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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Take action. If you aren't proactive, nothing will get done. Speak up regarding financial, legal, or health matters; you will gain an opportunity to renegotiate a deal you aren't happy with. A passionate approach will pay off.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Discipline and hard work will help you gain respect and a higher position. Do the legwork, and find out facts firsthand to avoid anyone leading you astray or taking credit that belongs to you. Love is on the rise.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You have more going for you than you realize. Take advantage of an opportunity to discuss your ideas. Refuse to let a jealous friend or lover stand between you and what you want. Don't get angry; focus on getting ahead.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Get to the bottom of any situation that is causing you grief. Don't rely on others to do the work for you. Show initiative, and turn your ideas into something tangible. Now is not the time to let someone take over.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Position yourself for stardom. Focus on what you have to do to get noticed; a little effort will go a long way to add to your popularity. You can't go wrong if you are helpful, understanding, and fun to be with.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Check out your current position, and you will find a way to make improvements that will help you change your life. You will get ahead if you refuse to let others take over. Show everyone what you are capable of doing.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You must divide your attention in order to take care of everything going on around you. Don't stop or relax until you have everything under control. Letting someone else take care of your business will be your downfall.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): An investment or deal will pay off if you are prepared to wheel and deal. Be creative with your money, and you will invite new opportunities that promise greater prosperity. Don't trust anyone to do as good a job as you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A commitment may be your way of keeping the peace, but if you don't want to honor your promise, your stress level will mount. Romance may be hot, but that doesn't mean you should jump into something you aren't prepared to finish.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You will feel used and abused if you have allowed someone to dictate what you can and cannot do. Speak up. You must counter anything that someone offers that doesn't seem fair to you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Take note of what's going on around you. Don't take a pass when you should aggressively pursue your goals. Participation will give you the chance to persuade others to back your plan. Don't give up.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Rely on your intuition to make the right decision financially, medically, or legally. Look over personal papers and consider what you can do to improve your relationship with someone instrumental in helping you reach your goals.

Scientific facts that everyone should know:

• Drinking water may actually be bad for you. Studies have shown that more than 99 percent of people who die each year drank water at some point.

• The guinea pig is neither a pea nor a nut.

• A decent percentage of the world's fish population is, in fact, incapable of living underwater. These are commonly known as "dead fish."

• A duck's quack has no echo in outer space.

• Oranges are quite ironically named, as they are colorblind.

• Having a kidney removed will drastically increase your chances of suffering from kidney failure. But having both kidneys removed will virtually ensure you'll never have to worry about kidney failure again.

• Approximately 50 percent of the area beneath any class' bell curve comprises complete idiots and ass-faced suck-ups.

• Man cannot live on Top Ramen alone, and man will get scurvy if he attempts to do so (true story).

• Emus are physically incapable of walking backwards, and they're not too fond of single-barrel Scotch, either.

• The mara (a large Australian relative of the guinea pig) has been shown to urinate on potential mates, so it's really not that odd, evolutionarily speaking, and either way, Lindsey, I would appreciate you not telling that story anymore.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks his friend, J Caldwell, for collaborating on today's Ledge.

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