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The Slice: Do they teach math in 3rd grade?

A Spokane Valley girl in Amber Parviainen’s third-grade class was all excited.

Her family was just about to celebrate a male relative’s 102nd birthday.

After the girl had shared this, a boy in the class said, “Wow, he must have been born in the ’60s!”


Parviainen noted that she herself had been born in the ’70s. So she considered asking the math-challenged boy if he thought she looked like she was in her 90s.

Oh, well. Speaking of the ’60s, if that decade taught us anything, it’s this: Never trust anyone under 10

•Though confusing, GEG isn’t the worst airport code: Sarah Wasicek noted that flying out of Fresno means having your bags tagged “FAT.”

And, as The Slice has noted, there’s an airport in Iowa that goes by SUX.

•Just wondering: In the immediate vicinity of which are you apt to see more bad driving — a high school or a retirement community?

•One nice thing about Tuesdays: Clerks and others who don’t really care about you aren’t pretending to be curious about your weekend plans.

•Tuesday quiz: Identify the Academy Award-nominated actress born in Spokane in 1921 whose career was derailed by a hunting accident.

Extra points if you can answer without Google.

Someone will win a coveted reporter’s notebook.

•Today’s spider reference: The Slice heard from a woman who said her loud reaction to seeing an arachnid occasionally makes her husband worry that their neighbors are going to think he is beating her.

•Slice answer: It wasn’t really what I asked, but one reader said KHQ’s Jennifer Kim seems smart.

•If you see The S-R’s Dave Trimmer today: Ask him to tell you about his first-hand knowledge of the hazards of bicycling in Spokane.

•Slice answers: Most respondents said buying clothes that are too small is not an effective method of inspiring weight-loss.

OK, sometimes it works, though not always in the way intended.

“My ex would buy a beautiful, expensive outfit for me in several sizes smaller than what I was wearing and hang the outfit in my closet,” wrote Pat in Colbert. “When I would starve/diet myself into the smaller size, his comment would be, ‘Now, if you could only lose five more pounds.’ Ex is the key word here.”

•Today’s Slice question: What’s the best way to help low-income families with their heating bills?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail Some people in school/team shirts they don’t really understand might be wearing donated garments.

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