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Winner: Droppin’ Dave, then Callie, Erin, Jenn, and Nicole

Droppin’ who’s been sailing around in circles for weeks, finally figured out how to dock his boat and joined us for the game tonight. He won, so it was like old times.

27 players meant a full house, and we all learned a few things – watermelons are vegetables, and the evil queen in Snow White had a name – Queen Grimhilde.

We also learned that Chantenay is not a variety of melon, but rather a small, stout carrot.

Most importantly, we learned that in betting a “pony” or “macaroni” means 25to1 odds. Why?

A very British thing. Tic-Tac is the unusual betting slang where racing bookmakers used sign language to secretly communicate the odds.

25/1 odds – is sometimes called pony, or sometimes macaroni, and is signaled by punching the fists together twice then touching the right shoulder with the right hand.

This derives from the pony on an Indian 25 Rupee banknote and was used by British soldiers serving in India. Also called Macaroni, which is cockney rhyming slang for Pony.

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In honor of tonight’s winner, Droppin’ Dave, I thought we would listen to Richard Burton recite “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”

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Winner (07/02/19): Shannon, then Tall Paul and Karen.

A close game ended in a playoff between Tall Paul and Shannon. First playoff question: “How many pints of blood in the human body?” Both answered incorrectly. but Shannon was especially disappointed. She said: “I am studying to be a nurse, how could I miss that question!” Moderator Mike said: “Well, you’re not going to be my nurse.” Next question was about the periodic table. Shannon answered correctly and became a first time winner.

Winner: (06/25/19): Pluto, then Tall Paul, Erin, Jacqui, and Matt.

Darin had a special Mets bottle of wine that she had been waiting many weeks to award to big Mets fan Pluto, but like the Mets he never won. Finally, tonight he won and received his Mets bottle of wine. Someone said he better drink it quickly because by the sixth inning, when the bullpen comes in, it will probably go sour.

 

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Winner: Carol St. Martin, then Frank the sports guy, the Driver, and Pluto.

Carol beat back a furious challenge by the three guys, probably because she was the only one who knew that the German city of Lubec is world famous for its marzipan.

The Driver would’ve had a better finish if he didn’t blow a gimme question – which US city displays a large sign declaring it “the Biggest Little City in the World.”

Everyone knew the correct answer was Reno, except for the Driver.

Yet, it was only six months before, that the Driver had taken a photo of Mistress Daphne under that very sign. How could he be the only one not to know the answer?
There are a lot of theories, but basically it all boils down to one thing – old age.

Good Question!: According to the World Health Organization which capital city has the worst air pollution?

Choices: a. New Delhi  b. Mexico City   c. Beijing   d. Detroit

                                                                                                                                                     

Answer: Mexico City

Well, not exactly. Many of us could not believe that Mexico City had more air pollution than Beijing, and turns out we were right. When you look at the WHO’s pollution table you find that Beijing’s air pollution is 2 to 3 times greater than Mexico City.

There are some surprises in the data. Delhi is way more polluted than Beijing. In fact, out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, 18 are in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Gwalior, India with much particulate matter from burning garbage and fossil fuels making the air hazardous to breathe, may be the world’s most polluted city.

Jakarta and Hanoi are Southeast Asia’s two most polluted cities. With Beijing’s air quality getting better, Jakarta risks overtaking China’s famously polluted capital soon. While average air quality In U.S. and Canada is good in global comparison, historic wildfires had a dramatic impact on air quality in August and November, with 5 out of 10 most polluted cities in the world during August found in North America.

Greenpeace’s evaluation of the data: “What is clear is that the common culprit across the globe is the burning of fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas — worsened by the cutting down our forests. What we need to see is our leaders thinking seriously about our health and the climate by looking at a fair transition out of fossil fuels while telling us clearly the level of our air quality, so that steps can be taken to tackle this health and climate crisis.”

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Winner: Frank the sports guy, then Pluto, and the Driver

Frank even answered a sports question correctly tonight, well almost, and held on for a close win. Pluto was a little jet lagged, as he had rushed back from Boulder, Colorado that morning to make the game. Probably should’ve stayed in beautiful Boulder.

