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Q&A: The many spellings of Gadhafi explained

The many spellings of Gadhafi

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Why is the last name of the Libyan leader spelled so many different ways? I see it beginning with an "M," "K," "Kh" and also a "Q." Which one is correct?

The differences are due to reasons such as the difficulty in turning Arabic into Roman letters, according to a report on the Economist's website, www.economist.com.

The writer says: "Qaddhafi represents the Arabic spelling pretty well, and Gaddafi represents the Libyan pronunciation pretty well." The hybrid of those, which is used by the magazine, is Muammar Qaddafi.

The style varies depending on the publication. The Associated Press style, used by this and many other newspapers and broadcast outlets, is Moammar Gadhafi.

NFL gives an IQ test

In the NFL Scouting Combine, the timed test that was recently given — apparently a written test — what sorts of questions are given? There were five or so who scored in single digits.

The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test, or Wonderlic for short, has been given to players attending the NFL Scouting Combine since the 1970s, according to USA Today. The IQ test consists of 50 questions, which must be answered in 12 minutes, and a perfect score is 50. Here are three examples, according to USA Today:

1. Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one: a) true, b) false, c) not certain?

The boy plays baseball. All baseball players wear hats. The boy wears a hat.

2. A boy is 17 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 23 years old, what will be the age of his sister?

3. When rope is selling at 10 cents a foot, how many feet can you buy for 60 cents?

(Answers: 1. a; 2. 40 years old; 3. 6 feet)

Coca-Cola formulas are secret

Two Coke questions. Does the Coca-Cola Co. have a secret formula for each of its soft drinks, and are they protected the same way as the formula for Coke? And what was the next drink sold by the company after the original Coke?

Just like Coca-Cola, all of the company's product formulations are unique, and the company protects that uniqueness, Coca-Cola spokeswoman Kerry Tressler told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We consider our products to be our company's most valuable trade secrets," she wrote in an e-mail.

Seventy years after Coca-Cola debuted, the company introduced Fanta in the 1950s. Sprite was introduced in 1961, followed by TaB in 1963 and Fresca in 1966, according to company officials. The company acquired the Minute Maid Co. in 1960, adding the juice business.

Q&A: The many spellings of Gadhafi explained 04/11/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 11, 2011 6:46pm]

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