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Know It All
March 22, 2014, 05:00 AM

Viewed from space, Las Vegas, Nev. is the brightest man-made place in the world.

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Eggs should be kept in the refrigerator in their original carton. Eggs are best when used within five weeks of purchase.

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The television show “ER” (1994-2009) was originally planned to be a movie directed by Steven Spielberg (born 1946).

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A law passed in 1866 does not allow portraits of any living person to appear on American currency.

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King crab is measured by how many crab legs it takes to make 10 pounds. Size “12-15” means there are 12 to 15 legs per 10 pounds. Size “6-9” are really big crab legs.

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“Wait a minute, you ain’t heard nothing yet.” Those were the first words spoken in the first talking motion picture. Can you name the movie, its star and the year it came out? See answer at end.

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Doris Day’s (born 1924) given name was Doris Mary Anne von Kappelhoff.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s (1929-1968) famous “I Have a Dream” speech was delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963.

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Nike’s swoosh symbol represents the wing of the Greek Goddess Nike.

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The right lung takes in more air than the left lung.

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Jim Morrison (1943-1971), lead singer of the Doors, is buried at Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. The pop culture icon died in Paris at age 27.

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The first mate in the novel “Moby Dick” was named Starbuck. Starbucks Coffee is named after that character.

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The 1992 song “Unforgettable” won a Grammy Award. The song was recorded by Natalie Cole (born 1950), and her father Nat King Cole, who died in 1965. Nat King Cole’s original 1956 version of the song was spliced in with his daughter’s singing.

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Bianca and Bernard are the names of the mice that star in Disney’s animated movie “The Rescuers” (1977). Bob Newhart (born 1929) was the voice of Bernard and Eva Gabor (1919-1995) was the voice of Bianca.

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Cirque de Soleil, French for Circus of the Sun, was formed in 1984. The average age of the 2,500 Cirque de Soleil employees is 24.

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The capital of Brazil is Brasilia. Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina.

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Richard Cadbury (1835-1899) introduced the first chocolate box in 1868. The candy box was decorated with a painting of his young daughter holding a kitten. Richard and his brother George took over their father’s chocolate business in 1861.

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Answer: “The Jazz Singer” debuted in 1927 and starred Al Jolson (1886-1950). It was the first “talkie” that was widely commercially distributed. The movie was a huge success, signaling the end of the silent film era. Jolson also starred in “The Singing Fool” (1928), “Say It With Songs” (1929) and “Mammy” (1930).

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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