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Neighbors: What's the only food that doesn't spoil, and other trivia questions

Bob Lind, Neighbors columnist.

Did you know that more money is printed every day for the game of Monopoly than by the U.S. Treasury?

Neither did Neighbors, until it read an email from Pat Colliton, Fargo, who forwarded some facts he found on the web. Here are more of them, thanks to Pat:

In Scotland many years ago, a new game was invented. It included the rule "Gentlemen Only; Ladies Forbidden." And thus the word "golf" entered the English language.

If a statue in the park is of a person on a horse which has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July Fourth: John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on Aug. 2, but the last signature wasn't added until five years later.

Question: Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? Answer: Their birthplace.

Question: Most boat owners name their boat. What is the most popular name chosen? Answer: Obsession.

Question: If you were to spell out numbers (i.e., one, two, three) how far would you have to go until you would use the letter "A"? Answer: One thousand.

Question: What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common? Answer: All were invented by women.

Question: What is the only food that doesn't spoil? Answer: Honey.

Coca-Cola originally was green.

The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work is Alaska.

The percentage of Africa that is wilderness is 28, but the percentage of North America that is wilderness is 38.

The cost of raising a medium-sized dog to the age of 11 is $6,400.

The average number of people who are airborne over the U.S. in any given hour is 61,000.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. (But Neighbors wonders what minerals are on the tops of heads of bald people?)

The first novel ever written on a typewriter was "Tom Sawyer."

The San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile national monuments.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades represents King David; hearts, Charlemagne; clubs, Alexander the Great; diamonds, Julius Caesar.

Question: On what day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year? Answer: Father's Day.

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase, "Goodnight, sleep tight."

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his new son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, so because their calendar was lunar-based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

Finally, did you know it is impossible to lick your elbow? (And at least 75 percent of you will try it).

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107, fax it to 701-241-5487 or email