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What does the following series represent?
4, 3, 3, 5, 4, 4, 3, 5, 5, 4, 3, 10?                          

—CopCop, Jeff Parish
The answer appears at the end of this week's column.

Say that four cars arrive simultaneously at a four-way stop. The drivers are C. Ray Nagin, Kathleen Blanco, Jesse Jackson, and George Bush.  Who goes first?

No rule applies. The drivers must choose among themselves and communicate as best they can. But after the first driver proceeds, each driver then must yield to the driver on the right, which means they should proceed in a clockwise fashion.  In other words, much discussion ensues but no actions occur.

How long do germs stay active on paper money and coins?
---Rita, Best Bank

In general, they stay active from a few hours (viruses) to a few weeks (bacteria). Anyone who handles money should not handle food. Unfortunately, that includes everyone.  However, when local politicians handle money they sometimes place it in their freezers with the intention of doing away with pesky little creatures.

What If?

I wrote, “William Jefferson was born in Lake Providence, La., the son of a sharecropper who also worked as a heavy-equipment operator for the Army Corps of Engineers.  But what if he had been raised by a wealthy family in uptown New Orleans?” Here are some of your answers:

“His parents would have named him "Dollar Bill”.
—Barbara, the northsore

“His mamma would'a taught him to have cold cash on hand".
—Maria, Sunny California

“His father worked for the Corps of Engineers?"
—Rita, da best bank

Here's Another One:
Harry Lee is the sheriff of Jefferson Parish.  But what if he was the sheriff of Orleans Parish?  E-mail your one-line response to Mr. Lake.

Answer: The total number of Road Home checks Louisiana citizens received during the past twelve months.

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