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By Lou Boulmetis hippodromehatter@aol.com | August 25, 2011
I overhead two teenage boys boasting about the many new whiskers that had sprouted on their faces during their summer vacation from school. I stopped short of chuckling out loud, though, because when I was their age I counted my whiskers, too. Although it was tempting, I also stopped short of suggesting a method that's supposed to hurry their whiskers into sprouting early. According to Mediterranean folklore, teenage boys growing up in villages throughout southern Europe rub onto their faces an ointment of olive oil, rosemary leaves and the ashes of a plant called "lad's love" ( Artemisia abrotanum )
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By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2011
The last time Ryan Imbriale grew a mustache, he was a junior in high school. Now 39, he still cringes a little when he sees that yearbook photo, showing the wispy scraggle above his lip. He was never tempted to set aside his razor again. Until now. "I've been growing it since Nov. 1, to the dismay of my family," said Imbriale, principal at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts and a married father of four daughters. Imbriale and 16 other faculty members at the school are growing mustaches to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer and other men's health issues, as part of a global campaign called Movember.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN; King Features Syndicate | December 30, 2001
Q. My cat, Whiskers, broke out with dry, flaky skin. We were sent to a veterinary dermatologist, who prescribed expensive medicine. Then I picked up a book about home remedies and read that people with psoriasis can use fish oil and olive oil. I gave this to Whiskers, and it worked. A. Veterinarians often prescribe medicines containing fish oil for dry, flaky skin in both dogs and cats. It works because of the favorable balance of omega-3 fatty acids in the fish oil. These fats have anti-inflammatory action that seems beneficial against eczema and certain other skin irritations.
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By Lou Boulmetis hippodromehatter@aol.com | August 25, 2011
I overhead two teenage boys boasting about the many new whiskers that had sprouted on their faces during their summer vacation from school. I stopped short of chuckling out loud, though, because when I was their age I counted my whiskers, too. Although it was tempting, I also stopped short of suggesting a method that's supposed to hurry their whiskers into sprouting early. According to Mediterranean folklore, teenage boys growing up in villages throughout southern Europe rub onto their faces an ointment of olive oil, rosemary leaves and the ashes of a plant called "lad's love" ( Artemisia abrotanum )
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By Jeremy Manier and Jeremy Manier,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | November 8, 2006
CHICAGO -- The most surreal gadget in Mitra Hartmann's robotics lab, the one that prompts an instinctive double-take from visitors, is a jumble of metal sensors and wires attached to a single, wispy rat whisker. It looks like part of a freakish rodent cyborg, but that's not the goal for Hartmann and her team at Northwestern University. They're after something more practical - robotic whiskers that can pick out the shapes of objects by touch, just as rats do. NASA researchers say rovers bristling with metal whiskers may one day aid the exploration of Mars or other worlds.
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By William Thompson and William Thompson,Eastern Shore Bureau of The Sun | May 18, 1994
KENNEDYVILLE -- It was his 12-year-old daughter, Katie -- and not the callers and letter writers from Maryland's 1st District -- who persuaded the congressman to get rid of his whiskers."
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun | March 28, 2004
A budding glamour girl has many things to keep track of -- hair clips, jewels, purses, pictures of devoted fans, hair ribbons. Alexa, Bianca and Clair make it easy. The girls aren't girls at all, they're wall hangings meant to organize clutter by giving a girl a place to put all the little doodads that invariably end up on top of the dresser, the counter and the floor. The Burnes of Boston wall sculptures come in three designs, the sophisticated Alexa, the ponytailed Clair and the cosmopolitan Bianca.
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By Lynda Robinson | November 5, 1991
Dense black smoke was already pouring from the burning West Baltimore row house yesterday when Baltimore Police Officer Tom Anderson heard a faint cry coming from inside. It sounded like a baby.Ignoring departmental warnings not to enter burning buildings, Officer Anderson put a thick handkerchief over his mouth and crawled on the floor toward the sound. A few minutes later he emerged from the building with the crying bundle safely in his arms.He'd saved a cat."I really did think it was a baby," said a somewhat embarrassed Officer Anderson, a 33-year-old rookie officer in the city's Western District.
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By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF | December 12, 2001
Margaret Metz of Bel Air has lost her recipe for the cookie called Santa's Whiskers, which, she says, is her family's favorite. "The batter contains coconut and pieces of canned cherries, both red and green," she writes. From Marylee Hormes of Kingsville comes an answer. "Here is the recipe for Santa's Whiskers that Margaret Metz misplaced. It was in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine some 20 or more years ago." Santa's Whiskers Makes about 5 dozen 1 cup butter or margarine 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla or rum extract 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 3/4 cup finely chopped red and green candied cherries 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans 3/4 cup coconut flakes In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar; blend in milk and vanilla.
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May 29, 1991
People who do not dye their hair outnumber those who do, but not by much, according to a tally of those who responded to our telephone survey. Of 290 callers, 139 (48 percent) said they dye their hair.But a slight majority, 55 percent, said they would consider dying their hair. Of 287 callers who answered the question, 159 said they would consider it.Our questions were in response to a story in Tuesday's health section that cited evidence of hair dye producing adverse reactions in some people.
