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• On June 29, 1613, the Globe Theater, where most of Shakespeare’s plays debuted, burns down. The Globe was built in 1599 from the timbers of London’s very first permanent theater, Burbage’s Theater. The galleries could seat about 1,000 people, with room for another 2,000 “groundlings,” who could stand around the stage. • On June 28, 1888, writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his family leave San Francisco for their first visit to the South Seas. Stevenson, an adventurous traveler plagued by tuberculosis, was seeking a healthier climate. His novel “Treasure Island” was published in 1883. • On June 27, 1922, the American Library Association awards the first Newbery Medal, honoring the year’s best children’s book, to “The Story of Mankind” by Hendrik Willem van Loon. The Newbery Medal seeks to encourage originality and excellence in the field of children’s books. • On June 26, 1948, in response to the Soviet blockade of land routes into West Berlin, the United States begins a massive airlift of food, water and medicine to the citizens of the besieged city. For nearly a year, supplies from American planes sustained the more than 2 million people in West Berlin. • On June 25, 1956, the last Packard rolls off the production line at Packard’s plant in Detroit. The classic American luxury car used the famously enigmatic slogan “Ask the Man Who Owns One.” • On June 30, 1962, Sandy Koufax strikes out 13 batters and walks five to lead the Brooklyn Dodgers over the New York Mets 5-0 with his first career no-hitter. Koufax went on to throw three more no-hitters, including a perfect game on Sept. 9, 1965, in which he allowed no hits and no walks. • On July 1, 1979, the Sony Walkman -- the world’s first low-cost, portable music player -- goes on sale in Japan. The initial production run of 30,000 units looked to be too ambitious, as only 3,000 were sold at $150 apiece in the first month. Some 200 million sales later, Sony retired the cassette Walkman in 2010. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

cent, chary or delitescent — you’re considered rather reserved. Now if someone calls you a miscreant, wastral, garmin, reprobate or varlet, consider yourself insulted. You’ve been labeled a scoundrel!

• What do the words coquelicot, tilleul, smaragdine and smalt have in common? They are all names for different colors! Coquelicot is a brilliant poppy red; tilleul is a yellowish-green color; smaragdine is emerald green; and smalt is a deep blue. Speaking of colors, there is an actual name for those who fear the color purple — porphyrophobia. • Good words come in small packages! To aby means to make amends or atone for an offense. A wen is an enormously congested city. To soften something by soaking is to ret it. That broad sash we see wrapped around a kimono is an obi. And kir is a drink composed of black currant syrup and white wine. • Don’t confuse philalethists with philatelists. The former are lovers of truth, while the latter love collecting postage stamps. • How about that really boring person you meet at a party who has absolutely no conversational skills? This dull dude is a macrologist, and he frequently engages in battology — wearisome redundancy and trifling talk. He’s enough to give you a bad case of drapetomania, that uncontrollable urge to run away! • Some folks are famous for mentimutation — the act of changing their minds. Some might actually have hypobulia, which is an inability to come to a decision. • Do you have big feet? You’re sciapodous! How about great big ears? You’re macrotous! Maybe buck teeth, too? You’re a gubbertush! Is there a noticeable gap between those buck teeth? That’s called a diastema. Let’s add a buccula to the mix; that’s a double chin. • Everyone knows a breedbate, an individual who seems to enjoy starting arguments and stirring up controversy. Breedbates are occasionally suggilated — beaten black and blue! And how about that lazy loafer you know? He’s a drotchel, scobberlotcher, ragabash, lobcock, lollard or slugUNDER NEW  MANAGEMENT/BAJO  NUEVA  ADMINISTRACION     Un  Nuevo  Amanecer  Apartments   100  N.  Polson  Dubois,  ID  83423   ¥

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• At one time or another, everyone has had the misfortune of sitting behind a milver, a person who chatters non-stop through a movie. Related terms include pleniloquent (one who is full of talk) and blatteroon (a constant talker). Many of them have a cacoethes loquendi, that unquenchable desire to talk. No matter how you say it, you just wish they’d shut up! (Several of them are probably somniloquent as well, meaning they even talk in their sleep!) • The longest word in the English language is pneumonoultramicrosocpicsilicovolcanoconiosis, a disease resulting from over-exposure to ultra-microscopic silicone dust. Inhaling the dust found near volcanoes is a major cause of this disease. If this word frightens you, you may have hippopotomonstro-squippedaliophobia, the fear of long words. • When the time comes to absquatulate, it means it’s time to pull up stakes, to decamp and flee. • There are numerous kinds of beggars — A toothless beggar is a mumblecrust. One who pretends that his tongue has been cut out is a dommerer, while a female beggar who borrows or hires several children temporarily to arouse sympathy is an autem mort. There’s a whole new generation of beggars. The beggar whose parents are beggars is a palliard. If he bangs on a dish or cup to attract your attention, he’s a clapperdudgeon. No matter how you say it — mendicant, cadger, bezonian, panhandler, sponge, supplicant or gaberlunzie — He’s still a beggar. But, only a beggar monk can be a gyrovague. • What are you afraid of? If you are an epistaxiophobic, you are afraid of getting a nosebleed. Astrapophobics hide under the bed during thunder and lightning storms, while nosocomephobics have a fear of hospitals. Those suffering from pnigophobia are afraid of choking on fish bones, and koimetrophobics avoid cemeteries. Most people wouldn’t see anything unusual in being a little selacophobic or afraid of sharks. • When thinking of someone you know who is a workaholic, remember the technical term for someone who loves work is an ergophile.

