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The word “black” doesn’t mean just an object’s color — It has cultural and psychological meanings as well. This week, Tidbits explores a variety of areas where we see both the color and the word. • Those items that are black do not reflect any rays from the visible light spectrum. Rather, they absorb the frequencies of all color pigments. The presence of all primary colors creates black. The absence of these results in white. • Most of us are aware of the superstition that if a black cat crosses our path, bad luck is on the
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Tidbits® of Salina IN THE BLACK (continued): • To the Japanese, black is the symbol of nobility, age and wisdom. Contrast this with their view of white, which represents serfdom, youth and naïveté. In light of this, they award the black belt in martial arts as a symbol of achievement and seniority, as a sign that the individual has “blended the mind and body into one, into a unity within oneself and with the universe.” • Black History Month has been officially observed since 1976, when President Gerald Ford called on all Americans to recognize February as a time to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” •
The ancient Aztecs viewed black as the color
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of war because black obsidian glass was used to make the cutting edges of their battle swords. Black also represented the institution of religion, because their priests wore only black. • Traditionally, musicians in the orchestra pit wear black attire. This is not only because of the formal look, but more so, not to draw attention away from those performers on stage. • The wearing of black clothing while in mourning dates back to the Roman Empire in the western world. However, in Japan, the color of mourning is white. •
In the field of astronomy, a black dwarf is a star
that has burned out, while a black hole is an area in space created from a collapsed giant star that has run out of fuel. Matter and light cannot escape the intense gravitational pull of a black hole, the weight of which is estimated at a million times as much as the sun. • Old-fashioned black licorice gets its flavor from the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant, a legume related to beans. But the candy’s color comes from the addition of molasses to the batch, not from the licorice plant’s extract. •
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PHOTO: Eric Mabius Q: Please tell me if “Sanctuary” will be back with new episodes in Syfy. -Marlies W., via email A: Syfy announced in May that the science-fiction drama would not return for a fifth season. Series star Amanda Tapping took to Twitter to address the show’s cancelation: “To all the fans of Sanctuary, we love and adore you. Thank you for the love and support.” *** Q: I loved seeing Eric Mabius on “Franklin and Bash” earlier this year, and I
wondered what else I can see him in? -- Jeanna M., Baltimore A: Aside from recently starring in the Hallmark Channel movie “How to Fall in Love” and making a guest-starring turn on “The Client List,” he co-stars with indie queen Parker Posey in the Sundance Festival hit “Price Check.” When I spoke with Eric recently, he told me all about the movie. “You’re going to laugh your ass off. I think IFC bought the film. It’s a dark comedy centering on this guy I play (Pete Cozy), who gives up his dreams of being a music A&R guy. He moves to the suburbs of Long Island and accepts a marketing job at a small chain of grocery stores. He has a wife and a child, and is trying to pursue the ÔAmerican Dream.’ “Parker Posey’s character, Susan, is put in charge of this section of grocery stores. Nobody in the office cares about his job. Susan comes in and shakes everyone’s universe up. She is so quintessential Parker Posey. She is brilliant, and she’s so funny. It’s a lot of fun.” *** Q: Now that “Desperate Housewives” is over, what will Marc Cherry do next? -- Miranda T., via e-mail A: Marc Cherry has never been one to gather moss, so his rolling stone is heading to Lifetime, where he’s developed a new series called “Devious Maids.” Originally developed for ABC, Lifetime will air the series in 2013, and it will star Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Roselyn Sanchez, Grant Show, Mariana Klaveno and Susan Lucci. To piggyback off an idea I got from Annie Potts when I interviewed her earlier this year, I think Lifetime would be remiss if they didn’t see the potential of grabbing up the recently canceled ABC show “GCB” and pair it with “Devious Maids.” As Annie told me: “If we were paired with ‘Devious Maids,’ we’d have the great American equivalent of ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ -- the rich and righteous in Dallas and the maids of Beverly Hills. What network executive wouldn’t see home run written all over that?” *** Q: Will there be a “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie? -- Tina T., Sarasota, Fla. A: Universal Studios and Focus Features bought the rights to the “Fifty Shades” trilogy in March, and have brought “The Social Network” producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti on board to help bring the runaway-hit book to the big screen. There is no word yet on casting or a release date. Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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recognition, you’ve been blacklisted. The term also applies to those who have been rejected from work in a certain field, or one who has been ostracized
