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.

He Left the Stage and Went Out the Back

In answer to our UBCF question last Monday, the phrase “Elvis has left the building” was first used in December of 1956, by promoter Horace Lee Logan to quiet down the audience in Shreveport, Louisiana, so other performers that followed him could continue playing.  The entire statement Logan made was  “All right, all right, Elvis has left the building. I’ve told you absolutely straight up to this point. You know that. He has left the building. He left the stage and went out the back with the policemen and he is now gone from the building.” [UBCFA: March 3, 2017]

 

The Rest is History

In answer to our Benjamin Franklin question, the Boston Tea Party which protested the harsh taxes imposed on the American colonies, took place on December 16, 1773.   In an effort to placate the angry British government, Benjamin Franklin offered to give them his personal fortune in order to pay for the spoiled tea on the condition that they withdraw the taxes.  The British declined and instead responded by closing Boston harbor.    The rest, as they say, is history.

Benjamin Franklin

After the Boston Tea Party, what did Benjamin Franklin offer the British government in an attempt to appease them

Five Time Super Bowl Winner !

Although the victory is no less sweet, Tom Brady is not the only, nor the first, football champion to have won 5 Super Bowl rings during his career.

Who was the first and only other five-time Super Bowl champion?

 

Digging for the Answer

The answer to Monday’s UBCF question is UNDERGROUND.

We asked you to identify the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und” and that word is UNDERGROUND.

Thanks to everyone who tried – there were some humorous submissions!

A Word Con”und”rum

What is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und” ?

Stamping Out Trivia – One Post at a Time

The answer to our UBCF question this past week is Great Britain, which is the only country in the world that does not have to print the name of the country on its stamps.

Unfortunately, no one submitted the correct answer.  Which either means no one is paying attention or my trivia questions are getting better.

Following The Great Post Office Reform in 1839, after trying a number of alternatives, Britain moved to a postal system using fixed rates for sending letters. To facilitate proof of payment of the postage, an adhesive label was added to the letter. By 1840, the Penny Black, the first ever postal stamp was issued. At the time, since stamps were only for national postage, there was no reason to put the nation’s name on the stamp.   Afterwards, when cooperation and formal treaties arose with foreign postal services, the British ‘no name’ design was respected, but that was agreed only if British stamps included the current British royal regent in the design – which remains the agreement to this day.

As an interesting side note, there have been times Britain did choose to include the word “Britain” in a stamp design, the first being a special issue commemorating the Festival of Britain in 1951.