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D-6FeatureS THE CINCINNATI KNQl'IRF.R SuiKhiy, September 29. 1991 Question: Since they are already filming when Mrs. Fletcher falls, why doesn't the camera man just help her when she yells, "I've fallen and I can't get up"? Answer: Because she has cooties. Stupid CONTINUED FROM PACK D-l Question: Who empties the change from pay phones? When? Why don't we see anyone do it? Answer: "It's because they're so fast," Cincinnati Bell spokeswoman Cyndy Cantoni says. "Eight people take the money from 10,000 pay phones in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. They're in and out of there in a minute. The busiest ones in town are downtown and shopping malls," but Cantoni can't say how much they hold or when they're emptied. Security, you know. Question: When the state of Ohio finishes repairs on our roads and highways, where will they store the orange barrels? Answer: How about Barrel Hell? Actually, the state owns very few barrels; those endless stretches of barrels belong to contractors doing the work, and contractors usually rent them from highway construction-equipment firms, says Earl Francis of the Ohio Department of Transportation. Question: If you plugged up your ears, nose and mouth right before you sneezed, would your head blow up? Answer: Yeah, right, like we're really going to stand close enough to find out. According to Dr. Charles Myer III, ear-nose-throat specialist at Children's Hospital Medical Center, an explosion is unlikely. However, if one holds one's nose, there's the chance that increased pressure inside the head could perforate or rupture an eardrum. Or, in an even messier scenario, it could force secretions from the nose (you know what it means; don't make us say it) into the middle ear. Either way, it's not pretty. Question: Where did Indiana get the name Hoosier? Where did the word come from? Answer: "There are about 1,000 different explanations for it, and any one of them is good," says Carolyn Autry, assistant librarian for the Indiana Historical Society (IHS). And at least once a day, somebody calls to ask about it. The official IHS line is that general use began with the 1833 publication of John Finley's poem "The Hoosier's Nest." He spelled the word "Hoosher," but the idea's the same. Other possible sources, according to IHS: Pioneers answered a knock on the cabin door with, "Who's yere?" Rugged Indiana rivermen were often called "hushers" because they were able to "hush up" opponents by pounding them. A contractor for the Louisville and Portland canal by the name of Mr. Hoosier preferred to hire only Indiana workers, who became known as "Hoosier's men." "Hoosa" was a Native American term for "corn," and Indiana riverboatmen who hauled the corn to New Orleans were known as "hoosa men," or Hoosiers. Southerners used the word "hoosier" to describe woodsmen or rough hill folks, and one Indiana historian (Jacob Piatt Dunn) traced it to the Anglo-Saxon word "hoo," meaning high or hill, and the Cumberland (England) dialect of the same word, "hoozer." Many immigrants from Cumberland settled in the South before moving to the hills of southern Indiana, and it's logical they brought the word "hoozer" with them. Pick one. Question: Who the heck named it 53 Bank? Don't they know about but only Jockey has the Y." Question: Why do Indians in Old West movies never have facial or body hair? Answer: From Tony Perzigian, a University of Cincinnati professor of anthropology: People (Please see STUPID, Page D-7) the lowest common denominator? Shouldn't it be the 1 Bank? Answer: The reason it isn't 2h is because 53 isn't a fraction. According to spokeswoman Carolanne Tully, "The name 53 is the result of the merger of Fifth National Bank and the Third National Bank in 1908. 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