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Page12 00Ray Barrorl's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Physicist Stephen Hawkins, who is known for his work on the most complex questions of astrophysics, admitted he's stumped by one topic he thinks about often. "Women," said Hawking. "They are a c0m- plete mystery." Carlo Scostumato, says, "Nowadays it's easy for a bachelor to remain single. Every time he turns his TV set on he hears that most women have stringy hair, rough red hands, bad breath, and are overweight." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill says." A woman marries the first time for love. the second time for companionship, the third time for support, and the rest of the time from habit." A restaurant in Portsmouth. New Hamp- shire, posted a sign that said "No Politicians. No Exceptions" in the days before the Republican primary. Employee Jessica Labrie explained that customers were com- plaining that constant visits from presiden- tial candidates were disrupting their meals. Just released, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the total number of vehicular deaths in each state and D.C. in 2009. Leading them all is Cali- fornia with 3,081 vehicular deaths. Second is Texas with 3,071, third is Florida with 2,558 and fourth is New York with 1,156 vehicular deaths. And Massachusetts is way down on the list with 334 vehicular deaths. The state with the lowest amount of vehicu- lar deaths is Vermont with 74 deaths. A bumper sticker on a car in Atlanta: "Cau- tion -- keep back[ I drive like your wife." The unofficial mayor of Medford, Tom Analetto, says, "Driving an automobile would be a much greater pleasure if each motor- ist would use his head as much as he uses his horn." Gee. Maria Shriver may be having sec- ond thoughts about divorcing Arnold Schwarzenegger. said The couple spent the holidays together at the family's Brentwood, California. home. and sources say Schwarzenegger "desperately" wants a reconciliation. These sources say Shriver. who is a devout Catholic, may be rethink- ing the split because the church does not permit divorce. It takes only a few words mumbled in church and you're married. It takes only a few words mumbled in your sleep and you're divorced. A man in New Hampshire complained about slow mail delivery. "Today, I received an invitation to the wedding of a couple who are already divorced." Roland Mesnier has satisfied the sugar cravings of some of the world's most power- ful men, said Carol Ross Joynt in Washing- tonian. During his 26 years as the White House's head pastry chef. Mesnier served up delectable desserts to five presidents, making pecan bourbon pie for Jimmy Carter'. orange chocolate cake for Ronald Reagan, baked apple s0uffl6' for Bush senior, and buttered brioche pudding with dried blueberries and lemon sauce for Bush the younger. His most demanding diner, though, was Bill Clinton. "He had a big appetite, scary," says Mesnier, 67. "He could eat five or six pork chops." Clinton was also allergic to a stack of food's/ including choco- late and flour. "But he loved dessert. It made it very difficult for a pastry chef." One evening Mesnier crafted a low-calorie straw- berry cake for Clinton, who ate half the des- sert in a single sitting. The next morning, the president woke up craving a slice or two more. "But no one could find the cake," said Mesnier. who had to face the furious com- mander in chief. "Clinton was pounding on the table and shouting, 'I want my goddamned cake.'" When the missing cake couldn't be found, there was only one con- clusion to be made: "We decided Vice Presi- dent A1 Gore must have eaten it." Double news! The number of twins born in the U.S. has doubled since 1982, largely because of fertility treatments. One of every 30 babies born is now a twin. Deadly news! Cancer fatality rates have dropped by 23 percent in men and 15 per- cent in women over two decades. Even so, over 577,000 people in the U.S. will die from POST'GAZETTE, JANUARY 27, 2012 v the disease this year. Weather re- port: Unusu- O O O ally mild win- , j ter weather has prevented lakes and ponds from freez- ing from the Midwest to the Northeast, keep- ing ice fishermen, skaters, and hockey play- ers sidelined. In normally frigid Minnesota. temperatures topped a record 60 degrees on a recent January day, while Buffalo has had less snow so far than in any year in more than 80 years. The astute, charming, Lucille Monuteaux, Office Manager of East Boston's Social Cen- ters. says, "Little boys who don't always tell the truth will probably grow up and become weather forecasters." And John Roch, Busi- ness Manager of the popular Centers. says, "Weather forecasters are so unpredictable we never know how wrong they're going to be." Interesting, a record-high percentage of Americans identify themselves as indepen- dents. 