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User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 687 times:

Everyone else is doing it, so why not.

1. What shipwreck did Mel Fisher spend most of his life trying to find?

2. Name the world famous vehicles that give visitors tours of the island of Key West. (Hint........ it's not a trolly, although we have those here too.)

3. What is the name of the house that Harry Truman vacationed at in Key West while president?

4. In miles, how far is it from Key West to Cuba?

5. In miles, how long is the longest bridge in the Florida Keys and what is it's name?

6. In what year did the Labor Day, category 5 hurricane hit the Florida Keys?

7. What nickname is given to the stretch of Road between Homestead, FL and Key Largo?

8. What three Florida airports does Cape Air fly to from Key West?

9. What key/island is considered to be the fishing capital of the world?

10. What did the first people to discover Key West originally name it?

11. What is the name the locals give of the mountain of trash on Stock Island?

12, From what 'business' did Key West recieve most of it's wealth from during the 1800s?

13. What is the name of the annual, week-long Halloween Celebration in Key West?

14. What street is mentioned in the Village people's song about Key West?

15. What is so unusual about the cats that live at the Ernest Hemingway House?

16. Where was Dr. Mudd imprisoned?


Good luck.
Sorry no prizes.


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User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 657 times:

1) the Spanish ship Atocha
2)
3)Casa de Sol (?)
4)
5)
6)
7)
8) Ft. Meyer, Ft. Lauderdale, and Naples
9)
10)Conch Republic
11)
12)cigars (?)
13) Fantasy Fest
14)
15)
16)

This is hard! those are all i got!
Did i get any right?


User currently offlineOlympic A-340 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 780 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 655 times:

1.
2.Conch trains...they are like boats that drive around on the roads.
3.
4.90
5.7 miles...7 mile bridge
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15. Some have 3 legs
16.


User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 644 times:

Results so far....

Derek H

Some of them are hard, yes. But not all of them. Try naming the last 2 mayors of Detroit(from the Michigan quiz). I sure as hell can't.  Smile

Anyways

1) correct
3) incorrect (hint: it is named after a very famous building)
8) correct
10)incorrect
12) incorrect (Cigars did help, but it wasn't the main source of wealth. What I am talking about wouldn't be really considered a business, but that is what they called it back then.)
13) correct


Olympic A-340

2) correct, but they more resemble actual trains
4)correct
5)correct
15) incorrect, but close in terms of correct part of the anatomy



These still need to be answered, and I will give hints to some.

3) hint- it is named after a very famous(and very obvious) building
6) hint- it was during the contruction of the railroad through the keys
7) hint- it is 18 miles long
9)
10) hint- it means 'island of bones' in another language
11)
12) hint- it had to do with shipping, but not in the way most people would think
14) hint- listen to the song
15) hint- it has something to do with their feet
16) hint- it is now a national park

There, that should help a little. I'll post the answers later for those that no one can get.


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 640 times:

#15-they all limp?
#16-Dry Tortugas


User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 636 times:

LOT767-300ER
15) -incorrect......it is a physical feature of their feet
16) -correct


Still looking for answers on
3)
6)
7)
9)
10)
11)
12)
14)
15)


User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 633 times:

15) some dont have toes?

User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 627 times:

Derek H very close, but not quite right. I'll post the actual answers within the next couple days if I have the time.

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 8, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 626 times:

4. In miles, how far is it from Key West to Cuba?
>>about 50

5. In miles, how long is the longest bridge in the Florida Keys and what is it's name?
>>seven, "The Seven-Mile Bridge"... Rt. 1 is known as "The Overseas Highway" in the Keys stretch, as well.

6. In what year did the Labor Day, category 5 hurricane hit the Florida Keys?
>>1935

7. What nickname is given to the stretch of Road between Homestead, FL and Key Largo?
>>Florida Keys Highway

8. What three Florida airports does Cape Air fly to from Key West?
>>Miami, Tampa, West Palm Beach?

12, From what 'business' did Key West recieve most of it's wealth from during the 1800s?
>>Pirateering

15. What is so unusual about the cats that live at the Ernest Hemingway House?
>>They are all odd-eyed (one eye is blue the other yellow-green)

16. Where was Dr. Mudd imprisoned?
>>Dry Tortugas (an extension of the Keys west of Key West), in the Fort out there (can't remember the name)

redngold



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User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 622 times:

Redngold

4) incorect........it's about 90
5) correct
6) correct
7) incorrect.......here is a clue. It is an 18 mile stretch of road.
8) incorrect......it is Naples, Ft. Myers, and Ft. Lauderdale.
12) not quite...... it was something more merciful
15) incorrect...... it has to do woth their feet
16) correct.....it is called Ft. Jefferson






Still looking for answers on...(with additional hints. Look at some hints very closely.)

3)...it could be called a smaller version, although bearing no resemblence to other than it's color, of this very famous(and almost too obvious) U.S. landmark.
7)...it is an 18-mile stretch of road.
9)...the only thing to say is that there are a lot of fish nearby.
10)...when the Spaniards first discovered it it was covered with the bones of two earlier groups of people who were at war.
11)...it is a mountain of trash, trash, and MORE trash.
12)...it has to do with shipping in an odd way. It was an extremely dangerous business, especially during hurricanes.
14)...listen to the song.
15)...it is a deformity on their feet.

Good luck. That should help.


User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 620 times:

They have legs, but NO feet....?

User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 618 times:

ahh...the cats have 6 toes!

