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1. GEOGRAPHY: Which U.S . state is closest to Russia?
2. HISTORY: In what year did labor leader Jimmy Hoffa disappear?
3. FOOD & DRINK: What relative of the banana is a staple food in tropical regions?
4. TIME: When is the next leap day?
5. MOVIES: What famous 1950s movie featured an unlikely couple named Charlie and
6. MUSIC: Who was the first artist to have a “greatest hits” album?
7. TELEVISION: Who starred as Simon Templar in “The Saint”?
8. SCIENCE: What is the most abundant gas in the air we breathe on Earth?
9. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: In olden days, what was the occupation of a wain-
10. ANIMAL KINGDON: What is a baby whale called?
1. Alaska 2. 1975 3. The plantain 4. Feb. 29, 2016 5. “The African Queen” (Humphrey Bog-
art, Katharine Hepburn) 6. Johnny Mathis 7. Roger Moore 8. Nitrogen. The air is made up of
about 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen and 1 percent other gasses. 9 . One who makes or
repairs wagons 10. A calf
DID YOU KNOW
THE RIVER - DECEMBER 18, 2015
My Stars ★★★★
FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 21, 2015
ARIES (March 21 to April 19)
Although taking advice isn’t always easy
for the headstrong Sheep, you might want
to consider what someone you respect
says about an upcoming decision.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A new
offer is tempting, but don’t be bullied
into a quick decision. Rely on your keen
Bovine business sense to alert you to
anything that might be questionable.
GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your
Gemini Twin nature rallies to help you
deal with this week’s hectic schedules,
both in your personal and professional
lives. One caution: Watch your diet.
CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Avoid
rushing to make up for time lost on a
stalled workplace operation. Best to
set up a schedule and pace yourself.
Welcome the help of colleagues.
LEO (July 23 to August 22) Despite
those glittering holiday distractions
you love so well, be sure to keep your
feline senses set on high to alert you to
anything that might require fast action.
VIRGO (August 23 to September
22) Making an effort to restore fraying
relationships proves to be more
successful than you dared hope. The
holidays also bring new friends into your
LIBRA (September 23 to October 22)
Private and professional matters compete
for your attention. Be honest in your
assessment of which should get more of
it, and for how long.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November
21) A seemingly endless list of must-do
tasks is best handled by tackling them
one by one, and taking energy-restoring
timeouts between each job.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to
December 21) A vexing relationship
seems destined to deteriorate no matter
what each side tries to do. A third party’s
advice just might prove helpful.
CAPRICORN (December 22 to
January 19) Reach out to ease any
tensions caused by home or workplace
pressures before they threaten the
relationship-building progress you’ve
AQUARIUS (January 20 to February
18) You often go out of your way to
show kindness to others. So, don’t be
surprised if other people want to do
something nice for you this week.
PISCES (February 19 to March 20)
People in your life respect your Piscean
wisdom, so don’t hesitate to speak up
about a matter that you feel isn’t being
handled quite the way it should be.
BORN THIS WEEK: Your personal
warmth helps you make friendships, and
your sense of fair play helps you keep
● On Dec. 24, 1851, a devastating fire
at the Library of Congress in Washington,
D.C., destroys two-thirds of its 55,000
volumes. Today the collection contains
more than 17 million books.
● On Dec. 22, 1864, Union Gen.
William T. Sherman presents the captured
city of Savannah, Georgia, to President
Abraham Lincoln with the message, “I
beg to present you, as a Christmas gift,
the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy
guns and plenty of ammunition, and also
about 25,000 bales of cotton.”
● On Dec. 23, 1888, in Arles, France,
Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh,
suffering from severe depression, cuts off
the lower part of his left ear with a razor.
He documented the event in a painting
titled “Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear.”
● On Dec. 27, 1900, prohibitionist
Carry Nation smashes up a bar in
Kansas, causing several thousand dollars
in damage and landing in jail. Nation
became famous for carrying a hatchet
and wrecking saloons as part of her anti-
● On Dec. 26, 1946, in Las Vegas,
mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel opens
The Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino. The
grand opening was a flop. Gamblers had
no rooms at the yet unfinished hotel, so
they took their winnings and gambled
● On Dec. 25, 1962, “To Kill a
Mockingbird,” a film based on the 1960
Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same
name by Harper Lee, opens in theaters.
The American Film Institute has rated
Atticus Finch (played by Gregory Peck)
as the greatest movie hero of the 20th
● On Dec. 21, 1975, in Vienna,
Austria, Carlos the Jackal leads a terrorist
raid on a meeting of OPEC oil ministers,
killing three people and taking 63 others
hostage. After demands for a jet were
met, all the hostages were released
unharmed in Algeria.
● It was beloved American
singer, songwriter and musician Ray
Charles who made the following sage
observation: “Marriage is like college; as
great as it is, it ain’t for everybody.”
● Those who study such things say
that when a llama is humming, that
means it’s content.
● If you think life in the Big Apple is
tough these days, consider this: In the
1930s, landlords evicted about 17,000
tenants every month.
● It’s the little details that can make
or break a plan. A pair of aspiring bank
robbers in Daytona Beach, Florida,
walked into a bank, pulled out guns,
demanded that a teller hand over the loot,
and even made it out of the building.
The problem came when they got in
their getaway car; the engine sputtered
and died almost immediately. It seems
someone had forgotten to fill up the gas
● The gray squirrel isn’t always gray;
these arboreal rodents also come in both
black and white varieties.
● Sharks have been known to attack
boats before, but they rarely, if ever, try
for a second bite -- regardless of what
Hollywood would have you believe.
When a shark goes for a boat, it’s a case
of mistaken identity: electrical impulses
from the metal of a ship’s hull make
the shark think that the boat is another
animal (that is to say: dinner).
● If you’re fond of fancy cocktails,
you probably won’t be surprised to learn
that the words “mai tai” are actually
Tahitian for “the very best.”
“I would rather try to persuade a
man to go along, because once I have
persuaded him he will stick. If I scare
him, he will stay just as long as he is
scared, and then he is gone.” - - Dwight
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
STRANGE BUT TRUE
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
1. Who was the last Yankees rookie pitcher before Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances in 2014
to be named to the A.L . All -Star team?
2. In 2014, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw became the third pitcher since 1914 to win eight con-
secutive games while striking out at least seven batters in each one. Name the other two.
3. Roddy White set a record in 2014 for most career TD receptions in Atlanta Falcons history.
Who had held the mark?
4. When was the last time before the 2014-15 season that Villanova’s men’s basketball team start-
ed a season 13-0?
5. Name the last player younger than Florida’s Aaron Ekblad (19 in 2015) to win the NHL’s
Calder Trophy (top rookie).
6. Which team holds the Major League Soccer record for most ties in a season?
7. What was heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield’s record when he lost his first pro fight, and to
whom did he lose?
1. Spec Shea, in 1947. 2 . The Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax (1966) and the Giants’ Juan Marichal
(1967). 3 . Terance Mathis, with 57 TD receptions (1994-2001). 4 . It was the 1937-38 season.
5. Bobby Orr was 18 years old when he won the Calder Trophy in 1967. 6. Chicago had 18 ties
during the 2014 season. 7 . Holyfield was 28-0 when he lost to Riddick Bowe in 1992.
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