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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 22, 2013 m I1 Whistle while you work! Robert Smith, 32, is known in Portland, Maine, as the Whis- tler because he wanders the downtown all day, whistling loudly and irritating pass- ersby. Police charged him with disorderly conduct, but after plea negotiations, Smith will be allowed to whistle as long as he doesn't stand in the same place. "All I'm doing is expressing myself freely," said Smith. All aboard! Australian billionaire Clive Palmer announced he would build a replica of the Titanic to ferry passengers across the Atlantic. Titanic II will be just like the origi- nal, except this time, there will be enough lifeboats for everyone. Ah, love! An Australian physicist proposed marriage to his scientist girlfriend with a mock academic paper that included a graph showing happiness growing over time and suggested an "indefinite continuation of the study." His girlfriend said yes. Bells Culo of Chestnut Hill says, "Love is a little word: people make it big." Giuseppina, cosce storte says, "Love doesn't really make the world go round. It just makes people so dizzy it looks like it." And the lovely Cyndi Donnelly, says, "Love is a ticklish sensation around the heart that can't be scratched!" Naked truth! Mark Roberts likes nothing more than taking off his clothes in public, said Adam Potter in The Daily Mail (U.K.). The 48-year-old from Liverpool, England, is the world's most notorious streaker: He has appeared naked at 519 public events, including the Super Bowl, Miss World and [ Vita Orlando Sinopoli A recent study dis- closed 74% of U.S. Cath- 0 0 0 olics have ~ # a favorable opinion of Pope Benedict XVI, even though 63% rate his handling of sexual abuse in the church as fair or poor. All the fuss about the unhealthiness of fast food may be paying off: Between 2006 and 2010, the proportion of the nation's total caloric intake that came from fast-food out- lets dropped from 12.8 to 11.3 percent. For you chocolate lovers! The dentist may have warned you that chocolate would rot your teeth, but researchers are constantly discovering ways that chocolate can be good for your health. As far back as 1900 B.C., pre-Colombian tribes used Theobromo cacao in religious rituals, both as a sacred drink and as an offering to the gods. Our word "chocolate" probably comes from an Aztec word meaning "bitter water." Europeans took it back home and began serving it as hot chocolate to the upper classes. Candy bars didn't Come along until the 19th century, when manufacturers came up with a pro- cess to make solid chocolate. Researchers found that people who regularly ate modest amounts of dark chocolate weighed less than those who didn't. Now studies have shown that chocolate has a very real effect on the mood of people under stress. It's not just a placebo; chocolate causes physiological changes in stress hormones by increasing melatonin (which helps to promote sleep) COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Roast Leg of Lamb 1 leg of lamb (5 to 6 pounds) 4 cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon thyme or oregano cup chopped mint (optional) I/4 cup lemon juice Salt and pepper Rub the leg of lamb with half of a garlic clove. Then make several gashes with point of knife into the lamb leg and insert small cut portions of garlic clove into the narrow openings. Rub meat with mint, thyme, or oregano, which- ever you plan to use, or some of each. Rub leg of lamb with salt and pepper. Add a little water to the lemon juice and pour gently over lamb. Place lamb fat side up in roast- ing pan. Place in preheated 325F oven uncovered. After 30 minutes, baste lamb with juices from the roasting pan and repeat frequently. Lamb should be baked until meat thermometer reads 175 to 180F. If you are baking without a meat thermometer, allow lamb to bake approximately 30 minutes per pound of lamb. Add more water mixed with a little lemon juice if more liquid is needed for basting. OPTIONAL: Small white potatoes, carrots and some mush- rooms can be added around the leg of lamb after the lamb has baked about an hour. Continue basting vegetables as well as the lamb. NOTE: I awoke Easter morning to a combination of aromas filling the kitchen. I watched as Mama put the lamb roast into the oven. I saw the chicken soup simmering slowly on the stove next to the tomato sauce Mama had prepared earlier. I always asked to have one of the meatballs as she completed frying them. When did Mama start all this, I wondered. On the kitchen table, a bowl of hard-boiled eggs greeted my eyes along with a Cannatone (Easter Bread)for Peter and me. As Peter, Papa and I departed for church after breakfast, Nonna and Mama's sister Lena arrived to help make the ravioli. I knew then that the Easter meal would keep us at the table for a long Wimbledon. "There's no major venue or and dopamine and serotonin (which regu- time. event I haven't done," he says proudly, His late mood). Another study showed that first streak, 20 years ago, was at a rugby chocolate gives both men and women an ................. tournament in Hong Kong, "I ran around the emotional high that lasts four times longer !'