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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, Fabruiry 8, 1975 Ask Andy AMEBA Andy sends a complete 20 volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Bil- ly Bush, age 10, of St. Catharines, Ont., Canada, for his question: How can an ameba catch his food? The ameba is a mini blob of jelly, too small for human eyes to see. He has no definite shape, no permanent legs or other parts. Yet, like all animals, he needs food. And, believe it or not, this little critter that seems so helpless is really a very successful hunter. Actually, his jellified body is just right for catching the scraps of floating food on which he feeds. Your body has zillions of liv- ing cells, each performing its own special duties. The ameba's body is just one single living cell, which per- forms all the duties needed to keep him alive. Basically it is a mini blob of cytoplasm, that miraculous substance that carries on life in all living cells. Inside the cell is a tiny nucleus that governs all the activities. The whole cell is held together by a thin, pliable skin. The ameba lives in a watery world, populated by bacteria and a vast variety of even smaller living things. These are included on his menu and to catch them he must go hunting. He can travel in any direction and he gets from here to there by changing his shape. He advances by poking forth a finger called a pseudopod, which means a false foot. Then the rest of his pliable body flows into the foot and, lo, the ameba has moved a step forward. When he senses a morsel of food, he pokes forth two of his pseudopods and folds them around to engulf it. The victim is captured and surrounded by the ameba's jellyfied cell. In- side his body, it becomes a small wad called a food vacuole. The food vacuole becomes a temporary stomach and the nourishment is soon digested. The wad of waste material is edged to the side and soon passes out of the ameba's body. Meantime the little hunter has used and reused his pseudopods to capture and engulf another and another meal. And inside his cell, several food vacuoles are in various stages of digestion. The single cell ameba is one of nature's small miracles. But he saves his cleverest trick for when time comes to multiply. This he does by dividing his clever lit- tle body into two equal parts. The original ameba becomes a brand new pair of identical twins. Since no parents are left to grow old 'and die, the amazing ameba may have the secret of immortality. OuMtlom Mkcd by chil- dren of Htrild bo milled to Alk Andy, P.O. Box. 765, Huntlnglon Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) I Flashback By THE CANADIAN PRESS Feb. 8, 1975 Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty was sentenced to life im- prisonment in' Budapest after being convicted of conspiring to overthrow the Communist Hungarian government 26 years ago in 1949. On the same date in 1956 he took refuge in the U.S. Embassy on his release. 1587 Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed after 19 years in English prisons. 1791 The first U.S. bank was incorporated. 1904 Japan attacked Port Arthur, bottling up the Rus- sian Pacific fleet. 1910 Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. 1942 Gen. Worthington's design of Canadian Ram tank announced. Oddities In the news ROME (CP) The cabin crew of Alitalia airline struck for eight hours Wednesday, in part because stewardesses ob- ject to a clause in their regu- lations which requires them to make the bunk of the flight commander, Agence France- Presse reported. Stewards joined the stew- ardesses in a strike against "hierarchical relations on among other working conditions. The strike delayed a number of international de- partures from Rome between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. A spate of recent refusals to make the commander's bunk has resulted in disciplinary action against the steward- esses involved. SAN RAFAEL, Calif. Taking his cue from an old- fashioned school practice, a municipal court judge is sentencing offenders to write out thousands of times court- ordered pledges to do better. Some samples: "I will not steal from Macy's." "I will not swim in public drinking water." Judge Gary Thomas said he has ordered the punishment several times and found it is as good a deterrent as any. "I make them do their writ- ing in jail, and it takes them a few he said. "That way they get to see the type of people who come in and out." Three men who walked out of a restaurant in nearby No- vato without paying a bill had to write, "I will pay for my food at times. It took two of the offenders 18 hours to complete the task and the other 24 hours. A po- lice sergeant counts the lines. But Judge Thomas is not without compassion. He once let a woman off after she had completed only of lines when he learned she suf- fered from arthritis. Astrological Forecast by Sydney Omarr Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF G> ms.ThtChioiioTribiijir Q.I South, vulnerable, you hold: 410872 VQ7652 4A7 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 1 4 Pass IV 14 2 2 What do you bid now? vulnerable, as South you hold: VA9642 4J7 The bidding has proceeded: North East South 1 4 Dble. What action do you take? As South, vulnerable, you hold: 4A1065 992 4KQJ7 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West 1 Puss 1 4 Pass 2 NT Pass What do you bid now? South, vulnerable, you hold: 4764 VAJ93 4J2 4AQ87 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West I 4 Pass 1 V Pass INT Pass What do you bid now? South, vulnerable, you hold: 4U73 4A92 4AKQJ762 The bidding has proceeded: North East South West Pass Pass 1 Pass 1 4 Pass 3 Pass 3 Pass What do you bid now? vulnerable, as dealer with 80 on score you hold: 483 VAJ10976532 4J7 What do you open? OO MEN AND-LJ6H.'.'- WIFHS UNTIL PSATH DO ;