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By ANDY KQBER The near—Earth asteroid, Bennn, has scientists con— sidering gas stations in space. Scientifsts are now reporting that Bennu could have a lot of water, locked in its clay surface, and that is key. A While we do not need water here on Earth, future 5 ,acrccrzsft could utilize you, >3 .' Exit-.1 z._2i”\r>au H?" .- Mtg: 531 ié'y'ili ugly: '51” mlpn. instead of H20 as found on Earth, it is HO, but water vapor can be drawn from the liydroxyl groups, and hydro— gen separated from oxygen. Hydrogen can be used as rocket fuel and the oxygen drawn for astronauts. Spacecraft can lift off from Earth, which burns a ircrtiendousamount of fuel, and refuel hydrogen from an asteroid similar in composi— tion to Bennu. This means that miners and a mining process will have to be in place so such a process is far i. l l in the future. NASA IS seeking to explore Triton. In news released late last week, NASA announced planning a mission to explore one of Neptune’s moons, Triton. , ’l’rémn it: the largest of are researchers who ueneve Triton has an ocean under its surface. For us, water is a key ingredient for the develop- ment and sustaining of life. As part of the plan, a spacecraft initially being called Trident, would be launchedandtravelto'Ititon. It would take photos, study the atmosphere and chemi- cal makeup. After Trident studies Triton, the spacecraft would explore the Kuiper Belt, a ring of icy objects found beyond Neptune. Photo Courtesy NASA SPACE PIONEER - Voyager passed by Neptune’s moon, Triton, in 1 989 and recorded geysers. This has scientists thinking there could bean ocean under the surface and they want another probe sent to Triton. Voyager 2, which launched in 1977, has been operating for over 41 years. The probe has left the helios— phere and is in interstellar space, only the second manmade object to reach interstellar space. Voyager remains in contact with Earth via the NASA Deep Space Network and, if all goes well, will continue to communication until some— time in the mid 20203. "'Il‘iton shows tantalizing hints at being active and hav- ing an ocean," said NASA sci- entist Dr. Amanda Hendrix. "It is a three-for—one target, because you can visit the Neptune system, visit this interesting ocean world, and also visit a Kuiper belt object without having to go all the Mt}! {ml there.” Voyager 2 flew past Triton in 1989 and recorded geysers that spewed nitro- gen gas. THE NIGHT sky is still offering excellent opportu- nities to View the cosmos. As always, to view celestial events, get away from bright outdoor lights. .Take a com- fortable chair. or blanket along with snacks and drinks. Finally, if you take a flashlight, keep it pointed at the ground and cover the lens as much as possible to pre- serve your night vision. What were the last words of Dr. Albert Einstein? By JACK BAGLEY didyouknowcolumn @gmall.com I don’t know where I would be without my readers. (Well, yes, I do. I’d be unemployed, most likely.) A few weeks ago I gave you the tidbit of information that “under his powdered wig, George Washington had red hair.” Recently I received a very delightful e-mail from a reader who gently took me to task about that. The writer, Gloria, told me that after reading that little item she mentioned my “fact” to someone who would know Igor Babailov. If you don’t recognize the name (I did), he’s the artist who was commis- sioned to paint a recent portrait of Washington, and thuswould be one of the foremost sources of information about old George. Mr. Babailov informed Gloria that I was in error on one point: Washington di not wear a wig. ' Yes, wigs were the “in thing” then, but it was entirely within George’s character to buck the trend. Mr. Babailov told Gloria (and she then told me) that, instead of wearing wigs, Washington powdered his own hair. So, I stand corrected once again. Since I have seen nothing to note that under the powder his hair was not a natu- ral red, as I stated, I stand by that part of the item, anyway. Thank you, Gloria, and thank all of you who take the time to let me know these things. Now, on to this week’s trivia! Did you know only ten percent of all athletes who sign professional baseball contracts make. it to the major leagues? (That’s why it’s important to have a backup plan, folks.) . you can actually play an edible Monopoly game? The game is made of chocolate and butterscotch, and can be ordered from amazon.com. (The bad part is, you can only play it once if you decide to eat it. Boardwalk must be the best-tast- ing piece.) there are exactly 216 noodles in eyery can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup? (Someone actually sits around and counts these things. Great work if you can get it.) we will never know what the last words cf the great scientist Albert Einstein (1879- 1955) were? Just before Dr. Einstein died ina Princeton, New Jersey, hospital on April 18, 1955, the scientist muttered something in his native