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Answer Man: Are we wild about cucumbers yet?

August 17, 2018

Judging by the sudden influx of phone calls and emails pouring into Answer Man HQ, readers seem eager to know more about the light green vines growing in ditches along U.S. Highways 63 and 52 and Interstate 94.

I can only assume these callers are new to Rochester and have not heard of the Answer Man. If they had, they would know that I’ve been asked about these vines many times in the not so distant past.

I’ve written magnificent columns about wild cucumber not once, not twice, but four times – in 2011, 2013, 2015 and most recently in 2017. This creeping pestilence, which produces tiny, unpleasant fruits, has been taking over ditches for many years, and I’ve done more than my fair share of whistleblowing on it in the past.

Since I make it a rule to only write about wild cucumber on odd-numbered years, I won’t go into more detail on the subject, but I will link to columns from previous years online.

Wild cucumber worry-warts can also get on the internet and find out what they’ve been missing.

I’ve also passed this information on to my minions in the Post Bulletin newsroom and will defer future queries about wild cucumber to them. I’m sure they’re wild about it.

Amid the torrent of cucumber questions, I was heartened to read one email from a loyal reader who responded to yesterday’s column about children in polling places.

Dear Answer Man, I am a head election judge, and I allow kids and minors into my polling place. I believe it is important for future generations to know how the election process works from beginning to end. Thank you, — Carin C Langworthy

Good for you, Carin!

Carin also attached a photo of the election judge handbook, which lists authorized persons who are allowed in or near polling places. The listincludes “children who accompany voters.”

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