting the best treat in the neighborhood! It almost looks like a big slice of candy corn on a plate. 1 (4-serving) package sugar-free vanilla cook-andserve pudding mix 1 (4-serving) package sugar-free orange gelatin 1 1/4 cups water 2 (11-ounce) cans mandarin oranges, rinsed and drained 1 (6-ounce) purchased graham cracker crust 1/2 cup reduced-fat whipped topping 1. In a large saucepan, combine dry pudding mix, dry gelatin and water. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and starts to boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. 2. Reserve 8 mandarin orange slices for garnish. Gently stir in remaining mandarin oranges. Let set for 5 minutes. Spread partially cooled pudding mixture into pie crust. 3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Spread whipped topping evenly over set filling. Evenly garnish top with reserved mandarin orange slices. Serves 8. ¥ Each serving equals: 141 calories, 5g fat, 1g protein, 23g carb., 195mg sodium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Fat, 1/2 Fruit.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE John ordered Brody’s gun to be tested after he suspected it might have been used to kill Victor. Nora had a hard time believing that Todd was a changed man. Aubrey and Rex found that they had a lot in common. Cord and Tina grew closer after babysitting Ryder together. Jessica struggled over what to do about Liam’s paternity test. Nora joked with Bo about the mayor having a crush on him. Blair begged Todd to save Tomas from going to prison. Wait to See: Kim’s mysterious friend visits Llanfair. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Kevin had to turn down Billy’s request to see Delia. Later, Billy was heartsick after hearing Victoria talk bad about him. In order to rally public support, Avery published a moving photo of Sharon reaching out to her daughter in the courtroom. Devon accused his mother, Harmony, of trying to win favor with Katherine. Tucker attempted to back out of his agreement to hand Jabot back over to Jack. Ronan staked out Genevieve’s home after learning of Colin’s threats against her and Gloria. Wait to See: The suspects in Diane’s murder are brought together under mysterious circumstances. PHOTO: Michael Easton stars as “John” on “One Life to Live”

1. This band was once named The Detours and then for a short time The High Numbers. 2. Name the artist who released “I’m Gonna Get Me a Gun.” 3. Which single artist released “Ruby Baby” and when? 4. How do you pronounce the name of the band INXS? 5. How many No. 1 singles has Alice Cooper had since he went solo? 6. Who were the Mar-Keys? Bonus points for knowing the record label.

Answers 1. The Who. The band made the changes in 1962 and 1964, respectively, the second after the song “Zoot Suit” failed to chart. 2. Cat Stevens, in 1967. Stevens is now called Yusuf Islam. Under his new name he’s received awards for promoting world peace. 3. Dion, in 1962. The Drifters originally released the song in 1956. 4. “In excess.” Its first U.S. hit was “Need You Tonight” in 1987. The group won five MTV Video Music Awards for the video. 5. None. The best U.S. chart rating was “Poison” at No. 7 in 1989. 6. The Mar-Keys were the first studio band for startup label Stax in Memphis. Stax was named for the founders, Jim STewart amd Estelle AXton.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Jason and Sam didn’t appreciate Carly crashing their honeymoon. Spinelli surprised Maxie with a romantic picnic at the docks. Lulu continued to medicate her emotions with alcohol. Robin was upset to learn that Steve filled the pediatrics position without consulting her. Maxie was jealous of Matt and Elizabeth’s budding relationship. Sonny gave Lulu the hard truth about what life would be like if she married Dante. Johnny struggled to regain his ability to walk. Spinelli and Maxie investigated the mysterious light emanating from Wyndemere. Wait to See: Carly and Sam find common ground.

