Flamingoes – There are six species of Flamingo.
Our American Flamingo breed in South America, Turks and Caicos, and the Galapagos.
Plural of Flamingo – Flamingoes
Live up to 40 years in the wild -- reared by parents until they are 6.
Frangelico – Noisette flavored liqueur (hazelnut)
Bottle shaped like a friar along with a string belt
From Canale, Italy (near France)
Dates back to the early 1980s.
Fiji – Tropical island nation known as the Republic of Fiji since 1970.
Until then a British colony
We call it Fiji because of their neighbors. Captain Cook visited the island of Tonga in the 1770s –and the Tongans called the cannibalistic neighbors as the people of Fiji.
Fijians say Viti Levu.
Fijians are not the people who live in Fiji … Fijians are the native population that makes up about 55% of the population.
This is a BIG deal in Fiji –apparently. If you are a citizen but not a native you are a Fiji Islander.
Fiji is mainly volcanic.
Forty Five US states have a bigger population than Fiji.
The total population of Fiji is about 850,000. Over 300 islands. Only 4 islands are considered of significant size to support infrastructure.
Capital of Fiji is Suva – a third of the population of Fiji lives in the greater Suva urban area.
English is the official language.
The most popular sport is Rugby.
Fiji celebrates Christmas and Boxing Day… a Hindu festival known as Diwali and the Prophet Muhhamed’s birthday as official holidays.
Tourism and specifically eco-tourism is the largest source of income for the nation’s economy.
They also export sugar cane and sugar beets and fish.
Average winter temperature 72 degrees. Summer temps in the 90s.
Vijay Singh is a Fiji Islander of Indian Hindu descent. Jimmy Superfly Snuka was born in Fiji.
Ready for the Questions?
1) There is a body of water in central Fiji known as Bligh Pass. It was named for Lt William Bligh who was the Commanding and ONLY officer on what Royal Navy ship in 1789 when it was overtaken by Mutiny led by Fletcher Christian?
2) After being left with 18 crew on an open 23 foot boat, Bligh navigated through Fiji without landfall for fear of encountering cannibals. They travelled 3,618 miles. That is the same as the distance between which two America cities? Anchorage and Tallahassee, Honolulu and San Diego (Only about 2600 miles) or San Juan PR and Boston (only about 1600 miles)
Anchorage and Tallahassee.
3) Which future US President fought two skirmishes in the area of modern Tallahassee against the resident population of Seminoles in 1817 and 1818?
4) Andrew Jackson was the first US President to have an inauguration open to the general public in what month of 1829?
March 4th was the inauguration date until 1937.
5) There were about 10,000 citizens crowded around the steps of the Capitol to hear Jackson’s inauguration. After the ceremony hundreds of these citizens trashed what government building in celebration until large pitchers of punch and liquor were used to lure them outside?
The White House
6) Jackson was popular among the common man though out his time in the White House. He received many gifts including 1400 pound cheese wheel from a farmer in upstate New York. This wheel was what kind of cheese? Today it is the second most popular cheese in the US?
7) How much did the largest cheddar cheese wheel weigh (in tons). It’s enough to feed every resident of St Peterburg, FL with a quarter of a pound of cheese.
28 tons 56,000 pounds.
8) Which St Petersburg has the largest population? Russia’s (5 million), Florida’s (248,000) or Pennsylvania (400)
9) St Petersburg is the second largest Russian city after Moscow (home to over 11 million). St Petersburg was for a long time one of the northernmost capital cities on earth. Which ONE of these cities is further north than St Petersburg? Reykjavik, Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm
10) Helsinki is very far south in Finland… but almost all of Finland is farther north than the 60th degree of latitude. (St Pete is 59 degrees and 57 minutes) Helsinki was chosen in 2011 as the World’s Most Livable City by what magazine named for an eyewear sported by fictional characters The Penguin, Mr Peanut and Count von Count
11) Of Penguins, Peanuts or Counts … which are you most likely encounter in Fiji?
Fiji grows and exports peanuts. They have no native penguins and Great Britain has Earls … not Counts.