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Baseball season is in full swing, but it might be a very different game if Pete Browning had not broken his bat in 1884.The story of how the iconic Louisville Slugger baseball bat came to be is fascinating. According to the famous bat company’s history, it all began when the 17-year-old son of J. F. Hillerich skipped out of work one day to watch a
I have always been a fan of comics, or what I call the funny pages.  Recently I was looking at The Family Circus” by Bil Keane.  The littlest boy has a cupboard open and is looking at various boxes of food when his older brother sees him and says, “Conscience is like Mommy tellin’ you not to do somethin’, but she isn’t there.”Or as I
When Pat Riley was coaching the New York Knicks in the early 1990s, he wanted to motivate his team. The team kept the usual stats on scoring, assists, rebounds and the like, but one year Riley decided to begin measuring hustle – how many rebounds players went for even if they didn’t succeed; how many times a player would make an extra effort to
When I am asked what I would like on my tombstone, my standard reply is, “He couldn’t sleep fast enough.” For my entire life, I’ve been afraid that I will miss something, so I cheat on sleep. I can’t tell you how many years I’ve been getting by on five to six hours of sleep.After listening to “The Sleep Doctor,” I might have to reassess my
Thomas Edison’s teacher said he was a poor student. His mother was furious at that characterization and took him out of school and taught him at home.Edison gave this account of the incident in an interview published on Nov. 29, 1907: “One day I overheard the teacher tell the inspector that I was ‘addled’ and it would not be worthwhile keeping me
How many of you remember your mom or dad washing your mouth out with soap when you said a bad word and got caught lying? I don’t know if it’s still a common practice, but many people of my generation remember the awful taste this left in their mouths and dutifully passed this teaching opportunity to their children.My dad always told me, “Think

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Humorist Erma Bombeck once wrote a column titled "If I   had my life to live over." In it she offered such nuggets of wisdom as, "I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded" and "I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my

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