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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE April Ask Andy THE SUN Andy iendis a complete 20- volurne set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Brad Lewis, age 13, of Des Mumes, Iowa for his ques- tion How far is the sun from the different planets? The orbits of the nine planets are slightly oval ellipses, which means that their distances from the sun vary Astronomers, however, have kindly calculated these variations to give us a convenient average distance between the sun and each of its planets On this basis, the distances range from 36 million miles of million miles The positions of the different planets give us a pretty good picture of the Solar" System but it is a rather large picture for our minds to grasp Perhaps we should start with a model scaled down to understandable dimensions The planetary orbits are more or less level with the sun's equator Though some are slightly tilted to this plane we can use a fairly flat held for our model On the scale we have chosen, the earth is represented by a pea and the stretch of level ground is three miles wide and three and a quarter miles long Our model sun is scaled down to the size of a beach ball placed almost but not quite in the center of the field Its distance from Mercury, its closest planet, is 82 feet and little Mercury is represented by a tiny grain of mustard seed Next is Venus, represented by a pea at a distance of 142 feet The third planet from the sun is our gorgeous Earth On our scaled down model, it is represented by a pea placed at a distance oi 215 feet from the iun Mars the fourth planet, is represented by a large pmhead on an orbit that averages 327 feet from the sun The extra large space between Mars and Jupiter is occupied by swarms of asteroids, the four largest are specks of dust, orbiting our model sun at distances ranging from to feet Giant Jupiter is modeled by a medium sized orange and the distance between it and our beach-ball sun is almost a quarter of a mile Saturn becomes a small orange at a distance of about feet from the model sun Uranus, the size of a small plum, is placed at about three quarters of a mile from the model sun Neptune becomes a slightly smaller plum separated from the model sun by one and a quarter miles Little Pluto, which usually occupies the outside orbit, shrinks to the size of a pea The distance between our model sun and its oval orbit ranges from a mile-and-a-half to a mile and five eights We can translate this mini model into the vast dimensions of the Solar System, which spans almost million miles from side to side In millions of miles, the distance between the sun and Mercury is about 36, Venus 67, Earth 93, Mars, 141, Jupiter, 483, Saturn, about 886 The average distance of the sun from Uranus is million miles and from Neptune it is million miles Along part of its yearly orbit Pluto comes inside the orbit of Neptune but its average distance from the sun is million miles This means that Pluto, the outside planet, is about 39 times farther from the sun than is the planet Earth Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1974) Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN c 1974, The Cfticaso Tribune BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS Q As South vulnerable, you hold AA92 109832 OK54 2 The bidding has proceeded West North East South 1 Dble Pass 1 ou really have quite a good hand Partner's raise after his takeout double shows j rcasuiidblv goud hand and should tell him >ou are not averse 10 being in game bv raising te. th ee hearts Q. i boutli, vulnerable you hold AAKS82 ,'3 4982 The bidding pioceeded South Wt-si North Last 1 A Pass 3 0 Pass 3 'Pass 3 Pass What do you A Five spade shift followed bv suit shovs a liai 19 pomii at a ou should ha for i slam but ness rlKillt prov over kanu asks cced If he has clubs m tin ou hold 4109872 02 2 What is your response' A No there a no catch A plain old fashioned raise to two spades describes >our hand quite adequa'elv Despite your fifth sjide vour hand is worth no more L'laii a s'ngU ruse Q 4 As Soutn vulnerable >ou hold AK987S 12 10932 A The bidding has proceeded South West North East Pass Pass 1 Pass 2 Pass 3 Pass What do you bid now' You have a splendid fit in suits and despite the fact that vou have two high cards the possibility of slam arc real You can proceed in the right direction with a cue bid of four diamonds "howing the ace If partner can do no better lhan return to four spades you should quit But other bid is highly encouraging Q. vulnerable, as South you hold: AK108732 V7 083 The bidding has proceeded' West North East South Pass 1 V Pass 1 Pass 2 Pass What action do you take9 prompt withdrawal from the scene is strongly urged A rebid of two spades would show more values than vou hold, and partner might be induced to further action with the conseauent risks Q. vulnerable, as South you hoid A0843 J 8 5 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 14. 1 NT Pass Pass Dble Pass What action do you take9 Never take a partner out of a double of one no trump with a balanced collection of Rarbase unless >ou want to wit ness a holoeaust At worst, the opponents will score 81) belou the line and or so above best partner might hive the contract beaten in his own hand One thing is eertam if the opponents were going to make one no trump two clubs doubled rates to cost much less Q 7 _ Neither vulnerable, as South you hold 08 The bidding has proceeded South West North East 1 Pass 1 A Pass t- What do you bid now1 A hearts It is tempting in jump raise spades with your three top cards in his suit, but that is not recom mended Partner might have a four card suit, and even if he has five spades, repeated dia- mond leads could embarrass him if he has to ruff with your mas ter trumps Q. South, vulnerable, you hold A9 C Your partner opens with one spade What is your re- sponse' diamonds Unless make an immediate jump shift >ou will have trouble later in convoing the powerful nature of your holding Partner needs little to produce a slam and your suit is more than self sufficient Flash the signal at once Your horoscope lyJeaittDiion TUESDAY, APRIL 23 Your birthday today: Even trivial incidents this year have a touch of glamor Sound improvements come easier but require special self discipline against many temptations to take the handy way out