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What name did Pocahontas, the Indian princess who saved Captain John Smith, adopt after she married settler John Rolfe and converted to Christianity?
A: Rebecca.

Who is the only king to be included in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol building?
A: Hawaii's King Kamehameha.

What is the English translation of Sputnik--the name Russia gave to the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth?
A: "Traveler."

How did Wisconsin come to be called the Badger State?
A: "Badger" was the nick name given to Wisconsin's early miners--mostly Cornish immigrants who worked underground in lead mines and like badgers, dug caves in hillsides to survive the coldest winter months.

On which holiday are the greatest number of collect calls generally made in the United States?
A: Father's Day.

What famous American inventor and diplomat compiled a list of more than 200 synonyms for "drunk," including cherry-merry, nimptopsical, and soaked?
A: Benjamin Franklin.

What did Paul Revere shout on is famous midnight ride from Boston to Lexington on April 18, 1775? Hint: Longfellow had it wrong in his poem.
A: "The Regulars are out!" The Regulars were the British troops.

English ships once carried limes to protect sailors from scurvy; what did American vessels carry?
A: Cranberries.

What is the official state dessert of Massachusetts?
A: Boston cream pie.

How much was the tax per pound of tea that triggered the Boston Tea Party in 1773?
A: 3 cents per pound.

How did Zilwaukee, Michigan, get its name?
A: The owners of a local sawmill devised it, hoping German immigrants would confuse it with Milwaukee and settle in their town.

What American coin was the first to have nickel in it?
A: The one-cent piece issued in 1857. It contained 12 percent nickel and 88 percent copper. It was not until 1866 that five-cent pieces containing nickel were put into circulation.

Why do old firehouses have circular staircases?
A: Because in days of yore the horses that pulled fire engines were stabled on the ground floor of fire houses and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

How has American veterinarian and U.S. Agriculture Department inspector Daniel E. Salmon (1850-1914) been immortalized?
A: Salmonella--the sometimes deadly bacteria--is named for him.

What was the last institution of higher learning in the United States established by royal decree?
A: Dartmouth College, which received its royal charter from England's King George III in 1769.

What mountain has the most extensive glacial system of any single peak in the contiguous 48 states?
A: Mount Rainier, in Washington State. It has a total of 26 named glaciers.

What was the Declaration of Sentiments, drafted in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848?
A: A treatise, patterned after the Declaration of Independence, that declared "All men and women are created equal." It was signed by 100 people--68 women and 32 men--at the nation's first women's rights convention.

What was the name of strongman-bodybuilder Charles Atlas's son?
A: Hercules. He grew up to become a math teacher.

What was Benjamin Franklin's last official act?
A: Two months before his death in 1790, he signed a petition to Congress calling for the abolition of slavery. He did so as president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery.