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Know It All
November 03, 2012, 05:00 AM

Albert Einstein’s (1879-1955) last words will never be known. He spoke them in German, to a nurse that did not understand German.

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The standard keyboard has three sets of letters that are in alphabetical order, reading left to right. They are f-g-h, j-k-l and o-p.

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The names of Popeye’s four nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye and Poopeye. Swee’Pea is Popeye’s adopted son.

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More than 60 percent of all recipients of organ donations are between the ages of 18 and 49.

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The Greek words "enkuklios paideia” mean general education. That is the origin of the word encyclopedia.

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The word barbecue originated from the Mayans. The Mayans cooked over a lattice of thin sticks suspended over an open fire called a "barbacoa.”

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Do you know what group is made up of the members Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog? See answer at end.

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To get the most juice from a lemon, bring the fruit to room temperature then roll on a hard surface while pressing down on the lemon. Or microwave the lemon for 30 seconds to increase the juice content.

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North Dakota passed a bill in 1987 making English the official state language.

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The McDonald’s advertising slogan "You deserve a break today ... at McDonald’s” was created in 1970.

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Some famous people from Alabama are: Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis (born 1961) was born in Birmingham, singer Nat King Cole (1917-1965) was born in Montgomery, baseball player Hank Aaron (born 1934) was born in Mobile in 1934 and Helen Keller (1880-1968) was born in Tuscumbia.

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In weddings in the Philippines, it is tradition for the groom to walk down the aisle by himself or with his parents. The most popular month for weddings in the Philippines is December.

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The Energizer Bunny, beating his drum  and wearing sunglasses and sandals, has been going and going since appearing in its first commercial in 1989.

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The Pillsbury Doughboy made his debut in a 1965 commercial for crescent rolls. The Doughboy’s costar in the commercial was Maureen McCormick (born 1956), who went on to become Marcia in "The Brady Bunch.” The original voice of the Doughboy was performed by Paul Frees (1920-1986), who also did voice recordings for the Disneyland rides the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.

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The only metal that is liquid at room temperature is mercury.

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Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) made his first cameo appearance in the 1926 movie "The Lodger.” It was the third film Hitchcock directed.

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Joe McVicker (1929-1992) took out a patent for Play-Doh in 1965. More than 700 million pounds of Play-Doh have been sold since then.

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Answer: They are the members of the Swedish singing group ABBA. ABBA is an acronym of the letters of the member’s first names. ABBA was also the name of a Swedish canned fish company, which agreed to share their name with the musical group. The group’s first hit was "Waterloo” in 1974.



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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