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Monday, April 20, 2015

Article of the Week - Emilio Palma

Emilio Marcos Palma (born January 7, 1978) is an Argentine citizen who is the first person known to be born on the continent of Antarctica. He was born in Fortín Sargento Cabral at the Esperanza Base near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and weighed 7  lb 8  oz (3.4 kg). His father, Captain Jorge Emilio Palma, was head of the Argentine army detachment at the base. While ten people have been born on Antarctica since, Palma's birthplace remains the most southerly.

In late 1977, Silvia Morella de Palma, who was then seven months pregnant, was airlifted to Esperanza Base, in order to complete her pregnancy in the base. The airlift was a part of the Argentine solutions to the sovereignty dispute over territory in Antarctica.[citation needed] Emilio was automatically granted Argentine citizenship by the government since his parents were both Argentine citizens, and he was born in the claimed Argentine Antarctica. This is a sector of Antarctica claimed by Argentina as part of its national territory, although this claim is not internationally recognised and overlaps with British and Chilean claims.

As Emilio was born in the claimed British Antarctic Territory, he had the right to claim British Overseas Territory citizenship under the terms of British Antarctic nationality law. However, neither he nor his parents filed a request, due to long-standing Falklands Islands dispute.[citation needed]
He is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the first person in history known to be born on the continent. However, Solveig Gunbjørg Jacobsen of Norway, born in the island territory of South Georgia in 1913, is sometimes claimed as the actual first Antarctica birth as that territory is sometimes considered part of Antarctica.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Article of the Week - The Bigfoot Trap

What is believed to be the world's only Bigfoot trap is located in the Siskiyou National Forest in the southern part of Jackson County, Oregon, a few miles from the California state border. It was designed to capture a Bigfoot (or Sasquatch), the legendary hominid that is said to live in the forests of the Pacific Northwest.

The trap is a wooden box 10 by 10 feet (3 by 3 m) made of 2x12 planks bound together by heavy metal bands and secured to the ground by telephone poles. A Forest Service special use permit was issued for its construction, but the door has been bolted open since 1980. Its location was originally remote and predicted to be a good place for a Bigfoot migration, but since the construction of the Applegate Dam, a road is now near the trap.

The trap was built in 1974 by the North American Wildlife Research Team (NAWRT), a now-defunct organization based in Eugene, Oregon, that was inspired to build a trap at the location by Perry Lovell, a miner who lived near the Applegate River, who claimed to have found 18-inch-long human-like tracks in his garden. NAWRT operated the trap, keeping it baited with carcasses for six years, but caught only bears.

Since then the trap had been abandoned and started to deteriorate. In 2006 the United States Forest Service, under the Passport in Time program, began to repair the trap. The trap has become a tourist attraction over the past 30 years and hundreds of people visit it annually. At least one film has been shot on site.

 The Forest Service keeps an eye on the device, but otherwise does not maintain it.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Stick To Hosting Trivia...Not DJing

Thirteen teams strolled into Camp Bar on Monday for another fun night of trivia with Quizmaster Mal. Mixed crowd of emotion for the bonus music clip round as I was told to never pursue a career in DJing. However, I did hear some people participating in karaoke so all hope is not lost. Two teams battled it out for first place in a sudden death round. Let's take a look to see how teams ended up.

First place victors in sudden death - give it up for I Want To Thank My 10 Year Old Sister For Letting Me Borrow Her iPod For The Bonus Round. Good job team. I don't have a 10 year old sister so looks like the joke is on you!

Second place finish - If Scotty Pippen Were The Head of Al Qaeda, They Would Have Won More World Championships. Probably some truth to that.

Last but not least, best team name goes to Only Quizmaster Could Make Bob Marley Look Like Adam Lambert. What a wild card. Didn't know Bob Marley was white.

Friendly reminder that there is no quiz next Monday due to opening day, however stop by Camp Bar on Sunday night for the Mad Men themed quiz starting at 6pm followed by the season premiere!

Until next time Milwaukee, drink while you think...

Monday March 30th, 2015 scores:

  1. 42 I Want To Thank My 10 Year Old Sister For Letting Me Borrow Her iPod For The Bonus Round
  2. 42 If Scotty Pippen Were The Head of Al Qaeda, They Would Have Won More World Championships
  3. 41 No Twitter Cry Babies Here #helpfundourfinalfourtrip
  4. 40 Rome Had A Million Slaves, That's 600k People Right There
  5. 38 J-Woww Gave Me An Italian Job And My Dick Is Still Orange
  6. 37 Number 33 In Our Playbook, Number 1 In Your Hearts - Scotty Bin Laden
  7. 36 Scotty Pip-bin Ladens Asimo Adventure
  8. 36 Only Quizmaster Could Make Bob Marley Look Like Adam Lambert
  9. 32 I Didn't Know Bob Marley Was White...What Are You Smoking
  10. 26 Team Bangladesh: Starving For An Answer
  11. 22 Steve Harvey's Mustache
  12. 22 Jet Setters
  13. 21 This Popcorn Tastes Like Truffle Butter

Monday, March 30, 2015

Article of the Week - A Fabergé egg

A Fabergé egg (Russian: Яйца Фаберже́; yaytsa faberzhe) is one of a limited number of jeweled eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his company between 1885 and 1917.

The most famous are those made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers, often called the 'Imperial' Fabergé eggs. The House of Fabergé made about 50 eggs, of which 43 have survived. Two more were planned for Easter 1918, but were not delivered, due to the Russian Revolution.

 After the revolution, the Fabergé family left Russia (see House of Fabergé). The Fabergé trademark has since been sold several times and several companies have retailed egg-related merchandise using the Fabergé name. The Victor Mayer jewelry company produced limited edition of heirloom quality Fabergé eggs authorized under Unilever's license from 1998 to 2009. The trademark is now owned by Fabergé Limited, which makes egg-themed jewellery.

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