language, German. Dr. Einstein’s nurse heard what he said, but because she did not speak German, she had no idea what it meant. (Ten bucks says his last words were, “I was just kidding all along”) there is a temple in Bangkok, Thailand, that is made of broken dishes? It stands 242 feet high. (In case you ever won- dered where all those broken dishes ended up.) character actor Edgar Buchanan (1903—1979) was nothing at all like the bum- bling hillbilly he played on television? For those who may not remember him, Buchanan played the character of “Uncle Joe” Carson on the popular 1960s series, Petticoat Junction - the only actor in the cast to appear in all 222 episodes of the series. His character was a slow-moving simpleton out for an easy buck, but Buchanan was nothing like that. He was a dentist before becoming an actor, and never let his license to practice dentistry lapse. Buchanan wanted to have a fall-back career in case acting didn’t pan out. He made his first film at age 36, and turned his dental practice over to his wife also a dentist. (And that’s Uncle Joe!) .. one of the most successful school fundraisers took place in 2014? A subur- ban Chicago high school raised more than $1,000 in less than three days, doubling their original goal. How did they do it? Well, a student began playing the song “Baby,” by Justin Bieber (born 1994), over the inter- . com over and over again. Students paid one dollar to have the song stop playing. Tibetan monks are forbidden by law from reincarnating without first register- ing with a government agency? (Talk about bureaucratic overkill! See what I did there?) if you wanted to build a real—life Death Star, as featured in the Star Wars movies, you’d better start saving up? Best estimates are that it would cost about $15.6 septillion to make or, roughly, about a trillion times all of the money in the world right now. (I find your lack of funds disturbing.) two Presidents have had police issues while in office? In 1853, Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), 14th president, was arrested and charged with running into a‘ woman with his carriage. (The case was dismissed for lack of evidence. And Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), 18th president, actually received a ticket for driving his horse and buggy too fast on a Washington street. (Presidents aren’t above the law, you know.) the winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze solid? (1 have a feeling the late January chill in the Great Lakes area had similar effects on water up that way.) in 1939, Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize? A member of the Swedish Parliament made the nomination. (Of course, we all know how that turned out.) it took five people to play Darth Vader in the Star Wars films? Yep: David Prowse (born 1935) was the man in the actual cos- tume, while James Earl Jones (born 1931) provided the Dark Lord’s distinctive voice. Both Sebastian Shaw (1905-1994) and Hayden Christensen (born 1981) provided a face when the helmet was removed. The fifth person, who did Vader’s breathing, was uncredited. Now you know! , WWMWM .mm..»u.m~m.«~mm M .. . Mm Photo Submitted E‘s‘l’als QUALlTY « Happy birthday Reb McEntire who was born this week in 1955. i5”! Entire inuslcnas spanned across numerous genres'and she is an accomplished n. a Quilt-ibis. This Week In AmericanHistory Ely ANCW KOBER Here is what happened this week in American i ii story. t Mar. Today in 1955, singer-song— writer, producer and actressl‘teba McEntire is born in McAlester, Oklahoma. McEntire was studying at Southeastern Oklahoma State University to become an elementary school teacher. Reportedly self-taught at playing the guitar and singing at local venues, she per- formed the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City where country artist Red Steaga’ll was present and performing as well. Steagallwas said to be impressed with McEntire and helped launch her career. - Mar. 29. The Baltimore Colts had played football in Baltimore for three decades, but on the night of Mar. 29, 1984, moving crews. leaded the team’s possessions and equipment into a fleet of 15 Mayflower moving trucks and headed to a new home in Indianapolis. This was done quickly to get out of .town before the Maryland General Assembly could passe bill that would have allowed Baltimore to seize ownership of the team by eminent domain «» considered by many tobe a flagrant misuse of such power. I N 0 Mar. 30. On this day in 1981, John Hinckley, .lr. attempts to assassinate ' PresidentRonaldReaganinfrontoftheHilton Hotel in Washington, DC. Hinckley fires six rounds from a .22 caliber revolver. Reagan , n l U .1 was struck in the chest by a round that rico- cheted .off an' object. Also wounded were Press Secretary James Brady, police officer Thomas Delahanty and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy. Hinckley was deter- mined insane at the time. 'Ibday Hinckley is free of incarceration. 