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Winner: Almond Joy

Just two weeks after self correcting his score and giving up a win, Almond Joy roared back tonight and led from start to finish. “It feels much better to win honestly, it’s the only way,” he said. 9 O’Clock Judy, Rosebud and Main Street Peddler Pluto trailed.

Tonight’s heated dispute: “What is the heaviest land animal in North America?” Is it a buffalo or is it a moose?

Well, fans of the mighty moose will be disappointed to learn that bisons out weight it by about 400 pounds. If Kodiak bears in Alaska had been included as a choice we might’ve had a different winner.

Good Question!: What is the only state that has no indigenous poisonous animals within its borders?

Choices: a. Maine   b. Oregon   c. Illinois   d. Kansas

Answer: Maine

Believe it or not, Maine doesn’t have any poisonous animals within its borders. Once upon a time, there were reports that the timber rattlesnake lived within the region. However, the state is simply too cold to support the lifestyles of these reptiles and they seem to have all died off. In fact, the last known sighting of a timber rattler within Maine’s borders occurred in 1901.

Maine does have several species of snakes within its borders. According to Maine’s Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, the common garter snake is the most frequently encountered snake in the state. Since the milk snake is so similar in color to the timber rattler and is often seen in the wild, residents may worry that the lack of poisonous snakes within Maine’s borders is simply a myth. However, this mild reptile uses its similarity to the timber rattler to protect itself and is unable to produce toxins.

Just because there are no indigenous poisonous animals in Maine doesn’t mean that campers and hikers don’t have to keep a sharp eye out when wandering the many forested areas within the state. Maine has a large moose population and after their young are born they will aggressively defend them.

All of this discussion about snakes is just an excuse to show you the spectacular “Sorcerer and the White Snake” trailer with the incomparable Jet Li:

 

 

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Winner: Almond Joy, with the Driver, Rosebud, Donna, CarolD, and the Mad Scientist close behind.

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Re-Gifters

First the game, then the re-gifting.

Almond Joy certainly started off the year on the right foot, but there was one question that he missed along with almost everyone else. Which product is used by researchers to attract animals to cameras in the wilderness? Only the mad scientist, Nadia, knew that it was Calvin Klein’s “Obsession for Men.” When asked how she could possibly know this obscure fact, she said “Hey, how do you think I got this big lug” and pointed over to John the Bod.

Our annual holiday re-gifting event was enough to attract Coffee Bill to make the long trip from Jersey and revisit us after a long absence. It was great to see Bill again, and of course, he brought his classic book to enliven the festivities (and went home with it, as he has so many times before.) Nobody’s taking that book from Bill, unless it’s from his cold dead hands.

Good question!: A search in 2009 for the Loch Ness Monster came up empty. Scientists did find over 100,000 of these.

Choices: a. fishing hooks  b. underwater cameras  c. gold coins  d. golf balls

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Answer: golf balls

There’s something lurking in the depths of Loch Ness, Scotland and it has nothing to do with monsters.

On an expedition to try and find evidence of the Loch Ness monster, U.S. research teams came across something quite unexpected — not a prehistoric creature of the deep but thousands of plastic covered golf balls.

Mike O’Brien of SeaTrepid explains: “At first we thought they were mushrooms, there were so many. But when we lowered the camera, we were surprised to see that they were in fact, golf balls.”

The smattering of balls were found roughly 300 yards from the beach and 100 yards from the shore where it is thought locals and visitors have been using the loch to practice their driving skills for quite some time.

Extra! Extra! Monster Photo

For those of you who doubt the Loch Ness monster exists, a Scottish whisky worker in Sept 2016 captured the clearest ever photo of the Monster:

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Golf Ball impact on environment

“From the moon to the bottom of Loch Ness, golf balls are humanity’s signature litter in the most inaccessible locations,” U.K. lawmaker Patrick Harvie told CNN.

And though the golf balls left on the moon by astronauts back in 1971 would have dissolved a long time ago, here on Earth, golf balls take much longer to decompose — and they release a high quantity of heavy metals in the process.

The core of golf balls contain dangerous levels of zinc, which attaches itself to ground sediment and poisons surrounding plants and wildlife.

