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Know It All
December 28, 2013, 05:00 AM

Some high-scoring two-letter words that are acceptable in Scrabble are xu (Vietnamese money), qi (a life-force) and za (short for pizza).

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MACK trucks have bulldogs as hood ornaments. People who really love their MACK bulldog can buy “Mack Duds,” little clothes to put on the bulldog.

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The famous Hollywood sign was rebuilt in 1978. The original sign, built in 1923, was damaged and falling apart. Celebrities sponsored individual letters of the sign for $27,500 each. Among the people that paid to restore the sign were singers Gene Autry (1907-1998) and Andy Williams (born 1927).

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The size of a football field is 120 yards long and 53 1/3 yards wide.

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The state of Arizona produces more copper than all of the other states combined, and has since 1910.

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Americans first saw bananas at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Sold as an “exotic treat,” the bananas were wrapped in foil and cost 10 cents each.

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Can you name the sports in a triathlon and the order in which they are competed? See answer at end.

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Famous people who attended UCLA include actors James Dean (1931-1955) and Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967), director Francis Ford Coppola (born 1939) and basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born 1947).

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One hundred cups of coffee consumed in four hours can kill you. It is equivalent to 10 grams of caffeine, a lethal amount.

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Yankee Stadium outraged baseball fans in 2004 when the stadium stopped selling Cracker Jacks and sold Crunch ‘n Munch instead. In two short months, due to the hue and cry, the stadium brought back traditional Cracker Jacks.

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The first gold record awarded to a recording artist went to Glenn Miller (1904-1944) in 1942. His song ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ (1941) sold more than 1 million records.

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Novelist Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) wrote Jane Eyre in 1847. Her sister Emily Brontë (1818-1848) wrote Wuthering Heights in 1848.

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To easily peel a sweet potato, take it from boiling water and immerse it in a bowl of ice cold water for 20 seconds, then peel the skin off.

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Koalas are not bears. They are marsupials.

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In 2009, Samsung built the largest functioning cellphone. It measured 15 feet by 11.2 feet by 2.5 feet.

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A “close encounter” with aliens is a sighting of a UFO. A ‘close encounter of the second kind’ is finding physical evidence of a UFO. An encounter of the third kind is physical contact with a UFO.

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Kampgrounds of America (KOA) had its first campground in 1962 along the Yellowstone River in Montana. Montana businessman Dave Drum recognized the need for a nice, clean campground for weary travelers. He offered, hot showers, clean restrooms and a small store for $1.75 a night.

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Answer: The three sports in a triathlon, in order, are swimming, cycling and running. The three sports are performed consecutively with no breaks. The standard distances in a triathlon are 1,500 meter swim, 40 kilometer bike ride and 10 kilometer run.

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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