FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 1996

Early marathoners didn’t pace themselves; they just raced. Then in the 1920s, a Finn named Paavo Nurmi trained with a stopwatch in his hand as he ran behind a trolley. In the last lap, he threw down the watch and cut loose. Nurmi led his team to numerous wins in the 1924 Olympics, and distance running immediately changed.

Violence of the home and street variety tends to go up with rising temperatures until they hit about 85 degrees. Then it drops off if the mercury continues to climb. Temperaments don’t improve in higher heat, but energy wanes, say the students of law and order.

Q. In what state does the highest percentage of teenagers smoke cigarettes?

A. West Virginia is so listed. Of grown-up smokers, Nevada.

Credit the perceptive Ron Dentinger with this: “The difference between politics and baseball is that in baseball, when you get caught stealing, you’re out.”

Most who order eggs ask for scrambled.

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