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HIBERNATION

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by Patricia L. Cook by Rick Dandes Some of us spend a lot of time yawning and nodding our way through movies, airplane and They ruledsermons, the sevenspeeches seas backand in more. the 1600s and auto rides, Imagine 1700s and even today are plundering sea vessels sleeping through an entire winter! Let’s explore in international waters. They are pirates. From the extreme sleep called hibernation. and books to real life,special pirates sleep fascinate • movies Hibernation is a very deep, that people endlessly and probably always will. Tidanimals use for protection during the cold bits walks the plank this week, in honor of Nawinter months. All hibernators eat a lot of food tional Talk Like a Pirate Day observed on Sepfor their bodies to store as fat, seek safe shelter tember 19. for the winter months and become inactive or • Although Hollywood pirates, such as Jack dormant. Some store nuts or other seeds to eat Sparrow’s friends, like to grumble “arrr” or during the winter.

“arrrrgh” frequently, real pirates were not

• There groups ofactor hibernators: knownaretoactually do so. two Hollywood Robert deep sleepers and “true” hibernators. Newton, who played Long John SilverTrue in hibernation involves greatly lowering breathing, the 1950s, had a regional accent from the body temperature rate.where they like Cotswolds districtand of heart England

to roll people the “r” athink bit. However, average real • Most of bearsyour when the word pirate did not. hibernation is used. In fact, bears are not hibernators deep men sleepers. Theybut are •true Pirates may havebut thrown overboard, inactive during weather the but no one was everextreme known towinter have “walked may wake up during weather. They plank.” Again, this onemild is a Hollywood myth.are byof noise andbecame can riseone to of protect •easily Lady disturbed Ching Shih China the themselves rather quickly. Many bears actually most powerful pirates to have ever sailed the give birth during hibernation one so they ocean blue. She commanded of thehave mostto beformidable aware andpirate somewhat to Asia tend during to their fleets awake in all of cubs. Some1800s, scientists call the winter the early with hundreds of shipssleep underof bears “denning” instead of hibernation or deep her command. sleeping. turn the page for more! turn the page for more!

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• A list of hibernating mammals includes: SEA at CHI (-10) chipmunks, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, possums, hedgehogs, hamsters, skunks, bats, marmots, badgers and some lemurs. Some non-mammals that hibernate are: turtles, lizards, snakes, frogs, toads, newts and NYJ at NE (-8.5) some insects. There is even one bird that is considered a hibernator. The Common Poorwill can drop its body temperature and go into a hibernation-like state known as “torpor” for several weeks. • The Arctic ground squirrel, a true hibernator, is North America’s largest and most northern ground squirrel. This small mammal digs a hibernation chamber off its main burrow which is only about 20 inches (.5 m) deep. It rolls up into a ball and covers itself with its tail in the chamber lined with leaves, grass, lichen and animal hair. It is the only mammal known to survive a drop in body temperature during hibernation of 28 to 27º F (-2 to -3º C). People can’t survive a body temperature lower than 90º F (32º C). This squirrel wakes up briefly every few weeks during its long hibernation, which may last seven months.

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HIBERNATION (continued): hibernators known are Turkish hamsters in the Middle East, which can hibernate as long as ten months!

• The type and length of hibernation depends on the animal’s body and its habitat or home. • Those long-hibernating garter snakes may get Since the Arctic ground squirrel is small and together with thousands of friends for group lives in cold areas, its hibernation is long. hibernating. Groups of up to 12 skunks sleep Similarly, mouse lemurs hibernate up to seven together, and brown bats hang in clusters in months. Garter snakes in the Arctic tundra their caves in groups of over 100. may hibernate eight months. The longest

