The Pryor Times


March 11, 2013

A parasitic first movie

Q: Demi Moore was in one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It was a 3-D sci-fi flick from the early 1980s. Do you know the movie? I would love to buy it just to show friends an example of a terrible movie, but I suppose it is not available because of it being filmed in 3-D. — P.W., Naples, Fla.

A: You are thinking of the 1982 movie “Parasite.” It’s the story of a scientist who creates a deadly parasite that attaches to his stomach. He must face the problem of killing the parasite without killing himself. The film is available in a 2-D version. Critics agreed with your assessment of the movie.

Q: If you were to walk all the corridors of the Pentagon, how far would you walk? — P.B., Brattleboro, Vt.

A: You would walk a little more than 17.5 miles and pass nearly 285 bathrooms.

Q: There is a New Zealand. Is it logical to believe there is an Old Zealand? — G.V.B., Mesa, Ariz.

A: It sure sounds logical, and it’s accurate. Zeeland is a province of the Netherlands. In 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman was the first European to set foot on present-day New Zealand. He named it Nieuw Zeeland, which was anglicized to New Zealand.  

Q: I often wondered how aviator Amelia Earhart was able to afford her passion of flying. Did she get paid for her performances? — B.D.H., Albany, N.Y.

A: Earhart was married to wealthy publisher G.P. Putnam — enough said?

Q: Someday I would like to make homemade butter. How many quarts of milk will I need to make a pound? — M.L., Stuart, Fla.

A: According to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, you will need the cream from 10.5 to 11 quarts of whole milk to make a pound of butter.

Q: What is the most change you can have, yet not be able to make change for a dollar? — T.N., Milford, Pa.

A: I figure you can have $1.19: three quarters, four dimes and four pennies.

Q: Who was the first non-royal person portrayed on a British stamp? — H.K.L., El Reno, Okla.

A: A stamp bearing the portrait of William Shakespeare was issued in 1964, marking the first time a non-royal person was depicted on a British stamp.

Q: According to an old saying, “horses sweat, men perspire.” What about women? — R.N.M., Indianola, Iowa

A: Some sources say the saying dates to the Victorian era, and it does describe what women do: Horses sweat, men perspire and ladies glow. Lexicographers tell us sweat and perspire are interchangeable, but perspire is considered a more refined word than sweat.  

Q: When were Sonny and Cher on TV? It seems they both had their own show at one time. — I.J., Baton Rouge, La.

A: In 1971, “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” was introduced as a summer replacement on CBS. Because of its popularity, it became a regular show, and by the 1973-74 season it was the top-rated variety series on TV. The show was a success for Sonny and Cher, but their nine-year marriage was not. They split, and the show ended in 1974.  

Sonny started his own show on ABC in September 1974, “The Sonny Comedy Revue”; it bombed and was taken off the air in December. In February 1975, Cher went on the air again with a show named “Cher.” She fared better than Sonny, and her show continued into January 1976. The following month, she and Sonny reunited for “The Sonny and Cher Show.” The show was a success and remained on TV until 1977.      

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