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How many shots were fired in the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral?
A: 34--evenly split between the Earps and the Clantons. But the Earps were better marksmen, scoring 13 hits and killing three (Billy Clanton, and Frank and Tom McLowerey). The Clantons had three hits, wounding two (Morgan and Virgil Earp) and ripping a hole in Wyatt Earp's coat.

What building in Hayward, Wisconsin, is shaped like a muskie?
A: The National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

The life expectancy of the average American born in 1990 is 72.7 years for males and 76.1 for females. What  was it for the average American born in 1900?
A: Males, 46.6; females, 48.7.

What animal served as Yale's mascot before the bulldog?
A: A cat. The bulldog replaced the cat in the late 1800s.

How did Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward signal his anonymous Watergate source, Deep Throat, when he wanted to make contact?
A: He put a red flag in a flowerpot on his apartment balcony.

What major American city passed an ordinance in 1838 making it necessary to get a license before serenading a woman?
A: Los Angeles.

What was the size of the standard lot in Levittown, New York , when it was developed as the first mass-housing suburb in the country following World War II?
A: 60 by 100 feet. More than 17,000 one-story, two-bedroom, one-bath, wood-frame ranch houses were built--and sold for about $6,000 each.

How many burglars were arrested inside the Democratic Party's national headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 1972?
A: Five. They were adjusting wiretapping equipment that had been installed in May.

Who was the first American to get oil drilling concessions in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait?
A: John Paul Getty.

What were the first words spoken by aviation great Charles Lindbergh when he landed in Paris following his historic nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic?
A: "Are there any mechanics here? When he was unable to understand the flurry of replies in French, he shouted, "Does anyone here speak English?"

How long did it take news of the "shot heard 'round the world" at the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775, to reach New York City?
A: Four days.

How many Finger Lakes are there in central New York?
A: Eleven. According to Indian legend, they are the water-filled fingerprints of the Great Spirit.

To whom did "New York" magazine present its 1985"More Clothes Than Nancy Reagan Award"?
A: Barbie, the doll--because of the 20 million designer fashions sold for her.

For what 1961 story did the Associated Press issue its first public apology since it prematurely announced the end of World War II?
A: A story that First Lady Jackie Kennedy had been spotted doing the twist in a Palm Beach nightclub.

How did the town of Ink, Arkansas, get its name?
A: When the Post Office application for the community was being filled out, someone wrote "ink" where the form requested "Name of town (write in ink)."

In what special way did Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley commemorate St. Patrick's Day in 1965?
A: He had 100 pounds of emerald green dye poured into the Chicago River.

Where were the first parking meters in the U.S. installed?
A: In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1935. Motorists paid a nickel for a 20-foot space.