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Know It All
September 08, 2012, 05:00 AM

One hundred years ago, the world population was 1.6 billion people. Today, it is around 6.5 billion people.

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The world’s fastest passenger elevator is in the world’s tallest building. The elevator in Taipei 101, a 101-story building in Taiwan, goes from the fifth floor to the 89th floor in 39 seconds.

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The word cauliflower comes from the Latin words caulis, meaning cabbage, and floris, meaning flower.

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In the television sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun” (1996-2001), a group of aliens come to Earth to learn about its inhabitants and culture. They take on human form and pose as a family. The main male characters’ names are Tom, Dick and Harry.

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Comedian Henny Youngman (1906-1998) was called "The King of One-Liners.” His best known one-liner is "Take my wife — please.”

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In the movie "The Absent-Minded Professor” (1961), a bumbling professor accidentally invents flying rubber, called Flubber.

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Can you name the five kids that tour Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory in the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (1964) by Roald Dahl (1916-1990)? Do you remember how they meet their fates in the factory? See answer at end.

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Hypnotism has been performed for hundreds of years, but it was recognized by the American Medical Association in 1958 as a valid therapeutic tool in the treatment of emotional, psychological and habitual problems.

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The big furry orange creature that wears sneakers and tries to capture Bugs Bunny is named Gossamer.

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The most poisonous mushroom in the world is the Death Cap. The mushroom is rare in North America but it does grow in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ingestion of the mushroom causes liver failure and is usually fatal.

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The original name of Bausch & Lomb was Vulcanite Optical Instrument Company. The company was started in 1866 when German partners J.J. Bausch (1830-1926) and Henry Lomb (1828-1908) discovered that vulcanite rubber could be used to make eyeglass frames.

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The knee jerk reflex takes about 30 milliseconds.

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If you have perfect vision, 20/20, you can read an eye chart from 20 feet away. In Britain, where they use the metric system, perfect vision is called 6/6. It means you can read an eye chart from 6 meters away.

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The wooden cross braces that support the rails on a train track are railway ties in the United States and railway sleepers in Europe.

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Answer: Veruca Salt was thrown in to the garbage by trained squirrels. Violet Beauregarde chews gum that turns her into a giant blueberry. Mike Teavee gets shrunk. Augustus Gloop falls into the chocolate river from which he’s trying to drink and gets sucked into a pipe. Charlie Bucket becomes Willy Wonka’s successor and inherits the factory. The book has been made into two movies. Gene Wilder (born 1933) played Willy Wonka in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971). Johnny Depp (born 1963) played Wonka in the "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (2005).



Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs in the weekend and Wednesday editions of the Daily Journal. Questions? Comments? Email knowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 ext. 114.


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