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Know It All
July 27, 2013, 05:00 AM

Human hair grows about half an inch in a month.

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A strand of healthy hair lasts three to six years, then falls out. Normally, a person loses 50 to 100 hairs per day.

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Over half of all men worldwide experience male pattern hair loss by age 50.

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Yul Brynner (1915-1985) won both an Academy Award and a Tony Award for the same role on stage and screen. Brynner was the King in the 1956 movie and the 1951 live musical “The King and I.”

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Lt. Theo Kojak was a tough New York City detective with a penchant for lollipops on the television show “Kojak” (1973-1978) starring Telly Savalas (1924-1994). In an episode in the first season, a meter maid tried to get Kojak to quit smoking by giving him a lollipop.

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In 1908, confectioner George Smith had the original idea to put a piece of hard candy on a stick. He named the treat after his favorite race horse Lolly Pop.

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The first lollipop machine made 40 lollipops in one minute. Today’s machines make 5,900 lollipops per minute.

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Shirley Temple’s (born 1928) signature song is “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” which she sang in the 1934 movie “Bright Eyes.” One of the verses of the sweet song is “On the good ship lollipop/ It ’s a sweet trip to a candy shop/Where bon-bons play/On the sunny beach of Peppermint Bay.”

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Actresses Shirley Jones (born 1934) and Shirley MacLaine (born 1934) were both named after Shirley Temple.

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As a toddler, Shirley MacLaine had weak ankles. Her mother enrolled her in ballet class to strengthen her muscles.

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Can you name Shirley MacLaine’s famous brother? See answer at end.

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Bonnie Parker (1910-1934) and Clyde Barrow (1909-1934) made history as the infamous American couple known as Bonnie and Clyde. In the 1930s, the two went on a two-year murder and bank robbery spree. The spree ended when they were ambushed and killed by authorities at their hideout in Louisiana.

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After their deaths, the families of Bonnie and Clyde tried to get ownership of the couple’s guns. They thought the guns would be collector’s items, due to the couple’s infamy. They were not allowed to have the guns.

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In Margaret Mitchell’s (1900-1949) 1936 novel “Gone With the Wind,” Scarlett O’Hara had three children, one by each of her three husbands: Wade Hampton Hamilton, Ella Lorena Kennedy and Bonnie Blue Butler. In the 1939 movie, the only child in the story was Bonnie, the child of Rhett Butler.

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Author Margaret Mitchell was killed in 1949 at age 49 when she was hit by a taxi. The driver was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and received a sentence of 40 year’s hard labor.

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Answer: Shirley MacLaine’s brother is Warren Beatty (born 1937). When he started acting, Beatty did not let people know that his older sister was MacLaine, who was already a star. Beatty’s first movie was “Splendor in the Grass” (1961). MacLaine’s first movie was “The Trouble with Harry” (1955) and she was an Academy Award nominee in 1960 for “The Apartment.”

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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