Written by Bob Woelk Wednesday, 13 June 2007 12:27The first few weeks of summer have passed, I have a quiz and I don’thave a group to give it to. So, you, gentle readers, shall be blessedwith my June test. The format is “true/false,” and the answers appearat the end of this column. Don’t cheat, now.Section A: Insect oddities
1. In order to catch flies, it is best to approach them with a side-to-side motion, rather than straight down.
2.The reason bugs tend to fly into lights at night is because they arepassing through the area and are blinded, crashing into the bulb.
3. In order to create a pound of webbing, it would take more than 25,000 spiders, working their little fannies off.
4. Black is the most attractive color for mosquitoes.
5. A person is more likely to get stung...
Written by Bob Woelk Wednesday, 09 May 2007 10:51Life is full of mysteries. For example, I wonder how long it will take people of Kansas to realize that the law requires that they turn on their vehicle headlights whenever there is enough moisture to require windshield wipers. I’m pretty sure that law was passed last year.
The 2007 legislature mandated for this year that teen drivers and their passengers can be stopped for not using their seatbelts. Up until now, failure to buckle up was only a secondary offense. The driver had to be stopped for some other reason in order for an officer to issue a citation for not strapping in.
This seems like a good law, but it will do no good if it is not enforced.
We made the switch at our house from cable to satellite TV about two years ago. I...
Written by Bob Woelk Wednesday, 11 April 2007 08:06Rare photo: Bob Woelk without facial hair.
“What happened?” That was my favorite response spoken by several people when they first viewed my freshly shaven face over spring break in March.
They spoke it as if there had been some terrible accident, and I had somehow gotten my upper lip and chin in the way.
Once people got over the shock of the way I looked, they invariably asked why I had done it. The simple answer was because I had worn the mustache for a full 30 years, and I wanted to see what I looked like without it. I wanted to see if I appeared younger. After all, my salt-and-pepper facial hair had become much more salty and peppery of late.
My kids (my son, the oldest, is 23) had never looked upon...
Written by Bob Woelk Tuesday, 13 March 2007 23:30I enjoy reading Marilyn vos Savant’s weekly writings in the Sunday Parade Magazine insert in the Wichita Eagle. She always offers something challenging to think about, though I seldom have a clue on her mind-bending puzzles.
This past week, she headed a different direction, however, and reported on more than 2,000 responses readers had sent in after she asked what items they would most like to “un-invent.”
Some of the choices included high heels (presumably for women), jet skis, leaf-blowers, automated telephone assistance, television, video games, bass amplifiers, neckties, car alarms and cell phones.
I agree that many of these are in fact more detrimental than helpful to society.
Jet skis, for example, may be a...
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