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Hooters settled "toy Yoda' suit

Question: What ever happened in the case of a Hooters server who sued her employer because she hoped to win a Toyota, but instead was given a "toy Yoda" doll?

Answer: Jodee Berry, a server at Hooters in Panama City Beach, settled her lawsuit. Terms were not disclosed.

Berry won a beer sales contest in May 2002. She believed she would be awarded a new Toyota and was escorted to the restaurant parking lot in a blindfold. When it was removed, she found she had won a miniature Yoda, the character from Star Wars.

Berry quit the restaurant and filed suit against Gulf Coast Wings Inc., the restaurant's corporate owner, alleging breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation.

David Noll, her attorney, said the settlement would allow his client to go to a local car dealership and "pick out whatever type of Toyota she wants."

Jared Blair, the restaurant's manager, said the contest was an April Fools joke.

Why do we hit the jackpot?

Question: When someone wins a large sum of money, you hear the expression "He hit the jackpot!" What is the origin of "jackpot"?

Answer: "Jackpot" goes back to draw poker, where stakes are allowed to accumulate until a player is able to "open the pot" by demonstrating that among the cards he has drawn, he has a pair of jacks or better.

Did Braniff fly the Concorde?

Question: An article about the Concorde said only 16 of the aircraft were built, and Air France and British Airways bought them all. But the book Chronology of America has a picture of a Concorde with Braniff International on it.

Answer: The Concorde did fly under the Braniff banner, but only briefly and under a lease arrangement with British Airways and Air France. Braniff never owned the supersonic aircraft.

As reported by Aviation Week & Space Technology, Harding Lawrence, who retired in 1980 as chairman and CEO of Braniff International, brought the Concorde to the United States for its only regularly scheduled domestic flights.

Because of noise restrictions, it operated at subsonic speeds between Dallas-Fort Worth Airport and Washington's Dulles Airport. After a brief stop in Washington, it flew at supersonic speeds across the Atlantic to London or Paris.

The Concorde flights were inaugurated on Jan. 12, 1979, and ended the next year.

Have a question about the news? Colin Bessonette will try to get an answer. Call (404) 222-2002 or write to him at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, P.O. Box 4689, Atlanta, GA 30302, or e-mail him at q&aajc.com.

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