Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  

Enlightenment on ways of chiggers, Inventor Coomer given incomer

Comments re photo 42076: Kentucky Color Two Miles of Sinkhole

Charles Marshburn writes:
What day do the chiggers leave and why do you call Rollen Coomer "the inventor"? --Charles Marshburn
Editor's Note: Chiggers don't so much leave as they simply cease pesteration, and that varies year to year, but always at First Frost, which is right about now, in 2011. Rollen Coomer is called "The Inventor," because he invents.

Whether A Native Born or Born Again Adair Countian, hardly any chiild of The Shire would put Al Gore's invention of the Internet on parity with Coomer's creation, or discovery, of the Plate Prop. The plate prop, is inarguably mankind's second greatest invention, after Velcro.A common shibboleth among Adair Countians, when questioned to make sure they are really from Adair County, is the response "Life's too short to chase syrup around a plate," a quotation from Rollen Coomer, given as a reason for the breakthrough.To put that in context, it is as a Metcalfe Countian knows a fellow Metcalfe Countian with the greeting, "Pray for Nile," or Monroe Countians identify themselves with the exchange, "How's Abe?" and answer correctly, "Abe's better." or Abe's worse." And just the way Americans around the world recognize each other when one hears another say, "Gotta go grease the Bobcat. Catch you later," wherever that came from. - Ed Waggener.

This story was posted on 2011-10-02 03:22:24
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.

To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.


Quick Links to Popular Features content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Use the following link:

Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270-250-2730 Fax: 270-751-0401

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.