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Know It All
November 17, 2012, 05:00 AM

In 1986, the World Cup was held in Mexico. Colombia was the original host country of the tournament but they had to step down because they could not afford to host the event. Mexico was Colombia’s replacement.

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Mexico City is the highest city in North America and is the world’s largest capital. Approximately one-fifth of Mexico’s population lives in Mexico City.

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Benjamin Franklin (17006-1790) helped establish America’s first hospital. The Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia opened in 1751. The hospital was founded to take care of the "sick poor” and the insane. In 1883, a training school for nurses was established at the hospital.

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The first American in space was Alan Shepard (1923-1998), on May 5, 1961. In 1971, he was the first and only person to play golf on the moon.

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The footprints left by astronauts on the moon will last about 10 million years.

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Do you know what the following words have in common? Racecar, kayak, radar, level, sagas. See answer at end.

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An average yawn lasts about 6 seconds.

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Dream analysts claim that a dream with a doctor in it represents an improvement in all departments of your life.

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The National Football League originated the college draft in 1936 in an effort to better distribute the incoming talent of college football players throughout the league.

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May 5, 1921 is one of the most important dates in the world of high fashion. That is the date the world’s best selling perfume Chanel No. 5 was introduced by Coco Chanel (1883-1971).

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The literal translation of haute couture translated from French is "high sewing.” Fashion giants Coco Chanel, Christian Dior (1905-1957) and Pierre Cardin (born 1922) were all haute couture designers. To be called a haute couture designer, a business must belong to the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture in Paris, which is regulated by the French Department of Industry. Haute couture clothing is made from scratch for each customer. It takes from 100 to 400 hours to make one dress.

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The movie "One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” won five Academy Awards in 1975. Best Picture, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson, born 1937), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher, born 1934), Best Director (Milos Forman, born 1932) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Lawrence Hauben, 1931-1985 and Bo Goldman, born 1932). The author of the book "One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” was Ken Kesey, 1935-2001.

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Jack Nicholson used to be a messenger boy for MGM’s cartoon department. His full name is John Joseph Nicholson.

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There are 2.7 million registered nurses in the United States. Of that, 2.2 million of them are actively employed.

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Corn was domesticated about 10,000 years ago in the highlands of central Mexico. Corn, also known as maize, has been found at archeological sites in Mexico.

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An ear of corn never has an odd number of rows of corn. The average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows.

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An adult human brain is about 2 percent of total body weight. The average human brain weighs about 3 pounds. The heaviest human brain ever recorded weighed 5 pounds 1.1 ounces.

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Answer: Each word is a palindrome. A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same forward and backward. I’m alas a salami.



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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