"Shipwrecks, Monsters, and Mysteries of the Great Lakes" by Ed Butts; Tundra Books, 88 pages ($14.95 paperback)

Everyone knows about the Titanic, the ship that sank in the Atlantic Ocean when it struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage in April 1912. But you may be surprised to learn that some 6,000 vessels, large and small, have been lost on our own Great Lakes.

Ed Butts, an author from Guelph, Ont., does a great job telling the stories of several famous vessels lost on the lakes, from the wooden HMS Speedy, which was carrying a prisoner to trial when it sank on Lake Ontario in 1804, to the Edmund Fitzgerald, the 720-foot long freighter lost during a storm on Lake Superior in November 1975 with 29 men aboard.

Equally fascinating are the final chapters devoted to reports of sea serpent sightings on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie (where the creature was known as Bessie). Included are 2001 incidents where three people were bitten by something with large jaws while swimming near Port Dover.

-- Jean Westmoore



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Ever wonder how the Super Bowl got its name? Lamar Hunt, the one-time owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, saw his daughter playing with a Super Ball. Suddenly, a light bulb went off in Hunt's head. The Super Ball inspired him to call the championship game between the National Football League and the American Football League the "Super Bowl."

The first Super Bowl was held on Jan. 15, 1967, in Los Angeles, and the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10.

-- From Time Big Book of Why