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Q&A: It took 99 pieces of luggage to make Southwest Airlines' 'Suitcase Dominoes' ad

A lot of luggage in Southwest ad

Regarding the new Southwest Airlines commercial with all the luggage: How many pieces of luggage were used to do this, how much did it cost and who paid for it?

The commercial, which is referred to as "Suitcase Dominoes" by Southwest Airlines, was shot in several locations, company spokesman Brad Hawkins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Hawkins said 99 pieces of luggage were used to shoot the commercials — 33 in each of Southwest's colors of red, yellow and blue — and the wheels were glued so the suitcases wouldn't roll away during shooting. He wouldn't divulge the cost, but said Southwest paid for it.

A gauge of NASCAR fuel use

On average, how much fuel is consumed during the larger NASCAR racing events?

Each car uses about 65 gallons of racing fuel, which is called Sunoco Green E15, during a 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race on a 1.5-mile track, according to NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp.

Sunoco Green E-15, which is 15 percent corn ethanol, costs $7.80 a gallon, according to ABCNews.com, and NASCAR will use about 450,000 gallons a season. Between 12,000 and 14,000 gallons are used at the Daytona 500, ABC reported.

Can stun gun jolt be transferred?

If you're in physical contact with a person who gets zapped with a stun gun, do you also get zapped?

People will not be affected if they're in contact with someone receiving a shock from a stun gun, manufacturer O-Mega Network Inc. states on its website. The same holds true for Taser devices.

Funding the Diamond Jubilee

Who paid for Queen Elizabeth II's 60th year celebration?

Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee is being paid for by taxpayers and sponsorships, according to media reports. Taxpayers are paying for the estimated 400,000 Jubilee medals that will be awarded to key members of the armed forces, the police, the Prison Service, ambulance service and fire and rescue services. The Thames River Pageant was paid for by the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, a privately funded charitable trust. A proposed Royal Yacht would be paid for through sponsorships and private donations.

Clarification

A reader wrote in to say: "You've probably already been made aware of your mistake, but if not, Prince William's brother is Harry, not Henry." This was in reference to an item in the June 11 column discussing whether Prince Charles was going to be skipped so Prince William could become king.

We should have been clearer. Prince William's brother is most commonly known as Harry. But that's a nickname; his full given name is Henry Charles Albert David, and his official title is Prince Henry of Wales.

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Q&A: It took 99 pieces of luggage to make Southwest Airlines' 'Suitcase Dominoes' ad 06/25/12 [Last modified: Monday, June 25, 2012 5:23pm]
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