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from elite social circles. The word dates back to the 1600s, when England’s King Charles II compiled a list of 58 judges who had sentenced his father Charles I to death. When Charles II regained the throne 11 years later, 13 of those on his “blacklist” were executed, 25 were sentenced to life in prison, and the remainder escaped. • Some clubs hold secret ballots to determine whether
Those who vote against the person’s admittance “blackball” him. • If you’re bitten by a member of the Latrodectus genus, most likely you won’t die. Although the venom of the black widow spider is quite potent, it usually only results in muscle aches, nausea or difficulty breathing, although it can be fatal to
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How Not to Adjust Your Thermostat Q: My mother-in-law insists on cranking the old manual thermostat all the way to the left on a hot day. She says this will cool the house faster. When it gets too cold inside, she cranks it all the way to the right to turn off the air conditioner. How can I tell her that isn’t the most efficient way to cool a house? -- Damian L., Springfield, Mass. A: Well, I’m no expert in how to break the news to someone who’s stubbornly insistent on doing things her way. But her method of controlling the air temperature is not only inefficient, it’s a quick way to break the thermostat. In fact, that may already have happened. Your mother-in-law is probably controlling the thermostat this way because she is not getting the comfortable temperature
“The God Box” by Mary Lou Quinlan (Greenleaf Book Group Press, $16.95) Reviewed by Rose M. Croke What if you could catch a glimpse of every hope -- no matter how big or small --your mother ever had for you and your loved ones? When her beloved mother dies, author Mary Lou Quinlan caught that miraculous glimpse when she found her mother’s “God Box,” a private stash of notes and prayers scribbled thoughtfully on scraps of paper written on behalf of family, friends and strangers. Quinlan found not one, but 10 boxes, filled with hundreds of tiny prayers and wishes that spanned the last 20 years of her mother’s life. A devout Catholic, Quinlan’s mother, Mary Finlayson, was unabashedly committed to God. Faith was her compass, and she entrusted her most intimate worries and wishes to the sanctity of her God Box. When friends and relatives called her with their problems, she would tell them, “You’re in my God Box.” Her unwavering faith and support came with no strings attached. These humble containers were a source of great solace and comfort to her grieving middle-aged daughter. So much so, they inspired her to learn to ask for help from a higher power as her mother had taught her through example and deed. With its beautiful essays and anecdotes on faith, love, compassion, aspiration and perseverance, “The God Box” shows the depth and broad reach of one woman’s faith and her daughter’s challenge in keeping the faith and learning to let go. Through all their trials and tribulations, both of these strong women had a partner in life -- each other. “The God Box” is essentially a love letter from a daughter to her late mother. From beginning to end, this beautifully written book shows that a mother’s love and maternal life lessons endure long after she takes her last breath. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
PHOTO: Brad Pitt HOLLYWOOD -- Tom Cruise, who must have been shocked by the failure of “Rock of Ages” (though he got good notices) and his recent marriage break-up, was stuck on location in Iceland, working on his latest film, “Oblivion,” and couldn’t go to New York to confront Katie Holmes. The film, budgeted at $130 million and co-starring Morgan Freeman, is more along the lines of his “Mission: Impossible” franchise. It’s about a veteran soldier sent to a far-off planet to destroy the remains of an alien race. It’s set for an April 2013 release. Meanwhile, no one will confirm if Cruise will play opposite Beyonce in “A Star Is Born.” Did “Rock of Ages” help, or hurt, his chances for that role? *** Brad Pitt is before the cameras shooting “Twelve Years as a Slave” with
she wants when she sets the thermostat in the typical “comfortable” range of 65 F to 75 F. This may have happened from turning the control gauge too far left or right, or it may simply be an old thermostat in need of replacement. Instead of insisting that she set the thermostat in one place and leave it alone, talk to her about bringing in a heating and cooling contractor to inspect the entire air conditioning system, including the thermostat. And try to persuade her to have the old thermostat replaced with a more accurate, programmable electronic thermostat. The cost savings that result from regularly maintaining a cooling system and keeping the temperature in a comfortable range can be significant. And a programmable thermostat can remove one chore from her to-do list: It can lower or raise the interior temperature of the house at set times, without her having to manually set the thermostat. HOME TIP: During the peak cooling months of summer, change your air conditioner’s air filter once a month. Send your questions or tips to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti and Alfre Woodard. The film, shooting