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Thursday, January 25, 2007

TRUE or FALSE? - Double Play!!

True or False?

Johnny Cash was inspired to write the song “Ring of Fire” by a near-death experience while visiting one of Hawaii’s volcanoes.

FALSE! “Ring of Fire” was co-written by June Carter, Johnny’s future wife, and Merle Kilgore, who would be best man in Cash and Carter’s wedding. The song is based on a poem called “Love’s Ring of Fire” by Bob Johnston. June’s sister Anita released a folk version of the song (“Love’s Burning Ring of Fire”) before Johnny’s rendition came out. “Ring of Fire” stayed at number one on the country charts for seven weeks and made it to number 17 on the pop charts. Years later, Johnny’s daughter, singer Roseanne Cash, wisely refused to allow a hemorrhoid cream manufacturer to use the song as an ad jingle.

Johnny gives the finger

True or False?

All plants grow from seeds and produce seeds.

FALSE! Though many of the world’s plants produce seeds, there are also many that don’t. Conifers (such as pines, firs, and spruces) and flowering plants all produce and grow from seeds. But mosses and ferns grow from and produce spores, named after a Greek word meaning “seed.” Spores differ from seeds in that they contain very small supplies of food and are able to survive for a very long time.

Douglas Fir, The Talking Tree

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