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Bob Hope and OscarThis Sunday the 86th Academy Awards will be broadcast on the ABC television network.

QUESTION:

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the Oscars for the second time this year. According to the official 86th Oscars Fact Sheet, the late comedian Bob Hope holds the record for the most Academy Awards hosting gigs.  How many times did Bob Hope host the Academy Awards shows?

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Friendship 7On this date in history…  52 years ago on February 20, 1962, Astronaut John Glen became the third person and the first American to orbit the Earth.  He completed 3 Earth orbits in the Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7 in a mission that lasted less than 5 hours.

QUESTION:

In total, how many people have orbited the Earth?  (Extra credit question: How many people are currently in space orbiting the Earth?)

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Peanuts GangOn this date in history… On February 13, 2000, the last original “Peanuts” comic strip appeared in newspapers one day after its creator Charles Schulz died.

QUESTION:

Not counting repeats which are still running in newspapers today, in total, how many original daily and Sunday “Peanuts” comic strips were created?

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Dumb LawsToday, we’re asking True/False questions about dumb laws in the US.  We didn’t get a chance to ask ALL of the questions below, but we’re putting them out there for you now. What do you think? Are the following laws true or false?

QUESTIONS:

  • In Alabama, it is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time.
  • In Alaska, it is illegal to wake a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph.
  • In Arizona, hunting camels is prohibited.
  • In Arkansas, a man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
  • In California, no vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
  • In Colorado, it is legal to rip tags off pillows and mattresses.
  • In Connecticut, it is illegal to dispose of used razor blades.
  • In Delaware, it is illegal to fly over any body of water, unless one is carrying sufficient supplies of food and drink.
  • In Florida, it is illegal to sing in a public place while wearing a swimsuit.
  • In Georgia, it is illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket if it is Sunday.
  • In Hawaii, it is illegal to have more than one alcoholic drink in front of you at a time.
  • In Idaho, it is illegal to ride a merry-go-round on Sunday.
  • In Chicago Illinois, it is illegal to eat in a place that is on fire.
  • In Indiana, it is illegal to have a mustache if you have a tendency to habitually kiss other people.
  • In Iowa, it is illegal for a man with a moustache to kiss a woman in public.
  • In Kansas, pedestrians crossing the highway at night must wear tail lights.
  • In Kentucky, it is illegal to dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once.
  • In Louisiana, it is illegal to gargle in public places.
  • In Maine, it is illegal to step out of a plane in flight.
  • In Massachusetts, it is illegal to have a gorilla in the back seat of your car.
  • In Minnesota, it is illegal to sleep naked.
  • In Mississippi, horses are not to be housed within 50 feet of any road.
  • In Montana, it is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
  • In Nebraska, it is illegal to hunt whales.
  • In Nevada, it is illegal to drive a camel on a highway.
  • In New Hampshire, on Sundays citizens may not relieve themselves while looking up.
  • In New Jersey, it is illegal to delay or detain a homing pigeon.
  • In New Mexico, idiots are not allowed to vote.
  • In New York, a person may not walk around on Sundays with an ice cream cone in their pocket.
  • In North Carolina it is illegal to sing off key.
  • In North Dakota, it is legal to shoot an Indian on horseback, provided you are in a covered wagon.
  • In Ohio, it is illegal for more than five women to live in a house.
  • In Oklahoma, it is illegal to wear your boots to bed.
  • In Oregon, babies may not be carried on the running boards of a car.
  • In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.
  • In Rhode Island, cap guns are illegal.
  • In South Carolina, a person must be 18 years old to play a pinball machine.
  • In South Dakota, if there are more than five Native Americans on your property you may shoot them.
  • In Tennessee, it is illegal to sell hollow logs.
  • In Texas, it is illegal to sell one’s eyes.
  • In Utah, birds have the right of way on all highways.
  • In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.
  • In Virginia, it is illegal to tickle women.
  • In Washington, it is illegal to pretend that one’s parents are rich.
  • In West Virginia, whistling underwater is prohibited.
  • In Wisconsin, it is illegal to kiss on a train.
  • In Wyoming, you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April without a permit.

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Groundhog DayThis Sunday is the big day that everyone is waiting for. Millions will plop themselves down in front TV’s around the country to see the outcome of the big event. Yes, Sunday is Groundhog Day. It’s the day when Punxsutawney Phil will climb out of his burrow and predict the coming of spring.  According to folklore, if the sun is shining and Phil sees his shadow, winter weather will continue for six more weeks. If it is cloudy then spring will come early.

QUESTION:

The official website of this friendly groundhog states that Punxsutawney Phil has predictions that are accurate “100% of the time, of course!”  According to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, what percentage of the time has Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions been accurate?

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Beer CansTomorrow, January 24th, marks the anniversary of the first canned beer sold in the United States.  And it was an instant success.  According to a survey taken soon after canned beer was introduced, more than 90 percent of beer drinkers said they liked the idea.  Today, canned beer accounts for approximately half of the $20 billion generated in beer sales in the U.S. every year.

QUESTION:

In what year was the first canned beer sold?

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SkeletonThere are 206 bones in the adult human body.

QUESTION:

What percentage of all the bones in your body are in your feet?

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