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5 Questions: It's Like Buttah!

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In a 1917 letter to Winston Churchill, Admiral John Fisher used the phrase "O.M.G."

In a 1917 letter to Winston Churchill, Admiral John Fisher used the phrase "O.M.G."

Dickens Character or Romance Novel Hottie?

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Say what you will about Charles Dickens (and I had some choice words for him during my second reading of “A Tale of Two Cities” in high school), but the man could name a character. Through puns, clever references or just plain nonsense syllables, Dickens made sure even his supporting characters were memorable, if only for their monikers. Almost nobody can match his naming abilities, except for the best (or is it worst) romance novelists.

5 Questions: "Curl" Up

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There is actually more copper in a U.S. nickel than there is in a penny.

There is actually more copper in a U.S. nickel than there is in a penny.

Carly Simon’s dad is the Simon of Simon and Schuster.

Carly Simon’s dad is the Simon of Simon and Schuster.

Empire Records

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We're continuing Movie Week with a look at one of the '90s most classic cult films. Crank up your AC/DC, shave your head, ramp up your teenage angst and see how much you remember about Empire Records.

Official State Beverages

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A little more than half the states have gotten around to naming an official state beverage. From Kool-Aid to cranberry juice to plain old water, can you tell which state has chosen each drink?

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Miss Cellania

5 Questions: Oh, Snap!

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The creators of <em>Gilligan’s Island</em> named the S.S. <em>Minnow</em> after the FCC chairman at the time, Newton Norman Minow. Gracious though it may seem, it was actually a backhanded compliment: Minow famously called television “a vast wasteland

The creators of Gilligan’s Island named the S.S. Minnow after the FCC chairman at the time, Newton Norman Minow. Gracious though it may seem, it was actually a backhanded compliment: Minow famously called television “a vast wasteland.”

The tune to “Happy Birthday” was written by church organist Mildred Hill as a welcome song for schoolchildren; it was originally published as “Good Morning to All.”

The tune to “Happy Birthday” was written by church organist Mildred Hill as a welcome song for schoolchildren; it was originally published as “Good Morning to All.”

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