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How do we measure up to the feats of others? This week, Tidbits investigates the age of these achievers at the time of their accomplishments. • Mary, Queen of Scots became Queen of Scotland when she was just six days old, upon the death of her father. Scotland was ruled by regents throughout her childhood. When Mary was 16, she married the French Dauphin Francis, who became King Francis II when she was 17. The union lasted only two years, as Francis died in 1560, and Mary returned to Scotland. Her life did not have a happy ending, as she was beheaded for plotting the assassination of her cousin Queen Elizabeth I of England. • Some golfers might never shoot a 48 for nine holes of golf, but Tiger Woods achieved this feat at age 3. He had already been featured in Golf Digest by the age of 5. • Judy Garland made her first stage appearance at age 2, when she joined her singing siblings in an act called The Gumm Sisters. She went on to a film career spanning over 40 years, and is immortalized as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, although she made more than 35 other films. Despite her extraordinary talent, Judy was unable to deal with the demands of fame, and turned to drugs and alcohol. She perished from an overdose of barbiturates at age 47.
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AGE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT (cont.): • Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie competed in her first Olympics at Chamonix, France, at age 11 finishing dead last. But just four years later she took the gold medal, followed by two more wins in 1932 and 1936. Her performances took place on outdoor rinks in the cold and wind. Although she performed in a knee-length wool skirt, she didn’t need to worry about that hampering her jumps – in her day, it was deemed “unladylike to jump into the air” or perform spins. Sonja retired at age 23, moved to Hollywood, and became one of the industry’s highest paid movie stars of her day. • Two actresses were presented Oscars for Best Supporting Actress at very young ages. Tenyear-old Tatum O’Neal received the honor for her performance in 1973’s Paper Moon, while Anna Paquin was the winner at age 11 in 1994 for her role in The Piano. In 1935, six-year-old Shirley Temple was awarded the very first Juvenile Oscar, a special honorary Academy Award for “her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934.” Shirley began her film career at age 3 and retired in 1950 at age 22. She later served as U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. • Jessica Tandy was 80 years old when she was awarded her first Oscar, Best Actress in 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy. Another 80-year-old, George Burns, took home his first Oscar for the 1975 film The Sunshine Boys. • Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest President in U.S. history when he was elected at 42 years, 10 months in 1904. Ronald Reagan holds the record for the oldest at 69 years, 11 months when he was elected in 1980 and re-elected at age 73.
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• Noted French painter Claude Monet was 60 when he began work on his famous water lilies series of paintings. The group of 250 works were this Impressionist’s depiction of his flower garden at Giverny. He suffered from cataracts in both eyes when many of the panels were painted, and underwent a risky eye surgery at age 82, which was not overly successful. In 2014, one of the Water Lilies paintings sold at a Christie’s auction for $27 million. • Greek runner Dimitrion Yordanidis was 98 when he completed a 26-mile marathon in 7 hours, 33 minutes, in 1976. It took 100-year-old Fajua Singh a little longer, just over 8 hours, to finish the Toronto Marathon in 2011. Compare these to the record marathon time of just over 2 hours, 2 minutes.
AGE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT (cont.): • When she was born in 1912, the press called Doris Duke the “million dollar baby.” She was the only child of American tobacco baron James Duke, who headed a company in business since the Civil War. Her father’s donation of $40 million resulted in a name change from Trinity College in Durham, North Carolina, to Duke University. When Doris was 12, her father died and bequeathed her upwards of $30 million, leaving only a modest trust fund to her mother. At 14, Doris sued her mother to keep her from selling the family assets. Over the course of her lifetime, Doris increased her father’s fortune by four times. She spent much of her time traveling and was an avid art collector. Doris also owned five homes, including a 2000-acre New Jersey farm, a penthouse on Park Avenue, a Beverly Hills mansion, a Hawaiian palace, and a summer home in Newport, Rhode Island. When she died in 1993, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation was worth about $1.2 billion.
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• Famed astronaut John Glenn was 40 years old when he became the first American to orbit Earth, making three orbits aboard Friendship 7 in February, 1962. The Ohio-born Glenn was a 22-year-old Marine when he was deployed to the Pacific Front in World War II, flying 59 combat missions over the course of the war. During the Korean War, he served on 90 missions. At 38, he was selected for the U.S. Space Program. Glenn retired from NASA two years after his historic flight into space. At age 53, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, and at 63, made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. In 1998, at age 77, after an absence of 36 years, John Glenn returned to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery, becoming the oldest person to fly in space. The mission lasted nine days and included a study on aging and space travel. Glenn returned to his senatorial duties for another year, retiring at 78. • Most folks haven’t heard of Hulda Crooks, an American mountaineer. This incredible woman climbed Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States, and Japan’s Mt. Fuji at age 91. In fact, she climbed to Mt. Whitney’s 14,505-foot peak 23 times between the ages of 65 and 91, along with 97 other peaks. At 95, she was still walking two miles every day. Hulda lived to be 101. • At 95, Grandma Moses, who had taken up painting at age 78, wrote, “…in olden times, things were not so rushed. I think people were more content, more satisfied with life than they are today. You don’t hear nearly as much laughter and shouting as you did in my day, and what was fun for us wouldn’t be fun now.” This renowned American folk artist generated 1,500 paintings over three decades before passing away at age 101.
