The Trivia Thread

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    Which American President was a lifelong bachelor and might even have been gay?

    James Buchanan (1791-1868) - President, 1857-1861
     
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    Which is the only marsupial found outside Australia?

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    Joseph Haydn wrote an anthem for Emperor Francis II. He later quoted the melody in one of his string quartets ("Emperor"). The same melody was used as Austria's national anthem until 1938. Which country's national anthem melody is it now?

    Germany uses the melody from 1938 on until today.
     
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    That critter is common in 'my neck of the woods' - even named after the state above North Carolina, i.e. Virginia - officially, Didelphis virginiana - Dave :)


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    Thats a sweet guy... :)
     
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    The most famous English composer in the first half of the 18th century was not a native - what was his name and where was he born?

    George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) - Halle, Germany
     
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    It's interesting to notice the differences in spelling between languages. :)
    Georg Friedrich Händel
     
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    Hi Johanna - yep, a little 'anglicized' - so common w/ many of the classical musical composers - the Bohemians back then probably had the most different spellings; and of course, when composers moved to different countries their names often changed (e.g. Jean-Baptiste Lully in France was really the Italian, Giovanni Battista Lulli) - Dave :)
     
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    LOL
    He simply translated his names into French. :)
     
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    Which competitive modern sport traces its roots to the English game shinny, the Irish game Hurley, and the Scottish game shinty?

    Hockey
     
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