Dump Trucks – first created in Western Europe in the late 19th Century for agricultural uses.
UK they call it a tipper or a tip truck in Australia.
DO NOT PUSH on Dump trucks you see on the road is NOT related to driving. It’s related to use on construction sites. Earlier dump truck bodies were steel and sturdy enough to push with a front end loader. Trucks designed to carry material longer distances have aluminum bodies, plenty strong enough to hold the payload but would buckle if pushed.
The largest dump trucks in the world are used at mining operations and heavy construction. There monsters can carry up to 300 tons. Three times as much as a railroad hopper car.
Dewey Decimal System – Thanks to whoever runs the Olin Library Facebook Page at Rollins.
Melville Dewey developed the card catalogue system while a student at Amherst College in Massachusetts in the 1870s.
His mother was named Eliza. He was an active civic leader in Lake Placid, New York and a driving force behind the 1934 Winter Olympics Games.
Dewey had the name of Lake Stearns, Florida changed to Lake Placid in Sebring.
Dewey died in Central Florida in 1931.
Washington, DC – Named for our first President AFTER his death in December of 1799. Although he did the initial survey work to decide on the 100 square mile area that would be appropriate for the national capital city while President.
Congress decided that they needed to have a national capital where Congress would be the ultimate authority after Philadelphia did a poor job of preventing a military uprising in 1790.
The 1790 Residence Act is a classic example of political compromise. Establishing a “Southern” capital was a trade off for paying off the Revolutionary War debt of northern states.
Originally 1/3 of DC was a part of Virginia, that was returned in 1843. Today DC is a 68 square mile city. Orlando is 110 square miles, Jacksonville is 874 square miles, Boston is only 49.
National Mall is the open expanse that can hold around a million people give or take. It was part of the original plan drawn up by Pierre L’Enfant but not implemented until The McMillan Plan of 1901.
We were able to visit to Mall on Sunday after they had blocked off the downtown streets. There was no traffic on any of the streets between Lincoln Monument and the Capital. And we didn’t see two dozen people.
CNN was set up on the Mall with maybe 50 people in a tight camera shot to make the Mall look full at around 8 pm.
Washington Metro is the second busiest based on daily rider volume after NYC. Opened in 1976 with the Red Line. “Completed” with 83 stations in 2001. Highest ridership day – January 20, 2009. Highest Saturday ridership October 30, 2010. (Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear) Bethesda station of the Red Line requires a ride on a 475 foot escalator to get ALMOST to street level. Longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere.
DC Comics have no relationship to the District. DC stands for Detective Comics.
Craig T Nelson starred as the Chief of Police of The District from 2000 until 2004.
National Zoo is FREE and run by the Smithsonian Institute. Although a zoo… with relatively small enclosures for the Great Apes –which made me sad. Orangutans are allowed to climb between two buildings about 200 feet apart over the trail. Also Giant Panda, Tigers, Lions, Elephants, Cloud Leopards.
Ready for the questions?
1) What big cat – which the National Zoo has at least three of -- has a running stride of 23 feet at full speed?
2) What country has a resident population of wild cheetah? Egypt, Iran, Madagascar, Sierra Leonne
3) The Islamic Republic of Iran lies on the southern coast of what largest inland sea? Aral Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Dead Sea
4) Prince Caspian is the second of the seven books written in the 1950s about the land of Narnia. Who wrote the Chronicles of Narnia? Adam Fox, CS Lewis, GK Chesterton, JRR Tolkien
5) CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien were friends after serving together on the faculty of what University that accepted 82 Rhodes Scholars in 2012? Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, Yale
6) The Oxford Comma refers to the punctuation and is a source of some contention in journalism and publishing. Where would you find the Oxford Comma? Between the last two items of a list; at the end of a parenthetical expression; as the third comma in any sentence?
Also known as a Serial Comma it’s a comma used near the end of a list Example : Red, White, and Blue.
7) The Times of London is often quoted as not using the Oxford comma is a review of a Peter Ustinov documentary “ Highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800-year-old demigod and dildo collector.” Ustinov won a 1960 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing Lentulus Batiatus in what Stanley Kubrick film that starred Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier? Lust for Life, Gunfight at OK Corral, Spartacus
8) For Spartacus, Kubrick recorded 76,000 fans shouting “Hail Crassus” and “I’m Spartacus” at a College Football game. Which two teams were playing with the Spartans against the Fighting Irish.
Michigan State and Fighting Irish
9) Although known as the Fighting Irish, The University of Notre Dame was founded by Edward Sorin, a priest from what country?
France – It’s official name is Notre Dame dul Lac. Our Lady of the Lake. Sorin also founded St Edward’s University in Texas
10) Pierre L’Enfant was born French and designed the nation’s capital city after serving as a military engineer for what other Frenchman’s Army. The General has a square named for him just north of the White House?
General Gilbert du Motier the Marquis de Lafayette. We rode a rickshaw from just before Lafayette Square all the way to the Washington Monument.
11) Pierre L’Enfant laid out the plan for the city. But was never paid for his services. Why not? Death of Washington, Fired for being difficult to work with, Drunkenness, Bribery charges.
Fired. He was part of several high profile projects but never stayed employed to the end of any of them.