Northcountry News Parting Shot
April 13, 2012
Q: I have an old metal iron squeezer identified as being "The Arcade No. 2." -- Cathy, Amarillo, Texas A: The Arcade Manufacturing Company of Freeport, Ill., made lemon squeezers during the early years of the past century. The No. 2 is valued at about $15. A good reference is "300 Years of Kitchen Collectibles" by Linda Campbell Franklin (Krause, $29.95).
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¥ It was Scottish author and his- torian Thomas Carlyle who made the following sage obser- vation: "The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none."
¥ If you're planning to travel to Washington state with nefarious plans, here's an interesting law to keep in mind: Any motorist with criminal intent is required to stop before entering a town and inform the chief of police of his or her presence.
¥ Are you more afraid of light- ning or sharks? If you look at the numbers, it makes more sense to fear lightning; more than three times as many people die from lightning strikes than do so in shark attacks.
¥ The acids in your digestive system are so corrosive that your stomach must produce an entirely new lining every three days.
¥ As the Black Plague was sweeping Europe during the Middle Ages, some people, for reasons surpassing understand- ing, believed that plague victims could cure themselves by smelling human waste.
¥ It was in 1893 that the zipper was invented, and it was origi- nally intended to be used in shoes.
¥ If you're familiar with the Disney film "Cinderella," you might be surprised to learn some details about the Grimm broth- ers' version of the folktale. In their story, Cinderella's wicked
stepsisters are so desperate to marry the prince that they muti- late their feet in order to try to make them fit in the slipper (which, in the Grimm version, is made of gold, not glass). Also, at the wedding of Cinderella and her prince, the stepsisters' eyes are plucked out by pigeons. ***
Thought for the Day: "The tax which will be paid for education is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests, and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people to ignorance." - - Thomas Jefferson
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Q: I inherited a set of dishes from my grandmother, and I would like to know the value and where I might take it to sell. It is Leigh Ware. -- Wilfred, Albuquerque, N.M. A: The Leigh Pottery Company was started in 1926 in Alliance, Ohio, and continued until the early 1930s. Even though there is some dispute about exactly when the company folded, Lois Lehner, author of "Lehner's Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay" claims production ended in 1931. If you wish to know the value of your china, I recom- mend a good appraiser. You have several that are certified in Albuquerque, including Suzanne Staley, www.suzannestaley.com
, and 888-758-1118. To sell your china, you might show your set to antiques dealers in your area.
Q: I have U.S. Navy honorable discharge papers from World War II. I would like to sell them. -- Sheila, Palm Coast, Fla. A: Discharge papers from WWII are fairly common and generally sell in the $10 to $20 range, depending on condition and any supporting documenta- tion.
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DID YOU KNOW? Fun Facts
The cruise liner, 'Queen Elizabeth 2', moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns!
Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older!
To burn off one plain M&M candy, you need to walk the full length of a football field!
A car operates at maximum economy, gas-wise, at speeds between 25 and 35 miles per hour!
In a year approximately 900 million trees are cut down to make the raw materials needed for American pulp mills and paper!
The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% the world's oxygen supply
WEEK OF APRIL 16, 2012
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The Lamb loves to be surround- ed by flocks of admirers. But be careful that someone doesn't take his or her admiration too far. Use your persuasive skills to let him or her down easily.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) This is a good time to begin set- ting far-reaching goals and con- necting with new contacts. Aspects also favor strengthen- ing old relationships -- personal and/or professional.
GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A personal disappointment should be viewed as a valuable learning experience. Go over what went wrong and see where a change in tactics might have led to a more positive outcome.
CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Don't leave projects unfinished or personal obligations unre- solved, or you might find your- self tripping over all those loose ends later on. A relative has important news.
LEO (July 23 to August 22) Expect a challenge to the usual way you do things. Although you might prefer the tried-and- true, once you take a good look at this new idea, you might feel more receptive to it.
VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Much work has yet to be done to polish a still- rough idea into something with significant potential. Expect to encounter some initial rejection, but stay with it nonetheless.
LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) There still might be some communication problems in the workplace, but they should be resolved soon. Meanwhile, that "tip" from a friend should be checked out.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A new relation-
ship appears to need more from you than you might be willing to give right now. Best advice: Resist making promises you might not be able to keep.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) That restless feeling encourages you to gal- lop off into a new venture. But remember to keep hold of the reins so you can switch paths when necessary.
CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A demanding work schedule keeps the high- spirited Goat from kicking up his or her heels. But playtime beckons by the week's end. Have fun. You earned it.
AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You're beginning to come out from under those heavy responsibilities you took on. Use this freed-up time to enjoy some much-deserved fun with people close to you.
PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Before you get swept away by a tidal wave of conflicting priorities, take time to come up for air, and reassess the situa- tion. You might be surprised by what you'll find.
BORN THIS WEEK: Your leadership qualities are enhanced by a practical sense of purpose that keeps you focused on your goals.
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