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Winner: Driver Shea

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Nicky’s Boys

Everyone Plays
For the first time in memory, every one of the patrons in Main Street Café –  all the diners, along with all the usual thirsty souls at the bar – played the game tonight. 18 players on a cold, rainy night – not bad. For a change the Driver answered the last few questions correctly and nipped Tall Paul, CarolD and Almond Joy for the win. It was good to see the Driver, who had been developing a reputation as a choke artist, hold on for the win.

Nicky’s Boys
Darin had met these gentlemen in Nicky’s and convinced them they would have a good time if they joined us for Tuesday Trivia. Of course, she did not tell them they would have to deal with Mistress Daphne all night. I doubt we will see them again.

No Right Answer
Two questions tonight had no correct answer among the choices and had to be thrown out. Sacre Bleu! When we asked Darin how this could happen, she said: “I was interrupted while preparing the answer sheet by a phone call from Cindy, so it was all Cindy’s fault.” Back in the day Cindy was everyone’s favorite waitress at Main Street Café. Then she left to teach and raise a family in south America. She used to be one of Darin’s best friends, now sadly, just a convenient scapegoat.

Good Question!: What deadly disease caused an epidemic approximately concurrent with the end of World War I?

Choices: a. Spanish Flu  b.Black Plague  c. Typhus  d. Small Pox

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Answer: Spanish Flu

Despite the fact that the 1918 flu wasn’t isolated to one place, it became known around the world as the Spanish flu, as Spain was one of the earliest countries to be hit hard by the disease.

The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I (WWI), at somewhere between 20 and 40 million people. It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. More people died of influenza in a single year than in four-years of the Black Death Bubonic Plague from 1347 to 1351.

A flu pandemic, such as the one in 1918, occurs when an especially virulent new influenza strain for which there’s little or no immunity appears and spreads quickly from person-to-person around the globe.

The pandemic affected everyone. With one-quarter of the US and one-fifth of the world infected with the influenza, it was impossible to escape from the illness. Even President Woodrow Wilson suffered from the flu in early 1919 while negotiating the crucial treaty of Versailles to end the World War.

More than 25 percent of the U.S. population became sick, and some 675,000 Americans died during the pandemic. Researchers later discovered what made the 1918 pandemic so deadly: In many victims, the influenza virus had invaded their lungs and caused pneumonia.

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The effect of the influenza epidemic was so severe that the average life span in the US was depressed by 10 years. The influenza virus had a profound virulence, with a mortality rate at 2.5% compared to the previous influenza epidemics, which were less than 0.1%. The death rate for 15 to 34-year-olds of influenza and pneumonia were 20 times higher in 1918 than in previous years. People were struck with illness on the street and died rapid deaths.

Editor’s Note: Mark your calendar. Tuesday, Dec 20 for annual Christmas Carols sing-along @ Main Street Cafe.

 

 

 

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