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Winner: Droppin’

JohnnyG and Bobby Barcelona joined us tonight, but as is often the case, Bobby B should have stood in bed. JohnnyG finished a close second along with Pluto, but Droppin’ led from start to finish. Bea, who celebrated her 69th birthday with us tonight, was just happy to finish. You go girl.

Tonight’s game was heavily weighted to American History and it appeared Rosebud must have cut a lot of history classes back in grade school. She even forgot that Pocahontas and John Rolfe were a hot item back in the day, almost as famous as West/Kardashian.

Good Question!:
The legendary American Indian leader Geronimo was a member of what tribe?

Choices:  a. Apache      b. Navajo       c. Commanche      d. Sioux

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Answer: Apache

Geronimo was the leader of the last American Indian fighting force formally to capitulate to the United States. Because he fought against such daunting odds and held out the longest, he became the most famous Apache of all. To the Apaches, Geronimo embodied the very essence of the Apache values, agressiveness, courage in the face of difficulty.

These qualities inspired fear in the settlers of Arizona and New Mexico. The Chiricahua Apaches were mostly migratory following the seasons, hunting and farming. When food was scarce, it was the custom to raid neighboring tribes. Raids and vengeance were an honorable way of life among the tribes of this region.

By the time American settlers began arriving in the area, the Spanish had become entrenched in the area. They were always looking for Indian slaves and Christian converts. One of the most pivotal moments in Geronimo’s life was in 1858 when he returned home from a trading excursion into Mexico. He found his wife, his mother and his three young children murdered by Spanish troops from Mexico.

This reportedly caused him to have such a hatred of the whites that he vowed to kill as many as he could. From that day on he took every opportunity he could to terrorize Mexican settlements and soon after this incident he received his power, which came to him in visions. As leader of the Apaches at Arispe in Sonora, he performed such daring feats that the Mexicans singled him out with the sobriquet Geronimo. Some attributed his numerous raiding successes to powers conferred by supernatural beings, including a reputed invulnerability to bullets.

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Geronimo was never a chief, but a medicine man, a seer and a spiritual and intellectual leader both in and out of battle. The Apache chiefs depended on his wisdom. Indians are these days called Native Americans, although they are immigrants to this continent like everyone else, and should more properly be called First Americans. They lived on the land for 1,000 years or more before the U.S. Army came to dispossess and contain them, a process that Geronimo and his small bands of Apache warriors were able to frustrate through many years of brilliant guerrilla warfare. Geronimo was never defeated, although he surrendered twice and finally died a natural death at 80, a prosperous Oklahoma farmer.

Probably the best cimematic version of Geronimo’s life is Walter Hill’s production.

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Winner: Pluto.
Although these 3 characters (Moe, Curly, and Larry) insist they would have won easily if only they had played. Yeah, Right!

Tonight’s fascinating quiz was put together by Droppin’ – everything you always wanted to know about LI. Surprisingly a recent LI’er, Rhys, and John finished a close second.

There were some inexplicable brainlocks – the Driver missed how many bridges from LI to the mainland (3), and Flyboy Bob missed the northernmost point on LI (Orient Point). They both knew better and kicked themselves the rest of the night. But the most surprising miscue may have been Rosebud who failed to remember that her fave film “Citizenn Kane” was filmed in Oheka Castle, which she passes every day on her way to work.

Good Question!: Where was the Battle of Long Island fought?

Choices:
a.  Brooklyn Heights     b. Ft. Salonga      c.  Sag Harbor      d.  Sheepshead Bay

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Washington overseeing the retreat from Long Island

Answer: Brooklyn Heights

After the British evacuated Boston on March 17, 1776, General George Washington guessed correctly that their next target would be New York. By mid-April, Washington had marched his 19,000 soldiers to Lower Manhattan. He strengthened the batteries that guarded the harbor and constructed forts in northern Manhattan and on Brooklyn Heights across the East River on Long Island.

Washington waited throughout June for the British to appear, hoping that somehow his undisciplined troops could hold off an attack, which he was certain would come in Manhattan. In early July, 400 British ships with 32,000 men commanded by General William Howe arrived at Staten Island. When Howe offered a pardon to the rebels, Washington answered, “Those who have committed no fault want no pardon.”1 While he was still convinced that the British would attack Manhattan, he sent more troops to Brooklyn.

