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Dec 7, 2012 Issue #00107
TIDBITS HEARS THE BELLS TOLL
BELLSby Patricia L. Cook
This Tidbits will ring some bells of history! Bells have been around for many centuries, including references in the Bible. Long before telephone ringers, ambulance sirens, internet, emails and tweets, bells summoned the masses for news, happy and sad. Bells are rung at many major life events and
occasions, including weddings and funerals in some religions. In earlier centuries bells were also rung to make announcements at community squares. Many churches ring bells at Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
A famous old poem written on December 25, 1864 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow became one of our best loved Christmas Carols. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, was actually a poem that Wadsworth wrote concerning the sadness of Americas Civil War and the hope for its end. Two stanzas were removed when the poem was set to music by John Baptiste Calkin in 1872. The words, Peace on earth, good will toward men, included in the song, come from Luke 2:14 in the Bible.
Ringing of bells and other noisemakers may have originated with pagans, people who have little or no religion. They used the bells to scare away evil spirits.
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Use silicone caulk to make non-skid beads on the bottom of your pets dishes. They will stay in one place instead of getting scooted all around the kitchen. Need a quick ironing job but dont have time to iron? Spray a clean kitchen towel with a mixture of water and a little fabric softener until damp. Pop it in the dryer with the item thats wrinkled. It shouldnt take more than 10 minutes to get all the wrinkles out, and it will smell great to boot! While were on ironing tips, heres a great one from T.C. in Alabama: If you have mineral deposits on your iron, use a toothbrush and toothpaste (mild abrasive) to polish them off your irons face. Rinse with water, and next time, use distilled water for steaming. When driving a nail into a plaster wall, first put down a piece of tape at the spot where youll insert the nail. Tap the nail in right through the tape, then pull away the tape to discard. It often will keep the surrounding plaster from crumbling at the site of the nail. -- W.L. in Oregon When your cabinet door magnet locks are too strong, try putting a piece of tape over the magnet. It decreases the strength of the magnet. If you paint your radiators, make sure that the paint you use is heat-resistant. To get the best finish, paint while the radiator is warm.
Q: I was an ardent fan of In Plain Sight, and I especially liked one of the series co-stars, Rachel Boston, who played Det. Chafee. Can you tell me what else I can see her in now that the show is no longer on the air? -- Betty W., via e-mail
A: Rachel, 30, most recently starred in the Lifetime original movie Holiday High School Reunion, which aired in November (check your local listings for possible re-airings). As I type this, Rachel is shooting something else for Lifetime
-- this time its a pilot for a new show, which will air this summer if the network decides to pick it up for a full-season run. Its called Witches of East End, and Rachel told me about the show when I spoke with her recently.I am working with such an amazing group of women! Julia Ormond plays my mom and Jenna Dewan-Tatum plays my sister. When we were born, our mom cast a spell so we wouldnt know we are witches. Through a chain of events, we discover who we are and how we can help protect each other and our town.
***Q: Is there a new Wizard of Oz coming to theaters? I thought I saw a preview for it online -- the special effects looked excellent. -- Bret A., Pittsburgh
A: On March 8, 2013, Oz: The Great and Powerful will be coming to a theater
near you. Heres the official story line: Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks hes hit the jackpot -- fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who arent convinced hes the great wizard everyones been expecting.
***Q: Do you have any news on Downton Abbey? I cant wait for the new season! -- Donna B., Oklahoma City, Okla.
A: While season three has already aired in the U.K., well have to wait until January to see it here in the States. Also, I recently learned that the shows creator, Julian Fellowes, plans to create a Downton
Abbey prequel, which will focus on the courtship of Lord Grantham and Cora.
***Q: In the 1960s there was a TV show whose characters and story line were similar to the upcoming flick Django Unchained. The main character went by the name of Jemal David. What was the shows name? -- Sid D., via e-mail
A: You are thinking of The Outcasts, which aired on ABC for one season from 1968-69. The Outcasts and Django Unchained both were inspired by Sergio Corbuccis 1966 spaghetti Western, Django. The Outcasts co-starred Don Murray and Otis Young, and is most notable for being the first television Western with an black co-star, as well as featuring the first biracial Western action team.
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On Dec. 13, 1621, under the care of Robert Cushman, the first American furs to be exported from the continent leave for England aboard the Fortune. During the crossing, the Fortune was captured by the French, and its valuable cargo of furs was taken. Cushman was detained on the Ile dDieu before being returned to England.
On Dec. 14, 1799, George Washington, the first U.S. president, dies at age 67. Two days earlier, he rode out into a freezing sleet to survey business affairs on his estate. He returned home late for a dinner engagement and refused to take the time to change out of his wet clothes. The next day, Washington developed a severe respiratory infection and died the following day. His last words were Tis well.
On Dec. 16, 1811, the greatest series of earthquakes in U.S. history begins in the Mississippi River Valley near New Madrid, Mo., when a quake of an estimated 8.6 magnitude slams the region. The earthquake raised and lowered parts of the Mississippi Valley by as much as 15 feet and changed the course of the Mississippi River.
On Dec. 10, 1915, the one-millionth Ford car rolls off the assembly line at the River Rouge plant in Detroit. Between 1908 and 1927, Ford sold more than 15 million Model Ts in all; they initially cost $850 (about $20,000 in todays dollars).
On Dec. 11, 1946, the United Nations votes to establish the United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to provide relief and support to children. Only two countries have failed to ratify the treaty -- Somalia and the United States.
On Dec. 15, 1973, Sandy Hawley becomes the first jockey to win 500 races in a single year. Hawley achieved his historic win aboard Charlie Jr., in the third race at Marylands Laurel Park race track.
It was British biologist and author Richard Dawkins who made the following sage observation: When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.
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