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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 - TH1 UTHDRIDGE HERALD - Monday, February 12, 1973 YOUR HOROSCOPE By JEAN6 DIXON TUESDAY, FEB. 13 Your birthday today: Relationships all have to bs redeveloped as you go along, if you are to continue in them. Today's natives prefer technical pursuits such as photography, scholarly study of Ask Andy liiKIillllIM Plant or animal? Andy sends a complete 20-volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Jackie Shopf, age 13, of Conestoga, Pennsylv/iia, for her question: Is coral a plant or animal? In the Cai-ibbean Sea around the West Indies, skin divers get a chance to behold living corals in all their glory. They grow like gaudy gardens on rocky reefs below the surface, where the shadowy blue-green water is speckled with rippling sunbeams. They look like multi-colored flower gardens, where plumy and fan-shaped coral blossoms crowd cheek to cheek with whopping coral mushrooms and heads of lettuce. Here and there, a pronged coral staghora suggests that a miniature deer is hiding among the colorful bushes. # � * The chunk of coral you buy in a novelty store looks for all the world like a petrified white bush cf delicate twiggery. Actually it is a vacant apartment house, once occupied by a colorful colony of living coral creatures. Please do not feel embarrassed when you mistake them or their residence for members of the plant world. They certainly look like plants but they are not. Many years ago, experts sorted the various corals, the daisy-faced sea anemones and a number of ocean-going polyps into a class of their own. They name they chose for this class was Anthrozoa, which means plant-animals - but they are really animals. Most of the world's 2,500 coral species dwell in warm, fairly shallow sea water. Their bodies are polyps shaped somevyhat like mini-trees. The gristly trunk is a hollow stomach and the branches form a ring around the open mouth. Actually, those flower tinted branches are tiny tentacles, waving to and fro to catch a tiny swimmer for dinner. In come specks, a juice is secreted to stun the. struggling victim before the tentacles poke Mm down through the mouth. The life story of the corals is quite remarkable and it may vary from species to species. Sperm and ova cells may be strewn into the water, where the pairs meet and fertilize. The next stage is a swimming larva called a plamila. Soon it fixes itse'f to a firm foundation and builds the stony room, where it will spend the rest of its life. Many corals multiply by sprouting buds on their trunks. When ready, the buds break loose and because mature polyps. Usually they attach their private rooms to the family apartment house. Given timo, a single coral can produce a colony of 20 million polyps. Among the separate roooms there are corridors so that the sea water can deliver oxygen and fragments of food to all the tenants. * * * A chunk o: dry coral is whitish limy material. When it was under water, it was pink or purple, orange or blue or some other pastel color. This flowery touch was added by the bodies of living coral animals. Each tiny room has a window and the polyp Inside pokes Ms petal tinted tentacles outside, hoping to catch a passing morsel of meat. Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, V.O. Box 765. Huntington Beach, California 9264S. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS Pass What do you bid now? A.-There is no doubt that yoj (should accept the slam invitation but, as a precautionary measure, it is suggested that you contract for six clubs to protect the king of hearts from attack on the opening lead, should it develop that North has two �mail hearts, Q. 6-Both sides vulnerable and as South you hold: *J10 5 Pass 1 * Pass 2 Jk Pass 2 O Pass 3 Pass ? What do you bid now? A.-A jump to five clubs is our choice. In view of the fact that you have already bid two suits, this bid will offer partner a strong inducement to go on U> six, Q, 8-As South, vulnerable, you hold: AAKQ any coherent plan. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): With special consideration for the feelings of those about you, press forward vigorously with personal plans. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept.'22): Diligent handling of routines, continuing projects, brings exceptionally good results. Nothing can be safely rushed. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22): Nothing is going to be easy or simple. Start early and stay with the main thread of the day's business and those already involved. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21): Get - rich - quick ideas float freely - see that you aren't taken in. Be firm and persistent in dealing with younger people. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dcc. 21): Your more fluent personal energy lacks a convenient or satisfying outlet, at least during early hours. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Be brief and to the point if you must declare yourself, or present any argument. Your-surprise is not shared by others. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. IS): Events move rapidly perhaps with deceptive smoothness. Expect some discrepancy between what is promised and what is likely. