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My 22 Cents’ Worth: Dreamland: Where the Action Is

Do you like adventurous experiences, maybe with a dose of shock that startles your tranquility? If so, there is no need to visit an amusement park.

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Older But Not Wiser: The Nose Gets Lucky

The day started off great. I was taking my 3-year-old granddaughter, Summer, for a walk around the neighborhood. We were having a contest—who could spot the most birds. OK, I may have cheated a little and counted one bird twice, but she’s 3 years old has to learn the ways of the world.

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The History of Ordinary Things: The Roulette Wheel

The roulette wheel is a spinning horizontal wheel divided into 38 or 39 numbered and colored slots.

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The Armistice Day Blizzard Rocked the Nation

Nov. 11 is Armistice Day (called Veterans Day in the United States), the date in 1918 that marked the end of World War I.

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Dear Pharmacist: The Dark Side of Medicine

This month, I will explore the dark and disturbing history of medical treatments. While these methods may seem shocking and gruesome by today’s standards, they were once considered cutting-edge solutions.

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The History of Ordinary Things: Writing Tools over Time

In the Western world from the sixth to 19th centuries, most writing instruments were “quills” made from the large wing feathers of geese, swans, and later turkeys.

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The History of Ordinary Things: Opening Cans over Time

The can opener has its own unique history, but first: the can, which arrived in the late 1700s without a means of opening it.

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What to Know about September

Summer is over, school has started, and the leaves are starting to turn.

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The Last Word in Hucksterism

Motorists zooming between Los Angeles and Las Vegas today will pass a highway sign announcing a turnoff at Zzyzx (ZY-zix) Road.

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