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Tidbits® of Salina UNUSUAL WORDS (continued): •







allotriophagy, that craving for strange foods. Hopefully,







salutiferous, meaning conducive to health or wellbeing. • If you shilly-shally, dodder, quail, haw, demur or shrink before making a decision, you merely hesitate. Let’s say you’re diffident, gelid, reticent, chary or delitescent — you’re considered rather reserved. Now if someone calls you a miscreant, wastral, garmin, reprobate or varlet, consider yourself insulted. You’ve been labeled a scoundrel! • What do the words coquelicot, tilleul, smaragdine and smalt have in common? They are all names for different colors! Coquelicot is a brilliant poppy red; tilleul is a yellowish-green color; smaragdine is emerald green; and smalt is a deep blue. Speaking

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

of colors, there is an actual name for those who fear the color purple — porphyrophobia. • Good words come in small packages! To aby means to make amends or atone for an offense. A wen is an enormously congested city. To soften something by soaking is to ret it. That broad sash we see wrapped around a kimono is an obi. And kir is a drink composed of black currant syrup and white wine. • Don’t confuse philalethists with philatelists. The former are lovers of truth, while the latter love collecting postage stamps. • How about that really boring person you meet at a party who has absolutely no conversational skills? This dull dude is a macrologist, and he frequently engages in battology — wearisome redundancy and trifling talk. He’s enough to give you a bad case of drapetomania, that uncontrollable urge to run away! • Some folks are famous for mentimutation — the act of changing their minds. Some might actually have hypobulia, which is an inability to come to a decision. •

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Q: I can find new episodes of “Army Wives” on the TV schedule. Is it done for the season? -- Genie D., via e-mail A: Don’t worry -- there will be 10 new episodes of Lifetime’s “Army Wives” starting Sunday, June 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Note the new time slot, as “Wives” will now follow “Drop Dead Diva.” Upon the show’s return, Susan Lucci will be back in her guest-starring role. *** Q: I watched the most wonderful documentary on PBS the other night on the life of Johnny Carson. He is and always will be the best late-night talk show host, and I was very interested to learn about this usually private man. Will it air again soon? If not, can I buy it on DVD? -- Paul F., Altoona, Pa. A: I know the documentary you are talking about, because I watched it too and absolutely loved it. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s -- when I was finally allowed to stay up late -- I watched “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” religiously, so I was thrilled to sneak a peek into this talented man’s life. You can stream “American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night” on your computer at However, if you can wait until July 17, you can purchase the DVD (or Blu-ray) of the film, which will include outtakes and bonus material, through

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ANGIE’S ULTIMATE POWER BAR 3 1/2 cups oats 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup shredded coconut 2/3 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds 1/2 cup wheat germ 1/2 cup oat bran 3 tablespoons flax seeds 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups natural peanut butter 1 cup honey 4 tablespoons butter, melted 3/4 cup Reese’s Pieces 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. In a large bowl, let one child combine the first 10 ingredients with a big spoon. Continue stirring while another child adds the peanut butter, honey and melted butter. When mixed, stir in Reese’s Pieces. 3. Spoon mixture into an ungreased 9- by-13-inch glass pan. Use a spatula to pack and press it down firmly. Bake 15-17 minutes. Let cool, then chill completely before slicing. Store bars in stacks separated by waxed paper in a covered container in the refrigerator. Makes 36 bars. (Find the original “Ultimate Power Bar” recipe at www. Click “recipes” and search “Ultimate Power Bar.”) *** 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.”