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• It is still not known who made the following sage observation: “Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.” • If you are an aficionado of the word game Scrabble, you probably know that there are only five words that can be played using a q but no u. In case you’re not in the know, those words are “faqir,” “qaid,” “qoph,” “qindar” and “qintar.” • In 1774, surveyors in Maryland marked off a parcel of land by mistake. The error was immortalized when the town that grew up on that land adopted the name Accident. • The English word “mistletoe” comes from an Anglo-Saxon phrase that means “dung on a twig.” It seems that the branches where mistletoe is often found have white splotches on them, which some say resemble bird droppings.

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• The martial art that is known today as karate actually originated in India and spread to China before becoming popular in 17thcentury Japan, where it was dubbed karate, which means “empty hand” in Japanese. • These days you’ll rarely see an elected official with a beard, but facial hair wasn’t always considered to be a liability in politics. In fact, it’s been reported that Abraham Lincoln was inspired to grow a beard while he was running for president in 1860 because of a letter from an 11-year-old girl. Grace Bedell wrote to Lincoln that a beard would make him “look a great deal better, for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers.” • When the United States bought Alaska from Russia in 1867, the going price was 2 cents an acre.

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Big Ben is a well-known symbol of London, towering above the Parliament buildings. Here is a collection of facts you may not know about this famous landmark. • When you think of Big Ben, the tall tower surely comes to mind, but the moniker actually applies to the bell housed within the clock tower, officially known as the Great Bell. It is most likely named after London’s first Commissioner for works, Sir Benjamin Hall, and his name is inscribed on the bell. It was originally intended that it would be called the Royal Victoria bell. • The tower itself is named, not so creatively, the Clock Tower and is the third-tallest freestanding clock tower in the world. It’s the third tower to be built on Parliament’s grounds. The first was begun in 1288 during the reign of King Edward I and also contained a clock and a bell named Great Edward, which was rung on the hour. This was replaced in 1367 with England’s first public chiming clock. It stood for 340 years. • When a devastating fire destroyed much of the palace of Westminster in 1834, the plans to rebuild did not include a new tower. These plans were altered to include it in 1836, but actual construction of the current Clock Tower did not begin until 1843. Construction continued for nearly 16 years. When the clock was finally installed, it was discovered that it wouldn’t work because the cast iron minute hands were too heavy! They were replaced with lighter copper hands, and the four-sided clock began keeping time in May of 1859. The Great Bell known as Big Ben wasn’t rung for the first time until that July. • Just as the Clock Tower isn’t the first, neither is Big Ben the first bell. The first one developed a four-inch crack while it was being tested in 1857, and a new one was cast. Sixteen white horses pulled a carriage carrying the bell to the New Palace Yard. It took 18 hours to raise the bell into the belfry. Late in 1859, two fractures were found in Big Ben. The hammer was replaced with a lighter version, and the bell was rotated so that an undamaged section would be struck. This second bell still resides in the Tower. • The tower is 316 feet (96.3 m) tall, about 16 stories. Each of the clock’s four dials is 23 feet square (49.15 sq. m). The minute hands are 14 feet (4.26 m) long, while the numerals are two feet (0.6 m) tall. The base of each dial contains a Latin inscription, which translates “O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First.” • During World War I, the bell was not rung, and the clock was unlit at night to protect it from German Zeppelin attacks. During World War II, the bells were rung, but also from a darkened tower. • Although it’s one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, only United Kingdom residents are allowed inside to tour Big Ben. Tours must be booked well in advance only through a Parliament member, with parties limited to 16 people, who must climb the 334 stairs to the top of its 11 floors, since there is no elevator. F


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--Bagged salads have been recalled due to potential contamination by Listeria.

www.fsis.usda.gov -- Food safety and inspec-

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--Mushroom slices have been recalled because the mushrooms may be contaminated with the chemicals carbendazim, fluoranthene and pyrene. Carbendazim is a fungicide (which also was found in orange juice imported from Brazil earlier this year); fluoranthene and pyrene are carcinogenic toxins.

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--An auto manufacturer has recalled certain models due to power-steering hose deterioration, which causes steering fluid to leak onto the catalytic converter. Due to high temperatures, smoke and fire can result.

--An automaker has recalled one of its models because the diagnostic module can reset itself, which can lead to either accidental airbag deployment or the airbag not deploying at all during a crash.

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--Nine brands of dog food have been recalled for Salmonella, with 17 cases (as of this writing) of their owners being made ill as well.

--Organic baby spinach with the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella has been recalled.

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Only a fraction of defective auto, food and product recalls make it into the newspaper or the nightly news. Hundreds more occur quietly with consumers left unaware -- unless someone is made ill or is injured. Here are some examples: --A prescription compounding pharmacy was notified by the Food and Drug Administration that sterile preparations it produced were contaminated with microorganisms and fungal growth. The preparations were for human and veterinary use.

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ANSWERS

) Neither 2) Virtues 3) Jacob 4) John 5) Balaam 6) Ishmael

1. Is the book of Dan in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Prudence, courage, temperance, justice, faith, hope and charity are the seven “what”? Deadly sins, Archangels, Virtues, Horsemen 3. From Genesis 31, who told Laban that he had gone 20 years without a decent sleep? Adam, Jacob, Moses, Noah 4. Which book of the New Testament (KJV) is divided into three parts (books)? Corinthians, Timothy, Peter, John 5. From Numbers 22, what prophet had a talking donkey to ride on? Nimrod, Rehoboam, Balaam, Zimri 6. What did Abraham name his son whom Hagar bore? Herod, Joshua, Asa, Ishmael (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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