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Ask Molly: "Lightning Round" Multiple Q & As

February 1, 2022


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Hi Netizens,

To celebrate my third anniversary of going digital, I thought it would be fun to answer a few of your questions that haven’t yet found a place in the column. We can dub it the, “Ask Molly Lightning Round.”

Enjoy! And remember to send me your questions for 2022.

~ Molly


Dear Molly,

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

~ Shadow Seeker

Dear Shadow Seeker,

A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

But according our colleagues at The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), woodchucks don’t actually chuck wood. Only dirt. About 700 lbs.

~ Molly

#AskMollyHale #GroundhogDay

Dear Molly,

What is the ultimate answer to the ultimate question?


~ Snark Hunter

Dear Snark Hunter,

42, according to a hitchhiker I know…

~ Molly

#AskMollyHale #HGTTG

Dear Molly,

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

~ The Chief

Hey Chief,

Have you checked out the CIA World Factbook? That would be my first stop for intel if I was trying to track down the elusive Carmen Sandiego.


~ Molly


Dear Molly,

What went wrong with Bay of Pigs?

~ History Buff

Dear History Buff,

We have several resources on our site that I’d recommend if you want to learn more about the Bay of Pigs invasion.

First, check out our feature story on the history of the invasion and what went wrong: The Bay of Pigs Invasion

Next, definitely take a minute to read the fascinating story of James Donovan (yes, that James Donovan who Tom Hanks portrayed in the Hollywood blockbuster, Bridge of Spies). Many people don’t know that in addition to negotiating the prisoner swap with Moscow that resulted in the release of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, Donovan also negotiated the release of the Bay of Pigs prisoners. You can read all about it here: The Negotiator

Lastly, if you like reading original documents, definitely browse our Bay of Pigs FOIA collection.

Hope this helps unravel some of the mystery surrounding the history of the Bay of Pigs invasion.

~ Molly


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