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For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 UNUSUAL WORDS (continued) noticeable gap between those buck teeth? That’s called a diastema. Let’s add a buccula to the mix; that’s a double chin. • Everyone knows a breedbate, an individual who seems to enjoy starting arguments and stirring up controversy. Breedbates are occasionally suggilated — beaten black and blue! And how about that lazy loafer you know? He’s a drotchel, scobberlotcher, ragabash, lobcock, lollard or sluggard. •

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misfortune of sitting behind a milver, a person who chatters non-stop through a movie. Related terms include pleniloquent (one who is full of talk) and blatteroon (a constant talker). Many of them have a cacoethes loquendi, that unquenchable desire to talk. No matter how you say it, you just wish they’d shut up! (Several of them are probably somniloquent as well, meaning they even talk in their sleep!) • The longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicrosocpicsilicovolcanoconiosis, a disease resulting from over-exposure to ultra-microscopic silicone dust. Inhaling the dust found near volcanoes is a major cause of this disease. If this word frightens you, you may have hippopotomonstro-squippedaliophobia, the fear of

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pretends that his tongue has been cut out is a dommerer, while a female beggar who borrows or hires several children temporarily to arouse sympathy is an autem mort. There’s a whole new generation of beggars. The beggar whose parents are beggars is a palliard. If he bangs on a dish or cup to attract your attention, he’s a clapperdudgeon. No matter how you say it — mendicant, cadger, bezonian, panhandler, sponge, supplicant or gaberlunzie — He’s still a beggar.

“The Selection” by Kiera Cass (HarperTeen, $17.99) Reviewed by Ealish Waddell In the country of Illea, the caste you are born into decides your fate. So when the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is given to move up to fabled One status by marrying the prince of the realm, thousands of girls across the country jump to compete in the Selection. Though pushed by her family to enter, America doesn’t really want to -- she’s fine with her Five existence and loath to leave her secret love, Aspen, a forbidden Six. So of course America is chosen as one of the initial 35 contestants, and instantly plunged into the nation’s biggest reality show, “The Bachelor” for the royal set, with all the egos, catfights and sparkly dresses that entails. Estranged from Aspen and ensconced in the palace far from home, America is simply happy to make a few friends, avoid her enemies and enjoy having enough to eat for the first time in her life. She doesn’t think she stands a chance in this contest, not that she cares much; she has no desire to be a princess. But that’s before she actually meets Prince Maxon, and discovers that he is far more than the stiff drip he always seemed on TV. And before Aspen shows up at the palace, determined to pick up where they left off. Although “The Selection” falls into the currently red-hot young-adult dystopia category, it is on the lighter side of the genre. Illea’s society is far enough into the future to have relegated our countries to their history books, but technology and style is approximately analogous to the present day. The characters are the most interesting points, particularly feisty but compassionate America and the genuinely gentlemanly Maxon. But while romance is the crux of the plot, glimpses of the outside world hint at a more complicated story to come in subsequent books. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Q: I told my neighbor I was thinking of hiring a fireplace cleaner -- a chimney sweep, I guess -- this month, and he said I was crazy to schedule one at this time of year because they’ll charge me an arm and a leg. He said I should wait until fall when they’re busier. What do you think? -- Janice C., Syracuse, N.Y. A: I think you should go ahead and schedule the fireplace cleaning. Worrying about the possibility that the cleaning company will charge you more than usual is silly when you can get a written estimate before they start the work, and compare it to other services in town. Plus, June is a slower season for chimney and fireplace cleaners, compared to fall when homeowners are in a hurry to get their fireplaces ready for the cold weather. The benefit

HOLLYWOOD -- Everyone keeps asking why Hollywood studios insist on remaking films that were perfect the first time around? The answer is ... studios can’t make money on titles they own unless they can pull new projects out of them! So brace yourselves for the onslaught coming our way. First we’ll get a remake of “Red Dawn” with Chris Hensworth (riding high as Thor in “The Avengers”), Josh Hutcherson (who broke through with “The Hunger Games”) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, due out Nov. 21. Next is “Carrie” on March 15 with Chloe Grace Moretz (Nicolas Cage’s daughter in “Kick Ass”) in the title role, with Julianne Moore as her mother (in the role that earned Piper Laurie an Oscar nomination). On Aug. 19 comes the remake of “Robocop” starring 32-yearold Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman (nominated by the Screen Actors Guild as best actor in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in “Safe House”). Also look for remakes of “Valley Girl” (as a musical!), “Poltergeist,” “War Games” and the l974 Charles Bronson classic “Death Wish.” Remakes are rarely as good as their originals because ... they don’t make films like that anymore. *** Tom Cruise’s next film is “One Shot,” from a novel in the bestselling Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. Cruise plays Reach-

