Trivia Bits

April 30, 2016  
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Saturday April 30

 

The world’s oldest zoo is the Tiergarten Schoenbrunn in Vienna, Austria. Built in 1752 as a private menagerie for the Habsburg emperor Franz Stefan and his wife, the empress Maria Theresia, its animal enclosures were arranged in a circle around a central pavilion where the imperial couple liked to have their breakfast. The emperor and empress weren’t fazed by the noise and chaos of a zoo — they had 16 children!

 

Which of these romantic films takes place in Vienna?

A) “(500) Days of Summer”

B) “A Room With a View”

C) “Before Sunrise”

D) “Once”

 

Previous answer: Orange roofs made Howard Johnson’s restaurants easy to recognize.

 

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of “Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts.” Contact her at triviabitsleslie@gmail.com.

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Trivia Bits

April 29, 2016  
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Friday April 29

 

Emma Thompson is the only person to have won Academy Awards for acting and writing. She won a best actress Oscar for her role in “Howard’s End” and an Oscar for best screenplay based on a previously published work for her adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility.”

 

What architectural feature made Howard Johnson’s restaurants distinctive?

A) Golden arches

B) H-shaped building

C) Orange roof

D) Red door

 

Previous answer: The finals of the Australian Open tennis championship are held at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

 

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of “Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts.” Contact her at triviabitsleslie@gmail.com.

 

The Best Inexpensive Gadgets and Gear for a Do-it-Yourself Garden

April 28, 2016  
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EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE

BY MARY HUNT

 

There’s nothing like a series of sunny days to wake up my inner gardener. And apparently, I’m not the only one who has this reaction, as evidenced by my inbox these past few weeks.

DEAR MARY: I just moved into my first home after living in an apartment for the last 10 years, and I really want to get started with a small tomato and herb garden. Do you have any suggestions for some tools that I should purchase to get started? Thanks for your help. I love your column and read it daily. — Asher

DEAR ASHER: I’ve got gardening on my mind, too. We are enjoying our first spring here in Colorado, which has introduced me to the phenomenon of spring fever! I can’t wait to get my hands dirty and my garden planted. Read more

Trivia Bits

April 28, 2016  
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Thursday April 28

 

Adidas Stan Smith model tennis shoes were originally made, and named for, French tennis star Robert Haillet. Then Haillet retired from tennis and Adidas wanted to break into the American market, so the company signed an endorsement deal with American champ Stan Smith, the No. 1 men’s singles player in the early 1970s. At first the shoes carried both players’ names, but eventually Smith’s name took precedence and Haillet became a “footnote” in athletic shoe history.

 

The finals of the Australian Open are held in an arena named for which tennis star?

A) Evonne Goolagong Cawley

B) Rod Laver

C) John Newcombe

D) Ken Rosewall

 

Previous answer: Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla Motors.

 

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of “Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts.” Contact her at triviabitsleslie@gmail.com.

 

Incredibly Edible Eggs

April 27, 2016  
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EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE

BY MARY HUNT

 

They’re packed with nutritional goodness, available almost everywhere and relatively cheap when compared to the soaring cost of other proteins. But the cheapest and most available eggs in the world are not likely to impact your food budget if you know how to prepare them perfectly.

In keeping with my belief that it’s good to know how to cook well, I want to share with you several seriously amazing ways to prepare eggs. And I’m talking about the simple methods like frying, scrambling and poaching. When it comes to well-prepared eggs, it’s 10 percent egg and 90 percent technique.

To make a properly fried egg, the white should be tender and fully cooked with crisp brown edges that look a bit like lace. The yolk should be slightly hardened. Read more

Trivia Bits

April 27, 2016  
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Wednesday April 27

 

Sperm whales eat squid and cuttlefish, whose hard body parts irritate the whales’ stomachs. For protection, the whales produce a waxy substance called ambergris that coats their stomachs and helps them digest their food. Eventually, the whales poop the ambergris into the ocean, where it might be harvested as an ingredient for making fine perfume. Although ambergris mellows as it ages, initially it smells awful. Who decided it would enhance the aroma of perfume is anyone’s guess.

 

Elon Musk is best known as the CEO of what company?

A) Apple

B) Oracle

C) Tesla Motors

D) Uber

 

Previous answer: Triage is the process by which emergency room and battlefield doctors prioritize patient treatment based on severity of injuries.

 

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of “Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts.” Contact her at triviabitsleslie@gmail.com.

