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The Way I See It

October 13, 2013
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Well, I am not going to delay this. First the good news! Yay.....the government shut down DID NOT affect this column being written at all. Not even a moment's glitch! So for all of you that love reading this, I'm sure you're relieved. But now the bad news. Sorry to those who hate this column--because the government shut down DID NOT affect this column in any way, shape or form. So there ya have it. Like I told Deb several years after we were married; the good news is you got me and the bad news is you got me! Har, Har! But now it's time to get serious!

It's "The Way I See It" test time. Readers of this column are expected to be above average in looks, intelligence and trivial silliness, so try to answer these important questions if you can:

1. How many "favorite things" are listed in the song My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music?

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2. Susie's mother had three children. The first child was named April; the second was named May. What was the third child's name?

3. There are four states where the first letter of the capital city is the same letter as the first letter of the state. Can you get all four of them?

4. This is easy one for you farm guys and gals but a toughie for the city slickers; What is a "Capon?"

5. What is unique about this sentence,"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."

6. LIke riddles? "The one who builds it, sells it; the one who buys it, doesn't use it; The one who uses it, doesn't know it." What is it?

7. Can you name all seven continents? Without looking them up on your phone!!

8. If you were challenged with a million dollar prize to give the meaning of the word "flapdoodle," would you think pancake, sidewalk chalk art, an old honky tonk or just plain old nonsense?

9. Can you name the eight planets of the solar the order of their distance from the sun? Ah, put that phone away!!

10. And finally, which of these statements is false: a group of kangaroos is a mob; a group of whales is a pod; a group of bison is a keg; a group of cats is a clowder.

Bonus question: If you were to spell each number starting with "o-n-e, t-w-o, t-h-r-e-e," how many numbers would you have to spell to finally use the letter "A?"

No answers in the paper this week. I want to hear from as many of you as possible. Email me at or call me at 319-327-4640. I will give you the correct answers next week. I promise! Grand prize if you get them all correct is a "two-week, no expenses paid trip to Chelsea, Iowa!!

And That's The Way I See it! Have a great and blest week. Buy someone's lunch (maybe mine) this week!!



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