Fun Facts Q & A! How Many Can You Get Right?

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Q: How far back is the holder on a field goal?

A: In American football the holder is the player who receives the snap from the long snapper during field goal attempts made by the placekicker. The holder is set on one knee approximately 7 yards behind the line-of-scrimmage.

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Q: What is a Pale Ale?

A: Pale ale is a beer made by warm fermentation using predominantly pale malt. The higher proportion of pale malts results in a lighter colour. The term “pale ale” first appeared around 1703 for beers made from malts dried with coke, which resulted in a lighter colour than other beers popular at that time.

Q: Who invented the dartboard?

A: The man who is credited with the ‘invention’ of the numbering sequence of the modern standard dartboard is BRIAN GAMLIN. Gamlin was a carpenter from Bury in the County of Lancashire, England and came up with the infuriating sequence in 1896, at the age of 44.

Q: What was Jackie Kennedy’s maiden name?

A: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was born on July 28, 1929, in Southampton, New York. Her father, John Bouvier, was a wealthy New York stockbroker of French Catholic descent, and her mother, Janet, was an accomplished equestrienne of Irish Catholic heritage.

Q: What do Canadians call Canadian bacon in Canada?

A: In Canada, the term “Canadian Bacon” is not used. The cut of meat from the loin is referred to as “back bacon”. In Southern Ontario, “Peameal Bacon”, as it is referred to there, is a similar product; however it is not smoked but rather set in a brine.

Q: Who is Murphy from Murphy’s Law?

A: Edward Aloysius Murphy, Jr. (January 11, 1918 – July 17, 1990 ) was an American aerospace engineer who worked on safety-critical systems. He is best known for Murphy’s law, which is said to state, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

Q: Who invented miniature golf?

A: John Garnet Carter (Feb. 9, 1883, in Sweetwater, Tennessee – July 21, 1954) was an American inventor and entrepreneur who is considered as one of the fathers of miniature golf. In 1927, Carter was the first to patent a version of the game which he called “Tom Thumb Golf”.

Q: How much money do MLB umpires make in a year?

A: According to MLB.com, Major League Baseball umpires get around $120,000 when they start out in the big leagues, and senior umps can earn upwards of $300,000. Between spring training, a 162-game schedule, and the postseason, being an MLB ump is a job that takes up most of the year.

Q: Why do most crackers have holes in them?

A: If the holes are too close together, the cracker will end up being extra dry and hard, due to too much steam escaping. If the holes end up being too far apart, parts of the cracker will rise a bit forming little bubbles on the surface of the cracker, which is undesirable in most types of crackers.

Q: Which states split their electoral votes?

A: These states allocate two Electoral Votes to the popular vote winner, and then one each to the popular vote winner in each Congressional district (2 in Maine, 3 in Nebraska) in their state. This creates multiple popular vote contests in these states, which could lead to a split Electoral Vote.

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