Trivia: What Japanese dish is traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve just before midnight?

What Japanese dish is traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve just before midnight?
– Beef sukiyaki
– Toshikoshi soba
– Miso salmon
– Ginger pork

“Year-crossing buckwheat noodle” is the literal meaning of toshikoshi soba. Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Japanese citizens will likely be enjoying soba across the island country. Soba noodles are also a common favorite on New Year’s Day. The noodles have traditional meanings, specifically as a symbol for the crossing of an old year into a new one. Because noodles are easy to cut, they also symbolize a letting go of the year’s past regrets. Source: Japan-Talk.com

Toshikoshi soba

Toshikoshi soba, year-crossing noodle, is Japanese traditional noodle bowl dish eaten on New Year’s Eve. This custom lets go of hardship of the year because soba noodles are easily cut while eating.

Question: What do Paul Revere, Lorenzo de Medici, J. Edgar Hoover and Betsy Ross all have in common?

What do Paul Revere, Lorenzo de Medici, J. Edgar Hoover and Betsy Ross all have in common?
– All struggled with dyslexia
– All wrote left-handed
– Christmas Day saw each baptized in the church
– All were born Jan. 1

All of the historical figures listed made their entrance into the world on January 1st. Tradition says that babies born on this day live the luckiest of lives. These babies supposedly bring joy and good fortune to everyone around them. The iconic “baby new year” personifies this association of babies, good luck and the new year. This tradition began in ancient Greece with an infant basket paraded around to symbolize the rebirth of Dionysus, the god of wind and fertility. Source: History.com

All were born Jan. 1

January 1 is the first day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. There are 364 days remaining until the end of the year (365 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Friday, Sunday, or Tuesday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Saturday or Monday (56). This day is known as New Year’s Day since the day marks the beginning of the year.

Question: Where do the annual Wife-Carrying World Championships take place?

Where do the annual Wife-Carrying World Championships take place?
– Russia
– Finland
– Germany
– Poland
Answer: The first modern day wife carrying event was held in Finland in 1992 and foreign contestants were admitted in 1995. This event is now held annually in Sonkajärvi, Finland as the World Championship. The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time. Official rules dictate the “wife” can be any woman 18 years or older who weighs at least 108 pounds. If she is too light, contest officials will outfit her with additional weight. First place wins the wife’s weight in beer, per competition rules.

Finland

Which U.S. president’s image is on the Purple Heart medal?

Which U.S. president’s image is on the Purple Heart medal?
Abraham Lincoln
John Quincy Adams
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson

The Purple Heart was originally introduced in 1782 by General George Washington as the “Badge of Military Merit.” It is also the nation’s oldest military award, although its service is “broken” because it lay forgotten for almost 150 years. The Purple Heart’s revival came in 1932 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth. The medal bears Washington’s iconic profile on one side and the simple inscription “for military merit” on the reverse. Source: VA.gov

George Washington

George Washington was an American statesman and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Wikipedia
Born: 22 February 1732, George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Virginia, United States
Died: 14 December 1799, Mount Vernon, Virginia, United States
Presidential term: 30 April 1789 – 4 March 1797
Spouse: Martha Washington (m. 1759–1799)

What was New York’s iconic Times Square named before the title changed in 1904?

What was New York’s iconic Times Square named before the title changed in 1904?
– Central Plaza
– Longacre Square
– Midcity Square
– Market America

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Each year since 1904, a brightly lit ball drops down a pole on top of the One Times Square building at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The fireworks-filled celebration began when the New York Times newspaper convinced the city to rename Longacre Square to Times Square. When the city banned fireworks a few years later, a wood-and-iron ball, lit by 100 light bulbs, dropped from the building’s flagpole at midnight. Source: Dev.History.com

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What was New York’s iconic Times Square named before the title changed in 1904?

