With this post time, exactly 102 years ago to the minute, the Armistice took effect ending 4 years of the bloodiest conflict – from 1914 – the world had known. The time was November 11, 1918 at 1100 CET.
The world would forever be changed.
This post details a bit about that War behind that Armistice.
As I have gotten older, I’ve noticed that I frequently reminisce about times years ago. Times that when I was living them, didn’t see any specialness to them.
Vienna fascinated me. And the heart of downtown Vienna is a walk known as “Der Ring” – The Ring – a.k.a. Ringstrasse. It is a beautiful circular walk aligned with parks about 6.5 km – 4 miles. As the name implies, you finish where you started. I can remember one park with a stand where Johann Strauss used to serenade Viennese on warm spring days. There was the magnificent opera house. And all of those grand old buildings and palaces! With just a bit of imagination, I saw Strauss playing those waltzes in grand ballrooms and chandeliers, with 100s of formally-attired couples dancing.
But something seemed to be missing around them.
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Posted by lex, on February 20, 2008
OK, with a score of 86.7% on this 60 question civil literacy test, your humble scribe is officially chastised, chastened and chap-fallen.
I so knew that FDR question though. Got rushed.
Now you go.
11-06-20 Well, having found their link not in the Wayback Machine, I spent a good 15-20 minutes answering their survey wondering if I could beat Lex’s score and at least for me and my browser (Win 10/ Edge) the site didn’t even grade me but came up blank.
Maybe you will have different results – but you have been warned.
Still worth looking over the questions and I thought at least 1 – #42 – had more than 1 right answer
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Lately, with this COVID-19, there has been an unexpected benefit. Yes, there is a silver lining to this dark cloud.
One theater chain has been showing a lot more “classic” movies. And for the most part, I think the classic movies are better. How much of the current releases will be fondly remembered 25-50-75 years later? Who won the Best Picture award this year?
Does anybody care?
Those who have read my sporadic posts know that I am fascinated by history. Not only those times when a single individual can have such a profound outcome on the world, but what effect civilizations millennia ago have had on our way of life today.
The BBC History Revealed Magazine is one of the best periodicals I have seen for history. They don’t present history in a dry “scholarly” manner but bring it to life. And an issue may have anything from 60s London to the ancient Egyptians.
The latest issue is devoted almost entirely to life in the Roman Empire – from the military – their tactics and why they were so effective, to slave life .
One section details how the Romans of over 2,000 years ago have influenced us to today…
Those 2 readers who have read my posts concerning history over the years know that I am fascinated by the little “twists and turns” – little things in history that end up having tremendous consequences in the future –
One could make the contention but for a driver’s failure to adhere to the advised newer route – taking the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife Sofie – the world would look very different today.
From the mid 70s through the mid 80s, I did a lot of driving. I was making cold calls, primarily in California. All over California. I must have made 2-3,000 cold calls. There have been times in my life I refer to as photographic moments. When what you have witnessed is permanently embossed in your mind.
I was driving in downtown San Francisco on a small street or alleyway behind a huge complex on Geary Street. In retrospect, the date was fairly easy to narrow – a few days after November 18, 1978. It was an old synagogue as I recall, and in the back had to have been easily over 100 old cars – probably closer to 200, with crates and trunks that looked ready for shipment. I remember seeing a lot of wooden crates with addresses painted – or stenciled – on them.
I just finished watching a YouTube video on a comparison between the Focke-Wulf FW-190 and the P-51 Mustang.
Learned a lot of things. I knew that the Mustang really came into its own when a Rolls Royce test pilot, Ronald Harker, decided to substitute the Allison V12 for a Merlin. Didn’t realize that (A) the Merlin was still more powerful at 20,000 feet than the Allison was at sea-level, and (B) fuel consumption was significantly improved. It was a win-win, and turned the Mustang from a good fighter to an icon. Actually it was a “win-win-win” as it gave the Mustang the high altitude performance that it lacked.