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Things that make you say "hmmm"

Sometimes you just want some lighter stories with a strange twist. We expect this will be a popular place to visit on our website.

Larry Penkava: Making history takes time

Last week wasn't the first time I'd slipped into the role of accidental historian. Indeed, my professorial days go back at least 20 years. 

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Warren Dixon: Cleaning out closets is easy … or so I've heard

There are those, I'm told, who change their closets according to the weather…

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Mr. Movie: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp character endures.

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Larry Penkava: My claim to athletic fame

Am ability as a distance runner was Larry's claim to fame in high school baseball and basketball, and resulted in one somewhat “fixed” match race.

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Never say 'thank you' when given a plant

This is an old tradition that started as a superstition many years ago. It is basically you should not say thank you when you are given a plant, or it will either not grow well or it may die if you thank the giving party.

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Plastic package? Hand me the scissors

Scissors seems to be the preferred way to open most of today's packaging.

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Mr. Movie: Films about salesmen

There are plenty of good movies about salesmen.

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Where did the Ringo?

A good deed for a struggling neighbor turned into a handful of extra work.

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Mr. Movie: The Marx Brothers

The Marx Brothers used a script only as a starting point, much preferring to make it up as they went along. 

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How to raise your own maypops

Maypop fruits do make a very satisfying pop when they land upside your brother's head. But, according to one source, the name could be a corruption of the name “maracock,” which is what the Powhatan and  and Algonquin Indians called it.

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It was Sherwood 3587, in case you’re wondering

What is it with this memory thing? The brain can be defined as a mass of nerve tissue in the cranium of vertebrate animals in charge of remembering thousands of the least significant details, and occasionally something of importance.  

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Troubles by the mouthful

I’m 75 years old and still haven’t mastered the art of chewing. It seems simple. You put food in your mouth and move your jaws up and down until the morsel is ground fine enough to enter the esophagus.

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It's my way or the right way

Jimmy is officially trained in mechanics, electronics, information technology, landscaping, French cooling, martial arts, rocket science and brain surgery. I, on the other hand, am trained in none of the sciences or technologies.

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Mr. Movie: More sleepers from 2021

Mr. Movie: Finding a few sleepers from 2021 's offerings.

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Mr. Movie: Anne Heche

A look at the top movies by actress Anne Heche, who died in a tragic accident at age 53.

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It's not only nature that abhors a vacuum

Cleaning is something that doesn’t come naturally to a man. I’m certain of this. There’s something unnatural about cleaning. Dirt is natural; leaves, grit, mud, dust bunnies, clutter, all natural.

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The Movie Man: Who Said That? Part 2

The last “who said that” column was so popular (okay, three people kind of mentioned it in passing), that I decided to do another.

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One who stands her ground until death or closing time

Columnist Warren Dixon has receptionists on his mind.

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How many feet in a liter?

The rest of the world is comfortable using the metric system, but thanks to American pushback in the 60s, we don't have a clue.

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What did you do with your extra second?

If everybody got a second, does that mean there were 7 billion extra seconds out there?

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Two ... two ... two leaves in one

This was unusual, even for long-time photographer Paul Church

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The story behind Randolph Hub’s email account

Why is the Randolph Hub account not a gmail account? You'll never guess the answer.

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Yays and Boos!

Sometimes life needs some Yays and Boos.

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