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Quiz 57a - Strange Facts

  1. Which is the only US state whose name is just one syllable? - Maine

  2. What are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill? - All 50 states

  3. What is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt"? - "Dreamt"

  4. In two handed typing, what is the longest word that can be typed with only the left hand (English)? - "stewardesses"

  5. There are only two 15 letter words (in English) that can be spelled without repeating a letter, what are they (a point for each)? - dermatoglyphics and uncopyrightable

  6. Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, which contains over 50,000 words -- none of them with the letter E. Can you name the novel? - "Gadsby"

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

  8. How long is a "jiffy"? - A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second! (according to popular belief)

  9. What is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States? - Q

  10. What is a Walla Walla scene? - A Walla Walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the background when they say walla walla it looks like they are actually talking

  11. Possibly the most famous anecdotes reports that Lady Astor once told Winston Churchill 'if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee'. What was his reply? - 'If you were my wife, I would drink it'

  12. Who was the only unmarried president of the US? - James Buchanan

  13. Who invented scuba gear while in the French resistance during World War II? - Jacques Cousteau

  14. In the film 'Casablanca', Humphrey Bogart said "Play it again, Sam". True or False? - False

  15. All 17 children of Queen Anne died before she did. How many live births were there? - 5

  16. Which country has more lakes than Canada? - NONE! Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined

  17. Catgut comes from which animal/s? - Sheep and sometimes pigs

  18. Al Capone's business card said he was a what? -  Used furniture dealer

  19. Where was Chop-suey invented? - In California by Chinese immigrants

  20. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is what? -  "screeched."



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