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ALL4’s: Is That Your Final Answer?

Posted: July 2nd, 2012

Author: All4 Staff 

Last Month’s Answer and Winner:

There was a single correct response to May’s “Is That Your Final Answer” question and the response was provided by a past winner, Mr. Steve List of NewPage.  Steve knew that the “forgotten” criteria pollutant was hydrocarbons.  Hydrocarbons, a subset of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were linked to smog formation and had a suggested 3-hour concentration level of 160 micrograms per cubic meter that was not to be exceeded during the 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. period.   The hydrocarbon standard was removed in 1983.  Congratulations to Steve and thanks to all those that contributed last month.


We are getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July this week.  In addition, 2012 is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.  So this “Is That Your Final Answer” question is related to the United States Flag.    United States Code Title 36 Chapter 10 regulates all aspects of flag display from how no flag flies higher than our flag, to lowering the flag at sundown unless illuminated by a light, to not letting the flag touch the ground.  The United States flag includes a blue “union” where the stars are placed and 13 alternating rows of red and white stripes that reflect the 13 original states (although at one point there were 15 stripes).  Stars are added to the union when a new state joins the union.    So here is our question: when did the U.S. flag officially change from 49 stars to 50 stars?  The answer is not as straight forward as you might think.  Good luck!


Please e-mail your answer to final.answer@all4inc.com.  Include in the e-mail your name, answer, and address (to receive your prize).

ALL4’s Final Answer is a monthly feature of our Blog Digest.  It is designed to test your knowledge across the environmental field, quiz you on the building blocks of air quality rules, stump you on ALL4 general trivia, and challenge you with brain teasers that have perplexed us.  The first correct answer e-mailed to us will qualify the respondent for free ALL4 gear and will enter the winner in our end-of-the year “Final Answer Championship.”  The subsequent month’s Final Answer will identify the winner and the correct answer from the previous month’s question.  You must be an active subscriber of ALL4’s Blog Digest to win a monthly prize and be eligible for the championship prize.  ALL4 employees and family members are not eligible to compete.  Hope you enjoy this feature and good luck!


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