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TODAY’S WORD is lagniappe. Example: “Then, as a little lagniappe, they circle back and have her lean on her brother.” (Source: The Substitution Order” by Martin Clark, Alfred A. Knopf, 2019)

MONDAY’S WORD was delphic. It means deliberately obscure or ambiguous. Example: “They can do it in Martinsville, and I’ve been working with Dr. Wallace’s delphic assistant to have it scheduled.” (Source: The Substitution Order” by Martin Clark)

A legendary ad

You may remember this ad that was was said to have been printed years ago in the Atlanta Journal and has been remarked upon around the nation since:

“Single Black Female seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I am a very good-looking girl who loves to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping, and fishing trips and cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. Rub me the right way and watch me respond. I’ll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me. Kiss me and I’m yours. Call xxx-xxxx and ask for Daisy.” Over 15,000 men found themselves talking to the local Humane Society about an eight week-old black Labrador retriever.”

It’s good for a laugh, but meanwhile, was it a real ad? The Stroller has written to both the editor and the marketing director of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to ask, and we’ll let you know as soon as they reply.

The cat’s meow

Cat lovers, unite. The Martinsville Library will host “Krafting with Kitties” at 3 p.m. Thursday. Adoptable cats from the SPCA will be wandering around the room during this craft session in which people will make friendship bracelets from available supplies. The program is free.

Basement sale

Speaking of the SPCA, that group will host the biggest basement sale in its history, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fido’s Finds. Thousands of items, including furniture, housewares, collectibles, books, pet items and more will be for sale in the basement of the fundraising shop located at 133 E. Main St., Martinsville.

» MONDAY’S TRIVIA ANSWER: Hens do not need a rooster’s help to be able to lay eggs. Hens lay eggs whether or not they’ve had contact with a rooster. Hens who have been with a rooster will lay fertilized eggs, but as long as no hen sits on the eggs to incubate them, and most hens don’t, they just walk away a few minutes after laying an egg — what’s inside the egg doesn’t start developing into a chick.

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the word for a hen who sits on eggs to incubate them?

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