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Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
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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Three Army Vets
Posted Saturday, December 13, at 1:22 PM

In 1999, I tracked down a couple of guys I spent two years with in the Army back in the late 1960s. One (a former New York City slicker) lived in rural Georgia and the other (originally from Columbia, Missouri) lived in Austin, Texas. Since my place was approximately an equal distance from the two guys, I invited them to northern Arkansas for a weekend visit. They've been coming here on occasion ever since to participate in our impromptu Army reunion...

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Sixty Years Ago -- 1955
Posted Tuesday, December 9, at 12:25 PM

According to Chinese Astrology, 1955 was the Year of the Goat -- sixty years later, 2015 will also be the Year of the Goat. Those born in the Year of the Goat are serene, mild-mannered and shy -- most likely because they like spending much time in their own thoughts. 1955 was the year Steve Jobs (Apple Computer founder), Bill Gates (Microsoft founder), Mark David Chapman (killed John Lennon) and John Hinckley (attempted to assassinate President Reagan) were born...

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Movie Role Quiz
Posted Saturday, November 29, at 6:34 PM

Select the actor/actress who uttered the following line and the name of the movie 1) "Kid, the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia,' let's go someplace like Bolivia." A) Montgomery Cliff B) Bob Hope C) Paul Newman D) Ann Baxter E) Sylvester Stallone...

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Junk Science
Posted Saturday, November 22, at 2:06 PM

In 2001-2007, I wrote a weekly column for a couple of newspapers in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. In December of 2005, I wrote a column titled "Black Gold" pointing out that global warming may or may not exist, and if it does exist it may or not be caused by human beings (greenhouse gas emissions), depending on which scientific study you believed. I remained neutral in the presentation and didn't endorse one side or the other...

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Rich Fictional Characters
Posted Tuesday, November 18, at 5:29 PM

Forbes Magazine published a list of the 15 richest fictional characters -- if this is important to you, you need to get a new life. 1) Santa Claus -- This fat, jolly toy maker lives at the North Pole with a wife, a bunch of elves and some flying reindeer. ...

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11/11 -- Veterans Day
Posted Monday, November 10, at 1:49 PM

November 11 is Veterans Day. The war to end all wars officially ended at 11:00 o'clock on the morning of November 11, 1918 -- the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month -- 11/11 at 11 AM -- it would later be called World War I. The following list reflects the number of Americans who gave their lives for their country...

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The Year of the Sheep -- 1967
Posted Friday, October 31, at 2:35 PM

According to Chinese New Year tradition, 1967 was the Year of the Sheep. Looking back on it, it seems appropriate for my ordeal at the time. In April of 1966, I was drafted into the U.S. Army, for compulsory two years of military service, during what was referred to as the Vietnam Conflict...

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Dogs and People
Posted Monday, October 20, at 6:01 PM

"The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants." Johnny Depp In July of 2014, a friend of mine in Canada sent me some information on an animal shelter in Roswell, New Mexico, where "the police have now taken over the animal shelter and every day at 8 am, they are randomly selecting 6 or 8 dogs to kill, Because they can. Not because they are sick, or old,, or anything..no criteria, puppies,"...

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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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