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The Slice: Time to tick off a few readers

Let’s start with some fill-in-the-blank answers.

“Don’t twist or jerk the (     ), which may cause the mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin.”

“Tick” is what the health department press release said. But Slice readers offered alternatives.

“Politician.” – Dan Moriarty

“Neighbor’s pet iguana.” – Gary Polser

“Nurse.” – Duane Steiger

“Columnist.” – Drew Herrmann

“Caramel covered apple.” – Donna Krueger

“Leeches.” – Joyce Becker

“Marmot.” – Mike Means

Miscellaneous Slice stuff: Karen Meye is 70 and has never had a dental filling. Fluoride? Nah. She credits chewing on ice.

Mary Cayer wonders, “When did ‘healthy’ become ‘healthful’ and do you know why?”

Erin Rudders disagreed with The Slice’s assertion that wearing a bike helmet means you have stopped trying to look cool. “Safety is always sexy,” she wrote.

When setting off on a trip, the adults in the Drake family were known to sing (as best they could) “Holiday Road” from National Lampoon’s “Vacation” even if the kids did not share their enthusiasm for this tradition.

In the matter of Disneyland surprises, Vicky Kienholz reported that it wasn’t until they got there that they realized their son hated Mickey Mouse.

And over on The Slice Blog – almost 5,000 posts you have not read – a reader said that because he grew up in Rochester, N.Y., he pays attention to news about Kodak and Xerox even if it is not good.

Favorite books:

“Flyboys” by James Bradley – Jack Newcomb

“Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut – T.K. Lynch

“The Sot-Weed Factor” by John Barth – Susan Wentz Urhausen

“Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck – Shirley Kneff

“Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell – Marion Giles

From Sunday’s Slice: Nancy Chevigny-Dahlke, Nancy Robinson and others said they would have been eligible to receive a focused-motorist reward quarter because they don’t text or talk on the phone while driving.

Today’s Slice question: What picture of you do you wish did not show up on a Google search?

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