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Weird, Strange, and Bizarre Laws Still on Illinois’ Books–Part Two

Last week in this space I posted a piece called "You Probably Didn't Know These Things are Against the Law in Illinois." To be honest, I thought that would be the end of it. I mean, how many bizarro-world laws can one state have? Turns out, thanks to some research by alert listener Mike, we've got more. Plenty more.

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Would This Kind of Event Work Here in Rockford?

Here in Rockford, we've shown ourselves to be very open-minded when it comes to trying out sports and/or games that are popular in other countries, but do we have enough hearty, adventurous souls around here to take on the very British Cheese Rolling Race? I think we do, although at this point in my life, I'm not one.

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Some Things You Can Only Find in Illinois

As a guy who spends an inordinate amount of time searching for cool and interesting things about our state (so I can post them here to share with you), I was delighted to get an email that highlights a few things that you can only come across here in the Land of Lincoln.

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What are Illinoisans Asking Google About?

When I was a kid, like most every kid, I had questions. Lots and lots of them. My parents would do their level best to answer most of them, but sometimes, when they a) didn't know the answer, or b) they were tired of the barrage of questions, I was told to "go look it up." Since this time-period was before the advent of the internet, that meant going to the library. Today, as a parent, I tell my kids to "Google it."

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Who’s Handing Out Rockford’s Most Bizarre Halloween Candy?

I don't want to be one of those bitter, old, "back-in-my-day-everything-was-better-than-it-is-now" kind of guys, but...it seems that there used to be a lot more creativity in Halloween treats than we have today.

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Before Summer Ends, Catch These Illinois Roadside Attractions

Everywhere you look, you're seeing "Back to School" signs. Sure, that's your hint to get out and spend a full paycheck on school supplies, clothing, and accessories for your kid(s), but it also means you have just a short period of time to get out and be a tourist one more time before the summer comes to a close. Illinois has you covered.

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Some Illinois Towns Have Weird Names

My late friend, Rick, and I were discussing aliens one day. "Why is it," Rick wanted to know, "that when we hear that aliens have visited someplace, it's never on the campus of MIT or Stanford, where the scientists are...

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Stylist Will Cut Your Hair with Swords and Fire

I know what you're saying. "Gosh, where can I go to get my hair lit on fire and then cut with a sword?"

You're probably one of those "old-school" people when it comes to getting your hair cut and styled...

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Going Weird for Beards

Okay...this is just plain weird.

However, it's Ireland, so our barometer for weird might be ever-so-slightly different from ours here in the USA...

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The Latest in Internet Sports-Chameleon Bowling

Years ago, you had to watch ESPN in the middle of the night to catch some of the lesser known/lesser viewed (at least to Americans) sports. Icelandic badminton, Australian Rules Boomeranging, etc...

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