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Postby Ryan Reeder » Sat 14 Aug, 2004 07:29 am

Thanks, Jimmy, for rescuing the thread from the dark Canadian Wi[y]nter.

Mesa Arizona, 1943.

I did look up the date.

Name the two wagon companies that followed the Willie and Martin handcart companies in 1856.

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Postby fierydarts » Tue 24 Aug, 2004 05:51 pm

It's something like the Hunt and Hodges (looking it up, I find that it's actually Hodgett) companies.

It's (relatively) widely known that Sir Isaac Newton developed calculus, but he wasn't the only one. Who was the other person who independently developed calculus?

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Postby Zannah » Tue 24 Aug, 2004 05:56 pm

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, a lovely German man. (Nice question, by the way. It's very you.)

New trivia question to follow.

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Postby Zannah » Wed 25 Aug, 2004 03:28 pm

New trivia question:

What were the names of Henry VIII's six wives, and how did they die? Which one was his favorite?

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Postby Ryan Reeder » Wed 25 Aug, 2004 05:10 pm

Catherine of Aragon--natural causes, I assume. Divorced.
Anne Boleyn--beheaded
Jane Seymour

That's a start.

[I call, on the rules, that you can do this. Sort of answer the question in teams--the person that comes up with the last part, making a complete answer, gets to ask the next question. If there's no objections, motion carries].

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Postby Audrey » Fri 27 Aug, 2004 01:22 pm

I don't remember any of the names except for the ones Ryan already posted, but I do remember a little rhyme that my ninth grade English teacher taught us to remember what happened to each of them:

Divorced, beheaded, died,
Divorced, beheaded, survived.



Other than that, I'm stuck.
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Postby Zannah » Wed 01 Sep, 2004 04:14 pm

Okay, it's apparently time for a new question. Here we go:

What is the sixth-largest standing army in the world?

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Postby Mark » Wed 01 Sep, 2004 11:03 pm

I Dunno, but how long have they been standing? geeze, get the men and women a chair! *ba dum ching* okay, I'm done now.

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Postby TVGM » Thu 02 Sep, 2004 07:56 am

I'll guess Canada.
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Postby Zannah » Thu 02 Sep, 2004 03:54 pm

Good guess, but not right. I'll give it until tomorrow, then I'll post the answer and let someone else come up with a question.

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Postby TVGM » Thu 02 Sep, 2004 08:58 pm

How about a hint before giving the answer? And I'll guess the US.
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Postby Zannah » Thu 02 Sep, 2004 09:08 pm

Not right, but it is in the Western Hemisphere.

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Postby TVGM » Thu 02 Sep, 2004 11:10 pm

Uh, Mexico?
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Postby Ryan Reeder » Fri 03 Sep, 2004 01:40 am

Western Hemisphere--Brazil? It's about the 5th largest country, so kinda makes sense.

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Postby Zannah » Fri 03 Sep, 2004 10:34 am

Answer:

The NYPD.

(Okay, so maybe "army" was a bit misleading, but that's how they present it at the Academy. Kind of a cool bit of uselss knowledge, eh?)

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Postby Ryan Reeder » Fri 03 Sep, 2004 01:05 pm

What has four legs, tusks, a trunk, and flippers?

An elephant. I just put in the flippers to throw you off.

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Postby Kelleheretic » Wed 24 Nov, 2004 10:44 pm

Identify the language:

KISHA E JEZU KRISHTIT E SHENJTORËVE TË DITEVE TË MËVONSHME

See if you can translate. To some of us, it may be extremely obvious while others could be utterly lost.

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Postby stephsterr » Tue 05 Jul, 2005 04:44 pm

Albanian.

I'll bet it's "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."



New Trivia:

What is saffron and where would one find it (besides the store)? <--an easy one to get the game back on, if there is any interest.

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Postby KareNin » Tue 12 Jul, 2005 01:01 pm

saffron... hmm, I'll look it up in a minute to see how close I get.
It's that extremely intense yellow spice that gives curry powder its unique color and taste, isn't it? I think it's the pollen of some plant found in India.

Okay, now I'm gonna publicly humiliate myself by posting an Edit with my findings...
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Well, I wasn't too far off. Here's one reference:
One of the most prized of spices, Crocus sativus produces a stigma within its flower that we have come to know as Saffron. Because each flower produces only 3 stigmas each, this spice is quite expensive. Sold in “threads�, saffron gives a savory, flavor to dishes. Saffron has been used as a clothing dye, as an aphrodisiac, as a perfume, and in Indian medicine. It is known for its use in rice, paella, and bouillabaisse.
www.theculinarypalette.com/Encyclopedia.htm


None of the sites Google brought up mentioned curry specifically, so maybe that part isn't right. And it's also grown in Greece and other places, and it's technically not the pollen itself, but the stigma of the flower. I should have paid more attention in high school botany, but I didn't realize there would be a quiz some 40 years later.
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Postby KareNin » Sun 17 Jul, 2005 04:26 pm

Oh, I guess I was supposed to post another trivia question, huh?




Okay...




Where was the first televised baseball game?
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