Trivia’s Facts and More (11/26)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  You are invited to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

Complete the analogy:

MOTH is to CLOTHING as . . .

(A) SHEEP is to WOOL





(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

The Buckeye State of Ohio was admitted to the Union on March 1, 1803.  The state has proudly claimed to be home of eight  American Presidents:  William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft, and Warren G. Harding.

Here are a few interesting facts about the state:

  • Motto:  With God, All Things Are Possible
  • Capital City:  Columbus (named after Christopher Columbus)
  • Lake Erie frames the northern border; the Ohio River marks the southern one

In the early 1900s, the Canton Bulldogs were organized as a professional football team.  While the team no longer exists, Canton became the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.  Two major amusement parks are located in the state:  King’s Island near Cincinnati; Cedar Point along Lake Erie at Sandusky.

Answer to Brain Teaser Question


A moth, which is a living thing, destroys clothing–just as termite, which is a living thing, destroys a house.  Choices C or D would be fine if they described living things.

Trivia’s Facts and More (10/29)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  You are invited to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

Find the next letter in the sequence:    a    b    d    g    k    ?

(A) m    (B) n    (C) o    (D) p    (E) q

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

The fourth President of the United States was James Madison (1809-1817).  He has often been referred to as “The Father of the Constitution.”

Born in the Virginia colony in 1751, Madison was destined to be a farmer and later a politician.  He would die at his home at Montpelier, Virginia in 1836.

Here are some interesting facts about Madison:

  • He was the shortest President, standing only 5′ 4″.
  • His portrait was used on the $5,000 bill, which was only issued during the American Civil War.
  • His spouse, Dolley, was instrumental in saving a portrait of George Washington when the British attempted to burn down the White House during the War of 1812.

During the ratification period of the Constitution in 1787-1788, James Madison was instrumental in writing numerous articles in support of it.  He was joined in this endeavor by Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.  These many writings were called the “Federalist Papers.”

Answer to Brain Teaser Question

(D) p

Between a and b, there are no letters

Between b and d, there is one letter:  c

Between d and g, there are two letters:  e   f

Between g and k, there are three letters:  h  i  j

To continue, skip four letters:  l   m   n   o

Trivia’s Facts and More (10/22)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  You are invited to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

What’s the answer when you divide 40 by 1/2 and add 20?  Try it without a calculator if you dare!

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

The American bison once roamed the Great Plains and prairies of North America in unbelievable numbers.  Estimates run between 40 and 60 million bison.  Today, approximately 350,000 bison inhabit the region.

Bison are frequently called buffaloes, but this term is meant for bovines inhabiting  Africa and Asia.  With a height of 5-6 feet, length of 7-11 feet, and weight up 2,000 pounds for bulls, they are the largest land mammal in North America.

Here are a few more interesting details about bison:

  • Sheds its thick, shaggy mantle in the spring.
  • Due to nearsightedness, vision is poor, but retains keen senses of smell and hearing.
  • Average life span runs between 12 and 20 years.

Today, nearly 30,000 wild bison are located on national parks and wildlife reserves.  Yellowstone National Park is home to nearly 5,500 in two large, migrating herds.  Ranches contain over 300,000 animals, who are treated more like livestock.

Answer to Brain Teaser Question


Watch what you are dividing.  You’re not dividing by 2, you are dividing by 1/2.  Remember your basic skills.  Dividing by 1/2 is like multiplying by 2. 

So the answer is 40 x 2 + 20 = 80 + 20 = 100

Monday Memories: Quirky Team Names

Written in June, 2019, this light-hearted poem takes a curious look at names of professional sports teams.

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Sports teams abound

Loyal fans cheer on

Unique names astound


What is a Laker?

Honoring “Land of 10,000 Lakes”

Minnesota becomes Los Angeles Lakers


What is a Dodger?

In Brooklyn, dodging the trolley tracks

Becoming baseball’s “Dem Bums”—the Dodgers


What is a Canuck?

Referring to a French Canadian

Now hockey’s Vancouver Canucks


What is a Celtic?

Honoring Irish, Welsh, and others

Now a trademark of the Boston Celtics


Who are the Knickerbockers?

Remembering Dutch settlers’ trousers

NBA Knicks shortened from Knickerbockers


Why the Wizards?