Washington placed General Israel Putnam in charge of Brooklyn Heights, and stationed General John Sullivan to the south and Lord Stirling to the southwest on the Heights of Guan. He posted guards along the main roads leading through the heights, but failed to secure the rarely used Jamaica Pass to the east. This proved to be a costly mistake since General Howe planned to lead 10,000 men through the pass on the evening of August 26 and attack the Americans on Brooklyn Heights from the rear. At the same time, General Leopold Philip Von Heister would launch his Hessians against Sullivan’s troops, while the redcoats of General James Grant would attack Stirling’s position.Early on the morning of August 27, British soldiers fired on American pickets stationed near the Red Lion Tavern at a crossroads in Brooklyn. Washington hurried across the East River from Manhattan but could do little more than observe the fight from a redoubt on Cobble Hill. Sullivan’s men fought bravely but were cut down by Hessian artillery and bayonets. When he realized that the main British force had come through the Jamaica Pass and would soon surround him, Sullivan ordered his men to retreat to Brooklyn Heights before he himself was captured.

General Stirling held off the British for several hours but retreated when he also realized that he would be surrounded. He led 400 Maryland soldiers in a desperate fight at the Old Stone House, giving his soldiers time to flee before he was taken prisoner. Washington, who looked down on the terrible scene could only remark, “Good God, what brave fellows I must lose.”

Last man to leave Brooklyn.

General Howe halted the fighting by the early afternoon and directed his men to dig trenches around the American position on the next day. Before they could be surrounded, Washington ordered his men to evacuate Long Island. From late in the evening of August 29 to dawn on the following morning, Washington watched as 9,000 Continentals were rowed back to Manhattan. As the sun came up, a fog miraculously descended on the remaining men crossing the river. According to eyewitnesses, George Washington was the last man to leave Brooklyn.

source: mountvernon.org

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Love and Marriage

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Winner: Pluto

Tonight we celebrated Megan and Bonobo’s recent wedding with a marriage themed quiz (and some donuts). For most of us, even those of us who are married, this quiz proved we don’t know much about love and marriage.

Who knew they threw peas (instead of rice) at Czech weddings, or that the King of Siam had 9,000 wives (poor guy). And get this – in Denmark there is a tradition of cross-dressing during the wedding to confuse evil spirits and keep them away from the couple. Yes, the groom wears a dress while the bride wears her soon to be husband’s garb.

Pluto seemed confused most of the night, kept shuffling his cards for inspiration and answered barely half the questions correctly. Tonight that was good enough to edge out Rhys for a win. Still confused as the night wound down he misplaced his winner’s bottle of liqueur. If you found it, Pluto promises a finder’s reward.

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The NewlyWeds   (don’t they make a lovely couple)

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Good Question!:

Who started the western world’s white wedding dress tradition in 1840?

Choices:

a.  Queen Victoria     b.  the Quakers     c.  the Baptists      d.  Mary Lincoln

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Answer: Queen Victoria

Gather nine women of various ages and ask them about wedding dresses. Those who aren’t married have an idea of what they’d like to wear while walking down the aisle. Those who are married have fond memories of finding the perfect dress and their wedding day in it. Gather together a group of little girls and ask them about their wedding dress, and you’ll find most have an idea of the kind of princess they’d like to be on their wedding day. And therein lies the key to the romanticism of the wedding dress – it is a woman’s day to play the part of Princess in her own life.

Wedding dresses have been the custom since the Middle Ages, though their style and color have changed quite a bit. While white (or ivory, ecru, eggshell) wedding dresses have been popular since the mid-19th century, back in the Middle Ages brides were expected to dress in a manner that befitted their social status. Brides from wealthy families often wore rich colors in expensive fabrics. The amount and price of the material used to make a wedding dress was a reflection of the bride’s family’s wealth.

The first documented white wedding dress worn by a Princess was in 1406 by Princess Phillippa of England, who wore a tunic with a cloak in white silk bordered in ermine fur. This was not a trend yet, as brides all over the world before the Victorian era were married in any color. White became popular in 1840, when Queen Victoria married Albert of Saxe-Coburg in a white gown. (source:http://www.celebritynetworth.com)

Don’t know about you, but when I think of brides I always think of the “Bride of Frankenstein.” Poor Elsa Lanchaster.

 

 

 

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