It’s Simply Astronomical

Can you identify the only planet in our solar system that rotates clockwise?  For extra credit, name the only moon (and it’s corresponding planet) in our solar system that rotates in a direction opposite to rotation of the planet it orbits?

Arrivederci Roma

Our last question asked you to identify the name of a city that can be found on every continent.  Well technically the answer is none, since the continent of Antarctica has no cities.  But if you exclude the domain of Earth’s penguins, Roma is the correct answer:  Europe: Roma, Italy;  North America: Roma, Texas;  South America: Roma, Ecuador;  Australia: Roma, Queensland;  Asia: Roma, an island in Indonesia (really?);  Africa: Roma, Lesotho.  Roma is also a city in Sweden and Romania.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”

How’s Your Batting Average?

This past Monday, we asked you to name the only sport in which the ball is always in possession of the team on defense, and the offensive team can score without touching the ball. The answer:  Baseball ! !

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch . . . to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”

How to Be a Good Sport

Can you name the only sport in which the ball is always in possession of the team on defense and the offensive team can score without touching the ball?

Backwards and Forwards and Even Upside Down

This past Monday, we asked you what racecar and kayak have in common.

Many thanks to James Holmes, Managing Director, Unison Site Management, who correctly noted they are both palindromes – words or phrases which are the same spelled backwards and forwards.  Thanks James!

Level, eye, civic, noon, radar and tenet are other palindromes and so is the phrase: “was it a cat I saw”.   BTW, how many of you knew the only language in the world whose name is a palindrome is Malayalam, a language spoken in parts of India?

For you serious trivia buffs, the longest known palindrome in the Oxford Dictionary is “tattarrattat”.    Ba da bing, ba da boom!

Thomas Jefferson

“It is to me a new and consolatory proof that wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”

Things You Ride In

What do racecar and kayak have in common?

As you might guess, this is a trick question and the title above is not the answer.