Depicting violence as the NBA’s Bullets

Transformed into the energized Wizards


What is the meaning of the Mets?

Official team name of baseball’s Metropolitans

Becoming New York’s “Amazin’ Mets”


What’s with the Jazz?

Utah certainly doesn’t fit today

Formerly in New Orleans as the Jazz


Why the Cleveland Browns?

Sounding like such a simple name

Founded by their coach Paul Brown


Pausing now to catch an exciting game

Let’s hope their name brings them fame


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Trivia’s Facts and More (10/15)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  You are invited to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

Complete the analogy:  HELMET is to HEAD as . . .



c) SHOE is to SOCK

d) WATCH is to WRIST


(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

Astronauts have been called the sailors of the stars.  For as long as people have gazed up into the heavens, they have dreamed of traveling in space.  

In 1961, the first people journeyed from Earth’s atmosphere into outer space.  The space race between the United States and the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) was on.

The following list offers “firsts” in terms of space travel:

  • First man in space:  Yuri Gagarin (USSR), 1961.
  • First American in space:  Alan Shepard, 1961.
  • First to orbit Earth:  John Glenn (USA), 1962.
  • First woman in space:  Valentina Tereshkova (USSR), 1963.
  • First walk in space:  Alexei Leonov (USSR), 1965.
  • First to orbit the Moon:  Frank Borman, James Lovell, William Anders (USA), 1968.
  • First walk on the Moon:  Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin (USA), 1969.
  • First American woman in space:  Sally Ride, 1983.

Answer to Brain Teaser Question


A helmet is worn on the head to protect the head, just as a thimble is worn on a finger to protect the finger.

Trivia’s Facts and More (10/8)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  You are invited to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

Bonnie’s father has five daughters but has no sons.  Four of the daughters are named Chacha, Cheche, Chichi, and Chocho.  What is the fifth daughter’s name?

a) Chuchu

b) Chochu

c) Chuchy

d) Chochy

e) none of these

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

Montana’s history began long before being admitted to the Union on November 8, 1889, as the 41st American state.  Nicknamed the Treasure State and later the Big Sky Country, many people and events helped to shape its future.

Some interesting facts about Montana:

  • Yogo sapphires, which are known for their clear, cornflower-blue color, are only mined in Montana.
  • Montana’s meaning is rooted in Spanish–it means “land of mountains.”
  • Ironically, only about one-third of the state is mountainous.  The remaining two-thirds consist of primarily prairie grasslands.

Many political figures from Montana made history far beyond its borders.  In the election of 1916, Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  She became the first woman ever elected to Congress.

Mike Mansfield (1903-2001) represented Montana in the U.S. Senate from 1953 to 1977.  He also served as Senate Majority Leader from 1961-1977, which is the longest tenure ever.

Answer to Brain Teaser Question

None of these.  The fifth daughter is Bonnie herself.

Buckeye Snapshots (Issue #6)

Panoramic view of the grounds at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. (courtesy of Pinterest)

Ohio has used one of the most unique flags found in America’s 50 states.  Few state flags have experienced such a journey in its making.

Admitted to the Union in 1803, Ohio would not have an official state flag until 1902.  Its inventor, John Eisenmann, was given the task of creating a flag for Ohio’s exhibit building at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

Trained as an architect, Eisenmann realized that a flag was necessary to recognize Ohio at this exposition.  He wanted something unique in its design to fly over the building which he was designing.

The shape was called a swallow tail burgee.  Burgees were associated with boating and yachting.  It has remained the only state flag in the United States to not be a rectangle.

Colors and shapes symbolized a variety of meanings about the Buckeye State.

The colors of red, white, and blue resembled those of the American flag as well as the U.K. Union Jack.  Ohio was an extension of the original thirteen English colonies with roots in the territories of Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. 

Thirteen stars, which were grouped in a circle, represented the original thirteen American states.  Four lone stars signified that Ohio was the 17th state admitted to the Union.

A large, white circle with a red center signified an “O” for Ohio.    The blue triangle symbolized Ohio’s hills and valleys while the five white and red stripes refer to its roads and waterways.  “Five” was a significant number because it referred to the original states from the Northwest Territory:  Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Buckeye Snapshots take a look at Ohio’s places, events, and people.  Previously published posts are linked below.  In case you may have missed one, enjoy a visit.

