ASK MR. KNOW-IT-ALL: Western actor voiced the horse, of course
June 16, 2013 2:50 AM

Question: Who did the voice for the world’s most famous talking horse, Mister Ed? — K.M.O., Odessa, Texas

Answer: Mister Ed was voiced by former Western star Allan “Rocky” Lane. He went uncredited for the length of the show’s run.

The two-legged star of the show was Alan Young, who played Wilbur Post, an architect and owner of the talking horse. The show aired from 1961 to 1966.

Question: Is it true that one of the Bond girls was really a male? — G.N., Bay City, Mich.

Answer: In the 1981 movie “For Your Eyes Only,” a poolside beauty was played by Caroline Cossey, who was born Barry Cossey. In 1974, she had sex-reassignment surgery. She became a fashion model and went by the name Tula. The 6-foot-tall model appeared in many advertisements and on numerous well-known magazine covers, including Vogue.

Question: Who is Clark of the candy bar of the same name? — M.W.B., Canton, Miss.

Answer: In 1886, Irish immigrant David L. Clark began manufacturing goodies in the back room of a small house on the north side of Pittsburgh. In 1917, the company made its first five-cent candy bar and shipped it to soldiers fighting in World War I. The candy bar was named the Clark bar.

Question: Where is the phrase “Man does not live by bread alone” from? — L.J., Jacksonville, Fla.

Answer: Open a King James Bible to Luke 4:4. It reads, “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”

Question: On the Monopoly board, does the character behind bars have a name? — J.H., Bar Harbor, Maine

Answer: He’s Jake the Jailbird. Officer Edgar Mallory sent him to jail. I’ve never come across an explanation of what Jake did to get busted.

Question: Where is the steepest street in the world? — O.B.V., Elk City, Okla.

Answer: Next time you’re in Dunedin, New Zealand, look for Baldwin Street, where you’ll find a sign declaring it the “World’s Steepest Street.” One side of the house-lined street has 270 steps to get you to the top. On the other side is a calf-burning, oxygen-depleting, exhausting 38-degree path to the summit. Scottish settlers named the hilly harbor town Dunedin, which means “Edinburgh” in Gaelic.

DID YOU KNOW? Carroll Baker was crowned Miss Florida Fruits & Vegetables of 1949.

Question: In 1973, baseball’s American League incorporated the designated hitter. Who was the first? — P.W.L., Jacksonville, Ill.

Answer: On April 6, 1973, Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees became the first designated hitter. Boston’s Luis Tiant walked Blomberg with the bases loaded.

Question: Where did the expression “out of the mouths of babes” originate? — S.D., Sayre, Pa.

Answer: The phrase is from the Bible. Psalm 8:2 “Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.”

Question: How did the brandy Alexander get its name? — Y.N., Mentor, Ohio

Answer: According to one version of the story, it was named after Alexander Woollcott, a drama and literary critic and a regular customer of the bar where the drink was created. Another explanation says that the Alexander — a drink using gin instead of brandy — was created at Rector’s in New York City by bartender Troy Alexander.

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