Q: What animals did the settlers find here?
A: “The deer, panther, wolf, bear, wildcat, fox, marten, otter, polecat, beaver, groundhog or woodchuck, opossum, raccoon, hare, rabbit, (the black, grey, red, or pine) flying and ground or striped squirrel, muskrat, mink, weasel, porcupine, field mouse, deer mouse, common rat, and mouse once abounded…
“Of these, the panther, bear, wolf, wildcat, beaver, marten, deer, and porcupine are now extinct in Hancock County.
“To rid the country of the more dangerous wild beasts was the self-imposed duty of every pioneer and the fight was waged with such unrelenting vigor that, by 1840, few of them remained.
“The demand for furs was also an incentive … as well as the premiums paid on the scalps of wolves, panthers and bears, so that great quantities of game were slaughtered for the purpose of replenishing the scanty pocketbooks of the struggling settlers, who usually found this an easy mode of earning a few dollars.” — “History of Hancock County,” 1886.
Q: The American Scholar recently listed the language’s 10 best sentences. Have one?
A: From “Sula,” a novel by Toni Morrison, 1973: “It was a fine cry — loud and long — but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow.”
Q: What are the most common names for post offices?
A: In 2006, they were: Clinton, 26; Franklin, Madison and Washington, 25; Chester, 23; Marion, Greenville and Springfield, 22; and Georgetown and Salem, 21. — U.S. Postal Service.
Q: What’s the origin of the phrase “cut and run”?
A: For a fast getaway in the days of sail, a captain might cut his anchor line, or the lashes on his sails to unfurl them quickly.
Q: What’s an “eyot”?
A: It’s a small island in a river. — dictionary.com.
Q: What are baseball’s great “eras”?
A: Baseball’s great divide is about 1900, when its “pre-modern era” ended and its “modern era” began.
The earlier era had its first official game in Hoboken, N.J., in 1846 and its first pro team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, in 1869.
The “modern era” took hold with standardized rules, and the new American League in 1901.
This era is divided further.
The “dead ball era,” 1900 to 1919, was a time of pitcher-friendly rules and few home runs.
Then, the “live ball era” went through 1947. It had higher-scoring games, thanks to power-hitters led by Babe Ruth.
In the “post-war era” into the early 1960s, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and games went on television.
A few still-lesser eras followed with free agency, divisional play, and designated hitters in the American League.
Presumably, we have emerged from the “steroid era,” late 1980s to the late 2000s, when some players used drugs to play better. — history.com.
Q: Who was the first nerd?
A: Credit Dr. Seuss. The word first appeared in Theodor Seuss Geisel’s 1950 picture book, “If I Ran the Zoo.”
His nerd is not the nerd you might visualize today, but a small animal from the land of Ka-Troo. — dictionary.com.
Q: What did Ben Franklin (1707-1790) say?
A: “Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones. The difference is only in the price.”
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