Sunday, March 9, 2008

Trivial History March 9

How to embarrass your offspring- sing songs badly and recite lines from various Shakespeare plays while walking to the Sunday Market.
Feral Beast was the one walking, very quickly, about 20 feet ahead of us....can't figure out why, though!
So we told him it is Get Over It Day, because everybody has something they need to get off the cross so we can use the wood to build a bridge for them to Get Over It !
Check out Get Over It Day HERE.

1807 John Macarthur had 2 illegal stills imported, which weren't for producing tea and crumpets, so they were marked for immediate deportation.

The biggest publicity Captain James Cook ever received was not for discovering Australia but when he was killed on Hawaii in 1779.

1830 Standing around bragging about who's nag was the fastest was getting predictable so those in Launceston put their money where their mouths were and formed the Cornwall Turf Club, which held its first gee-gee race today.

Ghost spot-
At Tarquoh Waterhole, near Tanbar Station, Qld, has the lingering ghost of a stockman who was caught in a flash flood one night when hunting wild game for a meal.

1836 He who would not let a drop pass his lips, temperance campaigner John Tawell ordered *sob* 600 gallons (or for the metrically minded souls, 2,271 litres) of the good stuff rum *sob* to be emptied into Sydney Harbour. *sob* Pickled herring was on the menu for many a month afterwards.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When trying to tempt fussy eaters with porridge this winter, sprinkle it with hundreds and thousands; the colour and sweetness will make the porridge irresistible.

1856 Determined not to let the South Oz populace enjoy their scarce spare time from hard work, an election was held for the very first South Oz parliament.

1870 Maria Smith shuffled off to Buffalo this mortal coil today. You might know her better as Granny Smith who lent her moniker to a green apple. Read about Maria and her apple HERE.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
In a tall glass pour 2 oz vodka, 40 mls lime cordial and top with lemonade. Swish with a swizzle stick and garnish with a wedge of lime on the side of the glass.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1902 British New Guinea was passed, like a parcel, to Australia but the Govt played coy and didn't formally accept this little trinket until 1906.

1909 Blessing those who flew kites with keys in thunderstorms, Adelaide residents began travelling on those super swift electric trams.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Before going to visit a large museum, check online if there are any printable worksheets for different exhibits and school grades. Then make a game of who can spot the answers to questions first as you tour around the exhibits; the worksheets will be filled in long before the museum visit is over.

1951 The High Court said Pig Iron Bob Menzies' Govts' Communist Party Dissolution Act was very naughty and suggested he should learn to share his toys.

2000 Telstra Dome was open for boring the pants off tourists business in the even bigger eyesore Docklands area, in some bizarre alternate reality Melbourne.

2006 Harry Seidler, the Austrian-born but beloved Aussie architect, passed into the great scale of beyond. Read more about Harry and his varied buildings HERE.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Rich Lamingtons.
Cut sponge cake into squares.
Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler, then dip the sponge squares in (on the end of a wooden skewer) until they are fully, but only lightly, coated.
Allow to dry.
Melt white chocolate in a double boiler and, using a wooden skewer, dip into the chocolate and squiggle lines (or your own design) across the hardened dark chocolate.
Eat often!


  1. Jayne, did you know when Captain James Cook saw the kangaroo he asked the Aborigines what it was and they replied "Kanguru" which in their language means "I don't know"?

  2. Sure did Irish Lad but thanks for bringing that up ;)
    Some Aboriginal words sound very musical and pretty but have very common meanings when translated into English :)