Is it true that no country would put a black stripe at the top of its flag? Nein! Das ist nicht wahr!

Unclear on the concept
Leading to: Hmmmmmmmm (responsorial)

The November 25 Bulletin Board opened with a story from IGHGrampa: “In a shop at the Mall of America, I noticed some state-shape decorations on the wall above the display shelves.

“They had North Dakota backwards. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota — they were all the right way. But they had North Dakota up with the eastern border on the west.

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“I can still see a half-dozen girls in baby-doll pajamas, hair in brush rollers under frilly caps, on our knees on the bathroom floor like some demented coven….”

 

Now & Then (responsorial)
It’s Academic Division

Booklady: “With apologies for threats to contented dining:

Sunday’s photo of the college dissecting kit from John in Highland triggered a long-buried memory.

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NO IDEA HOW THAT HAPPENED!

Dearest Readers,

Naturally, today was the day we didn’t look at BBonward.com till midafternoon … when we discovered that what was “published” this morning was ENTIRELY WRONG! It was unedited; didn’t have headings; made no sense; et cetera, et cetera.

No idea how it happened … but can say this: The BB that should have run this morning is at BBonward.com now, under the headline “ Or it was a moment ago! Let’s hope it is now.

Highfalutin mystery.

Onward!

 

Nothing was safe from an Anti-Pack Rat on the warpath against spiders!

The Permanent Maternal Record

Tim Torkildson writes: “My mother was not a pack rat. In fact, she was the Anti-Pack Rat. If it didn’t have an immediate use or recurring purpose, out it went.

“She allowed one small cardboard box for Christmas decorations, about the size of a toaster. We kept nothing in the attic; it was a sterile facility for the storage of dust. The basement was bare as well. One lone card table leaned against a whitewashed wall in the unlikely event we had enough company over to require its use. Otherwise there was nothing but a dehumidifier and the washing machine and dryer. Not even a cabinet to store detergent, bleach, and Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing. All that stuff was placed beneath the cast-iron laundry sink, right out in plain sight.

” ‘Spiders are formed around undisturbed materials,’ she told me darkly as a child.

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“What’s this $2.08 extra on my bill?” “Well, sir, that’s money we need more than you do. You just pay it, sir.”

Our times

Reports GopherLink of Dresser, Wis.: “When my internet bill went up $2.08 without explanation, I just had to know what it was all about, so I called and was told that there was an increase in the ‘Broadband Cost Recovery Fee’ by this amount.

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If eastern North Dakota were “western North Dakota,” would you notice anything amiss?

Unclear on the concept
Leading to: Hmmmmmmmm

IGHGrampa: “In a shop at the Mall of America, I noticed some state-shape decorations on the wall above the display shelves.

“They had North Dakota backwards. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota — they were all the right way. But they had North Dakota up with the eastern border on the west.

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When grandchildren are due on the same day, continents apart, what’s a Grandma-to-be to do?

Our times
Or: The highfalutin amazements

The Gram With a Thousand Rules: “My oldest daughter, who lives in Australia, has been waiting a long time to become a grandmother, so when her daughter in Colorado gave her the long-awaited news, she knew she had to be there. She had already booked her trip to Colorado when her son informed her that his wife was also pregnant — due on the same day — in Australia. I’m told that after her first thrilled shout, as she digested the travel logistics involved, she uttered a few Grandpa Jake expletives and then muttered: ‘It will be OK. Babies never come on their due date, anyhow.’

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