Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
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|Finally, another quote to wrap things up. Who said "On the loftiest throne in the world we are still sitting only on our own rump."?||The Enthroned Quiz
Montaigne. From his 1595 essay "Of Experience". Of interest is that about 200 years later, Benjamin Franklin said the same thing, slightly more crudely. They were both right. Wherever you may be sitting, I hope you have enjoyed my quiz.
|Thrones seem to be a common name for heavy metal bands. There's "Throne of Nails", "Darkthrone", and "Throne of Chaos", among others. From what country is the group known as "Blood Red Throne"?||The Enthroned Quiz
Norway. The five-member band's first album was "Monument of Death". Not part of my personal CD collection, but as my mother always said, if we all liked the same things it would be a pretty dull world.
A Byzantine church. Ludwig died before much of Neuschwanstein could be finished. There is no throne in the otherwise-completed, ornate Throne Room.
|What would you find in the Hall of Supreme Harmony in Beijing's Forbidden City?||The Enthroned Quiz
Dragon Throne. 24 Ming and Qing emperors ruled China from the Dragon Throne for 500 years.
|From Rome we go to ancient Greece. Who's the Olympian who sits on an ivory throne with a white calfskin cushion?
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Hera. Hera used the cow as an emblem. Artemis and Athena both had silver thrones, and Hebe, the goddess of youth, didn't have one.
The Cathedra Petri. All four choices can be found in St. Peter's. The Cathedra Petri, or "Chair of Peter" is a stunning piece of art by Bernini. It is located at the end (apse) of the basilica and encloses the putative chair of the first Pope. The Papal Loggia is the the main balcony of the basilica's fašade; the Colonna Santa is a 4th century Byzantine spiral column from the original basilica on this sacred site; and the Baldacchino is Bernini's canopy over the main altar.
|Let's begin with a quote. What Italian said "It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other."?||The Enthroned Quiz
Francesco Petrarch. Petrarch, 1304-1374, was an Italian poet and scholar.
|How often does the proxigean spring tide occur? ||100 Facts
every 18 months, at most. The proxigean spring tide is a rare, unusually high tide that occurs when the moon is both at its closest point to Earth and in the New Moon phase. 2. The Antarctic Ice Sheet is almost twice the size of the United States. 3. Ninety percent of all volcanic activity occurs in the oceans. 4. Canada has the longest coastline of any country, with 56,453 miles. 5. At the deepest point in the ocean the pressure is more than 8 tons per square inch. 6. Eighty percent of all life on earth is found under the ocean surface. 7. The Arctic produces 10,000 to 50,000 icebergs per year. 8. In one year, three times as much garbage is dumped into the ocean as the weight of fish caught. 9. The Kuroshio Current, off the shores of Japan, is the largest current. 10. Antarctica has as much ice as the Atlantic Ocean has water.
|At 1,000 years old, it's estimated to be the world's oldest. It's at the Hildeshiem Cathedral in Germany. What is it?||100 Facts
a rose bush. 2. A rose fossil dated at 40 million years old was found in the US. 3. Confucius had about 600 books on how to grow roses. 4. The name "Rhodes", as in Island of, comes from "rhodon", Greek for "rose". 5. There are no native species of roses south of the Equator. 6. The first guide to roses was written around 300 BC by Theophrastus. 7. Rose hips contain more vitamin C than almost any fruit or vegetable. 8. You must distil about 10,000 pounds of roses to get one pound of rose oil. 9. The Sweet Brier rose is mentioned in the writings of Chaucer and Shakespeare. 10. Josephine, Napoleon's wife, had a rose garden featuring 250 varieties, all of those known at that time.
|What were the names of William Shakespeare's twins?||100 Facts
Hamnet and Judith. William Shakespeare and his wife had eight kids, including twins Hamnet and Judith, who were christened on February 2, 1585. Hamnet died at age 11, Judith at 77. 2. Shakespeare wore earrings. 3. Shakespeare's father, mother, and one daughter were illiterate. 4. Shakespeare invented the word "assassination". 5. There is no surviving record of the play "Cardenio", which has been credited to Shakespeare. 6. Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets. 7. "Romeo and Juliet" was based on the life of two actual Verona lovers who both died for each other in 1303. 8. Shakespeare is said to have had a vocabulary of some 29,000 words. 9. Shakespeare was also an actor who performed many of his own plays as well as those of other playwrights, such as Ben Jonson. 10. Shakespeare was a favorite of King James I; in fact, King James made Shakespeare's acting company Grooms of Chamber.
ants. 2. Ants have five noses, each designed to detect a different scent. 3. Some types of ants carry their dead to ant cemeteries. 4. The queen ant never leaves her nest unless there is an emergency, such as a disaster, or the colony wants to relocate to a better place. 5. Unlike adult ants, ant larvae can consume solids. 6. Some species of ants, like the leaf-cutter ants, use leaves to produce fungi in their nests for food. 7. A worker ant can carry up to 50 times its own weight. 8. All ants in a colony, except for the drones, are female. 9. As of 2002, there are 11,006 known species of ants! 10. Ants hibernate during cold seasons.
