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Ever since the dawn of man, there has been a fascination with the stars. But it wasn’t until the invention of the telescope that a true mapping of the sky began. Of course now, with space-age telescopes mounted on deep-space probes, we know a lot more about the universe. Take a journey into space with Tidbits, as we explore the wonders of our own solar system. • How old is our solar system? About 4.6 billion years old, give or take a few million years. Since the Earth is constantly resurfacing itself, we can’t determine exactly how old it is by examining the surface, but there’s another way to find out. Meteorites, which date back to the formation of the solar system, have been raining down on Earth for millions of years. Scientists have sampled meteorites and learned that they’re all about 4.6 billion years old. That means that everything in the solar system formed around the same time.

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If you have several items of clothing with grease stains on them, add a can of cola to the wash water. It can ease out grease stains. Turn corduroy pants inside out before each washing. This reduces wear and discourages lint Shaving cream can be used as a spot cleaner on carpets, upholstery and even clothing. If you are not sure whether your upholstery can be cleaned with water, check first in an inconspicuous area. Need a nice-smelling house but don’t feel like baking cookies? Try simmering a pot of spices on the stove. Add several cloves and a teaspoon of cinnamon or pumpkinpie spice to a few cups of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes or so. Your house will have a delicious scent -- good enough to eat. “Use cotton swabs to touch up painting jobs. They are small enough to get into tight spaces, and the best part is that they are disposable.” -- J.D. in Kansas. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@yahoo.com. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

• Examples of ancient Rome’s contribution to space science are the names of the planets. The association of certain planets with certain attributes of gods or goddesses harkens back to the Sumerians, but Roman names were directly appropriated. Examples are Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn.•

• Our solar system only has eight planets. Not the nine planets you grew up with. That’s because the International Astronomical Union reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet in 2006.

• To qualify as a planet, an object needs to orbit the sun, have enough mass to pull itself into a spherical shape, and have cleared out its orbit of other material. It’s this third requirement that Pluto hasn’t fulfilled. Pluto is a fraction of the mass in its orbit, while the other planets are millions of times more massive than everything else in their orbits.

• Pluto may have been downgraded from planet to dwarf planet, but guess what? It’s not the only dwarf planet found in our solar system. Three others have been discovered: Ceres, Eris and Makemake. Dwarf planets are objects that orbit the sun and have enough mass to form a sphere, but they share their orbit with other objects. As telescopes improve, more dwarf planets will probably be discovered. There might eventually be more dwarf planets than planets.

• Unlike Earth, Saturn is made mostly of hydrogen and helium, so its density is only 0.13 that of Earth. While it has heavier materials in the core, it is the only planet in the solar system that is less dense than water.

• Titan is the largest of Saturn’s moons. It is the second largest moon in the solar system. In fact, it is larger than both Mercury and Pluto.

• Scientists are particularly interested in Titan because it’s one of the few known moons with its own dense atmosphere. Titan’s atmosphere is also thought to be very similar to what Earth’s atmosphere was a long time ago. By learning about Titan, we’ll learn about our own planet.

• Saturn’s moon Hyperion is shaped sort of like a hamburger patty and rotates chaotically, probably due to a recent collision.

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The news isn’t good. There has been lots of talk about the Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for the year 2011. And now we know: We won’t see an increase in our monthly checks. Many of us already live close to the edge. With the cost of everything going up -- food, gas, utilities, clothing, medical (and never mind having any fun by going out to a movie or the occasional dinner) -- we’re going to be squeezed tighter than ever. Many of my friends are getting angry and making plans on how to survive with less. That’s my stance on it, too: Figuring out how to make it work. Here are some of their ideas: • Join a movie club, one that delivers DVDs right to your door in the mail, and split the cost with some friends. Swap the movie around or

