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For the person who wants to know “Why,” “How” and “When,” here are some tidbits that might interest you.

Painting of Martin Luther King, Jr. with Washington Mall and Washington Monument in back.

HOW DID MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. GET HIS NAME?
Dr. King originally was named for his father, Michael King. How did he get the name “ Martin Luther”? Answer.

Roman wearing toga

WHAT DO POLITICAL CANDIDATES AND ROMAN TOGAS HAVE IN COMMON?
Much of our vocabulary comes from ancient Rome including the word “candidate.” How is it related to the traditional Roman garment? Answer.

Banner saying Opening February 30.

IS THIS A TYPO, OR IS FEBRUARY 30th A REAL DATE?
This banner announces the opening of a club in Beirut, Lebanon. Will people wait in line for a date that never comes, or is February 30 real? Answer.

Statue of John Harvard

HOW DID CRIMSON BECOME HARVARD’S COLOR?
Go to Harvard and everything is crimson. But how did that color become the school’s choice? Answer.

Autos on Storrow Drive

WHY DO WE DRIVE ON THE RIGHT AND BRITS ON THE LEFT?
Growing up in the United States we take driving on the right for granted and find the British practice odd. Why are our customs different? Answer.

Massachusetts State House

WHY IS BEACON HILL CALLED BEACON HILL?
Everyone in Boston knows Beacon Hill. That is where the State House is. Where did Beacon Hill gets its name? Answer.

Computers at Work

CAN YOU FIND THE COMPUTERS IN THIS ROOM?
This picture shows a room full of computers. Hint: the photo was taken in 1924; there were no iPhones, PCs or Macs. Answer.

Bust of Franklin at His Birthplace

WHY SO MANY FRANKLINS IN BOSTON?
Boston has Franklin Street, Franklin Park and Franklin Institute of Technology. Ever wonder why so many places in Boston are named after Benjamin Franklin. Answer.

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