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by Kathy Wolfe Cardinal, scarlet, ruby, flame, cranberry or carnelian: No matter how you say it, the color is red! This week, Tidbits looks at what Crayola ranks as America’s 12th favorite color. • The longest wavelength of light discernible by the human eye is red. Longer wavelengths can’t be seen and are called infrared. Red light carries the least amount of energy. It’s also the highest arc of the rainbow. • Early red dye was a very expensive commodity. It came from the female cochineal, a little beetle found in Mexican cacti. When the Spaniards arrived in Mexico in the 16th century, they scraped the beetles off the plants and dried them, then shipped them to Europe. About one million beetles were required to produce a pound of water-soluble extract.

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• Symbolism associated with the color red is full of opposites. We think of it as the color of love — red roses, Valentine’s Day and Cupid — but it is also the color of danger, hate and the devil. Red can be used as a symbol of guilt, sin and anger, as in the Biblical statement, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel “The Scarlet Letter” tells the story of a woman in sin forced to sew a red letter “A” onto her clothing.

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6. MEDICINE: Who discovered that yellow fever was transmitted by mosquitoes? 7. LITERATURE: What was the first novel written by Raymond Chandler?

1. TELEVISION: What was the theme song of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”? 8. AD SLOGANS: What company advised motorists to “trust your car to the star”? 2. MUSIC: What rock group was featured in the documentary “The Kids Are Alright”? 9. ANATOMY: What is a human being’s normal body temperature in Celsius? 3. MYTHOLOGY: In Norse mythology, who were the Norns? 10. GEOGRAPHY: The tiny principality of Andorra borders which two European coun4. MOVIES: Actress Shirley MacLaine played tries? a nun in which movie? 5. CARTOONS: What were the names of Daisy Duck’s nieces?

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SEEING RED (continued): • Before the days of synthetic dyes, the shade of • According to psychological research, people of red known as crimson was produced by using both genders find those of the opposite sex more the dried bodies of the kermes insect. This bug attractive if they’re wearing red. Men wearing is found in the Kermes oak tree, which grows red appear more powerful to women, as well in Mediterranean countries. Crimson is not only as higher in status and more likely to succeed. the official color of Harvard University’s athletic In a University of Rochester study, men were team, it is also the name of the team itself. shown identical photos of the same woman. In Likewise, the University of Alabama’s 19 varsity one, she’s in a blue dress, and in the other, the sports teams adopted the name Crimson Tide in dress is digitally altered to red. Consistently, men the early 20th century. chose the photo of her in the red dress as more • A poem entitled “Warning” inspired the attractive. formation of The Red Hat society, a social group • Other research indicates that red can keep us founded for the purpose of “fun, friendship, from doing our best on important tests. During freedom, fulfillment and fitness” for women over experiments, those who saw a flash of red before 50. The lines “When I am an old woman I shall the test were impaired in their performance, wear purple, with a red hat that doesn’t go and perhaps because they associated the color doesn’t suit me” gave the original group of 18 with mistakes and failures, as errors have been their signature hat idea. Within seven years, there traditionally marked in red on school papers. were 40,000 chapters of the group worldwide. Studies also show that red elicits the strongest The Society has an online store, a magazine reaction of all colors and can actually stimulate and more than 70,000 registered members who energy and increase blood pressure, respiration, believe “silliness is the comedy relief of life.” heartbeat and pulse rate. The first red hat, which had been a birthday gift to one of the charter members, has been donated to • Most Americans have probably seen the U.S. the Smithsonian Museum of American History. flag countless times without knowing what its colors mean. The red stripes symbolize “courage, • An abundant amount of iron oxide on the surface hardiness and blood shed from the brave men of Mars gives the planet its red color, hence its and women who fought for America,” while the nickname, the Red Planet. The fourth planet from white stripes stand for purity and equality. The the sun, Mars is the only planet whose surface blue field represents justice, perseverance and can be seen in detail from Earth. vigilance. • In China, red is the symbol of good luck and fortune, and a bride traditionally wears red and walks down a red carpet to her groom, who lifts her red veil. When the couple’s children are born, well-wishers gift them with red eggs. During Chinese New Year, homes are decorated with red, red clothing is worn, and unmarried

