CHARLOTTE, NC, March 7, 2018 – Part of the fun of trivia is learning new things. That stuff that likely never occurred to you until you accidentally discover them while searching for something else. Today’s exercise showcases random examples of such items that I have stumbled upon surfing through life.
Where is the egress?• Lesotho, Vatican City, and San Marino are the only countries completely surrounded by one other country. South Africa encompasses Lesotho while Vatican City, and San Marino are both totally surrounded by Italy
Surfing Mountainous Ranges
• The longest mountain chain on earth is located mostly under water in the Atlantic Ocean. At 24,855 miles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge takes the honor with Iceland being the only part of the chain that is above water. Meanwhile, the Andes form the longest exposed mountain range at approximately 4,350 miles.
• At one time or another, we have all seen the famous painting by Emmanuel Gottlieb Leutz depicting George Washington standing in a boat as he crosses the Delaware River. American lexicographer David Shulman was inspired enough by Leutz’s work that he wrote a sonnet at the age of 23 in 1936 with the same title, “Washington Crossing the Delaware.”
Being a sonnet, the poem has 14 lines which are divided into three four-line stanzas plus a rhyming couplet at the end. The rhyme scheme is simple but strict with the rhymes following the pattern of AABBCCDDEEFFGG
Washington Crossing the Delaware
A hard, howling, tossing water scene.
Strong tide was washing hero clean.
“How cold!” Weather stings as in anger.
O Silent night shows war ace danger!
The cold waters swashing on in rage.
Redcoats warn slow his hint engage.
When star general’s action wish’d “Go!”
He saw his ragged continentals row.
Ah, he stands—sailor crew went going.
And so this general watches rowing.
He hastens—winter again grows cold.
A wet crew gain Hessian stronghold.
George can’t lose war with’s hands in;
He’s astern—so go alight, crew, and win!
Upon reading Shulman’s composition you may not be impressed with his craftsmanship until you realize that every single line of the sonnet is an anagram of the title “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” Now that’s amazing.
The best Myth Trivia ever: Even a stopped clock is correct twice a day
• Finally in honor of Daylight Saving Time, is it possible for an Atlantic Coast state and a Pacific Coast state to have clocks showing the identical time and both be correct?
The answer is “yes”, for one hour each year. Due to a geographical quirk part of western Florida (Pensacola) is in the Central time zone rather than the Eastern. Similarly, a very small part of eastern Oregon (Malheur County) is in the Mountain time zone rather than Pacific, making them only an hour apart. So at 2 a.m. on the DST change day in the fall, the west Florida resident “falls back” an hour to 1 a.m., which matches the time in east Oregon for an hour, until it’s time for Oregonians to set their clocks back. Obviously, it doesn’t work in the spring because the clocks get farther apart for the hour.
And there you have it, just another day in the wonderful world of trivia.
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award-winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is the founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
Read more of Bob’s journeys with ALS and his travels around the world
Editors Note: Support Bob’s GoFundMe to give him a hand up