their wedding festivities, and the following year, all the merriment was repeated, beginning the tradition of a 16day Oktoberfest each year. The Munich commemoration is the world’s largest fair, drawing more than five million people every autumn. • October 25 is set aside as St. Crispin’s Day as a tribute to Crispin, the patron saint of shoemakers. According to legend, Crispin, who lived in Rome during the third century, preached during the day and produced shoes at night. Tradition states that he was beheaded for teaching the gospel. • On her 63rd birthday in October of 1901, retired schoolteacher Annie Edson Taylor and her cat climbed into an oak pickle barrel padded with a mattress and plunged over Niagara Falls. She was the first person to survive the ride. The barrel, held together with seven iron hoops, also contained an anvil for maintaining balance. With the goal of financial security, Taylor aimed to capitalize on her adventure. After collecting meager earnings promoting her feat, she died penniless at age 83. Although she only received a minor concussion and a small cut on her head, she said, “If it was with my dying breath, I would caution anyone against attempting the feat. I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces, than make another trip over the Falls.” • In October of 1908, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. And that’s the last time they’ve won it to date; the team has gone 102 years without a championship, the longest of any major North American professional sports team. • That famous silent film “The Sheik,” starring Rudolph Valentino, premiered in October of 1921. Unfortunately, the Italian “Latin Lover,” born Rodolpho Alfonzo Rafaelo Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguolla, died just 10 years later at age 31 of peritonitis. And speaking of name changes, Rudolph’s wife Natacha Rambova changed hers slightly as well; she was born Winifred Hudnut! • In 1962, before London Bridge really could fall down, the city of London made plans to replace the 1831 structure, which could no longer support its heavy traffic load. As early as 1924, the east side of the bridge’s foundation was sinking under the weight. In 1968, London sold the bridge to a U.S. oil executive for $2.4 million and thus began the process of dismantling the edifice, carefully numbering each piece to help with reassembly. In October of 1971, the bridge reopened in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and is now the state’s second-biggest tourist attraction, with only the Grand Canyon drawing more visitors. • The “Crash of ‘29” came on October 29, 1929, when the New York Stock Exchange completely collapsed after several days of panic. On “Black Tuesday,” the Dow lost 23 percent of its value, wiping out billions of dollars of wealth in one day. It was the financial ruin of banks, businesses and individuals, which, with soaring unemployment rates, ushered in the 12 years of the Great Depression. • The famous gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, in October 1881 lasted only 30 seconds, with 30 shots fired and three men killed. The Earp Brothers and Doc Holliday were up against the Clanton-McLaury gang, a group of cattle rustlers, thieves and murderers. Two McLaury brothers and Billy Clanton were killed, while Holliday and two of the Earps were wounded. The shootout didn’t really take place in the Corral, but rather in a wide alley six doors east of the Corral’s rear entrance. • The Grand Ole Opry got its start in Nashville in October of 1925 as a one-hour radio broadcast. Featured artists in those early days included The Possum Hunters, The Gully Jumpers and The Fruit Jar Drinkers.


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1. RELIGION: Which religious text is divided into chapters called “suras”? 2. HISTORY: When did the War of 1812 end? 3. TELEVISION: The character Jim Phelps starred in what long-running spy drama? 4. MUSIC: What kind of instrument is a dulcimer? 5. MONEY: What is the standard currency of Vietnam? 6. FAMOUS PEOPLE: Who was Time Magazine’s Person of the Century in 1999? 7. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the Baltic Sea located? 8. ANATOMY: What is “necrosis”? 9. NATURAL WORLD: Where is the geyser Old Faithful located? 10. MOVIES: What 1970s film’s theme song was titled “Evergreen”? (c) 2011 Answers 1. Quran 2. 1815 3. “Mission: Impossible” 4. Stringed instrument played with hammers 5. Dong 6. Albert Einstein 7. Northern Europe 8. Death of body tissue 9. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 10. “A Star is Born”

