Q: Our fifth-period language arts and reading class discussed how many railroad crossings Findlay has. We couldn’t find the information. Can you help? — Roseann Jagla Halliday, teacher, Glenwood Middle School, Findlay.
A: Yes. There are 43 crossings, including 22 across CSX Corp. tracks, 15 across Norfolk Southern Corp. tracks, and six across Norfolk Southern’s Western Avenue spur to Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. — Dan L. Merkel, railroad buff extraordinaire, Findlay.
Q: There’s a building on East Lincoln Street with the name Mary Brenner on it. Was she a teacher at Lincoln School? — Ginny Orwick, Findlay.
A: Mary Brenner taught at Lincoln School in the 1950s, but she lived at 233 Prospect Ave., which once belonged to her parents, William and Lucy Brenner.
We don’t know what, if anything, she had to do with the East Lincoln Street building, which has been torn down. Perhaps readers can help. — Mark Donaldson, Hancock Historical Museum.
Q: Our state wildflower?
A: White trillium.
Q: Examples of famous people who were once postal workers?
A: The list includes:
• John Brown, postmaster, Randolph, Pa.
• Bing Crosby, clerk, Spokane, Wash.
• Walt Disney, substitute carrier, Chicago.
• Conrad Hilton, postmaster, San Antonio, N.M.
• Rock Hudson, letter carrier, Winnetka, Ill.
• Abraham Lincoln, postmaster, New Salem, Ill.
• Charles Lindbergh, contract airmail pilot.
• Knute Rockne, clerk, Chicago.
• Adlai E. Stevenson, first-assistant postmaster general. — U.S. Postal Service.
Q: Did pirates really make people walk the plank?
A: It’s doubtful. Pirates preferred flogging and marooning. If they wanted to kill someone, they could just toss him overboard without all that drama.
But fiction is another story.
“Robinson Crusoe” author Daniel Defoe, in “A General History of the Pyrates” (1724), was the first English writer to make his characters walk the plank.
Defoe had pirates run a ship’s ladder out over the waves and tell their Roman captives they were free to go. — history.com.
Q: Who said, “Well-behaved women seldom make history”?
A: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 75, coined the phrase in an academic paper as a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire. It was later the title of her 1976 book. — National Public Radio.
Q: Frank Sinatra was almost 26 when we entered World War II. Why wasn’t he in uniform?
A: Sinatra (1915-1998) was classified 4F because of a perforated eardrum, which occurred when a doctor used forceps forcibly to pull on his 13-plus-pound body during his birth in Hoboken, N.J. — Various sources.
Q: I was watching cycling on TV, and they talked about the “peloton.” What’s that?
A: Pronounced pel-uh-tahn, it is a pack of racers moving together.
In French, it meant a small ball and, in English, a small unit of soldiers. It joined cycling in the 1930s as the Tour de France grew. — dictionary.com.
Q: What did Ben Franklin (1706-1790) say?
A: “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”
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