July 3, 2005
O say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave - on bandanas and beach towels, on aprons and ashtrays, on coolers and playing cards, socks, sneakers, suspenders, ties, tote bags, fanny packs and welcome mats. And not just o'er the land does it wave, but around the shoulders, atop the heads, on the lapels and even between the legs of the free - as in the case of the American flag G-string and thong available from Teddygirl.com. As Congress ponders a Constitutional amendment to prohibit "physical desecration" of the flag, its commercial exploitation - once viewed as so crass that most states passed this country's original flag-protection laws - continues unabated, relatively unscorned and largely unnoticed.
March 18, 1998
Walter Schmidt had a ticklish problem: what to do with the nation's chicken feathers?The U.S. poultry industry produces up to 4 billion pounds of feathers each year, and Schmidt, a research chemist at Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, was assigned in late 1993 to come up with a way to dispose of them.Schmidt and a team of four scientists think they have figured out a solution: recycle the feathers into disposable diapers and building insulation.Chicken feathers are made of a fibrous protein called keratin, the same fiber found in wool, hair and fingernails.
September 8, 1996
Merit raises: If you're hoping for a merit raise next year, chances are it will be about the same size as the one you got this year.Buck Consultants, which advises employers on benefits and compensation, surveyed 383 big U.S. firms and found that they generally plan to give white-collar workers an average merit raise of 4.1 percent, the same as in 1996.Hourly workers can look forward to an average merit raise of 4 percent, up from 3.9 percent.Merit increases for executives will be smaller, averaging 4.2 percent, down from 4.3 percent this year.
February 20, 1996
What causes diaper rash? Do most babies get it? Does it depend on the kind of diapers you use?The most common type of diaper rash, called irritant diaper dermatitis, is common indeed. At least half of all infants get diaper rash at some time during their diaper careers. It is most common in the latter half of the first year, perhaps because the infant diet is changing at that time. Diaper rash is particularly likely when a baby has diarrhea.Diapered skin can become irritated for a variety of reasons.
February 22, 1994
The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County is experiencing a serious shortage of food for the women and children seeking safety in its five shelters. Food, money and grocery store gift certificates are needed.Especially needed are chicken, ground beef, pasta and sauce, hot dogs, lunch meats, sliced cheese, cereal, canned soups and vegetables, frozen orange juice, disposable diapers (large) and dessert mixes.Information: 997-0304.POLICE LOG* Long Reach: 6400 block of Waterloo Road: Someone destroyed a home's mailbox early last week.
May 11, 1993
I read constantly of the number of disposable diapers that Americans use each year. Apparently, if we cared to stack them up -- wearing gas masks, I presume -- they would reach to the moon.My children never wore disposable diapers, so I just don't have a real feeling for a huge stack of disposable diapers, clean or otherwise. I do have a feeling for some things, though, that there simply seem to be too many of in this world.Thistles, for example. I can, on any given day from April to December, yank out a pile that easily fills my wheelbarrow.