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It was American author James Thurber who made the following sage observation: “Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.” If you’re a fan of the original “Wizard of Oz” movie, you might be surprised to learn that the actress who played Glinda the Good Witch, Billie Burke, was 54 years old when the film was shot. The award for the most needless war in history could very well go to Paraguay, whose president, Francisco Solano Lopez, believed himself to be an excellent tactician. He was a great admirer of Napoleon Bonaparte and wished to emulate the French emperor, but he had no wars to fight. To remedy the situation, in 1864 Lopez declared war on all three of his neighboring countries, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. His tactical abilities seem to have been of little use, however; it is estimated that 90 percent of Paraguay’s male population was killed during the course of the war. During this time of election madness, “misology” could be a useful word to know. It means “hatred of reason.” French novelist Marcel Proust’s magnum opus, “Remembrance of Things Past,” has been hailed as a literary masterpiece, but not everyone was a fan at first read. As Proust was trying, unsuccessfully, to find a publisher for his seven-volume work, one publisher said, “I may be dense, but I fail to see why a chap needs 30 pages to describe how he tosses and turns in bed before falling asleep.” The author finally published the first volume with his own money; after the book was hailed as a masterpiece by critics, the same publishers who had rejected Proust competed for the opportunity to print the other six volumes of his work.

Q: I read in an interview with James Van Der Beek that he was going to be in a new comedy this year, but I haven’t seen anything about it. I know he’s in “Franklin and Bash,” but I don’t think that’s what he’s talking about. Can you help? -- Violet F., Harrisburg, Pa. A: James was referring to his midseason comedy called “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23,” in which he plays a “sort of” version of himself. The series debuts after comedy powerhouse “Modern Family” on April 11 on ABC. The show is about a female odd couple who live together in New York City, with James portraying the best friend of Chloe, the mean-girl roommate. I’ve seen the pilot and it is very funny, and I love that James is able to parody himself in a non-selfconscious way, and that he isn’t afraid to bring up “Dawson’s Creek.” *** Q: When does the new Snow White movie come out in theaters? -- Brandon D., Omaha, Neb. A: That would depend on which Snow White movie you mean. “Mirror Mirror” -- which stars Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Lily Collins as Snow White and Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott -- hits theaters on March 30. This film is being billed as family fare, in contrast to the darker “Snow White and the Huntsman.” The latter film stars Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna, with Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman, and will fill the big screens on June 1. “Snow White” is a twist on the fairy tale, in which the Huntsman schools Snow White in the art of war and together they start a rebellion to bring down the Queen. *** Q: I watched a full version of the movie “Dressed to Kill” on TV recently, and I’m positive that Sylvester Stallone played the part of Angie Dickinson’s son but was not listed on the credits. Did he use another name? -- Lin L., via e-mail A: The part of Angie Dickinson’s son, Peter Miller, was played by Keith Gordon, 51, whom I remember best as Jason Melon in “Back to School,” the bullied college nerd whose father (played by Rodney Dangerfield) enrolls in college with his son to help him assimilate. In the late ’80s, Keith made the move to directing, helming such series as “Wild Palms,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Dexter” and “House.” *** Q: Could you please tell me if “Against the Wall” will be returning? -- Kathleen E., via e-mail A: Despite positive reviews by “New York Daily News,” “Los Angeles Times” and “The Hollywood Reporter,” Lifetime’s cop-drama “Against the Wall” wasn’t able to hold enough of its lead-in audience from “Drop Dead Diva” each week, and its ratings slipped from a meager 1.78 million viewers at its premiere to 1.47 million by its season finale. Lifetime opted not to renew the show for a second season.

