Friday, October 20

In 1955, Ford Motor Company hired poet Marianne Moore to recommend names for a new car. Moore’s suggestions included Diamante and Civique. Ford decided on a more memorable (?) name: Edsel.

Incomplete alphabet: The names of hurricanes as selected by the World Meteorological Organization start with all the letters of the alphabet except Q, U, X, Y and Z. We figure it’s because of the short lists of first names with those letters. (Thanks to Doug Lyons of Scarsdale, N.Y.)

Explorer 1 was America’s first artificial satellite, launched on Jan. 31, 1958. The weight of that satellite was approximately the same as the normal weight of an adult male:

A) Pigeon

B) Raccoon

C) Chimpanzee

D) Zebra

Answer Monday.

Thursday’s answer: The last person outside the British royal family to receive a hereditary title was former prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s husband Denis, who was created a Baronet by Queen Elizabeth in 1991.


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