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  1. 1 day ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    The belief that air that smelled bad caused disease gave us the name of the disease malaria.

  2. 2 days ago on For Better or For Worse

    And if Elly did go to Connie’s, she may have left her boots by the door. It’s a common custom now.

  3. 4 days ago on FoxTrot Classics

    That date is hand written each time this is scheduled to be published or, in this case, re-published. Between the 2nd and 3rd panels is the copyright year, close to the date it was first published.

    I can’t read the copyright line on my computer. But, the first models of Pentium II were released in 1997, according to Google.

  4. 4 days ago on Francis

    Did I miss the introduction of Leo’s “magic hood” ? I don’t recall seeing it before.

  5. 6 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    I heard that was true of plants in general: When their leaves are damaged, they emit a chemical that attracts insects or other animals that look for insects to prey upon. The chemical message was described as “Help! I’m being eaten!”

  6. 6 days ago on Frank and Ernest

    In that poem, Bret Harte noticed a conflict between how the judge imagined life married to Maude, and how Maude imagined life married to the judge. He wrote a poem “Mrs. Judge Jenkins” in which the two are married, and regret it. That poem ends thus:

    If, of all words of tongue and pen,The saddest are, “It might have been,”More sad are these we daily see:“It is, but hadn’t ought to be.”

  7. 8 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    It’s possible to run a marathon on ice. Once the Antarctic Marathon started, there was one run at the South Pole. And, some wanted to run a marathon at the North Pole.

    The North Pole Marathon has a problem: While Antarctica has ice over land, the North Pole has ice over water — it’s floating. Between when the course is prepared, which includes snow plowing a loop around the North Pole, and the time the marathon is run, the course may have drifted.

    The participants at a marathon at the poles like to pose at the pole for a group photo. If the course for the North Pole Marathon drifts too far from the pole, the participants are given a ride to the pole for the group photo.

  8. 8 days ago on FoxTrot Classics

    St. Valentine was a priest in the early Christian Church, who was martyred on Feb. 14. AFAIK, there was nothing in his life that would make him especially associated with romance. The romantic observances of Valentine’s day came from a Roman pagan observance.

  9. 9 days ago on Luann Againn

    Memo to marketing department: A customer reports our anti-static-cling spray has another use. Introducing Nerd-B-Gone.

  10. 11 days ago on Ripley's Believe It or Not

    After being treated for cancer in his pitching arm, Dave Drevecky’s baseball career ended when his humerus snapped in mid pitch.