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Know It All
December 07, 2013, 05:00 AM

Male parrots are usually more colorful than female parrots.

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Large species of parrots, such as the macaw and the cockatoo, can live to be more than 75 years old in captivity. They can outlive their owners, so it is often necessary for owners to put the birds in their wills.

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Legally, animals cannot inherit property or money. If a pet owner wants their pet to be cared for in a specific way after the owner’s death, a trust can be established in the will. The trust devotes a certain amount of money to be used for pet care, food and toys.

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James Buchanan Duke (1856-1925) was a founder of the American Tobacco Company. Upon his death, his only child, Doris Duke, born in 1912, was heir to her father’s $80 million tobacco fortune at age 13. When Doris died a very rich woman in 1993, she left a $100,000 trust to her dog Minni.

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse have never been married on screen.

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In the 1930 Disney cartoon “The Picnic” Minnie Mouse had a dog named Rover. The next year, Rover became Mickey’s faithful dog Pluto. Pluto went on to become a star in 48 cartoons.

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Goofy’s name was originally Dippy Dog.

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Born Marion Michael Morrison (1907-1979), he was better known to the world as John Wayne (1907-1979). Wayne’s nickname was an homage to his childhood pet dog, an Airedale named Duke.

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In the 1989 movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” the last movie in the trilogy, Indiana’s real name was revealed by his father, played by Sean Connery (born 1930). The dashing character was named Junior, but he preferred to go by the nickname Indiana, which was the family dog’s name.

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At age 16, Scottish-born actor Sean Connery got two tattoos on his right arm. Revealing what’s really important to him, Connery’s tattoos say “Scotland forever” and “Mum and Dad.”

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In 1953, author Ian Fleming (1908-1964) created a series of fictional spy novels that featured British Secret Service agent James Bond fighting a creative cast of villains. Bond often faced off against the group SPECTRE. Do you know what the acronym stands for and who their evil leader was? See answer at end.

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The 1983 Bond film “Never Say Never Again” had a scene with a horse jumping off a cliff. The stunt caused controversy among animal rights activists. So, it became the first movie ever to have the disclaimer stating that no animals were mistreated during production of the film.

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A standard martini is made with gin and vermouth and garnished with an olive. Substitute a pearl onion for an olive and the drink is called a Gibson.

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The Russian word voda means water. That is the origin of the word Vodka, meaning eighty proof alcohol. Vodka was originally distilled from potatoes. Now it is made from grain.

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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) ate fried potatoes in France. Impressed with the treat, he brought the recipe to the White House. In 1802 “potatoes served in the French manner” appeared on a White House menu. It was the introduction of French fries.

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Answer: SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion,) is a fictional global terrorist organization led by the evil genius, and Bond’s archenemy, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Blofeld has aspirations of world domination, and a white cat. Blofeld was parodied in the Austin Powers trilogy of comedic movies (1997, 1999, 2002) as Dr. Evil.

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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