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July 27, 2006:
What is the largest National Park in the lower 48 states?
Answer: Death Valley National park
Winner: Janice Kennedy of Federal Way, WA

September 22, 2006:
What is the smallest country (area) in the world?
Answer: The Vatican City at .44 km².
Winner: Duane Snook of Chesterton, IN

September 15, 2006:
About how many grandparents reside in the United States?
Answer: About 56 million.
Winner: Linda Auerbach of Monroe, NY

August 31, 2006:
What is the current US National Minimum Wage?
Answer: The current US National Minimum Wage is $5.15 an hour.
Winner: Prudence Murphy of Fairmont, WV

August 25, 2006:
What is the smallest and largest official dog breeds?
Answer: Smallest - Chihuahua: Largest - English Mastiff: Tallest - Irish Wolfhound.
Winner: Carolyn Donnell of San Jose, CA

August 11, 2006:
What is the longest Suspension Bridge in the United States?
Answer: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the United States, with a main span of 4,260 ft (1,298 m).
Winner: Joleen Claycamp of Fort Worth, TX

August 4, 2006:
What is the Largest Living Organism ever discovered?
Answer: We accepted a couple of answers:
1. The fungus Armillaria ostoyae, covers 2,200 acres in the Malheur National Forest in eastern Oregon and is estimated to be 2,400 years old.
2. Pando, a clonal colony of a single male Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) tree located in the US state of Utah, all determined to be part of a single living organism and one massive underground root system. The plant is estimated to weigh collectively 6,000 tonnes (six million kilograms), placing it as the heaviest known organism in existence. The root system of Pando is estimated to be the oldest known living being in existence at 80,000 years of age.
3. In 2006 a huge sea plant (Posidonia oceanica), which at up to 100,000 years of age and 8 km may be the largest and oldest living thing on earth, was discovered to surround the island of Ibiza.
Winner: Tom Watson of Fort Worth, TX

July 19, 2006:
What is the longest river in the United States?
Answer: The Missouri River at 2,540 miles.
Winner: Florence Steinhorn of Marlboro, NJ

 

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