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In the 19th century, when men started to work
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regular hours in offices, two-course breakfasts became popular. They would start with porridge and then have bacon, eggs, tea and more later. This became known as the “full English breakfast” during the time of World War I when lighter, quicker breakfasts became popular. • A customary “full English breakfast” has bacon and eggs as the star of the plate. They might be accompanied by sausage, fish, toast and marmalade, grilled tomatoes and muffins or other breads. Typically, the British would start with orange juice, cereals, stewed or fresh fruit and tea. • A full breakfast for the English may also have included oddities such as baked beans and black pudding. Black pudding is generally made by mixing pig’s blood with pork fat and oatmeal or barley. It is so popular in northern England that a festival is dedicated to it: the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships! • The Irish also love a full breakfast like the British, including black pudding. They are likely to include white pudding and soda bread on the table as well. White pudding is similar to black except it doesn’t contain blood. Both of these “puddings” are formed into sausages. • Large Scottish breakfasts also include dishes similar to those of the English, but they may add potato scones, haggis and oatcakes. Haggis is another odd sausage, made from chopped lamb’s heart, lungs and liver mixed with suet, oats, onions and seasonings and usually boiled. (Hungry yet?) •
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Q: My husband said he read somewhere that Breckin Meyer is leaving “Franklin & Bash” because he has a new comedy on TBS. Please tell me that isn’t true. -- Kellie K., via e-mail A: The only part that is true is that Breckin does indeed have a new comedy called “Men at Work” on TBS, which premieres Thursday, May 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The multicamera comedy, which Breckin created, writes and executive produces, stars Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Michael Cassidy and Adam Busch. Breckin told me a bit about his new show when we spoke the other day: “Honestly, it’s a show based on my life and the embarrassing relationships I’ve had. It’s about four guys who are all at different stages of their lives relationship-wise, and they have each other’s backs. It’s based on me and my friends.” As for Breckin making a cameo, he played coy: “I don’t know -- we’ll see. There might be an Alfred Hitchcock-like walkthrough. Hopefully we’ll have some better guest stars than just me.” Speaking of guest stars, as “Franklin & Bash” gears up for its second season -- premiering Tuesday, June 5, on TNT -- Breckin revealed: “We have an unbelievable line of guest stars this season. Sean Astin plays a superhero. Seth Green and Eric Mabius come on as the ‘Bizarro’ Franklin and Bash. Cybill
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everlasting flowers from the most unusual of materials: wire and inexpensive, colorful knee-high stockings! Here are the materials for a flower with four or five petals: 2 sheer knee-high stockings in white or pastel colors A roll of 16- or 18-gauge wire Scissors Floral tape or green electrical tape Vase or flowerpot with florist foam inside Floral moss (optional) Here’s the fun: 1. Shape and twist the wire in a loop to form an outline of a petal that is about 1 inch in diameter. Think of it as the “frame” of the petal. Do not cut the wire at the base of the loop, but rather twist and turn the wire to form another similar-size petal next to the first until you have four or five petals. Do not cut off the wire. 2. Cut off the toe and the elastic end of a pair of sheer knee-highs. Stretch the stocking over a wire petal, then twist it in place at the base, stretch it a bit more, and then twist again. Wrap the wire around the base to fasten the stocking in place. Cut off excess stocking below the petal. Continue with each petal. This can be a two-person project. Your child can stretch the stocking over the petal while you do the twisting. 3. Cut the wire, allowing for a stem. Give the stem a nice finished look with floral or green electrical tape. Arrange in a flowerpot with floral moss or in a vase. Tips: Glue miniature butterflies or bugs to the flowers, or add details with *** 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.”
