SCHEDULING CHANGES: OK, so some last minute updates due to the Phils. Quizzo at Dock Street is cancelled for Wednesday night. BUT Loco Pez has greed top play host for the quiz. That said, there’s only room for about 35-40 people up there. So if you want to play, make a reservation. 215-644-8080. We’ll start that quiz at around 8:30 (15-20 minutes after the Phillies game is over.)
As for Thursday, Deli at Dwell is cancelled, waiting to hear back from Birra. I’ll keep you updated on that here. I’ll also let Major League Baseball know that we’ll need them to start scheduling around our quizzo schedules. Thanks for your patience!
Fun question this week at quizzo: In Philly it’s called pork roll. What do they call it in New Jersey? They call it Taylor Ham. That’s because it was invented by the man pictured above, John Taylor, in 1856. It was officially called Taylor Ham until 1906, when the FDA determined that it wasn’t technically a “ham” so they had to change the name, which they did to “pork roll”.
But old habits die hard, and people in Trenton (where Taylor was Mayor) refused to roll with the punches. And so, in much of Southern Jersey it’s called Taylor Ham, while in Philly and North Jersey it’s typically called “pork roll”. Obama actually referenced it when he spoke at Rutger’s commencement: “I come here for a simple reason – to finally settle this pork roll vs. Taylor Ham question…I’m just kidding…There’s not much I’m afraid to take on in my final year of office, but I know better than to get in the middle of that debate.”
Here’s this week’s lineup, and yes the Sixers game will be on tonight at Loco Pez and Wednesday at Dock Street.
Excited to be hosting a fundraiser quizzo for the person I think is unquestionably the best candidate for Mayor on Saturday! I am a big fan of Rhynhart’s, as she has time and time again proven willing and able to speak truth to power, even when it’s earned her political enemies. Once I decided I was voting for her, I reached out to her campaign to see if they’d be interested in having me host a quizzo as a fundraiser, and they said yes. So this Saturday, we’ll be hanging out at Yards Brewery. The money from all tickets sold will go directly to Rebecca’s campaign, and it will be an all new quiz. Action starts at 12:30PM on Saturday. If you want to sign up, just go here. Hope to see ya Saturday!
Last week we had the question, “What Italian explorer is honored with a bridge connecting Staten Island and Brooklyn?” The correct answer is Giovanni da Verrazzano. Which leads to one of those great wiki paragraphs about 16th century explorers, all of whom seem to end under horrific circumstances:
There are conflicting accounts of Verrazzano’s demise. In one version, during his third voyage to North America in 1528, after he had explored Florida, the Bahamas, and the Lesser Antilles, Verrazzano anchored out to sea and rowed ashore, probably on the island of Guadeloupe. He was allegedly killed and eaten by the native Caribs. The fleet of two or three ships was anchored out of gunshot range, and no one could respond in time. However, older historical accounts suggest that Verrazzano was the same person as the corsair Jean Fleury, who was executed for piracy by the Spanish at Puerto del Pico, Spain.
Killed and eaten by the natives or possibly executed for piracy by the Spaniards. Both equally horrific ways to go. And look at you, sitting over there, complaining about inflation. We’ve become soft! Anyways, congrats on the bridge, Giovanni. Here’s our schedule.
Last week we had the question, “What small landlocked country in Southern Asia with a capital of Thimphu is known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon?” The answer was Bhutan. The Land of the Thunder Dragon is such a badass name, as is their flag (above). They got the name because they have such intense thunderstorms, and in ancient times the lightning was thought to be fire from a dragon. Anyways, we’re back in action this week. Here’s our lineup: