Posts Tagged ‘Xi’an’

It was a mob scene – First, Second & Third Place Finishers: Rosebud, Pluto, 9 O’Clock Judy, Inappropriate Bob, Judge Judy, Almond Joy, Droppin’ and Rhys.


As the game headed to its conclusion there were plenty of players with a chance to win. Even Inappropriate Bob was a contender, which was a bit of a surprise.

In the end it came down to Droppin’ and Pluto, who went head to head in a playoff to determine the winner. Pluto got lucky when the final question asked the location of Lake Havasu. Droppin’, who’s never been much good around water, was sunk.

Good Question!: In what country was the buried 2000-year-old terra-cotta Army discovered?

Choices: a. Peru  b. Japan  c. India  d. China

Ancient terracotta soldiers march forward with hands empty of weapons.

Answer: China

“The Terra-Cotta Army protects the tomb of China’s first emperor. Platoons of clay soldiers were buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, to accompany him during his eternal rest.

Workers digging a well outside the city of Xi’an, China, in 1974 struck upon one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world: a life-size clay soldier poised for battle.

(ed note: Xi’an is about a 2 hr flight SW from Beijing)

The diggers notified Chinese authorities, who dispatched government archaeologists to the site.

They found not one, but thousands of clay soldiers, each with unique facial expressions and positioned according to rank. And though largely gray today, patches of paint hint at once brightly colored clothes. Further excavations have revealed swords, arrow tips, and other weapons, many in pristine condition.

The soldiers are in trenchlike, underground corridors. In some of the corridors, clay horses are aligned four abreast; behind them are wooden chariots.

The terra-cotta army, as it is known, is part of an elaborate mausoleum created to accompany the first emperor of China into the afterlife, according to archaeologists.” (Nationnal Geographic)

This is a fine 4 minute video that will give you the whole story about Emperor Qin and his terra cotta warriors.


But, if the first thing you think of when you hear “warriors” is the 1979 cult gang movie, The Warriors, here’s the terrific trailer:


Bloggers Note: missed a milestone last month as the Tuesday Night Bar Exam blog (TNBE) celebrated its seventh anniversary in April. We had about 5,000 views last year. You keep reading, we’ll keep writing.



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