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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, 23, 1974 Ask Andy THE STARFISH Andy sends a complete 20 volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Laura Correll, age 13, of Charlotte, N C., for her ques- tion- How does a starfish move? Most animals have a right and a left side and advance with the face forward. The starfish has a five sided body, and any of his five arms can act as the leader. His movements are operated by a remarkable system of water power, plus multitudes of miniature muscles and suckers. His strolling speed is about two inches a minute but when rushed he can dash along at six feet in 60 seconds A true fish has two sides, a head end and a tail end. This disqualifies the starfish as a genuine fish, for he has five sides with a head in the middle. The true fish ad- vances by following his nose. The starfish has a choice of five different directions. If he happens to be a species with mere than five arms, he may advance in any of 50 direc- tions Though any one of the arms may act as leader, some species have a favorite leading arm It lifts up and sets down to point the way The other arms follow along, curving forward as they lift to advance and curving backward as they lag behind This progress over the sea floor is very graceful. The internal plumbing system that makes it work is downright astonishing On the top side, near the center, the starfish has a sieve plate that lets water into a circular tube. This ring canal has valves to the radial canals that run down the center of each arm. Each radial canal sprouts many pairs of small tubes with muscular elbows called am- pullas. From here, the plumb- ing system angles to the un- derside of the starfish. There it becomes a multitude of pliable pipes called the tube feet each of which ends in a sticky little sucker. The ampullas act like valves to let the water into and out of the tube feet. When filled with water, the tube feet are stiff and firm enough to act like armies of tiny legs. As an arm moves forward, the tube feet set down and their suckers grip the ground. The arm remains securely in place until time comes to take the next step. Then the tiny muscles relax to let some of the water out of the tube feet. With less water pressure they relax their grip. The lagging arm can be lifted and pointed forward to get a grip in the next step forward. The starfish's hydraulic system of controlled water power has enormous strength. When he straddles his arms over an oyster, he can exert enough pull to part the two shells and dine on the meat inside. Questions asked by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon Goren on Bridge TUESDAY, DEC. 24 Your birthday today: You make a transition from the ex- perimental to the traditional in your daily life style. What was unaccustomed and ex- treme becomes routine and reaps constant satisfaction in this year of unusual external circumstances. Relationships sustain you during intervals of stress. Today's natives includes leaders in religion, science and philosophy, who share the common quality of personal dignity. ARIES (March 21 April Get moving early; there's barely enough time to get around to the several things you've forgotten. Agreements signed late today promise strong, lasting benefits. TAURUS (April 20 May Once you're past the mor- ning's clashing opinions, you have a favorable day for per- sonal promotion, displaying your recent achievements, social action and special shared interests. GEMINI (May 21 June Stop and think about the errors in your plan and im- provise an effective sub- stitute. Close out some routines for the last time. CANCER (June 21 July Work is either heavier than usual or much lighter, according to your past perfor- mance. Pick up the pieces during midday, last minute confusion. It's profitable! LEO (July 23 Aug. Test your ability to be businesslike. Manage relaxa- tion in grand style. Express yourself rather than let your money do the talking. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. There's nothing particularly demanding in your work other than following up current matters to conclusion. Be gracious in your social con- tacts, new relationships and romance. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Unusual circumstances handl- ed intelligently yield good results. You face a critical point in partnerships, joint property management or negotiations and schedule an important meeting. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 Nov. You're open for swift gains, depending on what you do with available oppor- tunities. Don't be in such a hurry that you leave out something significant. Have fun this evening. