Monday, August 29, 2011

Here comes the story of the Hurricane...

After this weekend's battle with Hurricane Irene, I thought it fitting to look at hurricane naming here on the Atlantic coast.

Before 1953, hurricane's did not get named, but just earned noteriety through destruction and devestation.  Two of the most notable are the 1900 Galveston Hurricane and 1938's "Long Island Express," which many thought Irene would imitate.  The names are lengthy, but informative.  However, in 1953 the World Meterological Organization, who no doubt convenes in a cave in an undisclosed location, decided to begin naming the storms.  The first lists contained only women's names (analyze that!), but to reflect changing ideas about gender, the lists were revamped to include male names in 1979.

Here is a list of the retired storms: (alphabetical)

Agnes  1972; Alicia  1983; Allen  1980; Allison  2001; Andrew  1992; Anita  1977;  Audrey  1957; Betsy  1965; Beulah  1967; Bob  1991; Camille  1969; Carla  1961; Carmen  1974;  Carol  1954; Celia  1970; Cesar  1996; Charley  2004; Cleo  1964; Connie  1955; David  1979; Dean  2007; Dennis  2005; Diana  1990; Diane  1955; Donna  1960; Dora  1964; Edna  1968; Elena  1985; Eloise  1975; Fabian  2003; Felix  2007; Fifi  1974; Flora  1963; Floyd  1999; Fran  1996; Frances  2004; Frederic  1979; Georges  1998; Gilbert  1988; Gloria  1985; Gustav  2008; Hattie  1961; Hazel  1954; Hilda  1964; Hortense  1996; Hugo  1989; Igor  2010; Ike  2008; Inez  1966; Ione  1955; Iris  2001; Isabel  2003; Isidore  2002; Ivan  2004; Janet  1955; Jeanne  2004; Joan  1988; Juan  2003; Katrina  2005; Keith  2000; Klaus  1990; Lenny  1999; Lili  2002; Luis  1995; Marilyn  1995; Michelle  2001; Mitch  1998; Noel  2007; Opal  1995; Paloma  2008; Rita  2005; Roxanne  1995; Stan  2005; Tomas  2010; Wilma  2005.

Trivia Geek has lapsed in the past few years, but I'll try to keep it updated more often.  Comment with questions, and I'll do posts based on the answers!

- TG.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Died on the Fourth of July.

This inquiry comes from one M. Costello.

"How many Presidents died on July 4th?"

The answer is three:

John Adams (our 2nd president) in 1826.
Thomas Jefferson (our 3rd president) also in 1826.

These two are spooky because one spoke some of his last words about the other still being alive...and it was the same exact day.

Five years later, James Monroe (our 5th president) passed away.

A little irony of sorts.

TG out!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Kings and Queens.

We're American and barely know anything about the histories of other nations. So, learn something. (Also, some of these names are priceless).

House of Mercia
- Offa

House of Wessex
- Egbert
- Ethelwulf
- Ethelbald
- Ethelbert
- Ethelred
- Alfred the Great
- Edward the Elder
- Elfward
- Athelstan the Glorious
- Edmund the Magnificent
- Edred
- Edwy the Fair
- Edgar the Peaceable
- Saint Edward the Martyr
- Ethelred the Unready
- Edmund Ironside

House of Denmark
- Sweyn Forkbeard
- Canute
- Harold Harefoot
- Harthacanute

House of Wessex (Restored)
- Saint Edward the Confessor
- Harold Godwinson
- Edgar the Atheling

House of Normandy
- William I the Conqueror
- William II Rufus
- Henry I
- Stephen
- Matilda

House of Plantagenent
- Henry II
- Henry the Young King
- Richard I the Lionheart
- John Lackland
- Henry III
- Edward I Longshanks
- Edward II
- Edward III
- Richard II
*House of Lancaster
- Henry IV Bolingbroke
- Henry V
- Henry VI
* House of York
- Edward IV
- Edward V
- Richard III

House of Tudor
- Henry VII
- Henry VIII
- Edward VI
- Jane
- Mary I
- Elizabeth I

House of Stuart
- James I
- Charles I

- Oliver Cromwell
- Richard Cromwell

House of Stuart (Restored)
- Charles II
- James II
- William III
- Mary II
- Anne

House of Hanover
- George I
- George II
- George III
- George IV
- William IV
- Victoria

House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
- Edward VII

House of Windsor (name change during WWI due to anti-German sentiment)
- George V
- Edward VIII
- George VI
- Elizabeth II

Who ever succeeds Elizabeth II will also be a member of the House of Windsor, as per royal proclamation.