Torben Kastrup Petersen, course manager for the Danish Golf Union, says the full impact of golf ball pollution is unknown.

About 300 million golf balls are lost or discarded every year in the United States alone, mostly by Driver Shea and Darin Parker.

BTW, here’s a hot tip for you or your gift giving.
Long Island’s and now New Jersey’s most accomplished caddy, Coffee Bill, tells us that Costco is now selling Kirkland golf balls, and there is no better deal anywhere.

 

 

 

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Winners: Almond Joy and Droppin’

Madly was close, just a bit behind.

Tonight’s controversy – was Mikhail Gorbachev or Boris Yeltsin the first elected president of the Soviet Union in 1990?

A few of us remembered Yeltsin as the first popularly elected president of Russia, which is true. However, that election occurred in June 1991.

In March 1990 Gorbachev was “elected” as the first executive president of the Soviet Union by the Congress of Peoples Deputies. Hardly a popular election as the people of Russia had no vote and he was the sole candidate on the ballot, but it was an election nonetheless, and technically Gorbachev was the correct answer.

Good Question!: Which crop was banned in France in 1748 because it was thought to cause leprosy?

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Choices: a. grapes   b. leeks   c. potato   d. cabbage

Answer: potato

History of the Potato
The potato seems to be 100 per cent American and appears to have come from the high plateau of the Andes, from present-day Chile, Bolivia and Peru. The Incas grew and ate them and also worshipped them. They even buried potatoes with their dead, they stashed potatoes in concealed bins for use in case of war or famine. Ancient Inca potatoes had dark purplish skins and yellow flesh.

In about 1533, one of the Spanish leader Pizarro’s priests brought the potato to Spain, but they were a tough sell. Wherever the potato was introduced, it was considered weird, poisonous, and downright evil. In France and elsewhere, the potato was accused of causing not only leprosy, but also syphilis, narcosis, scronfula, early death, sterillity, and rampant sexuality, and of destroying the soil where it grew. Yikes!

The Potato’s Tricky Rebirth
Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, a French military chemist and botanist, was a big fan of potatoes and persuaded Louis XVI (1754–1793), King of France, to encourage the cultivation of potatoes.

The King let him plant 100 useless acres outside Paris, France in potatoes with troops keeping the field heavily guarded. This aroused public curiosity and the people decided that anything so carefully guarded must be valuable. One night Parmentier allowed the guards to go off duty, and the local farmers, as he had hoped, went into the field, confiscated the potatoes and planted them on their own farms. From this small start, the habit of growing and eating potatoes spread.

The Irish Potato Famine
The potato soon became a staple of European diets. Irish peasants subsisted on a diet consisting largely of potatoes, since a farmer could grow triple the amount of potatoes as grain on the same plot of land. A single acre of potatoes could support a family for a year. About half of Ireland’s population depended on potatoes for subsistence.

Unfortunately, it became such a common food in Ireland that when the crop failed, it caused widespread starvation.

“During the summer of 1845, a “blight of unusual character” devastated Ireland’s potato crop, the basic staple in the Irish diet. A few days after potatoes were dug from the ground, they began to turn into a slimy, decaying, blackish “mass of rottenness.” Expert panels convened to investigate the blight’s cause suggested that it was the result of “static electricity” or the smoke that billowed from railroad locomotives or the “mortiferous vapours” rising from underground volcanoes. In fact, the cause was a fungus that had traveled from Mexico to Ireland.

Famine Fever
“Famine fever”–cholera, dysentery, scurvy, typhus, and infestations of lice–soon spread through the Irish countryside. Observers reported seeing children crying with pain and looking “like skeletons, their features sharpened with hunger and their limbs wasted, so that there was little left but bones.” Masses of bodies were buried without coffins, a few inches below the soil.

Over the next ten years, more than 750,000 Irish died and another 2 million left their homeland for Great Britain, Canada, and the United States. Within five years, the Irish population was reduced by a quarter (equivalent to 80 million in the US).

Many of the Irish that emigrated to America ended up in NYCity and especially in Highbridge, and the Five Points neighborhoods. As the recent immigrants they were demonized by those already here. Sound familiar? (ask Santayana about this.) The “Gangs of NewYork” does a fine job dramatizing this period:

 

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