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Roasting the eggplant, pepper and onion for this dish may take a little longer than top-of-the-range cooking, but it’s low-maintenance, and the resulting rich flavor is worth it.
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1 medium (about 1 1/2 pounds) eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 medium red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks 2 cloves garlic, crushed with garlic press 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper Salt 1 pint red and/or yellow cherry tomatoes, each cut in half 1 cup (loosely packed) fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 package (16 ounces) rotelle or fusilli pasta Fresh basil leaves for garnish
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1. Preheat oven to 450 F. In large roasting pan (17 by 11 1/2-inches) or 15 1/2 by 10 1/2-inch jelly-roll pan, toss eggplant, red pepper, onion, garlic, oil, black pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt until vegetables are well-coated. 2. Roast vegetables 35 to 40 minutes or until tender and lightly browned, stirring occasionally. 3. In large bowl, toss tomatoes with chopped basil and vinegar; set aside to allow flavors to develop. 4. Meanwhile, heat large saucepot of salted water to boiling over high heat. Add pasta and cook as label directs. 5. When pasta has cooked to desired doneness, remove 1/4 cup pasta cooking water and reserve. Drain pasta. Add pasta, roasted vegetables and reserved cooking water to tomatoes in bowl; toss well to distribute vegetables. Garnish each serving with basil leaves. Serves 4.
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leave. The man had entered the garage and locked the door behind him, only to discover he couldn’t garage for eight days, living on Pepsi and dog food until the startled owners came home. • A man in San Diego, California, was charged with stealing lobsters from traps. When the police arrived to arrest him, he hid the plundered lobsters in his pants. Ouch! •
Shane Stant went before an Oregon judge to
have his record expunged after a felony conviction for his part in the 1994 Olympic skating scandal that sidelined Nancy Kerrigan and put Tonya Harding in jail. His reason for wanting his record expunged? •
In the 1991 film “The Super,” Joe Pesci played
a slumlord who was sentenced to live in his own run-down apartment building. In 2008, a Cleveland judge gave a man the same punishment: house arrest in his own dilapidated building. • A Los Angeles woman was charged with wasting police resources after she called 911 to report that her onion rings were cold after receiving them at a local fast food joint. • A woman in Lake Parsippany, New Jersey, was charged with disorderly conduct after making several 911 calls. She insisted that it wasn’t her without her knowledge. • A Georgia judge got tough on graffiti by ordering vandalized businesses to remove the offending graffiti in 30 days or face a $1,000 fine. •
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liever in the paranormal, which confuses fans when they meet him.
Q: Throughout the years, I’ve been hearing rumblings of an “Anchorman” sequel, but nothing has come to pass. The rumblings have started back up, so please tell me it’s gonna happen! -- George G., Omaha, Neb. A: Guess what, George? It’s gonna happen! Will Farrell announced -- in his Ron Burgundy character -- on “Conan” that Paramount has indeed signed off on a sequel to the hit 2004 comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” Director Judd Apatow is expected to return, as are Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. *** Q: I’ve been rewatching episodes of “The X-Files,” and wondered what the actor who played my favorite character, the Cigarette-Smoking Man, has been doing lately. I love every episode he is in. -Summer F., via e-mail A: William B. Davis (but you can call him Bill) has guest-starred on countless TV series and movies since “The X-Files” ended, including “Damage,” “Smallville,” “HumanTarget,” “Stargate SG-1” and tons more. His most recent accomplishment is the publication of his memoirs, “Where There’s Smoke ... The Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man.” Fans will be surprised to learn that Bill quit smoking when he was 40. (He smoked herbal cigarettes on the show.) And unlike his character, Bill is not a be-
1. ART: Which French painter is known for his depictions of ballerinas? 2. ANATOMY: Where is the hyoid bone located? 3. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is the only mammal that can fly on its own? 4. GEOGRAPHY: What is the smallest U.S. state in land area? 5. TELEVISION: What was the theme song of the TV sitcom “Married with Children”? 6. MOVIES: Who played the dad in the film “The Shining”? 7. ADVERTISEMENTS: What product did the first television advertisement feature? 8. HISTORY: Aside from Rome, where did the popes of the Catholic Church reside for a brief period in the Middle Ages? 9. PERSONALITIES: What actor got his start as a circus performer? 10. FAMOUS QUOTES: Who once said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”?
