Q: What happened to The Cupboard, the restaurant planned at 331 S. Main St., Findlay? A sign was put up, but now the property is for sale. — Robert Dockery, Findlay.
A: The 125-year-old former Niswander Jewelers building was sold to George Phebus of Findlay, who renovated it, and equipped and furnished a restaurant on the first floor.
But Phebus, a contractor and restaurateur, belatedly decided not to give up his retirement for more restaurant work. He never opened The Cupboard.
Instead, the building is for sale for $375,000, and Phebus said the restaurant needs only a menu to start cooking.
Q: With Findlay contemplating roundabouts, shouldn’t people know who has the right of way? — Gene Patterson, North Baltimore.
A: The state Department of Transportation says roundabouts “require all entering traffic to yield at entry.”
Drivers entering a roundabout “only have to watch for traffic from the left and, if there is an adequate gap available, they can enter the roundabout without stopping.
“Once in the roundabout, drivers have the right of way, so they will not have to stop or yield to exit.”
By the way, roundabout is a British term, which, perhaps fittingly, is what Brits also call a merry-go-round. They are called “rotaries” in New England and “traffic circles” elsewhere.
Q: Where does Findlay get its drinking water? What does it do with wastewater after treatment? — Michael S. King, Findlay.
A: Blanchard River water is pumped into the city’s two reservoirs, then to the city’s treatment plant. Wastewater is treated and returned to the river downstream. — Paul E. Schmelzer, city safety-service director.
Q: What’s the longest straight stretch of interstate highway?
A: It’s 37 miles of Interstate 80 in Utah, near the Bonneville Salt Flats. — Tedium via Atlas Obscura.
Q: What countries had the most visitors illegally overstay in the United States last year?
A: Canada, 93,095; Mexico, 42,114; Brazil, 35,707; Germany, 21,394; and Italy, 17,661. — U.S. Department of Homeland Security via The Washington Post.
Q: What’s the Rosetta Stone?
A: It’s a 44- by 30-inch piece of granite-like granodiorite, discovered in 1799 by French army engineers near Rashid, or Rosetta, Egypt. It is in the British Museum in London.
Its hieroglyphics were the key to understanding the ancient Egyptian writing system.
The stone features a decree issued in 196 B.C. by Egyptian clergy and Egypt’s ruler, Ptolemy V, attesting to his generosity and devoutness.
It originally was displayed in a temple, possibly near the ancient town of Sais. It was moved to Rosetta and used in the construction of Fort Julien, where the French found it.
The decree is written three times: in hieroglyphics, used mainly by priests; in ancient Egyptian demotic, used for everyday purposes; and in ancient Greek.
Hieroglyphics died out after the 4th century and the writing system became an enigma to scholars. — history.com.
Q: What did former Vice President (1989-1993) Dan Quayle say?
A: “It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”
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