1. What is the full name of Cap’n Crunch, the cartoon cereal mascot?
2. How many guests can be served in the White House’s state dining room?
3. How many volts of electricity can an electric eel generate?
4. How did Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin return to earth after becoming the first man in space in 1961?
5. Who coined the phrase skim milk?
1. Horatio Magellan Crunch.
2. Up to 140. Before renovations were made and a staircase was removed in 1902, the room could only seat 40.
3. About 600. The highest ever reported is 650. (The standard U.S. wall socket is 120 volts.)
4. By parachute—after ejecting from his space capsule, Vostok 1, when it reentered the earth’s atmosphere.
5. William Shakespeare, in Henry IV. The phrase is used in Part I, Act II, Scene iii, when Hotspur describes a nobleman’s character as nothing more than “a dish of skim milk.”
I was close on Number 3 and knew Number 4 because I remember that day.
I hate skim milk, so didn't give a damn about Number 5! But it is quite something that the term goes all the day back to Shakespeare!