HOLLYWOOD -- “A horse is a horse, of course, of course, / And no one can talk to a horse of course / That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed,” went the theme song of the 1960s TV series “Mr. Ed.” The show, about the first talking horse, ran from 1961-66, and starred Alan Young as his owner, Wilbur, and Connie Hines as his wife, with Allan Lane providing the voice of Mr. Ed. In 2004, a film version with David Alan Basche as Wilbur and “The Jefferson’s” Sherman Hensley as the voice of Mr. Ed came and went unnoticed. Now David Friendly, best known for “Little Miss Sunshine,” and Fox 2000 are planning to produce a new Mr. Ed movie. No casting mentioned as yet, but considering that Friendly produced “Doctor Doolittle” with Eddie Murphy and “Big Momma’s House” 1, 2 and 3 with Martin Lawrence, it’s probably a safe bet that one or the other of those two comic stars will wind up playing Wilbur! *** James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have invested $18 million to turn the second-highest grossing movie of all time, “Titanic” (1997), into a 3D spectacle. Cameron estimates it will be better than most conversions: “It will be 90 percent of what would have been if it was shot in 3D.” The big question is, of course, will moviegoers pay top dollar to see a movie already seen by the second greatest number of people in movie history, as well as being released on DVD and shown on television, just because they can now throw people, places and things at us in 3D? What do you think? *** Hollywood insiders always claim movies about Hollywood don’t do well at the box office, but Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, who won for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004), is writing, producing and directing the musical project “Frank or Francis,” which has Steve Carell as Frank and Jack Black as Francis, and Nicolas Cage and Oscar-winner Kevin Kline in, not one but two, supporting roles. If you never caught Kline in “In and Out,” rent it. It’s a laugh-riot classic! *** As reported earlier, Kiefer Sutherland will return to series TV at his “24” network, Fox. Fox has ordered 13 episodes of “Touch,” in which Kiefer plays a widowed, single father of an 11-year-old mute/autistic son who communicates, not with words, but with numbers, and has a genius for connecting seemingly unrelated events. Adding star power to the mix is Danny Glover, as a professor and expert on children possessing special gifts relating to numbers. Fox should have shown its confidence in Kiefer Sutherland’s drawing power by ordering not 13, but “24” episodes!

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drama couldn’t hold an audience’s attention as well as the Playboy Bunnies themselves could back in the time this show was set (1961). On Oct. 3, NBC aired the third and final episode of “The Playboy Club” (with two episodes going unaired), making it the first casualty of the fall 2011 TV season. Series creator Chad Hodge and Playboy Enterprises CCO Hugh Hefner are hoping to sell the series to Bravo, where it will air all five episodes and hopefully be called upon to make more. If you’re keeping score, NBC’s “Free Agents,” starring Hank Azaria, was canceled soon after “Playboy.” As of this writing, “Charlie’s Angels” has been panned by most critics and its ratings have not been up to par, making it a good bet to be the next show on the chopping block. *** Q: Can you tell me if two of my favorite comedies, IFC’s “Portlandia” and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” with be back for new seasons? Please say yes! -Jennifer G., via e-mail A: Yes, both show will be back for their respective second season on IFC this January. Regarding “Portlandia,” stars Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel will be back, along with a slew of new characters and notable guest stars. And “Todd Margaret” will feature the return of David Cross,

Will Arnett (who will be pulling double-duty, since his NBC show “Up All Night” has been picked up for a full season), Sharon Horgan and Blake Harrison, with Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) making a guest-starring appearance. *** Q: “Drop Dead Diva” just finished up the season, and the ending gives the impression that it’s over. Will it be returning? -- Joan D., via e-mail A: Don’t you worry. Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager of Lifetime Networks, announced recently that “DDD” would be back for a 13-episode fourth season in summer 2012, stating: “’Drop Dead Diva’ is a signature series for Lifetime that continues to resonate with audiences with its heart and humor. We are thrilled to bring it back for another season.

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Danica, Danica! Wherefore Art Thou, Danica? Every time I come to a NASCAR track and Danica Patrick is there, an old Elton John song comes to mind,

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¥ On Nov. 6, 1854, John Philip Sousa, “The March King,” is born in Washington, D.C. Following the Civil War, Sousa served a sevenyear apprenticeship in the Marine Band, then went on to compose 136 marches, including “The Washington Post” (1889) and “Stars And Stripes Forever” (1896). ¥ On Oct. 31, 1892, “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” by Arthur Conan Doyle, is published. The book was the first collection of Holmes stories. University of Edinburgh teacher Dr. Joseph Bell partly inspired Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes. ¥ On Nov. 2, 1902, engineer Andrew Riker delivers the first four-cylinder, gas-powered Locomobile -- a 12-horsepower Model C made of manganese, bronze and heat-treated steel -- to a buyer in New York City. At $4,000, the elegant, luxurious touring car was built for wealthy patrons. ¥ On Nov. 4, 1928, Arnold Rothstein, New York’s most notorious gambler, is shot and killed during a poker game at the Park Central Hotel in Manhattan. Police made arrests after following his trail of blood back to a suite where a group of men were playing cards. ¥ On Nov. 5, 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is re-elected for an unprecedented third term as president of the United States, with the promise of maintaining American neutrality in foreign wars. The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt requested, and received, a declaration of war against Japan. ¥ On Nov. 1, 1959, Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first NHL goaltender to wear a full facemask. Despite the coach’s objection, Plante put his foot down, pointing out that he’d “already had four broken noses, a broken jaw, two broken cheekbones and almost 200 stitches” in his head. ¥ On Nov. 3, 1976, “Carrie,” a horror film starring Sissy Spacek and based on Stephen KingÕs 1974 best-selling first novel, opens in theaters around the United States. The film tells the story of high-school outcast Carrie White, who uses her telekinetic powers to exact a violent revenge on her teenage tormenters on prom night.