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children are given red envelopes filled with “luck money.” Feng shui is an ancient Chinese method of organizing our spaces to achieve balance, harmony and good fortune. Devotees of feng shui recommend painting your home’s front door red to invite prosperity.

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• Surveys reveal that those who drive red cars have dynamic personalities, are high-energy, speedy and sexy. • Bees can see all bright colors except red. Consequently, red flowers are usually pollinated by butterflies, birds and wind.

For Advertising Call 778-895-7795 tape (having to endure excessive paperwork or requirements to complete a process), or having your checkbook in the red, meaning it is below balance. Taking the red eye? You’re on an overnight flight. There’s not much recourse if you’ve been caught red-handed, because you’re clearly guilty. That might cause you to become red in the face or extremely embarrassed. Has someone given you poor advice? Guidance with no value isn’t worth a red cent. Now and then, we’ve all received the red carpet treatment, when we’ve been made to feel special, and we’ve all had red-letter days, which were important, memorable or joyful. After such days, many folks like to paint the town red, meaning they go out to celebrate!

• Your blood is red because it contains the protein chemical known as hemoglobin. Bright red in color, hemoglobin contains iron, which makes it a superb • Restaurateur Bill Darden’s first restaurant medium for transporting the oxygen and carbon wasn’t a Red Lobster, but rather The Green Frog, dioxide essential for the body’s functions. when he was just 19. His first Red Lobster came • The word red has found its way into many terms along in 1968, opening in Lakeland, Florida. and phrases in the English language. When you’re The chain now operates close to 700 locations really angry, you’re seeing red. And lots of things throughout North America, with average annual can cause you to see red: going through a lot of red sales per restaurant of $3.9 million. to this day -- but no revelations. Hoover’s career is meaty enough to fuel a whole film, but Eastwood uses bits of Hoover’s personal life to propel the drama, only to jump back to career highlights before anything comes to a head.

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PHOTO: Elizabeth Olsen PICKS OF THE WEEK “Puss in Boots” (PG) -- Before you throw this one into the heap with the Shrek sequels, know that this could, by all accounts, be considered a successful spinoff. Antonio Banderas returns to voice the titular Puss, the suave, swashbuckling cat who eventually befriends Shrek. This story focuses on his background, so the supporting cast and sagging quality of the Shrek franchise is thankfully absent, clearing the way for family fun with a talking, dancing, sword-fighting cat. There isn’t one of those timeless Pixar-style narratives, but Puss makes for a fine animated adventure. Humpty Dumpty (voiced by Zach Galifinakis) plays the cat’s bumbling co-conspirator, and Selma Hayek voices Softpaws, a fellow cat/thief who runs with idea of a feline femme fatale. “J. Edgar” (R) -- This bloated biopic comes off as more of a dispassionate history lesson than a delving portrait of an enigmatic figure. Directed by Clint Eastwood with Leonard DiCaprio in the leading role, the film follows J. Edgar Hoover from his early 20s until he’s way past 70, mostly focusing on his career. The performers labor under heavy servings of age-makeup, but there’s little payoff in the long story of manipulation and paranoia. There are hints and little teasers of the personal drama of Hoover -- whom people still argue about

“Martha Marcy May Marlene” (R) -- Newcomer Elizabeth Olsen plays Martha in this psychological thriller about a young woman who recently escaped a dangerous cult. Olsen’s performance hits the mark, as Martha’s paranoia and trauma keep her a complicated character. This is the big debut of Mary-Kate and Ashley’s kid sister, as well as Sean Durkin, the writer/director. This film looks good on both of them.

