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Know It All
August 30, 2014, 05:00 AM

A lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles away. The roar may warn intruders or gather scattered members of the pride.

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The dodo bird, extinct since the mid-17th century, was the first species that had its demise directly due to human activity. Dodos were a source of fresh meat for the crews and passengers of ships traveling in the Indian Ocean.

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John Deere (1804-1886), a blacksmith from Vermont, invented the first steel plow in 1837. In 1836, Deere moved to Illinois where cast-iron plows could not get through the sticky Midwest soil. The steel plow worked so well that, by 1842, Deere had made and sold almost 200 plows.

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Tigers have striped skin under their striped fur.

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Over the course of the day the face of sunflowers follow the sun. At dawn, the flowers turn East where the sun rises and track the sun throughout the day. This is known as heliotropism.

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Jed Clampett moves his family to Beverly Hills after discovering oil on the sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1962-1971). Jethro Bodine is Jed’s nephew, Elly May Clampett is Jed’s daughter and Daisy “Granny” Moses is his mother-in-law.

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The United States has hosted the Olympics more times than any other country. Do you know how many times? Can you name the host cities and years? See answer at end.

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American paper currency always has a picture of a president on it with three exceptions. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) is on the $10 bill, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) is pictured on the $100 bill and Salmon P. Chase (1808-1873) was pictured on the $10,000 note, which is no longer printed or in circulation.

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Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) was the first African-American to play major league baseball. Robinson played second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1956. He played in six World Series with the Dodgers.

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The interior green marble walls of the London Stock Exchange have a resemblance to gorgonzola cheese, which is why the building is nicknamed Gorgonzola Hall.

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In a study of published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 63 percent of participants reported a decrease in back pain after they switched to a new mattress.

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Shipping and railroad magnate Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) was the richest man in America when he died in 1877. His fortune was worth $100 million. In today’s dollars he would be worth $143 billion.

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Chanel No. 5 was the first perfume to feature a designer’s name. French Fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971) introduced the perfume in 1921. The number 5 came about because the perfume creator presented Chanel with numbered samples of perfume to choose from. She chose sample number 5.

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The highest grossing documentary ever is “Fahrenheit 9/11” (2004), by Michael Moore (born 1954). The movie made $119 million domestically.

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Answer: The United States has hosted the Olympics eight times. The Summer Olympics were hosted four times; St. Louis, Missouri in 1904, Los Angeles in 1932 and 1984 and Atlanta in 1996. The Winter Olympics were hosted four times; Lake Placid, N.Y. in 1932 and 1980, Squaw Valley in 1960 and Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002.

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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