Q: Who or what was the last person or team from Findlay High School to win a state championship? — Michael J. LaRocco, Tallahassee, Fla.
A: Tyler Brown won the high jump and the 400-meter dash at last year’s state track and field championships in Division I. He competes at Eastern Michigan University.
The Trojans’ golf team won the Class AAA state boys golf championship in 1984, the same year, by the way, that Van Buren won the same title in Class A. — Sports Editor Jamie Baker.
Q: How fast must one drive through downtown Findlay before one gets a speeding ticket? I hear people bragging about driving through downtown at 35-50 mph and they don’t get a ticket, and police are on the street and still no ticket. — Jeremy Palmer, Findlay.
A: Police Chief Greg Horne wrote, “This sounds more like a complaint, so there isn’t really anything to respond to. Sorry.”
Q: What are the most- and least-reliable cars?
A: Researcher J.D. Power recently surveyed owners of 3-year-old cars about their maintenance issues last year.
The most-reliable were: Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Acura, Buick, and (tied) Honda, Lincoln and Toyota.
The least-reliable were: Mini, Dodge, Land Rover, Jeep, and Hyundai. — Automotive News, The New York Times.
Q: Who said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”?
A: Narcotics Anonymous, basic text, 1981. — National Public Radio.
Q: Is Obamacare really providing free gasoline to poor people in Detroit? — Name withheld, Findlay.
A. No. It’s a rumor that started on the satirical site Daily Currant. It sounds authoritative because it is written like a newpaper story and cites The Detroit News. At least one version is racist.
FactCheck.org of the Annenberg Public Policy Center reported, “There is nothing in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that authorizes the government to dispense free gasoline to minorities or the poor.
“The law does, however, expand Medicaid to provide health services to more poor people, and it provides a sliding scale of subsidies for health insurance to people with annual incomes between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. But, alas, no free gas.”
Q: What’s a “loggerhead,” as in, “They were at loggerheads”?
A: It’s an iron ball attached to a long handle that, when heated, was used to seal the pitch in the deck of a sailing ship. It was also a handy weapon for quarrelling crewmen.
Q: What is Ohio’s state animal?
A: The white-tailed deer.
Q: If it’s “New” Jersey, what was the “old” Jersey?
A: The Isle of Jersey, in the English Channel near France. It was the birthplace of English Vice Admiral Sir George Carteret (1610-1680), who later controlled part of New Jersey colony. The colony could easily have been called “Carteret.”
Q: What did Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) say?
A: “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency, but in the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.”
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