User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 619 times:

3) Little White House

User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 611 times:

Derek H, you have correctly answered 3 and 15. And about the cats, some of them have up to 8 toes on each foot. It's a pretty weird thing to see.


P.S. I'll post the all answers by Wednesday.


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 14, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 606 times:

[smacks head] Darn, as the "Cat lady" at the local animal shelter I should have remembered that trivia bit about Hemmingway's cats!

Here's a bit about the extra toe thing:
1. It is called "polydactyly"
2. It is a dominant trait in cats, meaning that if a polydactyl cat mates with a normal cat, most of the kittens will end up polydactyl
3. It does not affect the cat's ability to walk, run, jump, etc.
4. If you want to declaw (gasp!) a polydactyl cat, it generally costs a little bit more
5. The extra toe is usually between the "thumb" claw and the other four toes, which pushes out the thumb and makes the cat's feet look like mittens
6. Aren't "mitten cats" cute just the same?

 Smile redngold



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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 15, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 604 times:

Possible answers to #7:

1. Well, when my family went out to the Keys, we got stuck in a massive traffic jam on that road, and it was only a two-lane highway, so I would call it "the Bottleneck-From-Hell."

2. But it goes through the Everglades, so it could be the "Everglades Highway" but I thought "Everglades Parkway" was I-75, so that would be confusing.

3. Perhaps, maybe, is it "Gateway to the Keys"

4. How about "Key Largo Highway"

5. My favorite, going back to that traffic jam -- there were also no rest stops along the way and there was no shade and it was boiling hot so I would also call it "Death-by-Dehydration Destination Diversion"

redngold



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User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 604 times:

Now that's something you don't hear on the Conch Tour Train nor at the Hemingway House. That's very interesting, especially considering that we have hundreds, maybe thousands, of them down here and nobody can seem to figure the cats out.

User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 603 times:

You think that's bad? Try returning to the keys after hurricane Georges. It took us 5 hours to travel the 120 miles from Homestead to Key West. The smell from all the drying seweed that was washed on shore was horrible, too. I can't even to begin to describe it.

I would agree on the 'bottleneck from hell,' becasue it happens all the time. Another time a tankertruck tipped over on the main highway and we were rerouted onto the alternative road to Key Largo. It took about 2.5 hours to travel about 20 miles.

If you look at my clue from above, you will practically see the answer staring at you in the face. Remember, this portion of the road is 18-miles long.


User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 602 times:

18 Mile Highway

User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (13 years 10 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 595 times:

Sorry about the delay in the answers. When I tried to get online on Wednesday my internet service got screwed up so I couldn't even get online. The very next day I left for a 5-day vacation.

Tomorrow night I'll try to get the answers posted as I do not have time right now.


User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (13 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 593 times:

HERE THEY ARE, THE ANSWERS TO ALL QUESTIONS FOR THOSE WHO COULDN'T FIGURE THEM OUT.

1. What shipwreck did Mel Fisher spend most of his life trying to find?
-LA SENORA DE ATOCHA (A SPANISH GALLEON CARRYING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN PRECIOUS ITEMS BACK TO SPAIN, BUT SANK IN A HURRICANE)


2. Name the world famous vehicles that give visitors tours of the island of Key West. (Hint........ it's not a trolly, although we have those here too.)
-CONCH TOUR TRAINS


3. What is the name of the house that Harry Truman vacationed at in Key West while president?
-LITTLE WHITE HOUSE (TOLD YOU IT WAS OBVIOUS)


4. In miles, how far is it from Key West to Cuba?
-90

5. In miles, how long is the longest bridge in the Florida Keys and what is it's name?
-7 MILES LONG, SEVEN MILE BRIDGE

6. In what year did the Labor Day, category 5 hurricane hit the Florida Keys?
-1935

7. What nickname is given to the stretch of Road between Homestead, FL and Key Largo?
-18 MILE STRETCH (IT WAS STARING STRAIGHT BACK AT YOU THE WHOLE TIME)

8. What three Florida airports does Cape Air fly to from Key West?
-NAPLES, FT. MYERS, FT. LAUDERDALE

9. What key/island is considered to be the fishing capital of the world?
-ISLAMORADA (LOOKS LIKE WE DON'T HAVE MANY FISHERMEN ON THESE FORUMS)

10. What did the first people to discover Key West originally name it?
-CAYO HUESO---MEANING ISLAND OF BONES IN SPANISH

11. What is the name the locals give of the mountain of trash on Stock Island?
-MT. TRASHMORE

12, From what 'business' did Key West recieve most of it's wealth from during the 1800s?
-SHIPWRECKING (WHENEVER A SHIP WOULD WRECK ON THE REEF, LOCAL CAPTAINS WOULD ATTEMPT TO RESCUE THE CREW AND CARGO OF THE SHIP BEFORE IT SANK.)

13. What is the name of the annual, week-long Halloween Celebration in Key West?
-FANTASY FEST

14. What street is mentioned in the Village people's song about Key West?
-DUVAL ST. (THEY 'WALK DOWN' DUVAL ST.)

15. What is so unusual about the cats that live at the Ernest Hemingway House?
-MANY HAVE MORE THAN 5 TOES ON EACH FOOT (SEE REDNGOLD'S POST ABOUT THESE TYPES OF CATS ABOVE)

16. Where was Dr. Mudd imprisoned?
-FORT JEFFERSON ON THE DRY TORTUGAS


There you go. Congratulations to any who answered these correctly. Maybe you learned something, maybe you didn't. I hope you at least found some of this interesting.  Smile


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