Q: Why were so many different types of asphalt used on Hancock County 236 this summer? — Jack Grant, Findlay.
A: Although a county road, Findlay did this work, which was dictated by the condition of the pavement and its “subgrade,” said Paul E. Schmelzer, city service-safety director.
“Tar and chip were used where possible. Thicker asphalt repairs were used where more significant failure was occurring. The goal is to most cost-effectively bridge the pavement until a full-scale repaving/overlay is completed in the future,” he said.
“It is a heavily traveled road that was falling below an acceptable level of service.”
Q: Whatever happened to Dick Celeste?
A: Celeste, 76, was governor from 1983 to 1991, after Jim Rhodes and before George Voinovich.
He is a Democrat, a graduate of Oxford and Yale, former director of the Peace Corps, ambassador to India, and lieutenant governor. He became president of Colorado College in Colorado Springs in 2002 and retired in 2011.
“Retired is the wrong word. Redirected is the right word. I call myself a senior adviser,” he told The Columbus Dispatch this year.
He holds that title for The Suddes Group, a fundraising firm based in Ostrander, Delaware County. He and his second wife, Jacqueline Lundquist, live in Colorado Springs. — Various sources.
Q: After a priest asked that he renounce Satan, what were Voltaire’s last words (1778)?
A: “Now, now, my good man, this is no time for making enemies.”
Q: Why not eat turkey eggs?
A: They taste good, but they’re expensive. One could cost about 20 times that of one chicken egg, if they had a market.
Chickens lay nearly seven eggs a week and start at five months of age. Turkeys lay only about two a week and start at seven months.
Also, chickens typically need about one-eighth the space and eat much less.
Turkey eggs are about 50 percent larger and have nearly twice as many calories and grams of fat, and four times the cholesterol.
They used to be a staple in North America. Wild turkeys roamed the continent, and archaeologists have found their egg shells at pre-Columbian camps.
Turkey egg omelettes were regular fare at New York’s Delmonico’s restaurant in the late 1800s. — Brian Palmer, Slate.
Q: How many clubs can a golfer use?
A: Up to 14.
Q: What’s a “red herring”?
A: It’s a detail or remark inserted into a discussion, intentionally or not, that sidetracks it.
It is irrelevant and often emotionally charged. Participants go after the red herring and forget the main subject. — Robert J. Gula via Martha Esbin, “Librarian’s Muse” blog, Toledo.
Q: Did Mamma Cass of “The Mammas & the Poppas” really die by choking on a ham sandwich?
A: Just the opposite. A crash diet may have contributed to her fatal heart attack in bed in a London apartment on July 28, 1974. Born Ellen Naomi Cohen, Cass was 32. — Various sources.
Q: What did linebacker (1965-1973) Dick Butkus say?
A: “When I played pro football, I never set out to hurt anyone deliberately, unless it was, you know, important, like a league game or something.”
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