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

Arithmophobia is a fear of numbers.

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2. The number of senators from each state. Each senator serves a six-year term.

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3. Minutes the United States was without a president. It was the time between Richard Nixon’s resignation and the swearing in of Gerald Ford in 1973.

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4. Strings on a cello. The violin also has four strings.

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5. Layers in the earth’s atmosphere. They are the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere and atmosphere.

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7. The opposite sides of a dice cube always add up to seven.

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8. Legs on all spiders. Most spiders also have eight eyes, but some only have six eyes.

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9. Rungs on the ladder Neil Armstrong climbed down to step foot on the moon.

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11. Percent of the population that believes in ghosts and other supernatural entities.

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13. The age of Bill Gates when he wrote his first computer program.

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15. Number of shots fired in the first 60 episodes of "Dragnet.” The original series ran from 1951 to 1959.

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18. The inside diameter (in inches) of a regulation basketball hoop.

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23. Consecutive years the "The Ed Sullivan Show” ran. It is the longest running variety show in television history. The show premiered June 20, 1948 with its original title "Toast of the Town.”

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31. Number of films starring Elvis Presley. Can you name his first film and the year, and his last film and the year? See answer at end.

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44. A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.

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46. Number of children’s books written by Theodor Seuss Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss . His first book "And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street” was rejected 29 times before being published in 1937.

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48. Freckles on Howdy Doody’s face.

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50. The average number of licks to finish a single scoop ice cream cone.

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53. Percent of beer is consumed by 21 to 34 year olds.

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58. Percent of major professional football injuries that involve a player’s knee.

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60. The time in seconds it took for Polaroid’s pictures to develop when the camera was first introduced in 1948. The first Polaroid Land camera, Model 95, sold in Boston that year for $89.75.

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62. The amount of money in dollars Ralph Kramden earned per week as a bus driver. "The Honeymooners” aired in 1955-56 and ran for a total of 39 episodes.

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82. The age of Mao Tse-tung when he died in 1976.

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96. The number of Hershey’s kisses that weigh one pound.

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Answer: Elvis Presley’s first starring role was in the 1956 movie "Love Me Tender.” His last movie was "Change of Habit” in 1969. In the film, Elvis plays Dr. John Carpenter. Mary Tyler Moore plays an undercover nun with a mission to help the doctor clean up the New York City ghetto where he lives.



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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