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TODAY'S WORD is condescend. Example: "They argue that the state’s law violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments and condescends to consumers who understand what is meant when 'burger' is modified by the word 'veggie.'" (Source: "What's Meat Got to Do With It? Vegan food companies are fighting back against laws that bar them from labeling their products 'meat'" by Jonah Engel Bromwich and Sanam Yar, New York Times, July 25)

THURSDAY'S WORD was fantod. It means a state or attack of uneasiness or unreasonableness. Example: "They was all nice pictures, I reckon, but I didn't somehow seem to take to them, because ... they always gave me the fantods." (Source: "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, Chatto & Windus/Charles L. Webster and Company, 1884/85) 

About chickens

We've been looking at chickens for the past few days in The Stroller. Here is some information about them from the folks at Jones Poultry in Illinois (jonespoultry.com):

  • The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.
  • A chicken can travel up to 9 miles an hour. 
  • A chicken's body temperature normally runs at 102-103 degrees, and its heart beats 280 to 315 times a minute.
  • A rooster takes 18 to 20 breaths a minute, and a hen takes 30 to 35.
  • A rooster will attack anything it thinks will harm the hens.
  • If there isn't any roosters in a flock of hens, one of the hens may take that role. She will stop laying eggs and begin to crow.
  • A fertilized egg starts growing into a chick when it reaches a temperature of 86 degrees, but otherwise it won't.
  • McDonald's in England does not serve beef, only chicken, mutton and fish.
  • The greatest number of yolks found in one chicken egg is nine.

If you've had or have chickens, share any funny or interesting stories about them with The Stroller: Call 276-638-8801, ext. 243, or email Stroller@martinsvillebulletin.com). (Psst ... We also love funny stories about your grandchildren or kids! And anything else!)

Class reunion

The George Washington Carver Trojans Class of 1985 will have a reunion on Aug. 10 at the Dutch Inn. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and dinner will start at 6:30. The meal costs $25, which includes dinner and dessert.

Smith River clean-up

The Smith River Sports Complex, Henry County Parks and Recreation and Gateway Streetscape Foundation together are hosting a clean-up session along the Smith River, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Participants will meet at the sports complex. Dress in synthetic fabric appropriate for the weather and be prepared to get dirty. The minimum age is 12, accompanied by a legally responsible adult. People may choose weather they work on land or water. Free lunch will be served.

THURSDAY'S TRIVIA QUESTION: The chicken is thought to have originated in southeast Asia.

TODAY'S TRIVIA QUESTION: Alektrophobia is the fear of what?

Send your jokes, announcements, funny anecdotes, local observations and more to Stroller@martinsvillebulletin.com or 276-638-8801 extension 243.