Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M.Stir

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M.Stir

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CALENDAR

DON'T LOOK NOW . . .

. . . but hurricane season officially starts Sunday. Might want to start stocking up on batteries and bottled water now, even though the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory has found that 78 percent of tropical storms, 87 percent of minor hurricanes and 96 percent of major hurricanes happen in August, September or October.

BOOKS

INDIANA WANTS ME . . .

With a new movie in theaters, Indiana Jones fans are once again dreaming of becoming thrill-seekers themselves, and now a new book, The Indiana Jones Handbook by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese (Quirk, $18.95), offers tricks of the adventurer's trade.

Survival tips include:

- How to escape when you're accidentally entombed. ("Stay calm.")

- How to lash yourself to a periscope with a bullwhip.

- How to run on top of a moving train.

- How to identify booby traps. ("When in doubt, don't touch.")

And the all-important:

- How to avoid the wrath of God.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

QUIZ

THINK YOU KNOW THE SUNSHINE STATE?

"Dr. Beach," aka Stephen P. Leatherman, a Florida International University professor, picked Caladesi Island near Clearwater as the best beach in the 2008 ranking for his annual list. How much do you know about Florida and its coastal areas?

1. What type of event brings 65,000 spectators to Fort Myers Beach every year?

A. Speed boat racing

B. Spring break

C. Sandsculpting festival

D. Triathlon

2. What famous author lived and wrote in Key West?

A. Mark Twain

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Tennessee Williams

D. Ernest Hemingway

3. What beach is considered to be the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry?

A. Fernandina Beach

B. South Beach

C. Miami Beach

D. Cocoa Beach

4. How many years before Jamestown, Va., was St. Augustine established as a colony?

A. 42

B. 55

C. 61

D. 62

5. Daytona Beach has been a draw to spring-breakers since the early '80s. …

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