“People sometimes assume that one chooses to be in a particular project because one has a belief or a commitment about it,” Bill told me. “It was a great role, and I was happy to do it, but I certainly didn’t choose it because it was about the paranormal. It’s not difficult for an actor to imagine there are aliens who are abducting people. But that’s a far cry from actually believing that as a person. With Gillian (Anderson, “Scully”) and David (Duchovny, “Mulder”), it was reverse too, because David was a skeptic and Gillian was a believer.” *** Q: I was thrilled to see William Baldwin on “30 Rock,” portraying the actor who played Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin’s character) in the movie about Jack and Avery’s life together. What has William been up to lately? -- Gennifer F., via e-mail A: You can bet that William, 49, had a blast making fun of his big brother in that episode of “30 Rock” (called “Kidnapped by Danger”), but aside from this jaunt into the sitcom world, William’s been busy these past few years co-starring on “Parenthood,” “Hawaii FiveO” and “Gossip Girl.” He also recently completed a few feature films: “Remnants,” “The Stranger Inside” and “Garbage.” *** Q: I know Emily Deschanel’s character on “Bones” had a baby, but I was wondering if she was pregnant real life? -- Audrey D., Jacksonville, Fla. A: Emily, 35, did indeed give birth in September to son Henry. She told “The Hollywood Reporter”: “I’ll experience something in an episode, and I’m shocked because it’s exactly what I’m going through (in real life). It’s been fun to see how that unfolds.” Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Make ABC Puppets With Personality Every nook and cranny of your home can be a stage when your kids play with puppets. Stirring up imaginations can be as easy as putting your hands in socks or even drawing a face on a banana. Here's a way to tell a tale while practicing the ABC's. Make a special collection of puppets with kids that show off 26 endearing personalities, as inspired by the ABCs. Start with one or two letters, and add to your collection every week. Here's how: 1. Make a basic hand-puppet pattern by placing an adult hand (with thumb and pinkie extended to the sides and three middle fingers together) on a sheet of paper. Draw around the hand, allowing extra space on all sides. The pattern should be about 12 inches long and 8 inches wide at the widest point. Adjust the sketch to make it even, and cut out along the lines. 2. Place the pattern on two pieces of lightweight felt, then pin and cut out. Use a hole punch to punch holes around the cut-out felt pieces 1/2 inch in from the edge (except the bottom edge) and about 1/2 inch between each hole. It is easier to punch the holes one layer of felt at a time. Be sure that holes match up when placing the pieces together. 3. Match the felt pieces, and weave cording or a long shoelace in and out of the holes, beginning and ending at the bottom corners of the puppet shape. Knot each end. Your child's hand should fit in the bottom opening with the three middle fingers in the wide body and the thumb and pinkie to the sides. 4. Use felt scraps to cut a shape of an alphabet letter. Glue the letter onto the puppet. Add details such as buttons, wiggly eyes, yarn, pipe cleaners, fabric scraps, trinkets, etc., to create the puppet's features and personality. The items should represent words that start with the same alphabet letter. Here are some ideas: "A" is for Alligator, wearing antlers, carrying an apple with an ant crawling on top; "B" is for Baby Bunny with a blue bow and buttons; "H" is for Hippo with a heart and a hanky; "L" is for Lazy Lion with leaves and a lollipop; "P" is for Purple, Polka-dot Pig with a peace sign, pearl and pompom; "T" is for Turkey with a turquoise tutu and two teeth; "W" is for Woolly Walrus with a wiry wig; "Z" is for Zany Zebra with a zero and a zigzag. *** Donna Erickson's award-winning series "Donna's Day" is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna's Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is "Donna Erickson's Fabulous Funstuff for Families." (c) 2012 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.
