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the Cinderella, named after the carriage of ground-
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Thanksgiving showed the Pilgrims serving Com--mTitatilnkg ttoo ythoaut rdapilayrwenaltkswaibthout what you want
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cast iron pans, gold and sil- Halloween safe for kids with life-threatening
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Mad Dogs and Bir- and an adult Elvis Presley train set new in • Pumpkins have their very own sport, known
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7. What catcher holds the record for the longest
last name in Major League Baseball history with • The Irish were the first to carve Jack-o-
14 letters? lanterns, but they didn’t carve pumpkins.
Rather they carved turnips and potatoes,
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The English used large beets and lit them
with embers. When immigrants brought the
tradition to America, they found pumpkins
to be much easier to carve and the change
was made. During colonial times, pumpkins
were also placed on a person’s head as a
guide for a haircut!
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• As if carving a pumpkin isn’t tricky enough, how
about accomplishing it underwater? Several * On Nov. 6, 1854, John Philip Sousa, “The
states sponsor an annual underwater carving March King,” is born in Washington, D.C. Sousa
competition, including Texas, Florida, California, composed 136 marches, including “The Wash-
Vermont, and Minnesota. In the Florida Keys, ington Post” (1889) and “Stars and Stripes
scuba divers gather in a shallow coral reef for the Forever” (1896).
contest, which requires turning a pumpkin into
a sea creature jack-o-lantern. In Austin, Texas, * On Nov. 4, 1922, British archaeologists discov-
there are several categories, including Mermaid’s er the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the Valley
Delight, Creepiest Creation, and Fantastically of the Kings in Egypt. The tomb contained a
Funny. The contest at Louise Mine Lake near stone sarcophagus with three nested coffins. In-
Crosby, Minnesota, which began in 1998, sends side the final solid gold coffin was the mummy of
divers 30 feet (9.1 m) down to accomplish their the boy-king Tutankhamen, preserved for more
carving. than 3,000 years.
• Nutritionally, pumpkin is a wonder food. It’s 94% * On Nov. 2, 1947, the Hughes Flying Boat -- the WONDERFUL WORDS:
water, which makes it low in calories, less largest aircraft ever built -- is piloted by designer
than 50 calories per cup (245 g). That one cup Howard Hughes on its first and only flight. The PHOBIAS
will provide 245% of the recommended daily massive wooden aircraft had a wingspan longer
requirement of Vitamin A, important for healthy than a football field and was designed to carry The National Institute of Mental Health claims
vision, cell division, and the immune system. more than 700 men to battle. that about 8% of American adults have some
Pumpkin is also very high in beta-carotene, an type of irrational fear, or phobia. Some are
antioxidant that contributes to eye, skin, and cell * On Nov. 1, 1959, Montreal Canadien Jacques well known, such as spiders, heights, or public
health, as well as reducing the risk for certain Plante becomes the first NHL goaltender to speaking. But how about some of the more
cancers. wear a full facemask. Despite the coach’s unusual phobias? Tidbits has rounded up the
objection, Plante put his foot down as he’d “al- facts on these.
• Another name for pumpkin seeds is pepitas. While ready had four broken noses, a broken jaw, two
the pumpkin’s flesh is low in calories, the seeds broken cheekbones and almost 200 stitches” in • Some folks are just plain scared of going
have 170 calories per one-ounce serving. Lots of his head. to the doctor. They are said to have
folks season and roast the seeds, while others iatrophobia, and for some, it goes along with
grind them up and use them as a breading for * On Nov. 3, 1976, “Carrie,” a horror film starring nosocomephobia, a fear of hospitals.
fried chicken. Sissy Spacek and based on Stephen King’s
1974 best-selling first novel, opens in theaters. It • We all know someone who may have
• Old folklore medicine touted the use of pumpkins tells the story of a high-school outcast who uses nomophobia, the fear of being without their
for all sorts of ailments, including intestinal her telekinetic powers to exact a violent revenge cell phone. This also encompasses fear of
parasites, curing snake bites, and even removing on prom night. a low battery or lack of network coverage.
