Trivia – 5 May – Days in May

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      HassleCat
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      Two countries celebrate their independence in May. Well, not exactly. We tend to think of them as independence celebrations, but they’re only “kinda sorta” similar to our Fourth of July holiday. One country commemorates a significant military victory, even though the enemy came back later and kicked their asses pretty good. The other country celebrates declaring their constitution, even though they did not gain independence until 91years later. What are these two countries? What are the dates of these celebrations? The most recent emperor of one country was named Max. The current king of the other country is named Harald and his cousin Liz is queen of a nearby country.

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      GZeusH
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      You couldn’t let Cinco de Mayo pass without a question about the Battle of Puebla.   1862

      And Norway took a while to get completely separated from Sweden.  1814

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

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      jbnw
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      How about Latvia?

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        HassleCat
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        @gzeush is our big winner today. Maybe he’ll be generous and share his awesome prize.

        Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is a Mexican celebration to commemorate Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla May 5, 1862. The French came back a year later and defeated the Mexicans at the Second Battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo seems to be a bigger deal in the United States, due to advertising by beer and wine companies, and we often confuse it with Mexican Independence Day September 16.

        Sittende Mai  (May 17) is Norwegian Constitution Day. On May 17, 1814 Norway declared itself an independent constitutional kingdom. This was an attempt to circumvent an agreement that transferred Norway from Denmark to Sweden at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Actual Norwegian independence from Sweden seems indefinite, although the “official” date may be October 26, 1905 when the Swedish king declared himself no longer king of Norway, although the Swedish parliament voted to let go of Norway four months earlier.

        If you have Mexican and Norwegian forebears, you can buy a flag that celebrates your mixed heritage.

        Your prize today is this plate of lutefisk tacos from The Slippery Pig Brewery in Poulsbo WA.

         

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      HassleCat
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      @gzeush gets the countries and Cinco de Mayo (today) for Mexico. Anybody know the date for Norway Constitution Day?

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      GZeusH
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      Some cat is gonna get a lightning bolt to the tail.

      Now, some of that lefse bread with abuelita’s hot chocolate would be a nice snack.

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

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        HassleCat
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        Lutefisk not so much. As you can see by the photo of the lutefisk tacos, it’s kindf gelatinous. That’s because the traditional way to cook it is by boiling. It’s much better if baked and smothered in butter sauce. My cousin used to get ready for the holidays by making enough lefse to fill a 25 pound flour bin.  I liked visiting her house.

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