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WINNER: 9 O’Clock Judy, followed by Coffee Bill, Carol St. Martin and Mike

A very large group of players tonight including a surprise return by an old time player – Coffee Bill. He came so close to winning and making his return a storybook finish.

Maybe next time he’ll let his old buddies, the Driver and Pluto know in advance that he’s coming, so they can buy him a beer. Of course, maybe he didn’t let them know intentionally, because if they had been there, he knows they would’ve kicked his butt in the game.

We learned some weird stuff tonight. Turns out that horse meat outsells lamb in Sweden and that in Lebanon it is legal to have sex with female animals. Yuck.

Good Question!: What name translates in Indian as “place of drunkenness?”

Choices: a. Los Angeles  b. Manhattan  c. Utah  d. Denver

Answer: Manhattan

Here’s one version.
When Dutch settlers brought liquor to the island, they offered it to the American Indians they found there. Because American Indians had no history of alcohol use, the liquor had a significant effect on them.
The Native Americans, then called the island “Manahachtanienk,” meaning, “place where we all got drunk.”

Another version has the name starting much earlier. Could’ve been in 1524 when Giovanni Verrazano the Florentine explorer landed for the first time at what is now the lower extremity of New York City. He gave the Indians their first taste of fire water. A good time was had by all, and ever after the natives referred to the island as Manna-ha-ta or “place of drunkenness.”

Or maybe it just got its name after one St. Patrick’s Day.

Manhattan on Sale – Only $24

Peter Minuit, the Dutch West India company director-general, came to New Netherland in 1626 to broker a deal with the American Indians, who occasionally used the land to hunt and fish. In exchange for the island of Manhattan, Minuit offered the tribe a chest of beads and other trinkets worth 60 guilders. In the 19th century, this amount was famously estimated to be about $24; however, that number is disputed. If we assume that the Dutch bought Manhattan for a few cents an acre, it would be a steal comparable to the United States’ purchases of Alaska or the Louisiana Territory. On the other hand, it seems like a raw deal for the American Indians. But many historians point out that the Dutch are the ones who got conned. The American Indians didn’t have the same sense of land ownership as the Dutch did. They didn’t even live on the island.

In any case, the American Indians accepted payment for land they didn’t consider theirs. And it should be noted that the Dutch offering payment at all was a sign of good faith to legitimize their claims, especially compared to the Spanish conquistadors who opted simply to take the land they wanted.

My favorite “Manhattan” story is Woody Allen’s.

Looking for a real old-time film of Manhattan, then try “Manhatta,” but be forewarned, this is a very old B&W film.

In 1920 Paul Strand and artist Charles Sheeler collaborated on Manhatta, a short silent film that presents a day in the life of lower Manhattan. Inspired by Walt Whitman’s book Leaves of Grass, the film includes multiple segments that express the character of New York. The sequences display a similar approach to the still photography of both artists. Attracted by the cityscape and its visual design, Strand and Sheeler favored extreme camera angles to capture New York’s dynamic qualities. Although influenced by Romanticism in its view of the urban environment, Manhatta is considered the first American avant-garde film.

 

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