The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on August 24, 1975 · Page 136
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 136

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The front row By ELIZABETH CLARKSON ZWART Edith Bunker thinks "Dingbat" Is a love name It's something of a surprise to find the word "dingbat" in the Big Dictionary — but let's not tell poor Edith Bunker that these are the accepted definitions: 1. A small object, such as a stick or stone, suitable for hurling at another object. 2. Any unspecified gadget or other article. • A reader who has done a lot of business motoring throughout Iowa remembers a couple of business slogans which he used to drive by. In Indianola, a real estate dealer named Godlove used the line: GODLOVE THE REALTOR And in Fort Dodge, a plumber named Pray always said it this way: PRAY FOR BETTER PLUMBING • If you pack along big cold juicy tomatoes, to be eaten as apples, you won't have to take a water jug or a six-pack on the picnic. • The housefly's heart beats 200 times a minute — and so would yours if you saw a swatter embroidered with sequins and felt flowers bearing down on you. • tf they can hear the bamboo growing through the night in bamboo jungles, what must the noise be like in the middle of an Iowa cornfield some hot summer at 2 a.m.? • I know a man who, as a boy, found a silver dollar on the ground at the Iowa State Fair. x And for more than 40 summers, he went back to every fair, looking for another one. Fruitlessly. You should see the doctor shudder when he touches a patient's legs that have been "tanned" with makeup. "They feel as if they were dead!" says the poor man. • Several readers — mostly, but not all of them, Odeboltians — try to deny that town's name to the old French trapper, Odebeau. They ding to that old tale about the king bolt falling from a covered wagon on the future site of the town. "Oh! De Bolt!" cried the pioneer. How many are for Odebeau? pickles to keep the slippery pickle slices from sliding off the plate. But now an expert says pickles are crinkle-cut for pretty. (Not in all circles!) • — If you think you're hot, remember the poor postman. Perhaps he would like a glass of cold water or teed tea as he comes by, whether he's on foot or wheels. • When a French housewife gets stuck with a green cantaloupe, she cooks ft as a vegetable. Peeled, sliced and cooked barely tender in a small amount of water, hot muskmelon is served with butter. Like a squash. A cantaloupe Is called a cantaloupe, by the way, because the first in Europe were grown at Contolupo, a papal villa near Rome. His blood Is bJs storage tank For those long, hot, dry walks across the desert the camel doesnt store water in his hump, although humans have thought of that as his watertank for yean. But zoologists now say be pumps the extra water into his red cells which then swell with the moisture he'll be needing before he hits another oasis. The hump? It's fat. The camel's other special equipment for desert travel includes drawstrings inside his nostrils and double rows of eyelashes for use in sandstorms: • Lots of people thought the pickle makers came out with crinkle-cut It says here that you should paint a piglet with vanilla extract before you present him to a foster mother — a sow whose nose you have also swabbed with vanilla. So that everyone will smell alike, they used to use real perfume on baby pigs and sows^and~iambs-and"foster ewes. But at these prices, I suppose. ... • Nothing in the world looks so scrubbed-clean as a perfectly husked ear of sweetcorn. Unless it's a rosy baby. Elizabeth Clarkton Zwart's column appears Monday through Friday in The Des Momet Tribune. PICTURE DM *0t*e« SUNDAY MOI»Ti«B<MH.H.mi FEATUMS 4. The beer can collectors are coming to town — Nancy Hardeker 8. Iowa City's Don Edelbrock can play it all Lori Newton 12. The tragic tale of a Clinton County cemetery Lorraine Seamer 18. Work is their addiction and their hobby Ann Klepacki PHOTOGRAPHS 11. Our summer color contest winners DEPARTMENTS 2. The front row Elizabeth Clarkson Zwart 9. Build it yourself 14. The Mother Earth news 17. One hand clapping.. John Karras 16. Why Not? Julie Hopson STAFF EDITOR/Rooert Asbille ART DIRECTOR/Sara Giovanitti ASSISTANT EDITOR/Charlotte Brunk LAYOUT ARTIST/Stevt Peglow PJeturt no rMpofWDilitv for ~—.. turn It dJNlrvd, • itonMtf, vtlop* mvtf b» •ncToMd. (buttons mt «. If rt- ForiidrofTJur four color contests — Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall—we ask that-only positive color transparencies be sent. Many of those entering continue to send prints or negatives. Keep in mind that the deadline for the Fall Color Contest is Sept. 22. Only two transparencies may be entered by each person. The Register assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged transparencies. A self-addressed stamped envelope must accompany each entry. 2 • OES MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER/ADO. 24, 1975 (CwyrlfM 1*71 kv DM MtlMS Rtfitlwr ••* TrlfeWM CMIM*V. *H rl«M» rwrvrt.)

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