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• The MVP of the first two Super Bowls was Green Bay Packer Bart Starr. He began his career with the Packers in 1956 and remained a player until 1971. After his retirement, he was immediately hired by the team as their quarterback coach, and became their head coach in 1974, a position he held for nine years. His charitable organization is the Rawhide Boys Ranch in New London, Wisconsin, a facility he co-founded in 1965, that helps delinquent and emotionally-disturbed adolescent boys. At the initial fund-raising, Starr donated a Corvette he had won for his Super Bowl performance to be raffled. The 82-old-year-old Starr has recently suffered two strokes and a heart attack, but after intensive physical therapy, his condition has dramatically improved. • Fran Tarkenton played his first NFL game in 1961 at age 21 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings, and went on to nine Pro Bowl selections. In 1977, Tarkenton became the first professional athlete to guest-host “Saturday Night Live.” When this Georgia native retired in 1978, he owned every major quarterback record. Tarkenton has had numerous postfootball success stories, starting with founding Tarkenton Software, a computer program generator company. He served as a Monday Night Football commentator for four years and a cohost of ABC’s “That’s Incredible!” during the early 1980s. He was written several self-help motivational books as well as a novel entitled Murder at the Super Bowl, a mystery about a football coach who is killed just before his team is scheduled to play in the big game.


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• Baltimore Colt legend Johnny Unitas spent 16 years with that team, going to the Pro Bowl 10 times, with three of those as MVP. He was the NFL MVP four times, as well as being voted the league’s best player at the NFL’s 50-year celebration. Unitas set the record for the most consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass, 47 games, a record that stayed in place for 52 years. During his career, Unitas sustained many injuries, including an elbow injury that prevented him from using his right hand. After doing commentary for NFL games during the 1970s, this football hero purchased bowling alleys and a restaurant, as well as investing in an air-freight company and several real estate ventures. Unfortunately, most were fairly unsuccessful. It was his final business decision that put Unitas under, a circuit board manufacturer which failed, forcing Unitas into bankruptcy. A sudden heart attack took his life in 2002 when he was 69. • There have been no financial difficulties for former Denver Bronco John Elway. In addition to his job as the general manager and executive vice-president of football operations for the Broncos, he has owned two restaurants and nine car dealerships (five of which he sold for $82 million). His net worth is estimated in the $150 million range. Elway almost didn’t have a football career. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the 1981 MLB draft and played 42 games on their Class A team, achieving a .318 batting average. Owner George Steinbrenner’s plan was to make Elway his starting right fielder. Elway was picked up in the 1983 NFL draft and played 16 seasons for Denver. More Gridiron Greats later in this issue.

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• It was beloved American astrophysicist and science communicator Carl Sagan who made the following sage observation: "If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth." • You probably are well aware of the fact that caffeine enhances memory and learning in humans -- if you're not a coffee addict yourself, you almost certainly know someone who is. But you probably didn't know that the substance has the same effect on bees. More than half of all flowering plants produce caffeinated nectar, and tests recently conducted by researchers at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom demonstrate that bees strongly prefer nectar with caffeine to the decaf version. • Some ancient Greeks believed that baldness could be cured by applying to the hairless area a mixture of horseradish and pigeon droppings. • Parents of younger children probably will not be surprised by the following factoid: Six eight-stud Lego bricks can be put together in a whopping 915,103,765 different ways -- and at least one of those bricks will end up being stepped on by a barefoot adult. • If you're planning a trip to Nevada, you might want to keep in mind that in that state, it is technically illegal to kiss if you have a mustache. • For reasons that are not entirely clear at present, in the spring of 2010 a 28-year-old man in South Korea married a large pillow printed with the image of an anime character. At the wedding, the pillow wore a white dress. The man has been seen taking his "wife" to an amusement park and out to dinner -- he even orders "her" a meal. *** Thought for the Day: "A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed -- I well know. For it is a sign that he has tried to surpass himself." -- Georges Clemenceau

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WATER BUFFALO It’s time to increase your knowledge on the water buffalo, a cloven-hoofed mammal native to Asia. • What exactly does cloven-hoofed mean? These animals have a hoof that is split into two toes. Many such animals are also ruminants, meaning they “chew their cud” in a specialized stomach prior to digestion, regurgitating their food and chewing it again. In the Jewish religion, an animal that is both a ruminant and clove-hoofed is considered kosher and may be eaten. However, if an animal has only one of these characteristics, Jews are forbidden to eat it, as it is considered unclean.

• These herbivorous buffalo have been domesticated for close to 3,000 years and are the main dairy animal in many countries, with milk that is richer in fat and protein than that of dairy cattle. They’re also valued for their meat and leather. With about 150 million domestic water buffalo in the world, more human beings depend on them than on any other domestic animal. They are relied upon for plowing and for transportation and are known as the “living tractor of the East.” About 96% of the world’s population of water buffalo can be found in Asia. • There are a very small amount of wild water buffalo, an endangered species that lives in protected areas and wildlife reserves across Asia.

• The water buffalo is a member of the Bovidae biological family, which includes bison, antelope, gazelles, sheep, goats, oxen, and domestic cattle. Members of this family are referred to as bovids.

• Some countries hold annual water buffalo racing festivals, running the animals in long slushy ditches while pulling drivers on wooden planks.

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• “The Water Buffalo Song” is sung by Larry the Cucumber in Veggie Tales’ “Silly Songs,” who croons “Everybody’s got a water buffalo. Yours is fast, but mine is slow. Oh, where’d we get them? I don’t know, but everybody’s got a water buffalo.”

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• The horns of the buffalo are often made into jewelry and musical instruments. The ney and kaval are hollow flutes made from these horns with up to seven finger holes, used in Middle Eastern music.