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1. Who had more career victories as a major-league pitcher: Bert Blyleven or Tommy John? 2. Three different Phillies pitchers won the N.L. Cy Young Award at least once during the 1980s. One was Steve Carlton (1980, ’82). Name the other two. 3. When Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour set a major college football career record in 2009 for total touchdowns (150), whose mark did he break? 4. Toronto’s Jose Calderon set the NBA record for free-throw percentage in 2008-09 at 98.1 percent. Who had held the mark? 5. Who is the only player in hockey history to win a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal, a world championship, a World Cup, a Memorial Cup and a world junior title? 6. Name the first black U.S. athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual event. 7. Who was the first U.S. golfer to claim the No. 1 spot in the LPGA’s world rankings, which began in 2006? (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

HIBERNATION (continued): • To prepare for hibernation and the approach of winter, animals eat a lot. They need lots of body fat for the long sleep. Baby toads and bats actually eat enough to double their weight. Not all bats hibernate. By the way, did you know that bats are the only flying mammals? (Flying squirrels and flying lemurs move through the air but they are only gliding.)

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19)

Aspects call for care in preparing material for submission. Although you might find it bothersome to go over what you’ve done, the fact is, rechecking could be worth your time and effort.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)

The week is favorable for Bovines who welcome change. New career opportunities wait to be checked out. You might also want to get started on that home makeover you’ve been considering.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20)

You might have to be extra careful to protect that surprise you have planned, thanks to a certain snoopy someone who wants to know more about your plans than you’re willing to share.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22)

Family ties are strong this week, although an old and still-unresolved problem might create some unpleasant moments. If so, look to straighten the situation out once and for all.

LEO (July 23 to August 22)

Although the Lion might see it as an act of loyalty and courage to hold on to an increasingly shaky position, it might be wiser to make changes now to prevent a possible meltdown later.

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)

Your gift for adding new people to your circle of friends works overtime this week, thanks largely to contacts you made during the holidays. A surprise awaits you at the week’s end.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22)

Don’t hide your talents. It’s a good time to show what you can do to impress people who can do a lot for you. A dispute with a family member might still need some smoothing over.

SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21)

Be open with your colleagues about your plan to bring a workplace matter out into the open. You’ll want their support, and they’ll want to know how you’ll pull it off.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Trying to patch up an unraveling relationship is often easier said than done. But it helps to discuss and work out any problems that arise along the way.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19)

While your creative aspect remains high this week, you might want to call on your practical side to help work out the why and wherefore of an upcoming decision.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18)

Dealing with someone’s disappointment can be difficult for Aquarians, who always try to avoid giving pain. But a full explanation and a show of sympathy can work wonders.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20)

Getting a job-related matter past some major obstacles should be easier this week. A personal situation might take a surprising but not necessarily unwelcome turn by the week’s end.

BORN THIS WEEK: You can be both a dreamer and a doer. You consider helping others to be an important part of your life. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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HIBERNATION (continued): • Black bears may gain as much as 30 pounds (13.5 kg) per week when they are preparing to hibernate or “den.” So, just like when you eat too much at a holiday meal, the extra fat makes animals less energetic and ready for their long winter’s nap. • Non-breeding polar bear females and males don’t hibernate or den. Pregnant polar bears hibernate in dens built in snow banks while preparing for their cubs to arrive. The cubs weigh about a pound (.45 kg) when born and 20-30 pounds (9-14 kg) when they come out of the dens in March or April. Polar bears are found in Arctic areas of Canada, Alaska, Russia, Greenland and Norway. • Are you wondering about these sleepers’ bathroom issues? When they burn fat, it produces water. This water stays in the bodies of true hibernators for hydration, eliminating the need to urinate. Animals that get up to eat occasionally, such as squirrels, do urinate. • Instead of storing large amounts of body fat, eastern chipmunks and Columbian ground squirrels (and other small mammals) store large amounts of nuts and other seeds in their burrows. Scientists have found up to two gallons (8 l) of seeds and nuts in the burrows of chipmunks. That’s a lot of food for such tiny animals.

