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Know It All
April 26, 2014, 05:00 AM

To promote its new Doublemint gum in 1914, the Wrigley Company mailed a pack of gum to everyone listed in United States phone books.

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A culicidologist studies mosquitoes.

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The H.J. Heinz Company started selling horseradish in 1869. Sold in clear glass bottles, consumers could see the purity of the product, unlike competitors who sold their horseradish in tinted bottles. Heinz’s next products were pickles, sauerkraut and vinegar.

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Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks (born 1956) in the movie “Forest Gump” (1994), wore Hush Puppies brand shoes. After the movie, the old-fashioned shoes had a surge in popularity.

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Crocodiles and alligators look very similar but they have a couple of distinguishing characteristics. Crocodiles have narrow V-shaped snouts, while alligators have wider U-shaped snouts. Also, the upper jaw of an alligator is wider than the lower jaw, so their lower teeth are hidden when the mouth is closed. Crocodiles have upper and lower jaws that are the same size.

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There are 52 Lego bricks for every person on earth.

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Acupuncture dates back more than 2,000 years in China but the medical procedure only recently gained the attention of the American public. In 1971, during Richard Nixon’s (1913-1994) trip to China, a member of the press corps had successful pain treatment with acupuncture. Upon return, Nixon established relationships between American and Chinese medical professionals.

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English versions of Scrabble have 100 letter tiles. The most common letter is E, with 12 tiles. The letters J, K, Q, X and Z each have one tile. The game board has 225 squares.

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Leading man Robert Redford (born 1936) and leading lady Barbra Streisand (born 1942) starred in the movie “The Way We Were” (1973). Can you name the leading men and leading ladies in the following movies? “Top Hat” (1935), South Pacific” (1958), “My Fair Lady” (1964), “When Harry Met Sally” (1989). See answer at end.

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According to a poll of 900 women, three out of four respondents would rather have a root canal then wear a thong bikini in public.

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In 1992, Stella Liebeck, a 79-year-old from Albuquerque, N.M., spilled a cup of coffee from McDonald’s on her lap and suffered third degree burns on her legs. Liebeck sued McDonald’s for gross negligence claiming they sold their coffee too hot and it was therefore dangerous. The court awarded Liebeck $640,000. Appeals were made but, in the end, the two parties settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

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The onion belongs to the lily family.

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Answer: “Top Hat” — Fred Astaire (1899-1987) and Ginger Rogers (1911-1995). “My Fair Lady” — Rex Harrison (1908-1990) and Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). “South Pacific” — Rossano Brazzi (1916-1994) and Mitzi Gaynor (born 1931). “When Harry Met Sally” — Billy Crystal (born 1947) and Meg Ryan (born 1961).

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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