in Louisiana, is about a free black man living in New York who is kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery in the Deep South. Pitt also is one of the producers of the film being directed by Steve McQueen. Then Pitt will star opposite Michael Fassbender (again) and Oscar-winner Javier Bardem in “The Counselor” for Ridley Scott, who gave him his breakthrough role in l991’s “Thelma and Louise.” *** People keep asking me what Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler were doing together at a recent Lakers game. They don’t make the same kind of movies ... or do they? Actually, Jack has a small role in Sandler’s animated 3D film “Hotel Transylvania,” due out Sept. 28. Sandler plays Dracula, and Nicholson joins Selena Gomez (Justin Bieber’s girlfriend), Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Jon Lovitz, Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon and David Spade. Dracula, who owns a five-star resort catering to the world’s most famous monsters, invites his monster friends to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ (Gomez) 118th birthday party. *** Big Hollywood question: What went wrong with the recent film “Wanderlust”? Produced for $35 million by Judd Apatow and Paul Rudd, among others, and starring Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux and Alan Alda, it only made $21,450,353 at the worldwide box office. While Aniston hit the bulls-eye with her over-the-top boss in “Horrible Bosses,” she must have thought this was a funny script about a married couple who accidentally wind up in a hippie commune hotel. In the film she has a sexual encounter with Justin Theroux’s character. They must have liked rehearsing a lot because, according to the tabloids, they probably will get married. Which only proves ... you don’t have to wander too far when the lust is that good! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
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Little League Elbow Is Overuse Injury DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My 12-year-old son is something of a phenomenon when it comes to baseball, and he loves playing the game. I haven’t pushed him into it. He’s a particularly awesome pitcher, and his coaches are amazed at what he can do. I practice with him every day. He now has a sore elbow in his pitching arm. I think it might be Little League elbow. My wife blames me, because, she says, I overwork him. I need some guidelines on how much throwing is too much. Thanks. -- R.C. ANSWER: The elbow is a site that’s a potential calamity for the immature skeleton. Children have vulnerable spots in their bones called growth plates. These bone parts haven’t yet become bone. They permit elongation of bones. One of those sites is the elbow. To make sure we’re talking about the same thing, let the boy’s throwing arm hang down with his palm facing forward. Feel the area of the elbow next to the body. That’s where Little League elbow makes itself known. It’s an overuse injury, meaning the boy is throwing too many pitches with too little rest. The incidence of elbow pain in young baseball players is quite high -- 20 percent to 40 percent. It can be avoided with a sensible program that limits the number of throws per day.
First, your son should not throw until the pain leaves. Then he can resume throwing, but gradually do so. Eventually he can work up to the Little League’s standards for pitching for 12-year-olds. If a boy or girl of this age throws 66 pitches in one game, the child needs four days of rest -- no throwing; if it’s 51 to 65 pitches, three days of rest are required; 30 to 50 pitches, two rest days; 21 to 35 pitches, one rest day. In practice, he should be limited to 20 pitches if he throws daily. It he throws more, he should follow the schedule for the number of pitches thrown in a game. If your boy’s pain lasts a week, have the family doctor examine him. If he really has Little League elbow, healing can take six to 12 weeks. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you kindly tell me what is the appropriate time interval for a repeat colonoscopy? I have different information from doctors. I had my first colonoscopy when I was 51. The doctor who performed it said I didn’t need another until I was 61. A different doctor says I need a repeat at 56. Which is it? -- E.P. ANSWER: If no polyps were found on your first exam and if you have no close relatives who have had colon cancer, then the usual time for the next exam is 10 years. Otherwise, it is five years. The booklet on colon cancer explains its detection and treatment. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 505W, 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. *** 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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Q: I have some nice pieces of vintage jewelry, and I would like to determine much they areI've worth. -- Susan, Q: I have ahow brass bed that been told is Dubuque, more thanIowa a century old. Any information you can provide me would be A: Since gold -has risen dramatically in value in recent years, most appreciated. Susan, Danville, Va. A: I examined the picture you sent, andthat your brass jewelry price guides are out-of-date. With said, therebed are two appears to be the Victorian era. It wasretail probably that will give youfrom a general idea of the current marketplace. manufactured between 1890 and about of Warman’s Vintage Jewelry: Identification and1915. PriceMost Guidebeds by Leigh this type generally sell in the $350 to $650 range, depending Leshner (Krause, $24.99) features more than 1,000 pieces of white on condition and demand. metal and rhinestone jewelry with pricing and collector information. *** Especially is the section settings Q: I have ahelpful Springfield Model about 1863 the rifledifferent that was used and by ametals andmember history ofduring rhinestones, including their you cuts tell andme shapes. family the Civil War. Can more about this more firearm? Steve, Cottonwood, Ariz. Price Guide A second, basic--book is Antique Trader Jewelry A: wasHusfloen a percussion rifle musket made bythan the 2,000 National byItKyle (Krause, $21.99). It has more detailed Armory in Springfield, Ill. By 1863, wasThese the only listings arranged in alphabetical formatSpringfield by item name. two government arsenal under Union control, since Harper's books, both available at www.amazon.com, should get you started. Ferry had been destroyed by a Confederate raid in 1861. Don’t forget established jewelry dealers in your city. Most are quite According to Warman's Civil War Weapons by Graham knowledgeable and1861 helpful. Smith, the Model was such a success that both *** Springfield and private contractors rushed to produce as Q: I have three books:could. “Readers Digest Fun Time,” published in many rifles as they Since the Union couldn't interrupt production to introduce new they and slightly modified 1949; “Fun with the Guitar”a by Meldesign, Bay (1958); “Avant Garde,” it,a monthly and it was sold as Any a Springfield 1863. This isSun a City publication. value to a Model collector? -- Delores, highly desirable Civil War weapon. To determine its value, West, Ariz. you should consult a competent arms dealer. A: No, no and maybe. Your first two titles would be of no interest to *** a book collector. The “Avant Garde” magazine mostly notable Q: I have an umbrella stand that was madewas by the Roseville becauseCompany of the graphic designs of Herb The first issue was Pottery in about 1915. It isLubalin. in the Mostique pattern. in January of 1968 and 13 editions followed. I found more --published Ron, Alton, Ill. than 150 Avant Garde magazines on eBay, most with no bids A: The Mostique pattern is one posted of the most common Roseville Cone. According to Warman's or selling inpatterns the $10 after to $15Pine range. As with most collectibles, there are Roseville Pottery by Mark F. Moran, most pieces had always exceptions. textured glazes of gray or tan, and many are not marked. I *** could not find an umbrella stand in this guide, but typical Q: I have a James Hoffa wristwatch and a Teamsters belt bucket. prices for this pattern are $350 to $450 for a wall pocket; a Could you tell metohow much they worth?pair -- Dee, Godfrey,$325 Ill. jardiniere, $110 $140; and a are matched of vases, A:$350. I contacted a Hoffa collector who said the watch was probably to worth about $50 and the buckle somewhat less. Apparently, the *** Q: My late issued sister bought some designs, rose-colored dishes. I would Teamsters several buckle and the value would like to know howone much Russellville, depend on which youthey have.are Myworth. expert --is Bobby, no longer adding to his Ala. collection and suggests that to sell your items, you should post them A: Your question is impossible to answer since you did not on eBay. provide me with the name of the pattern and other pertinent information. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FLin32853-6475, or Features send e-mailWeekly to questionsforWrite to Larry Cox care of King Service, email@example.com. Due Orlando, to the largeFLvolume of mail heorreceives, Mr. Cox P.O. Box 536475, 32853-6475, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. to thequestions. large volume of send mail any is unable to personally answerDue all reader Do not he receives, Mr. Cox is unable materials requiring return mail. to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
grow up to about 1.5 inches (37 mm). Not every female will have the trademark red hourglass on Slurp and Savor Tasty Mango Salsa “The mangoes are falling,” chanted a chorus of excited young schoolkids in Haitian Creole while I navigated a rocky, muddy path in Haiti recently as a program volunteer with global health organization Medical Teams International (www.medicalteams.org). Sure enough, within seconds, a large, rosy-red and orange mango from a canopy of trees overhead landed with a thud right next to me. I quickly learned the kids’ way of biting into the outer skin (after I washed it), removing it with my fingers and then devouring the fruit slurp by slurp, first one half and then the other. There’s nothing quite as delicious as a tree-ripened mango. Now in season, beautiful vitamin- and mineral-rich mangoes are available at our local stores at reasonable prices. At snack time, remove the peel with a sharp knife and serve your kids long slices or chunks on a plate. Add other tropical fruits such as pineapple and papaya for additional authentic tastes of the Caribbean. For a highlight at your next barbecue, dice a mango and toss together with easy-to-find summer ingredients for this fresh and tangy mango salsa. It’s delicious as an accompaniment to grilled chicken breasts or fish such as halibut and salmon. Serve it as a side, or spoon it on top of the chicken and fish. It’s yummy with grilled shrimp, too.