“Tower Heist” (PG-13) -- The Master of Modern Mediocrity, Brett Ratner, helms this slapstick comedy-action film that sets out to capture the hilarity of middle-class working stiffs trying to pull an outlandish caper on a wealthy Wall Street jerk. It’s nice to see Eddie Murphy out of the fat suit and back in a conventional comedic role as a small-time crook in an ensemble with Ben Stiller. This is still a Ratnor film, so the comedic talent is mostly put to work on slow and obvious dialogue, as well as a few silly reactions to dangerous stunts. Despite lack of comedic sizzle, at least things can’t get too boring when cars flip, glass breaks and all manner of chase scenes take place. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Come get the best haircut you have ever had and then enjoy a free slice of delicious pizza as my treat! ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your ideas are finally reaching those who can appreciate them. But don’t expect any immediate reactions. That will come later. Meanwhile, a personal matter needs your attention. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your energy levels are

rising, and you’re feeling restless and eager to get into some activity, whether it’s for profit or just for fun. In either case, the aspects are highly favorable, so go for it.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A relationship seems to be winding down from passionate to passive. It’s up to you to decide what the next step will be. But don’t wait too long to take the initiative. Delay could create more problems.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A decision looms. But be very sure that this is what you really want before you sign or say anything. Once you act, there’ll be little or no wiggle room for any adjustments. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Money matters improve, but you still need to be cautious with your spending. Also, set aside that Leonine pride for a bit and apologize for contributing to that misunderstanding. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A tempting financial situation could make the usually unflappable Virgo rush in before checking things out. Be alert to possible hidden problems. Get the facts before you act. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) It’s nice to know

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AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A display of temperament surprises you, as well as those around you. It could be all that pressure you’re under. Consider letting someone help you see it through. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Some things don’t seem to be working out as you’d hoped. Don’t fret. Instead, take some time out to reassess your plans and see where changes could be made.

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bill, pick a time to shop when you’re not rushed, • The video begins as we watch a feisty little granny have a list, know the sales ahead of time and eat who is too short to put a portrait of a bare-chested rugby before you go. player into the overhead bin. No one notices until the

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pilot and co-pilot stride by and in one swoop, they hoist her up effortlessly with a hand under each arm;

• Once seated in the cockpit, the pilot shows us how to buckle up, but rugby fans see instantly that he is actually Graham Henry, head coach of the world champion All Blacks. His co-pilot is the recognizable team captain, Richie McCaw; • Flash to the passenger cabin where a flight attendant is demonstrating use of the oxygen mask. Handsome McCaw walks by, says hi, and unwittingly leaves her gasping for oxygen as she falls into a faint;

1. The top two home-run hitters for the decade of the 1950s were Store an apple or two with your potatoes to keep • Then the music goes up-tempo to join funny guy in both Dodgers (Duke Snider, 326 them from sprouting. Be sure to check them of- short-shorts, Richard Simmons, as he models features homers; Gil Hodges, 310). Who ten. of the life jacket in an on-board aerobics class; was No. 3 in the decade? 2. In 2010, Texas’ Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler became the second set of teammates to each hit three home runs in a playoff series of five or fewer games. Who was the first?

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On Feb. 24, 1786, Wilhelm Karl Grimm, the younger of the two Brothers Grimm, is born in Hanau, Germany. The brothers’ collection of oral folktales include “Hansel and Gretel,” “Snow White,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Rapunzel.” On Feb. 25, 1890, Vlacheslav Skryabin, foreign minister for the Soviet Union who took the revolutionary name Molotov, is born in Kurkaka, Russia. Molotov advocated the use of throwing bottles filled with flammable liquid and stuffed with a lit rag at the enemy, and the famous “Molotov cocktail” was born. On Feb. 26, 1903, Alexander Winton, driving his Winton Bullet, sets the first speed record ever achieved at Daytona Beach, Fla. Built in 1902, the “Bullet Number 1” drove a measured mile at more than 65 mph. On Feb. 23, 1945, during the battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, an event captured on film by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal. Although the photograph has long led people to believe that the flag raising was a turning point in the battle, fighting continued for 31 more days. On Feb. 22, 1950, Walt Disney’s animated feature “Cinderella” opens. Based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, “Cinderella” featured songs like “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” and became one of Disney’s most beloved films. On Feb. 20, 1986, France and Britain announce that a tunnel under the English Channel linking the two countries would soon become a reality. Trains, cars and buses would be able to speed through the tunnel in less than half an hour. Construction began in December 1987, and the “chunnel” was finally completed in 1994. On Feb. 21, 1994, CIA operative Aldrich Ames is arrested for selling secrets to the Soviet Union. At least 10 men were killed after Ames revealed their identities, and more were sent to Russian gulags. Both Ames and his wife were later convicted. Ames was sentenced to life in prison while his wife, as part of a plea-bargain agreement, was given a five-year sentence. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

