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03/26/2020

Interesting fact: We all need a break from the coronavirus. Let me be that break

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03/19/2020

Interesting fact: Derek Thompson, writing at The Atlantic, calls the presidential administration’s coronavirus efforts “a shambolic bonanza of incompetence,” and that is now my favorite five-word descriptor in the history of coronavirus. 

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03/12/2020

Interesting fact: Charities, political parties seeking donations, and political candidates are exempt from the Do Not Call registry. So call them all you please. Just don’t call them Uncle.

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03/05/2020

Interesting fact: The Black Death in the 14th century reduced the world population from 475 million to 350 million or so. Breathe easy! There is zero chance coronavirus will reduce us to anything less than 500 million.

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02/27/2020

Interesting fact: Red letter days are so called because, dating back to Roman times, calendars often indicate important dates in red ink. Or else the red ink warned of impending Roman periods. Either way.

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02/20/2020

Interesting fact: Turns out there really isn’t such thing as a sugar allergy. But there is sugar intolerance … and plenty of people who are sugar-intolerance intolerant.

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02/13/2020

Interesting fact: Worse than left-lane hogs are those too-bright LED headlights. But my internet research shows, unfortunately, that somehow those damn lights are not actually illegal.

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Feb. 6, 2020
02/06/2020

Interesting fact: There’s no agreed-upon nickname for this decade yet (surprise!) or the last one, but the Brits call the 2000s the “naughties,” and I’ve never wanted to go back in time and/or to England so badly.

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01/30/2020

Interesting fact: If you drive without your license on you, the worst that could happen is the police don’t believe you are who you say you are, and you get carted off to jail until they can ID you. No biggie. Unless you’re not who you say you are.

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01/23/2020

Interesting fact: There is no cure for the cold because 160 different strains of rhinovirus cause colds. No word on when or why we started swapping snot with rhinoceroses.

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01/16/2020

Interesting fact: Oil is a slang term for beer in Mississippi. I’m a much bigger consumer of essential oils than I ever realized.

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01/09/2020

Interesting fact: Milquetoast comes from the main character from the daily cartoon “The Timid Soul,” which started in 1925. Tell me, was 1925 technically part of the twenties?

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01/02/2020

Interesting fact: I just did some insta-research, and many peach trees are self-pollinating. So my new favorite insult is to make like a peach tree and go eff yourself.

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12/19/2019

Interesting fact: A 6-foot balled-and-burlapped Christmas tree can weigh 250 pounds. Try bringing that down the chimney.

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12/12/2019

Interesting fact: “Eating crow” likely comes from our belief, extending at least to the Middle Ages, that eating carrion eaters is as repulsive as using a public restroom.

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12/05/2019

Interesting fact: The German dub of “Die Hard” gave the German terrorists English names. No one wants to think they’re the bad guy, huh?

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11/27/2019

Interesting fact: The early version of farolitos were actually little bonfires with 3-foot stacks of criss-crossed pin?on branches. Makes a live candle in a paper sack sound pretty fire-savvy, doesn’t it?

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11/21/2019

Interesting fact: Harrison Ford reportedly never signed a contract for the original three Star Wars movies. I won’t ask him to sign anything either, if he can promise me six good years (or even six good hours).

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11/14/2019

Interesting fact: It’s garlic – not onions – that ward off vampires. This magical protection likely has its roots (get it?) in historical times, when you can’t prove to me that vampires didn’t exist.

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11/07/2019

Interesting fact: Cranberry sauce wasn’t sold until 1912, and not on the mass market until the ’40s. More proof Thanksgiving is a sham!

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