40% of Americans now say they are independents, compared with 31% who say they are Democrats, and 27% who identify themselves as Republicans. And 58% of Republican primary voters say they want more presidential candidate choices than the current field -- a 12% increase since October. 37% say they are satisfied with the candidates who are running. Ah. Mitt Romneyl His father George, who headed American Motors. makers of The Rambler, called me to say I was doing a good job promoting the Rambler. At that time. my advertising agency was creating ads for the Rambler. Speaking of the Rambler, Ernie Boch got his start by becoming a Rambler dealer in Norwood. In fact, he was given a few Ram- blers to sell without any charge. Yes, free! And this would become the beginning of my friendship with Ernie. Deserving! A Utah couple who were alleg- edly caught shoplifting at a supermarket returned to their car to find that it had been burglarized. Korin Vanhouten. 47, and Eldon Alexander. 36. were stopped by security and charged with stealing about S25 worth of goods. When they returned to their car. they found that someone had stolen their stereo and other items. "I think they were unlucky," said a police spokesman. Residents of a British village were stunned last week when hundreds of apples suddenly fell from the sky. Witnesses say the fruit fell in a short burst onto a stretch of road in Keresley, briefly disrupting traffic and damaging several vehicles. Meteorolo- gists speculate that the apples had most likely been sucked up by a wind vortex, but Keresley parish councilor Sandra Camwell said the explanation may be less straight- forward. "Strange things do happen in this part of the world, where there have been witches for centuries," she said. Show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. One more time! The only number one single recording in the U.S. that originated in Italy was "Volare" (1958), as sung by Domenico Modugno. The music was writ- ten by Modugno and the words by Franco Magliacci. It was number one for five weeks in the United States, and sold over two million copies here. Modugno received Grammys for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year in 1958. The Italian- American bandleader/pianist Frankie Carle wrote "Sunrise Serenade" in 1937, but it took one year to get someone to publish it. Carle used his own composition "Sun- rise Serenade" as his theme song when forming his own band in 1944, even though Glenn Miller had already scored a hit with the song in 1938. Gene Autry was the com- poser of over 275 songs, and once worked as a telegrapher for the Frisco Railroad in Oklahoma. During the late 1920s, in be- tween films, Maurice Chevalier appeared on stage in New York and, on one occasion, was accompanied by Duke Ellington's band. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ANTOINETTE'S PEANUT BUTTER BISCOTTI DOUGH: 2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup butter 1/2 cup chopped walnuts aA cup water Two 6" x 9" cookie sheets In a bowl cut butter into flour with a butter knife. Add sugar and then add water. Stir with fork until it looks like little ball. Do not knead. With your hands, make a ball of the mixture and refrigerate for one-half hour. After one-half hour, cut dough into four parts. With rolling pin, roll each portion one at the time into a thin rectangu- lar shape. Cover rectangular piece lightly with peanut butter. Then lightly spread jelly of choice over peanut but- ter. Sprinkle walnuts over jelly. Fold into a long roll begin- ning at side of rectangular piece of dough (about three inches wide). Place lengthwise (sealed side down) in lightly greased cookie sheet. Continue to do same with the remaining portions of dough, placing two rolls in each bak- ing sheet. Brush tops of rolls lightly with milk for a golden color. Bake in a preheated 375F oyen for about twenty to thirty minutes. For ease of handling, use a spatula to remove from baking sheet and allow to cool on cutting board. Cut diagonally into biscotti. Store cooled Peanut Butter Biscotti in a canister. NOTE: I am pleased to share this unique recipe with you. A dear friend created it years ago. Antoinette lMarcantonio) Benda, sister of Dr. Joseph Marcantonio. and Rose Sinopoli decided to put together ingredients that she enjoyed with the hopes of making a different cookie.-She created these delicate dnd tasty biscotti. :. ::!, ..... ;;:,.:: '; :!:.;. ii. 7 i:i .i[ i;! .: : : :,,;. , .::Vita00be:rea :vo00 :@com00net Greater Boston's Afforda ble Private Cemetery Traditional Burial Plot i y';-,-- L/J!;i: - , EMETERY " .' !ii' i .. llll COMMUNITY M=SOLEUM$ GAIOEN COLUMBARIUMS i ntB " St, 617.524.1036 6sto,  0] 3] '7 "t/Yervig the Italian community for over 100 years/ K3  Fully insured Lic #017936 Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 kenskjs @ 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinofloli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy'" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. 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