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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 - THI UTHMIDO! HIRAID - Tuesday, Marth , Wt Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10 Your Birthday Today: Intuitive, and sometimes impulsive action, becomes' a part of your program this year, with fair results where your intentions are expansive, optimistic. ARIES (March 21  April It): Begin travel early to get quick- Most poisonous Andy sends a complete 20-volume set of the World Book Encyclopedia to Stanley Zad-nlk, Jr., age 10, of Cleveland, Ohio, for his question: Are rattlers more poisonous than scorpions and black widow spiders? Planning to avoid poisonous animals in the wild is a splendid indoor activity. Comparing the quality of their poisons makes it more interesting. But the list of contestants is a long one. What's more, scientists have problems rating which poisonous bite is likely to be most dangerous. However, the bites or scorpions and black widow spiders are not fatal to healthy persons - though they should be given medical attention. On the other h?nd, rattlesnake venom is deadly and unless the bite gets speedy treatment, the victim can die.    Most spiders, when captured, tend to nip the human hands that hold them. Some of them have mildly poisonous fangs. The black widow injects quite a painful poison. It is wise to ask a doctor to treat the wound. Otherwise, the victim scratches the itchy sting and the wound may become seriously infected. The painful bite is not fatal to healthy humans. A scorpion sting is much more painful and medical assistance is advised to squeeze out the venom and treat the wound. The gila monster lizard and the scrappy little shrew can also inflict poisonous bites. So can certain jellyfishes, sting I rays and sea urchins, sea anemones and starfishes. The venomous stonefish may deal a deadly dose of poison to a person who chances to step on him. Generally, the most dangerous poisons are the world's 300 or sospecies of venomous snakes. It is not easy to rate the quality of their venom because these subtle chemicals are tailor - made for certain victims. For example, a pigeon is likely to perish from a small bite of the South American rattler. The same amount of venom from the same snake is less likely to prove fatal to a r?b-bit. The bite of the bushmaster is more likely to kill tiie xz.u ,.c. Our native poisonous snakes are the pretty coral snake that lurks in southern swamps and the pit vipsrs, including 13 rattlesnake species. Our rattlers are rated among the world's most dangerous poisonous snakes. The diamond backs of the east and the west claim most victims, perhaps because they inject the world's largest doses of venom. Some experts rate the prairie rattler next, then the timber rattler and the water moccasin. The outcome, of course, depends somewhat on the amount of venom injected in the bite, and on the size and health of the victim. But every snakebite requires immediate medical attention-even one that seems non - poisonous, just in case.  *  Coping with venomous snakes begins with a good book. Every sensible person learns a list of those that live in his state and how to recognize them. This includes their appearance, habits and sizes. When you spot one of them, flee from the scene. Coping with them must be left to adults. Sad to say, many charming and innocent snakes are slain because people can't tell them from the killers.  *  Andy sends a World Book Atlas to Jocelyn Butts, age 11, of West Vancouver, B.C., for her question: Do whales really sing? In the world of nature, this may be the news item of the decade. We do indeed have proof that the giant whale utters music in the deep ocean -and that his series of notes do indeed sound like a lovely song. And a dedicated team of marine biologists chose to demonstrate their proof when and where it should have done some good. This was at an international committee meeting to decide how many whales of this or that species could killed by whalers of this or that country. The rest of the informed world already knows that the great whales already are reduced almost to extinction. The marine biologists had let down their hydrophones 250 fathoms and recorded the song of a humpbacked whale on tape. That hard - hearted committee listened to the lovely music that spanned six tuneful octaves. No they did not there and then decide to outlaw all hunting of the gentle giants - or even change their plans. Perhaps they were tone deaf, or perhaps they did not want to hear the sweet voices of their victims. Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1971) er passage and more time for purposes. Go directly to the point in discussions. TAURUS (April 20  May 20): Farm out what you can of more tedious work; cut down on added commitments unless you see plenty of help coming. Talkative and indecisive people cross your path. GEMINI (May 21 - Jane 20): Expenses run ahead of plans and budgets for the moment. A business deal comes to an end or fails- to meet expectations. CANCER (Jane 21 - July 22): Start the day with a firmly settled schedule. Erratic, perhaps lovely people arrive and may distract you. Spend spare time at home. LEO (July 23  Aug. 22): The temptation today is toward hasty and emphatic expression, impatience. What you say now comes back to you later. VIRGO (Aug. 23  Sept. 22): Conventional courtesy makes the difference in dealing with anyone of influence. Friends quarrel over some differece. LIBRA (Sept. 23  Oct. 22): Your intuition is more reliable than even highly paid, expert advice. Whatever you do alone or with little co-operation is preferable to group action. SCORPIO (Oct. 23  Nov. 21): Advantage today lies in being called upon rather than doing the calling. Extra hours of work produce little added progress. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Associates are easily upset by your whims, impulsive comments. Make no effort to cover gaps with idle talk. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): Competitive action pops up, and you have not only your own costs to cover, but something on behalf of a colleague. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 . Feb. 18): Differences of opinion will change plans. Initiative or haste on your part precipitates unwelcome reactions. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20): Healthy self-interest serves you well as others seek to capitalize on your sympathies, generosity. (1971: By The Chicago Tribune) TUMBIEWEEDS-By TOM K. RYAN LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. Taste can be restored under new discovery Dear Dr. Lamb - I wonder if you could help me with my problem. I've always enjoyed eating but lately nothing seems to have any taste any more. All my food is blah! My doctor said some people lose their ability to taste and it was just part of growing old. Isn't there something that can he, done to help folks like me besides just telling us we are getting old? Dear Reader - Yes, there is, but it is so new that it probably wasn't announced when you saw your doctor. A lot of people Rebel island calm GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN (0 IMIi Sr Tto CMctK Tritm) North-South vulnerable. South deals. NORTH A 14