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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #440 on: 01 Jul 2019, 21:44 »
Nice trophy case. :D

I will just have to guess, the Great Laugh Riot?

Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #441 on: 01 Jul 2019, 21:50 »
I'm wondering if that's when it rained fish?

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #442 on: 01 Jul 2019, 22:48 »
Nice trophy case. :D

Thanks.   ;-D

I will just have to guess, the Great Laugh Riot?

Is that an actual thing? No, sorry.

I'm wondering if that's when it rained fish?

To the best of my knowledge, no fish were involved.

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #443 on: 02 Jul 2019, 16:04 »
Huh, interesting, I've never heard of this before.


Anyways:

The event we are looking for might sound funny or joyous at first. But in 1518, in Strasbourg, more than 400 people were affected and several died.

(I hope that's not too confusing, but it's difficult to describe without giving it away.)

It was that mass hysteria Dancing Sickness I think?

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #444 on: 02 Jul 2019, 16:35 »
You are correct.

The Dancing Plague of 1518 is one of several similar mass hysterics that somehow ended with people dancing for days and weeks until they died of exhaustion. It is not entirely clear why they happened. The one in Strasbourg is noteable as one of the biggest outbreaks.

Other names for this phenomenon include Dancing Mania, Dancing Plague, Choreomania, St John's Dance and St Vitus's Dance.

Your turn, Mandle.

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #445 on: 02 Jul 2019, 17:23 »
St John's Dance and St Vitus's Dance.[/url]
Funny, in French we called it St. Guy's dance.
 

Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #446 on: 02 Jul 2019, 18:02 »
Wow, never heard of this before. That is indeed interesting! Like those LMFAO party rocker zombies.  (laugh)
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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #447 on: 02 Jul 2019, 18:39 »
Interesting indeed.

I recently learned that the major symptoms of rabies are very similar in humans and dogs, including disorientation, anger, and hydrophobia.

But this case is probably most similar to the fungus cordyceps, which somehow makes insects climb to a good place for the fungus to mature, after which the insect clamps down hard and dies, allowing the fungus to spread.

Or maybe it's more similar to an ant death spiral, which happens when they get locked on a circular pheromone trail.
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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #448 on: 03 Jul 2019, 00:04 »
Bop 'til ya drop!

Wow, I win these so rarely that I want to do a double-header if nobody minds.

(Waits for objections)

No objections? Okay, here we go:

The first is factual. The second is faux history but is such a good story that it should be true:

(1) What was the given reason, as reported by the astronaut Gene Cernan, why they didn't just go against orders and land the LEM on the moon during the Apollo 10 mission despite coming within 8 nautical miles of the lunar surface? (His reason turned out to possibly be an exaggeration for the sake of a cool sound-bite but was technically true)

(2) What was the back-story behind Neil Armstrong saying "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky" from the surface of the moon in the urban myth of the same name? (He never really said it unless NASA deleted it from the recordings... Hmmmmm...)

No Googling please!
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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #449 on: 03 Jul 2019, 00:17 »
(1) Was it the lights dancing outside the cockpit?

(2) Years before, his neighbour Mrs Gorski told her husband he would get lucky when the kid next door walks on the moon.
« Last Edit: 03 Jul 2019, 00:19 by Jack »

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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #450 on: 04 Jul 2019, 16:11 »
(1) Was it the lights dancing outside the cockpit?

(2) Years before, his neighbour Mrs Gorski told her husband he would get lucky when the kid next door walks on the moon.

(1) Nope

(2) Correct. That is how the story goes.

Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #451 on: 08 Jul 2019, 07:03 »
Can we get another hint?
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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #452 on: 08 Jul 2019, 08:05 »
Can we get another hint?

As the story goes, NASA told them that, just in case they got it into their heads to just land the damn thing and become the first men on the moon and face the chewing out later, there was a reason put in place to stop them from trying.

This also seems to be an exaggeration of the real story but is at least partly true.

Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #453 on: 17 Jul 2019, 13:56 »
No idea. Can anyone else figure it out?
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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #454 on: 17 Jul 2019, 17:44 »
No idea. Can anyone else figure it out?

Okay, enough time has passed.

NASA told them that there was not enough fuel in the LEM to allow them to take off again if they landed it.

This appears to be an exaggerated story as the LEM that they were piloting was an outdated and heavy model. The lack of fuel was to compensate for the heavy LEM. The new, lighter LEM would be available for Apollo 11.

Still a great soundbite though from a guy who went within 8 nautical miles of the surface of the moon.

Happy 50th moon landing anniversary everyone!

Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #455 on: 18 Jul 2019, 03:12 »
I watched Apollo 11 last night. Definitely worth a watch.  (nod)

Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #456 on: 25 Jul 2019, 12:11 »
Name the Indian politician that was assassinated while sitting as Prime Minister. Her son, who became Prime Minister in the wake of her death, was also assassinated after his tenure.
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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #457 on: 25 Jul 2019, 12:28 »
Name the Indian politician that was assassinated while sitting as Prime Minister. Her son, who became Prime Minister in the wake of her death, was also assassinated after his tenure.

Benazhir Butto? (apologies in advance if the spelling is wrong... hard to get it right without googling, especially considering the last time I heard about her was like 30 years ago  :-D)

Edit: Ah crap, somehow missed the part about being an Indian polititian. Can't be her then, because she was Pakistani.
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Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #458 on: 25 Jul 2019, 16:29 »
Indira Gandhi... She was killed by her bodyguard(s) if I remember correctly.

Re: World history quiz thread
« Reply #459 on: 25 Jul 2019, 22:11 »
My man Mandle's got it.  8-)

Fair guess, Notarobot. Kudos to not deleting your guess after realising it was off!
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