2006-04-13

Want to know some trivia about trivia?

My old (really old) Latin teacher explained that trivia refers to a crossroads or the meeting of three roads (tri=three; via=by way of). If you know the old phrase, "All roads lead to Rome." It refers to the crossroads of Rome where the three main roads met (I can only remember the name of one road-Via Appia).

Now that I have that off my chest, let's answer the previous GCTC questions.

What is KD? Well, Americans may better know it as Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, but to we Canadians who grew up with KRAFT DINNER, that would be its more common nomenclature. Many a weekend lunch would be adorned with this treat and back in my University days, mix it with tuna or tomato sauce for the cheapest of meals (4-5 boxes for a dollar, back then!)

Who were the Horsemen? Well, those stalwart troops who protected our land, the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) or Mounties. From the days of "Rose Marie" when Nelson Eddy sang "When I'm Calling You" to the animation of the pun-filled "Dudley DoRight", Mounties will "always get their man" (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

What does "Canada" mean? Canada is named after an old Native term for "village" (mura 村). When Jacques Cartier was first exploring "The Great White North", the aboriginal people (Hurons) directed him to a village which in their language they called "Kanata", the site of present day Quebec City.

What is the name of Canada's group of Superheroes? They are of course, "Alpha Flight", created by Canadian comic artist/ writer John Byrne for the comic Uncanny X-Men #120-121 back in 1983, which starred fellow Canadian and ex-Alpha Flight member, Wolverine. SNIKKKT!

I hope you found that fascinating, and if you didn't, well click elsewhere...it's a free-ish country!

Today's trivia...What famous bear is named after the Canadian city of Winnipeg? (hint: he's really popular in Japan.)

If any of you out their dispute the "facts" that I've recounted, please enlighten me. There's enough BS floating around the net, that I certainly don't need to add to it!

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