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1. True or false: When the sun rises in Murphy in the state’s westernmost corner, it has already been up more than half an hour in Manteo on the coast. 2. Who spoke these words at Duke University in 1979? “If you understood what communism was, you would hope and pray on your knees that […]

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1. To what experience was actress Susan Sarandon referring when she said, “It’s kind of like taking a hallucinogen. You have to have someone that goes with you on your first trip and kind of walks you through it.” 2. True or false: Until being imported by wildlife authorities, no beavers lived in modern North […]

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Last week the nation reflected on the work and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., as we marked the 50th anniversary of his assassination on 4 April 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. Included in these remembrances were the events and marches held across the country as the nation grieved together in gatherings both large and small.  On […]

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1. Play at the 1951 Ryder Cup at Pinehurst was suspended on Saturday afternoon to allow U.S. and British golfers to do what? 2. Which of North Carolina’s two U.S. senators has reported rubbing on Preparation H to reduce his eye bags? 3. “Catfish, million-dollar man / Nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can.”Who […]

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1. In 1907 the town of Chadbourn in Columbus County claimed a world record for a one-day shipment of what agricultural product? 2. What comic actor lost his father and two brothers in the 1974 crash of Eastern Air Lines Flight 212 at what is now Charlotte/Douglas International? 3. What is the largest “City” in […]

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Several new titles were just added to “New in the North Carolina Collection.” To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the “New in the North Carolina Collection” tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found […]

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1. In 1764, colonial Gov. William Tryon suggested what innovation to the postmaster general in London for speeding dispatches from North Carolina? 2. The first crash of a commercial airliner in North Carolina occurred in 1960. What was the cause? 3. In the early 1900s what organization was empowered to enforce North Carolina’s game laws? […]

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1. North Carolina’s road-building program was so admired that in 1929 the governor of another state hired away not only the chief engineer but also 21 staff members. Who was the governor? 2. In commercials during the 1960s cartoon sitcom “The Flintstones” what brand of cigarettes did Fred and Wilma smoke? 3. True or false: […]

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1. Which last name is more common in North Carolina than any other state: Earnhardt, Isenhour or Helms? 2. In North Carolina what was the most notable achievement of the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps? 3. The first U.S. census, taken in 1790, ranked North Carolina where among the 17 states? 4. Was the last […]

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1. On Jan. 30, 1940, what unlikely sight greeted residents of the Outer Banks in Carteret County? 2. “I regret that some people in this country have disparaged and demeaned the role of the homemaker. I say — and say it with emphasis and conviction — that homemaking is good for America.” What president took […]

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