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        2 tablespoons lemon zest

        2 tablespoons poppy seeds

        1 teaspoon baking powder

        1/2 teaspoon salt                                 By Lucie Winborne

        3/4 cup (11/2 sticks) butter, softened (do not   * In 2020, a lightning bolt extending a total of
        substitute margarine)                            477.2 miles spread across Mississippi, Louisiana
                                                         and Texas, setting a new world record for the
        4 ounces cream cheese, softened                  longest flash.
                                                         * Rubber bands last longer if you refrigerate
        4 eggs                                           them.
                                                         * Rooms at the Null Stern (“zero star”) Hotel
        2 tablespoons milk                               are situated in repurposed nuclear bunkers and
                                                         include open-air mountain rooms with equally
        1 teaspoon Pantry Double Strength Vanilla        zero walls. The designers obviously weren’t kid-
                                                         ding about that rating.
                                                         * In 2002, NASA intern Thad Roberts stole a
        Powdered sugar (optional)
                                                         safe full of moon rocks so he and his girlfriend
                                                         could have “sex on the moon.” Their other-
        1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Spray Stoneware        worldly romantic encounter backfired when
        Fluted Pan with nonstick cooking spray. Com-     they later tried to sell the $21 million worth
        bine flour, granulated sugar, lemon zest, poppy   of rocks. Roberts was caught and sentenced to
        seeds, baking powder, and salt in a stainless,   eight years in prison.
        two-quart mixing bowl; mix well. In a stainless   * And speaking of romance: Tinder’s not just for
        four-quart mixing bowl, beat butter and cream    humans! Well, not at the Dutch zoo that cre-
        cheese on high speed of handheld mixer for 1     ated a “Tinder for orangutans” to help a female
        minute, or until blended (mixture will form a    named Samboja find a breeding partner. The
        stiff paste).                                    primate was shown photos of potential mates
                                                         from an international breeding program on a
        2. In a small batter bowl, whisk eggs, milk      tablet, but unfortunately her mother got hold of
        and vanilla until blended. Add egg mixture to    it ... and smashed it to pieces.
        cream cheese mixture in four additions, beating   * Poet W.B. Yeats and magician Aleister Crowley
        2 minutes after each addition. (Do not under-    were such bitter rivals in the world of the occult
        mix).                                            that Yeats once kicked Crowley down a flight of
                                                         stairs for being a proponent of “black magic.”
        3. Pour batter into pan. Bake 55 to 60 minutes   * Only humans have chins.
        or until cake tester inserted near the center    * In 2012, the police chief of Vaughn, New
        comes out clean. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes.    Mexico, stepped down because his own crimi-
        Loosen cake from sides of pan; carefully invert   nal record prevented him from carrying a gun.
        onto a stackable cooking rack, keeping pan       That left just a drug-sniffing dog named Nikita                         Need Help
        over cake. Cool completely.                      as the only certified member of the town’s police
        4. Place cake on serving platter. Sprinkle with   * Trained pigeons can tell the difference be-                            Installing
        powdered sugar or prepare glaze, if desired.     tween paintings by Pablo Picasso and Claude
                                                         Monet.                                                                     Starlink?
        For glaze: Combine 11/2 cups powdered sugar      Thought for the Day: “What you get by achiev-
        and enough lemon juice to make a thick frost-    ing your goals is not as important as what you                               A ordable
        ing. Spread glaze over top of cake.              become by achieving your goals.” -- Zig Ziglar
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