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Know It All
June 07, 2014, 05:00 AM

Game attendance hit record numbers when the New York Yankees brought Babe Ruth (1895-1948) to their team in 1920. Yankee Stadium was built the following year and became known as “The House That Ruth Built.” It was well known that Ruth’s popularity made it possible to finance the new stadium.

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The largest lake in Florida is Lake Okeechobee. The lake is 730 square miles with an average depth of only 9 feet.

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Downward facing dog, plank, scorpion and happy baby are all names of yoga positions.

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Alain Robert (born 1962), from France, is an “urban climber.” He climbs skyscrapers with his bare hands, sans equipment or ropes. In 2003, he was hired for a publicity stunt to dress in a Spider-Man costume and scale the 662-foot-tall National Bank of Abu Dhabi, while 100,000 spectators looked on.

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The study of motion is called kinematics.

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While attending high school in St. Paul, Minnesota, Charles Schulz (1922-2000) submitted drawings for his high school yearbook. The drawings were rejected.

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V8 Vegetable Juice was invented in 1933. The Campbell Soup Company bought V8 brand in 1948. One of the first spokesmen they hired for V8 was movie star Ronald Reagan (1911-2004).

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The antics of the Garden Gnome Liberation Front were brought to a halt in 1997 when a leader was convicted and fined by a French court for stealing 150 gnomes. The group of pranksters claimed that gnomes are being oppressed in gardens around the world.

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Alcatraz operated as a federal prison from 1934 to 1963. During that time, 36 men tried to escape. Of those, 23 were caught, six were shot and killed, two drowned and five disappeared and are presumed drowned.

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Can you name the three largest islands in the world? Do you know what is the largest island in the United States? See answer at end.

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Underneath their thick layer of fat, hippos have pores that emit an oily, pink fluid. The pink sweat keeps the hippos skin from drying out.

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Ariel’s mermaid sisters in “The Little Mermaid” (1989) are Aquatta, Andrina, Arista, Adella, Alana and Attina.

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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) never patented any of his inventions. He wanted his ideas to be for the benefit of the American people, not for his own profit.

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John Deere (1804-1886), an American blacksmith, developed the world’s first commercially successful steel plow, used in agriculture. Today, John Deere & Company is the leading manufacturer of farm equipment in the world.

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Jackson 5 was the first group in pop history to have their first four singles hit number one on the music charts. The songs, all released in 1970, were “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There.”

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Answer: The largest island is Greenland (840,000 square miles), followed by New Guinea (303,000 square miles), then Borneo (289,000 square miles). The largest island in the United States is the island of Hawaii (4,000 square miles).

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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