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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jul 11,2007 - Curses, Foiled Again ttPolice summoned by a neighbor who suspected a burglary in an upstairs apartment in Hilton Head Island, S.C., arrested Isaac Talavera Jr., 25, whose getaway was slowed by having to call his mother to come pick him up and drive him...

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Crushable Lightweights

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 11,2007 - I’ve come across several references recently to the alleged fact that the introduction of federal automobile fuel efficiency standards in the United States has increased the number of automobile deaths. The only sources cited are “free-market”...

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jul 6,2007 - Curses, Foiled Again ttFour men surrounded a man in a parking lot in Sumter, S.C., and threatened him with a poisonous snake. The victim was unharmed, however, because the attackers fled after the snake bit one of them, according to police Chief Patty...

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Lobes of Enlightenment

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jul 6,2007 - In Chinese restaurants I always see statues of Buddha with long earlobes. I sometimes ask the folks who work there what significance this has. So far, even the Buddhists (three now) have no idea. Do you? 'Eric Bottos, via e-mailnnLong ears are part of...

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jun 29,2007 - Curses, Foiled Again ttWhen sheriff’s deputies stopped a man for speeding in Goliad, British Columbia, Canada, they pointed out that the name on his driver license didn’t match the name tattooed on his back. He produced another license with...

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The Straight Dope

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 29,2007 - You MICR, You Brought HernttWhy did banks settle on that very ’70s futuristic'and downright awful looking'font as the standard typeface for the routing and account numbers on checks? Is there something inherently superior about it? If so, why isn’t...

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jun 22,2007 - Curses, Foiled Again ttWhen a man demanded $5,000 from a bank teller in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, she informed him she could give him only $200 and that he’d have to pay a $5 transaction fee because he wasn’t a regular customer. He then...

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Home, Sweet HFA

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 22,2007 - Everyone’s always talking about how great home-field advantage is in sports, but how important is it really? The mindless stats everyone repeats about how NFL teams with home-field advantage do better in the playoffs drive me crazy'the teams earned...

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Mass. Mediums

By Cecil Adams
POSTED // Jun 18,2007 - I’ve seen history shows about the Salem witch trials and the accusing girls’ hysteria, but the narrative usually ends with the end of the trials. What happened to the accusers later? Did they recant or insist they told the truth? Were the...

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Newsquirks

By Roland Sweet
POSTED // Jun 18,2007 - Curses, Foiled Again ttPolice identified Steven Clay Stephenson, 34, as the suspect they say tried to rob a convenience store in Inwood, W.Va., by covering his face with women’s blue panties and brandishing a pistol-shaped cigarette lighter. The...
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