For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 BREAKFAST (continued): War II. • There are many places in the world where the morning meal is not much different from other meals. • In Mexico, it is not unusual to have beans and cheese served with tortillas. Just as for other meals, spicy food is welcomed at breakfast. • In Thailand, you’ll find a spicy fish dish with mint and pork and served with rice offered by street vendors in the morning. Other dishes are available as well, dishes very similar to those served at midday and evening meals. • China is a very large country with a diverse population representing many cultures, so there are multiple variations in breakfast foods. Probably the most common breakfast dish nationwide is rice porridge with pickled vegetables. Some people include hard-boiled eggs and steamed bread as well. In the north, many enjoy hot soy milk and fried dough sticks that are like unsweetened doughnuts. On the streets in China you can find a wide variety of steamed breads, noodles and dumplings, some with meat or veggie fillings. Until recently, cow’s milk was not a part of Chinese diets. Now consumption of cow’s mike is encouraged, as is eating Western-style bread, as the Chinese have begun to follow the Western way of making children big and strong. • In Russia, oladi are a popular breakfast food.
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with a fruity filling. • The French are known for the pastries they enjoy for breakfast — or anytime with a cup of strong coffee. The croissant is one of the famous pastries for which the French have been given credit, and they do serve them beautifully, but it was actually adapted from an Austrian pastry in that originated in the mid-1800s. •
The Austrian “kipferl” or “kipfel” was brought
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Contractor Fraud Q: I’d like to hire a contractor to make some repairs to my garage, but I hear a lot of stories these days about handymen who overcharge, don’t do the work promised or otherwise cheat customers. How can I make sure I get what I pay for? -- Clarence T., Philadelphia A: There are several things you can do to make sure a contractor is legitimate, that the work will be done on time and to your satisfaction, and that unpleasant surprises won’t crop up later. Here are a few tips to keep in mind: --Take your time deciding: Unless the repair is an emergency, you have the luxury of getting more than one estimate from more than one contractor. Get at least three quotes before deciding. --Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints were lodged against the contractor and how the contractor responded to those complaints. --Ask the contractor if you can contact past customers about his work.
HOLLYWOOD -- The hype given an 11-time Oscar-nominated film is sure to add a fortune to the box office, or is it? While Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” won five Oscars, it only took in $182 million at the box office. That sounds like a lot, until you consider that it cost $180 million to produce and market the film. This has put a great strain on his producing partnership with Graham King, whose production company -- now facing financial problems -- produced many of Scorsese’s films. They’ve tabled their next production together, and Scorsese instead will team with Leonardo DiCaprio for the fifth time (as he did with “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” “The Departed” and “Shutter Island”) on “The Wolf of Wall Street.” It’s based on the book by Jordan Belfort, who was banned from the securities business for life and went to jail for fraud and money-laundering. It starts shooting in August. As for Scorsese’s planned Frank Sinatra bio picture, he admits, “Leo (DiCaprio) always talked about doing it, but what if the story takes us a different way? We could go with an unknown.” The “different way” could be “a 15-hour miniseries along the lines of ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ as long as we stay reasonably on budget, we’d have a freedom which is very difficult to find in the cinematic marketplace.” His “Hugo” budget was $150 million to $170 million, but cost $180 million. Will 15 hours be enough to tell Frank Sinatra’s life story? Sinatra never let any-
--Ask for the contractor’s license, as well as proof of workers compensation insurance. --Get everything in writing: A statement of when the work will begin and end, how much materials will cost and what materials will be used, how much labor is involved and what that will cost, whether permits will be required, and whether the work must meet building codes. --Do not allow work to begin until you have signed a contract you both agree on. --Never pay in advance, and do not pay in cash: write a check or use a credit card instead. --Insist on inspecting all work yourself (or have a representative inspect it for you) before providing the final payment. If a problem crops up during or after the repair job, try to resolve the issue with the contractor first. Reputable contractors will try to make it right. If you can’t resolve the problem or can’t find the contractor, you can lodge a complaint with the BBB or contact your state or city’s consumer protection department. HOME TIP: Word of mouth is still the best way to find a good contractor. Ask neighbors, family and friends if there’s a contractor they can recommend. Send your questions, comments and tips to ask@ thisisahammer.