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Sign-off is a running joke

Dear Most Wise of All the Wisest Answer Men: Being an observant viewer of late-night talk programs, I have noticed something that must be an inside joke on the ABC "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show. At the end, Jimmy quickly says, "My apologies to Matt Damon. We ran out of time." Are these words a recurrent delusion of my sleep-deprived imagination? -- Sleepless in Blooming Prairie

Yes, my insomniac friend, it's a recurrent joke, and Kimmel has said he does it at the end of every show "for no good reason at all." Film star Damon apparently hasn't fit into Jimmy's busy schedule yet.

The show airs on KAAL-TV at 11:35 p.m. weekdays.

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Dear Answer Man, I'm wondering why radio announcers name counties rather than cities when giving severe weather warnings. I travel a lot in my job and I'm aware of what cities are along my route but seldom know what out-of-state county I'm in. -- Marlene Morrow, Kenyon

Time to invest in a weather radio, Marlene. You're right, many commercial radio announcers list the counties, not the cities. That's how the National Weather Service issues the information, but weather radio typically tells you major cities affected by severe weather.

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I've wanted to know this for a long time, Answer Man: The Minneapolis airport used to be called Wold-Chamberlain Field. Who were Wold and Chamberlain?

Ernest Wold and Cyrus Chamberlain were pioneering Minnesota aviators killed in World War I.

Wold, the scion of a family of wealthy Minneapolis bankers, was a pilot with the French Lafayette Flying Corps and flew observation planes over enemy lines. He died at age 21. When the airfield was named for him and Chamberlain in 1923, World War I ace Eddie Rickenbacker and others flew over the city as part of the dedication ceremony.

The Minneapolis airfield was originally called Speedway Field because it had been home to an auto-racing track called Snelling Speedway since 1914. The airport was renamed Minneapolis Municipal Airport in the late 1920s, after Northwest Airlines moved in, and it became Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 1948, although Wold-Chamberlain persists as the name of the airfield itself, I believe.

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BUGGED: A sensitive reader called to say he was disappointed with my response last week to a woman who asked how to deal with a plague of box elder bugs in her home. The only real option inside the home is to suck them up with a vacuum cleaner, I told her.

The caller said my answer was "uneducated" and failed to mention the positive aspects of the bugs and how they're a great food source for some animals and birds.

True, and nobody's calling for global extinction of box elder bugs. But can we agree that they're happier outside the home (and vacuum cleaner) than in?

It's not easy being right all the time, but the Answer Man makes it look that way. Send questions to You Asked, P.O. Box 6118, Rochester, MN 55903, or answerman@postbulletin.com, and watch for more answers Thursday.

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