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Wright's 66, King's Oscar

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Frank Lloyd Wright designed some of America's most iconic buildings. But one of the most unusual examples of his architectural work is found at the corner of Route 45 and Route 33 in Cloquet, Minnesota, outside of Duluth. It's a Phillips 66 service station. Or, at least, it was. Today, it is known as the R.W. Lindholm Service Station, for the ...Read more

Where are the world's largest wine cellars?

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The largest wine cellars in the world are near Capetown, in the center of the wine district of South Africa. They cover an area of 25 acres and have a capacity of 36 million gallons. The largest blending vats have a capacity of nearly 55,000 gallons.

How much time do you spend reading the paper?

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It has been estimated that the typical American will spend an average of 2 years of his/her life reading newspapers.

Who played Audie Murphy in the film of his autobiography?

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Murphy's 1949 autobiography To Hell and Back became a national bestseller. In the book Murphy modestly describes some of his most heroic actions -- without portraying himself as a hero. Instead, he chose to praise the skills, bravery, and dedication of the other soldiers in his platoon. Murphy played himself in the inevitable 1955 ...Read more

How long have Girl Scouts sold cookies?

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One of the activities Girl Scouts are best known for is their annual Cookie Sale — a program and fund-rasing activity that has become an American tradition. During the early 1930s, Girl Scout troops conducted various fund raisers to support their activities. One fund-rasing activity that took place in many U.S. communities was the baking and ...Read more

Where would you find Dungeons and Dragons?

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Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy tabletop roleplaying game (RPG) currently published by Wizards of the Coast. The original Dungeons & Dragons, designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, was first published in 1974 by Gygax's company, Tactical Studies Rules (TSR). Originally derived from tabletop games played with paper, ...Read more

How much counterfeiting went on during the Civil War?

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By the end of the Civil War, between one-third and one-half of all U.S. paper currency in circulation was counterfeit. This served as the catalyst behind the creation of the U.S. Secret Service. On July 5, 1865, the Secret Service was created under the U.S. Treasury Department. In less than a decade, counterfeiting was sharply reduced.

How many cows can be milked in hour?

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You could milk about six cows per hour by hand, but with modern machinery, you can milk up to 100 cows per hour.

Who repaired Houdini's grave?

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Illusionist David Copperfield donated $10,000 in October, 1994 to repair the vandalized New York gravesite of legendary magician Harry Houdini. Houdini's mausoleum, with its Gothic benches and ornate headstones, had been vandalized five months earlier. Houdini and his wife both rest at the site.

Feminist Partner, King Mayor

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You know her best as one of the feminist partners on "The Good Wife," but Christine Baranski has also been Emmy-nominated for guest starring roles as stern psychiatrists on both "Frasier" and on "The Big Bang Theory." She was a rival of Frasier's and played Leonard Hofstadter's mother. Her first TV appearance was playing the hard-drinking ...Read more

How tall is a baby giraffe?

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A baby giraffe is about six feet tall at birth.

How did Cecil get people into theater seats?

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Director and screenwriter Cecil B. DeMille was one of the first film pioneers who quickly realized that how a movie looked could be a powerful magnet to draw larger audiences into theatres. He capitalized on audiences' thirst for extravagance and luxury, as evidenced in his The King of Kings, The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah, and The ...Read more

What were golf balls originally made from?

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Before 1850, golf balls were made of leather and were stuffed with feathers.

Who introduced raisins to Europe?

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In the eleventh century, crusader knights first introduced raisins to Europe when they returned home from the Mediterranean. By the fourteenth century, raisins became an important part of European cuisine. Raisin prices skyrocketed. The English, French, and Germans attempted to grow grapes for raisins, but their climates were too cold for drying...Read more

Straight Queer, Jaws Sisters

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Some straight actors have developed a career playing queer roles. Elizabeth Mitchell from "Lost" had been Angelina Jolie's lover in "Gia," and Kerry Weaver's on "ER." Olivia Wilde has played bisexuals in two TV series: Alex Kelly on "The O.C." and Thirteen on "House." And Julianne Moore became a lesbian icon, thanks to "The Hours," "The Kids Are...Read more

Who made St. Nick into a Christmas gift giver?

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St. Nicholas was bishop of the Turkish town of Myra in the early fourth century. It was the Dutch who first made him into a Christmas gift-giver, and Dutch settlers brought him to America where his name eventually became the familiar Santa Claus.

How high are Angel Falls?

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Venezuela's Angel Falls are a mile high. They were originally discovered from an airplane.

What is awarded on "Satu's Day?"

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Satu is a female first name in Finnish meaning "fairy tale," and the best childrens' fairy tales are awarded on October 18th, known as "Satu's Day." The international competition for children ages 7 to 13 has been held since 1993, and its rules are translated into five languages.

Constitutional Aristocrat, Biblical Baby

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Do you really, really hate the idea of Americans accepting aristocratic titles? Well, there's good news. If you can find 26 more states to pass it, you can enact a constitutional amendment approved by Congress in 1810. Twelve states ratified it, five short of what ratification required, but the amendment had no expiry date, which is unusual. ...Read more

How long have people played crambo?

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The game crambo, in which one person or team must find a rhyme to a word or a line of verse given by another, originated around 1600. The word "crambo" is from the Latin for “cabbage.”

 

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