ANSWERS Sports Quiz Answers 1. The Braves’ Eddie Mathews, with 299. 2. Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth did it in 1928. 3. The Green Bay Packers had 36 rushing touchdowns in 1962. 4. Michigan’s Gary Grant (198488). 5. Nine. 6. Ethiopia (Haile Gebrselassie). 7. James McHale (1947), Jim Simons (’71) and Nick Taylor (2009) all did it at the U.S. Open.

Page 7 in today’s dollars. By the end of its first year, the Tower had recouped about 75 percent of its initial cost.EIFFEL TOWER (continued):

The national symbol of France welcomes nearly • The Tower was not well-received by Parisians seven million visitors every year. Follow along and was frequently referred to as the “eyesore.” and learn more about the Eiffel Tower, one of the The structure’s building permit allowed it to most recognizable structures in the world. stand for 20 years, after which it was to be • Paris was chosen as the site of the 1889 dismantled. However, in 1898, it was determined World’s Fair to mark the 100th celebration of that the Tower was valuable as a radio tower, the French Revolution. The city solicited ideas and it was saved from demolition. for a unique entranceway to the area. Gustave Eiffel’s company submitted the winning design, • There are 347 steps to the first level of the Tower where visitors can dine at the fine restaurant Le although it was Eiffel’s employee Morris 58 tour Eiffel. Another 674 steps bring climbers Koechlin who actually designed the Tower. to the second level, location of the swanky • Ground was broken in January of 1887, and over restaurant Le Jules Verne. If climbing to the top the next two years, two months and five days, of the Eiffel Tower is on your bucket list, this 300 workers on wood scaffolding assembled is one item that you can’t check off. Tourists more than 18,000 pieces of iron, holding them can only climb as far as the second level, with together with 2.5 million rivets to form the openaccess to the summit by elevator only. At the framed structure. Gustave Eiffel was adamant top, on a clear day, visitors can see 42 miles in about safety precautions, and as a result, only every direction. one worker died during the construction. • In order to protect the Tower from oxidation, • At the time of its completion, the Tower was, its iron surfaces are repainted about every seven at 986 feet (300.5 m), the tallest structure in the years, 18 times since its 1889 opening day. All world, surpassing the previous record-holder, the painting is done by hand by 25 painters over the Washington Monument. For 41 years, the an 18-month period. About 50 tons of paint are Eiffel Tower kept that title. But in 1930, New used, along with 1,500 brushes, 5,000 sanding York City’s Chrysler Building exceeded the disks and 1,000 scrapers. The Tower’s color has Tower’s height. changed occasionally over the years, starting • Gustave Eiffel engraved the names of 72 notable with red-brown, progressing to yellow-ocher French scientists and engineers on the side of and chestnut brown, and finally ending up with the tower in 23.6-inch-high (60-cm) letters, just its current bronze color. under the first platform; there are 18 names on • About seven million people visit the Eiffel each side. Tower each year, making it the most visited • Nicknamed La dame de fer, or the iron lady, paid monument in the world. Since its opening, the Tower was finished at a cost of about $1.5 it has welcomed 250 million people from every million, which translates to about $58 million corner of the world.


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