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Not only was Benjamin Franklin one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he was a gifted inventor, author, printer, politician, postmaster, scientist, civic activist, statesman, and foreign diplomat. There might be a few things on this list that you didn’t know were Franklin’s creations! • Born in Boston in 1706, Franklin’s formal schooling ended at age 10. At 12, he began an apprenticeship in his brother’s print shop. • His first invention came along when Franklin was 11. An enthusiastic swimmer, he developed a pair of swim fins. They weren’t what we think of today as flippers, but rather were a pair of oval planks with holes in the center that were attached to the hands. • At 17, Franklin moved to Philadelphia, where he worked in print shops over the next few years. At 22, he set up his own shop, and the following year began publishing his own newspaper. Always an avid reader, Franklin came up with the idea of fellow book lovers sharing their books with others, as well as pooling funds to buy more books for the group. Franklin’s idea turned into the Library Company of Philadelphia, the first subscription library. When he was 33, the collection was moved to Independence Hall. • Franklin’s love of books led to his invention of the “long arm,” a wooden pole with a grasping claw on the end that enabled him to reach books on high shelves. • When Franklin was 36, he devised a metal-lined fireplace with rear baffles for better airflow. Placed in the middle of the room, this cast iron stove radiated heat in all directions and kept the room warm hours after the fire went out. In addition to greater heat, the Franklin stove produced less smoke than an open fireplace and used less wood.
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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (continued): • Serving as Philadelphia’s postmaster for 16 years led to Franklin’s invention of an improved odometer. It began with his curiosity as to how far he was traveling by carriage between Philadelphia and Boston, carrying out his postmaster duties. He attached a geared device to the rear wheel of his carriage, measuring the revolutions made by the wheel. Every 400 revolutions caused the device to register ahead one mile. He used his invention to streamline the mail delivery, measuring the distances between postal stations to develop more efficient mail routes. • Franklin was even responsible for a musical instrument called the hydrocrystalophone, which in simpler terms was known as the glass armonica. His armonica consisted of a series of glass bowls of graduated size floating in a tray of water. The varying sizes produced different musical tones based on the size of the bowl. Before long, it was being played in concert halls across Europe and America, and even Mozart and Beethoven composed music for it. • At 79, Franklin was still coming up with new ideas. Suffering from presbyopia, he conceived the idea of “double spectacles,” which allowed him to see distant objects as well as see close work. He hired his optician to use lenses from two sets of glasses, cutting them horizontally, and putting them into frames. It was the birth of bifocals! • Benjamin Franklin did not patent a single one of his inventions, choosing to gift them to the public. In his words, “As we benefit from the inventions of others, we should be glad to share our own, freely and gladly.”
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• You might be surprised to learn that light doesn't always travel at the speed of light. When traveling through an atomic gas that is approaching absolute zero in temperature, light can move as slowly as 38 mph. • Domestic diva Martha Stewart has been struck by lightning three times. • A law in Hawaii forbids a person to put a coin in his or her ear. There's no word on the legality of performing a magic trick that simply makes it appear that a coin has been put in an ear. • If you're one of those people who slows down to see a car accident or can't resist watching scary movies, you suffer from cacospectomania -- the compulsive desire to look at something that horrifies you. *** Thought for the Day: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." -- Thomas Alva Edison
• It was noted educator and civil-rights activist W.E.B. DuBois who made the following sage observation: "The theory of democratic government is not that the will of the people is always right, but rather that normal human beings of average intelligence will, if given a chance, learn the right and best course by bitter experience." • Before he became famous as the creator of "Star Trek," Gene Roddenberry was a beat cop for the LAPD. He even wrote speeches for legendary Los Angeles police Chief William H. Parker. • In a recent article in medical journal The Lancet Psychology, researchers claim that listening to hip-hop music can help alleviate symptoms of depression. It seems that aspirational lyrics that speak of overcoming hardship and picturing a better future, such as owning expensive cars, can provide an uplift to listeners. • The U.S.S. Iowa holds the distinction of being the only American naval ship to have a bathtub.
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May 11, 2015 • Last month’s Earth Day got me thinking about how many plastic bottled beverages my family goes through. I have found six glass reusable bottles that can be run through the dishwasher, and I store them in the refrigerator in a cardboard six-pack holder. I still want the convenience of grabbing a bottle of water from the fridge, but I feel better knowing that I’m not contributing to a plastic problem.” — JoAnn • Using ice-cold sour cream instead of ice-cold water in your pie crust recipe will give you a flakier crust. • “If you love to burn candles as much as I do, consider storing them in the refrigerator for a day or so before burning them. I swear, it makes them burn evenly. Someone told me this once, and I tried it and have been doing it ever since. No more crooked candles.” — J.L. in Tennessee • When traveling for more than a few days, stick your plants into the bathtub with a little bit of water. They’ll soak it up, and you won’t have to have someone come over and water your plants. This will only work for a week at most, though.” — J.M. in Louisiana • Kitchen remodels can be expensive, but when your kitchen isn’t usable, that’s even more of an expense. Instead of opting for takeout food, set up an alternate kitchen to save money. A microwave, toaster oven, coffee pot and a small dorm-style fridge can take care of a lot of your needs in the short term. • Planning on putting in some new plants or sprucing up your garden this spring? Check with your town’s yard-waste recycling center about free mulch or compost. Many facilities offer these to their residents. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. © 2015 King Features Synd., Inc.
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There was an elderly couple who in their old age Tidbits Laughs noticed that they were getting a lot more forgetful, so they decided to go to the doctor. The doctor told them that they should start writing things down so they don't forget. They went home and the old lady told her husband to get her a bowl of ice cream. "You might want to write it down," she said. The husband said, "No, I can remember that you want a bowl of ice cream." She then told her husband she wanted a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream. "Write it down," she told him, and again he said, "No, no, I can remember: you want a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream." Then the old lady said she wants a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top. "Write it down," she told her husband and again he said, "No, I got it. You want a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top." So he goes to get the ice cream and spends an unusually long time in the kitchen, over 30 minutes. He comes out to his wife and hands her a plate of eggs and bacon. The old wife stares at the plate for a moment, then looks at her husband and asks, "Where's the toast?"
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