Small-town celebrity birthplace of the week: Wynnewood, Okla. (current population about 2,000). Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks was born there in 1945.

Greg Poynter of Richmond, Calif., points out the redundancy of the phrases “UPC code” (which stands for “Universal Product Code”), “PIN number” and “ATM machine,” to which we add the somewhat out-of-date “IBM machine.” If you can think of any other similar redundant phrases with abbreviations, please let us know.

The highest toll ever charged for transit through the Panama Canal was the $249,100 paid for a Danish container ship in May 2006. The lowest toll ever charged for transit through the Panama Canal was for:

A) A rowboat

B) A swimmer

C) The Panamanian presidential yacht

D) The 1,000,000th vessel to use it

Wednesday’s answer: Edward Asner (Lou Grant), Art Carney (Ed Norton) and Don Knotts (Barney Fife) all won five or more Emmy Awards portraying the same character. James Arness was nominated for his “Gunsmoke” starring role three times, but never won.


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