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American Trivia

What body of water did the early American settlers describe as "too thick to drink, too thin to plow"?
A: The Mississippi River, which is nicknamed the Big Muddy.

What is the name of the 600-mile-long California trail that the Spanish blazed from mission to mission from San Diego to Sonoma?
A: El Camino Real. It linked 21 missions and 4 forts.

What role did Garret A. Hobart play in American history?
A: Vice president (1897-99) to William McKinley--Hobart died while in office.

In what city was the first stock exchange in the United States established?
A: In Philadelphia, in 1790--two years before a New York exchange was set up.

Who wrote the unofficial anthem of Hawaii, "Aloha Oe"?
A: Queen Liliuokalani--the last royal ruler of the Hawaiian Islands.

What famous early Americans named North America's whistling swan?
A: Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who discovered the swan and named it for its song during their expedition to the West Coast.

How many single-serving jars of baby food does the average American baby eat in one year?
A: 630, according to the folks at Gerber Products.

In 1910 there were 32 million Americans living on farms. How many were living on forms in 1990?
A: 4.6 million.

How was a man named Fred Ott immortalized by Thomas Edison?
A: Edison filmed him sneezing in the first copyrighted film in history.

What was Montana's capital, Helena, called when it was a mining camp in the 1860s?
A: Last Chance Gulch.

What unique monetary service has the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco provided for the past 60 years?
A: Its guests are given only freshly washed coins. The hotel employs a full-time coin washer.

Colonial New York paved its first street--using stones--in 1657. What was its name?
A: Stone Street.

How much was Tennessee  schoolteacher John T. Scopes fined after he was found guilty of teaching evolution at his famous "monkey trial" in 1925?
A: He had to pay $100.

How did John Paul Scott, the only prisoner known to have survived an escape from Alcatraz, make it across the perilous waters of San Francisco Bay?
A: With water wings he fashioned from surgical gloves. Although he survived, he was recaptured after a 2-1/2 mile swim.

What state, of the contiguous 48, touches only one other state?
A: Maine--it touches only New Hampshire.

Where did Yale students find the name "Whiffenpoof" for their singing society and song?
A: From an imaginary character in the 1908 Victor Herbert operetta "Little Nemo."

Congress established the nation's first minimum wage in 1938. What was it?
A: Twenty-five cents an hour.

Who is the source of the U.S. Post Office's unofficial motto: "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"?
A: Greek historian Herodotus, who was referring to the couriers of Persia's King Xerxes I in the fifth century B.C.

What American city was founded in 1733 as a haven for British debtors?
A: Savannah, Georgia.