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

John Molson, the founder of Molson Brewery, was an early entrepreneur in Lower Canada. He founded a business dynasty which is still in existence in Canada:

John A. Winslow of North Carolina, a serving U.S. Navy officer, remained loyal to the United States when his state seceded at the outbreak of the Civil War. He later commanded the USS Kearsarge in one of the first battles on the high seas between steamships, defeating the notorious Confederate commerce raider CSS Alabama off the coast of Cherbourg, France on June 19, 1864. The Alabama was commanded by Capt. Raphael Semmes, who escaped on a nearby British yacht which had been observing the battle.

In the cuisine of Normandy, Demoiselles de Cherbourg are not young women of Cherbourg, as a literal translation might indicate. They are small lobsters, cooked in broth and sometimes served “à la nage”, “in the swim” in broth with cream or butter.

Queen Elizabeth retains the title of Duke of Normandy, as sovereign of the Channel Islands.

Northern_Piper wrote:
Queen Elizabeth retains the title of Duke of Normandy, as sovereign of the Channel Islands.

Not in play: being female, wouldn’t she be the Duchess of Normandy?

In play: Queen Elizabeth II holds the record for the longest-lived monarch in English/British history. Although her formal coronation wasn’t until June of 1953, she acceded to the throne and was the de facto Queen upon the death of her father (George VI) on February 6, 1952 , so as of today – 11/17/2021 – she has reigned for 25,487 days … or 69 years, 284 days (and still counting).

During this same time frame, a total of 14 different men have held the office of President of the United States – Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama, Trump, and current POTUS Joseph Biden.


Fascinating, BB!

Obama’s Presidential Library will be located in Chicago, in Jackson Park. Construction began three months ago.
Trump’s Presidential Library was launched on January 20, 2021, his last day in office. Its location is still TBD, although some sources say it will be in Florida.

Harris W. Fawell, who passed away last week as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease, served as a U.S. Congressman from 1985 to 1999, representing Chicago’s western suburbs.

In 2008, despite the fact that he was a Republican, Fawell endorsed fellow Illinoisan, Democrat Barack Obama, in the race for U.S. President, over his own party’s nominee, John McCain.

(Mr. Fawell was also a member of my church. Rest in peace, sir.)

The Obama/Biden ticket won a decisive victory in the 2008 presidential election over the McCain/Palin ticket, both in the popular vote and in the electoral college. Obama carried 28 states plus the District of Columbia plus one Nebraska district for 365 electoral votes. McCain carried 22 states for 173 electoral votes. Obama flipped nine states that had voted Republican in 2004. The Democratic ticket won the popular vote 52.9% to 45.7% for the Republican ticket.

Nope, it is always Duke of Normandy no matter the monarch’s sex

In play: Michael Palin, rather out of character, played a dramatic role in The Death of Stalin as Vyacheslav Molotov.

The Molotov cocktail is a Finnish creation from 1939-1940. While bottle-based improvised incendiary weapons have been used since the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, the Molotov cocktail name was a pejorative Finnish reference to Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov, who was one of the architects of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact signed in late August 1939. The pact resulted in Soviet bombing missions and tank invasions of Finland.

Nokia, a Finnish telecommunications and electronics company, reached its peak in the year 2000, when it was the world’s largest manufacturer of cellular phones. In that year, Nokia accounted for 70% of the Helsinki Stock Exchange’s total market capitalization, and 4% of Finland’s entire GDP.

She met Truman while still a princess, visiting Washington, D.C. She never met LBJ.

In play:

Bill Clinton, Democrat of Arkansas, who also met the Queen several times, was President throughout the year 2000.

Arkansas is one of 13 states which are the birthplace of one president. Four states are the birthplaces of two presidents. Massachusetts is the birthplace of four presidents; New York is the birthplace of five; Ohio is the birthplace of seven; and Virginia is the birthplace of eight presidents, including four of the first five.

Franklin Pierce was the most eastern born US President. He was born in Hillsborough NH.

Barack Obama was the most western born US President. He was born in Honolulu HI.

In medieval England, a “franklin” was a free man who owned some land; not a serf, but not part of the gentry.

Nitpick: I think the Adamses were both born farther east than Pierce.

Hillsborourgh NH is 71°53’42" W.

Quincy, MA is 71°0’ W.

Half a degree farther east, no?

Ahh… YES!! Thank you for the correction!

The eastern-most point of the continental United States is the West Quoddy Head lighthouse.

The westernmost point of the continental US is near Cape Avala in Washington. According to Google maps, the distance between this point and the easternmost point is 2,692 miles, as the crow flies. The driving distance, according to Google, is 3,596 miles.

In the 2004 Pixar animated film The Incredibles, the character Edna Mode is an eccentric fashion designer for superheroes, who imperiously declares that her costumes have “no capes.” There is much speculation over who the real-life inspirations were for the design of the character, including costume designer Edith Head, actress Linda Hunt, and fashion editor Anna Wintour.

Director Brad Bird and the production crew of the 2004 Pixar animated film The Incredibles considered several actresses, including Lily Tomlin, to voice the pint-size but forceful costume designer Edna Mode before Bird decided just to do the voice himself.

Genius, genius, I say…!