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The Hoosierist: The Longest Mile

The Mini folks charitably call it the “back-of-the-pack bus,” but The Hoosierist prefers its unofficial title: the meat wagon.

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The Hoosierist: Jiffy Lube Murals

Also, what was the biggest year for high school basketball in Indiana?

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The Hoosierist: Lucas Oil Stadium’s Dirty Secret

“It seems like the last thing you should do to an expensive indoor stadium is fill it with dirt.”

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The Hoosierist: Our Bounty Of Counties

“Back in the early 1800s, when Indiana’s political map was drawn, that many counties seemed about right.”

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The Hoosierist: How Does Rowdie Bear The Heat?

“Fortunately, the person wearing the Rowdie suit has his own locker room next to the clubhouse, to which he can retire, cool down, and perhaps reflect upon his career choice.”

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The Hoosierist: Which Indiana City Gets The Most Snow?

“Yes, the Great Lakes give us far more than just shipping lanes and the inspiration for Gordon Lightfoot songs. Come winter, they also like to dump their excess moisture on nearby communities.”

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The Hoosierist: Local Horror Films

“For a state that looks like an elaborate Children of the Corn backdrop, the pickings are slim.”

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The Hoosierist: What Happens if the Orangutans at the Zoo Fall?

“While the eight-story drop is more than enough to give The Hoosierist the willies, it’s not an issue for the orangutans, who swing hand-over-hand along the Hutan Trail (the name for those high cables) with aplomb.”

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The Hoosierist Offers A Ray Of Hope On Solar Power

“While not as sun-kissed as, say, Arizona, Indiana nevertheless catches enough rays to make it doable.”

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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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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: 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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The Hoosierist: Quick Question

No one has shouted “It’s a new track record!” at the IMS for a long time.

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