———- from M. Richardson of Allegan, MI
For starters, it was invented by the famous chemist Linus Pauling. A harmless by-product of Jell-O synthesis, Vitamin C was originally thought to be simply an annoying scum at the bottom of the test tube. Then the Nobel laureate chemist found that if properly packaged and promoted as a cure for the common cold, Vitamin C could revolutionize the world of over-the-counter dietary supplements. Rumors that Pauling had drugged the Nobel committee to give him a second prize, this time for promoting world peace, are entirely unfounded. The tolerant Swede’s simply wanted to get him off his tiresome Vitamin C tirade, and hoped a second prize would do it. It didn’t.
Why do people who write instructions always leave out the word “the”? As in, “attach door to wall using hinges provided”. Does the word “the” cost that much money to print in instruction manuals?
———- from John Conery of Eugene, OR
Federal Law prohibits even the necessary use of the articles “the” or “a”. Nobody’s quite sure why such a law was passed, but it would take time away from a busy Congressional schedule to do something about it, and heaven knows we have bigger fish to fry. Preliminary research indicates that the kind of people who bother to read the instructions don’t notice the missing letters. In most cases, their anxiety level, or as most describe “the noise in their head” makes most rules of grammar and syntax irrelevant.
———- from Shannon of Langley, AFB, VA
It will, but it will grow slowly, and in a twisted manner. Seeds grown in root beer leap vigorously from seed to shoot, but soon shrivel and turn to paste. I’m excited that you’re sharing your horticultural soft drink experiments with us. I once grew several tons of radishes in a swimming pool filled with creme soda. They had a taste that was quite…unique. I eventually coated each radish with a polymer and sold them as jawbreakers. Even today there are adults who exhibit mouth and jaw deformities as a result of that unfortunate recycling decision.
———- from Rich Adams of San Jose, Ca.
It’s actually hair gel that’s glistening under those klieg lights. Moviemaking is a time-consuming process, and a shoot that begins at dawn often ends in the wee hours of the next morning. After a day of having nervous hair technicians touching up the actors’ do with spritzes and sprays, the set gets pretty slippery. Back when all shooting was done on a sound stage, they simply flushed the set with a firehose every hour or so, and let it all run down the drain. By the way, the set is gel covered during the early part of the day as well, but the angle of the sunlight makes it invisible.
When did the Latin-American countries become independent, and which type ofgovernment did they choose at the very beginning?
———- from M.Dingler fromPotsdam ofGermany