moo didn’t start the fire

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The Great Chicago Fire raged from October 8th to 9th in 1871. The traditional account of the origin of the fire is that it was started by the O’Learys’ cow kicking over a lantern.
The fire destroyed 3.5 square miles of the city, killing around 250 people.
Sparks from the fire started forest fires that destroyed more than a million acres of Michigan and Wisconsin timberland.

On October 7, 1997, the Chicago City Council approved a resolution which absolved Mrs. O’Leary’s cow of all blame for the Great Chicago Fire.

Thank goodness because you wouldn’t want a cow with you on death row. They can be really tough cellys. “Celly” is a colloquialism of prison residents commonly used to refer to the person with whom they share a cell.
The O’Leary’s house pretty much survived the fire undamaged. That must have been awkward. “Sorry guys, my cow started this huge fire and now the city has to be totally rebuilt and you probably lost loved ones. But the good news is that poker night is still on for Wednesday!”

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lots of labels for quinine

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Quinine, made from the bark of the cinchona tree, is a muscle relaxant, anti-malarial, an additive in tonic water, and one way drug dealers stretch their product.

I used to work at a Veteran’s hospital where part of my job consisted of going on walks with Veterans who had congestive heart failure. One of the gentlemen that I walked with was kind enough to talk with me about several topics. One of these topics was the use of quinine in The War. It was his opinion that quinine helped him survive The War.
When veterans talk about The War they expect you to know which war they fought in, since in their world, the war to which they are referring is the only one that matters. Due to my knowledge of his age, I surmised that he was referencing the second war of the worlds.
People from The Olden Days think that what they knew back then must be true now (a natural, though not always safe, assumption). They also have a great respect for authority (some would argue too much, hence the hippie movement). If the army (authority) tells you to take quinine, then quinine must be very good for you.
So this gentleman recalled being given quinine supplements in The War, survived The War, and somehow decided that one caused the other. Moreover, he was of the opinion that a young lady such as myself should take quinine supplements regularly.
Since quinine used to be a common antimalarial treatment, I think it is safe to say that I do not need to take it. It may have helped this gentleman survive the war. Especially if he was in North Africa.
I do drink tonic water.
Do you think people who take drugs mixed with quinine have a better survival rate in countries with malaria problems? I bet they do.
Quinine is fluorescent. See?
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bonnets aren’t just for babies anymore

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Henry Ford asked Thomas Edison‘s son to capture his father’s final breath in a test tube. Ford was both an admirer of Edison and a believer in reincarnation.

Do you know who else was a believer in reincarnation? Jane Stanford, the wife of Leland Stanford. Their son died of typhoid fever. After they established Stanford University she was always holding seances in her house because she missed him. Seriously. There was even a rumour that the reason they decided to found the University was because their son came to them in a seance and told them to. This rumour was not true. Apparently this was a pretty common thing back in Ye Olden Days. To have seances and believe in people coming back from the dead to visit and such. Ulysses S. Grant was into it. So was Victor Hugo, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and many other Olden Day notables.
If I lived in Ye Olden Days, I would probably wear a bonnet. And a bustle. My name would be Clarissa or something like that, and they probably wouldn’t let me use the internet at all. To protect me since I am a lady. And such.

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congress in carriages

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The State of Franklin originally seceded from North Carolina and existed from 1784-1788 in what is now eastern Tennessee. It received 7 votes when it applied to the US Congress for statehood, a majority, but not the necessary 2/3 majority.

Remember when 7 votes in congress was a majority? Oh man those were the days. I wish they made it mandatory for people in congress to take horses and carriages to work every day. People would be like, “this is so inefficient! you can’t run a democracy like this! archaic archaic archaic!” And then some old republicans would be like “we must preserve the tradition and values of our great nation.” And then they would win the next election because they used the words tradition and values and called our nation great even though their precious horses and carriages are probably driven by starving children but nobody cares because they are immigrants.
It would be really exciting if the Democrats swept the elections tomorrow and won back both houses. But I am not getting my hopes up because they have disappointed me so many times in the past.

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my stomach hurts

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The dedication of the statue of liberty in 1886 spontaneously started the first ever ticker tape parade.

Since then, nobody has ever used ticker tape for anything but parades. Until the advent of Silly String, which soon usurped ticker tape in its quest for dominance in celebratory occasions. One can still see ticker tape being used in old black and white documentaries.
Also, my stomach hurts.

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