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What’s the dirtiest thing you touch in the course of a normal day? If you’ve been to a gas station, the pump handle would probably top the list of the filthiest surface you encountered. A new survey from Kimberly-Clark found that 71 percent of gas pump handles tested in six U.S. cities were contaminated with […]

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MOVIE: Crocodile Dundee ANSWER: “Just Kids Having Fun” WINNER: MIKE Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee is an Australian crocodile hunter who lives in the Australian outback and runs a safari business with his trusted friend and mentor Walter Reilly. After surviving a crocodile attack, a New York journalist named Sue arrives to interview Mick and learns […]

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Every year, more than 400 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO (carbon monoxide) poisoning. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months. If you don’t have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO detector, buy one soon. CO is found in fumes produced by portable generators, stoves, lanterns, and gas ranges, […]

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Verb: Elucidate (ih-LOO-suh-dayt) Definition: 1. To make lucid especially by explanation or analysis. 2. To give a clarifying explanation. Sample sentence: During his speech, the governor attempted to elucidate exactly what kind of impact the new sports arena would have on the state’s economy.

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Noun: Gyre (JYRE) Definition: A circular or spiral motion or form; especially, a giant circular oceanic surface current. Sample sentence: Sophia will be focusing her graduate studies on the the gyre of the ocean and the effects it has on North America’s climate.

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Keep a winter emergency kit in your car in case you become stranded. Make sure you have blankets, food, water, booster cables, flares, a tire pump, sand or cat litter for traction, a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, and plastic bags for sanitation. In case you become stranded in your […]

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MOVIE: Jingle All The Way ANSWER: “Put The Cookie Down….NOW!!” WINNER: JILL Meet Howard Langston, a salesman, constantly busy at his job, and constantly disappointing his son. After missing his son’s karate exposition, he tries to make it up to him; All the boy wants for Christmas is an action figure of  Turbo Man. Unfortunately, […]

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Adjective: Lachrymose (LAK-ruh-mohss) Definition: 1. Given to tears or weeping: tearful 2. Tending to cause tears: mournful Sample sentence: During the holidays, those who have recently lost loved ones are more apt to be lachrymose.

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Many people spend time outdoors in the winter working, traveling, or enjoying winter sports. Outdoor activities can expose you to several safety hazards, but you can take several steps to prepare for them. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots. Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy […]

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MOVIE: Planes, Trains and Automobiles ANSWER: “Those Aren’t Pillows” WINNER: LORI All that Neal Page wants to do is to get home for Thanksgiving. His flight has been cancelled due to bad weather, so he decides on other means of transport. As well as bad luck, Neal is blessed with the presence of Del Griffith, […]

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