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LETTERS • Notes on the November issue
Detroit’s Proud Tiger • He fought to save his city, and a movement followed him
The Car on the Ledge
The World BEARD & MOUSTACHE CONTEST • JASON KILEY, age 42, Viroqua, Wisconsin
LIFE in these United States
I RESOLVE TO LOSE … WAIT, IS THAT A DOUGHNUT?
HOW TO Get in Shape in the New Year • Practical tips for keeping that resolution—even if you’ve never succeeded before
A Love Without Limits • Some people thought that a couple with Down syndrome shouldn’t marry. But after 25 years, Paul and Kris Scharoun-DeForge are still going strong.
NEW STORIES AWAIT JUST FOR YOU
News FROM THE WORLD OF MEDICINE
A “Fat Bomb” for Hearts and Minds
WE FOUND A FIX • 9 TRICKS TO Improve Your Life*
LAUGHTER THE BEST Medicine
DRIVE-BY LAUGHS • What’s the funniest town in Colorado? It might be Indian Hills, home to these hill-areas road signs.
Amazing Facts About Salt
YOUR TRUE STORIES
A Flag’s Long Journey Home
FACT OR FICTION? • 25 TALL TALES THAT ARE IMPOSSIBLY TRUE AND 25 FACTS THAT ARE ACTUALLY MYTHS
Strange but Impossibly TRUE
“Facts” That Are FALSE
Humor in UNIFORM
They Gave Millions to Charity • In life, they were humble SECRETARIES, TEACHERS, and JANITORS. When they died, they were richer than anyone knew—and they GAVE MILLIONS TO CHARITY
All in a Day’s WORK
“THE NUTTY-PROFESSOR AWARD GOES TO …” • The Ig Nobel Prize is a tongue-in-cheek award given each year to actual research projects that seem—well, silly. The winners are published in a humorous periodical, Annals of Improbable Research.
The Dog That Came Back from the Dead • On a run in the Rocky Mountains, the author’s dog, Merle, fell 800 feet, injured beyond hope. But he wasn’t done yet.
HONORING LOLA, AT LAST • She had spent her life caring for our family under the most unusual circumstances. A final trip to her childhood home might help her—and my conscience—rest in peace.
AMERICA’S GREATEST ROAD SHOWS • VACATIONS ARE WONDERFUL, but these quirky roadside attractions prove that getting there is often half the fun
Guffaw & Order
ARE SURGERY CENTERS SAFE? • They are less expensive than hospitals. But when a facility isn’t equipped to handle an emergency, the consequences can be deadly.
JAZZ UP YOUR BRAIN • It sounds illogical, but you can learn to improvise better in daily life. All it takes is practice.
WORD POWER • Love is in the air on February 14, but why limit yourself to just one emotion? You’ll experience a wide range of feelings in this month’s vocabulary quiz. If you’re in the mood, check the next page for answers.
PHOTO FINISH • Your Funniest captions