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In 1814 when Francis Scott Key wrote what is now our National Anthem, how many stars and stripes were on the flag flying over Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor?
A: Fifteen each. They represented the original 13 states plus Vermont and Kentucky.

Who was Florence Nightingale Graham?
A: Beauty entrepreneur Elizabeth Arden. (Consistent with her given name, she briefly pursued a nursing career.)

How much did Texas millionaire H. Ross Perot pay for a copy of the Magna Carta in 1984?
A: He paid $1.5 million for a version issued in 1297 and believed to be the most complete of the 17 copies known to exist. The original was issued in 1215, and 4 copies of that still exist: 2 in the British Museum, 1 at Lincoln Cathedral and 1 at Salisbury Cathedral.

Where in the U.S. will you find both Neon and Krypton?
A: In Kentucky. They're small towns named after the two elements.

How did the town of Disco, Michigan, get its name?
A: From a school once located there that was called Disco--which in Latin means "I learn."

What are the numbers of the three interstate highways that run from coast to coast?
A: !-10, I-80, and I-90.

How many elevators are there in the Empire State Building in New York City?
A: 73.

How many windows are there in the Pentagon, the world's largest office building?
A: 7,754.

What was the given name of Doc Holliday, the frontier dentist, gambler and gunman who befriended Wyatt Earp and was at his side during the shootout at the O.K. Corral?
A: John Henry

Which American city was the first to establish a police department?
A: Boston. Regular-duty officers were appointed on May 5, 1838.

What comic strip character did the grateful farmers of Crystal City, Texas, honor with a six-foot-high stone mountain in 1937?
A: Popeye--for his role in popularizing spinach, their main crop.

Who came in second to Eleanor Roosevelt in a 1945 Fortune magazine poll taken to determine the most famous woman in America?
A: The fictitious Betty Crocker, the symbol created in 1921 for General Mill's baking products.

Who once said: "The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax?"
A: Albert Einstein.

Whose appearance in a nearly transparent white fishnet bathing suit in the 1978 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue led an editor to promise, "We never have, and never will, run anything so revealing again"?
A: Cheryl Tiegs.

What was the average amount of money left per visit by the tooth fairy in 1950?
A: A quarter.

Why did Trinity College in Durham, North Carolina, change its name to Duke University in 1924?
A: To honor its leading benefactor, tobacco tycoon James Buchanan Duke, and his family.

How much did Baltimore seamstress Mary Young Pickersgill charge for materials and labor for the 30-by 42-foot woolen flag immortalized in Frances Scott Key's "The Star Spangled Banner"?
A: $405.90.

How high was the 1,340-foot-long wall that gave New York's Wall Street its name?
A: 12 feet. It was erected in 1653 by the Dutch colonists as protection against their enemies.

Which U.S. Supreme Court justice wrote the greatest number of majority opinions?
A: Oliver Wendell J Holmes. He wrote 873 majority opinions while serving on the Court form 1902 to 1932. Morrison H. Waite, chief justice from 1874 to 1888, wrote just one less-872.


 

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