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By Lane Page | August 3, 2011
Gena Wilson flicks her hot-pink-polished nails in the air as if, perhaps, finger-painting. But there is no canvas, and what she is doing is “grabbing energy from the air,” she says. Wilson, a licensed clinical social worker, self-described psychic medium and animal communicator, is visiting Dogs & Co., a pet supply and animal wellness venue whose new location in Snowden Center on Oakland Mills Road is large enough to host practitioners including chiropractors and acupuncturists, as well as breed rescue events in its Canine Cafe.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,laura.vozzella@baltsun.com | May 23, 2009
One of Baltimore's best beards appears in Anchorage today, seeking hirsute glory in the World Beard and Mustache Championships. Mickey Fried, 39, owns the beard as well as Belle Hardware in Bolton Hill. He is the only Marylander who dared go whisker-to-whisker with fuzzy faces from around the world, or at least the only one willing to shell out for travel to Alaska. The prize that lured Fried all that way? "I think you get a piece of paper with your name on it saying you were there," he said.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun reporter | August 19, 2007
ABOUT THREE MONTHS ago, a clean-cut Erich von Marko looked in the mirror and saw serious growth potential. The 32-year-old musician normally grew a beard in the winter but had gone barefaced for about 18 months. He needed a new look -- one that would amplify his rock-star status and give his face a little kitsch value. On a whim, von Marko grew a caterpillarlike mustache. "I figured I'd get the old cop look just for the summer," he said. "Or maybe the Freddie Mercury." It was a mark of rugged manliness for legions of men in the 1970s and '80s.
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By Jeremy Manier and Jeremy Manier,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | November 8, 2006
CHICAGO -- The most surreal gadget in Mitra Hartmann's robotics lab, the one that prompts an instinctive double-take from visitors, is a jumble of metal sensors and wires attached to a single, wispy rat whisker. It looks like part of a freakish rodent cyborg, but that's not the goal for Hartmann and her team at Northwestern University. They're after something more practical - robotic whiskers that can pick out the shapes of objects by touch, just as rats do. NASA researchers say rovers bristling with metal whiskers may one day aid the exploration of Mars or other worlds.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | July 5, 2004
Consider a rat's whiskers. They're constantly being brushed, wiggled and snipped. Like hair and fingernails, whiskers are made of dead cells. But they're connected to follicles that make them as sensitive as fingertips - and an important tool for scientists. Researchers in labs across the country probe the rat's whisker-to-brain connections, hoping to learn more about our neural pathways. Their goal is to advance treatments for brain related disorders and unravel the mystery of how humans interpret the sensation of touch.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,Special to the Sun | March 28, 2004
A budding glamour girl has many things to keep track of -- hair clips, jewels, purses, pictures of devoted fans, hair ribbons. Alexa, Bianca and Clair make it easy. The girls aren't girls at all, they're wall hangings meant to organize clutter by giving a girl a place to put all the little doodads that invariably end up on top of the dresser, the counter and the floor. The Burnes of Boston wall sculptures come in three designs, the sophisticated Alexa, the ponytailed Clair and the cosmopolitan Bianca.
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By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2011
The last time Ryan Imbriale grew a mustache, he was a junior in high school. Now 39, he still cringes a little when he sees that yearbook photo, showing the wispy scraggle above his lip. He was never tempted to set aside his razor again. Until now. "I've been growing it since Nov. 1, to the dismay of my family," said Imbriale, principal at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts and a married father of four daughters. Imbriale and 16 other faculty members at the school are growing mustaches to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer and other men's health issues, as part of a global campaign called Movember.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,laura.vozzella@baltsun.com | May 23, 2009
One of Baltimore's best beards appears in Anchorage today, seeking hirsute glory in the World Beard and Mustache Championships. Mickey Fried, 39, owns the beard as well as Belle Hardware in Bolton Hill. He is the only Marylander who dared go whisker-to-whisker with fuzzy faces from around the world, or at least the only one willing to shell out for travel to Alaska. The prize that lured Fried all that way? "I think you get a piece of paper with your name on it saying you were there," he said.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | August 13, 2003
A cat that fell into a 60-foot well at a residential property in Gambrills was rescued early yesterday morning by 11 Anne Arundel County firefighters who rigged a hoist and pulley to lower a colleague into the dry well to collect the animal. The cat, named Emma, fell into the well late Sunday or Monday, said its owner, Barbara Aswad of the 1700 block of Woolford Lane. Aswad said her cat likes to hunt for mice and moles near the well. She said she looked for the feline late Monday night when the cat had been missing for 24 hours.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN; King Features Syndicate | December 30, 2001
Q. My cat, Whiskers, broke out with dry, flaky skin. We were sent to a veterinary dermatologist, who prescribed expensive medicine. Then I picked up a book about home remedies and read that people with psoriasis can use fish oil and olive oil. I gave this to Whiskers, and it worked. A. Veterinarians often prescribe medicines containing fish oil for dry, flaky skin in both dogs and cats. It works because of the favorable balance of omega-3 fatty acids in the fish oil. These fats have anti-inflammatory action that seems beneficial against eczema and certain other skin irritations.
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