Today’s Trivia

Excerpt of First Thanksgiving by unknown artist

When Did We Celebrate the First Thanksgiving?

Our national Thanksgiving Day holiday dates officially from 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday in November that year to be celebrated. It has become both a federal and almost universally observed public holiday in the United States. However the original event from which it derived took place two centuries earlier. In 1621 […]
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Nazi Party Gathering

How Many Nazis Are Still at Large?

In the United States, there are approximately 300 Nazis never brought to justice for war crimes in Germany according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Israel. Estimated numbers of Nazis who came to the U.S. after World War II range from the hundreds into the low thousands. Literally hundreds of thousands however are considered to […]
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Poveglia Island Hospital

The Address of Evil

Did you ever go to a place that just scared the daylights out of you? Indeed do places exist that are just sinister? Are there places where tormented souls seem to stay, wander, suffer and haunt in evil anguish? Are these apparitions, or more? One such place may be Poveglia Island, known as the Island […]
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Victor Manuel Gerena

Who Spent the Longest Time on the FBI’s Most Wanted List?

Victor Manuel Gerena sets the record to date for the longest time on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives”. Gerena went on the list on May 14, 1984 and remains on the list to date. Gerena is wanted in connection with the 1983 armed robbery of approximately $7 million from a security company in West […]
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National Spelling Bee Logo

Who was the first national spelling bee winner?

In 1925 Louisville, Ky. native Frank Neuhauser won the first national spelling bee with the correct spelling of “gladiolus” — a widely cultivated plant of the iris family. Nine newspapers had collaborated that year to start the event, which Scripps took over as sponsor in 1941. Scripps’ history of spelling bees notes that they have […]
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John Hopkins Historian Bill Leslie

When Did the United States First Establish Higher Education?

America’s first college was Harvard, established in 1636 and following the general model of Oxford and Cambridge. William and Mary followed in 1693. Pennsylvania holds the distinction of establishing the first university in the United States. In 1779, the state legislature of Pennsylvania conferred a corporate charter upon the College of Philadelphia with the name […]
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A Coral Snake

The Most Dangerous Snakes in the U.S.

In the United States, the most common snakes to watch out for are rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouths (also called water moccasins), and coral snakes. Risk of encountering these several types of snake varies geographically and by environmental setting. According to the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, poisonous snake bites are especially dangerous for […]
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A gallinipper and Asian tiger mosquito

How Big Do Mosquitoes Get?

Summertime sometimes doesn’t mean the living gets easy, especially if you live around mosquitoes. As if dealing with mosquitoes is not unpleasant enough, mosquitoes are getting bigger according to scientists at the University of Florida. Worldwide, the largest of mosquito species is toxorhynchites speciosus, which grow as large as 1.5 inches long. Also known as […]
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Fireworks on Derby Wharf

The First American Fireworks

Fireworks first came into use during the Han dynasty in China about 200 B.C. according to fireworks company Pyro Universe. Historians speculate the first “firecrackers” were chunks of green bamboo that sizzled, blackened and then unexpectedly exploded after being thrown into a fire. This happened because air and sap trapped inside the bamboo plant expand […]
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