Today’s Trivia

Via perfumeddandy.com

Via perfumeddandy.com

 

There was a group of trap-shooting soldiers in WW1 whose job it was to pick off incoming enemy grenades with their Winchesters. (source)

 

Joyce Coffey of New Hampshire was arrested 4 times in 24 hours for playing ‘Highway to Hell’ to loud. (source)

 

Between 1940 and 1996 the US spent, in today’s dollars, over USD8.52 Trillion on nuclear weapons development. (source)

 

There is something called the ‘deep web’ where all that information Google can’t find is actually sitting on the internet just waiting for you to type in the address. (source)

 

Harold Hackett of Canada has sent over 4,000 messages in bottles from Prince Edward Island. He’s had over 3,000 replies. (source)

 


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  • Tom

    I see the difficulty level for this game just went up a notch :)

    • James Howlett

      Honestly I seldom know if it’s going to be hard or not – some things I think will be really tough, or rely on very specific pop culture connections, you guys pick up immediately.

  • Nechtan

    This is a ripper of a puzzle. All I can come up with is that the Metropolitan Police came into being in 1829 by an act of parliament which replaced the Statute of Winchester of 1285.

  • Rex Widerstrom

    One of the “deep web” search engines mentioned in that article is already defunct. Kosmix was bought out by, of all businesses, Walmart. Renamed Walmartlabs, it retained Kosmix founders Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman till last year, when they left.

    It seems Kosmix is no more, and Walmartlabs focus is on “the next-­generation of e-­commerce”. So no “big data” to help us research stuff, just more crapware trying to sell us more crap.

  • Nechtan

    Just had a thought as the Police are often called The Bill perhaps it relates to the 3rd article as in the bill for nuclear weapons?

  • Sponge

    I think it is something to do with the Brunswick Cross but I just can’t place it…

  • James Howlett

    Link is to fifth item.

  • Greg

    Message in a bottle. The Police.

    • Sponge

      Excellent! well done

    • Rex Widerstrom

      Gah, here was I thinking “bottles” and “bottler” is sometimes cockney rhyming slang for “copper” and it was far simpler than that!! +1 internets to you.

    • James Howlett

      Quite right Greg. Now off to sleep with pop-reggae synth and Sting to send us off…

  • metalnwood

    I think we would get more shotgun shooters to the olympics if we just employed the training of shooting incoming grenades. The pressure to perform would bring out the best.

    Not only would we get the best but weeding out the worst is a nice side effect.

    • James Howlett

      Top performance is always about getting the right incentives in place!

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