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Smithsonian: America's Attic

written by: silverqueen
The Smithsonian was started with a bequest from an illegitimate son of the first Duke of Northumberland who, during his lifetime, never visited the United States. James Smithson's bones now repose in the Smithsonian Castle surrounded by the treasures and oddities that have become known as "America's Attic ". Let's shake the dust off and see how many treasures and oddities you can identify.

Question 1:

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When Harry Winston gave this fabled jewel to the Smithsonian, the jewel had a rather dark history. According to legend what famous jewel's previous owners included: Marie Antoinette, a French Princess torn apart by a mob, a murdered Folies-Bergere beauty and Evalyn Walsh McLean?
Jewel of the Ocean
Hope Diamond
Star of India
Cullihan Diamond

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Question 2:

The Smithsonian owns one of several pairs of bright ruby red slippers. What movie star clicked her heels together three times and said 'There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home'?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 3:

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A tall beaver hat worn by this President on the night he attended the play 'Our American Cousin' can be found in the Museum of American History. What President attended this play with Mary Todd?
John Adams
Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Jackson
Teddy Roosevelt

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Question 4:

A red Lockheed Vega 5B that this woman piloted from Newfoundland to Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo, nonstop trans-Atlantic can be seen in the Air and Space Museum. Who was this woman?
Amy Johnson
Amelia Earhart
Mary Myers
Nellie Bly

Question 5:

'Houston, the Eagle has landed.', signaled to the world that man had reached the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first and second man to walk on the moon. Who was the third man on the Apollo 11 mission?
Deke Slayton
John Glenn
Michael Collins
Alan Shepherd

Question 6:

TV Guide named this man the greatest television character of all times. He lived with his wife Edith at 704 Hauser Street in Queens, New York. What television character's favorite chair can be seen in the National Museum of American History?
George Jefferson
Cliff Huxtable
Archie Bunker
Carlton Banks

Question 7:

What company had the first service uniform registered with the United States Patent & Trademark Office?
United States Postal Workers
Playboy Enterprises
United Postal Service

Question 8:

Dawn Moore donated, at her Father's request, an item worn by her father's most famous character, John Reid. John Reid would be a combination of 'Zorro, Robin Hood and the Texas Rangers'. By what name is John Reid better known?
Lone Ranger
The Rifleman
Johnny Ringo

Question 9:

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This master of the art form known as Abstract Expressionism painted the National Gallery of Art's "Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist )".
Willem de Kooning
Jasper Johns
Jackson Pollock
Andy Warhol

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Question 10:

'Aaay!' Happy Days are here again. When the Smithsonian added this character's leather jacket to their collection, the Smithsonian became the epitome of "Cool."
What television character would probably have said "'Whoa!' when told he would become a museum piece?

Question 11:

Although never on display, the Smithsonian has among all its dusty artifacts John Dillinger's penis.


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