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Saving lids to save womens lives

October 27, 2010

My wife purchases assorted flavors of yogurt for me: apple turnover, blueberry, cherry, lemon, peach, French vanilla and more.
For every pink lid sent to Yoplait by December 31, Yoplait will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, formerly known as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. 
Komen would have been 63 years old on October 31. She was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 30 and died in 1980.
 Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the youngest sister of Komen, has co-authored a book with Joni Rogers titled “Promise Me.”
Brinker promised Komen that she would find a way to speed up breast cancer research. Brinker launched the global movement to end breast cancer. 

1. confidante (kon-fi-DANT)
A. a promise made in confidence
B. a woman to whom secrets are confided or with whom private matters and problems are discussed
C. an award for bravery
D. None of the above

The preface reads, “Suzy and Nancy Goodman were more than sisters. They were best friends, confidantes, and partners in the grand adventure of life.” No. 1 is B.

2. mammography (mahy-MOG-ruh-fee)
A. a method of early detection
B. x-ray photography for detection of tumors
C. a useful technique in locating tumors that are too tiny to be detected by other means
D. All of the above

The noun mammography has been in the English language since 1937. The Latin word “mamma” is translated “breast” in English. Brinker and Rogers pointed out that in 1977, when Susan’s diagnosis was made, “breast cancer was still shrouded in stigma and shame. Nobody talked about early detection and mammograms.”

 3. Which one is not true of yogurt (YO-gurt)?
A. It is also spelled yoghurt.
B. It is a semisolid cultured milk food made by inoculating pasteurized milk and adding two cultures of bacteria.
C. It contains the cultures of two bacteria Lacotobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus.
D. It was first used by Seth, the son of Eve.

4. Which one is true of Yoplait?
A. It is the French name for yogurt.
B. The name came from two French dairy coops Yola and Coplait.
C. The name originally means cowbell.
D. The name originally means bacteria.

Let’s go with D for No. 2. No. 3 is D and No. 4 is B.
Last week’s mystery word means powerful, mighty, potent, and can be found within the last scene of Shakespeare’s play King Lear. The word is puissant (PYOO-uh-suhnt).
The clue for this week’s mystery word to solve means the typical or ordinary woman. The first three letters in the mystery word spell the name of the first woman.

Contact Don Vaughan at dvaughan@eastms.edu

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