Saturday, July 30

July 30, 2016  
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The Xerces Society is an environmental conservation group that focuses on invertebrate wildlife — bugs, worms, moths, clams, crabs, etc. Founded in 1971, it’s named for the Xerces blue butterfly, the first North American butterfly to become extinct because of human activities. The last known Xerces blue butterfly fluttered by in 1941.

 

King Xerxes I built the Gate of All Nations in which ancient capital of Persia?

A) Damascus

B) Isfahan

C) Persepolis

D) Tabriz

 

Previous answer: The Matilda in “Waltzing Matilda” is a bundle of belongings.

 

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Friday, July 29

July 29, 2016  
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the author Roald Dahl. Among his books for kids is “Matilda,” story of a smart, wonderful girl surrounded by horrible adults. But that’s not the story Dahl originally intended to tell. In his first draft of the book, Matilda Wormwood was absolutely awful — so evil that Dahl’s editor asked him to reconsider her character. Dahl eventually agreed and gave the story a complete revision.

 

In the Australian folk song “Waltzing Matilda,” what is Matilda?

A) A bundle of belongings

B) A type of flute

C) A wallaby

D) A missing woman

 

Previous answer: The chemical element Neptunium is named for the planet Neptune.

 

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Thursday, July 28

July 28, 2016  
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The oldest known nuclear reactor on earth is not manmade. It’s the product of unusual circumstances around 1.5 billion years ago near present-day Franceville, Gabon, where the composition of the uranium in the earth and the absence of elements that inhibit nuclear reactions created perfect conditions for natural nuclear fission. Nuclear technicians discovered the anomaly in 1972 while examining uranium samples from the Oklo Mines in Gabon.

Chemical elements have been named for Uranus and which of these planets?

A) Jupiter

B) Mars

C) Neptune

D) Venus

 

Previous answer: “Spy vs. Spy” is a long-running comic strip in Mad magazine.

 

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You Definitely Need a Slow Cooker

July 28, 2016  
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EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE

BY MARY HUNT

 

It’s an ingenious appliance because it’s simple. It cooks slowly — really slowly. It can take up to 8 hours to prepare a meal, whereas other methods take 30 minutes. But unlike that 30-minute meal, a slow cooker doesn’t need to a babysitter. There’s no coddling required. You can just throw the ingredients in, set the timer and walk away. Read more

Wednesday, July 27

July 27, 2016  
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Mata Hari, the infamous World War I German spy, was actually a Dutch woman called Margaretha Geertruida Zelle. Her colorful life included a career as an exotic dancer and liaisons with influential men that gave her access to information. She was convicted of espionage and executed by firing squad in 1917, although there was no hard evidence against her. There is, however, convincing evidence that the French intelligence officer who accused her was a German spy himself!

 

Since 1961, the comic strip “Spy vs. Spy” has appeared in which publication?

A) Mad

B) National Lampoon

C) National Review

D) Reason

 

Previous answer: Carl Sandburg called Chicago the “City of the Big Shoulders.”

 

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Another Raving Review for Chromebook Laptop and More Reader Feedback

July 27, 2016  
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EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE

BY MARY HUNT

 

Dear Mary: I just read your recent column about the ASUS Chromebook laptop, and I wanted to send a belated thank you. A couple years ago I needed to replace my laptop. I had read about the ASUS laptop on your blog, and I purchased one. The price fit well within my budget, and I have been very happy with it. Thank you very much! — Wendy Read more

Tuesday, July 26

July 26, 2016  
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The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina, contains an early-model Zenith TV with remote control. It was a gift from the president of Zenith Corporation, a personal friend of Sandburg’s. While the great American poet admitted he enjoyed some television programs — Groucho Marx was a favorite — mostly he thought TV was a waste of time. Luckily, the TV’s Space Commander 400 remote control had a mute button, one of the first of its kind.

 

Poet Carl Sandburg called Chicago “City of the Big…” what?

A) Appetite

B) Heart

C) Ideas

D) Shoulders

 

Previous answer: Most meteorites are metallic, with high iron and nickel content.

 

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Get Back at Your Creditors

July 26, 2016  
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BY MARY HUNT

 

Late fees, punitive interest rates and over-limit fees are piling up on your credit reports. It’s enough to make you scream!

It’s not that your creditors are doing anything illegal. You just didn’t understand the power you gave them when you opened that credit card. (It was buried in the fine print.) And now it seems like they’re staying up late looking for new ways to stick it to you. If you’ve just about had enough, maybe it’s time for you to turn the tables and get back at them. Here’s how.

Pay your bills early. Nearly 30 percent of a credit card company’s profits are derived from fees — annual fees, late fees and over-limit fees. You’d think th Read more

Monday, July 25

July 25, 2016  
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Cosmochemistry is the study of the chemical composition of the universe and how it came to be. The field originated in the 1930s, long before space missions started collecting samples of moon rocks and space dust. Helpfully, the universe regularly deposits extraterrestrial matter on earth in the form of meteorites — and it’s been doing so since time began. Cosmochemistry researchers don’t have to leave their home planet to find plenty to study.

 

Which characteristic describes most meteorites?

A) Chalky

B) Metallic

C) Radioactive

D) Round

 

Previous answer: The Rainbow Bridge connects Niagara Falls, Canada, with Niagara Falls, New York.

 

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How to Trap Wasps and Other Great Reader Tips

July 25, 2016  
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EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE

BY MARY HUNT

 

Are you aware that your health insurance provider might cover the cost of your gym membership? Or that the things you need to take care of those annoying wasps flying around your home this summer are right in your kitchen pantry? Do you know how to approach buying good-quality, name-brand men’s belts? Your fellow readers know these secrets, and today they’re willing to share them with you. Read more

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