The Shopper: Arlo Kallemeyn

Arlo Kallemeyn

Lottery Winners and Losers
Posted: September 09, 2016 - 1:55 pm

If you are reading this, it probably means you didn’t win the lottery last week. Private gambling like office pools are illegal, but the lottery - government sponsored gambling - is legal and encouraged with a cute model picking the winning numbers on the evening news. Gambling is illegal unless the government runs the game.  Politicians have even encouraged people to buy more lottery tickets to support education. A generation ago, people would never even think about using dollars from shady behavior to benefit children. Now it’s viewed as normal. What’s next – legalizing all illegal behavior so the government can tax it? The ends justify the means – which is typical behavior in Illinois. The commercials for the gambling boats call it gaming, but the disclaimer at the end of the commercial encourages those with a gambling problem to call 1-800-Gambler. Why not just call it what it is from the start? Games to most people mean names like ‘Sorry, Twister and Yahtzee’. Last time I checked, Milton Bradley does not have a game called ‘Gambling’.

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Labor Day
Posted: August 31, 2016 - 1:47 pm

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the many achievements of American workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. We can thank the American worker for the standard of living that we enjoy in this country. America is a country that celebrates hard work and every ethnic group in this country holds hard work in high regard. I know some cultures rank it right up there with cleanliness and Godliness! Perhaps we could take a lesson from some European and South American countries that value relaxation and vacation time more than we do. I don’t know anyone on their deathbed who said, “I wish I spent more time at work.” So enjoy Monday and play so hard you forget about work for at least one day!

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Words To Think About
Posted: August 23, 2016 - 1:38 pm

“If you can sit quietly after difficult news; 

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Billboard Alert
Posted: August 17, 2016 - 10:27 am

OK, so I’m driving down 394 and see an electronic billboard that says, ‘Be on Alert! Cook County Sheriff Police have made 630 arrests this year.’ At first glance it didn’t confuse me, but a few miles later the questions start. Who exactly is the sheriff talking to? Is the sheriff talking to the bad guys and warning them to be on alert since 630 of their close friends have been arrested this year? If that is the case, shouldn’t the sheriff keep that information private to preserve the element of surprise? After all did we tell the Germans which beach we would be landing at in WWII? Without the element of surprise, every surprise birthday party would be a big disappointment. So it doesn’t seem likely that the sheriff is talking to the bad guys with this billboard.

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Dogs and Men – A Comparison
Posted: August 10, 2016 - 11:16 am

We all like to compare certain things. Here we compare having a dog in your life as opposed to a man. Some people are doubly blessed - and have both.

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Texting While Walking Earns $85 Fine
Posted: August 04, 2016 - 2:45 pm

I know from experience that more and more drivers are texting while driving. You can just tell. They think that driving 5 miles below the speed limit will give them the extra time to read or write a text - and no one will ever know. What they hope no one else notices is that they drift out of their lane, slam on their brakes at the last minute, and sit at the stop light long after it has turned green. A New Jersey town is tired of people texting while driving – and while walking. Fort Lee New Jersey has had 3 fatalities that were caused by people texting while crossing the street. I’m guessing that they forgot their parent’s advice to look both ways. Fort Lee, N.J. police said they will begin issuing $85 tickets to pedestrians who are caught texting while walking. Perhaps the pedestrians in New Jersey don’t realize all the features of their fancy texting machines. The new features of electronic gadgets are hard to keep up with after all. Maybe they don’t know that their texting machine has a great feature, they can press a single button or tap the screen once, hold it up to their ear, and actually talk to the person on the other end. That way they can keep both eyes on the sidewalk in front of them. Anyway, I hope it  helps keep people safer in New Jersey – I’m just not sure you can cure stupid with an $85 ticket.

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Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses
Posted: July 27, 2016 - 12:28 pm

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

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2 Doors Down
Posted: July 22, 2016 - 2:07 pm

The Shopper has spent the last 36 years residing at 924 E. 162nd Street in South Holland. This location is on the west side of the building on Route 6. Why our street has over 4 different names that include River Oaks Drive in Calumet City and 159th St. in Markham will be a column for another day. 

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Posted: July 13, 2016 - 12:44 pm

Evolution is an interesting thing. We are all familiar with the ‘Theory of Evolution’ which was thought up by Charles Darwin. He explained that it was the process by which species of organisms arise from earlier life forms - and undergo change over time through natural selection. He explained it as ‘Survival of the Fittest’, where the strong survive and the weak fade away. He described evolution as a gradual change in life forms. Perhaps a certain bacteria one day decided that he was made for bigger things and decided to change into a dandelion. He was probably happy with that change – especially since it took him a few million years, but then something began to bother him. Our bacteria realized that anyone with a front lawn did not appreciate him as much as say - a yellow rose. So through self-awareness and evolution, he decided to become a yellow rose. After a few million years – well you get the picture. Let’s all cheer on our little bacteria who was not satisfied with his lot in life and decided to move up in the world.

