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Showing posts with label trivia. Show all posts
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28 October 2017

US History: Presidential Trivia: Teddy Called Them Muckrakers

The term "muckraker" was used by America's 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt. 

In the United States, muckrakers was the name for writers whose aim was expose corruption: i.e. to search for and expose misconduct in public life.


In chronological order:  
  • 1908 - Ray Stannard Baker "Following the Color Line" written to expose racial discrimination.  

Worthy of honorable mention: 
  • Ida Minvera Tarbell (1857 - 1944), U.S. journalist, known for "muckraking" exposés of political and corporate corruption; also a biographer, notably of Abraham Lincoln; and the only lady in the bunch!

Ida M. Tarbell, American "muckraker"...
Ida M. Tarbell, American "muckraker" author. 
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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More Presidential Trivia:

  • American presidents, (Thomas) Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, were Nobel Prize winners. 1906, Roosevelt received the award for being a mediator and arbitrating an end to the Russo-Japanese conflict; there was a dispute over +Manchuria and +Korea. Wilson received the prize in 1919, for establishing the League of Nations after World War I (1914 - 1918).


  • The "teddy bear" is named after Roosevelt's nickname Teddy because he went hunting and didn't want to shoot a baby cub.  Many people think a teddy bear with roses is an irresistible gift for Valentines Day?  



  • Kindle eBooks - Biographies & Memoirs of Presidents & Heads of State






    18 August 2017

    JAZZ : World Music, Made in the U.S.A.

    I heart trivia and jazz  :)

    DID YOU KNOW?  “In 1912, the first use of the word “jazz” was in print in California, but it was not a description of the music.”  So what was it describing and how did it get connected to this musical art form that people all around the world enjoy today?   










    04 January 2017

    "Plot Twist" ~ Courtesy of Cheshire Public Library

    Found this in my Facebook memories from two years ago. So worth remembering and re-sharing.  Oh the treasure we find in a public library.  There are treasures to be found even online. 😍

    Image Credit: Cheshire Public Library's photo.







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    Also, January 4 is National Trivia Day 2017 in the USA. Got any trivia you would like to share? I shared this fascinating fact FOUR years ago on Facebook. 

    "The original 1949 ENIAC computer occupied a full city block."


    ENIAC - CHM Revolution

    ENIACIn 1942, physicist John Mauchly proposed an all-electronic calculating machine. The U.S. Army, meanwhile, needed to calculate complex wartime ballistics tables. Proposal met patron.The result was ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer), built between 1943 and 1945-the first large-scale computer to run at electronic speed without being slowed by any mechanical parts.
     
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    In case you don't have any trivia to share, here's a couple of links. Enjoy!


    54 Fantastic Facts for National Trivia Day


    54 Fantastic Facts for National Trivia Day

    Editor-in-Chief, Digital for mental_floss. Nerdy dad to three little girls. Wearing blue glasses all of a sudden. ©2016 Mental Floss, Inc. All rights reserved. Mental Floss® is a registered trademark owned by Felix Dennis. mentalfloss.com is a trademark owned by Felix Dennis.


    Political Trivia


    Political Trivia

    A collection of trivia questions about the world of politics.

    31 May 2014

    Bob Marley - Rastaman Trivia 2

    February 6th was the singer’s birthday. But there was this interesting article at Bubblews about his memorial services with some trivia to be shared. You never know when you may need to know it! Rather than wait for May 11th, the anniversary of Mr. Marley’s death, my reasoning was that since it was still February, it could be considered a sort belated birthday remembrance.

    May 11th has come and gone, but it’s still May. When it comes to perfect timing … Eh! What can I say? My timing is off!! Found two more links which are being added to my collection of Marley trivia and tidbits.


    #1) Bob Marley - The Life and Death Of a Reggae Legend

    A condensed, concise and precise, well-written biography in a nutshell penned by BethanRose, a writer based in South Wales.

    #2) How Bob Marley was Assassinated By the CIA 

    Always suspected the attempt on Mr. Marley’s life had political motive, but must admit that this is the first time reading so much detail about CIA involvement. Written by Marvin (no last name given) using a pen name “rasta1”. It is an undeniable observation that many reggae entertainers have been shot and killed, but the writer states that the life of Bob Marley was “spared due to the mystical intervention of JAH Rastafari”. Can’t say whether this report is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, but can say – by way of my opinion – that the article certainly does have elements that sound convincing enough to be true!


    Image credit:  Pixabay.com
    Content previously share at TreasurePen.com.


    See also

    Bob Marley - Rastaman Trivia