0 Mar. 31. Fans of professional wrestling will note that on this day in 1985, the first WrestleMania took place in Madison Square Garden in New York. There were nine match- es in that first WrestleMania with the main event being Hulk Hogan and Mr. T versus Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper. 0 Apr. 1. It’s no April Fool’s joke. Today in 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne form Apple, Inc., in Cuperino, California. ' 0 Apr. 2. It was on this day in 1992 that Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted on charges of murder and racketeering after jury mem- bers deliberated for 14 hours. Gotti was sen- tenced to life in prison where he died on June 10, 2002, of throat cancer. . 0 Apr. 3. In 1943, American military intel- ligence has broken the latest Japanese mili- tary code and is reading the electronic mail. This is known to a very few select people who are deciding what to do with the information as they do not want the Japanese to suspect their code has been broken. Very soon it will make a huge difference in the fortunes of war. Tall Tales By ALEX MCRAE When Holland Ware was still a lad his grandfather convinced him to buy 30 acres of land for $150. . He’s been doing it eversince. And he hasn’t just piddled at it. A 2010 news report claimed Ware was the largest private landownereastofthe Mississippi River. He doesn’t deny it. But he never forgets he was born and raised in Hogansville, widely known as the cultural capital of the north end of Troup County, Georgia. He still has a home there. The only thing Holland has more of than land is stories. Recently, he complied those tales in a book titled The Holland M. Ware Stories. We got togeth- er recently and talked about his literary venture. DeSpitehis mother telling him to “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story,” Holland claims the yarns about his busi- . ness exploits are mostly true. Eventhe ones about the CIA running a Mississippi River cruise ship and the time he made good money on anAlabama land deal based on the advice of a Puerto Rican fortuneteller. He does, however, take issued with reports claiming that . during a tense negotiation he threatened to throw a lawyer out of a seventh floor window. “That's a lie,” he says. “It was the eighth floor.” Holland also loves to talk about the Atlanta barber who shaved a dead monkey, cut off its tail and dumped the carcass along an Atlanta Interstate. Within days, Atlanta headlines screamed, “Allen Killed in Atlanta." The best stories in Holland’s book revolve around the people he met and ran with while grow- ing in mall town Georgia. That crowd included characters named Short, Hop, Goat Eye, Catfish and Pig. One of Holland’s best bud- dies was Bluford JOnes, affec— tionately described in the book V as a “cross-eyed fireman." Holland reports that while driving his convertible through the countryside, he came upon a young woman in distress. He offered her a ride and she asked if a friend could come along. Holland agreed and was hauling them back to Hogansville when one of the women jumped in the back seat of the convert— ible and started stripping. She was removing her last stitch of clothing when they passed Bluford Jones. “It was the only time I ever saw his eyes come uncrossed," Holland says. Bluford also swore that the story that spawned the best-sell- ing book Murder in Coweta County was not true. In 1948, wealthy Merlwether County landowner John Wallace was accused - and later convict- ed - of being in Coweta County when he shot and killed a black farm worker named . Wilson ’ Turner. Bluford swears the killing did- n't happen in Coweta. He said he was out chopping cotton in neighboring Merlwether County when he saw Wallace’s car pass by and pull into a barn. Bluford swore he heard the deadly shots that took Tumer’s life. One of the witnesses who testified against Wallace at his trial was a Heard County woman named Mayhayley Lancaster, best described as “eccentric.” Mayhayley was a teacher and a lawyer and tried her hand at pol- itics before she went off the rails and started wearing a World War I Army uniform and telling for- tunes. Holland says ' he knew Mayhayley but never asked-her to dinner. Ware is a generous as he is I successful and has donated heavily to support cancer research and treatment at Emory University and at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I ‘ Financial support from Holland and his wife, Faye Hendrix-Ware, recently resulted ina new breast cancer treatment facility and the Faye Hendrix- Ware Intermediate Care Center at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. If you see Holland Ware and ask him to tell a tall tale, he might oblige. Just make sure you’re not standing between him and a pine tree. Things could get ugly. Editor’s Note: This column was written by Alex McFlae, author of "There Ain't No Gentle Cycle on the Washing Machine of Love. He writes the column for, The Newnan Times Herald and may be reached at a/axmm- area (@9me com I