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Old 06-21-2010, 04:48 PM   #1
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Trivia 6/21

trivia 6/21
DID YOU KNOW...
Nearly 40 percent of the 271 recorded Atlantic hurricanes since 1966 have struck in September.

1. what year was the first coast-to-coast paved highway completed?
(Bonus; What was this highway called?)
2. poetically speaking, what are little boys made of?
3. in the children's story, his father was black jumbo, his mother was black
mumbo; who was he?
4. little beaver was the side-kick of which famous comic book cowboy?
5. do you recall the name of the jolly green giant's little helper?
6. which city hosts the annual little league world series?
7. the Yuan is the currency for which nation?
8. how many u.s. presidents have died while in office, either by
assassination or from natural causes?

TRUTH OR CRAP??
The very first coin-operated vending machines sold post cards in train and bus stations in New York City.
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1. 1913 (the Lincoln Highway)
2. OF FROGS AND SNAILS AND PUPPY DOG TAILS
3. LITTLE BLACK SAMBO
4. RED RYDER
5. little green sprout
6. WILLIAMSPORT, PA.
7. china
8. EIGHT

CRAP !!
The first recorded reference to a vending machine is found in the work of Hero of Alexandria, a first-century engineer and mathematician. His machine accepted a coin and then dispensed a fixed amount of holy water. When the coin was deposited, it fell upon a pan attached to a lever. The lever opened up a valve which let some water flow out. The pan continued to tilt with the weight of the coin until it fell off, at which point a counter-weight would snap the lever back up and turn off the valve.

Despite this early precedent, vending machines had to wait for the Industrial Age before they came to prominence.
The first modern coin-operated vending machines were introduced in London, England in the early 1880s, dispensing post cards. The first vending machine in the U.S. was built in 1888 by the Thomas Adams Gum Company, selling gum on train platforms.

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