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Know It All
August 02, 2014, 05:00 AM

Blood flow to the brain increases when you think. Blood flow increases more in the left brain when thinking of analogies and more in the right brain for spatial reasoning.

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On “The Andy Griffith Show,” (1960-1968) the occasional prisoners at the jailhouse were fed meals home cooked by Sheriff Andy Taylor’s Aunt Bee.

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Singer Perry Como (1912-2001) was the seventh son of a seventh son.

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Psychologist Phil McGraw (born 1950) got his start in show business in 1998 when he began appearing weekly on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (1986-2011) as a “relationship and life strategy expert.”

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New York’s first ticker-tape parade was held in 1886 during the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. The most recent ticker-tape parade was held in 2000 to celebrate the New York Yankees’ victory in the World Series.

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Tweety Bird is owned by Granny, a little old lady with glasses who wears her gray hair in a bun. Granny usually stops her cat Sylvester from eating Tweety by whacking the “puddy tat” with an umbrella.

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Do you know who traveled to Brobdingnag, Lilliput, Houyhnhnms and Glubdubdribb? See answer at end.

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Joseph and Lyman Bloomingdale opened the Bloomingdale Brothers Great East Side Bazaar in Manhattan in 1872. By 1929, the store covered an entire city block. It was the original Bloomingdale’s department store.

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Singultus is the medical term for reflex spasms of the diaphragm, also called a hiccup.

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Elvis Presley (1935-1977) owned a chimpanzee named Scatter. Michael Jackson (1958-2009) had a pet chimp named Bubbles.

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In 2005, in celebration of Disneyland’s 50th golden anniversary, one car or vehicle from every original ride was painted gold. For example, Autopia has a gold race car, the Teacup ride has a gold teacup and the Dumbo ride has one gold elephant.

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Queen Elizabeth of England (born 1926) has four children: Charles (born 1948), Anne (born 1950), Andrew (born 1960) and Edward (born 1964). She has six grandchildren: William (born 1982), Harry (born 1984), Beatrice (born 1988), Eugenie (born 1990), Peter (born 1977), Zara (born 1981) and Louise (born 2003).

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Super Grover on “Sesame Street” (1969-present) is a parody of Superman. Super Grover’s secret identity is Grover Kent, a doorknob salesman for Acme, Inc.

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Answer: Lemuel Gulliver in “Gulliver’s Travels,” a 1726 novel by Jonathan Swift (1667-1745). The novel is a tale of Gulliver’s fantastic voyages. Gulliver encounters miniature Lilliputians, the residents of Lilliput. The inhabitants of Brobdingnag are giant people. The country of Houyhnhnms is ruled by horses.

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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