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  • Kent Bush: Kansas may ground sky lanterns

  • Our legislature took on the issue of sky lanterns
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  • Kansans are known for their common sense.
    The reputation is well-earned.
    That is why I find it hard to believe that just this week, our legislature took on the issue of sky lanterns. I had never seen a sky lantern until I moved from Oklahoma to Kansas in 2007.
    Kansas, even more than most geographical areas is typically very warm and very dry on July 4 when we celebrate our nation's independence from England.
    So where did the idea that lighting a paper balloon and letting it go wherever the wind may blow? The idea is that the combustible material is consumed before the miniature hot air balloon returns to earth.
    That is usually true. Then you have the accidents in which the entire lantern catches fire or if it hits a tree. At that point, you have just become a participant on one of thousands of calls to local fire departments on Independence Day.
    I'm glad to see the legislature is considering a ban on these products. I prefer to celebrate freedom without raging grass fires.
    More froot in your diet
    I've been lied to. Like most people, I only ate Froot Loops to get more nutrition in my diet. Every time I shoveled a spoonful of those sugar-covered rings into my mouth, I assumed I was getting tiny bits of grapes, apples, oranges, limes and lemons in my diet.
    But as I was cruising down the information superhighway this week, I saw a post that dispelled those beliefs.
    Froot Loops aren't flavored with fruits at all. They get their taste from a blend of fruit flavors. That is why they are called Froot Loops and not Fruit Loops.
    Not only are they not flavored with real fruit, they all taste the same. Purple, green and orange all taste the same.
    I feel really stupid for separating out all of the purple and red ones now. What will we find out next – toucans can't talk?
    Some people aren't very careful
    I like to believe that the people that read my columns are among the most intelligent newspaper readers in the world.
    So let's all sit back and laugh at all of those other idiots whose accounts get hacked because they pick passwords that can be guessed by fifth graders.
    The annual list of most popular passwords was released this week and let's just say that people aren't getting more careful or creative when it comes to protecting information online.
    There is a new No. 1 among irresponsible internet users. The reigning champion "password" was knocked off of its throne by "123456" – not much of an improvement.
    Page 2 of 2 - Ordered numbers are popular up and down the list as are "111111" and "000000" but numbers aren't the only popular choices.
    I like the people who go with "qwerty" because it shows they took typing classes or at least know which kind of keyboard setup they prefer.
    Three popular choices have fallen out of favor. "Letmein" and "trustno1" tumbled down the list, as did "monkey."
    "Admin" and "princess" joined the list as did "photoshop" which was surprising to me.
    What is wrong with these people? Do they not have pets that have names or birthdays?
    If you really want to protect information, spend a family dinner brainstorming five or six really good passwords and use one on everything and they will still be easy enough to remember. That way you won't end up on next year's list of bad passwords.
    Kent Bush is the publisher of the Butler County Times Gazette and can be reached at: kbush@butlercountytimesgazette.com
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