Up & Coming Weekly

January 01, 2019

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JANUARY 2-8, 2019 UCW 23 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM WEEKLY HOROSCOPE NEWS OF THE WEIRD by the Editors at Andrews McMeel Syndication Alternative medicine Havana, Cuba, resident Pepe Casa- nas, 78, has discovered a tried-and-true way to treat his rheumatism pain: Once a month for the last 10 years, Casanas seeks out a blue scorpion, which is endemic to Cuba, and lets it sting him. "I put the scorpion where I feel pain," Casanas told Reuters. After the sting, "It hurts for a while, but then it calms and goes and I don't have any more pain." In fact, researchers have confirmed that the scorpion's venom has anti- inflammatory and pain relief effects. It may even delay cancer growth in some patients. A Cuban pharmaceutical company has been selling a homeo- pathic pain remedy called Vidatox, made from the scorpion venom, but Casanas, a former tobacco farmer, takes the simpler route. He sometimes keeps a scorpion under his straw hat for luck, where he says it likes the shade and humidity. [Reuters, 12/14/2018] Awesome! Retired hospitality executive Rick Antosh, 66, of Edgewater, New Jer- sey, was enjoying a plate of oysters at Grand Central's Oyster Bar in New York City when he felt something hard in his mouth. "I just all of a sud- den felt something like a tooth or a filling, and it's terrifying," Antosh told PIX11 News. But when he looked at it, he realized it was a pearl. Antosh called over the floor manager to ask how often such a discovery happens and was told he'd never heard of it before. Antosh has not had the pearl appraised, but early estimates say it could be worth $2,000 to $4,000. [PIX11, 12/16/2018] Unusual tastes Karen Kaheni, 42, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England, is a heavy smoker, puffing on 60 to 80 cigarettes a day. But as she watches TV in the evening, Kaheni also eats eight cigarette butts. And, as a side dish, she eats about 9 ounces of chalk every week. Her odd addictions are related to Pica, she told the Mirror, a condition that involves eating things that aren't really food. "I have no idea what triggered it," she said. "It isn't so much the taste of the cigarette butts or the chalk that I like — it's more the texture and the crunch." When she runs out of either item, "I get quite agitated and my mouth be- gins to water." Kaheni hasn't consulted a doctor about her addiction, claiming she is too embarrassed, but she has discovered a Facebook page for others who suffer from Pica: "It makes me feel like less of a weirdo — less like I'm go- ing mad," Kaheni said. [Mirror Online, 12/13/2018] ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, even though you are not prone to wor- rying, this week some things have you feeling a bit on edge. Concentrate on what you have going right instead of what can go wrong. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, couch your ego for a little while and let a loved one get his or her way. Concede control in this and you'll find it benefits you in many different ways. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 is is a time for working smart and hard, Gemini. Your hard work will come to fruition and get you where you need to be quickly. Ask for help if the going gets too tough. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, expect to reconnect with a long-lost activity or hobby you used to love. Find things that give you pleasure and enjoy some time focusing on fun. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Retreating to the privacy and coziness of home may be tempting, Leo. However, you may have to step up and play leader or host or hostess in the days ahead. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, even though you may not be a full- fledged clairvoyant, you certainly can tap into people's thoughts to give them a start. You may need to buffer some insights. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 You have a renewed determination to improve your finances right now, Libra. Use any extra money you receive to invest in a portfolio that can keep you earning. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Trust the process of working through your feelings this week, Scorpio. Many things have been going on and you need to absorb and file things away in your mind. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 You may have more on your mind than you are willing to admit, Sagittarius. But showing vulnerability may make you seem more ap- proachable to others. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, be a true friend to someone who can use a little extra love and support. Whether you lend a helping hand or just sit and listen, your efforts will be appreciated. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, you need to push past fear and pur- sue your desires. Only then can you get ahead at work or in other areas of your life. Stop mak- ing excuses and be courageous. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, if you are in a relationship, use this week to untangle some knots. ese can be differences of opinion or financial concerns. Question: I always enjoy reading your page to find out the latest news on TV. My husband and I just finished watch- ing the first season of "e Kominsky Method" on Netflix. We thoroughly enjoyed it! We laughed and laughed — and there were some serious/sad parts too. We are in the same age bracket as Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, so we can relate. Is this series going to be renewed? We certainly hope so! — Phyllis, Murfreesboro, TN Matt Roush: I gave "e Kominsky Method" a rave review and I'm thrilled that it made the list of the AFI's Top Ten TV shows (for which I was a jury member) and did well in the Golden Globe nominations (the show received nods for Best Comedy Series and Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor). I loved this show start to finish, espe- cially its mix of the funny and the poi- gnant, and how it bravely confronts the indignities of aging with wit and heart. Douglas and Arkin are both superb, at the top of their game, and so is Nancy Travis as Kominsky's student/love in- terest, Sarah Baker as his daughter, and so on. No word yet on a second season, and Netflix is so secretive, who knows when we'll hear. But given the year- end accolades and awards buzz, I'd be shocked if there isn't a second season, as long as the stars are willing (and why wouldn't they be)? is is another high point for Chuck Lorre's career. To submit questions to TV Critic Matt Roush, go to: tvinsider.com by Damian Holbrook Cheers to the fandoms for using their powers for good. anks to some on- line uproars and tireless Twitter cam- paigns, NBC snatched up Fox's axed "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," while Netflix stepped in and saved the day after Fox stuck a pitchfork in "Lucifer" (starring Tom Ellis) and ABC impeached "Desig- nated Survivor." Well done! Jeers to ignoring the smaller shows. It's easy to be into heavily-hyped hits like "is Is Us," "Young Sheldon" and "e Good Doctor," but some under- rated gems need love, too. So make some room on the DVR (and in your heart) for standouts "All American," "God Friended Me" and "Speechless." You can thank us later.

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