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Regular People
Posted Friday, April 18, at 12:22 PM
In 2001-2006, I was a part-time adjunct instructor at the Ozarka College in Melbourne and Ash Flat, Arkansas. One of my students once asked me what the difference was between Democrats and Republicans and regular people. This seemed like a strange sort of question, especially since I only taught computer courses...

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Kennedy & Lincoln Coincidences
Posted Saturday, April 5, at 10:02 AM

There is a remarkable set of coincidences between President John Kennedy and President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946. Lincoln was elected President in 1860. Kennedy was elected President in 1960...

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The Road Less Traveled
Posted Wednesday, March 19, at 11:35 AM

I like to collect strange facts. It keeps my fertile mind from gathering moss. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most difficult tongue twister is "The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick." In 1980, Dr. Paul Ashton, anesthetics registrar at Birkenhead General Hospital Merseyside, in England, worked a 142-hour week...

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Moving to Mexico
Posted Tuesday, February 25, at 10:14 AM

In 1980, when I was married and living in Los Angeles, my wife and I took a trip to Club Med in Playa Blanca, Mexico. We boarded a 707 passenger jet, chartered by a travel agency, on a Friday night bound for Manzanillo. To my surprise, the plane landed in La Paz on the Baja Peninsula where each passenger was given a card by the stewardess and told to fill it out. ...

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Valentine's Day
Posted Saturday, February 8, at 10:15 AM

February 14 is Valentine's Day. According to legend, Valentine was a Roman priest during the third century. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he decreed that young men were forbidden to get married...

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Groundhog Day -- 2014
Posted Sunday, February 2, at 10:23 AM

February 2nd is Groundhog Day. This is the day when grown men and women congregate outside of rodent burrows and wait patiently for a groundhog to emerge. If the groundhog sees its shadow on this day, legend has it that there will be six more weeks of winter...

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Chinese New Year
Posted Sunday, January 19, at 5:18 PM

The Chinese invented many wonderful things, such as dynamite, fortune cookies and Chinese food. They also invented astrology. In fact, the Chinese Lunar New Year is the longest chronological record in history. Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac in 2600 BC. It takes five minor cycles of 12 years each, or 60 years all together, to make one complete cycle...

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The Big Six-Oh
Posted Tuesday, January 14, at 5:57 PM

A couple of decades ago, after spending much of my life moving from city to city and state to state, I finally settled into a peaceful rural existence in the Land of Ark -- a.k.a. the Natural State, a.k.a. the Land of Opportunity. The rest of the country refers to it as Arkansas, where all the beautiful people live and time stands still...

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End of the World in 2014
Posted Tuesday, January 7, at 11:35 AM

In the year 1514, Pope Leo X proclaimed, "I will not see the end of the world, nor will you my brethren, for its time is long in the future, 500 years hence." 1514 + 500 = 2014 Perhaps Pope Leo X was just blowing off some steam -- we'll find out in the next 359 days...

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Quote Quiz -- December 2013
Posted Saturday, December 14, at 4:52 PM

1) "Don't be afraid to see what you see." A) John Wayne B) Tonto C) Ronald Reagan D) Aristotle E) Jennifer Lopez 2) "Poor is the man whose pleasure depends on the permission of another." A) Buddha B) Madonna C) Billy Bob Thornton D) Dennis Rodman E) Madame Blavatsky...

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Forsaking Integrity
Posted Thursday, December 5, at 11:45 AM

Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie once owned a restaurant in Little Rock where he became friendly with Bill Clinton who frequently visited the establishment. In 1994, a couple of years after Clinton became President, Trie moved to Washington where he opened an office in the Watergate complex and became a Democratic fundraiser...

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Too Many Toy Soldiers
Posted Friday, November 29, at 6:12 PM

Every other day, at exactly 11:30 AM, a procession of toy soldiers marches down Buckingham Palace Road in London, England, just as they have for centuries. There are dozens of toy officers on horseback, a full marching band and scores of toy foot soldiers all stepping in unison to some music meant to glorify the British Empire and save the Queen. This nonsense takes 40 minutes and is called the Changing of the Guard...

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November 22 -- 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination
Posted Wednesday, November 20, at 1:14 PM

November 22, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination -- the following text is a chapter of my book titled THE REALITY OF THE ILLUSION OF REALITY that highlights a remarkable synchronicity of the JFK assassination and UFO activity in 1947 (involving Guy Bannister & Clay Shaw)...

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USS Gerald R Ford
Posted Wednesday, November 13, at 11:07 AM

On November 9, 2013, Susan Ford Bales, daughter of former U.S. President Gerald Ford, broke a champagne bottle across the bow to christen a new $13 billion nuclear-powered next-generation aircraft carrier to the U.S. Navy fleet called the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford...

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11/11 -- Veterans Day
Posted Thursday, November 7, at 9:54 AM

November 11 is Veteran's Day, when we honor the men and women who serve in our armed forces, most of whom perform honorably with little fanfare. Some go above and beyond the call of duty. The son of a Kentucky doctor, John Bell Hood enrolled in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1849. He accumulated 196 demerits, 4 short of expulsion, and ranked 44th out of 52 in the class of 1853...

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Sharing Your Knowledge
Posted Saturday, November 2, at 5:56 PM

When I was in college, back in the 1960's, I spent lots of time trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. I wanted to be an architect or a mining engineer or a treasure hunter, depending on the mood of the day. Then I stumbled onto a brand new profession, called computer programming. It sounded technical, mysterious and lucrative. I decided to give it a try...

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Humor in the Land of Ark
Posted Tuesday, October 29, at 4:41 PM

A game warden in Fulton County recently confronted a fisherman with a bucket full of fish and asked the man if he had a fishing license. "No, sir," replied the fisherman. "These are my pet fish. Every Tuesday I take them down to the lake and let them swim around some. Then I whistle and they jump back into the bucket and I take them back home."...

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Fixing the Body
Posted Wednesday, October 23, at 10:29 AM

In May of 2012, I had a personal health problem whereby I couldn't walk 10 feet without stopping to catch my breath. I reluctantly went to the local ER and was soon admitted (after a couple of tests) into the Fulton County Hospital with congestive heart failure and blood clots on my lungs...

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Hydrogen and Stupidity
Posted Sunday, October 6, at 11:19 AM

The first two items are true stories in the news recently. A friend from Missouri sent the third item to me. I doubt if it's also a true story but in Arkansas anything is possible. Linda Burnett, 23, was visiting her in-laws in San Diego and went to a nearby supermarket to pick up some groceries. A customer who had been in the store for some time noticed Burnett sitting in her car with the windows rolled up and her eyes closed, clutching the back of her head with both hands...

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Yelling "Theater" in a Crowded Fire
Posted Saturday, September 28, at 1:01 PM

In September 2002, parliamentary elections took place in Algeria resulting in the formation of a new government. The King retained powers to appoint key ministers, including the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice. Thus, the illusion of a democracy began to take shape in the northwestern corner of the Sahara Desert...

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Bret Burquest is a former award-winning columnist for The News (2001-2007) and author of four novels. He has lived in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Kansas City, Memphis and the middle of the Arizona desert. After a life of blood, sweat and tears in big cities, he has finally found peace in northern Arkansas where he grows tomatoes, watches sunsets and occasionally shares the Secrets of the Universe (and beyond) with the rest of the world.
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