Q: Two actresses were the stars of the movie “Precious.” Where are they now?
—Jean Higgins, Atlanta
Q: Gabourey Sidibe, who made her professional acting debut as Claireece “Precious” Jones in 2009’s “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” has appeared in the movies “Tower Heist,” “Seven Psychopaths” and “Yelling to the Sky,” in addition to TV series “The Big C” and “American Dad.” She will be in “American Horror Story” next season and has roles in three upcoming films. Mo’Nique, who won the Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mary, hosted a talk show on BET from 2009-11 — it was filmed at Atlanta’s Turner Studios — and performs in comedy clubs around the country. She has lost nearly 100 pounds and regularly tweets photos of herself working out and exercise updates.
Q: What is the tradition behind the winner of the Indianapolis 500 always being given a quart of milk to drink?
—Richard Morris, Newnan
A: Louis Meyer requested a glass of buttermilk after winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1933. When Meyer won again in 1936, he reportedly was given a bottle of buttermilk, and a newspaper photo of him drinking it circulated around the country. A milk industry executive saw the photo, and thinking the buttermilk was milk, “vowed to have milk available the following year,” according to the “Official History of the Indianapolis 500.” Ever since — except from 1947-56 — milk has been a part of the post-race celebration. The winner is given a choice of whole milk, 2 percent or skim.
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