~~~ ~ ~CO~t.~ whole stadium and 65,O00 people were than kissing. Eatit wisely and that dark cheering and laughing ~ it was the most brown substance might bring you health and amazing feeling," says Roberts. "There's happiness. "- nothing sexual about it --it's just comedy nudity." But a recent comment by his 19-year-old son inspired him to call it quits. He said, "Dad when are you going to stop? All my mates are watching you." What do they say? And he said, "They all laugh their heads off." So I replied, "What's the problem then?" He just said, "Well, you're my dad." That really hit home. Roberts, who is job- less -- partly because his streaking has resulted in a long arrest record -- hopes to organize "one last mass streak with hun- dreds or thousands of people." But after that, he has promised to find another hobby. "I need something else for the adrenaline. I might take up skydiving." Ugh! Tourists at a Los Angeles hotel were distressed to learn they'd been drinking, bathing and brushing their teeth with water from a rooftop tank in which a dead body had been decomposing. The body was dis- covered by a maintenance worker who was trying to figure out why the water pressure was so low. "The water did have a funny taste," said British tourist Sabrina Baugh, who drank it for eight days. "We never thought anything of it. We thought it was just the way it was here." Be aware, since the Newtown, Conn., mas- sacre, at least 2,268 Americans have been killed with guns, including 158 children and teenagers. Something fishy going onI WowI Nearly 60 percent of the tuna sold at restaurants and grocery stores in the U.S. is not tuna, a DNA study by the group Oceans found. Most of the mislabeled tuna was in fact an extremely oily fish called escolar, known to cause diarrhea. The same study found that red snapper was misrepresented 87 percent of the time so reported Los Angeles Times. Be aware, breast implant surgery fell by 7 percent in 2012, but overall, plastic sur- gery procedures grew by 5 percent. The big- gest growth was in Botox injections and other procedures to smooth facial wrinkles, as baby boomers aim to conceal evidence of their advancing years. We learned, in retirement, Pope Benedict will continue to wear the pope's white cas- sock, live in the Vatican and will be called "the emeritus pope." We always remember when our dear mother used to serve us on cold wintry days a cup of hot cocoa. Along with the hot cocoa we were given a slice of Italian bread to dip into the hot cocoa. Ah, that is the way it was when I was a little boy living at 49 Everett Street, East Boston. On the front cover of a recent issue of The National Examiner, the headline was REGIS DYING! Yes, it was referring to Regis Philbin Since leaving his morning TV show Live! In November 2011, the 81-year-old star has grown listless, increasingly agitated and melancholy. In a recent interview, Regis said: "I love lounging around," but admitted he has a hole in his life, adding: "I do feel I'm not accomplishing anything." For the record, Regis has some Italian blood in him! His mom is Italian. Regis underwent triple bypass surgery in 2007, hip replacement surgery in 2009 and an operation to remove a blood clot from his leg in 2010. Still, he says he wishes he hadn't retired. His wife, Joy, says: "He's not sleeping, he's going stir crazy and it's driving me nuts." Reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Actor Don Ameche's true name is Dominic Felix Amici. Julie Andrews' origi- nal name is Julia Elizabeth Wells. One more time! Glenn Miller's theme song, Moonlight Serenade was originally titled Now I Lay Me Down to Weep. The first song recorded by Frank Sinatra with the Tommy Dorsey Band was called The Sky Fell Down. When World War II ended, singers became the hit mak- ers. Singers like Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Perry Como and Dick Haymes were selling the records, much more so than the bands. In the 1950s, David Rose became a prolific composer of television theme songs and at one time there were 22 TV series fea- turing his music. Ava Gardner had this to say after ex-husband Frank Sinatra wed Mia Farrow. "I always knew he'd end up in bed with a boy!" And Elizabeth Taylor said, "Rich- ard Burton is so discriminating, he won't see a play with anybody in it but himself." Lex Barker said, "Lana Turner and I had some good times together. Especially before the nuptials." And Lana said Lex Barker was very handsome ... "Just plain handsome." AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME r M From YBakery Perch Vrr. 01tLnStm SI~'OFOL~ 1st Generation Italian-American- Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighOCul recollection of her memories as a child 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 Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 # -N J WWW.B( )STONPOSTGAZETTE.COM