the abdomen — Sometimes there are two red spots, sometimes no markings at all. The male can often exhibit the hourglass as well, although its marking is usually yellow or white.
FAMOUS LANDMARKS OF THE WORLD: THE TAJ MAHAL Situated near the banks of the River Jumna in northern India sits the world’s most stunning mausoleum, visited by close to four million sightseers every year. This week, Tidbits has gathered some interesting information about the Taj Mahal, one man’s monument to his beloved wife. • The emperor Shah Jahan met his future wife when he was just 15 years old and declared it was love at first sight. Although the couple did not marry for
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THE TAJ MAJAL (continued): • In 1631, the Shah set out with his armies to
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pacify an uprising. His wife chose to accompany him, which was not an unusual occurrence, except that she was advanced in pregnancy. After experiencing complications, Mumtaz Mahal, age 38, died shortly after the birth of her 14th child. With her dying breath, she asked her husband to promise to honor their love by building the world’s most beautiful mausoleum. • Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632, and an estimated 20,000 laborers worked on the edifice over the course of more than 21 years. A 9.3-mile- (15-km) long ramp was built for dragging materials to the site. Teams of 30 oxen as well as 1,000 elephants pulled marble blocks to the sophisticated pulley system that raised the blocks into position. • A huge gateway and arch welcome visitors to the area, symbolic of the gateway through which Mohammed entered Paradise. The marble portal of the main entrance is inscribed with the “promise of Allah,” which reads, “O thou soul at peace, return thou unto thy Lord. These are the Gardens of Eden, enter them and live forever.” •
A minaret stands at each of the four corners
of the pedestal platform on which the tomb rests. Each stands 130 feet (40 m) tall, the traditional components of mosques. • There are 42 acres of grounds in the complex, divided by four channels of water, which represent the four rivers of Paradise mentioned in the sacred Koran. Colossal sunken flowerbeds, trees, pools and fountains complete the magnificent landscape. The large white marble monument with its distinctive onion dome appears pinkish in the mornings, a milky white during the evening, and golden in the moonlight. • The interior is octagon-shaped, and the white marble walls are inlaid with 35 different types of precious and semi-precious stones, including jade, jasper, turquoise, sapphires, pearls and lapis lazuli. Delicate motifs of flowers, vines and fruits were meticulously crafted from the stones. • Because Muslim tradition forbids the elaborate decoration of graves, the actual tombs holding the bodies of the Shah and his wife are in a much simpler crypt below the inner chamber. Their faces are turned toward Mecca, Islam’s holy city. Inscribed along the sides of Mumtaz Mahal’s
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ingest it.) I’ve seen recommendations to place the essential oil directly on a dog’s coat, but this can cause skin irritation, so you should avoid that. For cats, however, lavender is a more dangerous proposition. Ingesting the essential oil or accidentally getting it on their skin can cause stomach upset and, in larger doses, liver toxicity. It’s true that some plants, including herbs, are dangerous for both dogs and cats. Lily plants should not be in a house with cats, as they are very poisonous. Eucalyptus plants and essential oil should be kept away from pets; the plant leaves can cause vomiting if ingested, and the oil can make cats quite ill.
