Bands on the Run

Can you name all the members (and, if applicable their original groups), that made up Wings, The Highwaymen and the Traveling Wilburys?

One Ring To Rule Them All

J.R.R. Tolkien only uses the word “she” once in The Hobbit when referring to Mrs. Bilbo Baggins!

Not Just A Collection of Essays. American History

Our last UBCF question asked you to tell us how many of the 85 essays contained in The Federalist Papers published under the pseudonym “Publius” were actually written by each of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay.

The answer:  Alexander Hamilton wrote 51 of them, James Madison wrote 29 and John Jay wrote 5 !


The Federalist Papers

Published in 1788, the Federalist Papers was a series of 85 essays defending the U.S. Constitution. Their authorship was simply credited as “Publius.” Only later was it revealed these essays were actually written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay. How many did each of them write?

The 56% Typing Solution

When it comes to typing with only the left or the right hand, the “lefties” win the length contest.  Using your left hand on a standard English keyboard typewriter, you can type out the words ‘stewardesses’ and ‘reverberated’ but using your right hand, the longest words you can type in English are ‘lollipop’ and ‘monopoly’.   Then again, since Christopher Latham Sholes invented the modern typewriter, there has always been a left-handed bias. In 1954, “The Wonderful Writing Machine” by Bruce Bliven claimed that the key arrangement actually gives your left hand about 56% of the key strokes.  Since then language has changed so if anyone knows of more up-to-date study, enlighten us trivia types!

What’s Your Type: Left or Right?

What are the longest words in the English language that can be typed using only the left hand and the longest words that can be typed using only the right hand?

Mary Had a Great Swing

The term “caddie” originated with Mary, Queen of Scots. As a young girl, Mary went to France for school (and survival). Louis, the King of France, found out that she loved the Scottish game “golf,” so he had the first golf course outside of Scotland built for her to use. Of course, Mary required a proper chaperone while she played, so King Louis hired young cadets from a nearby military school. As you can imagine, As you might guess, Mary enjoyed the company of these young ‘cadets’ a great deal and when she returned to Scotland, she continued the practice. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into “caddie.”

Spring is a Time for Renewal

One of the oldest calendars known to recorded history, the Solar Hijri is the answer to our timely question this past Monday. Nowruz (sometimes spelled Noruz).The calendar’s new year’s day always falls on the vernal (March) equinox.