Hamilton Herald Masthead


Front Page - Friday, April 17, 2015

Brainbuster - Make Your Brain Tingle

1. What triggered the legendary feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys in 1873? The love between Hatfield’s daughter and McCoy’s son; the alleged theft of a pig; the raid of the McCoy’s watermelon patch; the McCoys trespassing on the Hatfield’s land.

2. Judge Roy Bean gained fame as the Law West of the Pecos. What was his brother Josh known for? He was one of the fastest gunslingers in the West; he rode for the Pony Express; he was the first man to discover gold while constructing a saw mill along the American River northeast of present-day Sacramento; he was the first mayor of the city of San Diego, Calif.

3. What was the first war in which soldiers wore machine-made uniforms? The American Civil War; the Mexican-American War; the War of 1812; The American Revolutionary War.

4. Who wrote “The Pledge of Allegiance” to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of America? Emily Dickinson; Frances Bellamy; Francis Scott Key; John Stafford Smith.

5. What was the name of the first permanent settlement in Kentucky, established in 1775 by frontiersman Daniel Boone? Boonesville; Boonesborough; Danville; Boonesfield.

6. The United States Army is infamous for its acronyms. What does HEMMT stand for? Heavy Expandable Multipurpose Maneuver Tractor; Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck; Heavy Earth Moving Multiwheeled Truck; Heavily Equipped Multipurpose Medium Tank.

7. What concession earned $862,000 in just five months at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933? Funnel cakes, at three cents apiece; hot dogs and hamburgers, at five cents each; the restrooms, at five cents a visit; cotton candy, at three cents a cone.

8. What was astronaut Neil Armstrong’s total annual salary when he walked on the moon on July 20, 1969? $30,000; $40,000; $55,000; $25,000.

9. What is a military contractor referring to when talking about a “manually powered fastener-driving impact device?”

10. What house is the second most visited American home in the United States, outdrawn only by the White House? Wrigley Mansion, former home of William Wrigley; the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.; Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate in Charlottesville, Va.; Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tenn.


ANSWERS: 1. The alleged theft of a pig. 2. He was the first mayor of San Diego. 3. The American Civil War. 4. “The Pledge of Allegiance” was written by Francis Bellamy and was published in “The Youth’s Companion” magazine. Bellamy was on the magazine’s staff. 5. Boonesborough. 6. Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck. The acronym is misleading because this type of vehicle falls into the Army’s category for medium-sized family of trucks. Hence, the extra “M.” 7. The restrooms. 8. $30,000. 9. A hammer. 10. The home of Elvis Presley.