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Tidbits® of Salina THE TAJ MAJAL (continued): tomb are “The 99 Names of God,” including Noble, Magnificent, Majestic, Eternal and Glorious. • The reign of Shah Jahan came to an unfortunate end when his son plotted to overthrow him, imprisoning his father in a tower and taking over the throne. From his window in his prison, Shah Jahan was able to view his beautiful monument. Upon his death, the son buried him next to his beloved wife. THAT’S JUST NUTS! Tidbits is feeling a little nutty this week! Learn more about these healthy additions to your diet. • Sometimes called para nuts or cream nuts, Brazil nuts are grown in tropical South American rainforests. Their name might be “Brazil,” but most of the world’s supply comes from Bolivia. The huge tree that produces them grows up to 150 feet (45.7 m) tall and 6 feet (1.8 m) in diameter. The nuts form inside a hard pod about the size of a coconut, which holds between 15 and 25 nuts. Because these pods can fall from the tree without warning, harvesters wear wooden hats to protect their heads. Brazil nuts are high in fat, about 65 percent in content, which causes them to spoil more readily than other nuts. • We call them peanuts, but they’re not really nuts — Peanuts are legumes grown underground. Of all the nuts that Americans snack on, peanuts account for two-thirds of the total, about 700 million pounds (317 million kg) every year. One acre of plants will produce 2,860 pounds (1,297 kg) of peanuts, enough to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches. One 18-ounce (.5 kg) jar of peanut butter requires 850 peanuts. Just over half of the U.S. crop comes from Georgia, with half of Georgia’s crop going to the manufacture of peanut butter. Chocolate manufacturers use about 20 percent of the peanut crop. • Do you have a phobia about peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth? You suffer from arachibutyrophobia. • What’s the difference between a filbert and a hazelnut? Nothing! They are one and the same. St. Philibert was a 7th century abbot who founded a French monastery. His feast day is August 22, the day filberts ripen in England, and his accomplishments are commemorated by a nut
IRS Warns About Tax Refund Scam
The Internal Revenue Service began warning in 2007 that fake emails were being sent out that appeared to have come from the IRS. Those emails have gone through various incarnations over the years. Some claimed that the email recipient was under investigation by the criminal division. Another claimed the recipient could receive money for filling out a customer satisfaction survey. Another version was a “Where’s My Refund” email. The IRS scam must be lucrative, because it’s still going on. A new incarnation involves sending a refund to the recipient. All versions of the scams have one thing in common: They want your personal information. The IRS has set up web pages designed to handle phishing, which is an attempt to get your personal information. They say, in bold letters: “The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or any social media tools to request personal or financial information.” That’s key to remember, not only if you receive email that appears to be from the IRS, but email from
anywhere. If you haven’t given out your email address to the IRS, a bank, retail stores or online stores, you won’t receive email from them ... unless it’s fake. If you receive email from, say, an online store, don’t open it. If you open it, don’t download any attachment because it likely contains a virus. Don’t click on any links because they’ll take you to sites that will either download a virus onto your computer or solicit your personal information. Even if a link looks genuine, as did the one in the IRS letter above, be suspicious. (The link in the IRS letter went to Russia.) Mouse over the link and hold the cursor above it. Depending on your email software, it’s possible that the real email address will show up. Become familiar with domain name extensions. Dot com (.com) is a common one around the world. But countries have designations as well. The hidden address in the IRS letter was “.ru” -- Russia. Other countries known for a proliferation of scammers are: Nigeria (.ng), Philippines (.ph) and Ghana (.gh). For more information, go to the IRS site at irs.gov and put “phishing” in the search box. You’ll get 187 files on that topic. 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 email to email@example.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
bearing his name. French settlers introduced the tree to Oregon, where they are widely grown, making them that state’s official nut.
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1. Who was the first 20-game winner for the Kansas City Royals? 2. Name the National League team that has won only one World Series game in franchise history. 3. Who is the only Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? 4. How many consecutive seasons has point guard Jason Kidd made the NBA playoffs? 5. Four players have won more than one NHL All-Star Game MVP award. Two of them are Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. Who are the other two? 6. At the beginning of the 2012 Major League Soccer season, what country other than the U.S. had the most players on team rosters? 7. John L. Sullivan and James J. Corbett are considered to be the first two world heavyweight boxing champions. Who was the third?
On July 31, 1715, a hurricane strikes the east coast of Florida, sinking 10 Spanish treasure ships carrying tons of gold and silver coins and killing nearly 1,000 people. About 80 percent of the treasures was recovered within a year, but the rest remained lost until the 1960s. On Aug. 5, 1858, the first telegraph line across the Atlantic Ocean is completed. Four British and American vessels met in mid-ocean and successfully laid 2,000 miles of cable, often at a depth of more than 2 miles. On Aug. 3, 1861, the last entry of Charles Dickens’ serialized novel “Great Expectations” is published. Dickens’ father was thrown in debtors’ prison in 1824, and 12-year-old Charles was sent to work in a factory. The miserable treatment of children and the institution of the debtors’ jail became topics of several of Dickens’ novels.
