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Know It All
December 11, 2013, 05:00 AM

Horse-racing regulations state that no race horse’s name may contain more than 18 letters including spaces. Names that are too long would be cumbersome on racing sheets.

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The most recognized smell in the world is coffee. The second most identifiable smell is peanut butter.

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It requires about 850 peanuts to make an 18-ounce jar of peanut butter.

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A female horse is called a mare. Do you know what is a male horse called? What about a young female horse and a young male horse? The height of a horse is measured in a unique way. Do you know what it is? See answer at end. 

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The knee jerk reflex takes about 30 milliseconds. This is time between the stimulus, which is the tap on the ligament in the knee, and the responsive knee jerk, which is the contraction of the quadriceps muscle in the leg.

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Good Housekeeping magazine, the first “female oriented” publication, debuted on May 2, 1885. Good Housekeeping met with huge success as the first magazine to provide information about running a home, a broad range of literary offerings and opportunities for reader input 

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Bay Meadows had been in San Mateo since 1934. The first horse transported by air landed at Bay Meadows. It was in 1945 when El Lobo was flown from Los Angeles by his owner to contest the Burlingame Handicap. After landing safely on an airstrip adjacent to Bay Meadows, El Lobo completed the history-making journey by winning the race.

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In horse racing, an exacta is a wager that picks the first two finishers in a race in the exact order of their finish. A trifecta is a wager picking the first three finishers in exact order.

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Tabasco sauce polishes silver.

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Most American car horns honk in the key of F.

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The word cereal comes from Ceres, the Roman goddess of the harvest.

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The first athlete to appear on a box of Wheaties was baseball great Lou Gehrig in 1934. It was 50 years later when the first female athlete appeared on a box of Wheaties. It was Mary Lou Retton in 1984.

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Hyperhidrosis affects 1 in 200 people. It is more commonly known as clammy hands. Clammy hands are caused by overactive nerves that send signals to the sweat glands. It is an inherited condition.

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A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.

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Dendrochronology is the science of calculating a tree’s age by its rings.

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When a rock is 10 inches or more in diameter, it is a boulder.

Boulder, Colo. has more used bookstores per capita than any other city in the country.

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No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

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Answer: A male horse is a stallion. A young female horse is a filly, and a young male horse is a colt. Horses are measured by hand. One hand is 4 inches.

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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