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Speed Traps

QUESTION: Where was the first speed trap set up? ANSWER: The first speed trap was set up in 1905 when New York City Police Commissioner Bill McAdoo was caught going 12 mph in an 8-mph zone in New Hampshire. Two … Continue reading

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Which type of snake is the deadliest? 

 There is not a simple answer. It’s like asking “Who was the best baseball player ever?”  or “Who was the best president we’ve ever had?’ Lots of different ways to arrive at an answer. People will come up with different … Continue reading

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Gathering Walnuts

The Scheckel farm on Oak Grove Ridge near Seneca in Crawford County had 10 walnut trees in the hill pasture along ShortCut Road. We always looked forward to the annual gathering of walnuts in the late 1940s, early 1950. As … Continue reading

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Shuttle Challenger Accident

QUESTION: How, why, and where did the space shuttle Challenger go down in 1986? ANSWER: The Space Shuttle Challenger broke up on Tuesday, January 28, 1986 at 10:38 AM  Tomah time (CST). Launched from Kennedy Spacecraft Center, the 25th Shuttle … Continue reading

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Raising Chickens 1952

Summer 1952 on the Scheckel farm. We had a corn sheller powered by the Massey Harris ’44 tractor, stored and mounted in the small barn. We also had our own hammer mill powered by the Massey Harris ’44. The shelled … Continue reading

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Sunrise and Sunset

QUESTION December 21 is the shortest day of the year, but why don’t the earliest sunsets or latest sunrises of the year coincide with that date? ANSWER The common wisdom is that June 21, the summer solstice, is the longest … Continue reading

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Chicken Chores

(Summer of 1952 on the Oak Grove Ridge Scheckel farm) We all had chores. Phillip was responsible for the pigs. Bob tended the cattle. I took care of the chickens. Of course, there was a lot of overlap. If one … Continue reading

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