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Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year, 1 month ago #16544

When introduced at the reopening on April 10, 1971, the train at the zoo was the only coal-burning miniature locomotive in the South.

The 24-inch gauge locomotive and four cars were built for the Monroe park by Crown Metal Works of Wyana, Pennsylvania. The train was an exact scale model of The General, made famous in the Great Locomotive Chase, also known as Andrews' Raid, April 12, 1862. Union raiders captured The General and led Confederate forces on a wild chase through the Blue Ridge Piedmonts as they destroyed rail lines. The Union soldiers received the first Congressional Medals of Honor ever bestowed by the United States.James J. Andrews, the civilian scout who led the Union troops, was not eligible for the honor.

that zoo was named Louisiana Purchase Gardens

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year, 1 month ago #16545

That's it exactly. The miniature General was at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo here in Monroe, Louisiana.

Now how many of us reading have actually rode that train in the zoo, or had kids and maybe grandkids who have also.

The zoo actually discontinued the train several years ago due to the bad condition of the bridge trestles and tracks. They have repaired that and have kicked off a campaign this week to bring back the train to the zoo.

Now you know the history of the actual train and it's miniature version.


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Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year, 1 month ago #16558

During World War I, over 500 American soldiers became trapped behind German enemy lines in France. Between the Germans and friendly fire from American artillery (who were unsure of the American soldiers location) there were only around 200 left alive the second day.

Desperate for help, and trying to get the deadly friendly fire to stop, the American commander tried to send messages back to headquarters telling of their position and to stop the artillery barrage. The Germans killed the first two messengers as they tried to get back to HQ. The third messenger (who was a British female assigned to the American division), despite being shot thru the breast, eye, and leg was able to accomplish the mission...thus saving these men.

The US Army surgeons worked furiously to save this hero, but had to amputate her leg which was just hanging on by a tendon. She also lost sight in one eye.

When she was well enough to travel, General John J. Pershing personally saw her off on a ship bound for the United States, where unfortunately she died about 6 months later from her injuries at Fort Monmouth, NJ.

She was awarded the Croix de Guerre Medal with a palm Oak Leaf Cluster for her heroic service. Her heroic story is also on display in the Smithsonian.

What is the name of this hero, who saved so many American soldiers?

Hint: You may be wondering why a female was caught in battle, especially during WW I. Unknown at the time to the US Army, was the fact this soldier was a female. It was only discovered later that he was a she.


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Last Edit: 1 year, 1 month ago by LSUFan.

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year, 1 month ago #16559

Cher Ami

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year, 1 month ago #16560

Cher Ami is correct:

Cher Ami (French for "dear friend", in the masculine) was a homing pigeon who had been donated by the pigeon fanciers of Britain for use by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I and had been trained by American pigeoneers. She helped save the Lost Battalion of the 77th Division in the Battle of the Argonne, October 1918



On October 3, 1918, Major Charles White Whittlesey and more than 500 men were trapped in a small depression on the side of the hill behind enemy lines without food or ammunition. They were also beginning to receive friendly fire from allied troops who did not know their location. Surrounded by the Germans, many were killed and wounded in the first day and by the second day, just over 190 men were still alive. Whittlesey dispatched messages by pigeon. The pigeon carrying the first message, "Many wounded. We cannot evacuate." was shot down. A second bird was sent with the message, "Men are suffering. Can support be sent?" That pigeon also was shot down. Only one homing pigeon was left: "Cher Ami". She was dispatched with a note in a canister on her left leg,

We are along the road parallel to 276.4. Our own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heaven's sake, stop it.

As Cher Ami tried to fly back home, the Germans saw her rising out of the brush and opened fire. For several moments, Cher Ami flew with bullets zipping through the air all around her. Cher Ami was eventually shot down but managed to take flight again. She arrived back at her loft at division headquarters 25 miles to the rear in just 25 minutes, helping to save the lives of the 194 survivors. In this last mission, Cher Ami delivered the message despite having been shot through the breast, blinded in one eye, covered in blood and with a leg hanging only by a tendon.

Cher Ami became the hero of the 77th Infantry Division. Army medics worked long and hard to save her life. They were unable to save her leg, so they carved a small wooden one for her. When she recovered enough to travel, the now one-legged bird was put on a boat to the United States, with General John J. Pershing personally seeing Cher Ami off as she departed France.

