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Column: Hodge-Podge July 2021
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Buster Beckham

This article would be described under the classification of a collection of hodge-podge.

Have you ever noticed that many older homes have their porch ceiling painted a light blue color? There is an old Gullah belief that haints, restless spirits and ghosts, will not travel across water.

What is the difference between a frankfurter and a weenie? Why do some eateries serve split hot dogs?

Your shoes are the first thing that people subconsciously notice about you. In the depression era many ladies found that the best way to polish patent leather shoes was with a biscuit.

In the Yankee clubhouse Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig would often speak to each other in German. When Hitler addressed the German nation over the radio no beer could be sold.

The U.S. armed forces won every major battle in Viet Nam. When food and trade do not cross borders ,then soldiers do. Some economists say that each American owes around $47,000 dollars to the national debt. What impact have we made in Afghanistan? How fair will the Taliban treat the Afghan women?

American troops are being moved to Jordan from Kuwait because the Kuwait government is raising the rent on our bases. Did we not save Kuwait a couple of years ago?

The way you determine reading levels is syllables per paragraph. Most newspapers are written on a high school level which is why this article includes a plethora of sesquipedalians.

In the old TV show about Mr. Ed, the horse who would speak to his friend, Wilbur, the producers would feed Mr. Ed peanut butter to make his mouth look as if he were speaking.

There are no national holidays. The federal government can determine which days that federal employees do not have to work. The choice of holidays is determined by each state.

If you know what “last lag, kills ties first” means, then you most likely have lost or won marbles.

“Is she unattractive?’ was the first question a drug counselor asked me when I asked him a question about a friend whose daughter was having a drug problem.

Look at your thumbnail. If you illegally take fentanyl less than 1 percent of the size of your thumbnail will “get you high” and any other amount may get you a death certificate. Fentanyl is a man-made drug  and its original purpose was to ease the pain of terminal patients. You may want to research China and the Mexican cartels concerning this drug that caused more than 70.000 drug related deaths last year.

Dr. George West would tell his patients to eat jellybeans the day before their surgery to help with the nausea. A couple of days before Wayne Johnson would have his chemo treatment he would open a Coca-Cola so that it would be flat. After his treatment, he would drink the Coke and then go play golf.

Thank you for your attention.

(Buster Beckham is a Camden resident and contributing columnist to the Chronicle-Independent, Camden, S.C.)