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Know It All
January 04, 2014, 05:00 AM

The Pentagon has 100,000 miles of telephone cable. The 23,000 employees make 200,000 telephone calls per day.

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A German shepherd named Buddy was the first seeing eye dog in the United States. His master was Morris Frank, a blind college student from Nashville, Tenn., who heard about seeing eye dogs in Switzerland. Frank brought Buddy to the United States from Switzerland in 1928. The two became famous when they got the attention of reporters, who were amazed to see the pair cross busy New York streets safely.

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The rocks used in hot-stone massage are heated to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The audience of kids for the show Howdy Doody (1954-1959) was called *** Peanut Gallery.

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A U.S. quarter has 119 grooves on its circumference. A dime has 118 grooves.

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The toothbrush was invented in 1498.

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In 1855, the Farmers Almanac included this recipe for toothpaste: 1 oz. myrrh (fine powder), 2 spoonfuls of your best honey, a pinch of green sage.

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The maze in the Pac-man video game has 240 dots. The four ghosts in Pac-man have names and characteristics. Pinky, the pink ghost, is fast. Blinky, the red ghost, is always behind Pac-man. Inky, the light blue ghost is shy and runs away from Pac-man. Clyde, the orange ghost, is slow.

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Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

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“Foreign Language Syndrome” occurs in some people very rarely after suffering a stroke or head injury. The condition causes subtle changes to vocal features, making the sufferers adopt what sounds like a foreign accent.

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Herring is the most widely eaten fish in the world. A “red herring” is a smoked herring having a reddish color or something that draws attention away from the central issue.

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Can you name the dwarfs from the Disney movie Snow White (1937)? See answer at end.

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Agatha Christie’s (1890-1976) character Miss Marple is one of the most famous and copied detectives of all time. Miss Marple’s first name is Jane. The last Miss Marple book was “Sleeping Murder,” published in 1976.

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Almost every normal body function stops when you sneeze.

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CQD was the international distress signal before SOS was adopted.

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Crayola’s senior crayon maker, Emerson Moser, revealed upon his retirement that he was blue-green colorblind and couldn’t see all the colors. He molded more than 1.4 billion crayons in his 37-year career.

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Sons will be colorblind if their mother is colorblind and their father is not. In this case, daughters will have normal vision.

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It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

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“One thousand” contains the letter A, but none of the words from one to 999 has an A.

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Answer: The seven dwarfs in Disney’s Snow White are Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful, Happy, Grumpy, Doc and Dopey. Some of the names that were rejected for the dwarfs were Gabby, Jumpy, Lazy, Nifty and Weepy.

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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