For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 THE U.S. ON TRIAL! (continued): front of his house. • A police chief in Washington, D.C., learned first hand about crime when his squad car was stolen a block from his home. He was disciplined for leaving his riot gear in the trunk. • A man in Berkeley, California, received several ransom notes after a 6-foot bald Cyprus tree was stolen from in front of his house. The price of its return was the replanting of the tree in a place that didn’t obstruct the view of drivers in the neighborhood. •
A man in Madison, Wisconsin, isn’t remarkable
for why he was arrested (for violating probation), but for his name. His legal name is Beezow DooDoo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop. • A 65-year-old Utah woman was charged with misdemeanor assault for an attack on the driver of an ice-cream truck. She claimed the attack was justified because the prices of the frozen treats
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watching the Dolphins? No one's going to go to that game." • Four Pittsburgh teens were caught and charged with theft after showing off their stolen loot on Facebook just an hour after they robbed a convenience store. • Two Florida women were accused of stealing decorations this past Christmas. They were caught because they put them in their yard less than a block from where the items had been stolen. •
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“Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt’s Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York” by Richard Zacks (Doubleday, $27.95) Reviewed by Larry Cox Theodore Roosevelt was a force to be reckoned with, but not even he could tame New York City during the 1890s. During that decade, which would later be called the “naughty nineties,” the city was home to more than 40,000 prostitutes, countless brothels, gambling dens and all-night dives. There also were criminal rings and thugs of every type imaginable. Although Roosevelt admitted he knew nothing about police management, the future president became police commissioner in 1895 and made cleaning up the city his top priority. Roosevelt immediately locked horns with the corrupted powers at Tammany Hall. He began making midnight rambles with muckraker Jacob Rils so that they could observe firsthand the lewd realities that seemed to lurk on almost every corner. As Roosevelt tried to persuade 2 million New Yorkers that wholesome family fun was more enjoyable than the sinful alternatives, he quickly learned that the citizens of the city loved sin more than salvation. The 36-year-old Roosevelt had galloped into Manhattan vowing to drive out sin, only to find himself involved in a fight with street-smart Irish cops, cunning madams and thirsty German beer-garden lovers who rose up en mass when he tried to close saloons on Sunday. Just as fascinating are the colorful, often outrageous characters featured in the narrative. For example, Rev. Charles Parkhurst, the minister of Madison Square Presbyterian Church, after being accused of knowing too little about vice, put on a disguise and personally toured some of the city’s more notorious dens, including brothels, saloons and even a transvestite club. Author Richard Zacks has written a witty, richly detailed account of one of America’s most colorful politicians and his attempt to clean up the seedy underbelly of New York City. If this story had a moral it would be a simple one, namely never try to take a beer away from a New Yorker. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Clearing Away Wasps Q: Checking out the eaves last week, I saw several small wasp nests tucked into the more sheltered corners. What’s the best way to get rid of these nests? -- Charlie L. in South Carolina A: There are a few ways to remove those small wasp nests from the exterior of your house, and the quicker, the better. Wasps could possibly begin extending the nests inside the walls if they’re not dealt with. In fact, you’ll want to check the attic or storage space above the eaves, as well as crawlspaces under the house, for evidence of wasps before starting the removal. To remove the wasp nest, make sure the kids and pets are inside to prevent possible stings from angry wasps. Wear long sleeves, pants, work gloves and sturdy shoes to protect yourself. And of course, if you have an allergy to bee stings, don’t clear the nests yourself; call in a pest-control service. The most effective way to get rid of the nests and reduce the chances of the wasps coming back is to use
HOLLYWOOD -- On the heels of Julia Robert’s beautiful evil witch in “Mirror, Mirror,” word is that Angelina Jolie is set to play the title role in in the witch who gave “Sleeping Beauty” a nap she’d never forget. Based on the l959 Disney feature cartoon, this will be live action from the witch’s point of view, with possibly Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora/Briar Rose. Angelina views “Maleficent” not as an evil queen, but as misunderstood. “I hope in the end you see a woman who’s capable of being many things and just protects herself and is aggressive. It doesn’t mean she can’t have other, warmer qualities. She’s a great person. She’s not perfect; she’s far from perfect.” Well, that should be an interesting take on a big bad witch ... warm qualities and a great person! Julia Roberts goes right from her publicity tour for “Mirror, Mirror” into “August: Osage County,” the Pulitzer Prizewinning Broadway show now becoming a movie. She plays Meryl Streep’s daughter, who tries to overcome certain differences when her drug-addicted mother goes missing. Then, Julia takes on “The Normal Heart,” another play being made into a film. She’ll be surrounded by top-notch actors such as Jim Parsons (of “The Big Bang Theory”), Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo, “30 Rock” Emmy winner Alec Baldwin, and “White Collar” hunk Matt Bomer. It’s the story of a gay activist try-