TG out!

Hail to the Chief...all of them.

As a person with a degree in American Studies, I think all aspects of American history are important. However, I realize that not everyone probably feels this way. So, I guess I'll just list the's a nice start.

1. George Washington
2. John Adams
3. Thomas Jefferson
4. James Madison
5. James Monroe
6. John Quincy Adams
7. Andrew Jackson
8. Martin Van Buren
9. William Henry Harrison
10. John Tyler
11. James K. Polk
12. Zachary Taylor
13. Millard Fillmore
14. Franklin Pierce
15. James Buchanan
16. Abraham Lincoln
17. Andrew Johnson
18. Ulysses S. Grant
19. Rutherford B. Hayes
20. James A. Garfield
21. Chester A. Arther
22. Grover Cleveland
23. Benjamin Harrison
24. Grover Cleveland (yes, again)
25. William McKinley
26. Theodore Roosevelt
27. William H. Taft
28. Woodrow Wilson
29. Warren G. Harding
30. Calvin Coolidge
31. Herbert Hoover
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt
33. Harry S Truman
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower
35. John F. Kennedy
36. Lyndon B. Johnson
37. Richard M. Nixon
38. Gerald R. Ford
39. Jimmy Carter
40. Ronald Reagan
41. George H.W. Bush
42. William J. Clinton
43. George W. Bush

-There are two sets of fathers/sons: The Adam's and the Bush's.
-There is one grandfather/grandson: William H. Harrison and Benjamin Harrison
-Harry Truman's middle name is "S". It doesn't stand for anything.
-Four presidents have been assassinated: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy
-Other presidents have also died in office: William Henry Harrison (pneumnoia), Taylor (food poisoning), Harding (heart attack), Franklin Roosevelt (complications from polio).
-Eisenhower's son married Nixon's daughter.
-Grover Cleveland is the only president to serve 2 non-consecutive terms.
-James Buchanan was our only bachelor president, but Cleveland married in the White House.

A little Presidential knowledge for you.

TG out!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Roman Numerals for Sara.

This is a Roman Numeral cheet sheet for sara because she always forgets:

I = one
V = five
X = ten
L = fifty
C = one hundred
D = five hundred
M = one thousand

the current year is MMVII
i was born in MCMLXXXV (1985)

TG out!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Intro and then some...

Hello faithful bloggers. I more or less created this blog for two reasons. One, I am very bored and two, I love facts, figures, and general trivia. I also discovered that there are many other people out there who call me frequently to ask me questions, such as "Who was the British King during the American Revolution" or "Who played Tracy Turnblad in the 1980's film 'Hairspray'". People who know me tend to consider me a trivia geek (hence the name of the blog). Well, here is a blog where people can ask me those same questions, allowing me to answer or do research and occupy my time.

Just to start off the blog, here are some Harry Potter facts for you:

The Seven Books of Harry Potter
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Sorcerer's Stone in the US)
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Four Houses of Hogwarts, their qualities, their animals,and their colors
- Gryffindor - Courage, Chivalry, Boldness - Lion - Scarlet & Gold
- Hufflepuff - Hard Work, Loyalty, Friendship - Badger - Yellow & Black
- Ravenclaw - Wit, Intellegence, Knowledge - Raven - Blue & Bronze
- Slytherin - Ambition, Cunning, Resourcefulness - Serpant - Green & Silver

The Four Heads of House and their courses
- Gryffindor - Minerva McGonagall - Transfiguration
- Hufflepuff - Pomona Sprout - Herbology
- Ravenclaw - Filius Flitwick - Charms
- Slytherin - Severus Snape - Potions

Well, that's it. Comment with requests for new lists or facts.

TG out!