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. one stint on a budget! *** Want more of “The Hunger Games”? Fear not, Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend” and “Water for Elephants”) will direct the sequel. Original director Gary Ross turned it down because it has to be finished by January so star Jennifer Lawrence can shoot the sequel to “X-Men: First Class.” Ross felt it wasn’t enough time to do justice to the original, which already has grossed three-quarters of a billion dollars. *** In other news, “The Amazing Spider-Man” won’t be in theaters until July 3, but the sequel already is on its way. “Star Trek” writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are creating the sequel, which will go into production early in 2013 and hit theaters May 2, 2014, with Andrew Garfield returning as Spider-Man. And Disney is planning a “Making of” type film of the Julie Andrews’ Oscar-winning vehicle “Mary Poppins.” “Saving Mr. Banks” will star Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, with possibly Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, who wrote the book. Don’t worry, if it doesn’t turn out to be as much fun as the original, “Just a Spoonful of Sugar” helps the mediocre go down! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Alzheimer’s Is Common Type of Dementia DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? Are they the same? -- M.J. ANSWER: “Dementia” is an encompassing word that includes many different conditions. Those conditions have some similar features that indicate an impairment or loss of important mental functions. The inability to retain new information, getting lost in familiar surroundings, difficulty choosing the proper words to express oneself, trouble doing simple arithmetic like adding and subtracting, the failure to recognize close relatives and friends, and showing poor judgment like dressing for winter in the middle of summer are signs of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease, Pick’s disease, vascular dementia (dementia due to many small strokes), dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia are but a few of the dementia illnesses. Each of these illnesses has special features that set it apart from the other dementing conditions. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common kind of dementia. People often use “dementia” when they mean “Alzheimer’s disease.” It’s best to give the exact name for the illness that is causing mental deterioration. The booklet on Alzheimer’s disease provides the signs and symptoms of this illness. Readers who would like a copy can obtain one by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 903W, 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: What has happened to the appendix? I never hear about appendicitis anymore. Has the operation gone out of fashion? Or is there some other way to deal with it? -- R.P. ANSWER: The appendix is still where it always has been, dangling down from the first part of the colon on the lower right side. Long thought not to have any purpose, it does appear to add to immune defenses and seems to produce products useful for the development of the fetus. We do well without it, though. Appendicitis has not gone out of fashion. It happens with the same regularity it always has. The age group most likely to suffer from it is the group between 10 and 19. Around 250,000 appendectomies are done yearly in the United States. Newer developments in the diagnosis of appendicitis include CT scans and ultrasound. Many surgeons now use a laparoscope to remove it. It’s a viewing instrument passed into the abdomen through a small incision. Instruments also are inserted through similar small incisions. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I don’t think my problem will impress you, but here I go. I refuse to wear a bathing suit in the summer because of all the spider veins on my legs, especially in the area of the ankles. How are they gotten rid of? I heard that tea bags work. Do they? -- E.L. ANSWER: I’m not familiar with tea bags for spider veins. Other treatments do work well. Lasers can obliterate them. So can sclerotherapy. A doctor injects these tiny veins with a solution that causes them to wither and dry up. I’m sure you won’t have trouble finding a doctor who does these procedures. If you do have trouble, ask your family doctor for a referral. 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.
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“Tire” Ashtray Q: I have a “tire” ashtray that I think is probably from the 1930s. Are these collectible? -- Carl, Dayton, Ohio A: Most of the “tire” ashtrays that I’ve seen being offered for sale were originally given away as premiums by service stations, tire manufacturers and garages. The earliest styles were crafted of glass circled by a miniature rubber tire. On the tire is embossed the name of the company. Ashtrays of this type produced before about 1950 are especially collectible. Typical prices are Goodrich Double Eagle, $125; Firestone Deluxe Champion, $45; Zenith, $40; and Jetzon, $20. As with most collectibles, condition is extremely important. For non-smokers, some of the ashtrays were issued that featured a pin tray. *** Q: My mom collected Avon bottles, and I have inherited them. I know nothing about Avon and current values. Can you help me? -- Susan, Stigler, Okla. A: The California Perfume Company was founded in 1886 and the Avon line was not introduced until about 40 years later. Collecting the earlier items is still competitive, but ones issued after about 1960 have little or no value to serious enthusiasts. After monitoring eBay for several days, I still believe that the Avon market has softened. There are several guidebooks available at amazon.com, but you should take the prices listed in them with some caution. For example, one guide lists a Nile Blue Bath Urn for $15, but it actually sells for about $5. *** Q: I have a reverse painting on glass identified as “Scene in Scotland.” Any information you can give me would be appreciated. -- Barbara, Sun City, Ariz. A: Such paintings were especially popular during the early 20th century. They were painted by a variety of artists; some signed their work, and others did not. Paintings on glass of this type generally sell in the $50 to $100 range depending on subject matter, condition and desirability. *** Q: I have a sheet of 29-cent stamps honoring Elvis Presley. Are they valuable or should I use them? -- Theresa, Nashua, N.H. A: I spoke to several stamp collectors, who seem to agree that they are only worth face value. My advice would be to use them. 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.
