ASK MR. KNOW IT ALL: Brunswick stew causes boarder war
Question: What is Brunswick Stew? How it is made? Why the name? — F.D.L., Dover, Del.
Answer: According to Brunswick County, Va., historians, “Uncle Jimmy” Matthews created the stew in 1828 while on a hunting trip.
He used a mixture of butter, onions, stale bread and seasoning, along with squirrel meat.
The stew was an instant hit. Brunswick stew is now most commonly made with chicken, or a combination of several meats, which might include rabbit, beef and pork. Onions, corn and tomatoes are usually included, and many recipes call for lima beans, peas and okra.
“Virginia ambrosia” is popular for church functions, local fundraisers or wherever large groups of people are gathering and eating.
Brunswick, Ga., also lays claim to the stew recipe. There are often Brunswick stew cook-offs, called “stew wars,” between the two states.
Question: What was the address in Amsterdam where Anne Frank and her family went into hiding to avoid the Nazis?
When was she born? — K.I.T., Newburgh, N.Y.
Answer: Annelies “Anne” Marie Frank was a Jewish girl born June 12, 1929.
On July 6, 1942, she and her family went into hiding in the annex at No. 263 Prinsengracht in Amsterdam.
At approximately 10 a.m. on Aug. 4, 1944, Frank and her family were discovered and taken to concentration camps.
About a month before the camps were liberated, Frank died, possibly of typhus. The house is now a museum dedicated to Anne Frank and her family.
Question: Does former talk-show host Oprah Winfrey have a middle name? Where was she born? — G.L., Mesa, Ariz.
Answer: She does have a middle name — Gail. She was born Jan. 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Miss.
Question: Is there a word that describes the star that is created when light strikes a stone such as sapphire? — G.T., Springfield, Ohio
Answer: There is; it’s asterism. Asterism comes from the Greek word for star, aster.
Question: Why are covered bridges covered? — U.L., Birdsboro, Pa.
Answer: There are many explanations, mostly romantic. Personally, I think our ancestors were far too practical to spend additional resources of money and time on non-practical construction.
There are two simple explanations, though.
One explanation is merely that a cover keeps the trusses dry.
Bridge engineers have told me that keeping bridge trusses out of harsh weather will extend their usefulness for three times as many years.
Another explanation is that a covered bridge is much stronger than one that is not covered.
According to one reference, the first covered bridges were built more than 2,000 years ago in China, and maybe even earlier, in ancient Babylon (780 B.C.). Theodore Burr constructed the first covered bridge built in America in 1804.
This bridge spanned the Hudson River in New York and was called the Waterford Bridge; it lasted for 105 years.
Question: Which American League baseball team was handed the first shutout in the league’s history? — A.S., Salisbury, Md.
Answer: American League teams began playing during April 1901. On May 15, the Washington Senators beat the Boston Americans (later the Red Sox) 4 to 0, the first shutout in American League history.
Question: I don’t travel like I used to, but I have fond memories of the DC-3 from the 1940s. What does the DC stand for? — E.D., Orangeburg, S.C.
Answer: The DC stands for “Douglas Commercial.” American Airlines became the first airline to use the DC-3 when it was put into service in 1936. Many pilots consider the DC-3 the greatest plane ever built.
Question: What was Michelangelo’s full name? — D.K.M., Salt Lake City
Answer: Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born in a small village in Caprese, Italy, on March 6, 1475. He was an influential sculptor, painter, architect and poet. He died Feb. 18, 1564, in Rome.
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