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Archive for January, 2018

1. During the Depression the Raleigh Community Chest gave destitute families a food allowance of how much per day — a nickel, a quarter or a dollar? 2. What governor and U.S. senator characterized North Carolina as a state “given to sober second-thought”? 3. True or false: Sir Walter Raleigh never spelled his name as […]

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“Largest payroll per capita” may be a meaningful metric to economists, but it seldom appears in Google — and nowhere attached to Conover. Among those bragging: Coos Bay, Oregon, and Frankfort, Michigan.  This promotional license plate likely dates to World War II, when metal shortages inspired Montana, Virginia and other states to make their official […]

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1. In 1943, Charlotte’s VFW and American Legion posts each held street dances, attended by thousands, to benefit what cause? 2. According to legend, the waters off the Outer Banks were first referred to as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” by what future political figure? 3. True or false: Wild boars are native to North […]

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“Mac Healy announced that the North Carolina Civil War History Center had been renamed the North Carolina Civil War and Reconstruction History Center. Healy is the chairman of the foundation promoting what would become the state’s premier Civil War center. “Reconstruction refers to not only the formal time period recognized by historians as between 1865 […]

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Moonshine mini-jugs were once found in souvenir shops coast to coast, but nowhere as commonly as in — how did you guess! — North Carolina. State Capitol? Check. Mount Mitchell State Park? Check. USS North Carolina? Check…. This jug from the Cherokee Reservation seems less comical than poignant, given Native Americans’ long struggle with alcoholism […]

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