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It takes eight minutes for light from our sun to reach Earth.

(Distance between Earth and sun is nearly 150,000,000 km. Speed of light is 300,000 km/s. So, it takes nearly 500 sec, i.e., nearly 8 min and 20 sec. Formula is d=st or t=d/s. Change seconds to hours and hours to minutes after you get the time in hours.)

(And the contestant was *sort of* on the ball: she said that light travels 186,000 miles an HOUR [ahem], whereas it's actually miles per SECOND, in a vacuum. No wonder my vacuum doesn't pick up the dog hair.)

The League of Nations was formed during Woodrow Wilson's administration, as was the Federal Reserve. The League of Nations yielded in 1946 to the United Nations, during the Harry Truman administration.

Jade is generally nephrite (although there's also jadeite). I Did Not Know This.

Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States (1901– 1909), following William McKinley to become the first 20th-century leader. Abraham Lincoln (16th, 1861-1865, which is incidentally the date span of the Civil War) used to keep notes and papers in his hat (they say). Benjamin Harrison (grandson of William Henry) is generally considered the worst-ever president (even taking into consideration all the others that you think were stinkers). {EDIT: This was one of those tossed-off remarks that the contestant makes--not actually a trivia "fact." It's something they've been told by an opinionated historian, I'll bet.)

The only hit the Strawberry Alarm Clock ever had was "Incense and Peppermints."

Liberal Arts: (of antiquity) Grammar, dialectic, rhetoric, geometry, arithmetic, astronomy, music
Deadly Sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, gluttony
Cardinal Virtues: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility
Wonders of the Ancient World: Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse at Alexandria (alternatively, the Ishtar Gate)
Wonders of the Modern World: Stonehenge, the Colosseum, the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, the Great Wall of China, the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, the Hagia Sophia, the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Tones of the musical scale: Do, re, me, fa, so, la, ti (returning to octave do)
Dwarves: Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Bashful, Doc

Aren't these just ESSENTIAL little orts of knowledge?

Date: 2011-03-25 12:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Worst president ever is kind of subjective. I don't think you can really say that any one of them is "generally regarded" as such, or at least you (rhetorical you, I mean) can't present it as a trivia fact.

Date: 2011-03-25 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I agree! Someone on one of the radio trivia programs babbled on about it, though, and I did a bit of Googling. It seems that a lot of historians agree about Benjamin Harrison. Of course, there are a lot of people on the streets who are passionately angry at George W. Bush or Bill Clinton. *grin*

But it's fun to hear people pontificate on about why. If your ulcer can take shouting, that is.

Date: 2011-03-25 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You think what they say about Harrison is bad, look into Harding. I think anybody who gambles away White House china would at least crack the top five.

Date: 2011-03-26 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Harding is certainly a contender. There's also the matter of Nan Britton and the illegitimate child -- allegedly his -- that she bore. My personal Bottom Two would be Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. Remember, the first state to secede did so under Buchanan, not Lincoln. They were bad presidents, but perhaps Woodrow Wilson was even worse. The stories of what an odious man he was, persist to this day. He was a racist, an elitist, a man whose opinion of himself was shocking. And he never brushed his teeth. There's a photo (I've used it in MUKO) of him smiling, and what's there to see is enough to turn the stomach of virtually anyone.


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