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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Ask Andy DO BEARS Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Reginald age of North for his question. Do bears hibernate or sleep through the We hear a lot about hiber- nating also about how they get ready and emerge from their long winter sleep. Then we pay a Christmas visit to the zoo lo and there are the bears as hoping for handouts The truth is that right most wild bears are dozing in their dens But bears in captivity remain active all through the winter. Hibernation is much deeper than ordinary sleep and somewhat like an uncon- sciousness If you poke a hibernating he won't move a muscle. He won't stir if you take his temperature and check his pulse. This medical check-up reveals that his heartbeat and temperature are way below normal. This is true hiber- nation. A bear who lives in the wilds is not a true hibernator and though he sleeps soundly through the distur- bances arouse him If you tried to check his pulse and he would open an utter a grumpy growl and most likely take a swipe at you Actually his temperature and other body processes are only slightly below normal Both the bear and the woodchuck eat extra food in the fall and do not eat or drink anything during the winter rest period Naturally their bodies consume even though their life processes are slower. They consume the layers of fat stored away dur- ing the fall feasting The hibernating woodchuck can fast longer than the sleeping who is quite skinny when spring returns. When winter snows blanket his world and hide what's left of his food the fat bear shuffles off to find himself a winter den He prefers a small cave or a hollow just big enough to hold one bulky bear There he falls asleep for days and perhaps weeks perhaps his roof leaks or heavy snows may tumble through his door This sort of discomfort arouses him and chances are he shuffles off to find himself a more dependable bedroom. Several times during the winter a bear may wake up and go outside to the toilet Come after his long winter you would expect a famished bear to come forth in a grumpy mood But observers report that this is not so. He saunters around in what seems like a rather gen- tle enjoying the new spring season. Now and then he nibbles a tender green shoot and sips a little water He does not take a large meal for some time. After all his tummy has been out of work for several months and no doubt needs time to adjust to its daily duties. The female wild bear has a more interesting sleep period. Her helpless little cubs are born in when the blizzards rage outdoors. For several weeks their whole world is a dark cozy with a big furry mother bear to warm them and cuddle them and feed them. Come dressed in their bear fur the wide-eyed cubs are eager to tumble outdoors and explore a world full of miracles. Andy sends a seven-volume set of The Chronicles of Nar- ma to Edith age of for her question- How did the alphabet get The alphabet got started long ago and far away Nobody wrote down the exact details How could they7 They had to invent all the letters and make words from them before they could write anything at all. And this took a very long time because the alphabet was invented in easy stages Experts have found some old writings and these give us a few hints about how things happened. It seems that the first people who tried to write used pictures instead of words This was a sensible idea When a person wanted to send a note about a boat he drew a picture of a boat on the water If he wanted to men- tion a he could draw a squiggly snake In time the pictures were simplified into just plain lines. For perhaps the squiggly snake became an S-shaped letter When they used it in a they gave it a snakey S sound Every letter has a different story and many changes were made. But at last the old pic- tures were changed to letters and the letters were used to build words Questions asked by child- ren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask P.O. Box Huntington California 92648. Chronicle Publishing Co. Goran on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GORKN TIM Cnlugo Tnbwic Both vulnerable South deals. NORTH A K 1054 2 1 VT3 08762 WEST EAST Void A 9 6 V KJ92 y 10 8654 0 K 10 5 4 0 J AK 1072 J 9843 SOUTH A AQ J87 3 V AQ 0 A Q93 The bidding South West North East 1 Oble. 3 4 Pass I Pass Pass Pass Opening lead- King of Players continually gripe to me about the bad cards they hold. On today's West might have legitimate cause for complaint that his hand was too good' The auction graphically il- lustrates the power of the spade suit North's jump raise of his partner's suit over an opposing takeout double docs not denote strength Its pur- pose is and it shows a distributional hand containing excellent trump support but not too many high cards. The fact that North- South owned the master suit kept East out of the for -he would have had to en- ter the auction vulnerable at the four level. West mighl have forced partner Lo hid with a call of four no trump at his second but that entailed a considerable amount of risk on a hand with goad defensive pros- pects. Note as the cards East-West can make 11 tricks in either clubs or hearts West led the kmp of clubs and continued with the ace. Declarer ruffed and drew two rounds of ending in dummy With the missing high cards pretty well marked by the takeout de- clarer played if hnd seen West's ciin. led a diamond from and covered East's jick the queen In with the king dia- West found he was endplayed A cluh relurn would present declarer with a ruff and so he WHS forced to play a red suit A heart would mean that de- clarer would have no losers in that so West did the best he could by leading a low diamond Declarer won the cashed the ace of diamonds and put West bark on play with a low diamond to West's ten. This left the defenders with no resource. West had a choice of methods whereby he would help de- clarer