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Know It All
March 15, 2014, 05:00 AM

In America we say there is a man in the moon. In China it is a toad in the moon. There is a legend that an eclipse occurs when the toad tries to swallow the moon.

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Moonstone, an opalescent gemstone, is regarded as a sacred stone, believed to bring good fortune to the person who wears it .

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Florida declared the moonstone to be the official state gem in 1970. Moonstone is not found naturally in Florida. The gem was chosen because the space shuttle that brought Neil Armstrong (born 1930) to the moon in 1969 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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The Kennedy Space Center is a tourist destination. Visitors can see the Astronaut Hall of Fame, experience interactive space flight simulators and board the Space Shuttle Explorer.

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On July 16, 1969, the crew of the Apollo 11 mission ate the first meal on the moon. They had four pieces of bacon, three sugar cookies, peaches, pineapple-grapefruit juice and coffee.

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Meals for astronauts while on a mission are required to provide 2,800 calories per day.

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In 1969, Baskin-Robbins introduced “Lunar Cheesecake” ice cream to commemorate the landing on the moon.

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Irv Robbins and his brother-in-law Burt Baskin began Baskin-Robbins in 1945 in Glendale, Calif. They started their business with 31 ice cream flavors — one for every day of the month.

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It takes approximately 50 licks to finish a scoop of ice cream.

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The Klondike Bar, a square slice of ice cream dipped in chocolate, was created in 1922 in Ohio.

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“What would you do for a Klondike Bar?” The nationwide advertising campaign was launched in 1982, the first year the Klondike bar became available around the country.

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In 1994, the Denver Zoo received international attention when it raised two animals from birth that had never been raised in captivity before or since. Do you remember what the animals were and their names? See answer at end.

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At the main entrance to state capital building in Denver, Colo., the 13th step is exactly one mile above sea level. Denver is known as the mile-high city.

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Singer John Denver (1943-1997) was a top-selling recording artist from 1969 to 1975. Successful on the country and pop charts, Denver had 14 gold albums and eight platinum albums.

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In the Muppet special, “John Denver and the Muppets: Rocky Mountain Holiday” (1982), Denver takes the Muppets camping in the Colorado mountains. A fan of the Muppets, Denver also starred in “John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together” (1979).

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The name of the scientist on the Muppets is Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. His assistant is named Beaker.

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The youngest guest star on “The Muppet Show” (1976-1981) was 15-year-old Brooke Shields (born 1965).

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The 1980 Calvin Klein jeans commercial starring Brooke Shields was controversial and extremely successful. In the commercial, 15-year-old Shields says “You know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” Within one week of the national ad campaign, 200,000 pairs of jeans were sold.

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Answer: Klondike and Snow were polar bear siblings that were rejected by their mother and raised by the zoo staff. The bears now live at Sea World in Orlando, Fla. at the wild arctic exhibit.

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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