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Know It All
August 09, 2014, 05:00 AM

Varieties of peaches are classified in two categories determined by how firmly the flesh attaches to the stone or pit. Clingstone peaches are firmly attached to the pit. Freestone peaches are easy to remove from the pit.

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The state of Georgia produces the most peanuts, pecans and peaches in the country.

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The official state song of Georgia is “Georgia On My Mind,” made famous by Ray Charles (1930-2004) in 1960.

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Professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard (born 1956), born Ray Charles Leonard, was named after his mother’s favorite musician, Ray Charles.

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Sugar Ray Leonard gained worldwide fame when he won the gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada. He won his first professional fight the next year.

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Boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson (1921-1989) won the welterweight championship title in 1946 and held it for five years. In the 1950s he won the middleweight title five times.

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Do you know what boxer the movie “Raging Bull” (1980) is about? Can you name the star that portrayed him? See answer at end.

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During the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain the bulls run along a narrow street, with people running in front of them for half a mile. They run into a ring where they are kept for bullfights.

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In a professional bull riding competition a bull rider has to stay on the bull, holding on with one hand, for at least eight seconds to earn a score.

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Concussions are the most common injury of professional bull riders. The most common surgery that bull riders undergo is for shoulder injuries.

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Typical rodeo events are bull riding, bareback riding, team roping, barrel racing and steer wrestling.

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The word rodeo is Spanish. The word means to surround or round-up and was used by Spanish cowboys in reference to gathering cattle together before a cattle drive.

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The famous shopping area on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is only three blocks long.

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In the action comedy movie “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984), Detroit detective Axel Foley, played by Eddie Murphy (born 1961), investigates his friend’s murder and discovers an art gallery in Beverly Hills is being used as a front for a drug kingpin.

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Eddie Murphy was the voice of the donkey in the animated movie “Shrek” (2001) and he did the voice of the dragon Mushu in the movie “Mulan” (1998).

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A male donkey is called a jack. A female donkey is called a jennet or jenny.

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Answer: “Raging Bull” is based on the life and career of boxer Jake LaMotta (born 1921). Robert DeNiro (born 1943) played the self-destructive boxer. The movie was based on the middleweight champ’s autobiographical book of the same name, published in 1970.

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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