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usedfun
738021.  Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:03 pm Reply with quote

I Love Alan Davies. I was there for two weeks and fell in love with him. I hope he's married. He would make the greatest dad ever. Being a teacher, I've always enjoyed trivia. Mostly about American trivia. Early American History particularly. I now drink three to six cups of Yorkshire tea a day with milk and sugar. Never did that before. Also, I think my workout sessions are a bit lacking. The first day of touring York made me feel as if I was having some sort of heart attack or something. Blamed it on the shoes. Trish

 
Sadurian Mike
738081.  Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:00 am Reply with quote

Hi usedfun,

I think your love of Mr Davies is not uncommon, although it might be a close thing as to whether this forum is more taken with Mr Fry or Mr Davies (now there's an idea for a poll and thread).

Glad you liked York, a good handful of us have started to get to know the place very well as we have used it for a couple of forum meet-ups.

American History? That must be a short course...

 
Spud McLaren
738082.  Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:01 am Reply with quote

Sorry, uf - nobody's said welcome yet* (despite your having posted first a few days ago). So -

Welcome!

Are you originally from Yorkshire yourself, or is the family there a branch?

Edit - * apart from Mike's ninja post...


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Sadurian Mike
738083.  Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:01 am Reply with quote

You wait for two days and then two come at once....

 
Neotenic
738087.  Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:28 am Reply with quote

Quote:
Being a teacher, I've always enjoyed trivia. Mostly about American trivia. Early American History particularly.


The thing that I find interesting about American historical trivia is that, despite the relatively short timescales, a remarkable number of the well-known nuggets aren't strictly true.

For instance - George Washington didn't have wooden teeth, didn't chop down a cherry tree nor... er..... not not tell a lie about it and he was, to be pedantic, the 15th President of the US.

Oh, and although the declaration of independence was signed in July 1776 (I forget the exact date), that independence was not recognised by Britain until September 1783.

Finally - although a little more recently, JFK didn't really say he was a doughnut in Berlin.

 
Strawberry
738097.  Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:03 am Reply with quote

Hi, Usedfun. Welcome to QI.

 
monzac
738100.  Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:12 am Reply with quote

G'day usedfun. Welcome :)

 
Jenny
738169.  Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:45 am Reply with quote

Welcome usedfun :-)

 
Spoilt Victorian
738175.  Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:01 am Reply with quote

Hello usedfun :-)

 
samivel
738313.  Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:02 pm Reply with quote

Welcome :)

 
Zebra57
738469.  Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:43 pm Reply with quote

Welcome

 
bobwilson
738662.  Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:15 am Reply with quote

Neotenic wrote:


Finally - although a little more recently, JFK didn't really say he was a doughnut in Berlin.


Did he not? I thought he said "Ich bin ein Berliner" - did he say something else?

 
Neotenic
738675.  Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:38 am Reply with quote

He did say that, but that is exactly how you are supposed to say 'I am from Berlin' - as he was told to say it by his German translator.

Apparently, the term 'Berliner' is/was not widely used in Berlin to describe doughnuts.

 
Jenny
738774.  Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:26 am Reply with quote

It's a fine and interesting point of translation - the normal phrase would be 'Ich bin aus Berlin', but that would literally be 'I am from Berlin', whereas I think what he wanted to convey was a solidarity of spirit rather than a geographical location, in which case if they actually used Berliner in that sense, 'Ich bin ein Berliner' would be better.

The fact that the audience didn't break out in laughter at the time is possibly telling.

 
Neotenic
738777.  Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:29 am Reply with quote

If you put the phrase into Babel Fish, the translation comes out as 'I am a citizen of Berlin'.

 

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