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a Viennese bakery in 1838 or 1839. French bakers loved the pastry and started imitating Zang’s “kipferl.” Their pastries became the “croissant,” which is French for crescent. • Many places like the croissant now, including Portugal and Spain. Stuffed croissants and plenty of coffee are very popular at breakfast time. Another
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1. Heat covered 7- to 8-quart saucepot of water to boiling on high. 2. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Add thyme and onions; cook 10 to 12 minutes or until browned and very tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Remove and discard thyme. 3. Add green beans and 2 teaspoons salt to boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 8 to 9 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse with cold water. 4. When ready to serve, return green beans to saucepot and add mushroom mixture, stirring to combine. Cook on medium until beans are heated through, stirring occasionally. Serves 12.
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then remaining cheese. Place remaining bread slices in dish, mustard side up. 2. In medium bowl, with wire whisk or fork, beat milk and remaining ingredients until blended. Slowly pour egg mixture over bread slices. Prick bread with fork at 1-inch intervals and press slices down so egg mixture can be absorbed more easily. 3. Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight to allow egg mixture to be absorbed thoroughly. 4. To bake, preheat oven to 350 F. Uncover baking dish and bake strata 55 minutes to 1 hour, until knife inserted 1 inch from center comes out clean. Remove strata from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving. Each serving: About 400 calories, 11g total fat (4g saturated), 155mg cholesterol, 640mg sodium, 39g total carbs, 5g dietary fiber, 18g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/.
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MOUNT ST. HELENS (continued): and the Juan de Fuca tectonic plates. Mount St. Helens is the most active volcano in the Cascade Mountains. It erupts about once each century. • The primary, newsworthy eruptions of Mt. St. Helens in recent times occurred on March 27 and May 18 in 1980. Smaller eruptions and earthquakes occurred prior to and between these dates but were insignificant compared to the two primary eruptions. The first eruption on March 27 was initiated with either one large or two closely timed explosions and lasted for nine hours. • Periodic eruptions continued at Mt. St. Helens until 1986. Early eruptions were the strongest and latter eruptions consisted primarily of lava flows that served to build a lava dome now measured at 920 feet (280.4 m) in height. However, even with construction of this lava dome, the mountain’s total height was reduced from 9,677 feet (2,949.5 m) to 8,357 feet (2,547.2 m) due to rock and soil being blown away during the volcano’s initial eruptive blast. • The magnitude of the May 18 eruption was such that plants and animals to north of the mountain within five miles (8 km) were destroyed. Replacing the forested landscape teeming with wildlife was a lifeless, rocky stretch of land. • This scene coupled with the impact the volcano made in the minds of people living nearby and on those interested in and studying its aftermath prompted the area to be declared a national monument. • In 1982, following the first eruptions, the 110,000acre (44,515.4-ha) National Volcanic Monument (NVM) was created by Congress and promoted by President Reagan. The NVM offers a place for research, recreation and education. The grounds on the NVM were left as they were after the eruption and allowed to respond naturally concerning topography, revegetation and repopulation by wildlife. • Today, 32 years after the eruptions of 1980, the once-barren ground has been transformed into a mosaic of plant communities including fireweed, pearly everlasting, penstemon and lupine. Animals are returning too, including birds (killdeer, redwinged blackbirds, red-tailed hawks and osprey) and mammals (elk and coyote). • Prior to the 1980 eruption, Mt. St. Helens was essentially dormant, dating back to its last volcanic
Bobcat Fever Is Cat Killer by Samantha Mazzotta
DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I recently began hearing reports about something called "bobcat fever," which affects cats. What is it, and how can I keep my cat safe? -- Darlene G., Kansas City, Mo. DEAR DARLENE: Bobcat fever, scientifically known as "cytauxzoonosis," is a serious illness that has spread across the United States in recent years. It affects cats -- not only domesticated cats, but wildcats and even tigers -and has a high mortality rate. It does not affect dogs. Bobcat fever is spread through bites
from infected ticks: A tick first bites and sucks blood from an already-infected cat, drops off then bites and infects another cat. Leah Cohn, a University of Missouri veterinarian, said healthy outdoor cats are most at risk. "The disease acts very quickly and can kill a cat less than a week after it begins to show signs of being sick, so it is important to get treatment from a veterinarian as soon as the cat appears ill." How can you keep your cat safe? Keep it indoors. If your cat must be outdoors, make sure it is treated regularly for fleas and ticks or wears a flea/tick collar. If your cat shows signs of illness -sluggishness and/or refusal to eat -- or if you discover a tick on its fur or skin,
contact your veterinarian immediately. Cohn recently developed a more effective treatment for bobcat fever, which increased the survival rate for cats affected by this illness from less than 25 percent to nearly 60 percent. She also is doing research toward a vaccine for bobcat fever. In the meantime, prevention is the best medicine for this disease. Send your questions or tips to ask@ pawscorner.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.
Tidbits® of Salina MOUNT ST. HELENS (continued): activity in 1857. The eruptions in 1980 reminded Americans that volcanoes are not restricted to Alaska and Hawaii. •
Mt. St. Helens was named in 1792 by Captain
George Vancouver of the British Royal Navy. He named the mountain in honor of his fellow countryman Alleyne Fitzherbert who held the title of Baron St. Helens. Fitzherbert was the British Ambassador to Spain at the time. In addition to Mt. St. Helens, Captain Vancouver also named three other area volcanoes in honor of British naval officers — Mounts Baker, Hood and Rainer. • Mt. St. Helens reminds us of the power in nature and of its cycle of destruction and rebirth. LAVA ROCK Lava rock is rock formed from the cooling and solidification of lava issued from volcanoes. In North America, most lava rock is located in the continent’s western half. • Molten rock beneath the earth’s surface is referred to by geologists as magma. Once this molten material is expelled through a volcano onto the earth’s surface, geologists then refer to it as lava. • Lava cools rapidly in air or water, sometimes in a matter of minutes or hours. Because cooling is rapid, lava rock appears very uniform and (as geologists describe) fine-grained. By contrast, granite is a coarse-grain rock, and when examined closely, it has a spotted appearance due to the many minerals in the rock. Lava rock generally is uniform in color with no spotty appearance. • Lava rock that cools very rapidly looks like dark glass; rocks of this type are called obsidian. Some ancient cultures used obsidian to make rockcutting tools. • Lava rock that cools less rapidly forms basalt and rhyolite. Outcrops of basalt are very prevalent in the Pacific Northwest states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. • An interesting place to see an array of lava rocks is Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve near Arco, Idaho. There you will see and can explore former lava tubes, volcanic cinder
