Women Now Outlive Men by 7 Years By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) - Things a columnist might never know if he didn't open his mail: One of the things that science hasn't been able to figure out is why this century has been most favorable to the longevity of women. As recently as 1920, statistics indicated women outlived men by only a year. Now the feminine margin of survival is seven years: women 73.5 years, men 66.5. If you're superstitious, one of the ways you can assure the happiness of your household is to put a tomato on the windowsill. Of course, it doesn't hurt if you also can afford to have meat in the icebox, a color television set in the living room, credit at the drugstore and cash in the bank. Bears, like people, suffer from insomnia. For example, grizzly bears have been seen shuffling through the forests in the middle of winter, when they are traditionally supposed to be paused in hibernating sleep. The human brain is said to contain 100 billion nerve cells, now and then, don't you feel- particularly on Mondays— that one of them is missing? It is hard for a fellow to feel at his T\mt» Herald, Caroll, !«. Monday, 13, peak with only 99,999,999,999 brain cells. It is that absent spark that makes all the differ- ence in ignition. When you drop a glass and it breaks, the cracks in it move at a speed of nearly a mile a second—more than 3,000 miles an hour. The wisecracks follow as an accompanying speed. Quotable notables: "Love is the delightful interval between meeting a beautiful girl and discovering that she looks like a haddock."—John Barrymore. If you want to contact Scotland Yard in a hurry and the international phones are tied up, simply send a cable addressed to "Handcuffs, London," and it will probably be delivered there. But don't send it collect. Wonders of science: An extract of potatoes, researchers at the University of Michigan have found, is capable of both stimulating and inhibiting the cell growth in other plants and microscopic animals. This confirms what was found out in Ireland long ago. A presence of po* tatoes on the plate stimulates the cell growth of the Irish, and an absence of potatoes from the plate inhibits the cell growth of the Irish. Few human beings are entirely satisfied with the shape they're in, but those most discontented with their silhouettes are adolescent girls. Only 16 per cent are found to be clinically obese, but 60 per cent don't like the way they weigh. It was Thomas Robert Dewar, one of Britain's wittiest distillers, who observed, "Minds are like parachutes: they only function when open." Iowa Book Shelf Following is a list of bestsellers in Iowa as compiled by the Midland Booksellers Association for this week: Fiction 1. The Gabriel Hounds, Mary Stewart 2. 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