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Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” was written by Shel Silverstein.

Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” was written by Shel Silverstein.

Crossword puzzles became such a hit in the mid-1920s that women’s fashion adopted the motif, printing grids on clothes, shoes, and jewelry.

Crossword puzzles became such a hit in the mid-1920s that women’s fashion adopted the motif, printing grids on clothes, shoes, and jewelry.

College Applicant or The Most Interesting Man in the World?

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There's a famous (fictional?) college application essay that's been bouncing around the Internet for years. I first heard it at Morris Knolls High School in 1995, when legendary chemistry teacher Bob Powers read it to our class before the college fair. It may have been old even then.

"I am a dynamic figure," the essay begins, "often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention."

Thomas Dolby, who had a hit single with <em>She Blinded Me With Science</em>, is no relation to the Dolby Sound Labs folks. In fact, the company legally tried to prevent the musician (real name Thomas Robertson) from using the name.

Thomas Dolby, who had a hit single with She Blinded Me With Science, is no relation to the Dolby Sound Labs folks. In fact, the company legally tried to prevent the musician (real name Thomas Robertson) from using the name.

Marie Osmond goes by her middle name. Her actual first name is Olive.

Marie Osmond goes by her middle name. Her actual first name is Olive.

Lake Nicaragua is the only spot on Earth where freshwater sharks swim in their native habitat.

Lake Nicaragua is the only spot on Earth where freshwater sharks swim in their native habitat.

5 Questions: Horseshoes

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Rapper's Hard Knock Life or FreeCreditReport.com Commercial?

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Those FreeCreditReport.com commercials may be catchy (or annoying, depending on how you feel), but how realistic are they? And can they really compare to the hard knock lives of our favorite rappers? Of the lyrics below, identify which ones came from a rap song and which ones came from the commercials.

5 Questions: Give and Take

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The Brooklyn-Los Angeles Dodgers

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In honor of those wonderful years when life was simpler and Duke Snider's home run stats and Sandy Koufax's wins were the daily measure of success and joy for one kid in a small town outside of Pittsburgh and millions of fans across the country, I offer a quiz for your enjoyment.

After coffee beans are decaffeinated, coffee manufacturers sell the caffeine to soft drink makers and pharmaceutical companies.

After coffee beans are decaffeinated, coffee manufacturers sell the caffeine to soft drink makers and pharmaceutical companies.

5 Questions: His Name Is Jonas

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Name the 10 Busiest Airports in the U.S.

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Can you name the 10 busiest airports by number of passengers (someone who arrives in, departs from or transports through) in the U.S.? We'll put three minutes on the clock, and we'll accept either the full name of the airport or the IATA three-letter airport code.

Oz, Oz, Ozzy or Ozzie?

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We've compiled quotes from four different sources: a gritty HBO prison drama, a fiery and profane major league baseball manager, a rock star known for his outrageous anticcs and a classic fantasy musical. It's up to you to identify which Oz, Ozzy or Ozzie the quote came from.

Why can Goofy talk but Pluto can't? According to Disney, "Goofy was created as a human character, as opposed to Pluto, who was a pet."

Why can Goofy talk but Pluto can't? According to Disney, "Goofy was created as a human character, as opposed to Pluto, who was a pet."

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