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The Hoosierist: House of Horrors

“A house with this sort of stuff in its background is called a ‘psychologically affected property,’ because unlike a cracked foundation or bad electrical repairs, its impact on a buyer’s decision is purely psychological—unless there’s a big bloodstain on the living room floor that needs to be sanded out.”

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Quick Q&A With Amos Lee

“I could never really play covers. I couldn’t pick out the tunes because my ear wasn’t trained enough and I didn’t know enough chords. But I could write tunes.”

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The Hoosierist: Can The City Make People Trim Trees?

“The Hoosierist figured he would need to chat with two or three government wonks to find a definitive answer for this one. Instead, he discovered the City of Indianapolis’s municipal code absolutely obsesses over tree maintenance.”

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The Hoosierist: The Dirt On Donating Plants To The Zoo

For an outfit that keeps some 31,000 plant specimens on its property (someone, probably an intern, actually counts them), the Indianapolis Zoo is pretty discriminating when it comes to donations.

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Quick Q&A With Anderson Cooper

“We’ve been asked the size of various body parts—although I don’t know why I should be bashful about that, because our new president talked about it.”

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The Hoosierist: How Bad is Indy's Traffic?

Chronic congestion? More like a mild case of the sniffles.

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Quick Q&A with Santa (a.k.a. Terry Hilderbrand)

“I dress normally when I’m not in character, but some guys get wrapped up in it. They dress like Santa every day, and they’ll lose themselves.”

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The Hoosierist: Is There a Legal Limit on Christmas Decorations?

“You need not fear the Christmas Police, because when it comes to exterior holiday decorations, pretty much anything goes.”

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The Hoosierist: Name-Droppers

Given that places like Bray-zil, Mile-an, and Pay-roo were all founded by people who probably never heard an actual Brazilian, Milanese, or Peruvian say the words aloud, can they be faulted for not getting it exactly right?

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Quick Q&A with Lisa Loeb

“I think glasses are flattering, so I’m sticking with them. I have my own eyewear line, Lisa Loeb Eyewear. I have the best selection anyone could ever want.”

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The Hoosierist: A Tall Tail

Locally, the story contains about as much truth as the rumor that Old Lady Ferguson, who lives three blocks over, is giving out full-sized candy bars to trick-or-treaters this year.

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The Hoosierist: An Airplane Race at the Speedway?

Fans will sit in the north vista as ground-hugging aircraft blast by at 200 miles per hour.

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The Hoosierist: Gen Con, Bankers Life, and Biking

Sir Ian “Gandalf” McKellen goes for $80,000 to $100,000. And beaming in William “You Know Who He Is” Shatner will set you back $100,000.

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Quick Q&A with Colts First Round Draft Pick Ryan Kelly

“I grew up in Cincinnati, so I’m not totally unaccustomed to snow. And when it comes to challenging weather, I don’t think anything compares to the summer heat in Alabama.”

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The Hoosierist: Under the Radar

“Strip away the badass name and you’ll find a Ford Taurus with beefed-up brakes and suspension.”

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