to you is that you can have greater choice of the day and time you want them to come in and service the chimney. They also should be able to spend more time checking your fireplace, chimney and flue for potential dangers, rather than rushing off to the next service call. Some chimney and fireplace service technicians offer discounts at this time of year. Check their website or call the company to ask about any specials they’re running. Again, you have control over how much you’re willing to pay for chimney cleaning service. Ask for a written estimate up front, before allowing any work to be performed. If the chimney cleaner detects a problem, ask for a revised estimate, and don’t let the additional work done until you have agreed on the work and the price. HOME TIP: Help prevent a dangerous buildup of creosote in your chimney by burning hotter, cleaner fires. Use well-aged hardwood and crack a window in the room to draw in more oxygen. Send your questions or tips to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

er and stars with Robert Duval and Richard Jenkins. The film is due out Dec. 21. Cruise, too, is jumping on the remake bandwagon with new versions of “The Magnificent Seven,” “Top Gun” and “A Star Is Born” (with Beyonce). Cruise is back on top thanks to his latest film, “Rock of Ages.” *** A reader wrote to ask, “Whatever became of Little Ricky on the old ‘I Love Lucy’ series?” Born Keith Thibodeaux, he became Richard Keith when he was 5 after being cast on “I Love Lucy,” pulling in a whopping $461 a week. When he turned 21 he received his trust money from the show ... $8,000. Keith was born in Lafayette, La., on Dec. 1, 1950 ... yup, he’s 61 years old now. He lives in Jackson, Miss., with Kathy Denton, his wife of 35 years, and their daughter. At last report, he was managing his wife’s ballet company, “Ballet Magnificat.” *** Are you ready to see “The Exorcist” live and in person? You can when it opens at The Geffen Theatre in L.A. on July 11 with Richard Chamberlain as Father Merrin, Emily Yetter as the pea soup-spitting, devil-possessed Regan, and Brooke Shields as her mother. After beating postpartum depression and singing and dancing as Morticia Addams on Broadway in “The Addams Family” musical, Shields has either completely conquered her depression or loves pea soup sooo much more! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

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Watchful Waiting for Prostate Cancer? DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am an 80-year-old male whose annual physical exam was good. My wife and I have a good sex life. We’ve been married 61 years. However, my PSA rose to 5.7. My family doctor sent me to a urologist, who suggested a biopsy. The urologist said my prostate gland is normal for my age and had no hard spots or lumps. My dad died at 87 due, in part, to prostate cancer. A brother also had difficulties. I read that at my age, I should enjoy life without such procedures. Your opinion, please. -- B.M. ANSWER: What to do when the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test is higher than normal is a controversial subject. Every year, about 192,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Close to 70 percent of those cancers are low-grade, meaning they don’t pose a serious threat to life. Such cancers, depending on the man’s age and his health, may not require any treatment other than scheduled monitoring. One of the ingredients that goes into the mix for making a decision for “active surveillance” is what’s seen on the biopsy. The pathologist examining the prostate tissue discovers if any cancer is present and assesses the cancer’s stage and its potential to be an aggressive cancer. If the cancer is in its early stages and if its appearance is one that’s not threatening, then the decision for treatment is something that can be