Summer Vacation on the Cheap State parks can be a bargain for a tight vacation budget: Once you pay the entrance fee, most of the activities in the park are free. Most states have at least one park; some have dozens when you add in historical or memorial spots, wildlife refuges, natural monuments and recreation areas. One of the best online park finders is the one created by LL Bean, the outdoor gear store. They’ve accumulated information on thousands of state parks, making it easy to find just the right park experience. Go online to www.llbean.com/parkfinder/search and type in the location you’re interested in (by ZIP code or city and state) or the name of park. If you search by location, you’ll see a number of flags on the map, each indicating a different park. You can filter your search by activities (boating, camping, fishing and more) or by distance from you. Mouse over each flag for the name of the park, and click for more information. You’ll find the address, phone number, park website and driving directions, as well as the activities the park supports. What you won’t find is the associated fees. For that you need to click through to the park’s website If you’re going to be a frequent visitor to your state’s
parks, consider getting a seasonal or yearly pass instead of paying day-use fees each time you go. Read the fine print: You might be able to purchase an annual vehicle pass that’s cheaper than the per-person rate you’ll pay. Some parks sell a discount “punch card” that’s good for a certain number of visits. Check fees for children and seniors -- they’re less, and in some locations seniors are free, as are disabled veterans. If you’re camping, your day-use fee is likely included in the camping fee. Note whether the park is open all year or only during warm weather months. Check, too, whether pets are welcome. Some parks have cabins and cottages available for the night or by the week. You’ll need to make reservations in advance. Whether you want the occasional weekend away this summer or want to get away for a whole week, state and locals parks can be a bargain. If you want to explore one of the 58 national parks, there’s a guide at http://parks.mapquest.com. Click on All Parks for a list of all parks. 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 email@example.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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TOP TEN VIDEO, DVD as of May 7, 2012 Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Tom Cruise 2. We Bought a Zoo (PG) Matt Damon 3. The Darkest Hour (PG-13) Emile Hirsch 4. War Horse (PG-13) Peter Mullan 5. The Sitter (R) Jonah Hill 6. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) Daniel Craig 7. The Descendants (R) George Clooney 8. The Iron Lady (PG-13) Meryl Streep 9. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) animated 10. Immortals (R) Henry Cavill
Top 10 DVD Sales 1. Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) (Paramount) 2. War Horse (PG-13) (Buena Vista) 3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G)(Fox) 4. We Bought a Zoo (PG) (Fox) 5. The Muppets (PG) (Buena Vista) 6. Game of the Thrones: The Complete First Season (TVMA) (Warner) 7. The Iron Lady (PG-13) (Anchor Bay) 8. The Darkest Hour (PG-13) (Summit Entertainment) 9. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) (Sony) 10. Hop (PG) (Universal)
1. In 1973, there were four no-hitters tossed in the American League. Two were by California’s Nolan Ryan. Name either of the other two pitchers. 2. Which of these left-handers had more 20-win seasons: Vida Blue, Tom Glavine or Ron Guidry? 3. Who reached 100 college football victories quicker -- Urban Meyer or Bud Wilkinson? 4. Name the all-time leading scorer in Clippers franchise history. 5. What was the last time before November 2011 that the NHL’s Boston Bruins went a calendar month without a single loss in regulation? 6. In 2011, driver Sebastian Vettel set a Formula One record by winning 15 poles in a season. Who had held the mark? 7. True or false: Martina Navratilova was in every Wimbledon’s women’s singles final during the 1980s.
On May 22, 1455, the battle of England’s War of the Roses begins in St. Albans, 20 miles northwest of London. The forces of House of York, whose badge was a white rose, defeated the red-rose House of Lancaster. Both families claimed the throne, and the war would stretch on for 30 years. On May 23, 1701, at London’s Execution Dock, British privateer William Kidd, popularly known as Captain Kidd, is hanged for piracy and murder after capturing a boat that was loaded with gold, jewels, silk, sugar and guns. A colorful legend grew up around the story of Kidd, including reports of lost buried treasure. On May 21, 1881, in Washington, D.C., humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross, an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters.
