Below you can find the results of Fascinating Facts Game 12 (Smithsonian Institue). Thanks to everyone who participated in this game and sharing your comments. We have included a poll with four new categories for the next Fascinating Facts game for you to chose from. Please vote in the poll to the left for the topic you would like to see for Game 13 of Fascinating Facts.
Overall in this game our players scored an average of 43.25% correct for the four questions provided regarding WWII. The answers to each WWII question are listed below. Before reviewing the answers below if you wish to once again review the original questions please click on the link below:
1) After Richard Rush returned from England wih the gold from Smithsons estate it was melted down. Once melted down it amounted to a fortune worth approximately how much?
Results: 40% Correct
Fact: In 1836, President Andrew Jackson sent him to England as Commissioner to secure for the United States the legacy left the government by James Smithson. He was successful in this undertaking, bringing to this country the sum of $508,318.46, which would eventually be used to establish the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Rush later became one of the first regents of the institution.
2) The act establishing the Smithsonian Institution was signed into law by what president?
Answer: James Polk
Results: 50% Correct
Fact: After eight years of sometimes heated debate, an Act of Congress signed by President James K. Polk on Aug. 10, 1846, established the Smithsonian Institution as a trust to be administered by a Board of Regents and a Secretary of the Smithsonian. Since its founding .more than 164 years ago, the Smithsonian has become the world’s largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, the National Zoo and nine research facilities.
3) Today, the Smithsonian is composed of 19 museums and galleries and many research facilities throughout the United States and the world. There are also 9 research institutes and a zoo. Several of the museums are located in Washington DC. How many of the museums are on the national mall?
Fact: The Washington area lays claim to 17 Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo. (The other two museums, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian's George Gustav Heye Center, are in New York City.) Of these, 11 are on the Mall.
4) 140,000,000 specimens and objects owned or on load to the Smithsonian. How much of these are on display at any one time for public viewing?
Answer: Approximately 2%
Fact: So vast is the collection that Smithsonian museums display only about 1% or 2% of the collection's holdings at any given time. Artifacts range from a 3.5-billion-year-old fossil to inaugural gowns worn by the first ladies. Thousands of scientific expeditions sponsored by the Smithsonian have pushed into remote frontiers in the deserts, mountains, polar regions, and jungles.
Individually, each museum is a powerhouse in its own field: The National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum are the most visited of the Smithsonians -- the Air and Space Museum seeing more than eight million people, and the Natural History Museum about seven million people in 2010. The National Air and Space Museum maintains the world's largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft. The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the nation's first collection of American art and one of the largest in the world.
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