Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDGE i uesday, June Ask Andy WEATHER Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Denise Rene Belford, age 11, of Newport News. Virginia, for her question: Why were ancient weather signs so popular? Some old timers trusted the woolly bear caterpillar to predict a severe winter. Others relied on the groundhog to forecast the spr- ing rains. Many insisted that a rosy red dawn was a sure sign of rain. Various weather predictions and proverbs have been popular for ages, no doubt for two main reasons. For one thing, many are based on sound observations and often come true. Two. let's face it, these old guessing games are a lot of fun. People have been trying to outguess the weather for thousands of years. The science of meteorology has been on the job for less than a century. This leaves a vast span of time during which generations of weather worriers had to find right or wrong answers for themselves. Human nature being what it is, when a reliable answer was not available, people made one up. Weather forecasting became a sort of game. In ancient Rome, weather prediction became a sacred pastime performed by the priests. And some of the rituals were downright ridiculous. For example, they insisted that the insides of a sacrificed chicken could predict the weather plus other coming events. Many of our weather signs also depend on the animal world and some experts suspect" that this idea dates back to ancient Rome. However, the Romans did not establish Groundhog Day, because this chubby animal is a native American. Our groundhog weather rumor was started by the Pilgrims. The hibernating groundhog is supposed to peep outdoors on February 2. If the sun shines and he sees his shadow, he ex- pects a long rainy spell and goes back to sleep for six more weeks. It so happens that weather records through the years show that a very early warm spell often is followed by a long wet spring at least in New England. But animal ex- perts insist that the groundhog knows nothing about this. The fat sleepyhead refuses to poke his nose outdoors before March. In any case, this is a good example of why certain old weather signs were and are so popular. They are merry guessing games that may or may not corne true and everybody enjoys the yearly jokes. Other ancient weather signs are more serious and usually more reliable. Before the age of weather science, people depended on them. As a rule, they were based on patient observations over long periods of time. For example, red clouds at dawn were said to warn the shepherd of a rainy day. This could come true if they were heavy clouds approaching with the wind. However, as a rule, these old signs were based on local con- ditions, which tend to vary from place to place. Modern weather forecasting depends on countless reports from high and low, far and wide. It is based on known facts about prevailing winds and how certain air masses are likely to behave. True, it is not 100 per cent correct, though it gives a more ac- curate picture of local events. This is fine and sensible. But some of those weather signs are a lot more fun than the reports of serious minded weathermen. 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) STEER CLEAR OF HIM In 1966, a 75-year-old man in McKinney. Tex., received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit- and-run offences and caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN S; Tbt Ckicno Triknit North- South vulnerable. North deals. NORTH 4KQ93 V AK 0 J74 AQ75 WEST EAST 10 8 7 S V 10 7542 V J 9 8 OK6 AQ10932 SOUTH AJ642 vQ63 085 The bidding: North East South West 14 10 Pass Pass Dble. 2 0 2 Pass 3 A Pass 4 Pass Pass Pass Opening lead: King of 0 "If the finesse was going to work, there was no need for me to take remarked South as he entered 120 be- low the line and 500 above. North-South conducted an orderly auction to arrive at their best spot. South might have made a free bid over East's overcall, but he elect- ed to pass. However, North reopened the bidding with a double, showing a good hand, and East's second bid took the strain off South, who could now afford to show some values by bidding free- ly at the two-fcvel. When North announced interest in game with a raise to three spades. South, with some- thing in reserve for his previ- ous bids, accepted. West led the king of dia- monds and continued the suit to his partner's queen. East played the ace, and declarer ruffed with the jack of spades as West sluffed a heart. Dum- my's two high trumps drew the outstanding pieces and the ace and king of hearts were cashed. Declarer now made the unusual play of the ace of clubs! South reentered his hand with a trump and cashed the queen of hearts, discarding a club from dummy. The coiait was now complete- East had started with two spades, at least three hearts and six diamonds. Therefore, he could not possibly have more than two clubs, and one of those had already been played under the ace. Declarer was down to a sure-trick ending. He led a club. West followed with a low card, and dummy's queen was