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LETTERS • NOTES ON PAST ISSUES
Dial a Rhyme
The Alligator Wrestler • A spectator at a reptile exhibit becomes part of the show when the star attraction attacks its handler
Chipping Away at Poverty
YOUR TRUE STORIES IN 100 Words
Bella and Her Butterflies • PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA
Who’s Your Favorite Furry Friend?
LIFE IN THESE United States
We Found a FIX HELPS, HACKS, & HOW TO
Know How Much to Tip • New rules of gratuities
HUMOR in UNIFORM
Pass the Peas, Please
Serving Up the Sizzle on Plant-Based Meat
All in a Day’s WORK
What Do Your Stomach Pains Mean? • Where—and how much—it hurts offer clues to what the problem might be
I TRIED IT... Hypnosis to Beat a Sugar Addiction
Ways to Build Resilience
News FROM THE WORLD OF MEDICINE
LAUGHTER THE BEST Medicine
WHERE, OH WHERE?
SURVIVED! • WHEN FACED WITH CERTAIN DEATH, YOU NEED BRAVERY, DETERMINATION—AND PLENTY OF LUCK. THE STORIES OF FOUR PEOPLE WHO LIVED TO TELL.
Growing HOPE • The world’s most famous living naturalist shares her reasons to feel optimistic
Where Have All the NURSES GONE? • The next health-care crisis could prove disastrous for patients and rural hospitals
PANDEMIC SILVER LININGS • If you wish you’d had a fast-forward button to push in March 2020, you’re not alone. But some readers found a bright side.
In TUMS We TRUST • These tiny tablets have been providing relief to overfull tummies for nearly a century
THE 14 OTHER MOST TRUSTED BRANDS
LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT • Lucky visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains are treated to dazzling light shows, courtesy of a special breed of firefly
The RD LIST • READ, WATCH, LISTEN
BRAIN GAMES • SHARPEN Your Mind
WORD POWER • Many English words include accents— think blasé, jalapeño, and château—which clue you in to pronunciation and differentiate between terms (like resume vs. résumé). Many have French roots, but we’ve featured other etymologies too. When you’re ready, turn the page, and voilà—the answers.
An Übershort Guide to These Funky Symbols
Word Power ANSWERS
Reading with Gertrude by Jenny Kroik, exclusively for Reader’s Digest