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• These bovids stand about 5 to 6.2 feet tall at the shoulder and have huge backward spiral-curving, crescent-shaped horns with a span of nearly 5 feet. They live to about age 25 in captivity.

• Fans of the 1960s cartoon “The Flintstones” may remember that Fred Flintstone and his pal Barney Rubble were dedicated members of the Loyal Order of the Water Buffalo Lodge No. 26, a secret society intended to be a spoof of the Freemasons, Elks Club, and Moose Lodge. Fred and Barney regularly assembled at the lodge hall to listen to their “Mystic Imperial Poobah,” or “Grand Poobah,” as he was sometimes called. The Poobah’s mission was to “draw back the veil to reveal the ancient mysteries of Water Buffalo-ary.”

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• On Feb. 7, 1881, plea bargaining gains favor in American courts when Albert McKenzie pleads guilty to a misdemeanor count of embezzlement instead of a felony. Today, over 90 percent of criminal cases are resolved through plea bargain in many jurisdictions. • On Feb. 5, 1917, Congress overrides President Woodrow Wilson's veto and passes the Immigration Act, requiring a literacy test for immigrants. • On Feb. 6, 1928, a woman calling herself Anastasia Tschaikovsky and claiming to be the daughter of the murdered czar of Russia arrives in New York City hoping to claim the Romanov fortune. In 1994, DNA analysis finally showed that Anastasia was not a Romanov, but was in fact a Polish-German factory worker. • On Feb. 1, 1951, the United Nations General Assembly condemns the communist government of the People's Republic of China for acts of aggression in Korea. It was the first time the United Nations condemned a nation. • On Feb. 4, 1976, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake levels one-third of Guatemala City, killing 23,000 people and leaving 1 million others homeless. Roads and bridges leading to the area sustained extensive damage, making it difficult for help to arrive. • On Feb. 2, 1980, details of ABSCAM, an FBI sting operation to uncover political corruption in government, are released. Thirty-one public officials were targeted. FBI agents had posed as representatives of Abdul Enterprises, Ltd., a fictional business owned by an Arab sheik. • On Feb. 3, 1998, a U.S. Marine jet flying low over the town of Cavalese in the Italian Alps severs a ski-lift cable, sending a tram crashing 250 feet to the ground and killing 20 people. The pilot and navigator destroyed a videotape that had recorded their flight. They were court-martialed for obstruction of justice and dismissed from the Marines. © 2016 King Features Synd., Inc.

NUGGET OF KNOWLEDGE John Elway became the oldest player to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl in 1999 at Super Bowl XXXIII when the Broncos defeated the Atlanta Falcons. Elway was 38. Speaking of age, Brett Favre is the only player who was a grandfather during his playing years. According to Fortune magazine, about 16% of players who retire from the NFL go bankrupt. The list includes Warren Sapp, Johnny Unitas, Bernie Kosar, and Terrell Owens.

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• Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka personally hand-picked 6’2”, 335 lbs. William Perry in the firstDell. round of the 1985 NFL Draft. Perry Answer: was fresh out of South Carolina’s Clemson A VERY LARGE NUMBER University, where he had earned the nickname • The Edward Kasner mathematician. In when 1938 Refrigerator.was Thea name came about he was asked to come up with a name for a he and a fellow player tried to fit in the same very large number: the numeral one, followed elevator heading to the college laundry faciliby a hundred zeros. He asked his two young ties. His teammate “Man, suggest. you’re about nephews what namesaid, they would as big as a refrigerator,” and the name stuck. • Nine-year-old Milton suggested a name (Perry already weighed 200 lbs. at age 11!). out of the funnies. A cartoon strip character In addition to was his very NFLpopular. career (1985-1994), named Barney Milton chose this defensive tackle and member of “The Barney’s last name for the number. of the Midway” • Monsters Kasner announced the new defense name forrecorded the big two rap records, appeared on the 1980s series number in his next book, altering the spelling. “The A-Team”), and had his own G.I. Joe ac• Sixty years later, Larry Page and Sergey Brin tion figure called Fridge.” 2008, Other Perry developed a new “The internet searchIn engine. was diagnosed a serious disorder search engines with searched each nerve webpage and that sent his life into a tailspin, both physi-a ranked them according to how many times cally andterm financially. 10-year-old specific appearedIn on2011, them,abut Page and Brin discovered designed their searchSuper engine to search boy Perry’s Bowl ring for the specific term and then find outinhow many sale in a sports memorabilia shop a Mickey links there were thatUsing led back to of thathispage, Mantle’s restaurant. $8,500 colwhich resulted in a better search engine. lege fund, the boy and his mother purchased • the They they itneeded name that ringdecided and returned to Perry.a Yet in 2015, reflected how many websites the search the ring was on the auction block again. When enginedidn’t was pay searching. They took the itname Perry the taxes on his home, was of Edward Kasner’s very large number, only seized by the county. At 53, this football great they misspelled it slightly, so it ended up being is barelyexactly able to walk and lives an assisted spelled the same wayinthe cartoon living community. character Barney spelled his last name. What’s it called? (Answer at bottom of page) The term "gridiron" originated COMPUTER FACTSas a description of football's then-characteristic playing • In 1981 Bill Gates said, “640 kb of memory field, which, until the late 1910s–early 1920s, ought to be enough for anybody.” was marked with a series of parallel lines in • aMoore’s Law states computer checkerboard (orthat grid) pattern,performance resembling doubles every 18 to 24 months, and ever since a gridiron. The grid system was abandoned 1971, this has been true. in favor of the system of yard lines and hash • marks HP, Google, Microsoft, were has all used today, but theand termApple "gridiron" started in garages. survived. Answer: Google, from googol.

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