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06/14/2018

Interesting fact: The banal and cliche? phrase “to coin a phrase” is almost always used, ironically enough, to emphasize a banal or cliche?d phrase.

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06/07/2018

Interesting fact: The man who brought hashtags to Twitter in the first place says, “Used sparingly, respect- fully and in appropriate measure, I think that the value generated from the use of hashtags is substantial enough to warrant their continued use.” #blessed

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05/31/2018

Interesting fact: In 2017, 45 percent of Mother’s Day shoppers gave a gift card to Mum, and they spent a total of $2.5 billion to do so. Maybe babymaking is more lucrative than I suspected.

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05/24/2018

Interesting fact: Studies suggest up to a third of all customers have stolen items at self-checkout counters. And I can’t say I blame them.

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05/17/2018

Interesting fact: Mountain lions were among the smaller big cats in the Ice Age. They got so quiet to avoid being eaten themselves. Now, they’re the top predator left here, and they’re still hush hush.

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05/10/2018

Interesting fact: Elephants aren’t naturally afraid of mice. But circus elephants learned to fear them, because rodents often chewed on their feet and tails

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05/03/2018

Interesting fact: I actually use vinegar to get rid of ants. It may not work, but the smell sure keeps me far away from the problem, which means it doesn’t exist.

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04/26/2018

Interesting fact: Bluegrass music as we know it started around 1940 with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys. Ten minutes later, the first people got tired of listening to bluegrass and walked out.

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04/19/2018

Interesting fact: Pork shoulder is a self-explanatory slice of meat. Pork butt, however, is actually just pork shoulder. #mindblown

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04/12/2018

Interesting fact: I wasn’t really sure you could buy mountain lion pee. You can. It comes in squeeze bottles. And now, my Amazon search history is forever really, really boned.

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04/05/2018

Interesting fact: CDs and vinyl records outsold digital downloads in 2017. But it’s streaming services that keep the industry afloat now. MP3s are dead. Long live MP3s.

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03/29/2018

Interesting fact: Urine is, in fact, not sterile. So don’t use it to clean your wounds. And definitely don’t sit on it.

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03/22/2018

Interesting fact: The vomit in “The Sandlot” was made from split pea soup, baked beans, oatmeal, water, and movie gel. And the chewing tobacco was made from beef jerky and licorice. Yum.

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03/15/2018

Interesting fact: There’s loads of stories for the ori- gins of “on the wagon,” but it appears one with the most veracity is that it was short for “on the water-wagon,” which were horse-drawn carts that dampened dusty dirt roads. No word on how fast the horses travel from Col- lege to 32nd.

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03/08/2018

Interesting fact: The upright bass got a boost in the 17th century when wound gut strings appeared for the first time. Hey, they had to do something with all those animals they ran over on the river trail.

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03/01/2018

Interesting fact: “Off the cuff” originated in 1938 and refers to actors and speakers who would read lines written on their shirt sleeves, rather than preparing and memorizing them. If you choose to draw a connection between this off-the-cuff fact and my work on this page, that’s on you.

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02/22/2018

Interesting fact: Actually, time runs faster at higher elevation than at lower. So I got it wrong. The important thing is that I tried. It’s all relative anyway.

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02/15/2018

Interesting fact: All-season tires are like the tennis shoes of the car world. And once you start paying atten- tion, you’ll be surprised how many tennies people wear in slushy weather.

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02/08/2018

Interesting fact: Peanut allergies cause more deadly anaphylaxis than any other food allergy. In other words, it can kill you in a Jif.

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02/01/2018

Interesting fact: It takes about two weeks after getting a flu shot for your antibodies to develop. That means, for two weeks, you still get to be a hypochondriac.

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