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Which Grand Slam tennis tournament is played on red clay courts?

French Open

On 6/2/2019 at 8:17 PM, dgrimm60 said:

FRENCH  OPEN

Answer: The French Open is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. It is the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world. The French Open is currently the only Grand Slam event held on clay, and it is the zenith of the spring clay court season. Clay courts are considered "slow" because the balls bounce relatively high and lose much of their initial speed when contacting the surface. Because of the slow-playing surface, the event is widely considered to be one of the most physically demanding tennis tournaments in the world.

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Who was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan?

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What is the only metallic element that is liquid at room temperature?

Mercury

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What was the code name for the D-Day invasion?

Operation Overlord

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Which man witnessed the D-Day invasion of Normandy as a war correspondent?

Ernest Hemingway??

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Which of these world famous structures is the oldest?

Parthenon

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To which mammal's brain is a cat's brain most similar?
A. Dog
B. Human
C. Dolphin
D. Mouse

Human?

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9 hours ago, phkrause said:

Who was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan?

Answer: On this day in 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, a presidential candidate, was shot three times in a hail of gunfire in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Five others were wounded. The senator had just completed a speech celebrating his victory in the California presidential primary. The shooter, Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan, had a smoking .22 revolver wrested from his grip and was promptly arrested. Kennedy, critically wounded, was rushed to the hospital; he died the next day. Sirhan was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence at a prison in San Diego, California.

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9 hours ago, phkrause said:

What is the only metallic element that is liquid at room temperature?

Mercury

Answer: Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature. It also has the lowest melting point and boiling point of any other metal. Mercury is used to make thermometers, barometers and many other scientific instruments. However, mercury is a very toxic element and for safety reasons, consumer use of mercury in thermometers has become less common over the years. The symbol Hg that mercury is known by comes from its Greek name, hydrargyrum, which means "liquid silver" — to reflect its shiny surface.

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9 hours ago, phkrause said:

What was the code name for the D-Day invasion?

Operation Overlord

Answer: Operation Overlord was launched 75 years ago today on June 6, 1944. Commonly known as D-Day -- a military term for the first day of a combat operation -- it was the largest amphibious military operation in history. More than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies had established a foothold on the French coastline.

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6 hours ago, phkrause said:

Which man witnessed the D-Day invasion of Normandy as a war correspondent?

Ernest Hemingway??

Answer: No American writer is more associated with writing about war in the early 20th century than Ernest Hemingway. He experienced it firsthand, and used war as a backdrop for many of his most memorable works. Hemingway based many of his stories on his experiences during World War II. As a war correspondent for Collier’s magazine in 1944, Ernest Hemingway took part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy on a landing craft, coming in on the seventh wave after most of the action was ended. Hemingway accompanied American troops as they landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy.

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5 hours ago, phkrause said:

Which of these world famous structures is the oldest?

Parthenon

Answer: The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena. Construction began in 447 BC during the height of the ancient Greek Empire. It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered the zenith of the Doric order. The temple sits high atop a compound of temples known as the Acropolis of Athens. Throughout the centuries, the Parthenon withstood earthquakes, fire, wars, explosions and looting yet remains, although battered, a powerful symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy and Western civilization.

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5 hours ago, phkrause said:

To which mammal's brain is a cat's brain most similar?
A. Dog
B. Human
C. Dolphin
D. Mouse

Human?

B. Human

Think you're not cat people? Including identical areas in the brain responsible for emotion, cats' brains are most similar to human brains.



Source: various web sites.

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Who had "the face that launched a thousand ships"?

Helen of Troy

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19 hours ago, phkrause said:

Who had "the face that launched a thousand ships"?

Helen of Troy

 

7 hours ago, dgrimm60 said:

HELEN OF TROY

Answer: "The face that launched a thousand ships" is a snippet of 17th-century poetry from Christopher Marlowe that refers to Helen of Troy. In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy was said to have been the most beautiful woman in the world. She was married to King Menelaus of Sparta but was abducted by Prince Paris of Troy after the goddess Aphrodite promised her to him in the Judgement of Paris. Her abduction by Paris was said to be the reason for a fleet of a thousand ships to be launched into battle, initiating the Trojan Wars.

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23 hours ago, phkrause said:

Octothorpe is another name for what common computer keyboard symbol?

#

 

7 hours ago, dgrimm60 said:

#

Answer: The # symbol is commonly called the pound sign, number sign and more recently the hashtag. However, its official name is the the octothorpe. The word was invented in the same laboratories where the telephone came from. The scientists at Bell Laboratories modified the telephone keypad in the early 1960s and added the # symbol to send instructions to the telephone operating system. According to one report, Bell Lab employee Don MacPherson named it after the Olympian Jim Thorpe. However, another former employee claims it was a nonsense word that was a joke.

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The "Pentagon Papers" contained secret government information about what?

Vietnam War

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21 hours ago, phkrause said:

The "Pentagon Papers" contained secret government information about what?

Vietnam War

 

7 hours ago, dgrimm60 said:

VIETNAM WAR

Answer: On this day in 1971, The New York Times began to publish sections of the so-called “Pentagon Papers,” a top-secret Department of Defense study of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. As the Vietnam War dragged on, military analyst Daniel Ellsberg—who had worked on the study—came to oppose the war, and decided that the information contained in the Pentagon Papers should be available to the American public. He photocopied the report and gave the copy to The New York Times, which then published a series of scathing articles based on the report’s most damning secrets.

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Which U.S. president had a middle name that was just a single letter?

Harry Truman

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23 hours ago, phkrause said:

Which U.S. president had a middle name that was just a single letter?

Harry Truman

Answer: Harry Truman was given a middle initial, but not a middle name. Truman's parents chose "S" as his middle name to please both of his grandfathers. The "S" in Harry S. Truman actually refers to the names of both of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. The question of whether to use a period after the "S" in Harry S. Truman's name has become a subject of controversy. In 1962, Truman told reporters that they should not use a period after the S, because it didn't stand for anything. However, the U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual states that the period should be used after the "S" in Harry S. Truman's name.

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Actor Nicolas Cage is the nephew of what famous movie director?

Francis Ford Coppola

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