get together once a week to watch the latest film. • Don’t buy holiday gifts for family this year, or send one check as a family gift. • Pool your resources where possible. Go in with a few friends on bulk groceries and divide them into smaller amounts. Go on errands together in one car, or use the van if you live in a retirement center. • Ask the senior center or even the library to host a meeting to exchange ideas on how to save, signing up with others for car rides and bulk purchases, or bartering and swapping. • Ask your doctor for generics on every prescription you have, and buy them at Walmart or other stores offering $4 prescriptions, if possible. Remember: We can be tough if we have to be, and we can do this. All it takes is an attitude adjustment, right? Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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TRIVIA By Fifi Rodriguez 1. TELEVISION: What was the first name of Mr. Spock’s mother in “Star Trek”? 2. U.S. STATES: What is Florida’s official state flower? 3. FAMOUS QUOTES: Who once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else”? 4. ARCHITECTURE: Which architect’s winter residence was called Taliesin West? 5. MATH: How many sides does an octagon have? 6. HUMAN ANATOMY: Where is the humerus bone located? 7. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is a “one-armed bandit”? 8. LANGUAGE: What does the Latin prefix “lacto” mean? 9. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Which president said, “I’m the president of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli”? 10. SCIENCE: What is a more common name for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”?


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• The asteroid belt lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Sometimes called minor planets, asteroids are rocky objects that are the remnants of the solar system when it formed. Over 90,000 asteroids of various sizes have been found by scientists. • Often referred to as the “final frontier” of the solar system, the Kuiper Belt, which is a discshaped area made up of icy debris, is located at a distance of 7.5- 9.3 billion miles (12 -15 billion kilometers) from the sun.

• Ancient astronomers used to think the Earth was the center of the universe. It wasn’t until the 16th century that Nicolaus Copernicus first presented the idea that the sun was at the center, not the Earth.

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Nothing wrong with NASCAR can’t be fixed by a race at Martinsville Speedway.

Some people are going to disagree. They’re the ones who think every race should be in some place like Las Vegas. They’re the ones who believed Gillian Zucker, president of Auto Club Speedway, when she claimed that she couldn’t draw a crowd in February because of -- get this! -- the Academy Awards. As if there were fans saying, “I’d love to see that race, but I just can’t leave without knowing if ‘Hurt Locker’ won the Oscar.” Who can give it up for Jimmie Johnson when Dame Judi Dench is on the tube? Some of those fans watched the Tums Fast Relief 500 on television -- and probably had a jolly good time making stupid jokes about its title -- and the wonders of Martinsville probably seemed elusive. Something about television makes race cars look slower. Martinsville can look like a Homecoming Parade in fast-forward. Specifically, it can look like the Homecoming Parade in “Animal House,” complete with calls for “ramming speed” and an abundance of profanity among the participants. Do not judge Martinsville if you’ve never been there. On TV, it also looks a great deal like bumper cars at the county fair. Up close -- and by that, I mean, in the lower rows of the grandstands, squinting at cars flashing by and trying to keep dust, grime and oil out of the eyes -- it looks as if all the cars were constructed by NASA, not organizations with names like Furniture Row Racing. It’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys. At the end, unflappable guys like Jeff Burton are ... flappable. Being a race driver, Burton sometimes seems embarrassed by the perception that he has good sense. Maniacs are more the norm in the circus to which he ran away many years ago. After Burton’s teammate, Kevin Harvick, got mad at him, Burton’s first reaction was to defend himself (“There is nothing I did that I regret, and there is nothing I won’t do next week.”) and his second was to take mild offense that he acted like everyone else. “I drive like that every week,” he snapped. “I have this reputation of being a passive driver, and I drive hard every week. I drove hard this week, but I didn’t drive any harder than I normally do.” Martinsville would be a lot better place to have every race than Vegas, solely on the basis of the post-race quotes Monte Dutton has covered motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette since 1993. He was named writer of the year by the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. His blog NASCAR This Week (http://nascar. rbma.com) features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. E-mail Monte at nascar_thisweek@yahoo.com. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

• All the objects in the solar system orbit the sun in a counter-clockwise direction. This matches the theory that the solar system formed all at once from a cool cloud of hydrogen. As the gas came together, it began to spin, so that the sun collected in the middle, surrounded by an accretion disk of gas and dust. All the planets and other material in the solar system formed within this rotating disk. • Our sun is a typical star, middling in size, but big enough to burn steadily for 10 billion years.