eliminate his he.Tt a lead into the are-queen or a niff and sluff Your horoscope By JMM Dixon DEC. 14 Your birthday Throughout the entire year ex- perimentation and research aie although they will run on the expensive side Relationships are ex- with many plea- sant surprises indicated. Today's natives usually pur- sue some idealistic often making a career of seek- ing justice or social changes. ARIES 21 April The challenge is to be free of spirit enough to see life in terms of promise and your potential for fulfillment Share your uplift mood with loved ones. TAURUS 20 May Install home im- or make a general clean-up Today has a special quality for ferreting out correcting long- hidden errors. GEMINI 21 June All the free time available should be spent in the happy pursuit of a hobby or sidelines which are apt to produce revenue Enjoy a calm evening CANCER 21 July A balance between can- dor and gentleness is hard to achieve but is worth the ef- fort. In any speak up' Your well-being needs self- expression LEO 23 Aug. Make your way through the phases of closing out work week at a steady neglecting nothing of impor- tance next week conditions change VIRGO 23 Sept. It is time to recover whatever you've lent out. Avoid settling into ruts of find some variation from your regular weekend routines LIBRA 23-Oct. Promising new lines of productive activity and early reward show up. Get clear of whatever you've been but retain desired connec- tions SCORPIO 23 Nov. Show your sense of humor as you sweep through this breezy moment of probable easy according to how consistent your enterprises have been organized SAGITTARIUS 22 Dec. People you hadn't expected come into your life with ideas and skills you would do well to learn Avoid confusing your loved ones CAPRICORN 22 Jan. The earlier you dispense with the better. Evening hours exceptionally good for long-range budget making AQUARIUS 20 Feb. People are easier to work with Long jumps of travel are misdirected or not really useful Concentrate on short moves PISCES 19 March What seems like minor ailments may be worthy of serious attention Get quali- fied specialists where indicated Working con- ditions improve markedly The Chicago Tribune Lawrence Lamb M.D. DEAR DR. LAMB I read in an article in a magazine about how high blood pressure is killing people What I want to know is how high blood pressure comes about DEAR READER Would you believe that in most in- stances we really don't Oh we understand the mechanism The small arteries clamp down and it works just like turning off the faucets in a plumbing system As long as the heart pumps the same amount of blood and the arteries are the pressure goes up we don't in most why the arteries clamp down to begin with In rare cases it is from kidney disease It can be caus- ed by abnormal hormone for- mation in the tiny adrenal gland that rests above each but there are only a portion of the people who have these problems. It follows that in the vast majority of we must treat their high blood pressure as a finding and not correct the real cause That is why the treatment is less than satisfactory Although I must say it is many times better than when I first started treating high blood pressure patients We do know that staying avoiding excessive amounts of salt and not eating too much particularly saturated fat. all helps In other we need to use medicines that help to open the arteries that have closed too tightly DEAR DR. LAMB I recently read your comments related to and I can- not help thinking what an inno- cent you are. Smokers are flat out the most selfish people in the world They are going to blow their smoke and everyone else be hanged. My own problem with smokers is extreme wretchmg and often vomiting We commute to the city on a transit bus. 40 miles Smoking is forbidden on these and there are large NO SMOKING signs at the front of the in plain view there is nearly always someone who will light up. In many the drivers ignore and on occasion I have heard them reply roughly to complainers. This will drive me and many others to give up commuting because the bus management does nothing to enforce the no smoking rule DEAR READER It seems to me that smokers should obey the rules the same as the majority of people who are nonsmokers And I have become convinced that non- smokers should become more vocal in seeing to it that their rights are not violated The first thing I would do would be to carefully note the bus identification and write to the company and complain about the driver not enforcing the rule The second thing I would do would be to position myself properly so that when nausea and vomiting overcomes you will be facing in the direc- tion of the smoker I'm sure it will make a lasting impres- sion on him concerning the effect of his habit on other people Send your questions to Dr. in care of this new- P.O. Box Radio City New N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on send 50 cents to the same address and ask for booklet. Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER ALL A RUDDY RUDDY MUDDLE Each letter stands for a different digit It's not really a but still you should find this MUDDLE distinctly Yesterday's answer The total was 2998 Flashback Guglielmo Marconi receiv- ed the first transatlantic wireless signal at St Nfld 72 years ago today in 1901 The inventor of wireless telegraphy flew a box kite trailing 400 feet of copper wire to a telephone to pick up faint clicking sounds transmitted from miles across the ocean at Polhu Wireless Sta- tion in England. the hill on which Mar- coni stood is called Signal Hill 1953 The art gallery of Hamilton. Ont was opened by Governor-General Vincent Massey. I PlPN'T THINK I'M NOT INTERESTED I HATE FEELINI5 LEFT SHOULD I TELL HOU SOMETHING THAT EVERYONfc ALKEADV by frank o'neal 5V MISTAKE WE WHAT KINP 1WERE WHERE WANTED WE DIP MAKE ONE LITTLE 1VPD6SAPHICAL ERROR. WE'D BE StAD ID KNOCK OFP VOUR BILL Ws. 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