The “German” in “German measles” comes from the Latin “germanus,” which means “similar.”

Al the Octopus is the mascot of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Octopi have been thrown on the ice of Red Wings games since 1952, when two brothers who owned a fish market first did it.

George Bernard Shaw wrote over 30 plays during his long life. What is unusual about Shaw’s last play, “Shakes Versus Shav,” written in 1949?

It has 14 acts

B) It calls for a cast of puppets

C) It is a musical

D) Random audience members are given speaking parts

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Thursday’s answer: Homer called salt “a divine substance”; Plato called salt “especially dear to the gods.”

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