a chemical spray. Wait until dusk, when the wasps have returned to the nests, then spray according to the directions on the product. You may have to wait up to a week for all activity in the nests to subside; then you can climb up to the eaves and carefully pull off the nests. An all-natural method for wasp removal is to gear up (cover all your skin, put protective netting over your face, and have an escape route) and spray each nest with a jet of water from your garden hose. This doesn’t kill the wasps, and you’ll probably see them building nests again in fall or spring. What if you found that the wasps have gotten inside your home’s siding during your initial survey? You’ll probably want to stick with the chemical spray of the outside nests (not your interior walls) in order to kill them. One of my readers recommended using a wet/dry vacuum with a hose attachment to suck up as many wasps from their entry/exit point as possible. If neither of these methods eradicate the wasps, contact a pest-control service. HOME TIP: Found a wasp’s nest in a tree at the far end of the yard? Consult a pest-control service before removing it, as the displaced wasps could simply move over to your house. Send your questions or tips to email@example.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
ing to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS during the early l980s. At one time, Barbra Streisand owned the screen rights and worked with author Larry Kramer to come up with a script, but couldn’t agree on script changes and gave up. *** Shame on HBO for cancelling “Luck.” The cable network was so excited to have Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman in its stable that it renewed the show for a second season after it drew critical acclaim and 1.1 million viewers for its premiere. But HBO was disappointed when “Luck” attracted only 500,000 viewers thereafter. In the early part of the season, two horses were injured during racing scenes and had to be put down. Then, a third horse reared back while going to the stable, hit its head on a rock and was put down as well. Shooting of horse-racing scenes was suspended while an investigation was conducted, which gave HBO the perfect opportunity to cancel the show. The California Horse Racing Board’s equine medical director, Dr. Rick Arthur, was quoted as saying, “Horse fatalities are not uncommon at the race track. It’s not as outrageous as it’s been played to be.” Sad that HBO didn’t give “Luck” a chance to find its audience. Well, Dustin, sometimes your “Luck” runs out before the race is over! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
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Whooping Cough Makes an Unwelcome Return DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband has had a cough that seems to have lasted forever. He saw several doctors. Each gave him a different diagnosis and different treatment. None worked. The last doctor believed he had whooping cough and tested him for it. He did have it. The doctor said the cough would go away. He put him on antibiotics, but he said they wouldn’t shorten the cough. Why did he give them to him? Isn’t whooping cough a thing of the past, and wasn’t it a children’s disease? -- K.P. ANSWER: Whooping cough -- pertussis is the medical name -- used to be a frequent childhood illness. It is highly communicable, and in some infants, it proves to be fatal. The vaccine practically eliminated it. Adults get it, too, even if they were vaccinated in childhood. The vaccine loses its power in five to 10 years. Booster shots are necessary to shield people from the bacterium that causes the illness. The typical course of whooping cough in a youngster consists of a week where the child appears to have cold symptoms. Then the child experiences explosions of a hacking cough that can be so violent that the child vomits after coughing. When the cough calms and the child takes a deep breath in, a high-pitched whooping sound is heard. The cough disappears gradually in a month. When treated early with the antibiotics
erythromycin or azithromycin, the course of the infection is shortened. Adult whooping cough is different. No whooping sounds are made. Adults cough and cough, and may do so for months. They are usually seen far too late for antibiotics to do any good. However, the antibiotics are prescribed to stop the spread of the whooping cough bacterium. Whooping cough is making a resurgence and spreading across the country. Some infants have died from it. One reason is that many parents have opted to not have their children immunized out of fear of vaccine complications. Vaccines have been one of medicine’s greatest achievement in prevention of diseases. Fear of them is unsound and dangerous. