Small-town celebrity birthplace of the week: Winsted, Conn. (current population about 7,000). Consumer advocate Ralph Nader was born there in 1934.

n “Two-field fame” update: Thanks to Brian Templeton of Des Moines, Wash., who reminded us about two celebrities uniquely famous in two fields. They’re novelist/Civil War general Lew Wallace, and baseball player/evangelist Billy Sunday.

According to its current standard rules, in what sport are people forbidden to play left-handed?


B) Polo

C) Lacrosse

D) Discus throwing

Wednesday’s answer: “Short tandem repeats” are the virtually unique repetitive pattern of nucleotides in a person’s DNA that makes genetic fingerprinting possible.