Tuesday, May 5, 2009

May 5, 2009 question - Cinco de . . . um . . .

Down the Stretch They Come
And by "they" I mean society
I know it's Cinco de Mayo, but now that I'm half conscious, I want to talk about Dos de Mayo and the running of the Kentucky Derby. The most telling thing about that race was not the 21-hour drive the owner and his horse made from New Mexico (or the hobbled hissy fit he threw when asked about it for the twenty-first time after winning). It wasn't the 50-1 odds Mine That Bird overcame. It wasn't even the fact that the winning horse was in dead last 3/4 of the way through the race (or the fact that, after Kyle mockingly said he bet on that horse, I told him not to worry, he was going to do a Black Stallion and win this thing).

No, the very best part of the race, the part that summed up the improbability of it all, was the call Tom Durkin made once Mine That Bird opened up a three length lead--a lead he would more than double down the stretch. Yes, with about 100 yards left in the race, Durkin's call went like this:

"And out in front is . . . uh . . . "

Yeah, the reason he was searching for a name was the simple fact that the last time he had referenced that horse was in this sentence: "And behind the rest of them is Mine That Bird."

That's how unexpected and lightning fast his surge to victory was. I had to rewind it multiple times to verify that what I had just seen was really what my mind was assuming it was.

And it was. And it was hilariously awesome.

Today's Question
Prior to their defeat in the Battle of Puebla (on Cinco de Mayo) what was the last military battle the French Army had lost, almost 50 years prior?

Yesterday's Answer
And the people who knew it
Yes, you can see the Andromeda Galaxy with the naked eye. It's right . . . there. Here's who spotted it:

Steve T (the T stands for Two Hundred Fifty Light Years Away, Making It One Of The Most Distant Objects Visible From Earth WTNE)
Steve J (the J stands for Just Wave So I Can See Where You Are)

Congratulations on your intergalactic genius.

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