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Valley travelers don’t fess up

By Paul Turner The Spokesman-Review

I‘ve been wondering about something.

When Spokane Valley residents travel to far away places, do they tell people they’re from “Spokane Valley, Washington” or do they just say “Spokane”?

•Name game (the early years): “Walking down the potato chips aisle in the grocery store the other day, I was wondering if there was ever a cave man named Og Transfat,” wrote Lawrence Killingsworth.

Hmmm. Wasn’t he one of Raquel Welch’s playmates in the ‘60s howler, “One Million Years B.C.”? No, on second thought, that was Tumak.

Finding new music you actually like: Ginnie Todd recommends www.radioparadise.com. “I’ve discovered several artists I never would have heard on Spokane radio stations,” she wrote.

Ashley K. touts www.pandora.com. “I’ve found a ton of new artists that way.”

And another reader mentioned www.magnatune.com.

Re: Thursday’s Slice: Alert reader and Marmot Lodge member Dave Stromberg and several others said that the “I got knifed in Spokane” T-shirt I saw referred to Gamma Knife neurosurgery.

Two for Tuesday: 1. So this local 8-year-old named Brock broke his leg playing soccer. His 5-year-old cousin heard about it and asked if Brock would be going to heaven. 2. What is the Inland Northwest building with the greatest number of clocks all showing different times?

Tuesday quiz: Which of the following was never an animated TV series appearing in prime time: A) “The Flintstones.” B) “Jonny Quest.” C) “Manimal.” D) “Top Cat.” E) “The Jetsons.” F) “South Park.” G) “Beavis and Butt-Head.”

Be the first to answer correctly and win a coveted reporter’s notebook.

Speaking of cartoons: Colville’s David Meadows writes: “Popeye the sailor man had a girlfriend by the name of Olive Oyl. Olive had a child by the name of Sweet Pea. My question is, who was the father of Sweet Pea?”

Scholars and DNA specialists disagree, David. Some say Bluto or Wimpy are obvious candidates. Others suggest Dick Tracy, Buck Rogers or Alley Oop could have been the father. My own hunch is that Little Orphan Annie’s Daddy Warbucks was Sweet Pea’s biological dad.

Today’s Slice question: What are the Seven Wonders of the Inland Northwest?

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