 

Readers Want the Best Inexpensive Appliances

April 26, 2016  
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EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE

BY MARY HUNT

 

DEAR MARY: What is the best refrigerator brand overall? We are ready to purchase a French-door style refrigerator with water and ice compartments in the door. Thank you. — Anne

DEAR ANNE: When my husband did a major remodel of our kitchen, I went into hyperresearch mode to find the exact refrigerator you describe. I had one more requirement: a reasonable price. It didn’t take long for me to scrub the Samsung brand due to the numerous poor reviews from buyers and feedback from the appliance repairmen I interviewed. I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that we opted for GE Profile Series Energy Star 27.7 cubic feet French-Door Refrigerator. I loved everything about that refrigerator for the six months I got to enjoy it before we sold that house — especially its lower freezer. Finding it on sale made the price right, too.

We also replaced the 13-year-old side-by-side refrigerator that came with our new home. And I won’t hesitate one moment to buy the Energy Star refrigerator again. Actually, I can hardly wait. I hope that helps.

DEAR MARY: I need a humidifier. I’m sure you will have a good suggestion for me? What is a good one? What is a good price? Where is a good place to buy one? Your column is my favorite in our newspaper. You’re like a good friend with lots of good ideas. Thank you in advance. Many blessings. — Carolyn

DEAR CAROLYN: I am especially fond of the Honeywell HCM-350 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier because it really does kill of up 99 percent of bacteria, mold, fungus and viruses — not that I am a germaphobe or anything. And its large capacity (1.5-gallon tank) means you can let it run for 24 hours straight between fill-ups. The regular price is $79.99, but you can find it for less if you are patient and super savvy. As I write this, it is available online at Amazon for $54.99 with free shipping. I don’t think you can beat that price, but if you do, be sure to let me know! As a bonus, this particular humidifier has lots of five-star reviews, which speaks volumes to me.

Thanks for being one of my loyal print readers. I’m told there are more than a million of you, which makes me so happy. Good luck with your decision.

DEAR MARY: Have you researched or found the most quiet clothes dryer? That is my top priority. The one I have now is so noisy! Thanks. — Donna

DEAR DONNA: I highly recommend the LG DLEX3570W 7.4 cubic feet Ultra Large Capacity SteamDryer. I’ve owned that dryer and can tell you that LG’s LoDecibel Quiet Operation system is quite amazing. There were times I had to check the settings to see if the thing was even running. That’s how quiet it is. And while the steam option wasn’t on my list of must-haves, once I used it, it became my favorite bonus feature. For links to this dryer and the other products mentioned above, visit my website.

Mary invites questions, comments and tips at mary@everydaycheapskate.com, or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website and the author of “Debt-Proof Living,” released in 2014. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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Trivia Bits

April 26, 2016  
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Tuesday April 26

 

Dominique-Jean Larrey, Napoleon’s personal surgeon, developed the first horse-drawn ambulances, to carry wounded soldiers from the battlefield to mobile hospitals for treatment. Able to carry two patients at a time, the ambulances were fitted with horsehair mattresses and designed with suspension to ease the ride over rough terrain. When Napoleon’s campaign went to Egypt in 1799, patients were transported by camels instead of horses.

 

In emergency medicine, prioritizing patients based on the severity of their injuries is called what?

A) Dialysis

B) Retraction

C) Triage

D) Whipple procedure

 

Previous answer: “The Birds” was based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier.

 

TRIVIA FANS: Leslie Elman is the author of “Weird But True: 200 Astounding, Outrageous and Totally Off the Wall Facts.” Contact her at triviabitsleslie@gmail.com.

The Secret of Cheap and Healthy Meals

April 25, 2016  
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EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE

BY MARY HUNT

 

Want to keep your food costs low during these times of rising costs? Stick to these rules: Set a budget and never pay full price.

I know you hate the word budget. So do I. And we need to get over it. All it means is that we decide ahead of time how much we will spend on food for the week (or month), and we stick to it. And when that amount runs out, we stop buying.

The second rule means you must stop buying anything that is not on sale. Items have to really be on sale, not just on a “special” that may not be on sale at all. If you are careful to do this, you will easily bring your food costs down to what they were a decade ago. And you’ll eat well, too. Read more

Trivia Bits

April 25, 2016  
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Monday April 25

 

He didn’t always get along with people, but Alfred Hitchcock loved his Sealyham terriers. Geoffrey and Stanley appeared in “The Birds” when Hitchcock made a cameo walking out of the pet shop as Tippi Hedren walked in. For the 1964 movie “Marnie,” he formed a production company called Geoffrey Stanley, Inc. Sealyham terriers were Hollywood’s “it” dog for a while. Cary Grant and Bette Davis had them. So did Tallulah Bankhead — hers was a gift from Hitchcock.

 

“The Birds” was based on a short story by which author, who also wrote the novel “Rebecca”?

A) Agatha Christie

B) Daphne du Maurier

C) Ngaio Marsh

D) Muriel Spark

 

Previous answer: Plzen, or Pilsen, in the Czech Republic is where pilsner beer originated.

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