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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 26, 2010 Barrorl' I Time to bore you! Seriously, a Massachu- setts shoplifter was arrested with so much body lotion stuffed into his pants that offic- ers couldn't fit him into a police car. Chamil Guadarrama, 30, robbed a mall store of no fewer than 75 eight-ounce bottles of lotion, police said, stuffing them in pants that were tied with string at the ankles. When police tried to take him to the station, said a police spokesman, "They could not fit Mr. Guadarrama into the cruiser because his pants were bursting at the seams and he could not bend over." What a citrulo! Wow! Couples who often use the words "we" and "our" have happier marriages than those who usually use the words "I" and "his" or "her." That's the conclusion of a new University of California, Berkeley, study on how couples fight and resolve marital dis- agreements. Couples who used lots of "I" words were more likely to turn the discus- sion into bitter fights and to express overall dissatisfaction with their marriages. Couples who consistently spoke of their problems in the context of "we" and "us" were less stressed by disagreement and happier in general. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, claims, love is blind, and marriage is an eye opener A recent Pew study showed that women "are in fact lowering their standards" to find a husband, with many "marrying down" to men who earn less or are less educated than they are. Healthy advice! The USDA recommends around "five to nine servings" of fruit and vegetables a day for the average adult. What is the most costly car in the world? The 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia is yours for only $225,000. And for you women, now available, a Satin streamline clutch bag, with the boxy shape and the geometric design of the Austrian crystals give this bag old-Hollywood glamour. It's yours for $2,495. Perhaps Carlo Scostumato will purchase the bag for Giuseppina, la eoscia storta. The new Sports Illustrated annual swim- suit issue has generated an estimated $1 billion for its parent, Time Inc., since the issue's inception, in 1964. Last year, the online video version drew more than 46 million viewers. Perhaps the Post-Gazette should publish a swimsuit issue featuring their staff and columnists wearing swimsuits. Wow! Wait until you see me in my stylish swimsuit. Tom Analetto of Medford, says, "Another way marriage changes a man is that he likes to see bikinis worn by all women but his wife." The observant Mona Lisa Cappuccio, claims nothing seems to have done so much to improve the feminine figure as the bath- ing suit. It's easy to make a bikini: just take three handkerchiefs and throw one away. Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald, reports, many a clergyman still preaches against the bikini though there's hardly anything to talk about. TV history! The New Orleans Saints, Super Bowl victory was witnessed by 106.5 million viewers -- the most --- watched tele- vision event in U.S. history. What's more, about $5 billion was wagered legally and illegally, on the game, gambling-industry experts estimate. Be aware, the first topical event to be tele- vised was the nomination of Alfred E. Smith for the Presidency of the USA at Albany, N.Y., transmitted by WGY Schenectady on August 22, 1928. And the first telecast of a sporting event took place on February 17, 1931, when a baseball game played by new members of the Waseda University Baseball at the Tozuka BasebalI Ground, Tokyo, was trans- mitted by closed circuit to the Electrical Laboratory at Waseda University. Steven Sebestyen, says, "Love makes the world go round, and so does a good stiff drink." And Steven's gorgeous and brilliant wife Theresa, says, "Some men are driven to drink, but most men walk to the bar." Trivia questions and answers. Are you ready? What four state capitals are named after American presidents? Answer: Jack- son, Mississippi; Jefferson City, Missouri; Lincoln, Ne- braska; and Madison, Wisconsin. What country boasts the I 0 0 0 highest per capita consumption of cereal in the world? Answer: Ireland, where the an- nual consumption is over 15 pounds per person. How many U.S. states and their capi- tal cities have names that begin with the same letter? Answer: Four -- Dover, Dela- ware; Indianapolis, Indiana; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Honolulu, Hawaii. Where is the longest street in the United States? An- swer: Los Angeles, where Figueroa Street runs for 30 miles. What was the first Euro- pean city to pave all streets? Answer: Flo- rence, Italy. All its streets were paved by 1339. Where was St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland born? Answer: In Scotland, in the town of Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton. He was captured at age 16 by Gaels and taken to Ireland, where he was sold as a slave. Italian scientists want to dig up the re- mains of Leonardo da Vinci so they can check a pet theory: that the Mona Lisa is a self-portrait of the artist in drag. "If we man- age to find his skull," says anthropologist Giorgio Gruppioni of Italy's National Com- mittee for Cultural Heritage, "we could re- build Leonardo's face and compare it with the Mona Lisa." The committee is petition- ing French authorities to dig up Leonardo's tomb at Chateau d' Amboise in France's Loire Valley. It's unclear whether the artist's remains are actually there, though, since the original church where he was buried was destroyed