Trivia Dominoes II — Play Off the Last Bit of Trivia — continued!

The name “Dakota” roughly means “ally” in that language.

Besides Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota has scenery and places to visit including Badlands National Park; Needles Highway and Sylvan Lake at Custer State Park; the city of Deadwood; Wind Cave National Park; the Black Hills; the Crazy Horse Memorial; Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills, and Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway; Falls Park in Sioux Falls; Bear Butte in Sturgis; Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Columbia; Black Elk Peak (Harney Peak); Palisades State Park in Garretson; the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary; and the Sertoma Butterfly House & Aquarium in Sioux Falls.

Actress Dakota Fanning began her acting career at the age of five. She was the youngest person to receive a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild award, being seven years old when she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in the film I Am Sam.

Retired NFL defensive tackle Mike Fanning played 10 seasons in the NFL for three teams, the Rams, the Lions, and the Seahawks. He started in Super Bowl XIV, the Rams’ first Super Bowl appearance, when they lost 31-19 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. That was the Steelers’ 4th Super Bowl championship, and the 4th for Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, and several others including Mean Joe Greene.

Not only did Mike Fanning from the last post play for the Seahawks but so did Franco Harris. He was signed to replace Curt Warner when he got hurt and thus ended his career as a Seahawk.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have 32 members of the NFL Hall of Fame, including all the players mentioned by @Bullitt, such as Franco Harris. Also included from the Steelers franchise are owners Art and Dan Rooney, and coaches Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher.

(ETA to add Franco’s name to avoid a Ninja!)

American actress Rooney Mara’s mother is from the Pittsburgh Steelers owners’ family. Mara has appeared in such films as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, Carol, Lion, Side Effects and Her.

Rooney Mara’s full name is Patricia Rooney Mara. She is a descendant of the Rooney and Mara families. Her sister is actress Kate Mara, or Kate Rooney Mara.

Rooney Mara is a great-granddaughter of both New York Giants founder Tim Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, Sr. Her mother’s side of the family has held ownership in the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers since its formation in 1933, and her father’s side of the family has held ownership in the NFL’s NY Giants since its formation in 1925. Her paternal grandparents were Wellington Mara and Ann Mara. Wellington co-owned the NY Giants from 1959 until his death in 2005, and was succeeded by his son (Rooney Mara’s uncle), John Mara, who is currently President, CEO, and co-owner of the team. Rooney Mara’s maternal grandfather, Timothy James “Tim” Rooney, has operated Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers NY since 1972. Her granduncle, Dan Rooney, chairman of the Steelers, was a former US Ambassador to Ireland and the co-founder of the charitable organization The Ireland Funds. Her first cousin, once removed, Art Rooney II, is the current President and co-owner of the Steelers.

The New York Giants are one of six franchises that have won four or more Super Bowls. The Packers have also won four; the 49ers and Cowboys have each won five; and the Steelers and Patriots have each won six.

The Giants most recent win was in Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012, a 21-17 victory over the Patriots.

The legal name of the New York Giants professional football team is “New York Football Giants.” They were thus named when the team was founded in 1925 by Tim Mara, to distinguish them from the New York Giants baseball team. The football team’s legal name still carries that clarification, despite the fact that the Giants baseball team relocated to San Francisco in 1957.

The Giant’s Causeway is a promontory of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns stretching along 4 miles of the north coast of Northern Ireland, some 25 miles northeast of Londonderry.

The story goes that the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool), was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two giants could meet.

Some of the rock formations resemble objects, such as the “Giant’s Boot”, “Giant’s Eyes”, the “Shepherd’s Steps”, the “Giant’s Harp” and the “Camel’s Hump”.

A harp appears on the standard of the President of Ireland, and on the British Royal Standard (there symbolizing Northern Ireland). It has long been a heraldic symbol of Ireland.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Ireland#/media/File:Flag_of_the_President_of_Ireland.svg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Standard_of_the_United_Kingdom#/media/File:Royal_Standard_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg

The columnar jointing of the Giant Causeway in Northern Ireland is observable in other places such as the Devil’s Postpile near Mammoth Mountain in California, Devils Tower in Wyoming, Paul Bunyan’s Wood Pile near Elberta Utah, and many, many countries around the world. Wiki has a list of them by country, where you can see basalt columns.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_places_with_columnar_jointed_volcanics

In October of 1941 George Hopkins, without knowledge or consent from the National Park Service, parachuted and landed on top of Devils Tower. Unfortunately, the rope which he was going to use to climb down did not land with him. He was stranded for six days, during which time food, blankets, and other supplies were dropped to him from various aircraft. Finally, a climbing party, led by Jack Durrance, ascended to the top of the Tower and guided Hopkins to a safe descent to the ground.

Six months later, Hopkins began a career training parachutists in airborne infantry divisions during World War II.

Devils Tower was the first US national monument. It was established on September 24, 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt.

“Devil’s Bridge” is the name of dozens of ancient bridges, most of them in Europe. 4 dozen of them are in France. Each Devil’s bridge typically has a Devil-related myth or folktale regarding its origin. These stories vary widely; some have the Devil as the builder of the bridge, supposedly because the bridge looks so precarious or is in such a difficult spot that only the Devil himself could have built it. Other stories have the knowledge to build the bridge given to humans as a gift from the Devil as part of a bargain, usually in exchange for their souls.

George Burns played the role of God in three movies released between 1977 and 1984: Oh, God!, Oh, God!, Book II, and Oh God!, You Devil. In the final movie, he also played Satan, who masquerades as an acting agent named Harry O. Tophet. ‘Tophet’ is a Hebrew word for hell.

“Satan” is from Hebrew and means adversary.
“Angel” is from Greek and means messenger.

The term “Hebrew” was not used for the language in the Bible, which was referred to as the language of Canaan, but the name was used in Greek and Mishnaic Hebrew texts.

The official language of Israel is Hebrew. Prior to 2018, Arabic was also an official language, but that distinction was removed by the passage of the Jewish Nation-State Law. All government documents, however, are still written in Hebrew and Arabic.

The other two most spoken languages in Israel are English and Russian.