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eggshaped
84781.  Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:28 am Reply with quote

Of course it's not gold, the term Golden Gate refers to the Golden Gate Strait which is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The straight was supposedly named after the Golden Horn Estuary in Istanbul.

The bridge is actually coloured industrial orange which makes the structure visible in fog, yet generally helps it to blend into its "warm coloured" surroundings. It is the same colour as NASA's Advanced Crew Escape Suit.

The US Navy originally wanted the bridge to be painted in bright yellow and black stripes to make it visible for passing ships.

For more on the Golden Gate Bridge

 
Flash
84784.  Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:36 am Reply with quote

This is a bit cheeky, but I think there's a qing-qong-style opportunity to repeat a story I first posted at post 1756, before many of our members were born. It concerns Harald Hardrada, who was at one time commander of the Varangian Guard in Byzantium:
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Tiring of this job, he decided to make off with a princess, and set off with his men and the princess in two longboats. When they got to the chain which was stretched across the Golden Horn on the surface of the water to stop boats getting in or out, Harald had his men row as fast as they could up to the chain, then drop the oars and run to the back of the boat so the prow rose up and over the chain, then run up to the prow so the boat would tip down at the front and so slide over the chain. One of the longboats sunk but the one he was on with the princess got away. Then, once he was clear, he dumped the princess and went home.

 
eggshaped
84790.  Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:55 am Reply with quote

Ok then.

Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe was kidnapped by his rich uncle Joerge when he was 2 years old. He would later become the first man to describe a supernova - though he didn't know what it was - and lost his nose in a duel, wearing a copper replacement for the rest of his life. He apparently died after rupturing his bladder at a banquet; too polite to excuse himself.

http://concise.britannica.com/ebc/article-9357905/Tycho-Brahe

(i'm quite sure all of this has been on this site in one way or another throughout the years)

 
Flash
84793.  Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:20 am Reply with quote

"Coppernose" was apparently a nickname for Oliver Cromwell (http://www.fromoldbooks.org/Wood-NuttallEncyclopaedia/c/coppernose.html ), and is one of the names of a type of an American sea duck also known as a Black Scoter or Butterbill (http://dict.die.net/copper-nose/)

It's also the name of these things:
(photo of ironmongery removed after complaints from local residents).

and of an Australian greyhound born in 1932 (http://www.greyhound-data.com/d?i=49782)

The Coppernose (one word) Bluegill, on the other hand, is a Floridan fish, Lepomis macrochirus purpurescens.

Brewer:

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Oliver Cromwell; also called “Ruby Nose,” “Nosey,” and “Nose Almighty,” no doubt from some scorbutic tendency which showed itself in a big red nose.

http://www.bartleby.com/81/4072.html

No doubt.


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grizzly
84794.  Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:27 am Reply with quote

You both realise that this is the GI board and not the Qing-Qong board right?

 
Flash
84804.  Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:44 am Reply with quote

It's just a rogue knockabout played with improvised equipment. Can we have our ball back, please?

 
grizzly
84807.  Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:46 am Reply with quote

<points to sign>

"NO BALL GAMES ON THE VILLAGE GREEN"

 
eggshaped
84809.  Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:52 am Reply with quote

Frampton on Severn claims to have the largest village green in England at 22 acres. The green was, until recently, the site of the Annual Elver Eating Contest.

The smallest is probably this park at Burntwood, Staffs.

<pic removed at the bequest of Grizzly - those interested can see it here>


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Flash
84884.  Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:21 am Reply with quote

In 1998, 300 real ale enthusiasts from CAMRA rated 200 East Anglian beers. In 49th position was Mighty Oak Burntwood on four stars and a creditable average of 6.9 points out of 10, but scrummier still was Nethergate Golden Gate, which came 40th equal with five stars and a 7.04 point average.

http://www.cambridge-camra.org.uk/ale/292/stars.html

He shoots, he scores. I'm off home for my tea now.

 
grizzly
84889.  Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:24 am Reply with quote

You just can't help yourselves can you?

(and that picture is far too wide for what it is, can't you shrink it some how?)

 
Flash
84896.  Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:38 am Reply with quote

The ironmongery, you mean? I'll remove it.

 
grizzly
84898.  Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:42 am Reply with quote

I think it's probably "England smallest village green" which is responsible.

 
eggshaped
84904.  Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:06 am Reply with quote

I believe the picture is actual size

 
Ian Dunn
450802.  Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:43 pm Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
Ok then.

Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe was kidnapped by his rich uncle Joerge when he was 2 years old. He would later become the first man to describe a supernova - though he didn't know what it was - and lost his nose in a duel, wearing a copper replacement for the rest of his life. He apparently died after rupturing his bladder at a banquet; too polite to excuse himself.

http://concise.britannica.com/ebc/article-9357905/Tycho-Brahe

(i'm quite sure all of this has been on this site in one way or another throughout the years)


Tycho Brahe has been in the news recently because his supernova has been glimpsed again. There is an article in today's Times about Tycho.

Concerning the nose:

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In 1566, when Tycho was a 20-year-old student at the University of Rostock in Germany, he became embroiled in a drunken argument with another Danish nobleman named Manderup Parsbjerg. A duel ensued – in the dark – in the course of which Parsbjerg's rapier lopped off much of the bridge of the future astronomer's nose.

To mask the damage, Tycho – like Galileo Galilei, he is generally known by his first name – designed himself a metallic nose-job. Using an alloy of silver and gold, he fashioned a false nose that is said to have been remarkably realistic. Thenceforth, he carried a special paste around with him – historians differ on whether this was for reattaching the nose, or for polishing it.

The man with the golden nose may, in fact, have had several replacements. When his body was exhumed in 1901, on the 300th anniversary of his death, no precious prosthesis was found. His skull however, was stained green where the nose would have been. This may indicate that copper – which oxidises to a green colour – was used to build his nose. Some speculate that he had a lighter copper nose for everyday use, and saved the heavier silver-gold version for special occasions. Alternatively, a grave robber might have stolen the precious metal, and substituted a cheap alternative.


There are other stories concerning Tycho. As mentioned elsewhere on the forum, his pet moose died when it fell downstairs after drinking beer at a banquet.

Not only, but another member of Tycho's household was Jepp, a dwarf that Tycho believed was clairvoyant. During feasts, Tycho would order silence while Jepp made his pronouncements.

Amongst other things, Tycho was so wealthy that at one point in his life he owned 1% of all the wealth in Denmark. After his death, Tycho's assistant Johannes Kepler used his master's records of the movements of Mars to establish the laws of planetary motion.

However, despite the fact that Tycho was one of the greatest astronomers in history, he refused to believe that the Earth revolved around the Sun. Instead, Tycho claimed that he Sun orbited the Earth, while the remaining planets orbited the Sun.

 

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