123: The Longest Name in the World. Maybe

123: The Longest Name in the World. Maybe

 
 
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There might be longer names, but Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff Sr. probably comes the closest. Amy reads it all. Because there’s more. SO MUCH MORE to his very long name.

 

Show notes:

Wikipedia Record for Longest Personal Name 

    *Visit Wikipedia for a great picture of Hubert holding his birth certificate. 

Mental Floss Record for Longest Personal Name Used

The longest name in it’s full form 

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

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His Name as it appeared on ID: 

Hubert Blaine Wolfe­schlegel­stein­hausen­berger­dorff Sr

 

 

122: Good George Dantzig!

122: Good George Dantzig!

 
 
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In the movie Good Will Hunting, Will is a janitor at MIT–he solves some impossible math problems and shocks the professors. That origin story is taken straight from real life (sort of). George Dantzig was a brilliant mathematician who got his start when he was late to class one fateful day and solved some math problems nobody thought could be solved.

121: Isle of Discussion

121: Isle of Discussion

 
 
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In this time of COVID19 and staying at home (if you happen to be at home with more than just yourself) you might be finding family harmony is getting a little rough around the edges. Amy has the perfect solution for you, the Scottish tradition of the Isle of Discussion.

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The Isle of Discussion, or Eilean a’ Chomhraidh can be seen on the left. Disputants were left on the island to settle their differences over whiskey and cheese. 

Show Notes

https://vinepair.com/articles/scotland-island-discussion-whisky/

https://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/scottish-island-where-highland-clans-buried-their-dead-243491

 

120: Play-Doh!

120: Play-Doh!

 
 
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In 1930, the Kutol company came up with a putty to clean coal dust off of walls. Impending bankruptcy forced them to shift gears to find news ways of making a profit. A new company was formed and Play-Doh was born.

Show Notes:

Trace’s Mom’s Most Excellent Play dough recipe:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons neutral oil
  • 3 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • a few drops of the food coloring of your choice
  • Add everything to a saucepan and stir while cooking over medium low heat until it forms a ball. When the dough comes together, knead when it is cool enough to touch to smooth.
  • Keep sealed in plastic when not in use.

119: Pete and Repeat

119: Pete and Repeat

 
 
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Margaret and Matilda Roumania Peters were sisters and tennis champions in the 1930s, long before Serena and Venus Williams. While still in high school, they were recruited by Tuskegee University’s tennis coach, Cleve Abbott.

The Peters sisters were accepted into the Tuskegee Hall of fame in 1977.

Margaret and Matilda: Tennis doubles champions

Blackpast.org Pete & Repeat

theroot.com Before Venus and Serena

thegeorgetowndish.com Honoring Pete & Repeat