Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Holiday Trivia Answers

Answers to Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day
Holiday Trivia Questions

(Are you ready?)

Question One: Aside from New Orleans,  the most famous place to celebrate Mardi Gras (Carnival) is probably
     d) Rio de Janeiro

Question Two: What is traditionally served on Shrove Tuesday in the U.S., Canada, England and elsewhere, especially by Anglicans and Episcopalians?
       c) Pancakes
   Well, it was news to me!

Question Three: In Germany, Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday is
    a) called Karneval or Fasching, depending on where you are
 There are two different greetings, too. 

Question One: Which of the following did not take place on February 14th?
     b)  Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd, and addressed the Illinois state legislature for the first time (1843).
     What kind of a guy do you think he was?


Question Two:  Which of the following technological milestones did not take place on this day in history?
      c) Usenet expanded beyond the first four "nodes" at Stamford, UCLA, MIT and the Pentagon, adding connections to Harvard, the University of Arizona and CalTech (1971).
    I made that up, based on part of a team economics paper.

Question Three: Who was killed in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1929)?
   a) Seven of Al Capone's rival gangsters from the Bugsy Malone gang,plus an opthalmologist.
    Gotta feel sorry for the eye doctor!

Question Four:  Who was St. Valentine?
    d) At least three different early martyrs are associated with that name and saint's day, all of them fairly obscure.
   Kind of makes him/them seem superfluous to the holiday, doesn't it? 

Question Five: What February Roman holiday is most closely associated with the development of Valentine's Day?
    b) Lupercalia, the festival dedicated to fertility god Lupercus.
    Just another banal talking point in the discussion of love versus Eros.


Becky - 3 /3, N/A
Jeff - 3/3,  2/5
Sara - 3 /3, sort of, N/A
Sarah - 3 /3,  3/5
Paul - 2/3, N/A


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