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American Trivia

What two cities were linked by the Chisholm Trail, the cattle driver's route first used in 1867?
A: San Antonio, Texas, and Abilene, Kansas.

Which American state legislature is the only one to have a single chamber?
A: The Nebraska legislature.

What city promotes itself as the "air capital of the world" because it produces more aircraft than any other city?
A: Wichita, Kansas.

What special training was required of the first airline stewardesses, hired by United Airlines in 1930?
A: They had to be registered nurses. The requirement was dropped 12 years later.

What is the foggiest place in the United States?
A: Cape Disappointment, Washington. It's foggy there an average of 2,552 hours a year-- or 106 complete days.

At 11:03 p.m. on February 28, 1983, why did water usage in New York City rise by an unprecedented 300 million gallons?
A: The final episode of M*A*S*H had just ended, and an estimated one million New Yorkers flushed their toilets in unison.

In what year were FBI agents first allowed to carry guns?
A: In 1934--26 years after the agency was established, and the year in which the careers of John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson came to abrupt and bloody ends.

What American statesman, in his later years, regularly received mail deliveries at a park bench in Lafayette Square, opposite the White Houser?
A: Financier Bernard Baruch, who became known as the "Park Bench Statesman" during World War II when he used the unpainted oak bench as his office.

What was the dark blue Crayola crayon called before its name was changed to midnight blue in 1958?
A: Prussian blue. It was the first crayon renamed by Binney & Smith, which started producing crayons in 1903.

What did Wild Bill Hickok toss around his bed so he wouldn't be surprised by anyone sneaking up on him while he slept?
A: Crumpled newspapers.

What state has an average of 124 tornadoes a year--more than any other?
A: Texas. In second place is Oklahoma, 3hwich averages 56 tornadoes a year.

What name was given to the largest diamond ever found in the U.S.?
A: The Uncle Sam diamond. It was 40.23 carats in the rough when it was found in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, in 1924, and it yielded a 12.42 carat gem.

What did the middle initial O stand for in the late Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas's name?
A: Orville.

What number iron did astronaut Alan Shepard luse when he took his famous swing at a golf ball on the moon?
A: A six. The club actually was a 6-iron head attached to a jointed astronaut tool used to scoop soil.

What is the flickertail, from which North Dakota gets its official state nickname, the Flickertail State?
A: A squirrel--the Richardson ground squirrel--widely found in North Dakota.

What did Robert LeRoy7 Ripley, creator of the Believe It or Not newspaper cartoons, call his oddity-filled 27-room home?
A: Bion--for Believe It or Not.

How many of the ships involved in Columbus's historic 1492 expedition made return voyages to the New World?
A: Only one--the Nina. The Santa Maria, Columbus's flagship, ran aground off Hispaniola and was abandoned on the first expedition; The Pinta sailed home from the New World and disappeared from history.