What is the Sumerian goddess Inanna associated with?
You’ve heard the expression “all’s fair in love and war”? No one would know that better than Inanna, the Sumerian goddess of both love and warfare. It’s unusual for one deity to be associated with two such conflicting “passions.” Maybe her capacity for multitasking is what made Inanna the most significant goddess in Sumerian mythology and the patron goddess of Uruk, Mesopotamia’s largest city.
Trivia question: The name Mesopotamia comes from the Greek for “between two rivers;” which two rivers? A) Bhagirathi and Alaknanda
B) Blue Nile and White Nile
C) Chobe and Zambezi
D) Tigris and Euphrates
A hungry Asian fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) taps the water’s surface with its paw to attract fish. When the fish pop up to investigate the hubbub, the cat dives in and grabs them. Fishing cats are naturally adapted to this uncatlike hunting behavior. Their feet are webbed, their heads compact and their tails short. But their most distinctive adaptation is a dense, water-re- sistant underlayer of fur that protects their skin when they hunt in the water. They’ll even swim under unsuspecting waterfowl and tug them down by the legs.
Sheila Young went to the 1976 Winter Olympics, and came home with three medals in speed skating — gold in the 500 meters, silver in the 1,500 meters and bronze in the 1,000 meters — making her the first American athlete to win three medals at one Winter Olympic Games. That same year, she won the world sprint cycling championships, making her the first athlete anywhere to be world champion in two separate sports in the same year.
There are four National Lakeshores administered by the National Park Service, all on the Great Lakes. The first and largest is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan, established Oct. 15, 1966 and now encompassing more than 73,200 acres of land and water. The smallest, at about 15,350 acres, is Indiana Dunes National Seashore in Indiana, authorized on Nov. 5, 1966. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin were established in 1970.
The term “white lie,” meaning a harmless fib, turns out to be older than we realized. Until recently, the earliest documented use of the term was in 1741, but some smart detective work earlier this year by a team of volunteer transcribers working with the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and the Oxford English Dictionary in the U.K. found it in a letter dated April 10, 1567. The letter-writer used the expression to describe his brother-inlaw’s habit of not telling the truth, a habit as old as time.
People assumed Billy Richards, who provided the voice of Rudolph in the animated TV classic “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,” was a young boy. In fact, the “Billy Richards” in the credits was actually 40-something Billie Mae Richards, a Canadian voice actress known for portraying children in radio dramas of the 1940s and ‘50s.
Trivia answer: Mesopotamia was located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
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