It was German-American painter and lithographer Herm Albright who made the following sage observation: “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” It’s well-known that there were shortages of many items during World War II -- and caffeine was one. It was such a problem, in fact, that the chemists at Coca-Cola tried to find a substitute, even experimenting with a derivative of bat guano. The idea was nixed by an executive who was afraid of the public backlash if the truth ever came out. Just as a group of birds is called a flock, a group of frogs is called an army. Ever wonder why a barber pole has red and white stripes? It’s a rather grisly tale. At one time barbers did more than cut hair; they sometimes performed marriages and baptisms, served as dentists and even performed surgery. When engaged
in the medical work, any excess blood was soaked up by white towels, which were often hung up on a pole outside to dry. As the wind wrapped the towel around the pole, it created a design of red and white stripes. The 1982 film “Gandhi,” which was awarded eight Oscars, including the one for best picture, used a whopping 300,000 extras. Toilet paper was first introduced in the United States in 1857, but the idea didn’t take off -- the paper being offered was evidently too much like the paper in the Sears catalog, which is what most people used at the time. The most popular perfume in the world is Chanel No. 5. *** Thought for the Day: “Always forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” -- Robert Kennedy (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
On Aug. 2, 1876, “Wild Bill” Hickok, one of the greatest gunfighters of the American West, is murdered in Deadwood, S.D. Hickok was playing cards with his back to the saloon door when a young gunslinger named Jack McCall walked into the saloon, approached Hickok from behind, and shot him in the back of the head. On Aug. 4, 1944, Jewish German-born Anne Frank and her family, who had been hiding in German-occupied Holland, are found by the Gestapo and transported to various concentration camps. The young girl’s diary of her time in hiding was found after her death and published in 1947 as “The Diary of Anne Frank.” On July 30, 1976, American Bruce Jenner wins gold in the decathlon at the Montreal Olympics and sets a world record in the event. After his win, Jenner was voted the 1976 AP Male Athlete of the Year. The 1976 Olympics was his last decathlon. On Aug. 1, 1981, MTV, the Music Television network, makes its maiden broadcast with the words, “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.” The roughly 80 different videos that made up that first week’s rotation on MTV probably represented nearly every promotional music video then available. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Tony Stewart Poised for Title Run
PHOTO CUTLINE: Reigning Cup champion Tony Stewart is tied with Brad Keselowski for most wins this season (three). But his rank (fifth) in the standings has him poised to make a stronger run at the title. (John Clark/NASCAR This Week photo)
The hope of Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart to repeat is very much alive. Stewart, 41, is in excellent position. His victory in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway was his third of the season. He ranks fifth in the point standings, but once the Chase begins on Sept. 16, that ranking won’t matter as long as Stewart remains in the top 10. At the beginning of the Chase, which consists of the season’s final 10 races, bonus points are allotted on the basis of victories. At the moment, Stewart and Brad Keselowski are tied with three. Keselowski’s hold on the top 10 is more tenuous. He ranks ninth. The three victories almost surely will put him in the Chase, but if Keselowski has to rely on one of the two wild-card slots, he won’t get the bonus points. In other words, Stewart is looking great. “Everybody has a shot to win these things (meaning restrictor-plate races at Daytona) and to run in the top five when they get here,” Stewart said. “It’s just a matter of getting that luck on your side and being at the right place at the right time and having that opportunity.”
Will Stewart be an intimidating presence in the Chase? Oh, yeah. A year ago he won half the 10 races. He’ll be the shark in the bay when NASCAR’s championship process commences. In Daytona Beach, Stewart posted the second-best qualifying speed, but it was disallowed when inspection revealed an air hose that had allegedly come loose during the run. As a result, Stewart started 42nd in a 43-car field. Halfway through the race, he was running 30th, more than a half lap behind. A caution flag allowed him to catch up when the field bunched up for the next restart. The rest, as they say, is history. Given a reprieve from the specter of being lapped, Stewart raced to the front, and it was a good thing. In the final 10 laps, two huge crashes occurred. “The great thing about it,” Stewart said, “is that 43 cars all have the same shot at winning the race. “But that’s also part of what makes it frustrating.” *** Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at firstname.lastname@example.org. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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