discussed with the doctor. Quality of life is as important as extension of life. However, I believe you should have the biopsy. It has some rare complications, but it provides information not obtainable in any other way. You are a very young 80-year-old. You have no other health problems that might shorten your life. You have a family history of prostate cancer. If the biopsy shows a low-grade cancer, then talk to the doctor about your wishes. One of those wishes could be active surveillance. The booklet on the prostate gland discusses gland enlargement and cancer. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1001W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 52-year-old male in good health. I am not a drinker or a smoker. My problem is premature ejaculation. I am on no medicines. Are there any vitamins or supplements that would help me? -- Anon. ANSWER: This discussion should start with your family doctor. The doctor can, after talking with you, decide if the problem is physical or psychological. Both are possible causes. Anxiety, depression and prostate gland inflammation are examples of things that can lead to your problem. Sometimes simply starting and stopping and then restarting relations will solve the problem. A numbing agent like the combination of lidocaine and prilocaine cream might be helpful. A condom should be worn so that your partner isn’t affected by the cream. Fluoxetine, paroxetine and sertraline are medicines that have been successful for some men. Vitamins or supplements are not likely to help. *** 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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TV Lamp Q: When my family bought our first TV during the early 1950s, it was essential that it also had a TV light that provided illumination, but not so much that it distracted from the sharpness of the picture. The lamp we had featured the image of a black panther. I still have it, and before I throw or give it away, please advise me. -- Peggy, Naperville, Ill. A: I, too, remember the old TV lamps. The one I recall featured a design of two Siamese cats, probably inspired by Si and Am from “Lady and the Tramp.” Most TV lamps sell in the $25 to $35 range, but as with most collectibles there are always exceptions. Recently I saw a “cowboy and horse” TV lamp from the 1950s priced at $150 in a fancy Scottsdale, Ariz., shop. *** Q: I recently found a “Wrinkle Proof” iron with stand, model NE909. It is operational, and I wonder how much it is worth. -- John, Albuquerque, N.M. A: I always hesitate to answer questions about older irons, since when I do, it almost always triggers dozens of others. So before you dust off the iron at your house and contact me, read this response carefully. Most “sad irons” are selling in the $15 to $25 range. Although there is interest in some of the older, more unusual irons, demand for them is not as hot as it was several years ago before our economy tanked. David Irons is an expert and might be able to help you. Contact him at 223 Covered Bridge Road, Northhampton, PA 18067;; and 610-262-9335. Irons has written what I believe is the definitive book about vintage irons, “Irons by Irons,” which can be ordered directly from him. *** Q: I have an original one sheet of “Rebel Without a Cause” that I got from our little neighborhood theater in 1955. What do you think it is worth? I have been offered $1,000 for it. -- Bill, St. Charles, Mo. A: L’Imagerie Gallery in Hollywood is offering one for sale priced at $4,000. Keep in mind that condition is extremely important. If there are rips, tears or stains ... need I go any further? Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to 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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BIG BEN (continued): • When you think of Big Ben, the tall tower surely

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comes to mind, but the moniker actually applies to the bell housed within the clock tower, officially known as the Great Bell. It is most likely named after London’s first Commissioner for works, Sir Benjamin Hall, and his name is inscribed on the bell. It was originally intended that it would be called the Royal Victoria bell. • The tower itself is named, not so creatively, the Clock Tower and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower in the world. It’s the third tower to be built on Parliament’s grounds. The first was begun in 1288 during the reign of King Edward I and also contained a clock and a bell named Great Edward, which was rung on the hour. This was replaced in 1367 with England’s first public chiming clock. It stood for 340 years. •

When a devastating fire destroyed much of

the palace of Westminster in 1834, the plans to rebuild did not include a new tower. These plans were altered to include it in 1836, but actual construction of the current Clock Tower did not begin until 1843. Construction continued for nearly 16 years. When the clock was finally installed, it was discovered that it wouldn’t work because the cast iron minute hands were too heavy! They were replaced with lighter copper hands, and the foursided clock began keeping time in May of 1859. The Great Bell known as Big Ben wasn’t rung for the first time until that July. • Just as the Clock Tower isn’t the first, neither is Big Ben the first bell. The first one developed a fourinch crack while it was being tested in 1857, and a new one was cast. Sixteen white horses pulled a carriage carrying the bell to the New Palace Yard. It took 18 hours to raise the bell into the belfry. Late in 1859, two fractures were found in Big Ben. The hammer was replaced with a lighter version, and the bell was rotated so that an undamaged section would be struck. This second bell still resides in the Tower. • The tower is 316 feet (96.3 m) tall, about 16 stories. Each of the clock’s four dials is 23 feet square (49.15 sq. m). The minute hands are 14 feet (4.26 m) long, while the numerals are two feet (0.6 m) tall. The base of each dial contains a Latin inscription, which translates “O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First.” •

