Corkey Trivia Blog

Corkey Trivia: Trick or Treats on Halloween

Back in the 60s, on Halloween, our neighborhood was filled with kids of all ages traveling from house to house dressed in all kinds of costumes, some scary, some cute, some clever.  The pack of kids I roved with would chant, “Trick or Treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat.”  I recall how muffled it sounded and how steamy if felt from behind my store bought mask. [...]

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Corkey Trivia: Cocktails & Revolution

It has been said that rum is the drink of revolution.  It’s a spirit made from molasses (a by product of making sugar from sugar cane).  Molasses, at the time of the invention of rum, was essentially industrial waste.  Its chief selling points were that it was both very strong and very cheap. Prior to the American Revolution, it was estimated that every man, woman and child in [...]

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Corkey Trivia: The Rosetta Stone

Prior to the discovery of the Rosetta stone, people thought Egyptian hieroglyphs were very pretty pictographs perhaps representing concepts perhaps something else.  The knowledge of how to read them had been lost for almost two thousand years.  When the Rosetta stone was found, it was immediately recognized as the key to unlocking the secrets within the long dead language of the a [...]

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Corkey Trivia: America the Thirsty Nation

On the 4th of July in 1776, the Second Continental Congress declared American independence from Great Britain. Their slogan for independence was, “No taxation without representation!” Because of the Boston Tea Party, some might think it was the tax on tea which started that independence ball rolling for the American colonists. However, it was actually the tax on French Molas [...]

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Corkey Trivia: A Legacy of Beer

I recall in my classical archeology class, a while back, we were discussing the various periods of ancient Greek history and how, in the Bronze Age, there were Greek homes decorated with stunning Minoan style frescoes.  Our professor also mentioned that it was called the Bronze Age because when excavating that period of time, the things they dug up which most clearly distinguished [...]

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