“During the winter, I keep a spray bottle around that’s filled with a dilution of fabric softener. Not only do a few spritzes on the furniture and carpet make the house smell nice, it also gives some much-needed humidity to the air.” -- D.K. in Wyoming “This is a big hit at our house for dinner: Make meatloaf in a muffin tin and then use whipped potatoes to ’frost’ the ’cupcakes.’ We also decorate the tops with peas or corn kernels for a fun dinner that we then eat up!” -- B.B. in California Restrict your salt at the saltshaker. Seal up a few holes with clear nail polish. “If you like to reuse margarine tubs or similar containers for storing food or even crafts, use a bit of nail polish remover to clean off the lettering on the outside of the tub. It comes right off and doesn’t appear to affect the plastic.” -- A.L. in Delaware When placing dough in a bowl to rise, try spraying it with cooking spray. It’s less messy than spreading oil around with your fingers.

FLASHBACK 1. Name the female singer who released “The Way We Were.” 2. Which one-hit-wonder group recorded “Nobody But Me” in 1968? 3. What was the original name of the group B.T. Express? Name its 1974 hit. 4. Which group was Peter Cetera in before going out on his own?

Slip a knee-high stocking over the mouth of your vacuum-cleaner hose and use it to dust your book- 5. Name the singer who released “Undercover shelves or around knick-knacks. Nothing will get Angel.” sucked up but dust. 6. Who was the original drummer for the Eagles? What year did he start?

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¥ It was American radio and TV writer and commentator Andy Rooney who made the following sage observation: “Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done.”

want to consider the following: A study conducted in the United Kingdom found that those who reported the highest consumption of caffeine also were more likely to report hallucinations and other extrasensory experiences.

¥ The iconic 1980s video games Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man had 256 levels, though it’s been reported that on both of them, the 256th level has bugs that make it unplayable.

¥ The Campbell’s Soup portraits created by Andy Warhol have become icons of the Pop Art movement, and today they sell at auction for upward of $10 million. They weren’t always so well-regarded, however; in 1962, actor Dennis Hopper (a visionary art collector, it seems) purchased one of the first examples for a mere $75.

¥ The earliest known examples of drinking straws were created out of gold and lapis lazuli by the ancient Sumerians. It seems they were used by royalty to drink beer, thereby avoiding the yeast residue left over from the fermentation process. ¥ It takes 450 skilled workers to create a Steinway grand piano -- and the piano is made up of about 12,000 individual parts. ¥ If you are like 83 percent of adult Americans, you received a gift you didn’t want during the recent holiday season. ¥ If you’re a heavy coffee drinker, you might

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HIBERNATION (continued): • On humans, body fat is not necessarily desirable, although we need some for reserve energy. For animals, it is extremely important. By: Matilda Charles There are two types of body fat —white and brown fat. Omega-3 for the Eyes • White fat is what animals live off of while hibernating. White fat burns slowly and lasts One benefit of studies is that researchers can for a long time. Brown fat is found near the go back later to the data and look at it in a vital organs, heart and lungs and is needed for different way. In one recent case, the Wilmer survival. This fat is like rocket fuel and is used Eye Institute arm of Johns Hopkins School of for quick bursts of energy. Medicine reviewed a study done in the 1990s • One small animal that is really a nuisance and put together new information. to farmers and even suburban neighborhoods Scientists took a study about the correlation is the woodchuck. You’ve probably heard between Age-related Macular Degeneration the tongue twister: “How much wood would (AMD) and diet, and considered how Omea woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” The answer is: “A woodchuck ga-3 in fish and shellfish might play a part. would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck Omega-3, a certain kind of fatty acid, wasn’t associated with health back when the original could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck study was done. Now, knowing that Omega-3 wood.” Actually a woodchuck, also known as a groundhog, whistle pig or marmot, is the is helpful in a number of ways in the body, largest member of the squirrel family. It eats they turned their sights to how that oil works seeds, leaves, grass, flowers, fruit, eggs, insects in the retina of the eye. and, yes, some wood. More than 2,000 seniors between the ages of • Punxsutawney Phil is probably the most 65 and 84 participated in a survey about what famous hibernator in the world. This little they ate for one year. The new analysis of that guy (groundhog) has been a “weather data asked whether those who routinely ate predictor” for over 120 years. February 2nd fish and shellfish were offered any protection is Groundhog Day (the day Phil awakens), from the onset of AMD. Answer: Yes, they and Phil seeing (or not seeing) his shadow were. Those who had advanced cases of AMD on that day “determines” the time Ole’ Man were much less likely to eat seafood with Winter will linger. The town of Punxsutawney, Omega-3. Pennsylvania, has tied itself closely to the At the same time, researchers asked whether groundhog. Phil has his own website, fan club and appears on lots of news and weather participants were protected from AMD by the zinc in crabs and oysters. The answer: No, programs every February. they weren’t. • While the snow and cold of winter are all around us, isn’t it interesting to think of all the However, we shouldn’t jump the gun. The animals that are sleeping it away? researchers were quoted as saying that this is

