Nov 272013

It has been over fourteen years since the first state quarter was released (January 1, 1999 – Delaware). All fifty are in circulation with Hawaii being the last state quarter minted in 2008. Despite their unique artwork, they generally go unnoticed; it is just a quarter, but they do have similarities among them. See if […]

Aug 302013
Is it Ketchup or Catsup?

It’s ‘ketchup’, even though the English sailors who brought it back from Singapore in the 1600’s didn’t have the slightest idea of how the word should be spelt. The original ketchup was the Chinese ke-tsiap, a pickled fish sauce. The Malays got hold of it and used the name kechup, only instead of using fish in the […]

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Jul 292013

Why are Dalmatians associated with Firehouses? Dalmatians were used as coach dogs. A coach dog was a large breed of dog having a smooth white coat with black or brown spots, having originated in Dalmatia, a region of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea, being very mountainous and having many islands. These dogs were used to […]

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Jan 252013

Below are a few mental exercises that may challenge your mind as we enter the new year. First a history quiz, and then a word puzzle; it cannot get any more exertive than that! Since it is January, the first quiz is appropriately called: Firsts With a new year comes many new “firsts”. Can you […]

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