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Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7:51 a.m.

Check engine

And bank account, too: The extensive use of computer technology in today’s cars means mechanics must purchase costly diagnostic tools and keep them updated with the latest software updates from automakers.

And these machines are sophisticated. They even ask mechanics preparing a repair estimate to check a boxy if they’ve got a boat payment due.

Burp: Romania’s national dish, a grilled sausage called “mici,” will be granted a reprieve for containing more bicarbonate of soda than permitted by the persnickety busybodies at the European Union.

Romanians eat 25 tons of the spicy stuff a year — and, presumably, almost as much bicarbonate of soda with water afterward to deal with heartburn.

Don’t know much about history: On this day in 1885, Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published for the first time.

On the very next day in 1885, the novel was banned from a school library for the first time.

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff


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