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June 29, 2013

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Q: K.L.C. again. I have another silly question for you: Which state can you type using only one hand? -- K.L.C., Peoria, Ill.

A: With your right hand, you can type Ohio; with your left hand, you can type Texas. There is only one state capital that can be typed with one hand: Honolulu.

Q: Does Dr Pepper contain prune juice? -- R.E., Bedford, Ill.

A: In a word: NO! According to the company, the unique taste comes from 23 flavors, none of which are prunes. The prune juice rumor is an old one -- it's been around since the 1930s.

Q: I've collected cigar bands for many years. Is there a name for a person in my hobby? -- K.E.L., Zanesville, Ohio

A: You are a brandophile.

Q: When did Disney World open? -- W.J.M., Springfield, Mass.

A: The Walt Disney World Resort opened to the public on Oct. 1, 1971, in in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., opened on July 17, 1955.

Q: I have a question about aviator Charles Lindbergh -- well, not so much him, but the ship that brought him back to the United States. In an earlier column, you said that he and his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, were returned home aboard the navy cruiser the USS Memphis. Whatever happened to the ship? -- B.D., Johnstown, Pa.

A: On June 3, 1927, Charles Lindbergh and his plane left Europe aboard the USS Memphis (CL-13), heading for the United States. The ship arrived in Washington, D.C., on June 11.

The USS Memphis was commissioned in Philadelphia in February 1925. It was sent to the Mediterranean in early 1945, and served as a flagship during the last months of World War II. Later that year, it returned to Philadelphia and was decommissioned. In 1947, it was sold for scrap.

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