during the French Revolution. A truck driver who drove into a house in Massachusetts blames a bowl of chili. Eric Gremm, 59, says he was eating some fast- food chili when a chunk "went down the wrong pipe," causing him to pass out. He lost control of his lumber truck and barreled into a two-family home, leaving a gaping hole. "I'm glad I didn't knock two houses down," said Gremm after regaining con- sciousness in the rubble. "I sure wrecked that one." There's no business like show business, says Albert Natale. It was Clark Gable once reported working with Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits nearly gave me a heart attack. I have never been happier when a film ended. Gina Lollobrigida said she knew right away Rock Hudson was gay when he did not fall in love with her. Cary Grant once said Mae West doesn't live in the real world. She has so many illusions, we have to be very care- ful what we say when we're around her. And James Mason claimed Raquel Welch is the rudest, most unprofessional actress I've ever had the displeasure of working with, and if I could, I would spank her from ere to Aswan. Joyce Haber boldly stated, "Take away Julia Robert's wild mane of hair and all those teeth and those elastic lips, and what've you got? A pony!" Lilli Palmer says, "All American actresses are terrified of looking forty. What is so bad about forty? It's much better than the alternative. Some- one like Joan Crawford has had two or three face-lifts, and the Gabors, they're more plas- tic than real. It's sad to see so much money and effort misdirected. Natalie Wood asked Bette Davis if she'd ever wanted to meet the queen of England. She snapped at me. "What for? I am a queen." We asked Natale where he got such juicy gossip. It's mostly from "Hollywood Babble On Stars," a Perigee book. A new book you music lovers should read is " Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong," by Terry Teachout. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 496 pages) Must do some bragging! We are responsible for having the U.S. Post Of- flee issue a Louis Armstrong postage stamp. In short, when we learned they had issued an Elvis Presley stamp it bothered me! Why not one for Satchmo? We celebrated the issue of the stamp at the Hilton Hotel with A1 Vega at the keyboard. Yes, we all sang "Hello Dolly." AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SALMON STEAKS Broiled or Grilled 4 salmon steaks 2 medium onions 1/4 cup olive, canola or vegetable oil 2 tablespoons mayonnaise I/4 cup lemon juice 1 teaspoon cider vinegar (optional) 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine SALMON STEAK: Spread some oil or mayonnaise on the bottom of a broiling pan. Then spread a little oil or mayon- naise over the top and bottom of each salmon steak before placing in the broiling pan. Place in preheated oven about ]two inches from broiling unit. Turn steaks to broil on both sides slowly. Steaks will turn whitish in color when they are cooked. Depending on size, broiling time will be about fifteen to twenty minutes. Then set broiling pan with steaks aside. ONIONS: Remove outer skin from onions. Cut onions in half, lengthwise, and then into 1/4-inch slices lengthwise. :Set aside in a bowl. Heat oil in a skillet. Add butter or margarine and onion slices to the skillet. Stir and simmer until onions are about to brown slightly. Remove from burner and add lemon juice. Add vinegar (optional). Stir and return to burner. Simmer slowly a few seconds. Remove from burner. Spoon onions and liquids from skillet over each salmon steak in the broiling pan. Cover with aluminum foil and return to heated broiler for about a minute. To slightly brown ]tops, remove cover and broil for a few seconds longer. ~ Serve each steak topped with onions and liquids from broiling pan. Serve with rice pilaf and vegetable or salad of choice. Serves four. NOTE: My mother-in-law, Mary Sinopoli, told me often about how she loved to grill her fish or beefsteaks over the hot coals of her Glenwood kitchen stove. From her I learned to try salmon steaks grilled during the summer over our gas-burning grill. I spread a little oil over each steak before grilling both sides of the salmon. I use my mother's old heavy aluminum skillet over our grill to prepare my onions, oil, and butter and lemon juice mixture. We do experience a different flavor by preparing this recipe in this i manner. Either way, this is an enjoyable and easy meal to I prepare. Connector's Small Business Plan i(Continued from Page 4) "We are excited to have Business Express on our product shelf," said Health Connector Executive Direc- tor Jon Kingsdale. "We have primarily been able to offer iproducts for individuals and Ifamilies' but now employers !will also be able to easily generate side-by-side com- parisons of a full array of products and make choices that work best for them and their employees. Some se- lect network plans may offer savings between 10 and 15 percent." Small businesses inter- ested in learning more about the program may call a broker or go directly to the Health Connector's website, www.MAhealthconnector, org and enroll online or call the Health Connector's customer service line at 1-877-MA- ENROLL (1-877-623-6765). The TrY line for people with partial or total hearing loss is 1-877-623-7773. VtTA O~L/~NDO ,~/XOPOLI Ist Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighO ul recollection of her memories as a chiM growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN WWW.BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM