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Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 11 months, 1 week ago #16645

In 1954, an Alabama doctor became the first and only known doctor to treat a patient who was injured while sleeping on her couch in her home, by what object?

ʎɐqǝ uo pɹɐoqʎǝʞ ɐ ʎnq ı ǝɯıʇ ʇsɐן ǝɥʇ sı sıɥʇ

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 11 months, 1 week ago #16646

I'm gonna guess a meteorite

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 11 months, 1 week ago #16647

That's it:

On November 30, 1954, a meteorite crashed through the roof of a home in a then-unincorporated area near Sylacauga, Talladega County, striking resident Ann E. Hodges (1923-1972). The area was later incorporated as the town of Oak Grove. Hodges was the first person ever to have been injured by a meteorite, and the event caused a nationwide media sensation and a year-long legal battle. The meteorite, which weighs about eight and one-half pounds, is on permanent display at the Alabama Museum of Natural History at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Hodges was napping on her living-room couch at mid-day when the meteorite came through the ceiling, hit a console radio, and smashed into her hip. Awakened by the pain and noise, she thought the gas space heater had exploded. When she noticed a grapefruit-sized rock lying on the floor and a ragged hole in the roof, she assumed children were the culprits. Her mother, Ida Franklin, rushed outside and saw only a black cloud in the sky. Alabamians in and around the area saw the event from a different perspective, with many reporting that they had seen a fireball in the sky and heard a tremendous explosion that produced a white or brownish cloud. Most assumed it involved an airplane accident.

Hodges Meteorite Strike

Sylacauga Chief of Police W. D. Ashcraft and Sylacauga mayor Ed Howard responded to the call from the Hodges's residence. They had Ann Hodges examined by physician Moody Jacobs, who determined that although her hip and hand were swollen and painful, there was no serious damage. (He later checked her into the hospital for several days to spare her from all the excitement.) Ashcraft and Howard showed the rock to geologist George Swindel, who was conducting fieldwork in the area. He tentatively identified the object as a meteorite. That evening they turned the meteorite over to officers from Maxwell Field, Montgomery, who took it to Air Force intelligence authorities for analysis. Air Force specialists identified it as a meteorite and sent it to curators at the Smithsonian Institution, who, delighted with their windfall, declined to send it back to Alabama. Not until Alabama Congressman Kenneth Roberts intervened was the meteorite finally returned to the state, where it soon became the focus of a highly public legal battle.

By nightfall some 200 reporters and sightseers filled the Hodges's yard, and Ann's husband, Hewlett, arriving home late, was upset by the crowd. Television, radio and newspaper excitement lasted for weeks, highlighted by a very public dispute between the Hodges and Birdie Guy, who owned the home in which the Hodges lived as renters. Facing repair expenses for the damaged house, Guy was advised by her attorney that legal precedent had established that meteorites were the property of the landowner, and she sued for possession of the rock. The Hodges threatened to counter-sue for Ann's injuries, and the outraged public sided with her. Before it went to trial, cooler heads prevailed and after a modest private settlement, Guy gave up her claim on the meteorite to the Hodges.

Hodges Meteorite

Ann Hodges was barraged by publicity and was featured in Life magazine displaying a sizable bruise on her hip. She also was persuaded to go to New York to appear on Gary Moore's TV quiz show I've Got a Secret. Her story appeared in the Sunday magazine supplement of many newspapers and in major magazines. Hewlett Hodges believed that the couple stood to make a fortune from the incident. He refused what he considered an inadequate offer for the meteorite from the Smithsonian Institution, claiming he had received other offers as high as $5,500. In the end, Ann Hodges, not knowing how to bargain with the media, earned at most only a few hundred dollars from the incident that had made her famous. By 1956, the bad publicity surrounding the lawsuit ended the monetary offers, and she donated the meteorite to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, where it remains.

Ann Hodges's physical injuries healed, but she was never able to recover emotionally from her brush with celebrity. She and Hewlett separated in 1964. They both agreed that the emotional impact and disruption caused by the meteorite were contributing factors and said they wished it had never happened. Ann Hodges's health declined and in 1972, after some years as an invalid, she died. She is buried in the cemetery behind Charity Baptist Church in Hazel Green in Madison County.

Probably the only major figure in the entire Sylacauga meteorite story to claim a satisfactory ending was Julius K. McKinney, a farmer who lived near the Hodges. On December 1, 1954, the day after Ann Hodges was struck, he discovered a second fragment of the meteorite in the middle of a dirt road. McKinney was able to sell his rock to the Smithsonian for enough to purchase a small farm and a used car. This fragment is on display at the Smithsonian Institution, but the label strangely does not acknowledge its more famous Alabama sibling. On May 22, 2010, the town of Oak Grove dedicated a historical marker at the site of the meteorite strike. In honor of the occasion, the UA Museum of Natural History sent the meteorite to the town for the day as part of the festivities.

Links and with pics of Ann's injuries:

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Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 11 months ago #16648

I'm reposting this question from a few weeks ago, that still has not been answered:

It may help to read this previous trivia question post about the origins of Fanta in order to answer this question:

Now that you remember, that Fanta was created in Germany during WW II, what other product did Fanta in West Germany create in 1959, that just about everyone reading this has used.

Hint 1: The United States started selling it in 1961.

Hint 2: It's original name is Fanta Klare Zitrone

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Last Edit: 11 months ago by LSUFan.

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 11 months ago #16649


Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 11 months ago #16650


Fanta Klare Zitrone ("Clear Lemon Fanta") was introduced in the United States in 1961 as Sprite.

This was Coke's response to the popularity of 7 Up.

So, even though some may say they have never drank a Fanta, actually you have..... if you have drank a Sprite.