Hot water. According to a study conducted by Mississippi State University, over 200,000 injuries happen in American bathrooms yearly. The largest percent are attributed to burns caused by hot water. The easiest way to avoid this is to set your hot water heater at 120 degrees.
|Urban legend has it that "Leave It To Beaver" was the first network television show to actually show a toilet in an episode. In actuality, it was the first show to show a toilet tank. What was this episode titled?||Straight Flush: A Quiz About Bathrooms
Captain Jack. Captain Jack was the name of the $2.50 baby alligator that Beaver and Wally recieved via the mail. His home was in the toilet tank that Wally referred to as Captain Jack's aquarium. The censors refused to allow a full view of the toilet so in compromise, the producers had one quick scene of Wally putting the alligator in the tank.
A Bible passage. James Gamble of Procter and Gamble originally called their soap that floated White Soap but Harvey Procter, the other founder of Proctor and Gamble, got the idea for the name "Ivory" while in church listening to a Bible passage about "ivory palaces". Psalm 45: "All thy garments smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces whereby they have made me glad."
Toothpaste. The warning label on my tube of toothpaste reads: "Keep out of the reach of children under six years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately." Scary stuff!
Crane Plumbing. Chevy Chase's birth name is Cornelius Crane Chase. His grandmother gave him the nickname Chevy. Chevy's mother Cathalene is descended from the Crane Plumbing family. He spent his vacations as a child at the family's Crane Castle in Ipswich, Massachusetts where his grandfather and namesake Cornelius Vanderbilt Crane lived.
Putting "In God We Trust" on US currency. Salmon P. Chase was President Lincoln's Secretary of Treasury. He also served as a Supreme Court Chief Justice. Chase Manhattan Bank was named after him.
Joan Crawford. Joan Crawford was a neat freak to say the least. Anyone who has ever read or seen the movie "Mommie Dearest" can understand why the woman would change her toilet seats. Joan Crawford was married five times. Just when you get use to something, it changes.
The White House. The first bathrooms complete with plumbing and electrical wiring were installed in the White House during Theodore Roosevelt's administration during the 1902 restoration. All 35 bathrooms in the White House are private so you better go before you visit.
Four. In 1994, a Federal law was passed to restrict toilet tanks to 1.6 gallons of water per flush. These "low flow" toilets seemed to be more of a waste than ever as some had to flush twice. Now days, manufacturers have worked out the bugs and you only need to flush once.
|As the science of of blood transfusion and donation developed over the centuries more and more medical procedures depended on it and its use became more widespread. By 2008, approximately how many pints of blood were being used in the USA and Canada each day?||Nearly an Armful: Blood Donation Facts and Fun
43,000. A few more facts to leave with you: More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada; Someone needs blood every two seconds; About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood; One pint of blood can save up to three lives. [Source:Blood Centers of the Pacific, www.bloodcenters.org]
They wanted to help others. Unfortunately, 15 per cent of those who were asked why they did not give blood said they were "too busy". There are often shortages at busy holiday periods. If only one more percent of all Americans would give blood, shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future. [Source:Blood Centers of the Pacific, www.bloodcenters.org]
2 per cent. In fact most red blood cells in Australia were used for treating cancer patients - 34 per cent. The 'shelf life' of red cells was 42 days. Platelets were used within five days, and plasma kept and used for up to a year. Source: Australian Red Cross.
14th June. World Blood Donor Day was devised by the World Health Organisation. This date was the birthday of the Austrian scientist Karl Lansteiner, who developed the ABO blood group system in 1901.
16. The American Red Cross also insisted that donors weighed at least 110lbs and met reasonable health standards. They could give blood every 56 days.
Pelican. By 2008, the The Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service was collecting, testing and distributing more than 75,000 donations a year at 1,000 donation sessions. Its newsletter was called 'The Pelican Post'. [www.nibts.org]
Sheep. The transfusion was performed by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denis, physician to the French king, King Louis XIV. The boy survived.
Tony Hancock. Hancock was the comic genius of his generation and appeared on radio and television. His 'Hancock's Half Hour' was one of the most watched shows on TV in the 1960s and 'The Blood Donor' was one of its best remembered sketches. Fans will cheerfully quote passages of script, including arguably the most famous line: when told he must donate a pint of blood, Hancock's character protested: "I don't mind giving a reasonable amount, but a pint! That's very nearly an armful!" Hancock often played troubled characters and he was a troubled man in his personal life. Hancock took his own life on 24 June 1968. He was aged just 44.