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Know it all
April 09, 2014, 05:00 AM

Alpha and Beta are the first two symbols of the Greek alphabet. That is the origin of the word alphabet.

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Bacchus is the Roman God of wine. In Greek mythology, he is known as Dionysus, and is the son of Zeus and Semele. Bacchus is a handsome youth with black eyes and flowing locks. He wears a crown with vine and ivy.

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Cheerioats cereal was introduced by General Mills in 1941. In 1945, the name was changed to Cheerios. The new slogan was “the first ready-to-eat oat cereal.”

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Dionne Quintuplet mania occurred in the 1930s. The famous quintuplets, born in 1934, were the first quintuplets to survive infancy. Can you name them?

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E is the most frequently used letter in the English alphabet. Q, X and Z are the least frequently used letters.

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FedEx was founded by Frederick Smith in 1971. Federal Express started with 14 small planes flying deliveries out of Memphis, Tenn. FedEx Express is now the largest cargo airline in the world.

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“Gunsmoke” is the longest running western series of all time. James Arness (born 1923) starred as Marshall Matt Dillon during the 20 years the show was on television; a total of 633 episodes.

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Hawaiian is the ancestral language of the Polynesians in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters: 5 vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and seven consonants (h, k, l, m, n, p, w).

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Ike was the nickname of President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969). Eisenhower used a campaign song called “I Like Ike.” Some of the lyrics were “I Like Ike! I’ll shout it over a mike, Or a phone, Or from the highest steeple. I Like Ike! And Ike is easy to like, Stand’s alone, The choice of we the people.”

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J does not appear anywhere within the periodic table of the elements.

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Kindergarten is called Reception in England. In Australia, it is called the Preparatory Grade.

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Latin is the formal language of the Roman Catholic Church, and the national language of the Vatican. The closest common language to Latin is Italian.

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Monday is the only day of the week that has an anagram; dynamo.

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Nike’s logo, the “swoosh,” was created in 1971 by graphic design student Carolyn Davidson. At the time, Nike owner Phil Knight paid Davidson $35 for the logo. In 1983, Knight surprised Davidson with a gift of Nike stock.

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Opera greats Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo are the “Three Tenors.” They performed together for the first time in Rome in 1990 at the World Cup finals. Their next performance together was during the 1994 World Cup finals Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium.

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Answer: The Dionne Quintuplets were named Annette, Cecile, Emilie (1934-1954), Marie (1934-1970), and Yvonne (1934-2001), The five identical sisters, born in Canada, were raised by Dr. Allen Roy Dafoe (1883-1943), the obstetrician who delivered the babies and became their guardian. The media widely publicized news about the quints; some happy news in the time of the Depression. The babies were used in ads for many products. Tourists visited Quintland, a theme park in the quints hometown, where they watched the babies play behind a one-way screen.

Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs in the weekend and Wednesday editions of the Daily Journal. Questions? Comments? Email knowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 ext. 114.

 

 

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