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: On seven occasions, I have had severe pain in my right big toe. It hurts so bad that I feel like going to the emergency room, but I feel stupid about going for toe pain. My uncle has gout and diabetes. Can you have gout without having diabetes? What should I do? -- J.P. ANSWER: At your next attack, you should go to a doctor immediately. You can have gout without having diabetes. They’re not related. The pain of gout is severe. You are not the least bit stupid for seeking relief from it. The attacks you have sound like gout. You’ve had seven attacks; you’re likely to have more. You can obtain effective medicine to stop them. The pamphlet on gout explains what gout is and how it is treated. To obtain a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 302W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 3283-6475. 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. *** 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. (c) 2012 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Philco TV Q: I have a 1957 Philco television set; only one was made. -- Pat, St. Cloud, Fla. A: The picture you sent appears to be a Philco Model UG-4242. It was marketed as a "Predicta Holiday," and quite a few were manufactured. According to the "Antique Trader Radio and Television Price Guide," edited by Kyle Husfloen, your set is worth about $400. *** Q: I have a Japanese tea set that dates back to the 1940s. I would like to know how much it is worth. -Vera, Baltimore, Md. A: Your question is impossible to answer, even with the pictures you sent me. It is a little like asking how much an old car is worth. If it is a 1934 Packard Roadster, it could be valued well above $100,000. On the other hand, if the car is a 1989 Yugo --- often called the worst car ever manufactured --- not so much. The value of an antique or collectible often depends on three factors: rarity, condition and demand. If you truly need to know the value of your tea set, contact an appraiser in the business pages of the Baltimore phone book and make certain that he or she deals in personal property, not real estate. Ask for references and expect to pay for this service. *** Q: I have a 1954 Longines wrist watch which has diamonds on its face. It was given by Loren M. Berry to one of his employees "for 25 years of service, 1929-1954." Any idea of its value? -- Joseph, Barre, Vt. A: Presentation watches are fairly common and often were given by larger companies to faithful employees upon retirement or to mark lengthy work service. To find out the value, I recommend you contact Janet Gaynor, who buys, sells and appraises estate jewelry. Her contact information is P.O. Box 35038, Tucson, AZ 85740, and 520-907-2839. *** Q: I have a Duncan and Miller crystal candlestick holder in the "First Love" pattern. I've been offered $90 for it. -- Sally, Rio Rancho, N.M. A: Take the money and run. Your candlestick holder is worth about $30. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
by Blue Sullivan The Empire State Building of New York City is one of the most famous and illustrious skyscrapers in the world. Below are some interesting facts about the monumental landmark. • Standing over 1,400 feet tall with 102 floors, the Empire State Building took approximately 7 million man hours to construct. • Construction began in 1930 during the Great Depression and took one year and 45 days to complete, finishing ahead of schedule. •
The building’s lights change colors to denote
different holidays. The Empire State Building remained illuminated with red, white and blue lights for an extended period of time after September 11, 2001. • The 365,000-ton building has 6,514 windows and 1,872 steps. • In an effort to create a global model for sustainability, experts are looking at initiatives to reduce the building’s energy consumption by 40 percent. •
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For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 EMPIRE STATE BUILDING (continued) Because it was built during the Great Depression, the total cost was only half the normal budget of an structure of its magnitude. • In honor of the 50th anniversary of the film “King Kong” in 1983, an inflatable King Kong was placed at the peak of the Empire State Building. • In 1955, the Empire State Building was selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the seven greatest engineering achievements in America’s history. • Empire State Building elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver still holds a place in the Guinness Book of World Records after she survived plunging 75
Getting the Poop on Poop-Eating DEAR PAW'S CORNER: I recently read an article that said to use Super B complex to stop stool eating in dogs. Have you heard of this? My veterinarian has not. If so, what is the dosage? The article I read referred to golden retrievers, but my dogs weigh 35 to 45 pounds. I don't want to overdose them. -Dianne E., via email DEAR DIANNE: Poop-eating, known scientifically as copraphagia, is a troublesome habit in which dogs will sniff and eat their own stools or those of other animals. As you can imagine, this behavior is not only disgusting but potentially unhealthy. And it sure makes you not want to kiss your dog.
Copraphagia is such a big problem that there are entire websites devoted to it. Vernon Lee's dogpoopdiet.com is one such site. It's clearly laid out and offers plenty of information both on possible causes of the behavior -- from health issues to attention-seeking -- and ways to deter it. As far as giving your dog a B complex supplement, it appears to address the possibility that a dog is not getting enough of certain nutrients, including vitamin B, which is leading to his behavior. B vitamins are found naturally in foods like liver, kidney, heart, eggs and kelp, and in ingredients like yeast and wheat germ. Pet stores and health-food stores both sell B complex supplements for both humans and dogs.
