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fill- ~Icllilillilll li,,,llllll 1 ~Lkl "< Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 Moron? Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping apologized for telling listeners the world would end on May 21st, and then on October 21st. Camping said he was getting out of the prediction business and retiring. Well, a typical optimist knows it's bound to happen -- and doesn't think it will happen soon. Huh? British woman Emma French passed 'her driving test while she was in labor and then drove herself to the hospital. "The nurses were very confused because I was getting congratulations cards for both my baby and my driving test," said Emma. Quick thinking, after 24-year-old Kevin Gaylor, of Colorado Springs, invited a woman he met online to his home. When his girl- friend showed up, too, Gaylor allegedly told her that the new woman was a burglar, and called the cops to report an intrusion. He was charged with false reporting to authorities. Holy matters! A lawyer has filed a human- rights complaint against Catholic University, on the grounds that the prevalence of Catholic imagery there violates the rights of Muslim students. Catholic University admits students of all faiths, but attorney John Banzhaf says there is almost nowhere on campus where Muslims can "pray without having to stare up and be looked down upon by a cross of Jesus." A French satirical newspaper that put out an issue mocking islam has had its offices burned down. The apparent arson attack on Charlie Hebdo came just days after the weekly put out an issue supposedly guest-edited by the Prophet Mohammed. The front page showed a cartoon of a turban-wearing bearded man saying, "100 lashes ff you don't die laugh- ing." French Muslims condemned the attack. Gossip! George Clooney's ex-girlfriend loved him like a dad. In a new book by an Italian journalist recently released, Elisabetta Cana- lis, 33, reveals that her two-year romance with Clooney wasn't much of a romance. "Be- tween us there was more of a father-daugh- ter relationship," says Canalis of the actor, who is 17 years her senior. "He has been very special for me, as a father would be." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "Many girls are very romantic. They expect a decla- ration of love to have a ring in it." Wow! Bernie and Ruth Madoff tried to kill themselves, Ruth told CBS's 60 Minutes. After Bernie told her he was running a giant Ponzi scheme, Ruth said, they swallowed pills on Christmas Eve in 2008. "We decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening," said Ruth, 70. "We took the pills and woke up the next day. It was very impulsive, and I'm glad we woke up." A Massachusetts couple called 911 after getting lost while picking apples in an orchard. Mark and Marcia Rosenthal of Bos- ton were unable to find their car after the sun went down over the 200-acre Honey Pot Orchard in Stow, and say they had no choice but to contact emergency services. After police called the orchard owners, they drove out in a buggy to pick up the couple. Orchard owner Julie Martin-Sullivan said Mark Rosenthal asked her brother, "So how many rescues a year?" And my brother replied, "Well, through 85 years of business, none." Good often comes from evil: the apple that Eve ate has given work to thousands of designers and dressmakers. Adam's experi- ence proves that the apple should be drunk as cider rather than be eaten as fruit. Carlo Scostumato claims, it wasn't the apple on the tree that began it all! It was the pair on the ground! Carlo! You mean, pear! Unbelievable7 A 92-year-old great-grand- mother was refused service in a British liquor store because she didn't have a photo ID. Diane Taylor says she initially "thought the cashier was complimenting me" when he refused to sell her a bottle of whiskey with- out proof she was at least 18. The cashier was adamant, however, and Taylor left empty-handed. "No one can convince me I look under 25," says Taylor. "I'd only take 78 at a push." Ah, old ageI Old age is like everything else: to make a success of it, you've got to start young. The ageless Tom Analetto, the unofficial mayor of Med- O O O ford, says, "The best thing about growing old is that it takes such a long time." Ah, the trouble with growing old is that there's not much future in it. Giuseppina, cosce storte, says, "The best thing about old age is that a person only has to go through it once." Chop! Chop! Every year, China cuts down an estimated 3.8 million trees to produce 57 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks, contrib- uting to the country's rapid deforestation. Half of these chopsticks are exported to Japan, South Korea and the U.S. From the polls: 57% of Americans support President Obama's decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year, while 31% oppose it. And 83% of Americans say they have made cutbacks in their day- to-day spending, including 39% who say they've stopped buying items they consider to be necessities. Nonetheless, 69% consider their own Financial situations to be fairly good or very good. Last