MINOT, N.D. — Welcome to your Friday, and what has regrettably become an occasional mailbag column. I apologize for that, things got hectic for a few weeks, but I’m doing my best to respond to all of you individually, if not in this column.
Before we get to this week’s feedback, did you know the guy who discovered the Titanic wasn’t looking for it? In 1985, oceanographer Robert Ballard was actually on a secret mission for the U.S. Navy to investigate the wreckage of two sunk nuclear subs. The whole “we’re looking for the Titanic” thing was just a cover. But when Ballard finished his Navy mission early, he decided to go looking for what was left of the infamous ocean liner, and he found it. Which didn’t please the Navy, given all the hullabaloo the discovery of the Titanic caused around their secret mission.
Anyway, with that fun fact out of the way, to your questions! Remember, if you’d like to submit something, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions may be edited for clarity and brevity.