Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 122515 Contents 1. COMICS: In the comic strip "Peanuts," where was Snoopy born?
2. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a group of unicorns known as?
3. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: Who once said, "When a man knows he is to be hanged
in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully"?
4. U.S. STATES: The Mystic River flows through which U.S. state?
5. MEDICAL: What is the medical name for a condition known as "the bends"?
6. ASTRONOMY: Which planets in our Solar System are known as the gas giants?
7. TELEVISION: Who did the character named Lurch work for?
8. HISTORY: Where was Martin Luther King assassinated in 1968?
9. GEOGRAPHY: Where are the Balearic Islands located?
10. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What would a vexillologist study?
1. Daisy Hill Puppy Farm 2. A blessing 3. Samuel Johnson 4. Massachusetts 5. Decompres-
sion sickness (also known as divers' disease) 6, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune 7. "The
Addams Family" 8. Memphis, Tenn. 9. Mediterranean Sea (Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and
Formentera) 10. Flags
DID YOU KNOW 25
THE RIVER - DECEMBER 25, 2015
FOR WEEK OF DECEMBER 28, 2015
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Handle
a potentially awkward situation by
warming up your confidence reserves and
letting it radiate freely. Also, expect an old
friend to contact you.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It's not
too early for the practical Bovine to begin
planning possible changes for 2016. A
recent contact can offer some interesting
GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A
request for an unusual favor should be
carefully checked out. Also check the
motives behind it. Your generosity should
be respected, not exploited.
CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Party
time beckons, but for some Moon
Children, so do some workplace
challenges. Deal with the second first, then
you'll be free to enjoy the fun time.
LEO (July 23 to August 22) A warm
response to an earlier request might be a
positive indicator of what's ahead.
Meanwhile, Cupid could pay a surprise
visit to single Leos looking for love.
VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)
How you respond to a proposed change in
a project could affect your situation. Be
prepared to show how well you would be
able to deal with it.
LIBRA (September 23 to October 22)
The revelation of a secret could cause
some changes in how to deal with a
workplace matter. It very likely also
validates a position you have long held.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November
21) An attempt to get too personal could
upset the very private Scorpio. Make it
clear that there's a line no one crosses
without your permission.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to
December 21) The savvy Sagittarian might
be able to keep a family disagreement
from spilling over by getting everyone
involved to talk things out.
CAPRICORN (December 22 to
January 19) Be careful not to push people
too hard to meet your ideas of what the
holiday weekend's preparations should be.
Best to make it a cooperative, not a
AQUARIUS (January 20 to February
18) An unexpected request could make
you rethink a position you've had for a
long time. Meanwhile, plan a family get-
together for the weekend.
PISCES (February 19 to March 20)
Someone might find that it was a fluke to
try to use your sympathetic nature to get
you to accept a situation you're not
comfortable with. Good for you.
BORN THIS WEEK: You like
challenges that are both mental and
physical, and you enjoy always beating
your personal best.
On Jan. 2, 1897, American author
Stephen Crane survives the sinking of The
Commodore off the coast of Florida. He
will turn the harrowing adventure into his
classic short story "The Open Boat."
On Dec. 29, 1915, the French
National Assembly formally cedes the
land that holds the British war cemeteries
to Great Britain, ensuring that even as
World War I was being fought, its most
sacred monuments would be forever
On Dec. 30, 1922, in post-
revolutionary Russia, the Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics (USSR, also known as
the Soviet Union) is established,
comprising a confederation of Russia,
Belorussia, Ukraine and the future
republics of Georgia, Azerbaijan and
On Jan. 3, 1938, Franklin Delano
Roosevelt, an adult victim of polio, founds
the National Foundation for Infantile
Paralysis, later renamed the March of
Dimes Foundation. The virus, which
affects the central nervous system,
flourished in contaminated food and water
and was easily transmitted.
On Dec. 28, 1954, Oscar-winning
actor Denzel Washington is born in Mount
Vernon, N.Y. In 2002, for his performance
as a corrupt cop in "Training Day,"
Washington became the first black man to
win the Best Actor Academy Award since
Sidney Poitier in 1964.
On Jan. 1, 1973, Roseann Quinn, a
27-year-old New York teacher, visits
Tweed's Bar in Manhattan and is picked
up by her soon-to-be killer. The incident
inspired the cautionary novel "Looking for
Mr. Goodbar," later made into a movie
starring Diane Keaton.
On Dec. 31, 1999, the United States
hands over control of the Panama Canal,
putting the strategic waterway into
Panamanian hands for the first time. A
ship heading from New York to San
Francisco can save about 7,800 miles by
taking the Panama Canal rather than
sailing around South America.
It was 20th-century Nigerian novelist,
poet and professor Chinua Achebe who
made the following sage observation:
"One of the truest tests of integrity is its
blunt refusal to be compromised."
Historians say that on April 4, 1968,
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. participated in
a pillow fight in the Lorraine Motel in
Memphis, Tennessee. This wouldn't be
noteworthy, of course, except for the fact
that he was assassinated at the motel that
Those who study such things say that
men without beards are 40 percent more
likely to describe themselves as happy.
In November of this year, a bulldog
named Otto set a Guinness World Record.
In the city of Lima, Peru, Otto rode a
skateboard through the legs of 30 people,
setting a new record for skateboarding
through the longest human tunnel.
You probably won't be surprised to
learn that before horseradish was called
horseradish, it was known as "stingnose"
in many areas of the United States.
However, you might be surprised to learn
that it was sometimes rubbed on a person's
forehead to relieve a headache.
Lawmakers in Kentucky evidently
once thought it necessary to pass
legislation making it illegal to paint one's
You might not think of tarantulas as
fragile, but they are. Despite their soft,
furry appearance, if one of these spiders
has even a short fall without catching itself
on its thread, the drop likely will shatter
its exoskeleton or rupture its abdomen.
If you ever have the good fortune to
encounter a group of bunnies, you'll know
that you can collectively call them a
"If I have any beliefs about immortality,
it is that certain dogs I have known will go
to heaven, and very, very few persons." --
1. In 1963, Pete Rose recorded his first base hit for the Cincinnati Reds, against
Pittsburgh. What kind of hit was it?
2. Name the two left-handers who each won 20 or more games four times for the
Baltimore Orioles between 1968 and 1974.
3. In 2014, Marcus Mariota became the all-time leader in career passing yards (10,796)
for the University of Oregon. Who had held the mark?
4. The Portland Trail Blazers set an NBA record in 2015 for most consecutive wins in
home openers (15 years). Who had held the mark?
5. When was the last time before 2015 that two U.S. players were among the top five
picks in the NHL Draft?
6. Name the last time before 2015 that Japan won the world title in men's gymnastics.
7. Who was the last female golfer before Inbee Park (2013-15) to win three consecutive
Women's PGA Championships?
1. He hit a triple. 2. Dave McNally (1968, '69, '70 and '71) and Mike Cuellar ('69, '70, '71, '74).
3. Bill Musgrave, with 8,343 yards (1987-90). 4. The Boston Celtics (1979-92). 5. It was 2007
(Patrick Kane and James van Riemsdyk). 6. It was 1978. 7. Annika Sorenstam (2003-05).
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