Q: The new lights on Tiffin Avenue, Findlay, look great! What benefits do we derive from this upgrade? — Jack Grant, Findlay.
A: The new signals improve traffic control and help emergency responders by giving them green lights as they approach.
Specifically, installed were new mast arms, signals, cameras to monitor traffic flow, and an optical system for signal control by first responders. — Paul Schmelzer, city safety service director.
Q: What is the bright star that can be seen early mornings in the east and fairly low in the sky? — Anonymous.
A: You see the planet Venus. — Dale W. Smith, professor and planetarium director, Bowling Green State University.
Q: Are lima beans named after Lima, Ohio?
A: No, they are named for Lima, Peru, a region where they have been grown for centuries.
The most popular varieties in the United States are the Fordhook, also known as the butterbean, and the baby lima bean.
They are very nutritious, but some raw beans can be high in cyanide, and fatal.
By the way, although pronounced differently, Lima, Ohio, also is named after the Peruvian capital. — George Mateljan Foundation, Mother Nature Network.
Q: Did President John F. Kennedy mistakenly call himself “a jelly donut” in his famous “Berliner” speech nearly 51 years ago?
A: True, a “berliner” is a German word for a filled pastry, much like a “danish” is to us. But, linguists say Kennedy was clear saying, “Ich bin ein Berliner” (“I am a Berliner”), twice on June 26, 1963.
Interpreters translated the phrase and Kennedy wrote it out phonetically (“ish bin ein BearLEEner”) for his 10-minute speech in West Berlin.
He concluded it by saying, “All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin and, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words, ‘Ich bin ein Berliner.’”
The 450,000 Berliners there loved it.
Anatol Stefanowitsch, a Berlin linguistics professor, said, “Kennedy not only delivered a grammatically correct sentence, but…the only sentence that made sense there.” — Agence France-Presse.
Q: When I am using www.thecourier.com or the eCourier, do I have to log in again if I move to one or the other?
A: Yes. You are moving to a different product with its own identifying code, and our computers need to recognize that you belong there.
Q: What countries view the United States the most and least favorably?
A: In the Philippines, 85 percent see us favorably, but, in Pakistan, only 11 percent do.
Among our closest allies, we are seen favorably in Israel, 83 percent; South Korea, 78 percent; Italy, 76 percent; Canada and France, 64 percent; Japan, 59 percent; Great Britain, 58 percent; and Germany, 53 percent.
Among our biggest rivals, we are seen favorably in Russia, 51 percent; China, 40 percent; and the Palestinian territories, only 16 percent. — Pew Research Center via FactCheck.org.
Q: What did Mark Twain (1835-1910) say?
A: “In Paris, they just simply opened their eyes and stared when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language.”
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