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Crafty grifters, gone batty & getting pickled
Crafty grifters, gone batty & getting pickled
08/11/2022

Interesting fact: Face mask sales generated $743 million on Etsy in 2020. Bat Masks would have doubled that, easy

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Fore play, cat's pajamas and in a pickle
Fore play, cat's pajamas and in a pickle
08/04/2022

Interesting fact: The word “golf” actually derives from the Dutch word “kolf,” meaning “club.” So a five-iron is in fact a “club club.” And a rich man owns a whole bag of good old boy’s club clubs.

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In a pickle, not norm & going postal
In a pickle, not norm & going postal
07/28/2022

Interesting fact: Pickleball’s popularity is growing more than 20% a year and is the fastest-growing sport in America. Maybe the U.S. Postal Service should get involved.

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Ants in pants, fear of flying and office romance
Ants in pants, fear of flying and office romance
07/21/2022

Interesting fact: An infectious disease expert with the Mayo Clinic says you are more likely to catch a bug in the airport than on an airplane. Except, where do you think all the people on the airplane came from, hmm, Dr. Mayo? 

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Monday blackouts, soy boy and getting clean
Monday blackouts, soy boy and getting clean
07/14/2022

Interesting fact: Soy lecithin is an emulsifier, sure, but it’s a food lubricant? Not two words I usually put together outside the ol’ love shack.

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Covert blow-outs, wet spots &?ant farming
Covert blow-outs, wet spots &?ant farming
07/07/2022

Interesting fact: Coasters are also referred to as beermats in other parts of the English-speaking world, where clearly they do not drink lemonade or iced tea on warm, humid days.

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Open wide, plastic pruning & double standard
Open wide, plastic pruning & double standard
06/30/2022

Interesting fact: A recent report reports that there are, reportedly, other pencil numbers besides #2. And that the number refers to the hardness of the graphite. Someday, if I’m very lucky, I’ll meet a pencil with a #5 or #6.

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Joltin' Joe, star struck & first-world probz
Joltin' Joe, star struck & first-world probz
06/23/2022

Interesting fact: Bocce is reportedly the world’s third most popular sport, behind soccer and (this is why I say “reportedly”) golf. But you sure don’t hear Simon & Garfunkel lamenting long-lost bocce players.

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Lighten the load, avo-present & soiled saddles
Lighten the load, avo-present & soiled saddles
06/16/2022

Interesting fact: We burn about 100 calories running a mile. An avocado can have 200-300 calories. A $2 avocado therefore is still a worse bargain than gassing up your car.

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Smooth & slobbery, please hold and breaking down
Smooth & slobbery, please hold and breaking down
06/09/2022

Interesting fact: The service life of the Motorola bag phone ended in 2008 when the networks went extinct. Long live the bag phone

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Cats away, lost in translation &?real talk
Cats away, lost in translation &?real talk
06/02/2022

Interesting fact: Durango.org has an entire section on visiting town with your dog, but no mention of hiking with your cat or visiting the 5-acre cat park.

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Untucked trends, bathtub Bordeaux & pet names
Untucked trends, bathtub Bordeaux & pet names
05/26/2022

Interesting fact: The Rock started his wrestling career as Rocky Miavia, and like me, he learned to drop his last name for public appearances.

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Drawing the line, meter men & customer disservice
Drawing the line, meter men & customer disservice
05/19/2022

Interesting fact: The average business will hear from about 4% of its dissatisfied customers. Not me; I never survey people about how I’m doing.

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Do not enter, distracted driving & unwanted guests
Do not enter, distracted driving & unwanted guests
05/12/2022

Interesting fact: The 20th century was the heyday for euphemisms of the butt, the king of which is the keister (1930).

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The Animas High interns take over Rachel
The Animas High interns take over Rachel
05/05/2022

Interesting fact: In 2011, the Durango High School senior prank went haywire when the students filled the school with bales of hay, closing the school for four days after the hay released clouds of mold spores and dust.

 

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No. 2 crimes, so long yellow license plates & foul winds
No. 2 crimes, so long yellow license plates & foul winds
04/28/2022

Interesting fact: In honor of Earth Day, every answer uses the word “green.” So what if we forgot about Earth Day until after the fact?

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Scavengin' nuts, coffee OD & lameduck lobbyist
Scavengin' nuts, coffee OD & lameduck lobbyist
04/21/2022

Interesting fact: A lethal dose of caffeine is about 10 grams, or more than 100 double espresso shots. Volume wise, that’s only like 15 cans of beer. Challenge accepted.

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Stale cologne, coffee conundrum and cutting out
Stale cologne, coffee conundrum and cutting out
04/14/2022
Interesting fact: Fresh air and sunshine will do wonders for clingy odors. Tune in next week for what to do with your sun-bleached fancy dress clothes.
 
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Drinking to Ukraine, sticker shock and grand dilemma
Drinking to Ukraine, sticker shock and grand dilemma
04/07/2022
Interesting fact: I Snopes’d myself, and nope, produce stickers are edible only in the sense of “technically you can swallow it if you don’t choke on it.”
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Dodo don'ts, no pain/all gain & final plunge
Dodo don'ts, no pain/all gain & final plunge
03/31/2022

Interesting fact: The dodo bird went extinct in 1662, and while reports about the final cause of death are inconclusive, it was probably quicksand.

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