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stories in the elevator. •
The Empire State Building is said to have gotten
its name from New York state’s nickname, The Empire State. •
It is currently the third tallest skyscraper in
the United States, falling behind Chicago’s Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower. It comes in as the 15th tallest in the world. • The Empire State Building has been showcased in more than 250 feature films, some of the most popular including “An Affair to Remember,” “King Kong” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” • No one lives in the building, and although it houses 1,000 companies and 21,000 employees, the majority of its traffic is derived from visitors and tourists. •
The Empire State Building was the first building
in the world to reach 100 floors. •
On average, the building’s lightening rod is
struck by lightning 23 times a year. • The Empire State Building is so large that it has its own zip code – 10118. FABULOUS FLOPS By T. A. Tafoya Some products make it and others just don't. Tidbits takes a look a few fabulous flops. •
Studebaker Dictator. This car was not exactly
“the heartbeat of America” when it was introduced in 1934. According to one auto industry analyst, “After Hitler and Mussolini came to power, a name like Dictator was downright un-American.” But that didn’t stop the nation’s No. 5 automaker; in fact, the Dictator was in production for three years.
The vitamin supplement is water-soluble and tends to break down quickly when exposed to air or water, so according to some advocates, an overdose is unlikely. However, you should check dosage rates for your dogs through their vet, or a holistic practitioner, or by searching on the Internet or visiting manufacturers websites for recommended amounts. Send your questions or pet care tips to email@example.com, or write to Paw's Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com.
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Bic Perfume. It was what every woman wanted
— perfume in a lighter. At least that’s what the company hoped. So why wasn’t the $5 perfume a hit? According to one industry expert, “It looked like a cigarette lighter.” Bic lost $11 million. •
Chilly Bang! Bang! Juice. Maybe not the best
packaging idea — The kiddie drink came in a pistolshaped container. Kids drank it by putting the barrel in their mouths and squeezing the trigger. Outraged parents and complaints from officials got it yanked from the shelves. •
Hop ‘N’ Gator. The inventor of Gatorade sold his
original drink to a major corporation in 1966. Then, in 1969, he used the money to create another can’tmiss product: a mixture of Gatorade and beer. The Pittsburgh Brewing Company sold the drink for a couple of years, but unfortunately sales never took off. People didn’t want Gatorade in their beer. • Zartan the Enemy Action Figures. Hasbro promoted the first version of this soldier doll as
personalities.” After mental health organizations complained, Hasbro made a second version that doesn’t reference either mental disorder. •
Pepsi A.M. Why not get your morning caffeine
from cola instead of coffee? The world’s first breakfast soft drink didn’t get far. It didn’t take long for Pepsi to find out that most consumers didn’t want a breakfast soft drink, and those who did drink Pepsi in the morning, “still preferred the taste of plain old Pepsi.” • Hands Up! This kid’s soap in an aerosol can, was introduced in 1962. The spray nozzle was a plastic gun. Kids got soap out of the can by pointing the gun nozzle at themselves or bath partner and squeezing the trigger. The Hands-Up-slogan: “Gets kids clean and makes them like it.”