Rinn celebrates – the only one to correctly answer a very difficult question

A loud and boisterous crowd this evening made life difficult for Mistress Daphne, working with only one healthy wing. We did learn that the National Spelling Bee awarded first prize to eight competitors this year. Why? They gave up when they couldn’t find a word that the kids couldn’t spell. Even words like “callejón,” “omphalopsychite,” and “auftaktigkeit” failed to trip up this year’s spellers.

Good Question!: Which island in Venice is a specially noted for a glass blowing?

Choices: a. Sicily   b. Capri   c. Elba   d. Murano

Answer: Murano

Venetian glass is thought to have been made for over 1,500 years, and production has been concentrated on the Venetian island of Murano since the 13th century. Today Murano is known for its art glass, but it has a long history of innovations in glassmaking in addition to its artistic fame—and was Europe’s first major glass making center.

Murano glass is glass in a chemical sense of the word. However, Murano glass is as different from, say, the glass in your window panes, as Rembrandt paintings are different from an empty canvas.

Murano glass is made from silica, soda, lime and potassium melted together in a special furnace at a temperature of 1500°C to reach a liquid state. Gold or silver foil are often added to the glass mixture, along with such minerals as copper for sparkles, zinc for white color, cobalt for blue, manganese for violet, and so on. The mixture is then mouth-blown and/or hand-crafted by master glassmakers using special techniques and basic tools, many of which have been developed in the Middle Ages and changed little since then.

This method of glass-making results in unique creations with rich coloring and beautiful, sometimes surreal, patterns and shapes, deserving to be called “works of art”. Even though beautiful glassware has also been created in other places around the world, none of the glassware still being produced has such rich history and so much artistic value as Murano glass.

Watch Murano glass being made:

 

 

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Winner: Judge Judy, then Pluto, Rock, and Rosebud

Pluto whines every week that there’s not any sports questions. Well tonight there were 4 sports questions and Judge Judy still beat him. Better find another excuse Pluto. Well done, Judy.

We wished a hearty goodbye and good luck to Cara, our fave Main Street Cafe hostess who is headed to Hawaii to be with her boyfriend and continue her education. We’ll miss her.

Good Question!: What sport introduced the term southpaw?

Choices: a. boxing  b. baseball  c. polo  d. discus

Answer: baseball

In base ball, a southpaw is the pitcher who throws the ball with his left hand.

Traditionally, baseball fields were oriented so that the batter, catcher, and umpire faced east to ensure that the setting sun wasn’t in their eyes. As a result, when a pitcher is on the mound facing home plate, his left hand pointed south, so lefty pitchers came to be known as southpaws. Well, at least that’s the conventional wisdom.

BUT numerous big-league stadiums were not oriented with the pitcher facing west.

As the third edition of “The Dickson Baseball Dictionary” points out, however, that origin story is a little too simplistic. The earliest baseball mention of a “southpaw”—as found by Tom Shieber, senior curator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame—appeared in the New York Atlas in 1858, but in reference to a left-handed first baseman, not a pitcher.

Boston Globe baseball writer and former ballplayer Tim Murnane also recalled in a 1908 edition of Arizona’s Bisbee Daily Review that a St. Louis newspaper had called him a “southpaw” in 1875 because he was a left-handed batter. Murnane adopted the term in describing pitchers “simply because they were left-handed, and not because they pitched the ball towards the sunny south on certain grounds.”

John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian, told Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer that he believes the term for lefties likely originated with a wholly different sport—boxing. In its coverage of an 1860 bare-knuckle prizefight, the New York Herald reported that left-hander David Woods “planted his ‘south paw’ under [his opponent’s] chin, laying him out as flat as a pancake” in the ninth round.

So, there you are. It could be baseball or it could be boxing, you takes your choice.

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Winner: the Driver, then Tall Paul and Frank the sports guy, along with the injured Mistress Daphne.

