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Oddball Statistics
Posted Tuesday, April 28, at 1:40 PM
Statistics are like a skimpy bathing suit -- they show too much but they hide the most important parts. The following items are from various websites containing odd statistics. 7% of Americans believe Elvis is alive. 9% of Americans reported having been in the presence of a ghost...

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Peace in Oneness
Posted Sunday, April 26, at 12:23 PM

"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home." Australian Aboriginal Proverb All is one. Every human being is a self-contained unit with a conscience of their own. ...

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Basic Astrology
Posted Monday, April 20, at 5:55 PM

The basis of astrology is that there is a correlation between the universe and human experience. It is the "science" of electromagnetism perceived before its time. "Astrology is assured of recognition from psychology, without further restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity." Carl Jung...

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Top 10 Richest People
Posted Friday, April 3, at 5:36 PM

According to Forbes -- as of March, 2015, these are the ten richest people in the world. 1) Bill Gates (age 59, USA) -- $79.2 billion He has been the richest person on the planet for 16 of the last 21 years. He co-founded Microsoft in 1975 and has been steadily selling his shares of the software company and has donated a $29.5 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (the largest private foundation in the world) which is dedicated globally to advancing healthcare and reducing extreme poverty.. ...

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High School Grads -- 50 Years Later
Posted Friday, March 27, at 1:13 PM

In 1962, I was one of 640 graduates from Robbinsdale High School, home of the mighty Robin, in the Minneapolis suburbs. In September of 2012, the 1962 RHS grads held a 50th reunion gathering at a country club in Minneapolis, followed by a gathering at the home of one of the grads the following day. I was unable to attend...

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Someone You Shouldn't Mess With
Posted Sunday, March 8, at 4:44 PM

On April 15, 2013, Rebekah Gregory, 27, was watching the race near the finish line on Boylston Street during the Boston Marathon. When a bomb blew up nearby, it blew her into the air and when she landed her leg bones were lying next to her on the sidewalk...

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April 10 Earhquake
Posted Thursday, March 5, at 12:09 PM

Nostradamus (1503 -- 1566) was a Frenchman who dispensed medicines to physicians. He was also a seer who published a collection of prophecies of the future, including the prediction of many major world events. For example, his quatrains have been said to predict the Great Fire of London, Napoleon I of France, Adolph Hitler and the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center...

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Old Disturbing News
Posted Monday, March 2, at 12:18 PM

In March of 2005, I spent eight days in a hospital coping with impatient doctors and perky nurses. I didn't get to see much on the TV news except the death of the Pope and all the surrounding hoopla. When I finally got back home and perused the Internet for some of the latest news, it was very disturbing...

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Lincoln & JFK Assassinations
Posted Wednesday, February 25, at 6:50 PM

John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln each attempted to extract American currency away from the private banking interests (who eventually formed the Federal Reserve in 1913) and back into the U.S. Treasury. The banking interests in the Kennedy years (through today) are the same intergenerational dynasty of foreign banking families in the Lincoln years, in the 1800s...

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The Y2K Bug
Posted Sunday, February 22, at 10:09 AM

I spent about eight months working on a computer contract in Memphis in 1999, leading up to the potential disaster known in the computer industry as Y2K. There were lots of rumors about what might happen if the problem couldn't be resolved. Some of the myths included:...

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Chinese New Year -- 2015
Posted Friday, February 20, at 10:25 AM

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. As with other supreme rulers of his era, he had a lot of time on his hands and was eager to impress his subjects with his superior knowledge...

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Valentine's Day -- 2015
Posted Wednesday, February 11, at 11:57 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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Odd Facts
Posted Thursday, February 5, at 11:28 AM

When I first moved into my current abode in the Land of Ark, many moons ago, I had my parents over for a barbecue. During the evening, a light bulb in the kitchen burned out. I stood on a wobbly stool that my dad was clutching to keep steady. I unscrewed the dead light bulb, passed it down to my mother who then handed me another light bulb which I then secured into place...

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Punxsutawney Phil -- 2015
Posted Monday, February 2, at 6:18 PM

Groundhog Day, 2015 -- Punxsultawney Phil was aroused somewehre in Pennsylvania early this morning -- a bit grumpy -- he saw his shadow which predicts 6 more weeks of winter. I saw my shadow this morning too -- a bit grumpy -- and predicted the Minnesota Vikings would win the Super Bowl when Hell freezes over...

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Marilyn Monroe -- The Sequel
Posted Sunday, February 1, at 5:03 PM

In April of 2007, I wrote a newspaper column about a woman in Toronto named Sherrie Lea Laird who had been deemed to be the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe by a psychiatrist who specialized in hypnotic regression therapy. It turned out to be one of the major turning points in my life...

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Savoring the Journey
Posted Saturday, January 17, at 2:31 PM

As often happens in the course of human events, 2014 was about as predictable as the time and place of the next meeting of the Galactic Federation of the Parallel Universe. The New Year, 2015, is now upon us and we're all along for the ride. The journey may be a pleasant one or a hundred miles an hour down a dead-end street, often depending on your point of view...

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What to Eat When
Posted Sunday, January 11, at 3:17 PM

Dr. George Goodheart (1918 - 2008) was a chiropractor who founded applied kinesiology. In 1964, Dr. Goodheart discovered a correlation between muscles reacting in a strong or weak way when his patients came in contact with certain foods, nutrients or chemicals, regardless of their age or gender...

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Czar of the King Petition
Posted Saturday, January 3, at 6:23 PM

Many moons ago, I was blundering my way through life at Robbinsdale High School, in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. One of my best friends in those days, and subsequent years, was a fellow classmate who was also blundering his way through life...

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New Year 2015 & 100 Years Ago
Posted Saturday, December 27, at 11:43 AM

The new year of 2015 is upon us -- how did it get so late so soon?? The following events took place in 100 years ago -- in 1915: Jan 9 -- Pancho Villa (Mexico) signed a treaty with the USA halting border conflicts. Jan 12 -- The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote...

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Santa's Reindeer
Posted Tuesday, December 23, at 5:39 PM

When I was a kid, I was told that Santa's reindeer were named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. Not true -- those are only nicknames to make it easier to come up with Christmas jingles. Their real names were Humpty, Dumpty, Grumpy, Larry, Moe, Curly, Jasper Lamar Crabb and Cher...

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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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