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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 16, 2010 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Ladies! Drink up Women who drink lightly or moderately appear to gain less weight in midlife than nondrinkers do, says a new study. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston examined health data from 19,000 women over 13 years, and found that those who did not drink at all gained the most weight over that period. Women who consumed a drink or two a day were 30 percent less likely to become over- weight, with red wine drinkers showing the most benefit. So taking up drinking -- or drinking more -- probably won't help women lose weight, warns University of North Caro- lina psychiatrist Dr. James Garbutt. "If the message is that by drinking alcohol you're going to lose weight," he says, "that's poten- tially complicated and dangerous message." Wow! An elderly woman in China has startled her family by sprouting a horn on her forehead. Zhang Ruifang, 101, of Henan province began developing the protrusion four months ago. It's now close to three inches long, and another one appears to be emerging on the other side of her forehead, The horn, which causes her no pain, began as a patch of rough skin, and just kept get- ting bigger. Flying high! A British man whose travel bug was thwarted by a fear of flying is finally taking a 55,000-mile world tour -- three years after he died. Rita Munns, 63, is car- rying her husband Richard's ashes to 12 countries on four continents, leaving a bit of him at each location. "He never liked fly- ing," Munns said. "He always wanted to be able to see so much more of the world than he did." She's carrying his ashes in an en- velope, to avoid having to explain her mis- sion to customs officials. It has been said, people who believe in cremation have grave doubts about death. Last year was one of the worst ever for the newspaper business. Advertising revenues fell 27.2 percent, or more than $10 billion, from 2008, which at the time was billed as the worst year for newspapers since the Great Depression. Well, things are now much better! Of course, The Post Gazette has been continuously attracting advertisers. Baby talk! About 48 percent of the chil- dren now born in the U.S. are nonwhite, and demographers say 2010 could be the "tip- ping point," when the number of babies born to Hispanics, Blacks and Asians collectively surpasses that of babies born to white. The astute Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, reminds us, a baby is a small creature who soon ceases to be an armful and grows into quite a handful. When two women feel sorry for each other, the chances are one has a baby and the other hasn't. Good news! Traffic deaths in 2009 fell to their lowest level in 56 years, with fewer than 34,000 people killed. Experts credited the growing use of side air bags and other safety features, along with a drop in total miles driven because of the Recession. The expert on how to avoid traffic, Tom Analetto of Medford, claims nowadays there are altogether too many people in too many cars, in too much of a hurry, going in too many directions. The highly observant Mona Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, thinks many traffic signals which tell the pedestrian to walk ought to tell him to run instead. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "One of the most trying of all jobs is being a traffic cop: you have to stay mad all the time." Money talks! About 43 percent of Ameri- cans have saved less than $10,000 for retirement, a new study found. Speaking of retirement, Steven Sebestyen thinks a good time to retire is before it's too late to have a good time. Steven's brilliant and attractive wife Theresa says, "There's no such thing as equality between the sexes -- whoever heard of a housewife retiring?" Retirement is the period when a man who can now do anything he wishes he could do something else. Ah springl 64% of Americans say the arrival of spring each year puts them in a better mood. 9% say spring actually makes them grumpier. April is the month when the green re- turns to the r f o 0 o lawn, the trees and the Internal Revenue Service. Robyn Waters of Swampscott, says, "Spring hasn't really reached the suburbs until you are awakened by the first lawnmower." Peggy Barile of Nahant, says, "April showers bring May flowers -- with the help of spading, fertilizing, planting, watering and weeding." A recent poll disclosed 60% of Americans say it's become harder to attain "the Ameri- can dream" than it was for their parents' generation. And 68% think it will be harder still for their own children. The poll was con- ducted by Xavier University. Tips for men on purchasing shoes: In the business world, there are some ground rules for dress shoes. Wear shoes that lace up and are some shade of black or brown. Durable materials, such as calfskin, are best. Do a test runt Walk around the store, making sure your toes have "three-eighths to half an inch" of wiggle room. Find a good solel Rubber offers more "traction on slick sur- faces" than leather soles. While thin soles look fashionable, they're flimsy and imprac- tical if you "walk 10 blocks every day." Huh? In the marriage ceremony of the ancient Inca Indians of Peru, the couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other. Speaking of the ancient world, olive oil was used for washing the body in the ancient Mediterranean world. Be aware, Americans lost an estimated $560 million last year to Internet fraud, the FBI reported. The most common frauds in- volved scammers impersonating FBI agents. Bill Gates, known as he world's richest man is now the second world's richest man. Carlos Slim is now the world's richest man. In brief, it's a remarkable feat for the son of Lebanese immigrants. Slim grew his for- tune not through pioneering technology, as Gates did, but by "building an old-fashioned conglomerate empire with a finger in every pie, from cement to telephones to restau- rants." It has been reported, on a recent vacation in Italy, a friend recalls, Slim spent two hours haggling with a merchant to knock the price of a necktie down to $10. Big news! A New Jersey woman is on a mission to become the fattest woman in the world. Donna Simpson, 42, weighs 600 pounds, and already holds the Guinness World Record for the fattest woman to give birth. She now has her sights set on reach- ing 1,000 pounds, a weight that should cap- ture her the all-around tittle, and is eating 12,000 calories a day to get there. Simpson's efforts are assisted by her partner, Philippe, who Simpson says is "a real belly man and completely supports me." Singing works! Stroke patients who've lost their speech can be taught to speak again by singing, reports The Wall Street Journal. Strokes can damage parts of the brain's left hemisphere that enable us to speak. But neurologists at Harvard found a way to re- wire stroke victims' brains by teaching them to sing what they want to say. Over several months, the patients learn to con- vert their singsong talking into normal speech. The therapy has the potential to help the estimated 60,000 patients in the U.S. left speechless by a stroke every year. Wee bit of show business reminiscing with musicologist Albert Natale. The Mills Brothers are the most popular vocal group of all time, with 70 hit records between 1931 and 1968. Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" has been recorded more than 1,300 times by hundreds of artists. One music historian, the late David Ewen, said its lyrics (written by Mitchell Parish) have been translated into 30 different languages. 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