Upon return to the United States, Cher Ami became the mascot of the Department of Service. The pigeon was awarded the Croix de Guerre Medal with a palm Oak Leaf Cluster for her heroic service in delivering 12 important messages in Verdun. She died at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, on June 13, 1919 from the wounds she received in battle and was later inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame in 1931. She also received a gold medal from the Organized Bodies of American Racing Pigeon Fanciers in recognition of her extraordinary service during World War I.

To American school children of the 1920s and 1930s, Cher Ami was as well known as any human World War I heroes. Cher Ami's body was later mounted by a taxidermist and enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution. It is currently on display with that of Sergeant Stubby in the National Museum of American History's "Price of Freedom" exhibit.

Originally registered as a Black Check cock, Cher Ami was a Blue check, and she was discovered after death upon taxidermy procedure to be a hen. She is still erroneously represented as a cock bird at the National Museum of American History and by many other educational and military history information sources.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cher_Ami

www.flickr.com/photos/marotta47/256588828/


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Last Edit: 1 year, 1 month ago by LSUFan.

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year ago #16613

See if you know this one from school, and don't use google.

Alaska is the most northern and also the most western state geographically, while Hawaii is the most southern state. Without looking at a map, which is the most eastern state?


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Last Edit: 1 year ago by LSUFan.

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year ago #16614

I'm going with Maine

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year ago #16615

Maine is also what I thought Richard, until I learned better. It is actually Alaska.

This was posted in another forum I frequent and I am still laughing about it, and have showed several people at the shop this morning, who also never realized it either.

The way it works is, part of the Aleutian Islands cross over the 180 Meridian, which puts them in the Eastern Hemisphere, thus the furtherest east geographically.

So Alaska is our most northern, western, and eastern state.

Well played Alaska, well played.




As you see at 172-179 degrees east, Alaska is the most eastern.

Area Ranked 1st
• Total 663,268 sq mi
(1,717,856 km2)
• Width 2,261 miles (3,639 km)
• Length 1,420 miles (2,285 km)
• % water 13.77
• Latitude 51°20'N to 71°50'N
• Longitude 130°W to 172°E


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Last Edit: 1 year ago by LSUFan.

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year ago #16616

I'll stick with my answer. Hemispheres and the 0 meridian are basically man made locations that someone arbitrarily chose. East is still east and west is still west. Its hard for the western edge of something to touch the eastern edge of the same item.

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year ago #16617

Uhhhh Richard, are you saying that east and west (or any directions) aren't also creations of man too?

Martians may call it all something else.

All I can say is to take a piece of paper and write east on one edge and then west on the other. Fold it around (like a circle or planet) and there you go...the east edge touches the west edge.


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Last Edit: 1 year ago by LSUFan.

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year ago #16618

So doesn't that make Alaska have two eastern edges and two western edges?

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year ago #16623

See if you know the bit of Americana trivia with using the internet.

What was the first soda company that put their product in aluminum cans, as well as 16 oz bottles, and also was the first to come out with a diet soda?


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Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year ago #16624

only with a moon pie

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year ago #16625

RC & Diet Rite.

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 1 year ago #16626

Tom and Titus got it. It was RC Cola

It’s a question Coke and Pepsi drinkers have been asking for decades. In the prolonged marketing battle that began in the '70s and saw the beloved major brands duke it out via celebrity endorsements, rewards promotions (Pepsi Stuff, anyone?), an onslaught of advertisements, and even a race into space, RC Cola remained on the sidelines, a quiet blue and red can that seemed content to simply be.

Fact is, RC has had loyal fans throughout its more than 100-year history. Its roots go deep in the south, where drinking one with a Moon Pie is a blue-collar tradition that’s still popular today. There’s even a song that celebrates the pairing. RC also has a presence internationally, in countries such as Estonia, Thailand, and Iceland. It’s currently one of the top-selling soda brands in the Philippines.

But the number of RC drinkers could have been much, much higher. In an alternate—and completely plausible—universe, it would have given Coke and Pepsi a run for their money. At one point, it did. Believe it or not, Royal Crown Cola used to be one of the most innovative companies in the beverage industry. It came out with the first canned soda, the first caffeine-free soda, and the first 16-ounce soda. It was the first to take diet cola mainstream, and the first to stage nationwide taste tests.

Given its long and pioneering history, RC deserved to be more than the middling soda brand it is today. In an industry that lives and dies by marketing, RC didn’t do nearly enough. But its failure wasn’t just due to lack of initiative. It was also a case of supremely bad luck, bad judgment, and a fateful ingredient known as cyclamate.

The full story is here:

mentalfloss.com/article/76881/tragic-history-rc-cola


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