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Looking For That Must Have Gift?

Are you still shopping for someone special that needs that must have gift? How about considering what a must have gift is. Instead of some material item that has been manufactured overseas and whose labor force is underpaid, help out our local economy by shopping here in Eastern Iowa. I know we are in a […]

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CONTACT LENSES

Because October is Contact Lens Safety Month, Tidbits is offering up facts and history on these little visual aids. Along with an early concept of a helicopter, water-powered mills, and his extensive study of anatomy, Leonardo da Vinci is also credited with the initial concept of contact lenses. In 1508, da Vinci conceived the idea […]

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BEN-HUR

MOVIE FAVORITES:BEN-HURThe story of Ben-Hur has been a popular one since the 19th century. “Ben-Hur” was first published in the United States in 1880 by Lew Wallace, a Civil War Union General and Governor of the New Mexico Territory, and became the number one best-selling work of fiction of that century. The first movie adaptation […]

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Meham Karimi Nasseri

Mehran Karimi Nasseri was born in 1942 in Iran. His father was an Iranian doctor and his mother was a Scottish nurse working at the same hospital. In 1973, Nasseri went to Britain where he spent three years studying at the University of Bradford. Then he returned to Iran, where he got into trouble for […]

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Saving Private Ryan

Memorable MoviesSAVING PRIVATE RYAN The movie “Saving Private Ryan” is based on the real-life Niland brothers, four siblings who all served during World War II. Three of the brothers were supposedly killed in action, which caused their remaining brother to be shipped back to America so that the Niland family wouldn’t lose all of their […]

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SKYFALL

Memorable MoviesSKYFALL • Skyfall was the most financially successful of any James Bond movie in history. It had the biggest opening weekend of any previous James Bond film, and pulled in over $1 billion worldwide over the course of its run.• The opening scene, involving a motorcycle chase across rooftops, took place in Turkey. It […]

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SISTER ACT

MOVIE FAVORITES:SISTER ACT “Sister Act” wasn’t about female siblings, but rather a story of gangsters and nuns. Follow along as Tidbits delves into the particulars about this 1992 film.• Whoopi Goldberg plays the role of a lounge singer with a gangster boyfriend named Vince. When her character, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses Vince killing an informant, […]

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COVID-19

On this page you will find multiple charts and links regarding COVID-19 I'm not able to verify the facts so please use your own judgement as to the source of this information. Any items you find on this page has been approved to be used by the public. Below is a page link to another […]

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VOLKSWAGEN BEETLES

June 22 is Worldwide VW Beetle Day, and Tidbits joins the world in honoring everyone’s favorite bug!• For more than 80 years, the Volkswagen Beetle transported people here and there, the longest-produced vehicle in history. In the early 1930s, only one in 50 Germans owned a car, and an idea for a cheap, simple car […]

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THE LOVE BUG

Since June 22 is Worldwide VW Beetle Day, it’s a great time to look into the making of “The Love Bug,” released in March of 1969. • In 1961, Gordon Buford published a short story called “Car, Boy, Girl” and shortly afterward, Walt Disney purchased the rights to it. Seven years later, “The Love Bug” […]

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