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Mon., June 25, 2012, 4 a.m.

Not everyone sees us as being No. 1

The weather cooperated Sunday afternoon as Bob and Laurie Newell celebrated their 40th year of marriage and the approximate centennial of their North Side home being built.

Asked at an open house to recall the year they spent in Australia about 25 years ago, Bob told a story to a gathering of the couple's friends.

He was teaching school there. And some of the students got into a debate about whether zero was odd or even. Someone suggested asking Mr. Newell.

They did and he assured them zero was even.

The Aussie kids who had been wrangling about the matter weighed this input. But apparently one of proponents of zero being considered an odd had qualms about Bob's qualifications to answer the question.

"He's just an American."

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