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Edmund Gwenn won best supporting actor for portraying Kris Kringle in &ldquo;Miracle on 34th Street&rdquo; (1947). And a best original song Oscar went to Irving Berlin for &ldquo;White Christmas&rdquo; from &ldquo;Holiday Inn&rdquo; (1942).<br />\n On the morning of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, the repair ship USS Vestal was moored beside the battleship USS Arizona. Two direct bomb hits combined with explosions from the attack on the Arizona blew the Vestal&rsquo;s captain and hundreds of crewmen overboard. Seven crew members were killed, and the ship was severely damaged, but the Vestal wasn&rsquo;t finished. After repairs, it continued in service through the end of World War II.<br />\n Winter isn&rsquo;t typical ice cream season, so Bill and Dorothy Harmsen, owners of the Jolly Rancher ice cream shop in Golden, Colorado, began selling candy to keep sales up during the cold weather. That&rsquo;s how the Jolly Rancher candy company was born. It started with Fire Stix, a flat bar of cinnamon hard taffy. Watermelon, green apple and other flavor &ldquo;stix&rdquo; followed. At one point, the Harmsens estimated they were making a million pounds of candy a week in the Jolly Rancher candy kitchen.</p>\n<p> THE standard playing card suits of clubs, spades, hearts and diamonds originated in France in the 15th century. Earlier German playing card suits were acorns, leaves, hearts and bells. In Switzerland, the suits were (and sometimes still are) acorns, flowers, shields and bells. The oldest suits on playing cards from Italy and Spain are coins, cups, swords and caveman-style clubs, all derived from the Middle East and North Africa, where playing cards originated. Back then, each suit consisted of 10 numbered cards and three face cards: a king, a cavalier and a knave, but no queen.<br />\n We tend to think of all conifer trees, like the spruce, the fir and the pine, as being evergreen, but Mother Nature reliably provides an exception to every rule. Larch, bald cypress and dawn redwood are part of a small group known as deciduous conifers. They produce cones and have needle-like leaves that turn red or gold, drop off in the fall and then regrow fresh and green in spring.</p>\n<p> TRIVIA<br />\n 1. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World included what type of structure in Alexandria, Egypt?<br />\n A) Lighthouse<br />\n B) Mausoleum<br />\n C) Palace<br />\n D) Pyramid</p>\n<p> 2. According to the classic film, where did the &ldquo;Miracle on 34th Street&rdquo; take place?<br />\n A) Central Park<br />\n B) Empire State Building<br />\n C) Grand Central Terminal<br />\n D) Macy&rsquo;s department store</p>\n<p> 3. Pearl Harbor is located on which Hawaiian island?<br />\n A) Hawaii (the &ldquo;Big Island&rdquo;)<br />\n B) Lanai<br />\n C) Molokai<br />\n D) Oahu</p>\n<p> 4. Which American painter lived at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico?<br />\n A) Louise Nevelson<br />\n B) Georgia O&rsquo;Keeffe<br />\n C) Jackson Pollock<br />\n D) Gilbert Stuart</p>\n<p> 5. According to legend, what hand was Wild Bill Hickok holding when he was shot during a poker game in 1876?<br />\n A) Full house: aces over tens<br />\n B) Royal flush in diamonds<br />\n C) Straight: king-high<br />\n D) Two pair: black aces and eights</p>\n<p> 6. 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LESLIE’S TRIVIA BITS: December 2, 2019

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