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Know It All
April 24, 2013, 05:00 AM

The average Americans uses an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) five times per month.

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AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) was founded in 1958. As society has changed over the years, so has AARP. A person no longer has to be retired to become a member of AARP. The only requirement is that they are over age 50.

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DC (Direct Current) electricity is a direct flow of electrons through a conductor. Batteries have DC electricity. AC (Alternating Current) electricity alternates directions. AC electricity is in our homes.

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The CRV (California Redemption Value) is 5 cents for beverage containers under 24 ounces and 10 cents for containers over 24 ounces.

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Oprah Winfrey (born 1954) had her DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) tested. She discovered that she is of Zulu ancestry.

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Can you translate this sentence? AOL was one of the first companies to introduce IM, where LOL and BRB are commonly used terms. See answer at end.

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There are 1,565 IHOP (International House of Pancakes) restaurants in the United States, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Colonel Harland Sanders (1890-1980), the man who started KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken), served in the military, but he was not a colonel. The governor of Kentucky bestowed the title on him in 1935 in recognition of his contributions to the state’s cuisine. Sanders began franchising his chicken business in 1952 at the age of 65.

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Feminist leader and author of “The Feminine Mystique” (1963), Betty Friedan (born 1921) believed in “full equality for women in America in a truly equal partnership with men.” She founded the group NOW (National Organization for Women) to promote equality in 1966.

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There are 349 PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) television stations in the United States.

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In the mid-19th century, the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company printed “POSH” on their first class tickets for trips going from England to India. POSH stood for Port Out, Starboard Home indicating the best rooms on the ship. It is the origin of the word posh, meaning elegant.

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Radar (Radio Detection And Ranging) was originally developed by the military in the mid-1930s as a way to detect aircraft and ships. Radar detects objects and distances by transmitting signals and measuring the time it takes for the signals to bounce off the target and return.

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Big Bill Liston had a hit song in the 1950s titled “Gimme an RC (Royal Crown) Cola and a MoonPie.” The song was in reference to the popular combination of the treats, which cost 10 cents together. 

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The first SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) unit was formed by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1965. It consisted of 15 teams of four men each that attended monthly training. The first challenge for LAPD SWAT units was in 1969 in a confrontation with the Black Panthers.

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Traditionally, a tip at a restaurant was given before the meal. A good tip (an acronym for ‘to insure promptness’) resulted in good service during the meal.

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Volleyball and racquetball were invented at YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) centers. William Morgan (1870-1942), a physical director at a YMCA in Massachusetts, felt that basketball was too strenuous for businessmen. He invented volleyball, originally called mintonette, in 1895. Racquetball was invented by Joseph Sobek (1918–1998) at a YMCA in Connecticut in 1950, as an alternative to squash and handball.

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Answer: America Online was one of the first companies to introduce Instant Messaging, where “laugh out loud” and “be right back” are commonly used terms.

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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