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Trivia fiends will know that the other two songs are &ldquo;Baby Be Mine&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Lady in My Life,&rdquo; both written by Rod Temperton, who also wrote the album&rsquo;s title track.<br />\n NASA estimates that up to 100 tons of interplanetary material drift down from space to Earth&rsquo;s surface every single day. Most of it is harmless space dust. Larger objects are a different story. And if they&rsquo;re giant chunks of space debris, then they pose a potential threat to our planet. That&rsquo;s why NASA&rsquo;s Near Earth Object Observation Program &mdash; part of the Planetary Defense Coordination Office &mdash; keeps track of potentially hazardous objects (they call them PHOs) that could conceivably strike Earth.</p>\n<p> FRENCH artist Georges Seurat is known for his technique of applying individual dots of paint to a canvas to create an overall color effect. (He called it chromoluminarism. It&rsquo;s also known as pointillism, from the French word for dot.) 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Which of these countries was NOT an original member state of the United Nations in 1945?<br />\n A) Colombia<br />\n B) France<br />\n C) Iraq<br />\n D) Switzerland</p>\n<p> 3. Which thriller writer created the character of Jason Bourne?<br />\n A) Lee Child<br />\n B) Robert Ludlum<br />\n C) Helen MacInnes<br />\n D) Martin Cruz Smith</p>\n<p> 4. Dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Vesta are large objects in the asteroid belt between which two planets?<br />\n A) Mars and Jupiter<br />\n B) Mercury and Venus<br />\n C) Saturn and Uranus<br />\n D) Venus and Earth</p>\n<p> 5. Who or what did George H.W. Bush refer to as &ldquo;a thousand points of light&rdquo;?<br />\n A) Colleges<br />\n B) Community organizations<br />\n C) Doctors<br />\n D) Soldiers</p>\n<p> 6. 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TRIVIA BITS: November 25, 2019

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