Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 10 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
North and South American Cultures
|For you food enthusiasts out there... before Paul Prudhomme made a name for himself with his line of seasonings, this stand-up comedian hosted a PBS cooking show long before Food Network came along. Who was that red-suspendered Cajun chef?||A Cajun Quiz
Justin Wilson. Justin Wilson started with a legitimate job as a safety engineer, but he found that his lectures were more interesting if he could make his audience laugh. This led to a career as a stand-up comedian, 27 comedy albums, 7 cookbooks and 2 books of Cajun folk tales. If you look closely at a picture of Justin Wilson, you'll notice that he always wore a belt *and* suspenders - a true safety man.
|One of the earliest songs to bring a Cajun influence to mainstream was "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)". Who had a number 1 hit in 1952 with this classic tune about "jambalaya, crawfish pie and file' gumbo"?||A Cajun Quiz
Hank Williams, Sr.. "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" has been covered by many artists over the past 55+ years. Artists like Jo Stafford, Fats Domino, Gerry & The Pacemakers and Dolly Parton.
Oh, and file' is a seasoning.
|The biggest party of the year in New Orleans begins about a week before Ash Wednesday and ends at midnight on Fat Tuesday. Do you know the French name for this celebration?||A Cajun Quiz
Mardi Gras. "Mardi" is "Tuesday", "Gras" is "Fat". Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, when one is to give up something that they truly enjoy, such as chocolate or beer. The Mardi Gras festivities are to give one a chance to indulge in their chosen vice before having to give it up for 40 days. At least that's what my mom taught me.
|LSU is Louisiana State University. But ULL is the home of the Ragin' Cajuns football team. What Cajun heartland city is home to this university?||A Cajun Quiz
Lafayette. ULL stands for University of Louisiana at Lafayette. It was originally founded as the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute in 1900. A few notable alumnus are Richard Simmons, former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco and 1978 Cy Young award winner/former New York Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry.
|The addition of which "slimy" vegetable to a normal stew would be necessary to make it a Cajun gumbo? ||A Cajun Quiz
Okra. Okra is a staple of southern cuisine. Fortunately, you can remove the "slime" by cutting your okra into pieces, placing it in a large bowl, covering it with cold water and letting it sit in the fridge for 3 hours or so. Then when you drain off the water, the slime goes with it!
|Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described the Acadian families being separated in which epic poem?||A Cajun Quiz
Evangeline. The story of Evangeline is a sad one. On the day before her wedding to Gabriel, Evangeline and all of her townsfolk are deported by the British. She searches for years for her beloved Gabriel, and he for her. When they finally meet again... well, I'll let you read it.
|What part of Canada was the original "home away from home" for these first French settlers?||A Cajun Quiz
Nova Scotia. Back then, it was known as Acadia, made up of what is now New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. This latter location was originally named Isle St. Jean by Jacques Cartier who discovered it in 1534.
Acadian. The original word used to describe the French population was "acadien" or "acadienne", depending on whether the person was male or female. If you say it quickly, and with a French accent, you can hear where the first "a" would be dropped and the rest of the word slurred over the years.