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Strawberry Donuts
Posted: July 07, 2016 - 9:19 am

An Arizona woman named Kristen said she recently moved in with her grandmother, and she got this sweet voicemail in which Grandma expresses guilt for having eaten the last donut. It takes Grandma a moment to get to the point, as she has to explain how she wound up in the precarious situation, but she goes on to apologize and even offer advice so the new roommates can avoid the situation in the future.

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You Say Tomato
Posted: June 29, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Summertime is the time for one of the most delicious fruits to come into its own. I give you the garden grown tomato. The tomato that is bright red on the outside – and the inside. The taste of the summertime tomato is so much better than wintertime tomato that you can hardly even compare the two.  Even though the tomato is technically a fruit, we treat it as a vegetable. How to tell whether it is a fruit or vegetable? The big question to ask is, DOES IT HAVE SEEDS? If the answer is yes, then technically, (botanically) you have a FRUIT. This, of course, makes your tomato a fruit. It also makes cucumbers, squash, green beans and pumpkins all fruits as well. Please don’t include tomatoes in your fruit salads this summer. Tomatoes belong on BLT sandwiches and Caprese salads with thick sliced mozzarella cheese and basil leaves. Some like their tomatoes sliced plain with a shaker of salt on the side. Jimmy Buffet even sang a song about losing his shaker of salt.

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20 things you’ll need to know after graduation...
Posted: June 22, 2016 - 2:05 pm

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and remember, most stuff is small.

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A New Level Of Goofiness
Posted: June 15, 2016 - 10:57 am

Chicago is still a world-class city with many enjoyable things to do. Last Saturday included the Art Institute and the Blues Fest in Grant Park. At the Art Institute you can see the original paintings of famous artists such as Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Picasso. The modern wing has some art that stretches the imagination and makes me scratch my head at times. One artwork was a rolled up piece of burgundy carpet resting on the floor – that’s it. I guess some artwork is in the eye of the beholder.

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It’s Time to Get Busy…Doing Nothing
Posted: June 09, 2016 - 10:07 am

The first week of June is good time to make your plans for the summer. I’m here to encourage you to get busy – get busy doing nothing. September will arrive soon enough and with it busy schedules at work and school. June is the first month of summer and taking time off allows you to get perspective, renew your energy, and once again feel inspired to do the important work that you do.

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Blessing of the Fleet
Posted: June 01, 2016 - 1:56 pm

June 1 marks the opening of boating season in Chicago. The harbors will be filling up with sailboats and powerboats of all sizes and shapes. It has been said that sailing looks delightful – until you are actually on a sailboat. Someone described sailing as, “The fine art of getting wet and becoming ill, while going nowhere slowly at great expense (equivalent to standing in a cold shower, fully clothed, throwing up, and tearing up $100 bills, while a bunch of other people watch you.” Powerboats typically look down on sailboaters – and vice-versa - however powerboaters have their own saying as they wipe away a little tear, “BOAT really stands for Break-Out Another-Thousand.”

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6 Historical Things We Learned As True
Posted: May 25, 2016 - 1:52 pm

Not everything that is “common knowledge” is true. Here are a few commonly held beliefs that are simply not true.

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Frank and John Team Up For Success on the Big Lake
Posted: May 17, 2016 - 1:22 pm

Frank Martin from Calumet Marine and John Warren have known each other for quite a while. Both of these guys are crazy about one thing – and that’s fishing. Frank owns Calumet Marine in Calumet City and John is the Captain of the Kingseeker charter fishing boat based out of the East Chicago Marina, Indiana.

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Posted: May 12, 2016 - 12:47 pm

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.

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You Know You Are Living In 2014 When...
Posted: May 04, 2016 - 12:25 pm

1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

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Life Is Short – Eat Dessert First
Posted: April 27, 2016 - 1:02 pm

Here is a poem from John D. Jungers.

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It’s Not My Fault – I Live in Illinois!
Posted: April 19, 2016 - 10:07 am

If you live in Illinois, you are probably aware that the Secretary of State (SOS) is not sending out vehicle sticker renewal notices. This is saving the SOS about $450,000 per month in printing and postage costs.

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The Color Green
Posted: April 13, 2016 - 9:51 am

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.” 

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Green With Envy
Posted: April 05, 2016 - 1:23 pm

If you don’t mind turning your neighbors ‘green’ with envy…read on. April is one of the most important months if you want a healthy green lawn this spring and summer. Why is April so important you ask - one word – crabgrass. Crabgrass and dandelions are the 2 biggest threats to a great looking lawn. Since it is only April, you don’t have to worry about dandelions. Dandelions are easily dealt with in May, June and July. You can even procrastinate and wait for the yellow dandelions to appear before you have to get serious about killing them.