During World War I, the bell was not rung,

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

distress and how to prevent him getting into dangerous things -- like the houseplant leaves he ingested. I hope you’ll remind readers to educate themselves as well. -- Clarence in Cincinnati DEAR CLARENCE: Your story is more common than you’d think. Thanks for sharing it. If you have a pet, it’s very important to know that many household items can be dangerous if your pet ingests them. For example, many cats love to chew on the leaves of houseplants -- but many houseplants are extremely poisonous to cats, especially plants from the lily family. Other seemingly benign things, like chocolate and onions, can be harmful to pets, especially dogs. Even armed with the knowledge of what can harm your pet, accidents can happen. For example, a dog can break

into the pantry and eat a giant bag of dog food. Make sure to display the phone number of your pet’s veterinarian and the nearest emergency pet hospital near the telephone or on the refrigerator where you can access it should your pet ever be injured, ill or in distress. Send your questions or comments to, 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 (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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BIG BEN (continued): and the clock was unlit at night to protect it from German Zeppelin attacks. During World War II, the bells were rung, but also from a darkened tower. • Although it’s one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, only United Kingdom residents are allowed inside to tour Big Ben. Tours must be booked well in advance only through a Parliament member, with parties limited to 16 people, who must climb the 334 stairs to the top of its 11 floors, since there is no elevator.

JUNK FOOD Junk food might be defined as “food that contributes lots of calories but has little nutritional value.” Let’s learn a little more about a few not-sohealthy choices. •

What’s for breakfast? If you choose a bowl of

Trix cereal, that product will be 38 percent sugar and will add a little red, yellow and blue dye to your system. How about some Froot Loops? Your portion will be 41 percent sugar, unless you opt for the marshmallow version, which computes to 48 percent sugar and more of those dyes. If you’re cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, you’ll have a 44 percent ratio of sugar. A healthier choice would be Wheat Chex or Shredded Wheat, both at less than 3 percent sugar. • In 1930, baker James Dewar was dismayed that the strawberry season was so short; it was limiting his sales of shortcakes. In order to prolong his sales past the fresh fruit season, he experimented with filling his sponge cakes with cream. He called them “Twinkle Toes Shoes,” but the name was later shortened to “Twinkies.” Hostess bakes up about 500 million Twinkies a year, each with about 150 calories. That creamy center is no longer cream at all, but rather mostly Crisco shortening. •

When Pringles debuted in October 1968 in

their signature cylindrical can, they were known as Pringles Newfangled Potato Chips. Other manufacturers immediately objected, claiming that the product was not a potato chip at all, considering that only 42 percent of the snack is potato-based product, with the remainder composed of wheat starch and corn and rice flours. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration ordered the company to

Staying Safe Online Keeping updated anti-virus software on your computer is a good start to staying safe online. But, it’s only a start. You need to take more steps to safeguard your information and your family. Online safety is a complicated business, but here are a few things to keep in mind: --If you have a number of devices linked together in a home network, such as cell phones, laptops, storage and gaming consoles, you’ll need to make sure that all are safe from access. Your network safety is only as strong as the weakest link on it. --Be sure your router is set to WPA2, the most secure network privacy setting. You’ll be required to type in an ID and password, the longer and more complicated the better. This will protect you from those outside who might try to piggyback on your network, either for their own access or to steal your data, or to turn your computer into a remote computer for their own use. --Beef up your security with a firewall, either the one in your computer or one that comes with your anti-virus software. Install good spyware to keep others from following you around the Internet. Run malware scans frequently.

