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How much was the tax on tea when the colonists held the Boston Tea Party in 1773?
A: Three pence per pound.

What four states have active volcanoes?
A: Alaska, California, Hawaii and Washington.

According to Indian legend, Lake Itasca in northwest Minnesota is named for I-tesk-ka, daughter of Hiawatha. What is its other claim to fame?
A: The 1.8-square-mile lake is the main source of the 2,348-mile-long "father of waters," the Mississippi River.

Who was Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier?
A: America's Revolutionary War ally, the Marquis de Lafayette.

Which state was the first to outlaw slavery?
A: Rhode Island, in 1774.

How much was black seamstress Rosa Parks fined for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man in the incident that launched the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s civil rights career?
A: She was fined $14.00.

What did the high-living gastronomical giant Diamond Jim Brady buy when his doctor ordered him to get some exercise?
A: A gold-plated bicycle with diamonds and rubies embedded in the handlebars.

How did a postage stamp convince the U.S. Congress to build a canal across Panama rather than the original choice, Nicaragua?
A: The Nicaraguan postage stamp showed a belching volcano triggering fears that an eruption might destroy the canal.

In June 1939 a New York city magistrate ruled nose-thumbing legal with one reservation. What was it?
A: That the "thumber" be at a safe distance--"about 10 feet"--from the "thumbee."

What two state flags include a confederate flag in their design?
A: Those of Georgia and Mississippi.

Where did the prefabricated Quonset hut get its name?
A: From Quonset, Rhode Island, where it was first manufactured during World War II.

How did Manhattan get its name--and what does it mean?
A: It's a derivative of the Indian word Manahachtanick, which means "the island where we all got drunk," apparently referring to a spirited encounter between the Native Americans and some newly arrived Dutchmen.

Who were Robert Leroy Parker and Henry Longbaugh?
A: The inspiration for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," portrayed on film by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in 1969 and William Katt and Tom Berenger in 1979.

Why did Benjamin Franklin call himself "perhaps the loneliest man" attending the First Continental Congress in 1774?
A: He had chosen his country over his only son, William, who had pledged loyalty to the British crown.

How did San Francisco policeman save important city records from the devastating fires sparked by the 21906 earthquake?
A: They hauled them to a downtown square and soaked them with beer from nearby saloons.

What city has the country's highest zip code number--99950?
A: Ketchikan, Alaska. The lowest 000401, belongs to the Reader's Digest company in Pleasantville, New York.

How many crisp new dollar bills to the pound?
A: Exactly 490, according to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

In 1925 what did con man Arthur Ferguson "lease" to a wealthy cattle rancher for 99 years at $100,000 a year?
A: The White House. He fled after collecting the first year's rent abut got caught a short time later trying to sell the Statue of Liberty to an Australian.


 

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