Despite a recent clash of gunboats, yesterday a South Korean freighter delivered something to the North Korean port of Nampo, the first part of a trade between the two nations. What is being swapped for what?
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Monday's Question (No. 262)--"Wonder Bread?":
Michigan Gov. John Engler says it "strengthens families, stabilizes neighborhoods, builds communities, enhances self-sufficiency, and promotes personal well-being." What does?
(Question courtesy of Herb Terns.)
"Spouting platitudes."--Daniel Radosh
"Money, of course."--P. Mattick (Bobby Ballard, Karen Bitterman, and Matthew Singer had similar answers.)
"Taunting the poor."--Floyd Elliot
"Sounds to me like somebody's rethought his opposition to physician-assisted suicide."--Tim Carvell
"Really, is there anything Jack Daniels can't do?"--Brian Danenberg (similarly, Jeff Mecom)
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"Deranged militias, abandoned factories, and seething hostility to the poor, that is Michigan to me." So concludes the winning essay in the state's annual ... No , wait, sorry. That is Michigan to News Quiz participants. But to the 1960 edition of the World Book Encyclopedia, it is so much more. It is the wolverine state, "although scientists believe there were never many wolverines there," notes a cranky Willis Dunbar, author of the World Book essay. Michigan is also celebrated as the "Water Wonderland," because it has "four times as much water-covered area as any state," a curious boast, giving the impression that by the second paragraph, Dunbar is straining to find nice things to say. Michigan--surprisingly submerged! Indeed, being excessively water-covered is what sends most states whining to the federal government for emergency aid. Still, it makes a nice license plate slogan--Michigan: more water-covered than any of you bastards!--and it probably keeps down the wolverine population.
A Panacea You Can Live in Answer
Owning a home strengthens, stabilizes, builds, enhances, and promotes, said Gov. Engler, as he proclaimed June as Homeownership Month, presumably weeks ago when we were all too preoccupied with Kosovo and ourselves to notice.
As one of the month's many activities, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority sponsored an essay and drawing contest, "What My Home Means to Me," for 5- through 12-year-olds whose families purchased a home in 1998 through a MSHDA funding and loan program. The Michigan Association of Home Builders and the Mortgage Bankers Association also contributed to the festive mood of the event.
Equal Justice Extra
Over the past 24 hours, authorities on two of America's most distant shores handed down punishments to two miscreants, Capt. Joseph Hazelwood and Roughrider. A comparison:
Species of Perp
Capt. Hazelwood: Human
Weight of Perp
Capt. Hazelwood: Doesn't say, but he looks around 165, maybe 175
Roughrider: 1,700 pounds
Hurtful Slur From Insensitive Critics
Capt. Hazelwood: Boozy incompetent
Roughrider: Dangerous ruminant
Place of Crime
Capt. Hazelwood: Pristine waters of Prince William Sound
Roughrider: Pristine streets of Long Island City
Place of Punishment
Capt. Hazelwood: Anchorage, Alaska
Roughrider: Queens, N.Y.
Capt. Hazelwood: Discharging 11 million gallons of oil from the Exxon Valdez
Roughrider: Participating in unlicensed traveling Mexican rodeo
Damage Caused by Crime
Capt. Hazelwood: Despoiling 1,000 miles of shoreline and killing tens of thousands of birds and marine mammals
Capt. Hazelwood: One thousand hours of community service over five years
Roughrider: Shot 20 times by cops
Punishment, More Specifically
Capt. Hazelwood: Pick up litter in the summer
Time Between Crime and Punishment
Capt. Hazelwood: Nine years
Roughrider: A few minutes
Rejected Alternative Sentencing
Capt. Hazelwood: Jail
Roughrider: Safely immobilized with tranquilizer dart
Comments That Put It All in Perspective
Capt. Hazelwood: "He'll be doing different things each day. Tomorrow he could be cleaning parks."--Fred Fulgencio, head of Anchorage's community work service program
Roughrider: "I thought I saw a horse running down the street, then all of a sudden I noted it had horns. I said to my family, 'Honey, that's a bull.' "--Sandra Davis, eyewitness
Greg Diamond's Ongoing Extra
Participants have until Sunday to mock and deride the AFI's Greatest Legends List of movie stars by devising a TV Guide-style plot summary of a movie in which an unlikely yet equally ranked pair--for instance Kirk Douglas and Lillian Gish are both rated No. 17--might have co-starred.
No. 24 Watch of Evil--An evil scientist (Edward G. Robinson) hypnotizes a woman (Mary Pickford) and makes her think that he looks like a dashing leading man. Well-known for the catch phrase "Nyaarh, your eyes are getting heavy, nyaarh!"
Indifference to the poor, affection for drugs.