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To All The Kids Who Survived The 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s And 70’s!!
Posted: March 29, 2016 - 9:37 am

We were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.

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National Coffee Day
Posted: March 29, 2016 - 9:16 am

Yep, coffee now has its very own special day. September 29 is National Coffee Day. Of course every day could be termed ‘National Coffee Day’ at my house. Coffee is the first thing that says hello to me in the morning thanks to a special appliance – the coffee maker. Now, I’m partial to appliances that do just one thing – and get it right every time. You can buy one of those combination appliances that will grind beans, brew coffee, heat milk, and fry bacon and eggs, but don’t be fooled. Appliances that promise that they do more than one thing right are soon banished to the basement, the crawl space or the thrift store. My coffee maker does have one special feature. I can set it to start brewing at 6:00 am, and it will listen – as long as the electric doesn’t go off. When that happens, all bets are off and it will start brewing whenever its little heart desires. My coffee maker sits in a position of prominence on the counter and it has seen many other appliances come and go. It has a certain confidence (some might call it arrogance) that it will never be moved from its position of importance. In my house it is the king of all appliances. Now if you like coffee, I have good news. You don’t have to wait for September 29 to celebrate. In fact, Saturday March 26 is a special coffee-day in our area. On Saturday morning, Thorn Creek Church is brewing fresh hot coffee and giving it away for free in the drive-thru lane – and that’s not all. The free coffee comes with your choice of donut on the side. Now, I can speak from experience that the fine folks at Thorn Creek have a lot of experience brewing good coffee, so you are encouraged to drive over and experience a to-go-cup for yourself. The address is 1875 E. 170th St. in South Holland. Free coffee and donuts will be served in the drive-thru from 8:00-10:00am.

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Senior Texting
Posted: March 15, 2016 - 10:52 am

Kids these days have their own language that they use to text each other on those fancy phones. For example TTYL is ‘Talk To You Later.’ Sometimes you see the kids sitting next to each other, or across the table and instead of talking like regular people, they text. Well, why should kids have all the fun? Here are some abbreviations that some talented seniors have come up with to show the kids that they aren’t the only ones on the communication fast track.

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day
Posted: March 08, 2016 - 9:20 am

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17th. In Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day is both a holy day and a national holiday. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland as he was the one who brought Christianity to the Irish. According to legend, Saint Patrick used a green shamrock to explain about God. The shamrock, which looks like clover, has three leaves on each stem. Saint Patrick told the people that the shamrock was like the idea of the Trinity – that in the one God there are three divine beings: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The shamrock was sacred to the Druids, so Saint Patrick’s use of it in explaining the trinity was well received by his audience.

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More From Qantas Airlines: Repair Division
Posted: March 01, 2016 - 11:50 am

In case you need a laugh:

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Airplanes and the Guys Who Fix Them
Posted: February 23, 2016 - 10:00 am

In case you need a chuckle: 

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Ever Wonder???
Posted: February 23, 2016 - 9:38 am

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

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What does Love mean?
Posted: February 15, 2016 - 10:14 am

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, “What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

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Climb ’Til Your Dream Comes True
Posted: February 03, 2016 - 1:49 pm

by Helen Steiner Rice

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My Inconclusive Travel Plans for 2016
Posted: January 28, 2016 - 1:13 pm

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots.

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Reality Shows
Posted: January 28, 2016 - 1:00 pm

It looks like the farmers that publish their famous ‘Farmers Almanac’ were right on the money again this year. They predicted, “winter will be colder than normal, with the coldest periods in late December, throughout January, and in early February. Snowfall will be above normal in most of the region, with the snowiest periods in mid-December, early and mid-January, and early February.” With the Chicago winter in full swing, there is a lot of TV watching going on. A couple of my favorite shows are in the reality TV category. Some reality TV shows include stories about the Jersey Shore, Kim and the Kardashian sisters, and The Biggest Loser. Those don’t interest me too much, after all a show about losing weight will just remind me of the exercise bike in my basement that has now been turned into a very functional coat rack.

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Posted: January 14, 2016 - 9:22 am

When the temperature drops everyone knows that water turns to ice – and ice floats in water. This means that ice is less dense than water. However, most things shrink when frozen – just look at a cold person who wraps up in a big sweater and huddles on the couch. Conserving body heat means getting as small as possible. So why does water expand and not shrink when it gets cold enough to freeze? The answer lies in the little hydrogen atom. A water molecule is made up of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms. When water is a liquid, these molecules mix around very closely to one another. Each molecule is attracted to other by forces called hydrogen bonds. These bonds keep the molecules close together but not permanently fixed in one place. As one molecule moves past another it will break old hydrogen bonds and form new ones, with different water molecules.