• The sun contains 99.8 percent of the mass in the solar system. And the sun is approximately 72 percent hydrogen, so most of the matter in the solar system is hydrogen, with the remaining amount being mostly helium, oxygen and carbon. Everything else, like metals and rocks, is just a tiny fraction of a fraction of the solar system’s mass.

• How big is our sun? It has a diameter of 864,000 miles (1,391,000 kilometers), and more than one million Earths could fit into the sun. It is located 93 million miles (150 million kilometers) from Earth.

• The heat the sun gives us derives from nuclear fusion at its core. • There are only a few stars within 10 light-years of our sun. The closest Proxima Centauri, 4.2 light-years away. Barnard’s Star is 5.9 lightyears away; Wolf 359 is 7.8 light-years away; Lalande 21185 is 8.3 light-years away; Sirius is 8.6 light-years away; Luyten 726-8 is 8.7 lightyears away; and finally Ross 154 is 9.7 lightyears away.

• The sun is just one star in 200 billion in our galaxy, the Milky Way. Doesn’t that give you perspective? Our world is just one planet orbiting one star in a galaxy of 200 billion stars. • So, are we alone? Astronomers now estimate that the universe contains roughly trillions of stars organized into billions of galaxies.

• Spacecraft from Earth have visited or orbited every planet in the solar system, and more are on their way to visit some of the dwarf planets. Man has explored the sun, the moon and many asteroids. And now some of the oldest spacecraft still active — NASA’s Voyager spacecrafts — have almost reached the sun’s heliosphere.


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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My 6-month-old Lab mix, “Charlie,” scratches and bites at his fur a lot. This started a couple of weeks ago, and he scratches most of the day. Does he have fleas? I can’t see any. - Darlene H., Baton Rouge

DEAR DARLENE: It’s entirely possible for your pet to have fleas without you being able to see them or experiencing their itchy bites yourself. If there is one telltale indicator of infestation, however, it’s “flea dirt”: tiny black flecks in his fur or on his skin that look kind of like black pepper. But he may not even have that, at first. Charlie also could be having an allergic reaction to something. He could even have a flea or two and be having an allergic reaction to their bites. You can check for this by looking at the skin of his hind legs and at the base of his tail. Are there small red bumps raised there? If you find evidence of fleas but no other problems (like

allergic reaction, infected scratch marks, etc.), treat Charlie for fleas and monitor him more closely than usual for a few weeks to make sure scratching does not resume. In addition, treat your home and entryways to prevent fleas and increase the number of times per week you vacuum (and be sure to change the vacuum bag frequently too). If you can’t find fleas or their evidence, or he keeps scratching after treatment, take Charlie to the veterinarian to look for other problems like allergies, skin disease or a hidden illness. Have a question about your pet? Contact Sam at ask@ pawscorner.com., or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Find more pet advice and resources at www. pawscorner.com. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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TINA TURNER Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939) is an American singer and actress whose career has spanned more than 50 years. She has won numerous awards, and her achievements in the rock music genre have earned her the title “The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

• Born to a share-cropping family in the segregated South, Anna Mae Bullock and her elder sister were raised by their grandparents. Anna Mae eventually moved to St. Louis to reunite with her mother.

• In St. Louis, Bullock attended Sumner High School. At this time, Bullock’s sister was taking her to several nightclubs in the city. One night, Bullock met Mississippi-born rhythm and blues musician Ike Turner and later asked him if she could sing for him. Ike was initially skeptical, but after much persistence on Bullock’s part, he decided to let her sing. And the rest is history.