--Stay off social networking sites until you have a thorough understanding of the security settings. If you have children, be sure they’re old enough to know not to disclose where they live, the school they attend or even their real name. Use online names that have nothing to do with who they really are. An innocent remark in a public chat room about going away on vacation can lead burglars to your door while you’re away, if paired with other personal information. And don’t let your children use flash drives belonging to their friends. --Remember that what you post online stays forever. While you might think it’s OK to tell someone that you went to the XYZ Farmer’s Market just down that street, that information will be there for anyone to read years for now. If you post photos, make sure they were taken with a digital camera that’s had the GPS location tagging turned off. has a wealth of information to help ensure that you and your family -- and your gear -- are safe. Read the Fixing Problems section just in case. If something happens, you’ll know what to do quickly and whom to contact. 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 (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

change the name to “potato crisps.” The snack was named for a street in Cincinnati, Pringle Drive, spotted by a Procter & Gamble employee.

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TOP TEN VIDEO, DVD as of June 4, 2012 Top 10 Video Rentals 1. The Grey (R) Liam Neeson 2. Chronicle (PG-13) Dane Dehaan 3. Contraband (R) Mark Wahlberg 4. The Vow (PG-13) Channing Tatum 5. One for the Money (PG-13) Katherine Heigl 6. The Devil Inside (R) Fernanda Andrade 7. Haywire (R) Gina Carano 8. Underworld: Awakening (R) Kate Beckinsale 9. Rampart (R) Woody Harrelson 10. Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Tom Cruise Top 10 DVD Sales 1. The Grey (R) (Universal) 2. Chronicle (PG-13) (Fox) 3. Underworld: Awakening (R) (Sony) 4. The Vow (PG-13) (Sony) 5. One for the Money (PG-13) (Lions Gate) 6. Thor (NR) (Paramount) 7. Contraband (R) (Universal) 8. Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13) (Paramount) 9. Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) (Paramount) 10. Game of the Thrones: The Complete First Season (TVMA) (Warner) Source: Rentrak Corp.

1. When was the last time the Angels missed the playoffs two seasons in a row before 2010-11? 2. Three times in the 1970s a pitcher set a new record for most saves in the A.L. Name two of the three. 3. In 2010, Auburn’s Cam Newton became the third player in NCAA Division I-A history to have at least 20 rushing TDs and 20 passing TDs in a season. Who were the first two? 4. Amar’e Stoudemire send a New York Knicks record in 2010 by scoring 30 or more points in eight straight games. Whose mark did he top? 5. Mats Sundin is the Maple Leafs’ all-time leader in goals and points. Who holds Toronto’s career mark for assists? 6. Who was the all-time leading scorer in North American Soccer League history? 7. How many perfect games did PBA bowler Don Carter have in sanctioned play?

On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land. Massachusetts had initially opposed the document as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states. On June 23, 1902, German automaker Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) first registers “Mercedes” as a brand name. The famous Mercedes symbol, a three-point star, was registered as a trademark in 1909. On June 24, 1915, young German fighter pilot Oswald Boelcke makes the first operational flight of the Fokker Eindecker plane. The Fokker was equipped with machine guns that could fire straight ahead through the aircraft’s propellers. The precise timing of the propeller blades allowed them to avoid being struck by the machine gun bullets.

It was pop art icon Andy Warhol who made the following sage observation: “It’s the movies that have really been running things in America since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look when you feel about it.” If you were like the average rabbit, you would take 18 naps every day. You probably know that the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” was based on the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. You may not realize, though, that Baum wrote a total of 14 Oz books between 1900 and 1920. The series continued even after the author’s death; Ruth Plumly Thompson produced one Oz book every year between 1921 and 1939. Those who study such things say that wine was being drunk more than 7,000 years ago, in ancient Sumeria. When the Coca-Cola Company first start-

ed marketing its product in China, the advertisements used Chinese symbols to spell out the brand’s name phonetically. It was only after the ads had been published that the marketers learned that those symbols spelled out the phrase “bite the wax tadpole.” The manufacture of a single domestic automobile requires the use of a whopping 39,000 gallons of water. Every year, about 10 percent of the world’s population visits a zoo. In the United States, though, about half of us make such a visit annually. Most people have about 100,000 hairs on their head. It’s not clear why, but redheads tend to have somewhat fewer hairs -- about 90,000 -- while blondes have more. *** Thought for the Day: “I’m willing to admit that I may not always be right, but I’m never wrong.” -- Samuel Goldwyn

