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Know It All
November 30, 2013, 05:00 AM

Yo-yo means “come back” in Tagalog, the native language of the Philippines. The yo-yo was a weapon in the Philippines around 1500.

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Can you name the colors on each side of an original Rubik’s cube? See answer at end.

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The first creatures launched into space by the United States were mice. Mice went to space for the first time on Aug. 31, 1950.

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The buffalo nickel was minted from 1913 to 1938. The coin’s designer was James Fraser. He thought the buffalo symbolized the “winning of the West.” There is a Native American chief on the opposite side of the coin.

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The old-fashioned bicycles with the large front wheel and a tiny rear wheel are called “penny-farthing” bicycles. They became popular in the 1870s. The front wheel was as much as three times larger in diameter than the rear wheel. The “safety bicycle,” a bicycle with both wheels the same size, replaced the penny-farthing bicycle at the turn of the century.

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A maple tree is usually at least 45 years old and 12 inches in diameter before it is tapped for sap. It takes 10 gallons of sap to make one quart of maple syrup. A gallon of Pure Maple Syrup weighs 11 pounds.

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Many of the sweaters worn by Mr. Rogers on his television show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, were knit by his real mother.

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Bubble solution is the best-selling toy in the world. Make your own bubble solution by mixing equal amounts of water and liquid dish detergent.

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Radio Flyer, the company that makes toy wagons, was named because of the founder’s fascination with the newly invented radio and the wonder of flight. By 1930, Radio Flyer was the world’s largest producer of wagons.

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The term “homo sapiens” comes from the Latin words meaning “wise man.”

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Out of all possible injuries, professional football players are most likely to injure their knees.

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The white of an egg is called the albumen.

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An average, hen lays 300 to 325 eggs a year. A hen starts laying eggs at 19 weeks of age.

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Walter Matthau (1920-2000) was 6 feet tall at age 11. He began his stage career at the same age playing bit parts in Yiddish theater.

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New Jersey has a spoon museum featuring over 5,400 spoons from every state and almost every country.

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La-Z-Boy introduced their first upholstered recliner in 1929.

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Fred and Barney made a new friend in the last season of “The Flintstones” (1960-1966). The Great Gazoo was a green alien that crashed his UFO in the town of Bedrock. Gazoo was from the planet Zetox.

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Unprosperousness is the longest word in which every letter occurs at least twice.

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The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

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Answer: The original Rubik’s Cube has sides of red, green, yellow, white, orange and blue. The whole cube is made up of six center cubes, eight corner cubes and 12 edge cubes.

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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