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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Sep 29, 2011

No, not THOSE kind of strip searches!

Did you know that in most communities, it is perfectly legal for you to hunt those grassy strips in front of homes between the sidewalk and the street?  This is because those strips are owned by the city, not the homeowner.

But does this mean you should feel free to hunt those...


Sep 26, 2011

Sad Sack is chiefly remembered as the star of a comic book, but he was also the star of a 1957 movie (he was played by Jerry Lewis!) and a 1946 summer replacement radio series (in Frank Sinatra's time slot).

On the radio, Herb Vigran played the Sad Sack and Jim Backus was his roommate (in the radio series, Sad Sack was...


Sep 22, 2011

Some authors claim that softballs carry farther in hot weather, but anyone who has played knows the opposite is true.  Why the confusion? 

It has to do with relative humidity and air density and ball compression.

Normal ASA ball compression is 375, which means that it requires a force of 375 pounds to push the surface...


Sep 19, 2011

Can You Top This? was a joke show in which listeners sent in jokes, and the three resident comics tried to top those jokes. 

It ran from 1940 to 1954, and it was so popular that it spawned two books of jokes from the show, and it attracted upwards of 3,000 letters per week at the height of its popularity.

The...


Sep 15, 2011

Administrivia:  It is now possible to get automatic downloads of new In theTreasure Corner shows as they are posted, without getting my other shows on old-time radio and softball. Go to http://danhughes.libsyn.com/rss/treasure and subscribe only to the old-time radio podcasts.

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