Sunday, October 01, 2006

Return of Trivia Answers

Wow, it's been harder than I thought it would be to get back into the blogging swing of things. Mrs. Guy and I got so busy around the house today (cleaning, ironing, laundry, replacing the kitchen faucet ... and that's just some of the stuff I was doing) that I almost let it slip my mind to do a post at all. So here I sit, listening to iTunes playing Beck on the desktop, and trying to come up with something to write, and I'm drawing a blank (except ideas which would take too long to get out right now). With that in mind, here are the answers to the trivia questions posted way back on August 31.

1. What is the most visited national park in the US? It's practically right out my back door, being less than an hour to the nearest entrance. It's the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and second place isn't even close.

2. What British general's surrender at the Siege of Yorktown effectively signaled the beginning of the end of the American Revolutionary War? General Charles Cornwallis got that dubious distinction, though it was far from the end of his military/political career. He spent time afterwards in both Ireland and India in various governance roles, and is buried near the Ganges River, where there is still a memorial to him maintained by the Government of India.

3. What was the common nickname used by pirate Edward Teach? Arrr, he be Blackbeard. Pirates didn't last all that long in those days, and by many accounts his own reign as pirate captain lasted less than two years before his violent end.

4. There are three Orders of classical architecture. They are Doric, Ionic, and _______? Corinthian. What, you thought it would rhyme with the other two?

5. In Roman mythology, who was the goddess of the hunt? This was Diana, who was also the goddess of the Moon (supplanting Luna at some point or another) and of chastity (she was also known as the "Virgin Goddess").

Bonus Question: Who was her Greek mythology counterpart? Artemis was also the virgin goddess of the hunt and the Moon, but somehow was also put in charge of childbirth, which I find strange for a "virgin" (couldn't they get someone with more experience in that area?).

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