inserted. Declarer did not mind whether this won or lost. If West held the king, the queen would win and declarer's only losers would be two diamonds and a club. If East had the king, he would win the trick but would then be forced to re1 turn a diamond, permitting declarer to discard his re- maining club loser from his hand while ruffing in dummy. Note that declarer would have gone down had he taken the normal club finesse. East would win and exit with a club, and declarer would have to Hose a second club trick Your horoscope By Jeane Oixon WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 Your birthday today: Materialization is the keyword in .this coming busy year of discovery and development. So many diverse interests come to productive levels later in the year that you must select which will be your main enterprise. Relationships offer many poignant episodes all year. Today's natives are much given to big ideas, apt to offer promises beyond reaay achievement. ARIES (March 21-April Teamwork swings along nor- mally if you respond promptly and fairly. Good news from distant places helps. Bring in a symbol of another way of life for comparison. TAURUS (April 20-May Impatience on all sides is typical today, pace your ef- forts deliberately, allowing time for meditation. Let your imagination range over the available probabilities. GEMINI (May 21-June Creative work comes out on top today. You'll do better facing forward rather than trying to redo past details. Unselfish attitudes invite cheerful incidents. CANCER (June 21-July Sensitive as you are, others are even more so. If necessary, delay your own plans and help someone else. Romance has some surprises, moments of triumph. LEO (July 23-Aug. Nothing is easy today, but there are people close by who have good advice to offer. Creative efforts are assisted by fresh ideas, better working conditions. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Many, small, neat transac- tions, which are well- understood, add up to more than a hasty plunge into big deals. Consider your health program and how you can maintain it. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. Experts and amateurs are all out for a field day of opinions, advice. Be your own counsel, avoid arguments as you go Fun with figures You don't have to try very hard to find it! Each distinct letter in the addition stands for a par- ticular but different digit, so what do you make of BILL? SIN IS SIN BILL (Answer tomorrow) Yesterday's answer: Only Ann wore blue. Mr. Hunter answers all letters: ideas welcomed. Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb I have been told by friends that two foods, almonds and saccharin, can cause cancer. One person told me that if you eat two almonds a day you will inevitably get cancer. This sounds ridiculous. How reliable are these rumors? Dear Reader As far as almonds go, the statement is completely wild. There is no truth in it at all. Saccharin is another story. There is some evidence that large amounts of saccharin may cause bladder tumors. In fact, it may have been the saccharin and not the cyclamates that caused the problems in rats that led to the banning of cyclamates in the country. I suspect the saccharin has been left on the market because the government didn't want to rush headlong into another decision without all the facts, as occurred with the cyclamate mess. Dear Dr. Lamb I am told that if you get too much vitamin A. or if you eat too many oranges that your skin will turn yellow. Is this true? Dear Reader Half true. If you eat a lot of carrots, which are a good source of vitamin A. you can have the carrot pigment in your skin. You sometimes see this in infants who are on baby foods that contain too much carrot. Real vitamin A. as opposed to the carrot pigment, does not do this You would have to consume a lot of oranges to have such a problem. I have never seen this problem caused by oranges alone, The pigment in carrots is raJied carotene. The body converts it to vitamin A, which is much Jess pigmented. 11 used to be thought that a yellow pigment signified lots of vitamin A. Pale milk or butter was suspect of being less rich in vitamin A. Then it was learned that as pigment was converted to actual vitamin A that it lost its color. In fact, the less yellow milk contained more vitamin A than the vellow milk. Dear Dr. Lamb My daughter is 38 years old and never been married. I've been told she should have a Pap smear. I asked one doctor and he said no. I would like your opinion. Dear Reader Of course she should have. It is true that there is a greater incidence of cancer of the cervix in women who are sexually active which doesn't always mean married BUT even a virgin can and occasionally does get cancer of the cervix. All unmarried women should have regular examinations, including Pap smears and breast examinations. It is the easiest way to ensure a greatler likelihood of early detection of cancer. It should never be neglected. I'm shocked if you really got the kind of an answer you say you did from a doctor. JOAN BACK IN SAN NEW CANAAN, Conn.