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Know It All
July 20, 2013, 05:00 AM

Ranked by circulation, the top three newspapers in the United States are USA Today, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

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The strongest creature on the planet is the rhinoceros beetle. The beetle can lift up to 850 times its own weight.

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The Latin words cum laude mean with praise. The phrase is used for academic honors.

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Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands for years. Eating ginger helps motion sickness and reduces nausea from anesthesia following surgery and nausea of pregnancy.

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The poem “Casey at Bat,” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940), was first published in the San Francisco Examiner in 1888. In the poem, cocky baseball player Casey purposely strikes out twice in the ninth inning, with confidence that he will hit the last pitch. However, the last line of the poem is “But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.”

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Originally, floats in parades were decorated barges. Parade marchers on shore pulled the barges along canals by rope. That is why the decorated motor vehicles in parades are called floats.

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Do you know what the words window, wayward, awkward, downtown and snowplow have in common? See answer at end.

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The name of the prince in the Disney movie “Cinderella” (1950) was Prince Charming.

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Peter Falk (1927-2011) was Detective Frank Columbo on the television series “Columbo” (1971-1978). It is rumored that Columbo’s trenchcoat is in the Smithsonian Museum. In fact, the famous coat is in Peter Falk’s closet.

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In the 1600s in Poland, bagels were given as a gift to women in childbirth.

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The seven castaways were not rescued from the uncharted island in the last episode of the television series “Gilligan’s Island” (1964-1967). In the television movie “Rescue from Gilligan’s Island” (1978) the castaways were rescued, then marooned again on the same island. In “The Castaways on Gilligan’s Island” (1979), the Howells turned the island into a vacation resort.

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The largest export in the world, in dollar value, is oil. The second largest is coffee.

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The first school named after Walt Disney (1901-1966) was Walt Disney Elementary School in Tullytown, Penn. Disney attended the school dedication in 1955 and sent artists to decorate the school’s interior with Disney characters.

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Among the most commonly misspelled words are: exaggerate, committee, broccoli, scissors and February.

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Ellas Otha Bates McDaniel (1928-2008) was nicknamed Bo Diddley by his classmates at a Chicago grammar school. McDaniel used the nickname as his stage name and went on to become a blues guitarist.

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A Slim-Fast bar has 220 calories. A Pop-Tart has 204 calories.

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Answer: They all have the letter w in them twice.

Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs in the weekend and Wednesday editions of the Daily Journal. Questions? Comments? Email knowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 ext. 114.

 

 

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