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OCTOBER CELEBRITIES

This week, let’s see what makes all these Octoberborn celebrities unique. • As the Nazis were bombing Great Britain in October of 1940, Julia Lennon was giving birth to her son John in a Liverpool hospital. She gave him the middle name of Winston, in honor of Prime Minister Churchill. John Lennon’s Aunt Mimi gifted him with a guitar when he was 16, telling him, “The guitar’s all very well as a hobby, John, but you’ll never make a living out of it.” Before long, Lennon had formed his first band, The Quarrymen. Paul McCartney joined up in 1957, followed by George Harrison in 1958. By 1960, they were known as The Beatles. Lennon was returning home from a recording session for a new album when he was gunned down in December of 1980. The album was released after his death as “Milk and Honey.” • Although perhaps best known these days as the stepfather of the Kardashians, Bruce Jenner’s first notoriety came as a result of his Olympic gold medal decathlon feats. He set a world record in the event at the 1976 Montreal games, after a bronze medal in 1972. He has been involved in a variety of endeavors since that time. Even though Jenner hadn’t played basketball since high school, the year after the Olympics, the Kansas City Kings selected him in the 139th pick of the NBA draft. Jenner opted for a career in TV movies and series work, as well as game shows and “The American Sportsman.” He was a successful racecar driver during the 1980s; he plugged the Stair Climber Plus on an infomercial; and he began a career as a motivational speaker and TV sports commentator. In addition to his role on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” he owns Bruce Jenner Aviation, which sells aircraft supplies. Through it all, Jenner has lived with dyslexia and has appeared on the adult educational TV series “Learn to Read.” • The family of comedian, writer and actor Chevy Chase has been around New York a long time. Born Cornelius Crane Chase in October of 1943, Chase is a 14th-generation New Yorker, tracing his Manhattan ancestors back to 1624; two former NYC mayors are among them. Although he was listed in the Social Register at a young age, that didn’t keep him from working odd jobs such as cab driver, busboy, supermarket produce manager, wine store manager and theater usher. Many members of Chase’s family have been involved in the arts, including his book editor/writer father, concert pianist mother, opera singer grandmother, artist grandfather and painter great-uncle. As valedictorian of his high school class, he had ambitions of becoming a doctor. But his comedic nature won out, even resulting in expulsion from Haverford College for bringing a cow into a campus building. Although famous as one of “Saturday Night Live’s” original cast members, he was actually hired on the show as a writer, and became a cast member during rehearsals. • John Mayer is not only a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum-album-selling singer, he is also a chronometrophile. That means he is an avid collector of watches, and he has a collection of timepieces worth about $20 million. He also loves to collect sneakers! Mayer began playing guitar at age 13 on an instrument his father rented. A medical emergency when he was 17 got him started as a songwriter. After being stricken with cardiac arrhythmia, Mayer spent several days in the hospital and, in his words, “That was the moment the songwriter in me was born.” He wrote his first song the night he arrived home from the hospital.

