Pearls of Wisdom

This week, we offer a smorgasbord of tips selected from the many "Tip of the Day" sites on the Web.

The dean of travel, Arthur Frommer, advises in a recent tip at that you can get great shopping bargains at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Ala.

Click on Gardening Tip of the Day at to find out, for example, that "Cantaloupes are ready to harvest when the stem slips easily from the melon with slight pressure."

For foodies, there is a kitchen tip at to remind you that dried pasta keeps for two months in the box but for as long as a year in an airtight container. Vegetarians can get a recipe a day at And for decorating tips, go to, where you learn that a flat sheet with the corners knotted can make a spur-of-the-moment tablecloth.

If you plan to take the SAT, you can prepare a bit every day by going to

Health tips are at and at the American Dietetic Assn.'s site, at

Golfers get two tip sites: and For bicyclists, there is, and scuba divers can swim on over to

On a more ethereal level, the meditation tip of the day is at, including, "Enlightenment, the only cruise you can book that doesn't cost anything (it costs everything)."

Back on Earth, there is the daily banjo tip at Did you know a fanny pack filled with plastic bags makes the perfect perch for a banjo when you are playing and strolling?

Don't say you never learned anything from us.

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