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“Coffee” came from a Turkish word.

Q. If “e” is the most common letter used in English, what’s the next most common?

A. It’s “t.”

Q. What’s the oldest manufactured food?

A. Butter.

Doctors say an injection of distilled water directly into the blood also relieves thirst. It’s low on the list of ways to do it, I believe.

Q. In 1852, a Polish druggist named Lgnacy Lukasiewicz found oil seeping from the ground and from it unwittingly distilled the first kerosene in Europe. What was he trying to make?

A. Vodka. What he wound up with was utterly undrinkable. Bah!

Q. The more money you’ve got, the more cavities you get, according to dental researchers. Why so?

A. You need enough money to go to the dentist before your cavity count is recorded. Lots of people with more cavities than coins just don’t show up in such research.

St. Bernard of Menthon is the patron saint of mountain climbers. You can associate him with the big dogs of the Alps. St. Bernard of Clairvaux lived almost a century later. He had nothing to do with them. But it was he who first said, “Love me, love my dog.”

Eighty makes of vehicles have been manufactured in Milwaukee.

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