Relationships of all sorts tend to drift, no harm done so long as you're candid about what's happening Today's natives have high organizational ability which is unlikely to be challenged seriously this year, so they are apt to scheme for lack of anything else to do ARIES (March 21 April Make financial plans, commitments, settle bills and budgets It's easu to put things off, particularly if they shouldn t be Share a good mood TAURUS (April 20 May 20) An early start and much self stirring of will power seem essential today if you are to get the benefit of a sti ange subtle turn of events GEMINI (May 21-June Stick to routine, clear off all you can manage If you find you are not concentrating, give yourself a break as insurance against needless error CANCER (June 21 July Taking pleasure in the sort of day it is doesn't necessarily get all your proper work done Push a bit to see where your own limits are LEO (July 23 Atfg. Laziness may set in it's up to you to stay on your toes Make use of co-operation available on all sides, offer assistance to those who need it SHORT MBS HI AND LOIS VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept. Your scholarship increases; pursuit of interesting new information is the most desirable course to follow Share favorite pastimes, see the humorous sideline LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Whatever else you do, begin early and stay on top of the job you'i e supposed to do Review your resources and the way they are arranged SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. People are more open to unusual ideas, a well organized campaign, but you have to supply the energy Something you've been seeking a long time is available SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. Home and household details could stand some marked changes, improvements Progress on your vocation is slow but positive now. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. Make the most of this relatively pleasant day from the minute you arise, pursuing every nuance of experience of here and now circum- stances AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. A good day for serious BUGS BUNNY thought, study of your current situation, the path by which you got into it, but not a day for drastic action to change anything PISCES (Feb. 19 March Being on time is important Call in all those who have promised to co- operate, find out who will and who won't, and go ahead with what you have 1974, The Chicago Tribune HEV, MANAGER HOW COME WE NEVER TRf ANY RELP60ALS? I'M IN A RELP AREN'T I WOW COME WE CAN'TTRfFORAFlELP 60AL IF I'M 5TUPID ffO YOV I REPRESENT RAPlWZEL BRUSH CO. BEING A COQR-TOCOOR SALESMAN IN TME SO TH' 516 3ROWN BEAR. SAYS T' TH' LI'L WHITE Lawrence Lamb M.D. BLONDIE Dear Dr. Lamb Sometime ago I read your column about the man who had his legs amputated because he would not quit smoking Would you please clearly explain why smoking caused this problem requiring leg amputation7 My husband smokes from one to two packs a day He is bothered by leg cramps Some time ago his ankles swelled and stayed that way for a long time After that his left leg swelled, and he was treated for blood clots He is 64 and has a peptic ulcer I try to watch his diet He won't quit smoking because of the ulcer He can take a little Maalox along and get by He said he would try to quit smoking if he thought the leg problems were caused by smoking Dear Reader Your husband has two problems that should requn e him to quit smoking NOW, not to mention the dangers of lung disease and heart disease I refer to the ulcer and the leg problems The case I wrote about was a man with Buerger s disease, a disease that causes thickening of the arteries in the legs and blocks the circulation More importantly, a recent study by Dr Peter at Tufts-New England Medical Center has demonstrated that smoking increases blood clotting Here is how it works There are some very small cells in the blood called platelets They are important in forming a blood clot whenever we need a clot to .stop bleeding The clots that cause blockage of arteries in Tieart attacks and similar problems are largely composed of blood platelets Dr Levme's study showed that within five minutes of smoking a single cigarette the platelets began to clump and, form plugs, or in other words to start the formation of blood clots This is very important since it demonstrates how cigarette smoking can lead to an increased incidence of blood clots in the arteries to the heart, the brain or in vessels in the legs It also tells you how many cigarettes are safe for a person to smoke the answer is none A single cigarette can cause the increased clotting reaction If just one clot forms in the wrong place, you can have a problem So, since your husband already has a blood clotting problem, I think he should quit smoking right now I don't mean taper off or cut down, I mean quit completely and forever It will cut down his need for Maalox, too Dr. Lamb welcomes ques- tions from his readers, but because of the volume of mail he cannot answer personally. Questions of general interest will be discussed in future columns. Write to Dr. Lamb in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019 THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT AUTHENTIC WHAT'S THIS GRITTY )'l STUFF O THE PLATE ARCHIE Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS April 22, 1974 1963 Lester B Pearson was sworn in as Canada s 13th prime minister 1955 Fire destroyed two Maid of the Mist steamers at Niagara Falls 1946 Benito Mussolini's body was stolen from his unmarked grave 1870 Vladimir Ilich Lenin was born 1500 Brazil was discovered by Pedro Alvarez Cabral 7--------------Y WOODEN WE VE. GOT SHOE V SOMETHING! TO AT HOME CONTRIBUTE SOMETHING, HOLLAND) IT'S THE DUTCH ELM DISEASE..' VEPONICA DONATED WOODEN v SHOES.' A WIND- YOU'RE WELCOME WE'RE HAVING NETHERLANDS EXHIBIT' BETTY BROUGHT LACE' CAN WE HAVE IT? HAGAR THE HORRIBLE AUU YOU 'Po 16 IM Fun with figures There was an old nag they called Pat She was well past her prime, very fat Just double the square Of the age of that mare Was exactly a cube How was that9 (Answer tomorrow) Friday's answer Ladder, 70 kells BEETLE BAILEY BEETLE A WITH TM0SE BUNTS LI1ABNER TUMBLEWEEDS THINK CDMWOM FOLKS WOULD GRASP THE ITS A NEW PERFUME I'M WEARING- CALLEP WHIFF" WHAT'S THAT STRANGE SMELL, AUNT MILES TO "THE ;