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Know It All
March 29, 2014, 05:00 AM

A one-carat diamond weighs 200 milligrams.

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Tylenol and chocolate are poisonous to cats.

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Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) was the first woman nominated for U.S. presidency. The People’s Party nominated the entrepreneur and social activist in 1872.

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Marion Morrison (1907-1979) got his acting moniker from a producer who thought the actor’s given name wasn’t “American” enough. The producer assigned the name John Wayne to the actor for his leading role in “The Big Trail” (1930).

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More than one-third of the world’s commercial supply of pineapples is grown in Hawaii.

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There is a Bible-themed miniature golf course in Lexington, Ky. Players putt through the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark and the parted Red Sea.

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The first no-smoking law was passed in Massachusetts in 1683. Smoking was forbidden outdoors because it was a fire hazard. Fines were used to buy equipment for fighting fires.

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Parker Brothers prints $50 billion worth of Monopoly money annually. Do you know how much money comes in each game? Remember how much money each player receives at the beginning of the game? See answer at end.

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Most people receive eight birthday cards, on average.

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Claustrophobia is a fear of enclosed places; pretty common. Not so common is claustrophilia, an abnormal desire to be confined in an enclosed space.

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Americans expect a pair of jeans to last 2.8 years.

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On a cross-country trip, San Francisco to New York, a Boeing 767 passenger jet uses 7,400 gallons of fuel. That’s 37 gallons per person on a typical 200-passenger flight.

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Dinosaurs walked the Earth during the Triassic period, 190 to 230 million years ago.

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The highest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Canaima National Park, Venezuela. The falls are 3,212 feet high.

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Henry Phillips (1890-1958), an Oregon businessman, invented the Phillips screwdriver in 1936. The easy-to-use crosshead Phillips screwdriver quickly became essential on automobile assembly lines.

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A person’s foot has an average of 250,000 sweat glands. There are more sweat glands per inch in our feet than anywhere else on the body.

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During a storm in Bangladesh in 1986, 92 people were killed by hailstones that weighed up to 2.2 pounds each.

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The three most common elements in the Earth’s crust, in order, are oxygen, silicon and aluminum.

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The traditional British dish of fried potato and cabbage is called bubble and squeak, named for the action and sound made during the cooking process.

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In the opening credits of “The Simpsons” (1989-present), 1-year-old Maggie rings up as $847.63 on the grocery store scanner.

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Bill Haley (1925-1981) and His Comets were influential in making rock ‘n’ roll a national phenomenon, thanks to their popular hit song “Rock Around the Clock” (1954).

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Answer: Each Monopoly game comes with $15,140. Each player receives $1,500 at the beginning of the game; five $1’s, five $5’s, five $10’s, six 20’s, two $50’s, two $100’s and two $500’s. Monopoly is the most played board game in the world.

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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