Summer Camps 2012 When it comes to picking out a summer camp, the choices are nearly endless: residential for girls or boys, adventure, academic, religious, special interest, special needs and more. A typical camp’s offerings might include sailing, riflery, wind surfing, rowing, kayaking, arts and crafts, drama, camp craft, archery, tennis, soccer, softball, swimming, diving, canoeing, kickball, English horseback riding and a ropes course. Others have waterskiing, dance (contemporary, ballet, jazz), plant identification and tracking, woods camping, photography, pottery ... and more. To get started in your hunt for a summer camp for your child, go to the Camp Page [www.camppage.com] and put your information in the drop-down lists. You have a choice between Search via camp activity, such as horseback, art, sports, academic or computer. Then search for your state. Or go to www.chooseacamp.com and select a camp by activity category. Each camp link gives the phone number and web address of the camp for more information. If you need assistance paying for summer camp, search online for the name of your state and camper-
ship. You’ll find a great many camps that offer fully or partially paid camperships. Additionally, there are foundations and grant programs that give money every year for children to go to camp. On the local level, investigate low cost or free sleep-away or day camp experiences through your YMCA (look for different theme weeks to match your child’s interests), Salvation Army, garden and environmental groups, town, Scouts and church. If you also have time off (or there’s a grandparent who will fill in), ask about volunteering as a way of defraying expenses, perhaps in the kitchen or as a crafts or sports assistant. If all else fails and there is no way to afford camp, band together with parents in a similar situation and create your own. Arrange for the campers to spend one day a week at a different house with theme activities hosted by the parents based on their talents, or field trips to local sites such as a farm or museum. Make one night a camp out in the yard. Hot dogs, S’mores, sleeping bags, flashlights -- and ghost stories -- are all you’ll need. If you’re able to donate, the money you send to local camps will allow children to have the camp experience even though it’s not in the family budget. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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TOP TEN VIDEO, DVD as of April 9, 2012
Top 10 Video Rentals 1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Daniel Craig 2. The Descendants (R) George Clooney 3. The Sitter (R) Jonah Hill 4. Immortals (R) Henry Cavill 5. Jack and Jill (PG) Adam Sandler 6. Hop (PG) animated 7. Tower Heist (PG-13) Ben Stiller 8. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (NR) animated 9. The Muppets (PG) Jason Segel 10. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (R) Gary Oldman
Top 10 DVD Sales 1. The Muppets (PG) (Buena Vista) 2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) (Sony) 3. Hop (PG) (Universal) 4. Happy Feet Two (G) (Warner) 5. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (NR) (Paramount) 6. The Sitter (R) (Fox) 7. Game of the Thrones: The Complete First Season (TV-MA) (Warner) 8. The Descendants (R) (Fox) 9. Immortals (R) (Fox) 10. Puss in Boots (PG) (Paramount) Source: Rentrak Corp.
by Samantha Weaver It was beloved American humorist Will Rogers who made the following sage observation: "You can't say civilization don't advance, for in every war they kill you a new way." Elkhart, Ind., has the dubious distinction of being the RV capital of the world.
1. Which three major-league pitchers hold the record for most consecutive starts without a victory? 2. What is the highest Andre Dawson ranks on the Chicago Cubs’ list of most home runs for a season? 3. In the 2010 season, Mark Ingram became the Alabama Crimson Tide’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (42). Who had held the mark? 4. During the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons, the Seattle SuperSonics had three players each average 20 points per game. Name two of the three. 5. On how many U.S. Olympic teams did NHL great Mike Modano play? 6. Chaunte Lowe set an American record in 2012 in the women’s high jump at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. How high did she jump? 7. In 2011, Charl Schwartzel became the third South African golfer to win the Masters. Name the first two.
anyone could live to the ripe old age of 115 -- a particularly impressive feat in the 18th century. His recipe for a long life involved burning gum olibani, styrae, myrrh and a variety of herbs, then inhaling the fumes, while at the same time "imbibing the exhalations of the nearest little girl." According to the law in the town of Chester, England, if you catch a Welshman within the city walls after the sun has gone down, you may shoot him with a longbow.
According to a survey by the magazine Vegetarian Times, if you're a vegetarian, you have 3 percent of the U.S. population for company. Only half of 1 percent of Americans are vegans, consuming no animal products at all, while 10 percent say they follow a "vegetarian-inclined" diet.
Those who study such things say that the asteroids are so rich in minerals that one cubic kilometer of one of these heavenly bodies would provide the materials to make enough steel to supply the world's industry for more than a decade, with more than a century's worth of nickel, to boot.
The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters.
If you're like half of all Americans, you live within 50 miles of your childhood home. *** Thought for the Day: "If you live to the age of a hundred, you've got it made, because very few people die past the age of a hundred." -- George Burns
In 1743 one Dr. John Cohausen wrote a book called "Hermippus Redivivus," in which he described how
The shortest complete sentence in the English language is "Go."