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Small, talk gets to be a medium of expressing diverse attitudes. Serious talk is almost certain to cli-ift into argument. 1973, The Chicago Tribune LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. Test measures blood clotting ' Dear Dr. Lamb - Would you explain the reading in a prothrombin blood test of 25-.13. J am taking five Coumadin tablets a week. I had a heart attack last year. Dear Pteader - Many people are taking Coumadin after heart attacks so I am sure your question will be of general interest. To find how effective the medicine is in preventing your blood from clotting, a sample of normal blood is tested at the same time your blood is tested. The number 13 refers to 13 seconds required for the normal control blood's clotting mechanism and the 25 refers to the 25 seconds it requires for your blood to react. Basically tins meaais that the clot-ling mechanism of your blood is prolonged to about twice that of a normal individual. These laboratory tests are reasonably complex and tend to vary depending on the reagents used and this is why a controlled blocd sample from a Today in history By THE CANADIAN PRESS Feb. 12, 1973 . . . Alexander Selkirk, prototype of Eobinson Crusoe, set sail for England 264 years ago today-in 1709--after being rescued from Juan Fernandez Island. He had not been shipwrecked or marooned but had left his sMp after a quarrel with the captain. He lived alone for more than four years, wild goats being his only companions, before being picked up by explorer William Dampier, then on a priva-t e e r i n g voyage. Selkirk reached England late in 1711, with �800 (about $2,000) prize money in his pocket. He tried living as a hermit at a Scottish home, then he eloped with a local girl. He later went back to sea again. i960-Fighting erupted between Israeli and United Arab Republic forces near Ashmura in Israel. 1955-Twenty-five d e r c-lics died and 15 others were injured in a hotel fire on Chicago's skid road. 1951-United Nations forces drove across the 38th parallel from Souh Korea into Communist North Korea. .1942-The German battleships Scharnhorst and Gne-isenau escaped from Brest through the Strait of Dover. 1851-Gold was discovered in New South Wales, Australia. normal person is used to check against your blcod each time the test is done. If your medicine . is effective, your prothrombin time should be considerably prolonged compared to the normal blood. The object is to prevent your blood from having a tendency to clot, hoping to prevent a new heart attack. Too much medicine may cause bleeding wMle too little isn't effective in preventing blood clotting. Dear Dr. Lamb-I read your daily column and always find it interesting. I would appreciate some answers to these questions. Q-How can 10 glasses of alcoholic beverage be poison if one is not? A-That's simple. Even our best medicines if taken in excessive amounts can be pois* onous. Digitalis, for example, one of our most common heart medicines when given in the right amount can prevent heart failure. When given in too large an amount it can be toxic and even cause death. Even small amounts of alcohol, however, are harmful to some people. Q-If your patient needs a sedative, do you prescribe alcohol? A-If the individual tolerates alcohol well and it is not upsetting for him to use it, I wouldn't hesitate to prescribe it to an individual. It's just as good or a better sedative than a lot of sleeping pills which are used. It doesn't happen to be the medicine that I usually prescribe for this purpose, but on the other hand I see no harm in it in reasonable amounts in specific cases. Q-You tell your readers not to smoke tobacco and not to drink coffee, why don't you tell them not to drink alcohol? A-If you've read my columns regularly as you men-tioned, you'd know that I do. Q- Should anyone besides husband and wife or those engaged to become husband and wife kiss on the Hps? A - That's a moral question not just a medical one, and up to the individuals concerned. Between healthy people it is unlikely to cause any problems. It is, however, a means of transmitting colds, respiratory infections and sometimes other illnesses whether one is married to a kissing partner or not. Q- Do you believe in preventing pain and spread of disease? A-That's what 1 went to medical school for. PROJECT APPROVED ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - Delegates from 37 African countries approved a $100-million telecommunications project to cover 13,600 miles and include 17 switching stations on tire continent. HAGAR the) HORRIBLE-By Dik Browne I COULDN'T TELL �ftW BEFORE BtCMSE THIS HAS ALL 3KH VEW rlU5H-HUSH,ei/T NOW I CAN TELL W..6UE55 WHAT...tuE'REG0INST0] 16IVE W A TESTIMONIAL PINNER ii HOld P0E5 THAT HIT Ity CHUCK? ARE VW�XCrTEP7Af?� H00 SMILING, CHUCK? TUMBLEWEEDS-By Tom K. Ryan /tp always ( hearp . Itroglopytes were V mmcv. BLONDIE-By Chic Young I ASKED YOU ( A QUESTIOW, DEAR-v WHY DIDN'T YOU-ANSWER ME? "Il|j\ IF. I STOPPED ' TO THINK - '"""N ' 8EFORE r TALKED, ;'D NEVER SAY ANYTHING ) BEETLE BAILEY-By Mort Walker BEETLE.' WHAT APE �/OU TPVIN& TO BE - TrlE WORLD'S WogZX FOOT PKAe^EB.?/ Z-IZ. LI'L ABNER-By Andy Capp 3. -!� �l*71Ll�l*f4lt�-*t^ ARCHIE-By Bob Montana Kl AND LOIS-By Dik Browns SHORT RIBS-By Frank O'Neal t-fe rlAttlRAL FOP SOU to ViAtff PE0PLETO LIKE SOU. BUGS BUNNY ;