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"365 AMAZING TRIVIA FACTS FOR 2010"

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THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. Why were dockworkers in Elizabethan times required to have their pockets sewn closed when ships from the Orient were being unloaded?

2. Which U.S. president had dogs named Tipsy, Tipler and Drunkad, as well as Sweetlips and Truelove?

3. What did legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart carry with her to keep awake on lengthy flights?

4. What famous works of fiction by Carson McCullers, Anne Tyler, and Fannie Flagg all have the names of eateries in their titles?

5. What bird has the slowest wingbeat--only one beat per second?

THIS WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. To keep them from stealing pepper, which at the time was a highly prized commodity--and used as currency.

2. George Washington. The dogs were founders of the American foxhound breed, created by Washington when he bred descendants of English hounds with a French foxhound given to him by the Marquis de Lafayette.

3. Smelling salts. Earhart, who made a solo transatlantic crossing on the fifth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's historic flight, didn't drink coffee or tea.

4. Ballad of the Sad Cafe (McCullers), Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Tyler) and Fried Green Tomaties at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Flagg).

5. The vulture. The hummingbird has the fastest wingbeat--up to 90 per second.

 

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