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"365 AMAZING TRIVIA FACTS FOR 2007"

Source: Page-A-Day / Workman Publishing

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THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. How much is the president of the United States paid in salary? How about his expense allowance?

2. Why did members of Bruce Springsteen's backup group name themselves the E Street Band?

3. Where was the last major land battle of the Civil War fought?

4. What is the fastest speed attained by a piloted aircraft?

5. What was the first soda sold in the U.S.?

THIS WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. Annual salary, $400,000 (it was raised from $200,000 in 2001); annual expense allowance, $50,000.

2. It was the street in Belmar, New Jersey, where the band's original keyboard player, David Sancious, lived, and where the group rehearsed.

3. Near Brownsville, Texas, at the Palmito Ranch on the Rio Grande. The fighting, on May 12-13, 1865, ended with the Confederate forces victorious and neither side aware that the war had officially been declared over two days earlier.

4. 4,520 miles per hour, or Mach 6.7 (which is 6.7 times the speed of sound). It was achieved in an X-15 rocket plane piloted by William "Pete" Knight on October 3, 1967.

5. Ginger ale. Created and first sold by druggist James Vernor in his Detroit drugstore in 1866, it was called Vernor's ginger ale.

 

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