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Know It All
December 14, 2013, 05:00 AM

Since 1999, the first full week of December has been designated National Handwashing Awareness Week.

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After creating the claymation character Gumby, Art Clokey (born 1921) invested in a toy called Moody Rudy. It was a face made of clay that could be molded in to “any expression to suit your mood.” The toy did not sell well.

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Last year, the U.S. Postal Service introduced a stamp commemorating jury duty. The 41-cent stamp shows 12 faces of representative jurors in silhouette, with the words “serve with pride.”

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The state of Texas has towns named Earth, Mercury and Pluto.

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William S. Harley (1880-1943) and Arthur Davidson (1881-1950) were the original founders of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. They built and sold the first motorcycle in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisc. The company is still headquartered in Milwaukee.

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Do you know the last lines of the following movies: “Gone With the Wind” (1939), “Casablanca” (1942), “Mary Poppins” (1964) and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006)? See answer at end.

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Michael J. Fox (born 1961) played Alex Keaton, the eldest son in the television sitcom “Family Ties” (1982-1989). In the show, Alex was a conservative Republican. He kept a framed photo of Richard Nixon (1913-1994) in his bedroom.

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The average adult’s spinal cord is 17.5 inches long.

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The comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” was first published in the Chicago Tribune in 1924. The red-headed orphan’s favorite exclamations were “Gee whiskers” and “Leapin’ lizards!”

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Precious gems were used in engagement rings before diamonds became standard. Each gem had significance, for example garnet signified truth and amethyst meant sincerity.

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Comic superhero Captain America uses a shield as his weapon. The shield is 2.5 feet in diameter and weighs 12 pounds. The indestructible shield cannot be penetrated, is not affected by temperature extremes and is immune to radiation.

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Many celebrities have their own production companies. David Letterman’s (born 1947) production company is called Worldwide Pants. Drew Barrymore’s (born 1975) is Flower Films. Tim Allen’s (born 1953) is called Boxing Cat Productions.

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A typical water tower holds about a day’s worth of water for the community it serves.

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Woolaroc is a 3,700 acre wildlife preserve in the Osage Hills of Oklahoma, home to native wildlife including buffalo, elk and longhorn cattle. The name Woolaroc is derived from three words describing the area: the woods, lakes and rocks.

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Tiffany & Company, makers of fine jewelry since 1837, has an ironclad rule. The trademark Tiffany Blue box may only leave the store when it contains something that has been purchased. The iconic boxes themselves are never sold or given away.

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The temperature of milk when it leaves the cow is 101 degrees Fahrenheit. Fresh milk is quickly cooled and stored at 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Answer: “Gone With the Wind” — “After all, tomorrow is another day!”; “Casablanca” — “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”; “Mary Poppins” — “Goodbye, Mary Poppins. Don’t stay away too long.”; “Pirates of the Caribbean” - “So tell me, what has become of my ship?”

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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