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A Profound Answer
Posted: January 06, 2016 - 12:36 pm

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.

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Here Comes the Sun
Posted: December 29, 2015 - 1:11 pm

For all you die-hard Chicagoland winter survivors, I have some good news. The days are getting longer! OK, not by much, but what with the dismal Bears season, we have to get our jollies where we can. Let’s all celebrate that the shortest day of the year in Chicagoland was way back on December 5. December 21 is the day has been celebrated by people all over the Northern Hemisphere throughout history as Winter Solstice. The earth is now tilting back towards the source of all light, heat and sun tans. Since the days are getting longer and the nights shorter, this day marks the victory of Sun over the darkness. I’m sure one of our talented pastors could even expound on that in a sermon in January!

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The Christmas Story As Recorded By Dr. Luke
Posted: December 29, 2015 - 12:55 pm

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

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The Christmas Story As Recorded By Dr. Luke
Posted: December 22, 2015 - 9:03 am

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

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Rick’s Story
Posted: December 15, 2015 - 9:19 am

Below is a story from a friend of mine that needs a helping hand. Rick has set up a gofundme account. If you can help during this Christmas season it would be much appreciated and needed!

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Dogs and Men – A Comparison
Posted: December 11, 2015 - 9:39 am

We all like to compare certain things. Here we compare having a dog in your life as opposed to a man. Some people are doubly blessed - and have both.

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Where’s The Line To See Jesus?
Posted: December 03, 2015 - 10:23 am

While at the mall a couple of years ago, four year old Spencer saw kids lined up to see Santa Claus. Having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the holiday that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, he asked his mom, “Where’s the line to see Jesus?” His dad immediately became inspired and jotted words down to a song. After putting music to the words, and doing a quick recording at home, he received a great response from friends. 

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Posted: November 24, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Aileen Fisher was born September 9, 1906 and wrote more than a hundred children’s books, including poetry, picture books in verse, prose about nature and America, biographies, Bible themed books, plays, and articles for magazines and journals. Her poems have been anthologized many times and are frequently used in textbooks. Born in Michigan, Fisher moved to Colorado as an adult and lived there for the rest of her life. As Fisher explained in 1948, “We bought the ranch, built a cabin, got a dog — and now we don’t care if we ever leave Boulder County”. Her other interests included reading, woodworking, hiking and mountain climbing.  Aileen Fisher died at the age of 96 at her home in Boulder, Colorado. Here is a poem she wrote about Thanksgiving.

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted: November 24, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Next week will be that favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. Unlike some other holidays in this country that are optional, everyone loves Thanksgiving (everyone except the turkeys I guess).

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Only For Today
Posted: November 24, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Pope John XXIII was Pope from 1958-1963 and was known as “The Good Pope.” Here are ten ideas from Pope John XXIII about how to live a better life, day to day:

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Worst Day Ever
Posted: November 05, 2015 - 9:25 am

Here is an inspirational poem written by 16-year-old, Chanie Gorkin from Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Book Review
Posted: October 29, 2015 - 2:38 pm

While some people call them old fashioned, books are still pretty neat things. In this age of electronic gadgets, words can now be displayed on little screens like phones, tablets, laptops and even watches. It seems like people really like reading electronic words on little screens since practically everyone is staring down at their phone. Our moms told us to look both ways before crossing the street. Well these days you have to keep a sharp eye out just walking down the sidewalk. A ‘texter’ may just run into you. Twitter, Facebook, email, the stock market, the weather and text massages all are turned into electronic words on little screens. These words so important in the immediate moment, however they soon become as old as yesterday’s headlines.  Electronic words and fish do not age well – both have a very short shelf life.

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The Midwest
Posted: October 19, 2015 - 2:59 pm

There are some things that only people who grew up in the Midwest understand. Here are 16 of my favorites.

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Rapid Fire Guns and Solutions
Posted: October 06, 2015 - 9:25 am

Several months ago a church in Charleston, South Carolina was rocked by a lone gunman who killed those who were attending an evening prayer service. Last week we read again about a single gunman killing innocent people using rapid-fire weapons— this time at a college in Oregon. President Obama weighed in with this comment after the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina,  “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this kind of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. It is in our power to do something about it.”

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The Little Bee Needs Your Help
Posted: September 25, 2015 - 2:20 pm

Bees visit flowers because they need to eat. They derive all of the protein they need in their diet from floral pollen, and all of the carbohydrates they need from floral nectar. As they fly from flower to flower, collecting pollen on their fuzzy bodies to take home as food, they end up transferring pollen from one blossom to another of the same floral species, and pollination just happens.

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