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Better Late Than Never
"As it turns out, I'm not really reliable with times or dates. At least I'm showing up in the right place for these historic events (and with good intentions), right?"
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I'm in Germany and I'm here to participate in an event that marked the fall of the Iron Curtain. As it turns out, I'm a couple decades too late. What event did I miss?
The end of the Vietnam War
The collapse of the Berlin Wall
The signing of the Treaty of Versailles
I decide to set my alarm to arrive for the opening of the world's tallest tower. When I get to the front doors, it turns out that I'm a bit tardy in my arrival in Chicago. What is this 'world's tallest skyscraper' that I'm supposed to have visited in 1973?
Empire State Building
Miffed by my luck, I decide to play it safe and board up my Ontario house in preparation for a hurricane heading up North America's eastern coast. A neighbour spies me on my roof and I explain what I'm doing. He tells me that the hurricane I'm preparing for already came and went (in 1954). What was the name of this hurricane?
I decide to head to the capital of Turkey in order to clear my head. Dropping down in Istanbul, I decide to delve into the political side of the country and explore. A local historian tells me that I'm not in the capital city at all. Istanbul hasn't been the capital since 1923. No one told me! What did the capital become in 1923?
I cancel plans to visit Indonesia with my travel agent claiming that I caught word of this giant volcano erupting on an island near Sumatra; they say it's a big one. The travel agent assures me that everything's okay - the volcano hasn't erupted since 1883. Confused, I decide not to take my chances. What was the name of this intense geological event?
The eruption of Mount Etna
The eruption of Krakatoa
The eruption of Vesuvius
The eruption of Mount St. Helens
I decide to head to the coast of Britain to await the arrival of Charles Darwin who, returning from the Galapagos Islands, is supposed to have some important new theories. I get to the end of the pier and I'm told that Darwin came and went in 1836. What ship did he arrive on?
Sitting on a train and reading a newspaper, I come across something odd. "Somebody bought Louisiana?" I exclaim. Somebody pulls me aside and explains that I don't need to think about it- it happened ages ago ... and what the heck am I so worried about. In what year did the Louisiana Purchase occur?
I decide to wait in front of my local bookstore overnight anticipating a coming new release. In the morning, the shopkeeper opens the front door and asks me what I'm doing. When I mention the title of the book, she says it's been out for ages ... since 1762 in fact. I pick up my copy of "Emile" and depart. Who wrote this important philosophical book "On Education"?
I head to Massachusetts to prepare for my next activity. Getting my pitchfork and shabby clothing, I head to the streets shouting "Burn the witches!" A citizen takes me aside to tell me that they don't do that anymore - they haven't done it since 1693. Great. Now I look like a fool. What city am I in?
I realize something: we really need to restrict the power held by the King (of England). I stop myself this time. Is there a King of England right now? This time I look it up online; they did this with King John and the Magna Carta. That saved me the trouble of writing an angry letter or flying to the UK. In what century was the Magna Carta signed?
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Compiled Jun 28 12