year, Americans spent 92.6 trillion on healthcare, slightly more than the French spent on everything -- education, defense, healthcare, food, housing and more -- mak- ing U.S. healthcare spending alone equiva- lent to the fifth-largest economy in the world. Speaking of health, be aware, Vitamin D is niSw being hailed as the "hottest new healer." And it was said, lack of this sun- shine vitamin is linked to cancer, heart dis- ease and diabetes -- and at least one-third of us don't get enough..Yes, we do pop daily a Vitamin D. In short, we learned about the value of Vitamin D from an old Italian in Boston's North End. He said we should start taking Vitamin D because it's good for us. And we accepted his advice. His name is Julio I l[ornel nd I I by Vita Orlando Sinopoli ii COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED NONNA LUCY'S TURKEY STUFFING 2 large onions chopped 3 celery stalks chopped 2 cans chicken broth 2 chicken bouillon cubes I pound of white or brown instant rice 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning 2 eggs slightly beaten 1 small French bread cubed 3/4 cup pignoli (pine nuts) 2 tablespoons grated Romano Cheese cup white wine 4 tablespoons butter or margarine Salt and pepper One day earlier, cube bread and place in a paper bag to dry, or slightly toast cubed bread and cool on day of stuffing preparation. Use one can of chicken broth as the liquid for cooking the instant rice and follow direction on package for cook- ing time. When cooked, cover and set aside. Meanwhile melt butter or margarine in a large skillet. Add chopped onion and celery. Stir and cook until onion is opaque. Remove from burner. Carefully add remaining can of chicken broth to the skillet. Return to burner and heat broth slowly. Add cubed bread to the broth and mix until all bread is softened. If needed, add one chicken bouillon cube to one cup of boiling water. Dissolve bouillon cube and add gradually to bread as needed. Combine rice and softened bread in a large bowl. Add parsley, poulfry seasoning, grated cheese, wine, and pine nuts. Mix thoroughly. Salt to taste and store ill refrigera- tor. When you are ready to bake the turkey, mix slightly beaten eggs thoroughly into the stuffing before you fill the turkey cavity. Place stuffed turkey into a proper-size bak- ing pan and bake in preheated oven at 325F until fork tender. Since my family enjoys having some stuffing baked separately, I oil spray a 9" x 9" baking dish, or size needed to bake any remaining stuffing. Baste both turkey and the separate pan of stuffing with turkey pan drippings. This recipe is for a fifteen-pound turkey. NOTE: I remember the days, as a child, when I grated the cheese and chopped the onion and celery for my mother for her turkey stuffing. My children, who called their maternal grandmother "Nonna," learned to prepare this same recipe by helping as I had done. Now we have another generation -- my grandchildren -- eager to follow in this tradition. and he is usually at the Dolce Vita on Hanover Street. His son-in-law Franco owns the popu- lar restaurant. Great! Women "now hold down the major- ity of jobs in the U.S. workforce." But where a woman works makes a huge difference to the size of her paycheck. Washington, D.C., is the clear national winner: Women there earn the most -- $53,450 on average, $10,000 more than in runner-up Maryland. The capi- tal also has a high "location premium" -- the amount a professional woman earns above the national average for her peers. D.C.'s oremium is $13,465, followed by those of New Mexico (97,913), Connecticut {97,121), and Maryland (96,728). Skilled women's location penalties are highest in Virginia (-96,948), South Dakota (-97,248). Those variances don't change the fact that "men remain the winners by a large margin" on earnings. TLI39g for some reminiscing with the stately mutsi lologist Albert Natale. The first record played on the network debut of Dick Clark's American Bandstand was Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lot a Shaking Goin' On." Singer Johnny Mathis is the son of a vaudeville singer. Before entering the entertainment world, Johnny made his name in athletics as a hurdles champion, basketball player and world-class high jumper. Tenor sax/band- leader Freddy Martin grew up in an orphan- age and played in a band there. He played sax at Ohio State University with a student group booked as off-night replacements for Guy Lombardo. The early Dorsey Brothers band featured three trombones. One was played by Tommy himself, and another by musician/arranger Glenn Miller. One more time! Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis made their TV debut on the Ed Sullivan variety show, his 1948 debut show. For their perfor- mance, they were to split $200. It happened on this date, November 18: In 2347 Noah is said to have left the Ark 1307: Swiss archer William Tell shot an apple off his son's head. In 1626, St. Peter's Cathe- dral was dedicated in Rome. In 1928, the squeaky-voiced Mickey Mouse first appeared on the screen of the Colony Theater in NYC. 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