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Triple threat

December 5, 2010

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One recent Halloween, I went to Salem dressed as the Three Stooges – all of ’em. “Our” reception was warm: “Hi, Moe,” said one passerby (my own face stuck out of the “Moe” slot); another called me “the lady with three faces.” After hours of cavorting and posing, I needed a seat, sustenance, and a restroom. The seat took about 12 minutes, the food about 16. The line to the ladies’ room was out the door. So I put on my mask, adjusted my tie, and “all three” of us walked straight into the men’s room.

Lindsy Parker/North Easton

Move Over, Ken

Wally the Red Sox mascot is available as an 8-foot-tall doll with open arms that uses an electric pump to stay inflated. A valve releases excess pressure about once a second. Normally this has no visible effect, but when the wind toppled my neighbor’s Wally onto his face, the doll responded by doing push-ups. Wally is in much better shape than he looks!

John DiNella/Rochester, New Hampshire

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