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My Stars ★★★★
FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 8, 2018
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Shutting
people out to avoid distractions, even under
a deadline, can cause hurt feelings. Instead,
return calls and emails, and explain why
you need a zone of privacy for now.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)
Although your keen Bull’s eyes usually can
discern what’s fact from what’s faux, that
upcoming decision will need really solid
data before you can risk a commitment.
GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) As
your confidence grows, you should be
able to work toward your goals with
more enthusiasm. Open your mind to
suggestions. Some of them might even
work for you.
CANCER (June 21 to July 22)
Reconnecting with someone from your past
stirs up that old sense of adventure. But
before you do anything else, be sure to get
answers to those still-lingering questions.
LEO (July 23 to August 22) Some
people might resent the way you plan
to resolve a difficult situation. But your
commitment to making tough but fair
decisions soon wins you their respect and
VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)
Mixed signals could be causing that vexing
workplace problem. Before you choose to
leave the project, ask for a meeting so you
can get things out in the open.
LIBRA (September 23 to October
22) Your good intentions could backfire
if you’re not careful with other people’s
feelings. Try using persuasion, not
pressure, to get others to see your side of
SCORPIO (October 23 to November
21) Your dedication to finishing the task
at hand is laudable. But be careful not to
overdo the midnight oil bit. Take time for
relaxation with someone very special.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to
December 21) Although your intuition will
help you make some tough choices in the
first half of the month, you’ll need more
facts to back up your actions later on.
CAPRICORN (December 22 to
January 19) All that hard work and
research in the workplace finally pays off as
you hoped it would. Ignore comments from
jealous types who are out to get the Goat
AQUARIUS (January 20 to February
18) An unfair decision creates unnecessary
problems. But avoid anger and move
carefully as you work this out. Expect to
get support from an unlikely source.
PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A
fuzzy financial vista persists until midmonth,
when things begin to clear up. You’ll also
gain a better perspective on how to handle
those pesky personal problems.
BORN THIS WEEK: You have a
wonderful way of being there for those
who need your help in difficult times.
• On Jan. 8, 1962, at the National
Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.,
Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the
Mona Lisa, is exhibited for the first time in
• On Jan. 9, 1776, writer Thomas
Paine publishes his pamphlet “Common
Sense,” setting forth his arguments in favor
of American independence. Pamphlets
were an important medium for the
spread of ideas in the 16th through 19th
• On Jan. 10, 1941, President Franklin
Roosevelt introduces the lend-lease
program to Congress to help Britain
beat back Hitler’s advance while keeping
America only indirectly involved in World
War II. By the end of the war, more than
$50 billion in funds, weapons, aircraft and
ships had been distributed to 44 countries.
• On Jan. 11, 1935, American aviatrix
Amelia Earhart departs Wheeler Field in
Honolulu on a solo flight to North America.
Hawaiian commercial interests had
offered a $10,000 award to whoever first
accomplished the flight. The next day, after
traveling 2,400 miles in 18 hours, Earhart
landed safely in Oakland, California.
• On Jan. 12, 1926, the two-man
comedy series “Sam ‘n’ Henry” debuts on
Chicago’s WGN radio station. Two years
later, after changing its name to “Amos ‘n’
Andy,” it became one of the most popular
radio programs in American history.
• On Jan. 13, 1982, an Air Florida
Boeing 727 plunges into the Potomac
River in Washington, D.C ., killing 78
people. The crash, caused by bad weather,
took place only 2 miles from the White
House. Investigators said the plane had to
wait too long after being de-iced before
it could take off, allowing new ice to
accumulate on the wings.
• On Jan. 14, 1973, the Miami
Dolphins defeat the Washington Redskins
14-7 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Super
Bowl VII, becoming the first team in NFL
history to finish with an undefeated season.
• It was German-born theoretical
physicist Albert Einstein who made the
following sage observation: “The hardest
thing to understand is why we can
understand anything at all.”
• If you’re planning a trip to South
Africa, you might want to keep in mind
that there are 11 official languages there.
• It is customary in India for those who
celebrate Christmas to decorate a banana
or mango tree -- evergreens being in rather
short supply in most parts of south Asia.
• Those who study such things say that
a normal cat has 230 bones in its body, but
it doesn’t have a collarbone.
• You’ve almost certainly heard people
refer to the school they attended as their
alma mater, but do you know where the
term comes from? In Latin, “alma mater”
means “bounteous mother,” and it was in
the early 1800s that people began using it
to designate their beloved schools.
• Before horror author Stephen King
became famous for novels such as “Carrie,”
“The Stand” and “The Shining,” he wrote
four novels and 60 short stories that failed
to be accepted for publication.
• Most lizards are harmless reptiles,
but there are some that are known to be
venomous. Rather than avoiding these
rare creatures, however, there are some
who seek them out for the very venom
that makes them dangerous. It seems that
there’s a component to the venom that
causes blood pressure to drop in humans,
which could save thousands of lives.
• It would seem that even powerful
dictators can succumb to the pull of
Hollywood. Il Duce, Benito Mussolini, was
an extra in the film “The Eternal City,”
and Cuba’s longtime dictator, Fidel Castro,
had a bit part in a movie called “Holiday in
“If God created us in his own image, we
have more than reciprocated.” - - Voltaire
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
STRANGE BUT TRUE
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
1. The boundar y between the earth’s
crust and the mantle 2. 10 provinces
3. “Lady and the Tramp” 4. Rod
and Todd 5. July 4, 1776 6. Charles
Dickens 7. Nirvana 8. A calf
9. Gospel of Matthew 10. Makes or
sells candles and soap
1. Science: What does the term
Mohorovicic Discontinuity refer to?
2. Geography: How many provinces
does Canada have?
3. Movies: Which Disney movie
featured the “Siamese Cat Song”?
4. Television: In “The Simpsons”
animated series, what are the
names of Ned Flanders’ t wo kids?
5. History: What is the date on
the tablet held by the Statue of
6. Famous Quotations: Which
author penned the words, “I will
honor Christmas in my heart, and
try to keep it all the year”?
7. Music: What alternative rock
band’s debut album was titled
8. Animal Kingdom: What is a
baby whale called?
9. Bible: In what part of the Bible do
the Beatitudes appear?
10. General Knowledge: In medieval
times, what did a chandler do?
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