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How many states border an ocean?
A: 23. They are: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Delaware Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.

How much -- in pounds and shillings--did Paul Revere charge in expenses for his ride to New York and Philadelphia to deliver news of the Boston Tea Party in December 1773?
A: 14 pounds, 2 shillings. The trip took him 11 days. His bill, endorsed by John Hancock, was sold at auction in 1978 for $70,000.

Where is the Superman Museum located?
A: In Metropolis, Illinois. The comic book superhero lived and worked as Clark Kent in a fictional city named Metropolis.

What words did Thomas Jefferson use in his final draft of the Declaration of Independence to describe the truths we now hold to be "self-evident"?
A: Jefferson wrote "sacred and undeniable," but Benjamin Franklin, acting as his editor, changed the wording to "self-evident." In all, 86 changes were made to the draft submitted by Jefferson.

What interest rate was charged when the U.S. government took out its first loan in September 1789 to help pay the salaries of the president and Congress?
A: Six percent. The loan, for $200,000, was from the Bank of New York. A similar loan was obtained from the Bank of North America.

What motto was inscribed on the 1787 Fugio cent, the first coin issued by authority of the United Sates?
A: "Mind your business." The motto was suggested by Benjamin Franklin, Fugio is Latin for "I am fleeing"--meaning time flies.

After what famous eatery did railroad innovator George Pullman name his first luxury dining car in 1832?
A: Delmonico's, the fashionable New York restaurant.

How many male justices had been appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court before Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman named to the nation's highest court?
A: 104. She was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1981 by Ronald Reagan.

What are the eight Rocky Mountain states?
A: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

How long did it take aerialist Philippe Petit to make his 1,350-foot-long tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City in 1974?
A: 50 minutes.

What state capital was originally called Pig's Eye?
A: St. Paul, Minnesota. Pig's Eye was the nickname of tone of the town's first settlers, a French-Canadian trader named Pierre Parrant.

What famous Indian chief's name was Goyakla or Goyathlay, which means One Who Yawns in his native tongue?
A: The Apache we know as Geronimo, Spanish for Jerome.

In the early years of America's celebration of Mother's Day, what flower was customarily worn by those honoring their moms?
A: The carnation. Pink carnations were worn by those whose mothers were alive; White by those whose mothers had died.

What did "Little Miss Sure Shot" Annie Oakley do with all her gold shooting medals?
A: She had the melted down, then sold the gold and gave the money to charity.

What percent of a newly minted dime is silver?
A: None. As o f1965, the U.S. Mint stopped putting silver in dimes. They contain 75 percent copper and 25 percent nickel, bonded to an inner core of pure copper. Previously, dimes were 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.