Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
- This Flyover city is the state’s capitol, and the Capitol Building’s dome contains over 100 ounces of pure gold. What city is it?
- This southern city was a shooting location for the movies, “Days of Thunder” and “The Hunger Games” as well as the TV show, “Homeland.” What city is it?
- Two of the most useful inventions of the twentieth century, the answering machine and Carmex lip balm, happened in this Flyover city. What city is it?
And here are the answers:
- Visitors to Des Moines, Iowa are drawn to the huge gold dome that towers above the city. The 23-karat golden dome houses the governor’s offices, legislature, and the old Supreme Court room. The gold leafing was replaced in 1964-1965 at a cost of $79,938. The dome is surmounted by a lookout lantern that is 275 feet above the ground floor. The rotunda beneath the dome is 67 feet in diameter. Four smaller domes of simple design rise from the four corners of the Capitol.
- For decades, Charlotte, North Carolina has been one of the East Coast’s biggest cities for movies and television production. Charlotte Motor Speedway, logically, played roles in “Days of Thunder” and “Talladega Nights,” but who knew that “Dirty Dancing” substituted Lake Lure, just south of the city, for the film locations set in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York? “The Hunger Games” was shot exclusively in North Carolina, and today, you can take Hunger Games interactive fan tours that take you to all major locations in the state.
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin is famous for beer, cheese and most recently, their NBA team. However, it is also the place where Joseph Zimmerman patented his invention of the telephone answering machine in 1949. Milwaukee also saw the birth of Carmex lip balm in 1937. That was the year Alfred Woelbing began pouring the lip balm into the familiar yellow-capped jars in his kitchen. The first jar of Carmex sold for 29 cents.
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