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

E. Remington and sons diversified their business to include agricultural equipment, sewing machines, and typewriters. They were contracted to build the Sholes and Glidden Type-Writer, also known as the Remington No.1. Though crude, it introduced the QWERTY keyboard and the cylindrical platen.

The Remington No. 2 introduced the shift key, allowing upper and lower case letters, and was the first typewriter to be commercially successful.

Remington sold off the typewriter business in 1886 to three employees.

Some people claim that Tom Sawyer was the first novel written on a typewriter, but Mark Twain swore off of using the machines half-way through writing Tom Sawyer .

In reality, Twain had Life on the Mississippi transcribed to a typewriter. It is said to be the first ever book that was submitted to a publisher after being typed on a typewriter.

Pye Dubois is a Canadian poet, who has also worked as a lyricist with several Canadian recording artists, including Rush; Dubois collaborated with that band on songs including “Tom Sawyer,” “Force Ten,” and “Test for Echo.”

Bernie Taupin is the long-time lyricist for Elton John. Taupin has written the lyrics for most of Elton’s songs. They have been collaborating since 1967 when they both responded to the same newspaper advertisement from Southwark, London. However they both did not pass the audition for which the ad summoned them.

Taupin and John have collaborated on over 30 albums to date.

After Winston Churchill surprisingly failed to win a new term as Prime Minister in 1945 and considered leaving politics entirely, King George VI offered him to elevate him to the House of Lords with the unprecedented title of Duke of London. Churchill declined, in part because his son wished to go into the House of Commons as well, and would not be able to do so as the son of a duke. Churchill was named a Knight of the Garter, however, the highest order of British chivalry.

The record for the shortest term as the British Prime Minister was Lord Bath, who served for just two days, from February 10th to the 12th, 1746. Bath was unable to find more than one person who would agree to serve in his cabinet. After his abbreviated term, a journalist wrote that Bath “left as much money in the Treasury as he found in it.”

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, the Queen’s third child and second son, is not a Knight of the Bath, a British order of chivalry founded by King George I in 1725. Per Wiki, “The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for appointing a knight, which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements.” The prince today announced he would no longer represent the Royal Family in public ceremonies and would relinquish all patronages and military ranks as he prepares to defend himself as a private citizen from a New York State sexual assault lawsuit, stemming from the notorious Jeffrey Epstein case. He retains the style “His Royal Highness.”

Prince Edward, the youngest child of Elizabeth II, pursued a career in the entertainment industry during the 1980s and 1990s. He worked at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Company as a production assistant for several years, before forming his own television production company, Ardent Productions, in 1993. Edward stepped down from Ardent in 2002, to focus on his public duties as a royal, and the company was dissolved in 2009.

Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province both in population and in land size. The main island is a mere 5620 square km.'s with approximately 152,000 residents called “islanders.” Despite Prince Edward Island’s small size and rural nature, it is the most developed and densely populated province in Canada.

Prince Edward Island (PEI) off the east coast of Canada accounts for 25 % of Canada’s potato production. Potatoes, fisheries and tourism (a good amount of it based on the Anne of Green Gables books) are the main contributors to the island’s economy.

(Not in play: if you ever get a chance to visit PEI, go! It’s very beautiful)

Gabled roofs generally are not good for areas prone to tornadoes or hurricanes because the wind forces can exert tremendous pressure on the gable and on the roof edges that overhang it, causing the roof to peel off and the gable to cave in.

The opposite or inverted form of a gable roof is a V-roof or butterfly roof.

At age 9, Nathaniel Hawthorne injured his leg and was confined to the home for two years. It was during this time that he developed a love of books and reading. In 1821, he was admitted to Bowdoin College. His classmates included future president Franklin Pierce and the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He graduated in 1825 and moved back to Salem. It is then that he starts to visit his cousin Susanna at the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, which would later be the backdrop for his famed novel, The House of the Seven Gables .

Bowdoin College, downeast in Brunswick ME, was chartered in 1794 when Maine was still part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The school mascot is the polar bear. This was selected in 1913 to honor Robert Peary, a Bowdoin alumnus who led the first successful expedition to the North Pole in April 1909.

The mascot of the University of Maine is the black bear. In 1914, a bear cub named Jeff was introduced to the student body at a football rally. When Jeff stood on his head, the crowd went ‘bananas’, which gave the name to all future mascots.

The last live mascot for the school was a bear named Cindy Bananas, who was retired in 1966 when the state outlawed all live mascots.

The school colors of Bowdoin College are black and white. A notable former president and faculty member of the college was Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a hero of the Battle of Gettysburg, winner of the Medal of Honor and postwar Governor of Maine.

Basketball player Wilt Chamberlain played college ball at the University of Kansas. Chamberlain, who was the best player on his team, became frustrated during his junior year at Kansas, when opposing teams would employ smothering defenses to thwart him.

He left Kansas in 1958, after his junior year, but he would be ineligible to play in the NBA until 1959, after what would have been his senior year (at the time, the NBA did not allow college players to “come out early” to play professionally). So, he signed with the Harlem Globetrotters, and spent a year touring and playing with the famous exhibition team. During that season, Chamberlain and the Globetrotters played a series of games in the Soviet Union, and met Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev.

February 2, 1959 was The Day The Music Died.

50 years ago tomorrow, Don McLean’s hit song American Pie hit #1 on the US charts.

But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d delivered
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t tale one more step

And he sang about the widowed María Holly…

I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The Day The Music Died

ETA — María Holly is still with us. She is 89 years old.

In the American Pie franchise, only Eugene Levy appears in all four theatrical movies AND all four straight-to-video sequels. In the theatrical movies, he is credited only as “Jim’s Dad.” Since Jim is not in the videos, Levy is credited as “Mr. Levenstein” or "Noah Levenstein.

Ancient civilizations in the Indus Valley, ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and China all built levees. Levees can be found along polders, which are low-lying tracts of land that form an artificial hydrological entity, for crops, for example.

If a levee breaches, a kolk lake can be formed by ontush of the water. A kolk lake is formed by vortexes in the water that scour the earth next to the breach. After the breach is repaired the kolk lake often remains for some time.

Kolk (or colc) means vortex.

At 28 weeks of pregnancy, around 25% of babies are in the breech position. However, by 35 weeks, only 7% of babies are breech, and by 37 weeks, only 1-3% are breech.