MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

In pursuit of trivia All my life I’ve been pursuing trivia. The guy who invented the game must have had someone like me in mind. For my recent birthday, I got the most fascinating book of odd facts I never knew. (Thanks, Mel!) Its title: “I Never Knew That!” Did you know (I didn’t) about […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Curious minds We’ve all learned a good deal about the Islamic religion in the past 10 years. Before 9/11, most of us had no idea it came in two flavors, Sunnis and Shiites. But curious minds want to know: why don’t the two denominations get along? So I looked it up. It goes back to […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

photo by TOM SCOTT

FYI: playing possum We all know possums pretend to be dead to avoid being eaten by bigger animals. Farm folks know that if you lay a chicken on the ground and draw a line in the dirt away from its beak, it will lie there for a while. There has been scientific study of this […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Paper or plastic? We’re faced with this question 28 billion times a year in the U.S. It started in 1883 when Charles Stilwell invented a machine to make the “SOS” (Self Opening Sack) bag. Before that they were made by hand with v-shapes. The SOS was successful but boomed with the birth of supermarkets in […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Big bucks The one with the most money almost always wins. That statement isn’t only about the third world. Unfortunately, it’s increasingly true of America. It takes big bucks to run for office (staff, travel, advertising, etc.) and elections have become battles for the bucks. It isn’t the small contributors that are worrisome. That’s the […]