So you think you know North Carolina…. No. 46

1. Thelonious Monk, the jazz great born in Rocky Mount, often wore what in his lapel when playing New York clubs?

2. Whose liver is on display in a pan of formaldehyde at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia?

3. What bird, considered extinct in North Carolina since 1959, was reintroduced in 1984?

4. True or false: California’s Orange County is more than 20 times as populous as North Carolina’s.

5. Among the loose ends of the John F. Kennedy assassination is an unexplained telephone call from Dallas to Raleigh the day after. Who attempted to place it?

Answers below





1. A collard leaf, as a bow to his Southern roots.

2. The liver of Chang and Eng Bunker, the original Siamese twins, who after touring the world with P.T. Barnum lived most of their adult lives on adjoining farms near Mount Airy.

3. The peregrine falcon.

4. True. California’s OC is about 3.17 million, vs. North Carolina’s 141,000.

5. Lee Harvey Oswald. Police thwarted the call from the jail to one of two Raleigh-area John Hurts, neither of whom had any apparent connection to Oswald. The next day he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby.