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For the discriminating pet's palate

Published Oct. 13, 2005

Lick Your Chops' International Accents will be out this summer with a line of internationally inspired pet treats, says Advertising Age. The fare includes French "croissants," English "crumpets," German "schnitzels" and Doggone Bagels for dogs, and Norwegian salon "kippers" and Italian "calamari" for cats.Time is money _ don't waste it

Working Woman magazine, which advises women with not a moment to waste, cites Edwin Bliss' new book, Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management. There's no reason to feel frustrated and impatient when you find yourself early for a lunch appointment or if a meeting doesn't start on time or, for that matter, when you're waiting in a hotel room for that special someone to keep a rendezvous. The efficient executive keeps on hand a "travel kit," including stationery, stamps, pen, highlighter, pocket recorder, calculator, address book, industry reports, magazines, a book from her reading pile or spare work. According to Bliss, "If people keep you waiting, it's your fault, not theirs, if your time is wasted."

Light reading for serious dieters

If you're going on a diet that involves more than calorie counting at the vending machine, watch for Diets That Work (Lowell House; $19.95), by Deralee Scanlon. The author, a registered dietitian, gives you the low-down on all the major diets, from Optifast to Weight Watchers. She discusses the pros and cons of each diet and what it will cost you. For instance, the Optifast program will cost about $500 per month, compared to $76 a month for Weight Watchers, but the differences involve more than money. Look for it this month in bookstores.

And it's free!

Bored by summer before it even starts? Looking for a new hobby? Send your name and address to Consumer Information Catalog, Pueblo, Colo. 81009. They'll send you a catalog of pamphlets on all kinds of interests, such as A Guide to Your National Forest, Backyard Bird Feeding and Introduction to Stamp Collecting.

Speaking of freebies

According to Punch, the top pharmaceutical company giveaways to doctors in the United States are: calendars and diaries, paper clips and dispenser, ballpoint pens, memo pads, comb and emery boards, key rings, dinner, frequent-flyer bonus points, weekend in Acapulco. The top giveaways to doctors in Great Britain are: Calendars and diaries, paper clips and dispenser, ball point pens, air freshener, lollipops, postage stamps, plastic model of spine, unidentified plastic objects, box of disposable gloves.

Forget bench pressing _ try ironing

Longevity magazine reports that a 130-pound woman uses up only 114 calories per hour ironing, but a 180-pound man uses up 312 calories performing the same chore for the same amount of time.

The fries have it _ and then some

Lear's says that french fried potatoes are no more fattening than french fried zucchini, and that a single serving of eggplant fried in oil can cost you 700 or more calories.

Two new family magazines debut

In spite of so many magazines biting the dust this year, there are two new magazines making their debut this month. And both are for the family. There's Family Fun (published by Jake Winebaum) and Today's Family (published by Minnesota Ink), each telling how Mom and Dad and the kiddos can have a good time.

For the over-21 crowd

"Body-licking" tequila is hot for summer, says People magazine, which provides step-by-step directions.

Find a willing partner and stick a lime wedge in his or her mouth.

Pour salt on his or her arm, neck, leg, what have you.

Lick off the salt.

Remove lime wedge from your partner's mouth. A strong kiss will do the job.

Retain lime wedge while drinking tequila.

Device could prevent electrocutions

Electrical appliances such as toasters, mixers and irons kill more than 300 people every year, a toll that could be sharply reduced by installation of an inexpensive device, federal officials said Tuesday. The device, which either replaces outlets or plugs into them, is called a Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter. It costs from $7 to $12, said Jacqueline Jones-Smith, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. "A GFCI protects against electrocution and prevents some electric fires and reduces the severity of others." Each year there are an average of 310 deaths by electrocution from consumer products, including 178 in the home. Deaths from electrical fires caused by appliances run close to 870, she said, and shocks and burns cause thousands of injuries. Property damage from electrical fires totals more than $1.2-billion a year. For homes that do not have the devices, mostly older homes, the commission recommends installing GFCIs in bathroom outlets, kitchen outlets near the sink, and outlets in garages.

Cheaters are in bad company

If you fudged a tad on your income tax forms, join the crowd. According to an article in Money magazine, 75 percent of the people filing reports are cheaters, including the elderly and poor. If you're a service-industry worker, you're the most likely to cheat. Overall, rich folks cheat more than the common folk.

_ Compiled from Associated Press, Los Angeles Daily News

and San Francisco Chronicle reports