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The Hoosierist: Germ Warfare

The dirty work of being a custodian has only gotten dirtier in the era of COVID-19.

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The Hoosierist: Scaling Up

Invasive fish, leaf-peeping, and film festival stars. Ask the Hoosierist.

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The Hoosierist: Winter Barbecuing

“Though firing up an outdoor grill is the signature move of barbecue establishments, any type of restaurant is free to break out the Weber.”

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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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The Hoosierist: How Bad is Indy's Traffic?

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

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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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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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The Hoosierist: Ground War

“Even if winter creeper is somehow expunged, plenty of other imported plants are busily stealing sunlight and soil from honest, hardworking, native species.”

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The Hoosierist: Making a Stand

“Try to set up a lemonade stand on park grounds any other day of the year, and you’ll get a lesson not in capitalism but in how hard it is to do anything on government land without filling out lots of forms.”

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The Hoosierist: Bald Eagles at the Fashion Mall

Pretty soon, they’ll be swooping in for French fries from the Cheesecake Factory patio.

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The Hoosierist: Painting Over Murals

The feds say a mural technically belongs to the artist for his or her lifetime plus 75 years. But here in the rain-soaked, sun-bleached real world, no outdoor painting survives that long.

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The Hoosierist: The Third Degree

In theory, pretty much anyone can do the weather. And back in Old Timey Times, pretty much anyone—including David Letterman—did.

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Hoosier Hall Of Fame: The Bicentennial Hoosierist

Q: Why is “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away” the state song instead of “Back Home Again in Indiana”?

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The Hoosierist: Skiing on the Monon

The back-and-forth motion necessary to keep those cross-country skis moving will “work your core.” Which is a diplomatic way of saying it makes everything hurt.

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