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Know It All
November 09, 2013, 05:00 AM

Cinnamon, chili powder and seasoned salt are the seasonings most frequently found in American homes.

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The actual length of a year is 365.242 days. That’s why leap years are necessary. Leap years occur every four years, in years that are evenly divisible by four.

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It takes about one minute for the blood to complete its journey through the body.

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One out of three people can’t snap their fingers.

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The word sewer means seaward. The word literally comes from the old practice of open ditches in London leading to the River Thames, and then into the sea.

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The only real people ever to be depicted as Pez dispensers have been Betsy Ross (1752-1836), Daniel Boone (1734-1820) and Paul Revere (1735-1818).

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The names of some cities in the United States are the names of other U.S. states. There is Nevada in Missouri, Wyoming in Ohio, Oregon in Wisconsin, Kansas in Oklahoma, Michigan in North Dakota.

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Can you name the presidents on Mount Rushmore? Do you know what state the monument is in? See answer at end.

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“Popeye the Sailor” debuted in 1933. Spinach consumption increased 33 percent that year.

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The San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile national monuments.

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Subbookkeeper is the only word with four pairs of double letters in a row.

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The number of U.S. residents who are of Irish ancestry is 33.7 million. This number is almost nine times the population of Ireland itself, which is 3.8 million.

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At birth, a panda is smaller than a mouse and weighs about 4 ounces.

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A baby bat is called a pup.

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Hawaii is made up of 137 islands, only seven of which are inhabited.

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Kraft introduced Cheez Whiz, an all-purpose cheese sauce, in 1952.

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Jules Leotard (1842-1870) invented the flying trapeze in 1859. He also invented the close-fitting costume that still bears his name.

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The raising of silkworms is called sericulture and began in China about 2000 B.C. China produces 70 percent of the world’s silk supply.

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There are at least two words that contain all the vowels in order: facetious and abstemious. There are at least four words that contain all the vowels in reverse order: uncomplimentary, unproprietary, unoriental and subcontinental.

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Agatha Christie’s (1890-1976) character Miss Marple is one of the most famous and copied detectives of all time. Miss Marple’s first name is Jane. The last Miss Marple book was “Sleeping Murder,” published in 1976.

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Answer: The presidents carved into Mount Rushmore are George Washington (1732-1799), Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) and Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). Mount Rushmore is in South Dakota and is often called “The Shrine of Democracy.”

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

 

 

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