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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MCSmarties wrote:

My question is: what was the weekly menu for the crew in the Royal Navy?
(We probably all know it had salt beef and salt pork... I want to know how much of what was given out on which day of the week! Smile


After Consulting my Knowledge Base - I submit the following as my Answer :


Every day: 1 lb. hard bread, and 1/2 pt. "spirits" or 1 quart beer.

Sunday: 1 1/2 lbs. salt beef, and 1/2 pt. rice.

Monday: 1 lb. salt pork, 1/2 pt. peas or beans, and 1/4 lb. cheese.

Tuesday: 1 1/2 lbs. salt beef and 1 lb. potatoes or turnips.

Wednesday: 1/2 pt. rice, 1/4 lb. cheese, and 2 oz. butter or molasses or 6 oz. of oil.

Thursday: 1 lb. salt pork and 1/2 pt. peas or beans.

Friday: 1 lb. salt fish, 1 lb. potatoes or turnips, and 2 oz. of butter or molasses or 6 oz. of oil.

Saturday: 1 lb. salt pork, 1/2 pt. peas or beans, and 1/4 lb. cheese.




From :
http://www.polkcounty.org/timonier/speaks/book12.html
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Very Good - I really wanted to know how the menu was spread across the week but couldn't find anything! Thanks for the linky!


2 Part Question :

1.) The V sign, also known as the "two-fingers salute" derives from the gestures of longbowmen fighting in the English army at the battle of What ? .

2.)What was the significance of the gesture ?
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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sparticus wrote:
1.) The V sign, also known as the "two-fingers salute" derives from the gestures of longbowmen fighting in the English army at the battle of What ? .

2.) What was the significance of the gesture ?

First I will give the answer you are probably looking for, and then I will debunk it.

1. Agincourt.
2. The French side, expecting to win the battle easily, threatened to cut off the index and middle fingers of any English archers they captured, which would make them incapable of using their bows in the future. After pulling off an upset victory, the English archers defiantly waved their still-intact fingers at their defeated foes.

This bit of pseudo-history has become popular and widely repeated, thanks to the internet, but, according to Wikipedia, there is no evidence for it before the 1970s. An especially ridiculous variation of the story involving only the middle finger was debunked by Snopes.
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roland wrote:

This bit of pseudo-history has become popular and widely repeated, thanks to the internet, but, according to Wikipedia, there is no evidence for it before the 1970s. An especially ridiculous variation of the story involving only the middle finger was debunked by Snopes.


You know what they say - never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

But - yes - I accept your answer - and the the debunking.

So Roland - it is your turn.
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 2:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was John Paul Jones's first command in the U.S. Navy? Of what general type and size were the ship?
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to my sources :

He was commissioned in December 1775 as the first lieutenant on the frigate Alfred, on which he hoisted the Continental flag, the old Grand Union.

So the first command in the US Navy would be the Alfred.

So size and type would be Frigate.
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice try, but incorrect.

At the time when Jones hoisted the flag on the Alfred, he was a lieutentant under Captain Dudley Saltonstall. He became captain of the Alfred later in 1776, but in between his stints on the frigate, he received his captain's commission on a smaller vessel.

Try again.
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As captain of the sloop of war Providence ?
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Correct, sparticus!

BTW, the Providence was a 12-gun sloop, just like the standard starting vessel in Sid Meier's Pirates!
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Australia we have a special group of mammals which lay eggs,

there are 2 of these mammals, name them.
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sparticus wrote:
In Australia we have a special group of mammals which lay eggs,

there are 2 of these mammals, name them.

The Platypus:


and the Spiny Anteater (Echidna):


Actually, according to my sources, there are two kinds of Echidnae, short-beaked and longbeaked.. Cool

Australia sure is a weird continent Wink
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes - 100% Correct - your Turn.


Guru wrote:

Australia sure is a weird continent Wink


But - We Do not have the following that can put your life in danger :

Bears,Wolves,Lions,Tigers, you know things with big teeth.

No Volcanoes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes or Terrorists ( I Hope ) Wars, Mudslides, Tsunamis.

So - one of the Safest / Weirdest places to live.
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here in Norway, Polar bears stroll up and down the streets at broad daylight... Razz
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, i forgot about the quiz...

Through history, Norway has been in a union with two different countries. Which countries, and for how long?
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guru wrote:
Oh, i forgot about the quiz...

Through history, Norway has been in a union with two different countries. Which countries, and for how long?



Denmark and Sweden from 1319 to 1521 ( 202 yrs )

Then Sweden from 1814 to 1905 ( 91 yrs )


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