This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.
The sixth and final video of this year's Fair - a look back at the Fair and the obligatory twilight shots of the Midway on a gorgeous late summer evening. Click on the headline of the post, and you'll be whisked off to the video. Thanks, and enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Shot on a warm sunny day - which seems like a million years ago - here's a basic, if obvious, primer on the difference between old homey fair and the shinier new additions.
This was the old Horticulture building:
Here it is now:
I like it, and I don’t. If you liked the old uncolored stone and find this gaudy, well, for heaven’s sake do not get in a Time Machine and head back to Rome or ancient Greece. They painted their temples too.
At least now we know what’s up at the top: corn.
Also changed: the letters. They’ve lost that blue-white-green look that used to be a Fair trademark. I’m guessing that’ll be phased out everywhere. If it hasn’t already.
I mentioned the mysterious Rash in a column last week, and heard from many gratified people who’d suffered the pain and itch, wondering what the devil they picked up out there. One of the readers forwarded a letter from a doctor. For what it’s worth:
Here is a simple answer. Soil has bacteria in it and some soils have more nasty bacteria in them than others when it comes to human health. The dust that is kicked up by a large group of people circulates such bacteria and then your skin has an allergic reaction. Your skin and digestive system normally is made up of bacteria providing some positive services to the human body.
So it’s “kicked-up bacteria,” which, as Dave Barry says, would make an excellent name for a rock group. Maybe one of those country-punk bands.
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