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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 9, 2006 / 9 Teves, 5766

DidJew Know?

By Marnie Winston-Macauley

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This phrase was probably on the lips of Hyman and Rebecca when in 1884, their seven-year-old, Joshua Lionel Cowen (born Cohen) attached a small steam engine to a wooden locomotive — and blew up the wallpaper. As a teen, this genius invented an electric doorbell -- then dropped the idea when his teacher at Peter Cooper Institute called it impractical. Worse, he lost a fortune selling rights to his electric flowerpot. True, it wasn't a hit -- but when the buyer, detached the tubes and marketed — the Eveready Flashlight ... oy. Finally, with a friend, Joshua launched the Lionel Manufacturing Co. in 1900. After an attempt to sell a portable electric fan, he again turned to his boyhood fascination and attached the fan's motor to a miniature wooden railroad car. This time it didn't explode. It moved. And Lionel trains was born.

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Jews have always loved shopping — almost as much as talking. And making jokes, which brings me to ...Sylvan Goldman. Who you may ask is Sylvan Goldman? The man who invented the single most important invention in retail. Sylvan Goldman, a Humpty Dumpty store owner in Oklahoma City, converted folding chairs, mounted them on wheels and introduced the first viable — shopping cart — in 1937. The cart was put on display at the State Museum of Oklahoma, in Oklahoma City.

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"Come to Papa, Bubeleh"
This was a line from one of Mickey Katz's English-Yiddish parodies. Born in 1909, the musician-comedian who Yinglishized works like, The Barber of Shlemiel and Little Red Rosenberg, was not only a brilliant talent in his own right — but papa to Joel Grey and grandpapa to Jennifer!

Once, after his opening number, an audience member stood and said,

"Hey, Katz, I saw your boy Joel last night in Cabaret. He's better than you."

"How can you say that? You haven't seen me do anything yet," Katz replied.

"I've seen enough already," said the woman.

Katz was sincerely proud of his spawn.

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This exalted title belongs, of course, to the legendary Milton Berle, born Milton Berlinger in 1908. The comic was so dubbed because his shtick on The Texaco Star Theater from 1948-1953 "sold more television sets than Montgomery Ward," according to People TV reviewer, David Hiltbrand. Known for his wisecracks, the comic also became famous for his bits in drag. What you may not know is, this was sparked by a real incident. It seems he adopted the gear to sneak into the Barbizon in New York — a women's residence. Adorned as an "attractive" roomer, he managed to get to his lady's room, where we can only assume, he un- "dressed."

P.S.: While a student and vaudeville performer, 15-year-old Berle earned extra bucks sitting for the son of fellow vaudevillian, Belle Montrose who had a babe in need of care backstage — two-year-old, Steve Allen!

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And sometimes they're not merely opinions but facts — about which we can have opinions. Oy. "Did you Know" columns wear a "Shoot Me" sign meant for the author's tuchus. For every fact, there's always a more, a not quite, a could've been, a shouldn't have been, a maybe, then maybe not ... . Especially as we go back in time. So, I've decided to print those comments that a) make me sooo wrong; b) rep a point of view worth hearing; c) provide more 411 that matters.

A reader, Mike and I have had quite an interesting dialogue on the merits of my including a piece about David Sarnoff — at all — without mentioning that, according to a number of reputable sources, including the PBS website, the "General," could be a ruthless businessman, using his enormous power at RCA to co-opt the work and patents of competitors, such as Philo Farnsworth, the first inventor to patent a completely electronic television system. Sarnoff got the gold, Farnsworth got the brush. Sure, Sarnoff did things... but, raises Mike ... are they credit-worthy given at least some of his methods.

Interesting point! Would love to hear your point of view. What do we say in 150 words when good things are done by semi-bad people ...? Hmmmm.

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"DidJEW Know?" is written by Marnie Winston-Macauley, author of the best-selling calendars (and book) "A Little Joy, A Little Oy". She's also the advice maven, "Ask Sadie", which was syndicated by Tribune Media. A former television writer, Emmy and Writers Guild nominee, Marnie is currently working on two projects on Jewish Mothers. She also serves on the Board of the Las Vegas Jewish Center for Education, Media, & the Arts.


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Pontiac saves a crafty meshuggenah; Quickie sports facts; By an emperor, he's no emperor; The proper making of an egg cream; Master-mouth tricks master-magician; Lincoln & the Jewish feat of feet

Yippie-ai-oy; for you sports fan; So Sioux me; Yiddish facts; Go figure! Vital Hebrew Bible stats; Have an eggroll, Mr. Two-Gun; Marx hits mark with Marks and Benny; A Mezuzah in Monaco? A real Jewish princess; Jews out of this world!

© 2005, Marnie Winston-Macauley