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Old 08-31-2011, 04:50 PM   #1
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trivia 8/31

trivia 8/31
DID YOU KNOW...
The 1883 eruption of the Krakatau volcano in Indonesia is thought to have released 200 megatons of energy, the equivalent of 15,000 nuclear bombs. Even though the island was uninhabited, the eruption killed 36,000 people as the result of burning ash showers and huge tsunamis. It generated the loudest sound historically reported.

1. who was the very first person to be picked as time magazine's (1927)
"man of the year"?
2. what is the longest species of snake?
3. who coached the Georgia tech football team that racked up 222 points
for the highest score in college football history?
4. do you recall the name of the show-within-a-show on "Murphy brown"?
5. do you recall the name of the show-within-a-show on the dick van dyke
show?
6. what dessert was named to honor the acquisition of a state?
7. what's runner-up to Omaha as Nebraska's largest city?
8. who had a 1959 hit with "the battle of new Orleans"?
TRUTH OR CRAP ??
Dolly Madison, wife of future President James Madison, stitched together the first "Stars and Stripes" flag of America.
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1. Charles Lindbergh
2. RETICULATED PYTHON
3. john heisman
4. "fyi" (?)
5. "THE ALAN BRADY SHOW"
6. baked Akaka (?)
7. LINCOLN (!)
8. JOHNNY HORTON
CRAP !!
The origin of the stars and stripes design is inadequately documented. The apocryphal story credits Betsy Ross for sewing the first flag from a pencil sketch handed to her by George Washington. No evidence for this exists; indeed, nearly a century had passed before Ross' grandson, William Canby, first publicly suggested it.
Another woman, Rebecca Young, has also been credited as having made the first flag by later generations of her family. Rebecca Young's daughter was Mary Pickersgill, who made the Star Spangled Banner Flag.

It is likely that Francis Hopkinson of New Jersey, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, designed the 1777 flag while he was the Chairman of the Continental Navy Board's Middle Department, sometime between his appointment to that position in November 1776 and the time that the flag resolution was adopted in June 1777. This contradicts the Betsy Ross legend, which suggests that she sewed the first Stars and Stripes flag by request of the government in the Spring of 1776.
Hopkinson was the only person to have made such a claim during his own lifetime, when he sent a bill to Congress for his work. He asked for a "Quarter Cask of the Public Wine" as payment initially. The payment was not made, however, because it was determined he had already received a salary as a member of Congress, and he was not the only person to have contributed to the design.
No one else contested his claim at the time.

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