What was New York’s iconic Times Square named before the title changed in 1904?
– Central Plaza
– Longacre Square
– Midcity Square
– Market America

Each year since 1904, a brightly lit ball drops down a pole on top of the One Times Square building at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The fireworks-filled celebration began when the New York Times newspaper convinced the city to rename Longacre Square to Times Square. When the city banned fireworks a few years later, a wood-and-iron ball, lit by 100 light bulbs, dropped from the building’s flagpole at midnight. Source: Dev.History.com

Longacre Square

Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Wikipedia
Address: Manhattan, NY 10036, USA
Historical features: Duffy Square; George Michael Cohan statue; One Times Square
Boundaries: Broadway, 7th Avenue, 42nd and 47th Streets
Borough: Manhattan
Did you know: The area has been called “Times Square” since April 8, 1904. wikipedia.org

What is the traditional purpose of the dragon dance during celebrations of Chinese New Year?

What is the traditional purpose of the dragon dance during celebrations of Chinese New Year?
– Chase away the old year
– Bring spring rains in the coming year
– Ward off evil spirits
– Clear the way for the new year to come in

Dragons in Western culture are generally fearsome beasts, bent on destruction and bringing chaos to the lands. Chinese dragons of legend are much different. These Chinese creatures are friendly and represent power, wisdom, good luck and rain clouds. Performance of the dragon dance scares away bad luck and evil spirits. The dragons are wood, paper, fabric and plastic with poles connected underneath. Pole bearers manipulate the dragon to make it “dance.” Source: MentalFloss.com

Ward off evil spirits

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Question: What mountainous Asian nation is the only country in the world with a flag that is not square or rectangular?

What mountainous Asian nation is the only country in the world with a flag that is not square or rectangular?
– North Korea
– China
– Japan
– Nepal

Answer: Nepal is the only nation in the world with a flag that is not a rectangle or square. The flag is a simplified combination of two single pennants. Its crimson red is the color of the rhododendron, the country’s national flower. The blue border is the color of peace. Until 1962, the flag’s emblems, the sun and the crescent moon, had human faces. They were removed to modernize the flag. The small country contains eight of the 10 highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga — the world’s tallest and third tallest respectively.

Nepal

Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia.
Capital: Kathmandu
Currency: Nepalese rupee
Prime minister: Sher Bahadur Deuba
President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari
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Question: According to Southern (U.S.A.) tradition, what are the best foods to eat for supper on New Year’s Day?

According to Southern (U.S.A.) tradition, what are the best foods to eat for supper on New Year’s Day?
– Red beans and rice, turnip greens and sweet potatoes
– Pot roast, dumplings, green beans and pecan pie
– Black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread
– Ham-hock casserole, collards, grits and biscuits

The Southern U.S. is all about tradition, one of which dictates what’s for supper on New Year’s Day. If good luck is the hope for the coming year, then the supper menu on New Year’s Day should find black-eyed peas as the main course with side dishes of Southern-style collard greens and cornbread. Adding Hoppin’ Jack, peas with ham and Pot Likker Soup is always a good idea, as well. For even more chances at good luck, have the leftovers for dinner (lunch) the following day. Source: SouthernLiving.com

Black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread

Golden cornbread is often added to the Southern New Year’s meal, and a well-known phrase is, “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold.” Pork is a staple of just about every Southern meal, so it’s usually cooked with the black-eyed peas.

Question: What was the name of the ship in which Charles Darwin, the naturalist, sailed around the world?

What was the name of the ship in which Charles Darwin, the naturalist, sailed around the world?
– HMS Beagle
– HMS Victory
– HMS Bounty
– HMS Seagull

Answer: On this day in 1831, British naturalist Charles Darwin sets out from Plymouth, England, aboard the HMS Beagle on a five-year surveying expedition of the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Visiting such diverse places as the Galapagos Islands and New Zealand, Darwin acquired an intimate knowledge of the flora, fauna, and geology of many lands. This information proved invaluable in the development of his theory of evolution, first put forth in his groundbreaking scientific work of 1859, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

HMS Beagle

HMS Beagle was a Cherokee-class 10-gun brig-sloop of the Royal Navy, one of more than 100 ships of this class. The vessel, constructed at a cost of £7,803, was launched on 11 May 1820 from the Woolwich Dockyard on the River Thames. Wikipedia
Length: 28 m
Construction started: June 1818
Sail plan: Brig (barque from 1825)
Commissioned: 1820
Ordered: 16 February 1817
Fate: Sold and broken up 1870
Captains: Robert FitzRoy, Phillip Parker King, Pringle Stokes, John Lort Stokes, John Clements Wickham