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Useless Trivia

 
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Here's some useless trivia, a little bit of history, a little bit of pop culture. Search engines are for wimps.
1. Which US state has the longest name?
2. What do the following women have in common: Kitty, Mary, Jane, Wendy, Cherry, Sherry, Maria?
3. Which 1968 movie used chocolate syrup for blood and touched on such relevant social themes as the Vietnam war, racism, the destruction of the American family, and the failure of authoritarian structure?
4. Which very controversial 1972 film was dedicated to the Manson (as in Charles) women?
5. What was the name of the hill that the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on?
6. Which popular outdoor family game from the 1980's has been banned in the US because it seems that occasionally a child would get impaled while playing it?
 
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Careful about calling information useless! Who knows when you might need to know about Squirel Monkeys?
 
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1. Which US state has the longest name?
Rhode Island < something, something > Providence Plantations
4. Which very controversial 1972 film was dedicated to the Manson (as in Charles) women?
A Clockwork Orange
5. What was the name of the hill that the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on?
Breeds? Breech?
6. Which popular outdoor family game from the 1980's has been banned in the US because it seems that occasionally a child would get impaled while playing it?
Lawn darts.
 
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In response to Michael's answers:
1. Correct, The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
4. Sorry that is incorrect.
5. Correct, Breeds Hill
6. Correct, Lawn Darts, aka Jarts.
 
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2. They are all in a Bruce Springsteen song?
3. Night of the Living Dead
 
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
2. They are all in a Bruce Springsteen song?
3. Night of the Living Dead


You are correct sir, on both counts! What it the chocolate syrup that did it for you for #3?
 
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Originally posted by Jason Menard:

You are correct sir, on both counts! What it the chocolate syrup that did it for you for #3?

The Bruce Springsteen was a guess. He is doing concerts here in NY so he was in my mind and the names looked vaugely familiar. Chocolate only looks like blood in a black and white movie so that clue helped a lot.
 
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I feel like I should know #4 but I just can;t think of the answer... Arghhhh.
 
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I figured it out!!!
Pink Flamingoes
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You da man!
The director had gone to watch the trials just prior to starting on the film. I believe that years later he has recanted and stated that the dedication was misguided.
 
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Here's a question for you:
Where and when was the last battle fought where foreign troops invaded one of the states of the USA?
 
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
Here's a question for you:
Where and when was the last battle fought where foreign troops invaded one of the states of the USA?


How about when Germans came ashore on the east coast (New York, I think) during WW2, or possibly a U-Boat sunk in territorial waters? Does that count? It was something during WW2 I think.
Somehow though I don't think that's what you are thinking about, since that's not really a "battle". The only other one that comes to mind is the Mexican-American war.
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Doh.. Okay I got it... but I admit I had to use Google to verify. I knew it was something during WW2 though.
The Japanese invaded the Aleutians in Alaska during WW2.
I was thinking at first that the Japanese had invaded some of our islands which we had claimed as territory but which hadn't belonged to a state, so I discounted them.
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Sorry but Alaska wasn't a state at the time. And a raid by a handful of Nazis is hardly an invasion. I am talking about the last time that a full fledged foreign army containing thousands of enemy soldiers invaded one of the states making up the USA for the purpose of conquering and holding territory.
 
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Hint: It wasn't the Mexican-American War as no Mexican army actually invaded a state. Santa Anna invaded Texas before it became a state.
Hint: Forget trying to use the confederate attack at Gettysburg. We were all Americans then.
 
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Are embassies considered a part of any state? Not sure, but I would guess there some that have been "occupied"...
Shura
 
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The British, War of 1812, Battle of New Orleans?
 
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Originally posted by Jason Menard:
The British, War of 1812, Battle of New Orleans?


Correct. Louisiana had been made a state in 1812. Of course the War of 1812 was actually over at the time the battle was fought so for bonus points can you name the last invasion that occurred during a war?
 
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My history isn't as good as I wish. I'll take a stab and guess Baltimore.
 
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Baltimore is a good guess but the attack on Baltimore was actually a raid designed to prevent reinforcements from being sent to the real invasion. I am bog on history but until I had found this new book, I knew very little about this particluar battle. It is in fact the largest invasion of the USA by foreign troops. Over 30,000 British troops marched south from Canada along the shore of Lake Champlain in August of 1814. Their goal was to capture as much of Northern New York as possible prior to the signing of a peace treaty. Prior to the attack, the British launched a feint west which drew off the bulk of the US forces leaving a couple of thousand poorly trained American troops. And yet at the Battle of Plattsburgh on September 11, 1814 the Americans defeated a veteran British force of troops fresh from victory over Napoleon.
Note: I realized I mistyped the date. Yes it is true that the Battle of Plattsburg was fought on September 11th, 1814.
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fresh from victory over Napoleon offtopic, but this sounds like an oxymoron
 
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Why's that?
By the way, here's some music you may enjoy.
 
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
Why's that?


The term "fresh from battle", or "fresh from victory" in this case.
If battle is strenuous and tends to maim and kill people, how fresh can you be after battle?
Even if individuals are given time to rest, they weren't fighting with sharp sticks. You can't expect a full strength unit.
Hence from battle != fresh
 
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Ah, I see. I can't think of an ABBA song for that one, though.
 
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
Note: I realized I mistyped the date. Yes it is true that the Battle of Plattsburg was fought on September 11th, 1814.


Speaking of that... more useless knowledge....
Ground was broke for the building of the Pentagon on September 11, 1941.
Although the job hadn't been totaly finished in that section... the part of the Pentagon that was hit on 9/11/01 had just been reinforced... and was the only section of the Pentagon that had been.
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Battles during the Napoleonic era were very different than what we are used to today. Troops really did line up at 75-100 yards apart and exchange fire until one group broke. Often units were ordered to simply walk towards enemy positions taking gunfire all the way without being able to return fire. It took very experienced troops to fight this way and not turn and run. The British troops were the toughest in the world. A study of Wellington's campaigns in India and Spain will give an idea of how brave the British soldiers were.
So the British troops coming from victory in France really were fresh. They were battle hardened and had an opportunity to recover. They were also career soldiers. Very few had any desire to return to civilian life as they had joined the army to get away from civilian life. If anyone wanted to return to England, it was the officers not the soldiers.
Side note: one of the ways that the Americans tried to increase the number of deserters in the British ranks was to offer 100 acres of farmland to any British deserter. The British officers thought this was very "unsporting".
 
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