Tonight was the Drivers birthday and he celebrated with a tiramisu cake and a win. The birthday was a milestone, either 70 or 75, he’s not saying. In any case, we were way short of candles.

Mistress Daphne returned from her most recent voyage with her shoulder in a sling. Story I heard was that she got in a fight with some old lady who tried to take her assigned window seat in the main dining room.

Good Question!: The oldest building in the United States, 800 years old, is located in which city?

Choices: a. Panama City  b. Pueblo   c. St. Agustine  d. Santa Fe

The “Oldest” House – 215 East de Vargas Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Answer: Santa Fe

The oldest house in the U.S. is an adobe structure in downtown Santa Fe, circa 1646. The doors and windows are so small to both combat the desert heat and because people were smaller back then. This Adobe house sits on a Pueblo ruins foundation at least 800 years old.

The house was originally constructed as a part of the Pueblo de Analco, a Pueblo Indian community that existed in what is now Santa Fe, New Mexico. While the exact date of the construction of the house itself is not known, it was probably constructed some time in the thirteenth or fourteenth century as the community itself existed from about 1200 AD to about 1435 AD.

What about St. Augustine?

How can the oldest house be in Santa Fe, New Mexico when St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest city in the nation? Logically, if the oldest house in the nation is in Santa Fe, how come St. Augustine is the oldest city?

Easy – St. Augustine is only the oldest continuously occupied European city in the United States.

What is the Oldest Building in New York City?

 The Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, at 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn, is the city’s oldest surviving stucture and it’s pretty darn old. Built in stages beginning around 1652, it housed descendants of Pieter Claesen Wyckoff until 1901, when they sold the property. Repurchased by the Wyckoff Family Association in 1961, it was the first building granted protection by the newly-formed Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965.

Not all buildings survive to a ripe old age, as Paul Newman and Steve McQueen found:

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Winner: Elaine, then Alan, Pluto, Rosebud, and Erin

A school holiday week meant we had a full house tonight. 31 players and that didn’t include the group of Marines who had landed in Main Street after a funeral. It was quite loud but that didn’t seem to bother Elaine who played a steady game and barely edged the four players nipping at her heels. Erin played with a table of whiz kids in the back and brought some youth to the winners podium.

Good Question!: What sticky sweetener was traditionally used as an anti-septic ointment for cuts and burns?

Choices: a. aloe   b. crushed sugar cane   c. honey   d. molasses

Answer: honey

This was news to some of us, but maybe it shouldn’t have been.
The medicinal importance of honey has been documented in the world’s oldest medical literatures, and since ancient times it has been known to possess antimicrobial property as well as wound-healing activity.

The ancient Egyptians not only made offerings of honey to their gods, they also used it as an embalming fluid and a dressing for wounds. Today, many people swarm to honey for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Holistic practitioners consider it one of nature’s best all-around remedies.

The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection.

Dark honey is better

Honey comes in many varieties, depending on the floral source of pollen or nectar gathered and regurgitated by the honey bee upon arrival in the hive. Shop for honey and you’ll see that some are lighter, others are darker. In general, the darker the honey, the better its antibacterial and antioxidant power.

It is important to understand that you cannot go around squeezing regular store bought honey on every wound or infection you encounter. Instead, try using manuka honey, which on top of serving as a healthier edible substitute for regular honey, also possess numerous therapeutic qualities. Medical grade honeys have potent in vitro bactericidal activity against antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing several life-threatening infections to humans. Now that’s sweet.

Never Give Honey to an Infant

Honey is natural and considered harmless for adults. But pediatricians strongly caution against feeding honey to children under 1 year old.

That’s because of the risk of botulism. The spores of the botulism bacteria are found in dust and soil that may make their way into honey. Infants do not have a developed immune system to defend against infection.

“It’s been shown very clearly that honey can give infants botulism,” a paralytic disorder in which the infant must be given anti-toxins and often be placed on a respirator in an intensive care unit. So be careful out there – no honey for infants.

If you wonder how bees make honey, this is a wonderful short video.

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