It was British mathematician, philosopher and social critic Bertrand Russell who made the following sage observation: “Every advance in civilization has been denounced as unnatural while it was recent.” If you’re like most adults, you have approximately 1,000 hairs per square inch of your scalp. That might seem like a lot, but consider the otter: Its 1 million hairs per square inch of skin make it the owner of the densest fur in the world. Before the 19th century, it was declasse to wear clothing with pockets. All the well-dressed members of the upper classes had servants to carry things for them. The next time you’re out for a walk in the country, kneel down and scoop up a cupful of soil. You might be surprised to learn that that single cup of dirt could hold more bacteria than there are people on the planet. Those who study such things say that more Frisbee-type discs are sold every year in the U.S. than
footballs, baseballs and basketballs combined. People sometimes fight over the silliest things. Countries, too. For example, in 1925, Greece and Bulgaria were at war for 10 days, all because of a dog. Evidently, tensions were high in October of that year, when a Greek soldier’s dog ran away from him -- across the border. The soldier chased his dog into Bulgaria, where he was shot dead by a sentry. In retaliation, the Greek army invaded, and the League of Nations had to step in to restore order to the region. There is a species of frog found in Indonesia that breathes entirely through its skin; it has no lungs at all. *** Thought for the Day: “Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts.” -- Leo Rosten (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
On May 26, 1897, horror writer Bram Stoker’s classic vampire tale, “Dracula,” is first offered for sale in London. Through fictional journal entries and letters written by the novel’s principal characters, “Dracula” tells the story of a Transylvanian vampire and his English victims. On May 24, 1917, after losing 373 Allied and neutral ships in one month because of attacks by German U-boat submarines, the British Royal Navy introduces a convoy system, whereby all merchant ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean would travel in groups under the protection of the British navy. On May 27, 1963, Bob Dylan releases his second album, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” which included future hits “Blowin’ In the Wind,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall.” On May 25, 1977, the communist government of China lifts its decade-old ban on the writings of William Shakespeare. Mao Tse-Tung’s 1966 revolution had banned any cultural work -- music, literature, film or theater -- that did not have the required ideological content. By the early 1970s China was desperate for new sources of trade, and the revolution was declared ended. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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recently deceased crazy lady. When Arthur starts seeing a woman in black and hearing voices, the villagers have nothing to say to him. This is Radcliffe’s first leading role without a magic wand, and he does well enough to prove that he can stay alive post-Potter. He pulls it off as the grief and anxiety-stricken man trapped in a 1960s-style scary movie. EDITOR’S NOTE: DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of May 21, 2012. PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Woman in Black” (PG-13) -- In a misty corner of England, a grieving man must sort through paperwork in clearly the most haunted house in the village. This is the kind of chiller that takes its time, relies on tried-and-true techniques, and builds an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty. Lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) must sort through the estate of a small town’s
“This Means War” (PG-13) -- Chris Pine and Tom Hardy play two CIA agents who are super-cool, deadly, handsome and super best bros for life. When they both fall for Reese Witherspoon, they decide to put their invaluable skills to work sabotaging each other’s dates. It’s a silly plot pushed to its most-Hollywood extent -- lowbrow humor and action sequences in a romantic comedy that’s light on the romance. If you can’t handle the cheese-factor in the film, it can cause physical discomfort with its lack of chemistry and low-hanging quips. However, if
you have an itch to see a movie that moves along at a good pace and features secret agents shooting each other in the groin with air rifles, “This Means War” could save the evening. “Red Tails” (PG-13) -- The Tuskegee Airmen have a proud place in American history, and “Red Tails” tells the story like it was written for a B-movie. The Airmen became the first AfricanAmerican pilots in U.S. armed forces during World War II, and one of the most decorated units of the war. Somehow, this comes across as boring and generic in “Red Tails,” a movie so loaded with corny speeches that you would think it was running for student body president. “The Secret World of Arrietty” (G) -- This Japanese animated feature is the kind of family entertainment you wish you could have known as a rugrat. Arrietty is a 14-year-old girl, and one of a secret race of tiny people who live in the cracks and recesses
of the human world. Arrietty gets discovered by Shawn, a normal-size human boy, and a secret friendship forms. The animation is top-notch. The characters, colors, action scenes -- all of it just looks amazing. The film is a beautiful, gentle story with enough splendor and juice to keep you pulled in. TV RELEASES “Sherlock: Season Two” “Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Second Season” “The River: The Complete First Season” “S.W.A.T. The Final Season” “Route 66: The Complete Series” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
Answers 1. Kansas City’s Steve Busby and Texas’ Jim Bibby. 2. Glavine did it five times; each of the others did it three times. 3. Wilkinson needed 111 games to do it; Meyer did it in 118 games. 4. Randy Smith, with 12,735 points. 5. It was 1969. 6. Nigel Mansell won 14 poles in 1992. 7. False. She was in every final from 1982-89, winning six of them.
Answers 1. Copper and tin 2. Eight 3. Jamestown, Va. 4. The foot 5. London 6. An eraser 7. Newborns’ conditions 8. Calvin Coolidge 9. Roger Bannister 10. Cheetah (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.