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Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 11 months ago #16651

Interesting, I was drinking one as I opened the topic

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 10 months, 3 weeks ago #16654

For those who have saw the movie "Saving Private Ryan", you may remember near the end where they took 60mm mortar rounds and after striking the base on a hard object, used them like a hand grenade.

Although many people think this is just a movie taking liberties with facts, this was actually done by no less than two Medal of Honor recipients during WW II.

Can you name these two brave men?

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Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 10 months, 3 weeks ago #16655

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 10 months, 3 weeks ago #16656

That would be the two names I seek.

Here are their MOH citations:

Beauford Theodore "Andy" Anderson (July 6, 1922 – November 7, 1996)

He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. When a powerfully conducted predawn Japanese counterattack struck his unit's flank, he ordered his men to take cover in an old tomb, and then, armed only with a carbine, faced the onslaught alone. After emptying 1 magazine at pointblank range into the screaming attackers, he seized an enemy mortar dud and threw it back among the charging enemy Japanese soldiers, killing several as it burst. Securing a box of mortar shells, he extracted the safety pins, banged the bases upon a rock to arm them and proceeded alternately to hurl shells and fire his piece among the fanatical foe, finally forcing them to withdraw. Despite the protests of his comrades, and bleeding profusely from a severe shrapnel wound, he made his way to his company commander to report the action. T/Sgt. Anderson's intrepid conduct in the face of overwhelming odds accounted for 25 enemy killed and several machineguns and knee mortars destroyed, thus single-handedly removing a serious threat to the company's flank.


Charles E. Kelly (September 23, 1920 – January 11, 1985)

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 13 September 1943, near Altavilla, Italy, Cpl. Kelly voluntarily joined a patrol which located and neutralized enemy machine gun positions. After this hazardous duty he volunteered to establish contact with a battalion of U.S. infantry which was believed to be located on Hill 315, a mile distant. He traveled over a route commanded by enemy observation and under sniper, mortar, and artillery fire; and later he returned with the correct information that the enemy occupied Hill 315 in organized positions. Immediately thereafter Cpl. Kelly, again a volunteer patrol member, assisted materially in the destruction of 2 enemy machinegun nests under conditions requiring great skill and courage. Having effectively fired his weapon until all the ammunition was exhausted, he secured permission to obtain more at an ammunition dump. Arriving at the dump, which was located near a storehouse on the extreme flank of his regiment's position, Cpl. Kelly found that the Germans were attacking ferociously at this point. He obtained his ammunition and was given the mission of protecting the rear of the storehouse. He held his position throughout the night. The following morning the enemy attack was resumed. Cpl. Kelly took a position at an open window of the storehouse. One machine gunner had been killed at this position and several other soldiers wounded. Cpl. Kelly delivered continuous aimed and effective fire upon the enemy with his automatic rifle until the weapon locked from overheating. Finding another automatic rifle, he again directed effective fire upon the enemy until this weapon also locked. At this critical point, with the enemy threatening to overrun the position, Cpl. Kelly picked up 60mm. mortar shells, pulled the safety pins, and used the shells as grenades, killing at least 5 of the enemy. When it became imperative that the house be evacuated, Cpl. Kelly, despite his sergeant's injunctions, volunteered to hold the position until the remainder of the detachment could withdraw. As the detachment moved out, Cpl. Kelly was observed deliberately loading and firing a rocket launcher from the window. He was successful in covering the withdrawal of the unit, and later in joining his own organization. Cpl. Kelly's fighting determination and intrepidity in battle exemplify the highest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 10 months, 3 weeks ago #16658

Probably everyone reading this knows of Harry Houdini (March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) .... arguably the greatest magician, illusionist, and stunt performer.

He is basically the Elvis icon of magicians and his grave in New York is cared for by The Society of American Magicians, who Houdini was the president of from 1917 till his death.

What you may not know is that Harry was married to his magic partner and assistant, Bess.

Harry and Bess were married 32 years from June 22, 1894 till Harry's death in 1926. Bess passed away on February 11, 1943, having never remarried.

Although Bess was also a magician/illusionist in her own right, The Society of American Magicians do not take care of her like they do Harry.

Why happened to cause this?

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Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 10 months, 3 weeks ago #16661

she passed on the candle?

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 10 months, 3 weeks ago #16662

Tom, if you read enough about Bess to know that, then you should also know the correct answer, and why The
Society of American Magicians do not give her the same care as Harry.

Bess Houdini was actually named Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner at birth and Harry Houdini was born Erik Weisz, later Ehrich Weiss or Harry Weiss.

When Weiss became a professional magician he began calling himself "Harry Houdini", after the French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, after reading Robert-Houdin's autobiography in 1890. Weiss incorrectly believed that an i at the end of a name meant "like" in French. In later life, Houdini claimed that the first part of his new name, Harry, was an homage to Harry Kellar, whom he also admired.

Hint 1: A diagram of The Houdini (actually Weiss) Family plot:

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Last Edit: 10 months, 3 weeks ago by LSUFan.

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 10 months, 3 weeks ago #16664

Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Westchester County
New York, USA

Machpelah Cemetery in Glendale, Queen, NY

Re: Trivia Questions: increase your knowledge 10 months, 3 weeks ago #16665

OK, I guess I will have to settle for that. The real reason that they don't tend to Bess' gravesite is because she isn't buried next to him, or even in the same cemetery. She is around 35 miles away.

See, Harry's family and him were Jewish, so their family plot is in a Jewish cemetery. Although Bess planned to be buried beside her husband, and they even had a shared grave marker awaiting her date death, it never came to be. When Bess passed away, her family being devout Catholics, refused to allow her body to be buried alongside her husband of 32 years....and buried her in a Catholic cemetery.

Harry and Bess grave marker:

and here is a link to more info:

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Last Edit: 10 months, 3 weeks ago by LSUFan.
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