• Going by the name “Little Ann,” Bullock was soon the lead singer in a soul revue led by Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm band.

• When the singer that was to record “A Fool In Love” failed to turn up for the session, Ike Turner drafted Bullock to provide the vocal with the intention of removing it later. However, once he heard her spine-tingling performance of the song, he changed his plans. He changed her name to Tina Turner, and when the record became a hit, Tina became a permanent fixture in Ike’s band and his quest for international stardom.

• After they married, Ike and Tina Turner recorded a string of hits in the 1960s, including “A Fool in Love,” “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine,” “I Idolize You” and the groundbreaking “River Deep, Mountain High” with producer Phil Spector.

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Friday night, November 12, from 5:00 – 8:00, It’s time again for that annual western communities tradition—the Pasta Dinner at Crestwood Middle School, this year featuring food by Mario Brothers! Crestwood’s cafeteria will be transformed into an Italian trattoria, complete with music performed by Crestwood’s award-winning band and the vocal and handbell choirs, with additional entertainment by the cheerleaders and step team. Tickets are just $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Crestwood Middle School is located at 64 Sparrow Drive, Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call the school office at 561-753-5000. Boys & Girls Club Special Events Tuesday, November 30, 2010: Holiday Trunk Show Party - Seagate Wednesday & Thursday, December 1 & 2, 2010 Holiday Trunk Show - Seagate Saturday, December 4, 2010 - Wellington Dinner Dance at Wycliffe Country Club

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It was British playwright Tom Stoppard who made the following observation: “Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.” You’ve probably had some experience with hail at some point in your life, but probably not with hail like this: The heaviest recorded hailstone in the world fell in Bangladesh in 1986; it weighed a whopping 2.25 pounds. The largest hailstone, which fell earlier this year in South Dakota, measured 8 inches in diameter. Be glad your car -- or your head -- wasn’t in the way. William Henry Harrison, the country’s sixth commander-in-chief, had the shortest tenure of any United States president. He died of pneumonia just 32 days after taking office.

• By the end of the decade, Ike and Tina incorporated modern rock styles into their act and began including their interpretations of “Come Together,” “Honky Tonk Woman” and “I Want to Take You Higher” in their stage show.

• “Proud Mary,” the duo’s interpretation of the Credence Clearwater Revival hit, was the duo’s greatest commercial success, peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1971. The single eventually won a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

• Many believed that after Turner broke with Ike, she would not return to the music scene. Tina proved otherwise, when she, with the help of Roger Davies, her Australian manager, released her multi-platinum and Grammy-winning album in 1984, “Private Dancer,” with her biggest hits “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” and “Better Be Good to Me.”

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• Turner in the movies: Following Turner’s success in 1984, she starred in the film, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” and recorded the film’s soundtrack as well, which produced the international hit, “We Don’t Need Another Hero.”

• Turner was listed on Rolling Stone’s list “The Immortals — The Greatest Artists of All Time.” She is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and two of her recordings, “River Deep Mountain High” (1999) and “Proud Mary” (2003), are in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Turner has won eight Grammy Awards • Tina Turner is one of the top-selling music artists of all time, with record sales estimated at around 200 million copies.

In 1666, the Great Fire of London destroyed 13,200 homes, 87 parish churches and St. Paul’s Cathedral, and it left some 70,000 people homeless. It also provided the impetus for the beginning of the insurance industry. After the conflagration, Nicholas Barbon, a well-to-do doctor, realized how much of his wealth was flammable. A year after the Great Fire, he began the world’s first insurance company. If you’re a longtime football fan, you might not be surprised to learn that between 1983 and 2006, the average weight of NFL players rose by 10 percent. The men and women who venture into space have to adapt themselves to changing environments both when they enter space and when they return home. Many astronauts and cosmonauts say that one of the most difficult things to adjust to when returning to earth from space is the fact that when you let go of something, it falls to the ground. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc

