What is growing in the freezer?

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We have the goofiest ice cubes in our refrigerator at work. There are these wire looking fingers sticking straight up out of the cubes.

How can this be you say?

Well David googled it and there is an explanation for these ice spikes. Since it involves science I kind of skimmed over it since it was over my head, but you can read about this strange phenomenon on USA Today at http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/aprilholladay/2005-10-24-ice-spikes_x.htm.

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The 83rd annual Marion County Fair is just around the corner, July 24-27, and it is one of my favorite times of the year. In addition to the festive atmosphere and homemade pie, our grandsons come to town for that week.

We say it every year that we wonder when the day will come when they won?t want to come to Kansas anymore. This year isn?t that year, thankfully.

They used to say that they loved coming to Kansas because there was nothing to do in Atlanta.

We know that is different for them now that they are teenagers. Their Atlanta freedom is catching up with their Hillsboro freedom of years past.

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Speaking of the fair, it has a brand spanking new website which is definitely worth a look. To check it out go to: marion countyfairks.org.

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And check out the current Fair Book with 4-H and Open Class entry information on the Free Press website home page lower left skyscraper.

These books are also available all around the county as well as here at the Free Press.

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When I was planning to write about the auto accident our family experienced in Lincoln, Neb., on June 18, 1962, I thought it was 50 years ago this year, but it is really 51.

We had stopped for a bite to eat in a truck stop along Cornhusker Highway on our way home from a trip to Minnesota. As we were waiting at the entry to the highway, along came a big semi and plowed into us head-on and pushed us back nearly 300 feet.

The amazing thing was that nobody heard a sound because we saw it coming and must have blacked out from fright.

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I can?t believe at my advanced age I didn?t figure out sooner that stick butter from the fridge, which is very hard, can be cut easily with a paring knife. I have been fighting it with a table knife all of these years and could have avoided the problem all this time.

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I have made instant oatmeal in the microwave for years and just discovered a new time-saving method. Instead of heating it for one minute and 35 seconds I now cook it for one minute and 38 seconds because the buttons are closer together.

And you are asking yourself how can that be quicker. Well, I do other things while I am waiting for the microwave to finish.

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Every once in a while I jump in the shower while the water is still cold. Makes you appreciate the hot water all the more.

 

If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@hillsborofreepress.com.

 

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