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 Dec. Get in touch with those who encourage your enterprises and have something specific to offer. The later hours yield definite returns if you are diligent and patient. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. Prepare for a com- plex day of changing moods, but be consistent yourself. Co- operation is superficial but very helpful. Romance suddenly comes alive. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Benefits arrive unex- pectedly. You're probably due for an abrupt change in status, according to what you've inadvertently set up. Spend time building a better public image. PISCES (Feb. 19 March Friends have opened several doors for you. After midday indecision, select the best opportunity while it lasts. Bring along a notebook or camera. BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF 1974 Chicago Trlbun. Q.l-North-South vulner- able, as South you hold: VK1087 4Q9854 The bidding has proceeded: North East South 1 What action do you take? two hearts It's likely that you can defeat two clubs, but hardly a certainty. In ad- dition, your hand is better suited to offense than defense because of your length in suit. If partner is short in clubs, you could easily have a game, which will not be recompensed by a low level penalty double vulnerable, as South you hold: 4762 495 Partner opens the bidding with one no trump. What is your response? the fact that you have only 6 points in high cards, Vie suggest a gambling raise to three no trump. Any time part- ner has the king of clubs, your hand rates to produce six tricks at no trump. Even if he has only three low clubs, your hand should yield at least five tricks, leaving partner to look for only four more Anj attempt to play the hand in a club part score is, safe but short sighted Q. Both vulnerable, as South you hold: Partner opens the bidding with one heart. What is your response? A. hearts. Your hand is worth only one forward going bid, and it is more important to show good trump support for partner's suit than to bid a suit of your own. That will allow partner to revalue his hand. which could enable your bide to get to a laydown game. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold: 4Q9 VAQ AKQ1093 The bidding has proceeded: West North East South 1 f Pass Pass What action do you take? Bid two no trump. This ...-'ion m'ifht seem reckless with u-o ij.tb partial. slopped. but no other bid will fully ex press the tremendous trick- taking potential of your hand. In a balancing situation of this sort, a jump in no trump is natural, not Sine. East has a near bust by his pass, you can expect to find some cards in partner's hand. Indeed, a bid of three no trump would not be too daring. West vulnerable, as South you hold: The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 3 Pass What action do you take? is not a question ot whether the opponents can make a slam, but whether they can make a grand slam. Anything you can do to impede their pro- gress, you should do. While a jump to six clubs might throw a monkey wrench in their bidding machinery, we are in favor of going all the way by leaping to seven clubs. you hold: The bidding has proceeded: East South 1 What do you bid? clubs. Though you have the strength for a double, you might not be able to handle the subsequent auction if partner insists on bidding your short suits. This is a slight underbid, however, but the odds are that someone will keep the bidding open, enabling you to show greater strength at your next turn. Note that, in modern bid- ding a jump to three clubs would be preemptive. South .vulnerable, you hold: KQ9 AK85 A105 AQ6 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 2NT Pass What action do you take? Your first bid promised more than half the strength m the pack, so partner should interpret your pass as forcing. If partner has a long suit, game or even slam cannot be ruled out, but subsequent action depends on what partner does next. Without a clear-cut bid, he can double m the know- ledge that you have sufficient high cards to defeat the opponents. vulnerable, as South you hold: 47 VAQ65 J102 The bidding has proceeded: North East South 1 2 What action do you take? True, this is spocu lative. but the odd, nuike it -U.auAt .M'.e.i his contract. You will have given him an extra 40 points below the line and 50 you have not doubled him into game. On the positive side, your cards appear well placed behind the overcaller. Add to that your ruffing possibilities, and there is the chance for a substantial penalty even if East is full value for his bid. Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb As a native Hoosier born in 1912 I deeply resent your remarks about Adelle Davis. I was very much alive at the time she received her bachelor degree in 1927. Farm kids in Indiana did not walk two miles to one-room school houses. Nobody no, nobody is as narrow-minded, provincial and just plain ignorant about the U.S.A outside the limits of their own cement jungle as New Yorkers. You included! Dear Reader Feel better? You won't when you find out I was neither born nor raised in New York. I have only visited there on business Guess what I was born and raised on a Kansas farm and walked from one to two miles to a one-room school until 1939 at the beginning of World War II I can't speak for what you had in your community, but I can assure you that in the '30s many farm kids walked to school and ate from the lunch pail Now, you don't suppose that other farm communities in the country might have been different from your ex- perience, do you? Fun with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER 'No farm eggs9" asked An- dy, looking round in the little store "I just met Susan Archer, and she had some in her basket Mario smiled. "My last They're not easy to get, you he replied. My first customer today bought a third of what I had, and a third of an egg The next took a third of what remained, and a third of an egg That left only eleven for Susan." How many had he sold? Thanks for idea to A. Chan, Toronto, Ontario (Answer tomorrow) Friday's answer: Bride, 15 years old. No, I'll stick to rny statement. The nutrition problems in the country have changed drastically since before World War II. That has a lot to do with the change in the incidence of heart and vascular disease. The same can be said for physical activi- ty as part of the life style. We eat more and richer foods and exercise less as a society, and it begins each day with the kids riding to school. Dear Dr. Lamb I have had diverticuhtis and have suffered for years It got so I suffered from one spell after the other. I was to have an operation for it. Then I got the piece you had in the paper and went on the bulk diet and haven't had a pain since. It's been more than a month now. I feel like a new person, and I want to thank you for the wonderful help you have given me Will you please answer these questions for me? Can I eat tomatoes with seeds, corn and nuts9 I have been on a bland diet for years. Dear Reader I'm delighted to hear that you have done so well. Many patients with diverticulosis improve markedly when they get their bowel problems lick- ed and that usually requires increasing the bulk in the diet Sometimes a complete bowel training program is also necessary Those who want more information on using bulk in the diet and bowel training for this condition can write to me at P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019 and ask for the booklet on diverticulosis. Send 50 cents to cover costs. After years of a bland diet you sometimes have to feel your way along on what you can eat I should think you could use tomatoes all right The corn should also be no problem. If you had ex- perienced bleeding from your diverticula, I might suggest a little more caution. The nuts are a little more difficult for some people, but try a few and find out Meanwhile, keep up your diet with plenty of bulk for good bowel function SOMEHOW I FEEL THAT I HAVE MOKE OF THE REAL SPIRIT OF CHKI5TMA5 THIS THAN EVER DO VOD SUPPOSE IS BECAUSE I SAID, SO, THAT'S WHY! SHORT MBS NOBOPyCANSAV OUR GANG... ,.PONT HAVE SPIRIT- I JL (H. I1. HI AND LOIS 111 ABNER THE NEW TALKING TO FLOWERS.V THEY NEVER TAU6HT YOU SQMETHIMG ELSE, Too, ff THEY NEVER TAUSHT us HOW TO DEAL WITH FLOWERS AT SCHOOL- THEV CAM NOW I TRAIMED TO TURM V THE TABLES ON V6X-1 I LEFT VDU A NOTE TEUIN0 NOU WHERE I WENT. WHAT ARE MAD ABOUT? DID YOU HAVE TO USE A WHOLE SHEET OF .CHIP'S POSTER BOARP AND MY NAIL POLISH TO DO IT? BUGS BUNNY I WANT TO EXCHANGE THIS TIE PETUNIA GAVE ME FDR MY HOW ABOUT THIS A NEW SHIPMENT- JUST CAME IN WOMEN SHOULD NEVER TRY TO PICK BLONDIE CORA TOLD ME HER MOTHER WAS CQMIN6 FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND WE'D HAVE TO MEET HER AT THE AIRPORT AND THEN WHAT WAS THE SLIP-OF-THE-TOMGUE YOU MADE I SAID, "'WHAT TIME DOES HER BROOM LAND1'' WHAT HAPPENEP, >-__XOH, ITWAS ALL OVER A LITTLE SLIP ARCHIE HE WAS WATCHING DID YOU SEE) THE DID THE COACH MAGE SEE ME CATCH THAT WHAT D'YA HAVE TO DO TO GET HIS HAVE YOU TRIED BREAKING ARM? WHEN I RUN OUT FOR THE NEXr YELL SOMETHING TO MAKE HIM LOOK AT HAGAR THE HORRIBLE A LITTUE A A A LITTLE TO CALL MY BEETLE BAILEY TUMBLEWEEDS FDMRMJS UTO-E SNOW IWINKS HE'S THE SPIRIT'S GIFT 10 INPIANRYJ 12-25 ;