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The History Channel • On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most famous speeches in American history at the dedication of the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pa. Using just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly articulated the meaning of the conflict for a war-weary public. His address lasted just two minutes. • On Nov. 18, 1883, American and Canadian railroads begin using four continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands of local times. However, it was not until 1918 that Congress officially adopted the railroad time zones and put them under the supervision of the Interstate Commerce Commission. • On Nov. 21, 1927, Time magazine puts the Holland Tunnel on its cover. The tunnel, which runs under the Hudson River between New York City and Jersey City, N.J., had opened to traffic the week before, at the stroke of midnight on Nov. 13. The toll was 50 cents per car in both directions. • On Nov. 16, 1945, the United States ships 88 German scientists to America to assist the nation in its production of rocket technology. Most of these “volunteers” had served under the Nazi regime. The voluntary nature of the scheme was somewhat undercut by the admission that the scientists were in “protective custody.” • On Nov. 20, 1955, Bo Diddley introduced himself and his namesake beat to the world with his television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Sullivan was so furious with Diddley for not opening with Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons” that Sullivan banned him from future appearances on his show. • On Nov. 15, 1965, at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, 28-year-old Californian Craig Breedlove sets a new land-speed record -- 600.601 mph. His car, the Spirit of America, cost $250,000 and was powered by a surplus engine from a Navy jet. • On Nov. 17, 1973, in the midst of the Watergate scandal that eventually ended his presidency, President Richard Nixon tells a group of newspaper editors that he is “not a crook.” After a relentless federal investigation, Nixon resigned in August 1974. (c)

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Triglycerides Can Clog Arteries DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What are triglycerides? What do they do to you? I am a 55-year-old male in good health, or so I thought. My lab tests have shown I have elevated triglycerides. My doctor believes I need to make funeral arrangements. He told me to cut down on fats. I have never eaten much fat. I don’t use butter. How do I get my level down? -- R.F. ANSWER: Triglycerides are fats. The marbling in meat and the stuff that surrounds a cut of meat are triglycerides. In the blood, they are not solids. They’re a source of energy for body cells. Excess amounts are stored as fat. Cholesterol gets all the blame for clogging heart arteries and causing heart attacks. But triglycerides bear part of the blame. A very high blood triglyceride level inflames the pancreas -- pancreatitis. That happens, but is a somewhat rare event compared with other causes of pancreatitis. The normal triglyceride reading should be less than 150 mg/ dL (1.7 mmol/L). Values between 150 and 199 (1.7 to 2.2) are considered borderline high. Anything above 500 (5.6) is very high. Weight reduction almost always brings down triglycerides. Fatty foods, fatty meats and fried foods should be eaten sparingly. Surprisingly, sugar raises triglycerides, as does immoderate alcohol drinking. Omega-3 fatty acids lower them. Fish -- a good source of omega-3 fatty acids -- therefore, ought to be a major part of two weekly meals. If you don’t like the taste of fish, you can take omega-3 in pills. I know people must cringe when they hear exercise mentioned, as it appears to be a panacea for every ill. A half-hour of brisk

walking on most days of the week reliably lowers triglycerides. You can start more modestly, and work your way to the 30-minute goal. If none of these lowers your triglycerides, medicines can. Lopid, Tricor and niacin are three reliable drugs. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I just received a lab slip from my doctor’s office for tests that should be done before my visit. Electrolytes are circled. What are they? They sound like something to do with electricity. -- M.Z. ANSWER: Electrolytes are sodium, potassium, bicarbonate and chloride. They do have something to do with electricity -- they carry a charge. They’re involved in a huge number of body processes, including keeping the heart beating, facilitating nerve transmission, helping muscle contractions and maintaining the balance between acids and bases. The booklet on electrolytes describes their functions and details the things that can go wrong when one or other is deficient or excessive. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 202W, 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) 2010 North America Synd., Inc.

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