Q: How do we rank on the “natural amenities index?”
A: Not so hot. Our area has “very low natural amenities,” according to a 1999 U.S. Department of Agriculture study dug up by The Washington Post recently.
The rating “reflects environmental qualities most people prefer,” including mild and sunny winters, temperate summers, low humidity, topographic variation, and access to a body of water.
That’s not good for us. Of 3,111 counties nationwide, Hancock, Allen, Wood, Wyandot, Seneca, Hardin and Putnam ranked between 2,726 and 3,037.
Expect a similar rating these days. Natural amenities have not changed much in 17 years. — The Washington Post.
Q: What fish are in Van Buren Lake?
A: Expect largemouth bass, carp, bluegill, channel catfish, bullhead and crappie.
Q: How long does it take a Mexican with no special skills or a relative in the United States to move here legally?
A: It averages 23 years. — The Washington Post.
Q: Where are the most people waiting for visas to move to the United States?
A: They are in Mexico, 1.3 million; Philippines, 417,511; India, 344,208; Vietnam, 282,275; and mainland China, 260,265. — The Washington Post.
Q: What is William Dawes (1865-1951) known for?
A: It’s not enough being the 30th vice president from 1925 to 1929 under President Calvin Coolidge, and winner of the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize for work on World War I reparations, and great-great-grandson of a hero who rode with Paul Revere.
Dawes, as a Chicago banker in 1911, also wrote a tune that became a modern standard. Remember “Melody in A Major?”
In 1951, Carl Sigman added lyrics and renamed it, “It’s All in the Game.”
In 1958, a recording by R&B/pop vocalist Tommy Edwards was atop U.S. and British charts. Van Morrison, Elton John, Merle Haggard and Barry Manilow recorded it, too. — history.com.
Q: Is it dangerous when my arm or foot “goes to sleep”?
A: Your limb isn’t “sleeping.” It’s needling you to move.
“Paresthesia” is usually temporary and occurs when nerves are compressed and blood flow constricted during sleep or other times of stillness.
Numbness is “a signaling mechanism that allows your body to say you need to readjust,” said Dr. Sarah Prinsloo of the University of Texas.
When something keeps us from moving, like your hand caught under your body during a nap, our brain becomes aware of discomfort, thus bringing the situation to our conscious attention, she said.
So, like most automatic processes in the body, paresthesia helps keep us safe, in this case, by preventing tissue death. — Slate.
Q: I really like the Dear Abby and Heloise columns in The Courier. Is there a reason why they’re not there every day? — Marge Tabler, Columbus Grove.
A: We like them, too. But, on some days, we just don’t have enough room in our Family section to publish one or both. But, you’ll be seeing more of them again. — Peter Mattiace, editor.
Q: What did Vice President (1989-1993) Dan Quayle say?
A: “If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.”
Don’t risk it. Ask Just Ask, The Courier, P.O. Box 609, Findlay, OH 45839, or Send an E-mail to justask

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