freckles. In the animal world, veterinarians often This can actually lead to panic and extreme
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constipation, diarrhea, or hairballs. • A vicious storm will truly frighten those
with astraphobia, the fear of thunder and
• The current record holder for the world’s largest lightning.
pumpkin is a Belgium gentleman, Mathias
Willemijns, who grew a pumpkin weighing • Those with plutophobia have a fear of money
2,624.6 lbs. (1,190.49 kg) during the 2016 or wealth. It can be a fear of becoming
growing season. wealthy or of wealthy people. They might
fear the responsibilities of having money or
be afraid of being robbed. The word’s root
comes from Pluto, the Roman god of wealth.
• In the animal world, fear of all animals is
known as zoophobia, but there are many
sub-phobias such as elurophobia, the fear of
cats, or cynophobia, the fear of dogs. Those
afraid of horses suffer from equinophobia,
while alektorophobes are frightened by
chickens, perhaps because of a terrifying
experience as a child. A person with a fear of
frogs has ranidaphobia, not to be confused
with bufonophobia, the fear of toads.
There are plenty of people with ophidiophobia,
a fear of snakes, but not as many have
lepidophobia, being afraid of butterflies! It
wouldn’t be surprising if some developed
ornithophobia after watching the 1963
Hitchcock film, “The Birds.” (cont)
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1. GEOGRAPHY: What is the only country
that ends with the letter Q? • Having a scary experience with a bearded
2. LITERATURE: Which Truman Capote non- person can lead to pogonophobia. These
fiction book begins with the line, “The village folks avoid individuals with beards, and
of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains might even have anxiety when just looking
of western Kansas, a lonesome area that at a photo of someone with a beard.
other Kansans call ‘out there’”?
3. MOVIES: What were the words on the hot- • Atelophobia and atychiphobia go hand-in-
air balloon in which the wizard leaves Emer- hand. Atelophobia is a fear of imperfection,
ald City in “The Wizard of Oz”? while atychiphobia stems from a fear of
4. HISTORY: Which amendment to the U.S. failure.
Constitution guaranteed the right to vote
regardless of race? • There are a few different names for the fear
5. MEDICAL: What condition is the result of a of mirrors – eisoptrophobia, spectrophobia,
decrease in red blood cells? and catoptrophobia. These people can’t
6. MEASUREMENTS: How many tablespoons look at themselves in a mirror, which can
are in a 1/4 cup? develop from shame of their physical
7. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What do deltiolo- appearance or low self-esteem. Some
gists study and collect? dread seeing a supernatural being in a
8. TELEVISION: What is Netflix’s highest mirror, while others avoid mirrors for fear of
rated original series in 2021? breaking one, bringing seven years of bad
9. SCIENCE: What is a person who specializ- luck upon themselves.
es in plant studies called?
10. FOOD & DRINK: Is eggplant considered a • An unusual fear, xanthophobia, affects those
fruit or a vegetable? who are afraid of the color
(c) 2021 King Features Synd., Inc. yellow. In the world we live
in, it’s very difficult for them
to avoid yellow objects, such
as school buses, flowers, and
people dressed in yellow.
• Ablutophobia can keep a person
from having friends. It’s the
fear of bathing or washing the
body. This phobia might stem
from a disturbing incident
involving water, and can be
connected to aquaphobia, the
fear of water.
• These phobias might seem
strange to the average person,
but not to those who suffer
from them – taphophobia,
(the fear of being buried
alive), phalacrophobia (the
fear of baldness or going
bald), gephyrophobia (the
fear of crossing bridges), and
arachibutyrophobia (the fear
of peanut butter sticking to the
roof of your mouth).
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* Those having received at least one shot of 1. Is the book of Nehemiah in
the COVID-19 vaccine were eligible for a free the Old Testament or New
marijuana joint in New York City and Washington, Testament or neither?