On June 18, 1923, the first Checker Cab rolls off the line at the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company in Kalamazoo, Mich. The shipment stood out as a major landmark in the history of the company, which by then employed some 700 people. On June 19, 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviets, are executed by the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, N.Y. Both refused to admit any wrongdoing and proclaimed their innocence right up to the time of their deaths. On June 22, 1964, Dan Brown, author of the international blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" as well as other best-selling thrillers, is born in New Hampshire. Brown's novels are known for involving symbols, conspiracies and secret societies. His first novel, "Digital Fortress," was published in 1998. On June 20, 1980, in a match in Montreal, Roberto Duran out-points “Sugar” Ray Leonard to win the World Boxing Council welterweight title. Yet, five months later in a rematch, with less than 30 seconds left in the eighth round, Duran looked at the referee and famously uttered the words “no mas” or “no more,” giving up. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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er to save them. A likable young TV reporter in small-town Alaska (John Krasinksi) finds out about a family of whales stuck under the ice, cut off from the ocean. What starts as a local news piece becomes a story watched by the whole nation as an activist (Drew Barrymore) and many others (it’s a big cast) get involved. Krasinski brings his “Jim from “The Office” charm, and helps keep the movie light. It is, after all, a movie set in the real world -where saving the whales requires help from such cynical sources as politicians and oil executives. The balance between reality and feel-good is impressive, and successfully delivers the warm, fuzzy feeling.

PHOTO: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston in “Wanderlust” PICKS OF THE WEEK “Big Miracle” (PG) -- This basedon-a-true-story family flick tells the tale of three trapped whales and the people who come togeth-

“Wanderlust” (R) -- Linda (Jennifer Anniston) and George (Paul Rudd) are a Manhattan couple frayed and overpressured by the big city life. When George loses his job, the couple decide to pack it in and start over somewhere else. On their way to Atlanta, they stumble upon Elysium, a sort of hippie commune full of friendly weirdos

who invite the couple to stay. The bottom line is this: David Wain writes, directs and edits funny things. He has many funny friends whom he casts in his movies, and they usually give great performances. His works usually fall in with the absurd, subversive and cultish, but this film is aimed at a slightly broader audience. “Wanderlust” (which he directed and co-wrote) isn’t his finest work, but it certainly produces laughs. “Jeff Who Lives at Home” (R) -- Jeff (Jason Segal) is 30, lives in his mother’s basement and doesn’t have much besides a firm belief in destiny. His older brother, Pat (Ed Helms), has a wife (Judy Greer), a job and an unimpressive place to live. While running an errand for their mother, Jeff gets caught up in Pat’s neurotic plot to catch his wife cheating. An awkward, funny, authentic story comes together over the rest of that day.

film the whole thing. It’s not a wild premise. The most audacious thing about it is that the movie uses the found-footage perspective, and expects that to bring this non-story to life. The result is 87 minutes of mean-spirited adolescent humor. The characters and filmmakers have seized upon the tenets of repugnant high-school mentality: women are sex objects sent to earth to frustrate young men; anybody different must be ridiculed; and everything is a competition. TV RELEASES “Louie: Season 2” “Wilfred” “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne 9” “Franklin & Bash: The Complete First Season” “Web Therapy -- The Complete First Season” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

“Project X” (R) -- A handful of middle-class suburban teenagers throw a mega-huge party, and

Trivia Quiz

1. It was 2000-01. 2. Minnesota’s Ron Perranoski (34 in 1970), Sparky Lyle of the New York Yankees (35 in ‘72), and Detroit’s John Hiller (38 in ‘73). 3. Florida’s Tim Tebow (2007) and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick (2010). 4. Willie Naulls had a seven-game stretch in 1962. 5. Borje Salming, with 620 assists. Sundin had 567. 6. Giorgio Chinaglia (242 goals in 254 regular-season and playoff matches). 7. Thirteen.

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


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