On April 27, 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to 17th-century German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler. Scientists in the 20th century developed the Big Bang theory, which showed that Kepler’s calculations were off by about 13.7 billion years. On April 23, 1564, according to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-on-Avon. It is impossible to be certain the exact day on which he was born, but church records show that he was baptized on April 26, and three days was a customary amount of time to wait before baptizing a newborn. On April 26, 1865, John Wilkes Booth is killed when Union soldiers track him down to a Virginia farm 12 days after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. The original plan involved a simultaneous assassination of Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward. On April 24, 1936, a group of firemen responding to an alarm in Camden, N.J., is televised. It was the first time an unplanned event was broadcast on television, anticipating the development of live TV news coverage. On April 25, 1947, President Harry Truman officially opens the first White House bowling alley. Eisenhower closed the two-lane alley in 1955 and turned it into a mimeograph room. Nixon had a one-lane alley installed underground directly beneath the North Portico entrance of the White House. On April 28, 1958, “The Witch Doctor,” by singer/songwriter David Seville, hits the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s pop charts. The song used the unusual technique of recording the singer’s voice at a speed different than the music. On April 29, 1974, President Richard Nixon announces to the public that he will release transcripts of 46 taped White House conversations in response to a Watergate trial subpoena. On Aug. 8, 1974, Nixon avoided a Senate impeachment trial by becoming the first American president to resign from office.
EDITOR'S NOTE: DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of April 23, 2012. PICKS OF THE WEEK "Contraband" (R) -- Mark Wahlberg grimaces his way through another formulaic thriller, but manages to bring in the goods. Chris (Wahlberg) is a smuggler-turnedstraight who loves his wife (Kate Beckinsale) and his two sons. A botched drug deal lands his brother-in-law in deep trouble with some bad guys, so Chris has to enter the criminal world for one last run. Wahlberg gets to do tough-guy stuff while being backed by a more comedic -- and better characterized -- supporting cast. You'll be pulled in right away, but it's another question as to whether you'll be engaged enough when the plot twists start to fly later in the film.
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"Young Goethe in Love" (NR) -- Goethe was a German romantic poet. Congratulations, you are now qualified to watch this highly fictionalized romantic-comedy period drama about his life before he was a famous writer. He fails his law exams and gets flung out into the country to work under a head prosecutor. Goethe manages to fall for exactly the wrong girl: She is beautiful, but her father wants her to marry Goethe's boss. How romantic and tawdry and Victorian. It's not until later in the story that our Goethe has anything to do with writing famous poetry -- the real focus is on the gorgeous rolling landscapes, and the things people do in them while wearing authentic costumes. "Pariah" (R) -- Coming of age and coming out stories have been done before, but this debut of writer/director Dee Rees shows fresh perspective and powerful storytelling. Alike (Adepero Oduye) is 17 years old, lives with her parents in Brooklyn and has no idea how to move forward with her life as a lesbian.
The dynamic between Alike and her parents -- and the dynamic between the parents themselves -- feels authentic. The marriage is already strained, and how can she not feel guilty knowing that her identity causes even more tension? To be a pariah is to be an outcast, but this film shows real compassion for its protagonist.
TV RELEASES "The Real Housewives of New York City: Season 4" "Top Shot -- Complete Season 3" "Billy the Exterminator: Season 4" "Top Chef: Just Desserts Season 1" (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
DOG OF THE WEEK "The Wicker Tree" (R) -- Two Christian missionaries from America are led down the rabbit hole by a bunch of dirty Scottish pagans. It's not very scary or suspenseful, and it mostly falls flat when trying to bring in its own humor. At least in the 2006 "The Wicker Man," we all got to laugh as Nick Cage tried to overact his way out of being a human sacrifice. Truly, even the most empathetic person alive had to laugh at the scene where he's stung by bees. There just isn't any of that hilarious bathos in this flick, so you can skip it.
Answers 1. Cliff Curtis of the Boston Braves (1910-11), Matt Keough of the Oakland A’s (1978-79) and Jo-Jo Reyes of the Toronto Blue Jays (2008-11), all with 28. 2. Tied for sixth, with 49 home runs in 1987. 3. Shaun Alexander had 41 rushing TDs (1996-99). 4. Tom Chambers, Dale Ellis and Xaxier McDaniel. 5. Three (1998, 2002 and 2006). 6. Six feet, 7 1/2 inches. 7. Gary Player (1961, ‘74, ‘78) and Trevor Immelman (2008).
Trivia Answers 1. Edgar Degas 2. Throat 3. A bat 4. Rhode Island 5. “Love and Marriage” by Frank Sinatra 6. Jack Nicholson 7. Bulova watches 8. Avignon, France 9. Pierce Brosnan 10. President Harry Truman (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
Published on May 1, 2012
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