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Think You Know Everything? Think Again!

January 14, 2003

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle; a group of geese in the air is a skein. A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.A snail can sleep for three years.Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20."Almonds are a member of the peach family.An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.Crocodiles never outgrow the pool in which they live."Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10 .Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula"Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange,silver, or purple.On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.Pinocchio is Italian for "pine eye."Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and 'bump.'The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.The Bible does not say there were three wise men; it only says there were three gifts.The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life."The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.There are more chickens than people in the world.There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.Women blink nearly twice as much as men.Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.... ...now you know everything!

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Good Company

January 21, 2003

Found Bates Feuell, retired host of the rotary TV show "Good Company" and school board trustee Sharon Dulmage celebrating their shared birthdays at Kiernan's Steak House last week. In my book, excellent company.

politics

Word on the Street

January 21, 2003

I'm told that Bill Runco is about to partner up with Jamal John Hamood's law firm in Troy, Michigan and maybe even opening an office in Dearborn.

politics

Pow-Wow?

January 21, 2003

Our mayor Guido is off to Washington DC this week for the National Mayors Conference. You know, he's a big shot in that organization. Is a lunch with Tom Edwards, ace columnist for the Dearborn Times-Herald newspaper, in the works? You'll recall that Tom Edwards now resides in Washington DC and has been a "fly in the ointment" to the mayor and his staff many many times. I wonder if they're going to smoke the peace pipe??

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An American Writes...

January 31, 2003

A New Dawn

As Arab Americans, we have a great loyalty to America and appreciate our existence on this continent. We have run from tyranny and oppression in order to enjoy liberty and democracy and to make a better life for our children, whom we send to renowned colleges and universities so they can be productive citizens, armed with the knowledge great minds like Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine and Thomas Lock possessed. We pay taxes and we always keep the laws of this country in our minds and in our hearts. We look forward to establishing better relations with other political, social and religious groups.

Here in the Dearborn-Detroit area, I can say that Arab Americans own 1,500 gas stations in addition to many shops, small businesses and restaurants. They are doing well and have strong commercial ties with the big companies all over the United States. They practice their religion at mosques and churches without causing any problems. The imams and the priests teach forgiveness and love. Needless to say, Arab Americans are against terrorism and its many incarnations. Many have been here for more than a century. Their sons fought in many wars America has been involved in, giving their lives to stop the enemies of this nation. Our ancestors worked very hard to raise their families and to live in dignity.

We appreciate what we have in America. We taste liberty as the bees taste the flowers, drinking deeply. Arab Americans will be soldiers of democracy in the Arab world. We might even get killed because the Arab world does not even like the word "democracy".

America needs this great homogenous society. The Puritans and the great American thinkers built their principles based on charity, sharing, love and equality for everybody, regardless of their ethnic background. Really, now is the time to let the light of a new dawn of forgiveness and love enter our minds and spirits in order to build a strong America and let it be always shining city over the mountains.

- Ghassan Berry

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Readers write...

February 4, 2003

Hi Russ,
I just wanted to let you know that we get a pleasure in reading the goings-on in Dearborn and other articles on your website. We both worked for the City of Dearborn and now live in the Seattle, Washington area....it brings back feeling of home. Thanks.
Jack and Krystn McArthur

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Peek-A-Boo

February 4, 2003

Do you want to know where Bin Laden is? Well, for my money he's alive and hiding in Saudi Arabia. You'll remember that President Bush stopped talking about Bin Laden after the heavy bombing of Afghanistan. Well for my money, I'll bet a deal was cut with Bin Laden's wealthy relatives and the Saudi Royal family to keep him in a "golden cage." Don't kid yourself. Washington knows where he is and they know he's alive and contained.

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Watch for it

February 4, 2003

The Dearborn Press and Guide, responding to a criticism that it contained too much Downriver news and not enough local news, will be adding a new Sunday edition that will be devoted to Dearborn and Dearborn Heights news. Good read.

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Mayor Guido, Where's My Bobble Head Award?

February 4, 2003

I understand you're giving them out to friend and foe alike. You don't know what a bobble head is? Well, it's a great image of the Mayor, minus the potbelly. The mayor's head bobbles up and down as he rides in the back of your car holding a sign from "Your Friendly Mayor, Mayor Guido." Hey, these will be collector's items.

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Rest Easy

February 7, 2003

With the current high security alerts coming out of Washington DC, thank goodness the Dearborn schools have elaborate security measures in place. Sure we're a free society and people can come and go into our schools. But, remember that no place can take measures to make security programs 100% risk free. But, as I teach in Dearborn I can assure you that the school administration and the Dearborn police are taking all measures possible to make our Dearborn schools as safe and secure for our students as possible.

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