How long does it take sunlight to reach the earth?

Answer: Happy Earth Day folks! If our sun suddenly shut down, we would not know about it for approximately eight minutes. The sun we look at is actually the sun as it was some eight minutes ago. This is because the light shining from the sun, traveling at about 186,000 miles a second, takes 500 seconds to travel across the millions of miles of space that separate us from the sun. The sunlight will sweep past Mercury in 3.22 minutes, Venus in 6.01 minutes, and reach Earth 8.32 minutes later. Neptune, the most distant planet, takes 4.16 hours for light to reach.

What was the capital of the Confederate States of America during the majority of the Civil War?

What was the capital of the Confederate States of America during the majority of the Civil War?

Answer: It may surprise you that the Confederacy actually had three capitals during the war. The first was in the heart of the deep South in Montgomery, Alabama, lasting only four months. On May 8, 1861, the decision was made to name the Richmond, Virginia as the new Capital of the Confederacy. Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate States of America for the vast majority of the Civil War. The last capital of the Confederacy was Danville, Virginia which lasted a whopping seven days. Richmond, obviously, held on to the title the longest.

Which war was ended in the town of Appomattox?

Which war was ended in the town of Appomattox?

Answer: On this day in 1865, at Appomattox, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. Forced to abandon the Confederate capital of Richmond, blocked from joining the surviving Confederate force in North Carolina, and harassed constantly by Union cavalry, Lee had no other option. General Grant told his officers, “The war is over. The Rebels are our countrymen again.” Although scattered resistance continued for several weeks, for all practical purposes the Civil War had come to an end.

Who portrays Galina “Red” Reznikov in the critically acclaimed TV series “Orange Is the New Black”?

Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew was born in Dubuque, Iowa in April, 1955. She traveled to New York City at 17 to study acting and never looked back. She has starred in multiple TV series and movies and has been a frequent guest on myriad TV shows. Her best known roles are as Captain Katherine Janeway, commander of the Star Fleet vessel Voyager in “Star Trek: Voyager.” She is currently lighting up the TV world as Galina “Red” Reznikov in the groundbreaking series “Orange Is the New Black.” Source:

Which President joked, “Honey, I forgot to duck” after being shot?

Answer: On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by a deranged drifter named John Hinckley Jr. In an impressive feat for a 70-year-old man with a collapsed lung, he walked into George Washington University Hospital under his own power. As he prepared for surgery, he was in good spirits and quipped to his wife, Nancy, “Honey, I forgot to duck,” and to his surgeons, “Please tell me you’re Republicans.” The next day, the president resumed some of his executive duties and signed a piece of legislation from his hospital bed. On April 11, he returned to the White House.

Which of these tennis players has been married to an Oscar winning actress?

Answer: John McEnroe is considered one of the greatest tennis players in the history of the sport. McEnroe was married to Academy Award-winning actress Tatum O’Neal from 1986 to 1994 and the two had three children, Kevin, Sean and Emily. O’Neal is the youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy Award, which she won in 1974 at age 10 for her performance as Addie Loggins in Paper Moon opposite her father, Ryan O’Neal. She also starred in The Bad News Bears (1976), followed by Nickelodeon (1976), and Little Darlings (1980). The couple separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1994.

Which month is Women’s History Month in the U.S.?

Answer: Women’s History Month grew into a nationally recognized celebration, beginning in the United States in 1987. It grew from a California small-town school event into a national recognition of the contributions women made and continue to make to society, culture and history. The local school district in Sonoma, California, began the tradition with a week-long celebration in 1978. In 1980, it caught the attention of President Jimmy Carter, who issued a presidential proclamation designating National Women’s History week for the week of March 8. Six years later, Congress expanded the event to a month-long celebration in March. Source:

What is the only character in film that has won two different actors the Academy Award?

Answer: Vito Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather and in the first two of Francis Ford Coppola’s three Godfather films, in which, in later life, he is portrayed by Marlon Brando in The Godfather and then, as a young man, by Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II. Both performances won Academy Awards — Best Actor for Brando, Best Supporting Actor for De Niro. Vito Corleone is the only motion picture character played by two different actors, to be awarded an Oscar for the portrayals. Premiere Magazine listed Vito Corleone as the greatest film character in history.

If an employer does not offer a retirement plan, what might be another way to save for retirement?

Answer:  Stashing retirement savings in a 401(k) plan is an attractive option.

You get large tax advantages, the money is automatically taken from your paychecks before you have the chance to spend it, and sometimes your employer contributes money to your account in what’s known as an employer match.

Perhaps most importantly, it allows you to compound money over time — and compound interest, if taken advantage of from a young age, can make you a millionaire.

Why is a high-quality bond typically considered a lower-risk investment than a stock?

Answer:  In general, to invest is to allocate money (or sometimes another resource, such as time) in the expectation of some benefit in the future – for example, investment in durable goods, in real estate by the service industry, in factories for manufacturing, in product development, and in research and development. However, this article focuses specifically on investment in financial assets.

In finance, the benefit from investment is called a return. The return may consist of capital gains or investment income, including dividends, interest, rental income etc., or a combination of the two. The projected economic return is the appropriately discounted value of the future returns. The historic return comprises the actual capital gain (or loss) or income (or both) over a period of time.