Friday, October 20, 2006

I'll take Entertainment for $500, Alex

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What is the theme music for the Alfred Hitchcock T.V. series called?
"Funeral March of a Marionette" by Charles Gounod.

Where did the three symbolic monkeys--see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil--come from?
The original three wise monkeys are found over a door in Nikko, Japan. Collectively they are referred to as Koshin-sama or Koshin-zuka. Their individual names are Mi-saru (No see), Kika-saru (No hear), and Iwa-saru (No talk). Paradoxically, in Japan the monkey is otherwise normally considered a symbol of mischief, imitativeness, and malice.

What is the motto of the U.S. Post Office?
The unofficial motto of the USPS—and the official slogan of letter carriers—is: "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

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