D.C., thanks to “Joints for Jabs.” The organiza- 2. From 1 Kings 20, how many
tion behind the 4/20 event hoped to help counter kings came with Ben-Hadad
vaccine hesitancy. against King Ahab? 2, 4, 7, 32
3. Which has 1, 2 and 3 books,
* The first lawnmower was an adapted car- as in first, second and third?
pet-cutting machine. Peter, Thessalonians, John,
* Theodore Seuss Geisel dropped out of Oxford 4. From Judges 20, what tribe
before getting his Ph.D. and called himself Dr. had 700 left-handed men?
Seuss as a nod to his father. Benjamites, Samarians, Phar-
* The four-penny coffin was one of the first home- 5. What part of David’s
less shelters created for the people of central mighty men could run like
London by the Salvation Army during the late gazelles? Revlons, Gadites,
19th and early 20th centuries. For that amount, Madaites, Henochs
they received food and shelter, and could sleep 6. Which priest took the
in a coffin-shaped wooden box with a tarp. first census of the Hebrews?
Eleazar, Melchizedek, Ehud,
* When you snap a whip, that sound you hear is Jabin
the whip breaking the sound barrier.
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* Swedish wasn’t the official language of Sweden
* The phrase “take something with a grain of salt” BIBLE TRIVIA
refers to an ancient Roman recipe for an antidote ANSWERS: 1) Old; 2) 32; 3) John; 4) Ben-
that protects against poisons. jamites; 5) Gadites; 6) Eleazer
* Phobophobia is the fear of phobias, or the fear
* Lee Hadwin “sleepdraws” gorgeous works of
art, of which he has no recollection afterward.
He has been drawing in his sleep since he was 4
* The ancient Aztecs believed that Techichis,
forerunners of today’s Chihuahua, would absorb
their owners’ sins while escorting them to the
Thought for the Day: “Quality is not an act. It is a
habit.” -- Aristotle
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* “If you heat a pita in the mi-
crowave first, it will be easier to
open and will rip less. About 10
seconds should do it.” -- M.E. in
* Baby have diaper rash? One
of the best remedies is “air time”
-- that is, letting baby go without
a diaper for a bit. Another simple
soother is a baking soda bath. Try
adding 2-4 tablespoons of baking
soda to Junior’s bathwater.
* Use this tip to vacuum seal your
meat for the freezer without any
special equipment! Add meat
pieces to a plastic, zipper-top
bag. Fill a large pot several
inches deep with water. Seal all
but an inch or so of the bag. As
you lower the bag into the water
(zipper top up) the air will escape
through the unsealed portion.
When no air remains, seal the
bag and then remove from the
* “Have you tried this single-serv-
ing blender hack using a mason
jar? Many standard-size blender
blades can be screwed on to a
pint Mason jar. If you’re one of
the lucky ones, you can make
single servings of smoothies to
blend and go.” -- T.U. in South
* “Apply petroleum jelly to the
panes of your windows before
painting the trim. This works
better than masking tape in many
ways. It is easily removed, and
even large paint flecks come right
off.” -- P.S. in Illinois
* After you’ve cooked your chick-
en whole, remove the meat and
throw the bones and remaining
carcass in the slow cooker with
3-4 cups of water. Let it cook on
low for several hours for a spec-
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Rec Center Almost Opened Again The 2021 National Veteran Suicide Pre- CRANBERRY GRAHAM SQUARES
vention Annual Report shows a de-
My local recreation center almost opened again. A crease in veteran suicides from 2018 While cranberry sauce is always appropriate, why not
month ago, the center opened for indoor walking share this cranberry-studded recipe this season? After
with strict rules. One week later, during a heated and 2019 when compared with previous all, it won’t be long before these ruby delights won’t be
years. anywhere to be found.