Old West Comes Alive

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Filling myths with good, bad, ugly

Fictional tales grow in stature


Snarling summer heat, winter cold

Hostile climate conditions reign


Dreaming to grow up as cowboys

Distraught mothers asking sons, “Why?”


Blessing every cowboy and horse

Inseparable life partners


Riding herd on open prairie

Longest, loneliest days and nights


Hungering for silver and gold

Outlaws robbing another train


Breathing fire with every six-gun

Unbeatable law of Old West


Searching dreams, with each hard day’s ride

Drifters, without any name


Pursuing mystical treasure

Phantom fortunes never found


Covering endless, open range

Enormous ranches stretching out


Seeking freedom, farming homesteads

Young families journey out west


Springing up, middle of nowhere

Small towns come alive overnight


Begging for help, clean up our town

Citizens hire ageless lawman


Enduring hard life, little pay

Old West struggles, never fading


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Overcoming Life’s Insurmountable: Wilma Rudolph

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A select few face overwhelming challenges in life.  Encouraged with a heart filled with perseverance, these trailblazers adopt an attitude where “Can” outplays “Can’t.”

Olympics track star Wilma Rudolph overcame many obstacles in her life to achieve ultimate adoration for her speed and grace.

From the words of Wilma Rudolph:  “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.”

Born in 1940, Wilma was born in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee.  She was part of a large family with 21 siblings.  Facing a challenging life in the segregated South, she found athletics to be her path forward in life.

However, before Wilma pursued basketball and later track, she faced major hurdles because of health issues.  Born prematurely, she endured bouts with double pneumonia, scarlet fever, and polio.  Her weakened left leg required her to wear a brace, and some doctors didn’t expect her to ever be able to run.

Wilma remembered her childhood journey with these words:  “My doctors told me I would never walk again.  My mother told me I would.  I believed my mother.”

Eventually, her leg grew stronger, and the brace thankfully disappeared.  She became active in sports during her high school years.  She was recruited by the legendary track coach at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Ed Temple.

While still in high school, Wilma qualified for the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.  At age 16, she was the youngest athlete on the U.S. team.  As a member of the 4 x 100 meter relay, she earned a bronze medal.

After high school graduation, Wilma moved on to Tennessee State.  This natural, gifted runner prepared and trained to return to the Olympics in 1960 at Rome, Italy.  Nicknamed “Skeeter” by her teammates, Wilma was more than ready to compete.

At the Rome Olympics, Wilma became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics.  Competing individually in the 100 and 200 meters, she overwhelmed the other competitors for two gold medals.  Wanting her teammates to also earn a cherished gold medal, Wilma anchored the winning 4 x 100 meter relay.

Accolades for Wilma continued to pour in following her Olympics’ exploits.  Because of her speed, beauty, and grace, the Italian press nicknamed her “The Black Gazelle.”  The Associated Press awarded her Female Athlete of the Year in 1960 and 1961. 

Wilma retired from competition in 1962.  She fulfilled her dream of earning a college degree.  For a few years, her post-athlete life included teaching, coaching, and working with underprivileged children.

The story of this African-American girl overcoming polio, poverty, and racism became a film, “Wilma,” which was released in 1977. 

The following video shares a few highlights of Wilma Rudolph’s life and Olympic career.

Trivia’s Facts and More (9/10)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  You are invited to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

Suppose a bird is standing in a closed box that is resting on a scale.  When the bird flies in the box, does the scale read the same, more, or less than when the bird is resting?

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

As one of the smaller states in the American Union, Maryland’s geography features contrast between the eastern Chesapeake and Atlantic shores and the western Appalachian Mountains.

Here are some quick facts about the Old Line State:

  • Capital City:  Annapolis (home of the United States Naval Academy)
  • Bird:  Baltimore oriole (nickname of Baltimore’s major league baseball team)
  • Motto:  Fatti Maschii, Parole Femine (Strong Deeds, Gentle Words)

The State House, which is located in Annapolis, was occupied in 1799.  It is the oldest such building in the United States.  One note of history is that the building served briefly as the nation’s capitol from November 26, 1783 to August 23, 1784.

Maryland’s State House. (courtesy of Pinterest.)

Answer to Brain Teaser Question

When the bird flies, it pushes down on the air, which pushes down on the scale.  The scale reads the same.