a “potential” way to avoid AMD. After all, it was a small study, and the participants selfreported what they ate. They’re calling this a good first step and saying that a randomized study should be done. If you’re concerned about your eyes, ask you doctor if you could benefit from eating fish or shellfish once a week.

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Flashback Answers 1. Barbra Streisand. The song was on the soundtrack of the 1973 film by the same name and won multiple awards. 2. The Human Beinz. 3. Brooklyn Trucking Express. “Do It (’Til You’re Satisfied)” rose to No. 2 on the Billboard charts and No. 1 on R&B. 4. Chicago. His first solo, “Glory of Love,” was the theme song to the film “Karate Kid Part 2” in 1986. 5. Alan O’Day, in 1977. While he’s not especially wellknown for his singing, he’s written a wealth of material for other artists, as well as National Geographic and “Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies.” 6. Don Henley started when the band formed in 1971 and stayed until 1980, when the band broke up. He came back when they regrouped in 1994.

Sports Quiz Answers 1. John had 288 victories; Blyleven tallied 287. 2. John Denny (1983) and Steve Bedrosian (1987). 3. Hawaii’s Colt Brennan (2007) and Texas Tech’s Graham Howell (2008). 4. Houston’s Calvin Murphy hit 95.8 percent of his free throws in 1980-81. 5. Scott Niedermayer. 6. William DeHart Hubbard, in the long jump in 1924. 7. Cristie Kerr, in 2010.

On Jan. 23, 1775, London merchants petition Parliament for relief from the financial hardship put upon them by the curtailment of trade with the North American colonies. Most critical to the merchants’ concerns were the 2 million pounds sterling in outstanding debts owed to them by their North American counterparts. On Jan. 18, 1882, A.A. Milne, creator of “Winniethe-Pooh,” is born. Milne wrote his volumes of verse for his son, Christopher Robin: “When We Were Very Young” (1924), “Winnie-the-Pooh” (1926), “Now We Are Six” (1927) and “The House at Pooh Corner” (1928). On Jan. 19, 1915, during World War I, Britain suffers its first casualties from an air attack when two German zeppelins drop bombs on Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn on the eastern coast of England. The zeppelin, a motor-driven rigid airship, was developed by German inventor Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin in 1900. On Jan. 17, 1953, a prototype Chevrolet Corvette sports car makes its debut at General Motors’ Motorama auto show in New York City. The car featured an all-fiberglass body, a white exterior and red interior, a 150-horsepower engine and a starting price tag of around $3,500. An AM radio and heater were extra. On Jan. 20, 1961, 87-year-old Robert Frost recited his poem “The Gift Outright” at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Although Frost had written a new poem for the occasion, titled “Dedication,” faint ink in his typewriter made the words difficult to read, so he recited “The Gift Outright” from memory. On Jan. 21, 1977, President Jimmy Carter grants an unconditional pardon to hundreds of thousands of men who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War. In total, some 100,000 young Americans went abroad in the late 1960s and early ’70s to avoid serving in the war. On Jan. 22, 1981, Rolling Stone magazine’s John Lennon tribute issue hits newsstands, featuring a cover photograph of a naked John Lennon curled up in a fetal embrace of a fully clothed Yoko Ono. The photograph had been taken just 12 hours before Lennon’s death. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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