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DEAR JULIET: I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of
your pet. Thank you for reminding readers to put in classifications, breaking clouds into nine dif-
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Christmas and New Year. cloud was renamed the “cumulonimbus” which
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be stressful, and when the humans are distracted a pet fied in the new list. This list of cloud types
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with it. Pick up all the debris before letting your pets Later the list was revised, and the cumulonim-
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In the same vein, be very watchful of pets as the • Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon,
holiday feast is being prepared and served. Fatty foods have reputations as soggy cities, but both cities
can cause indigestion in pets, but other ingredients can are drier than any major city on the Eastern
be downright dangerous. Onions, garlic and raisins (or Seaboard. However, both Seattle and Portland
grapes) are poisonous to dogs and cats. So is choco- are cloudy an average of about 230 days per
late. The extra spices in holiday foods can make them year when perhaps just a trace of drizzle falls,
sick. And alcohol -- from a spilled drink or bottle -- is compared to only 160 cloudy days in Boston
dangerous, too. and 120 in Miami.
Check on pets frequently throughout a celebration. If • On the west side of the Olympic Mountains in
their behavior changes dramatically, or if they become Washington state, the area gets up to 170 inches
lethargic or begin vomiting, contact the veterinarian (4.3 m) of rainfall a year. On the east side of the
immediately. same mountains just 30 miles (48 km) away,
the town of Sequim, Washington gets only 15
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IRS INTRODUCES A TAX FORM of Cincinnati’s WNBT in the 1940s. David Let-
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reaching 50 million subscribers during Hur-
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created a new federal income-tax form specifically • Two towns called Cherrapunji and Mawsyn-
designed for senior taxpayers, age 65 and older, that ram in the state of Meghalaya in India are the
should make filing a little easier this year, particularly rainiest places on Earth. They average about
those who don’t file electronically. Here’s what you 470 inches (12 m) of rain per year. The world
should know. record for the greatest amount of rainfall in one
year is 1,042 inches (26.5 m) in Cherrapunji
Form 1040-SR in 1860-1861. Most of the rain occurs during
Created by the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act, the new monsoon season, between June and September.
two-page simplified federal income tax form is called The word “monsoon” comes from the Arabic
the 1040-SR. Similar in style to the old 1040-EZ form “mausim” meaning “season.” Meghalaya means
that the IRS discontinued last year, the new 1040-SR “land of the clouds.”
has larger print and better color contrast that makes it • Most rain in one minute: 1.23” (31 mm) July
easier to read. 4, 1956 in Unionville, Maryland.
• Most rain in one hour: 12” (305 mm) June 22,
In addition, it also includes a chart to help older tax- 1947 in Holt, Missouri
payers calculate their standard deduction, which may • Most rain in 24 hours: 71.9” (182 cm) Jan.
help ensure that fewer seniors neglect to take the addi- 8, 1966 in Cilaos, Réunion, during Tropical
tional standard deduction that they are entitled to. For Cyclone Denise
2019, the additional deduction for those 65 or older or • Most rain in 48 hours: 98.1” (249 cm) June
the blind is $1,300. 15-16, 1995 in Cherrapunji, India
• Most consecutive days with at least one-tenth
The 1040-SR form also has specific lines for retire- of an inch of rainfall: 331 days, Oahu, Hawaii
ment income streams such as Social Security benefits, • The longest time that a place remained with-
IRA distributions, pensions and annuities, along with out any measurable rainfall was 14 years, in
earned income from work wages and tips. And, it al- Arica, Chile, from October of 1903 to January,
lows a child tax credit for seniors who are still taking 1918.
care of a dependent child or grandchild.

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raining.” top.” -- P.A. in Florida
• Gene Kelly not only starred in the film, but And you boys! We haven’t forgotten you. You don’t
also directed and choreographed it. Debbie need to splurge on a tux to make a statement, but a * “Defog your bathroom mirror with a quick shot of
Reynolds was only 19 years old when she was crisp white shirt pairs nicely with anything from a shaving cream. Smear all around and wipe off with a
cast in the film, in spite of having no experience velvet blazer (don’t forget the fancy tie and stylish clean, dry face cloth.” -- L.A. in Georgia
as a dancer. Her training in gymnastics served cuff links) to cashmere sweater. Just to be clear, a
her well. “black tie” invitation means bow tie, while a good pair * Use one leg of a pair of stockings over the hose of
• The plot of the film hinges on the idea that, of dark jeans accompanied by a cardigan in a seasonal a vacuum cleaner to “dust” a bookcase. If you have
as “talkies” replace silent films, Debbie Reyn- shade, or rock-star leather jacket over a message T- small knickknacks they won’t get sucked up, but dust
old’s character steps in to provide the singing shirt, make a great choice for less formal affairs. When will. If your stocking gets clogged by a dust bunny,
and speaking voice of shrill movie star Lina it comes to your footwear, consider some dapper just wipe it off and continue.
Lamont, played by Jean Hagan. The role of leather boots, or polish those comfortable Oxfords till
Lina Lamont was written with actress Judy Hol- they shine like a new penny. * A toilet paper or paper towel roll slit down the side
liday in mind. But when Holliday won an Oscar One thing you probably won’t be giving too much makes a handy clamp for keeping wrapping paper
for Best Actress in 1951, she suddenly became thought to this special night is, ahem, your underwear from unraveling.
too big of a star for MGM to afford. The part ... but according to an old New Year’s legend, you
went to Holliday’s understudy, Jean Hagen, really should! The color, that is. Are you hoping for * Go Green Tip: Most large chains have really got-
wealth in the new year? Go for yellow. Romance? ten on the bandwagon with reusable shopping bags.
(continued on next page) Red. How about peace, harmony and happiness? Here’s a tip to help you have one with you at the right
White! Life and wellness? Don green or blue. moment. Keep several in the trunk. Purchase one or
Here’s What to Wear Happy New Year, Gorgeous! two foldable bags. There are some that fold small
enough to fit comfortably in a woman’s purse. Keep
on New Year’s Eve (c) 2019 King Features Syndicate, Inc. one of them hanging from your gearshift, and if you
attach it to a carabiner clip, you might remember to
The age-old question of “But what shall I wear?” takes clip it right to your belt!
on special significance on New Year’s Eve. After all,
it’s the biggest party night of the year! And unless * Common substitutions: Recipe call for arrowroot
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Chrome nail polish or a glittery highlighter applied to
eyelids and lips serves as a great accent to any type of
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And what about your feet? Those rhinestone-studded
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store display, but will they leave you in grin-and-bear-
it mode before the second dance? Gals in the know
recommend popping a Midol shortly before slipping
on your stilettos. With pumps or other closed-toe foot-
wear, try taping your third and fourth toes together, or
even inserting a maxi pad in the bottom of your shoe.

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2015. The repair included insertion of mesh patches ***
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In the U.S. we say that it’s “raining cats and dogs” but other countries have similar sayings, such as Germany where “it’s raining young cobblers.”
In France it’s “raining rope” but in the Netherlands it’s “raining pipe stems.” The Welsh say that “it’s raining old women and walking sticks” and
in the Czech Republic they say that it’s “raining wheelbarrows.”


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