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December 03, 1962
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December 03, 1962


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Many of you have returned from your annual deer hunt. Many of you came back without a deer. Many of you are discouraged. Cheer up. Listen to the story of Asael Logan of Houlton, Maine, a hunting area of a hunting state.

For the past 34 years Asael has bought a hunting license every year, starting when he was 11 years old. In that time he has fired at only three deer and never has hit one. The last person in his family to bring back a deer was Asael's father, who did it in 1928. It has been 10 years since Asael even saw a deer to fire at. Furthermore:

During hunting trips all over the southern Aroostook County area—in Oakfield, Ashland, Littleton, Linneus, and, of course, Houlton—no one in any hunting party that Asael accompanied has shot a deer.


A 10th edition of The Guinness Book of Records, compiled by England's sporting twins, Norris and Ross McWhirter, is out so that you may be kept up to date on such questions as records for piano-smashing, location of the world's lowest golf club and what people are the most severely taxed.

The record time for smashing up a piano and passing the wreckage through a ring nine inches in diameter, you may as well know now, is 14 minutes three seconds, set last year at Derby College of Technology, England. The world's lowest golf course, you might have guessed, was that of the Sodom and Gomorrah Golfing Society. Situated at Kallia, on the shores of the Dead Sea, it was 1,250 feet below sea level. However, the clubhouse burned down in 1948, leaving behind an odor of brimstone. And the most severely taxed people in the world are not us, but the Dutch, in terms of per capita, but us indeed in terms of volume.

The book is filled with such fascinating stuff but, to keep it up to date and to keep up with demand, it has been necessary to publish as many as three editions a year. As the McWhirters point out in a preface, the "absolute human speed record" in 1955, when the first edition came out, was a mere 1,650 mph. Now it is 17,650 mph.


Before Oklahoma and Missouri's football teams met, the Colorado football team, which had played both, almost unanimously picked Missouri. Oklahoma won. Last year all but one Colorado player chose Kansas over Missouri. Missouri won. In 1960 the Colorado team unanimously predicted a Missouri victory. Kansas won.

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