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Corkey Trivia: Champagne History

  History is an interesting thing, a writer’s choice of words can sway readers to think positively or negatively about a historic event.  Something shocking happened in 1911 France.  The region of Champagne went up in revolutionary flames!  It laid the groundwork for all French wines to be controled by an AOC designation.  (Nowdays its [...]

Corkey Trivia: Tapping the Admiral

The sea battle of Trafalgar 200 years ago was a pivotal point in world history.  It prevented Napoleon from winning a decisive victory over England and confirmed British naval supremacy for the next 150 years. In those days, the Emperor Napoleon was trying to conquer as much of the civilized world as possible either for [...]

Corkey Trivia: 80th Anniversary of Repeal of Prohibition

April 7, 2013 is the 80th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition’s first phase. Finally, beer and a low alcohol version of wine became legal. Upon signing the first phase into law, President Franklin Roosevelt famously said, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” The final repeal of prohibition occurred on [...]

Corkey Trivia: Ancient Origins of Valentines Day

More than a few historians believe that Saint Valentine’s Day has pagan origins, namely the Lupercalia, an ancient Roman celebration of fertility and purification.  In the ancient world, Immaculate Conception was a foreign concept (a concept any of your catholic friends would be happy to explain.) When the Romans celebrated fertility, they did “it” with [...]

Corkey Trivia: The Tudors and Their Beer

In 16th century England, people typically drank eight pints of beer a day.  A gallon per day back then was not as overly intoxicating as you might think because it contained only about 2% alcohol.  By adding hops they could brew the beer longer and at least double the alcohol.  The addition of hops came [...]

Corkey Trivia: The End of Time

In ancient societies, it was the job of the King to serve as an advocate for their subjects (ie. the regular humans) with the gods who controlled the forces of nature.  Essentially, it was the King’s job to ensure that crops were bountiful and also to manage the generated wealth for the benefit of that [...]

Corkey Trivia: President Lincoln and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is unique among American holidays.  Unlike any other holiday, it weaves together our whole nation on that special day with a tradition of giving thanks for blessings we might otherwise overlook.  We all come together to be a part of a group on that day.  Somehow we all know that, on that day, no [...]

Corkey Trivia: Thor’s Day is mead day in Hawaii

“Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace, Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go, Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for a living, but the child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe and good and gay.”  [...]

Corkey Trivia: Lord Nelson and the Olympics

The sea battle of Trafalgar 200 years ago was a pivotal point in world history. It prevented Napoleon from winning a decisive victory over England and confirmed British naval supremacy for the next 150 years. In those days, the Emperor Napoleon was trying to conquer as much of the civilized world as possible either for [...]

Corkey Trivia: Moonshine & Stock Cars

Stock car racing has grown to be the second most popular professional televised sport in the U.S. Only NFL football has higher T.V. ratings. Its fans are considered the most brand-loyal in all of sports. As a result, Fortune 500 companies sponsor NASCAR more than any other sport. NASCAR is an acronym for the National [...]