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The Slice: We’re not gonna lose any sleep over it

Everyone else can spring ahead an hour this weekend.

Be my guest. But here at The Slice, we’re staying on standard time.

OK, let’s move on.

We have a winner: About 100 readers correctly identified the movie referred to in Saturday’s column as 1957’s “The Incredible Shrinking Man.”

Quite a few noted that a scene with a spider was more memorable than one I mentioned featuring a cat.

Though there were lots of worthy competitors, I’m declaring 12-year-old Teagan Osborne the winner of the coveted reporter’s notebook. He said he enjoys watching old science fiction films with his dad.

Here’s why he won:

“I hope I win a reporter’s notebook because I want to use it as a prop in an old style sci-fi movie my brothers and I are making.”

Maybe in the future, when people refer to the Osborne Brothers, they won’t be talking about a bluegrass band but will instead be referring to a filmmaking family from Spokane.

Perhaps the boys could even make a scary movie based on Slice reader Bill Mahaney’s idea for a title, “The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper.”

Suddenly Irish: After asking about names that would sound a bit bizarre if prefaced with an O’, The Slice heard from Jeri O’ Hershberger, Janet O’Lake, Ken O’Stout, Denise O’Masiello, Deborah O’Chan, Forrest O’Schuck, Denise O’DeLeon, Dawn O’Reed-Burton, Larry O’Krueger, Rod O’Lord and the former Karen O’Hellstrom, among others.

Lynn Onley said inserting the O’ would add a lyrical flourish to her family’s theme song, Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely” – making it “O’Onley the Lonely.”

And Diane Canady said prefacing her family’s last name with an O’ might prompt people to start singing the Canadian national anthem.

Follow-up: Al Rossi has a theory about why some guys might be OK with taking directions from a feminine-voiced GPS device, as opposed to taking directions from spouses.

“If his GPS has a programmed British female voice, a guy can feel like James Bond, who, if you’ve noticed, didn’t drive anywhere with his wife.”

Additions: Countless aspects of air travel, the phosphate ban, too-loud car stereos and people who take forever to write a check for groceries were among the things readers said I omitted from a recent list of causes for complaining.

Today’s Slice question: When the two people grew up in families that used different brands, how do newly cohabiting couples decide which kind of peanut butter to buy?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail pault@spokesman.com. For previous Slice columns, see www.spokesman.com/columnists. The Looff Carrousel is one of the 25 coolest things about Spokane.

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