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Know It All
January 11, 2014, 05:00 AM

An adult human brain is about 2 percent of total body weight. The brain of a goldfish makes up 0.3 percent of its total body weight.

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Corn was domesticated about 10,000 years ago in the highlands of central Mexico. Corn, also known as maize, has been found at archeological sites in Mexico.

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Castroville is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World. In 1947, a young woman named Norma Jean was crowned Castroville’s first Artichoke Queen. She went on to become actress Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962).

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The footprints left by astronauts on the moon will last about 10 million years.

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Dream analysts say that a dream with a doctor in it represents an improvement in all departments of your life.

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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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An average yawn lasts about 6 seconds.

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Without looking, can you name the famous faces on the U.S. penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half-dollar, silver dollar and $1 gold coin? See answer at end.

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The minimum wage in the United States in 1949 was 40 cents per hour.

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“The Hank McCune Show” debuted on NBC in 1950 and ran for three years. It was the first television show to use a laugh track.

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Power steering in cars became commercially available in 1951. Francis Davis of Massachusetts invented power steering after working for the truck division of the Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company.

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On Oct. 15, 1952, General Electric celebrated its 75th anniversary by giving five shares of stock to any employee who had a baby on that day. The company guessed there would be 13 births out of the 226,000 employees. However, none of the women on staff were under age 17 or over age 65, and it was the Baby Boom era. There were 189 G.E. babies born that day 

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Meringue is egg whites and sugar whipped together until the mixture gets stiff.

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In 1954, Swanson & Sons sold 10 million TV dinners. After Thanksgiving 1953, Swanson had 270 tons of unsold turkey and needed to do something with it. Thus, TV dinners were invented. The 98-cent meals had turkey, corn bread dressing, buttered peas and sweet potatoes in aluminum trays.

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“Virginia is for Lovers” has been the slogan for Virginia tourism since 1969. The slogan debuted in an ad in “Modern Bride” magazine.

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Perennially young Dick Clark (1929-2012) wrote three books on the history of “American Bandstand,” one book with grooming tips for teens (“Dick Clark’s Easygoing Guide to Good Grooming” 1986), and a book of his memoirs entitled “Rock, Roll & Remember!” (1976).

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Answer: The faces on U.S. coins are: penny-Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), nickel-Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), dime-Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), quarter-George Washington (1732-1799), half-dollar-John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), $1 coin-Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), $1 gold coin-Sacagawea (1786-1812).

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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