ANSWER: I believe I’m safe in saying your problem is chronic congestive heart failure. Your heart is pumping so weakly that blood circulates sluggishly. When you’re up or when you’re sitting, gravity pulls fluid out of your leg’s vessels, and it is the cause of your swelling. In the horizontal position in bed, gravity doesn’t have this effect, and the fluid stays in blood vessels. The swelling is called edema (e-DEE-muh). During the day, take frequent breaks to lie down with your legs propped up higher than your heart. When you sit, rest your legs on the seat of a chair put in front of you. Walk as much as you can during the day. The contracting leg muscles push fluid back into circulation. Limit the salt you eat; salt makes the body retain fluid. Read food labels. Most of our salt intake comes from the foods we eat, not from adding salt at the table or in cooking. But don’t do either. Your total daily salt intake should be less than 5,700 mg, preferably 3,800 mg. If salt is on

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the label as “sodium,” your total daily intake should be 2,300 mg or less. A better goal is 1,500 mg. Tell your heart doctor about your swelling. He might make changes in your medicines either by increasing the dose or switching to other medicines that make the heart pump with more force. There are other causes of edema, but this is the one that seems to fit you best. The booklet on edema explains its causes and treatments. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 106W, 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: Several bouts of stomach pain brought me to the doctor. The pain is located in my upper right side. The doctor was certain I was having gallbladder attacks due to stones. She sent me for an ultrasound test of my gallbladder. I don’t have stones. I have something called a liver hemangioma. My doctor says I don’t need any treatment. I never heard of this and wonder what your thoughts are. -- P.K. ANSWER: A hemangioma is a small, ball-shaped mass of blood vessels. If 100 people had a liver scan, seven would be found to have a hemangioma. Women develop them more often than men do. They do not become cancers. They’re rarely a source of constant pain, unless they grow quite large and press on adjacent tissue. They don’t cause attacks of pain. Have you found out what causes your pain?

Stuck in a Rut? Volunteer OR Get Off Your Duff and Volunteer

In some parts of the country, winter can be especially dreary. With fewer hours of daylight, it’s easy to get down in the dumps and just hibernate -- unless you get out of the house on a regular basis. Volunteering can be the motivator to get out -- while helping others at the same time. Here are some suggestions: --Sign up for regular hours at the local animal shelter. Putting down trays of food and water at feeding time, playing with kittens to get them socialized, and taking small dogs for walks can be a day brightener for both you and the animals. It also helps staff when they have extra hands to assist. --Read to pre-school children a few times a week. It teaches them to love books, and it helps them learn to sit still, two things that will help them be more successful in school. --Sign up to be a Special Olympics coach. --Sort and shelve books in the local library. Even a few hours a week will be a big help in this day of budget cuts. --Work at the food bank on pickup day. --Take a course in teaching adults to read. If you need motivation, consider not being able to read to your grandchildren. --Answer phones at the Red Cross. If these ideas don’t appeal to you, go online to Seniors Corps at www.seniorcorps.gov and look through the many volunteer opportunities in your area. Maybe you’d prefer cataloging photos at the historical society, raising a puppy to be a companion for a blind person, helping in children’s theater, being a museum docent, grocery shopping for the homebound or one of thousands more opportunities. No matter what your interest or skills, there’s a need!


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als, chimneys and even beards. ¥ By law, if you are planning to build in Washington, D.C., the edifice must be no taller than the Capitol building. ¥ It was 20th-century Canadian-American economist John Kenneth Galbraith who made the following sage observation: “Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.” ¥ The original jack-o’-lanterns were turnips, not pumpkins. The custom began in Ireland, where residents hollowed out and carved faces into large turnips for the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain. The turnips, placed on windowsills, were believed to ward off evil spirits. In Scotland, young men would dress in white and blacken their faces in an imitation of the dead. ¥ Peter the Great was known during his reign in the late 17th and early 18th centuries as “Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias.” In order to raise money, he taxed just about anything he could think of, including births, buri-

¥ You probably know that physicist Albert Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize. You might not realize, however, that the prize was for his work on the photoelectric effect of light, not for his more famous theory of relativity. ¥ If you are like the average American woman, you will spend a grand total of 60 days of your life in the practice of removing body hair. ¥ In 2010, the record for the world’s largest pumpkin was broken. The Atlantic giant pumpkin, grown by Chris Stevens of New Richmond, Wisc., weighed in at the Stillwater Harvest Fest at a whopping 1,810.5 pounds. *** Thought for the Day: “You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” -- Sam Levenson

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