board meeting, mostly about masks versus no
masks, the rec center supervisor said he was shut- For example, 2019 saw 399 fewer sui- 12 (2 1/2-inch) graham crackers
cides than 2018. Rates for male vet- 1 (4-serving) package sugar-free vanilla instant pudding
ting it down for the foreseeable future. erans dropped by 3.8% in those two mix
Since then there’s been a hue and cry, mostly be- years. However, the suicide rate per 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
100,000 was 31.6 ... much higher than 1 3/4 cups water
tween the mask police and the anti-mask folks. for non-veterans at 16.8 per 100,000. 1 (4-serving) package sugar-free vanilla cook-and-serve
The center supervisor, ever accommodating but While figures from 2018 and 2019 are pudding mix
safety minded, declared that there would be cer- helpful and it was a mere two and three 1 cup reduced-calorie cranberry juice cocktail
tain days for people who wanted masks and days years ago, it feels like a lifetime when 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
for those who didn’t want to wear masks. Walking you consider our new normal with the 1 cup reduced-calorie whipped topping
on the track, he said, would be the only center anxiety and stress of COVID, not to
mention the required isolation. What do 1. Evenly arrange 9 graham crackers in a 9-by-9-inch
activity. more-current numbers, say for 2020, cake pan. In a large bowl, combine dry instant pudding
“Not fair,” cried those (mostly teen boys) who also mix, dry milk powder and 1 1/4 cups water. Mix well
show? using a wire whisk. Pour mixture evenly over graham
wanted basketball, and no, they didn’t want to The Department of Veterans Affairs crackers. Refrigerate while preparing cranberry sauce.
wear masks. Fine, he replied, there could be one- news release says specifically that they 2. In a medium saucepan, combine dry cook-and-serve
on-one basketball in three of the center’s courts. have “not observed increases in VHA pudding mix, cranberry juice cocktail, remaining 1/2 cup
But, said others, if teen basketball was allowed, documented suicide-related indica- water and cranberries. Cook over medium heat for about
why couldn’t there be adult classes as well? So, tors during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 5 minutes or until cranberries soften, stirring often.
Yet they don’t provide any statistics. 3. Remove from heat, place saucepan on a wire rack
the supervisor adjusted the schedule, did mea- Instead, they say that they’ll examine and allow to cool for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
surements on the floor, and outlined space on suicide mortality when national death Evenly spoon cooled mixture over set filling.
a basketball court where a no-mask yoga class certificate data becomes available. 4. Spread whipped topping evenly over cranberry
could be held in the mornings with participants 8 I assume they mean the National Death mixture. Crush remaining 3 graham crackers into fine
Index. It says the file for 2019 is avail- crumbs. Evenly sprinkle crumbs over top. Refrigerate for
feet apart. able for searching, and that the early at least 1 hour. Serves 8.
You know what happened next, right? The aero- release file for 2020 is available. From
bics people wanted a class as well. The spin class that, one can click on the whole list * Each serving equals: 93 calories, 1g fat, 2g protein,
of states and the percentages of de- 19g carb., 297mg sodium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges:
wanted space and time (and the bikes). Then mographic data each has completed. 1 Starch.
those from the still-closed senior center line-dance Nationally, the page says, states have
completed an average 96% of their data (c) 2021 King Features Syndicate, Inc.
group wanted to use rec center space. input. Some states have completed
It was right about that time that the supervisor
quietly quit. I wasn’t there, but I have it on good 100%.
authority that he handed the center’s keys to But you can’t just wander the stacks
the loudest anti-mask person, saying, “You’re in without an access application, as I
charge. When the COVID rates go higher in this found out when I tried. But surely the
VA qualifies to access the National
town, it’s all on you.” Death Index and could give initial 2020
The next day, the town changed the locks on the
rec center doors. The supervisor, as I heard it, Of note: Of the half-dozen 2019 state
packed a bag and retreated to his cabin in the files I looked at, the veteran age group
woods, where he plans to stay until everyone most in danger of suicide was 55-74
comes to their senses. years.
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