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Know It All
June 28, 2014, 05:00 AM

The unlucky S.S. Minnow on “Gilligan’s Island” (1964-1967) was named after Newton Minow (born 1926), former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Minow gave a speech in 1961 denouncing television as a “vast wasteland.”

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“The Poseidon Adventure” was the top-grossing film of 1972. Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012) and Gene Hackman (born 1930) starred as passengers of a luxurious ocean liner trying to survive after the ship gets hit by a tidal wave and capsizes.

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The world’s largest expedition yacht in the world, named the Octopus, is owned by Paul Allen (born 1953), a co-founder of Microsoft. The 416-foot yacht has two helicopters and a submarine aboard. Allen brought his yacht to the Thames in London for the 2012 Olympics.

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Presidential candidate Gary Hart (born 1936) dropped out of the 1988 election one week after the National Enquirer published a photo of the married man with his mistress Donna Rice (born 1958) sitting on his lap. The photo was taken while the couple was aboard a ship called Monkey Business.

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The largest ships in the Princess cruise line are the Sapphire Princess and the Diamond Princess. The identical ships each carry 2,670 passengers and 1,200 crew.

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Originally, the pilgrims traveling from England for America in 1620 departed on two ships — the Mayflower and the Speedwell. However, the Speedwell developed a leak and could not make the voyage.

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Captain Joseph Hazelwood (born 1946) stood trial after the 1989 oil spill of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker. He was accused of causing the accident due to intoxication. A jury found that he was not drunk, but he was fined $50,000 and 1,000 hours of community service for negligently discharging oil.

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Can you name the ships of the following captains? Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook, Captain Ahab, Captain Stubing and Captain Corcoran. See answer at end.

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Walt Disney originally wanted to have live animals in the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland until he realized he couldn’t control the animals’ sleeping habits. The python, hippos, gorillas and elephants encountered on the cruise are run by robotics.

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The British shipping company White Star Line built three huge ships: the Olympic in 1911, the Titanic in 1912 and the Britannic in 1914. The Titanic was the largest passenger ship in the world at the time of its launching.

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After the Titanic ran into an iceberg in 1912, the ship’s orchestra was instructed to play cheerful tunes to calm the passengers. The eight members of the orchestra played while the ship sunk. They went down with the ship.

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The mutiny aboard the British Royal Navy ship named the Bounty occurred in 1789. First mate Fletcher Christian (1764-1793) led a mutiny against Captain William Bligh (1754-1817) sending the captain and half of the crew adrift in a small launch. Bligh sailed the 23-foot boat 3,600 miles back to civilization. The mutineers started a settlement in Tahiti.

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Answer: Jack Sparrow — the Black Pearl, from the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003). Hook — the Jolly Roger, from “Peter Pan.” Ahab — the Pequod, from the novel “Moby Dick “(1851). Stubing — the Pacific Princess, from the television series “The Love Boat” (1977-1986). Corcoran — HMS Pinafore, from the comic opera “HMS Pinafore.”

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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