The Farthest States

Of all the States in the United States of America, name the ones that are the farthest East, farthest West, farthest North and farthest South.

Pandora

In Greek mythology the first woman on Earth was Pandora!

Richard Parker

In the Edgar Allan Poe novel “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket,” the man who lost the draw to see who would be killed for food was named “Richard Parker.” In 1884, the Mignonette, a British sailing yacht, was lost at sea in the South Atlantic. They survivors decided to sacrifice one person so the others might live. His name? “Richard Parker”!!

Poe’s Only Novel

In the only novel authored by Edgar Allan Poe (“The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket,” published in 1838) he tells the story of a shipwreck where survivors draw lots to see who will be killed to provide meat so the others can survive. Aside from the obviously uncomfortable premise of the story itself, what happened to make this story even more bizarre?

Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina

On May 17, 1957, five years after Eva Peron’s death from cervical cancer in Buenos Aires, Maria Maggi’s body arrived in Milan, Italy, escorted by a nun. Reportedly, the coffin was believed to contain the body of an Italian woman who had died in Argentina. That woman was buried under the name “Maria Maggi” in Lot 86, Garden 41, in Milan’s Monumentale Cemetery.

In 1971 a man named Carlos Maggi submitted papers for the exhumation of Maria Maggi’s remains in Milan. Underneath the damaged plain wooden coffin was a coffin of silver, with a glass window revealing a preserved Eva Perón. “Carlos Maggi” escorted his “sister’s” remains to a house in Madrid owned by Juan Perón and the coffin was then sent to Buenos Aires where Eva was finally laid to rest in the family tomb in La Recoleta Cemetery.

Against All Odds

On August 18, 1913, a roulette wheel in Monte Carlo came up black 26 times in a row. The odds of that happening are approximately 136,823,183 to 1.