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Trivial Trivia - taking trivia to new levels
07-13-2012, 06:00 AM
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Trivial Trivia - taking trivia to new levels
On January 12, 1855, Mary Lincoln strolled into a Springfield dry goods store named John Williams & Company. She purchased a pair of gloves. How much did she pay for the gloves?
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07-13-2012, 12:28 PM
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RE: Trivial Trivia - taking trivia to new levels
Let's try Victorian clothing for $1.75, Roger.

I don't know how much she paid, but I'll guess.
What article of clothing would $1.75 buy for Mary Lincoln (without sales tax) at John Williams & Company back in 1855?

She had a thing for gloves didn't she?

So when is this "Old Enough To Know Better" supposed to kick in?
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07-13-2012, 12:33 PM
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RE: Trivial Trivia - taking trivia to new levels
She sure did, Gene, but unfortunately the answer is not correct. I do not know how accurate this is, but I once read she purchased 84 pairs of gloves during her first year living in the White House.
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07-13-2012, 01:27 PM
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RE: Trivial Trivia - taking trivia to new levels
I'll say $3.50.

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07-13-2012, 01:37 PM
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You gentlemen are erring on the high side.
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07-13-2012, 01:48 PM
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RE: Trivial Trivia - taking trivia to new levels
How about 15 cents?

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07-13-2012, 02:31 PM (This post was last modified: 07-13-2012 02:31 PM by RJNorton.)
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Somewhat too low, Rob.
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07-13-2012, 04:57 PM
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I'll try a $1.50
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07-13-2012, 04:58 PM
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RE: Trivial Trivia - taking trivia to new levels
Well, according to Harry E. Pratt, in 1859, she spent $1.25 on a "tidie" at Williams which I cannot find a definition for, so I'm going to go with $1.25.

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07-13-2012, 05:17 PM
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Rob, I am now assuming you have Pratt's book. Go to p. 147, find the date in my question, and you should get the correct answer.
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07-13-2012, 05:37 PM
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I did find it. I'll hold off on giving the correct answer if others want to continue to guess.

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07-13-2012, 05:56 PM (This post was last modified: 07-13-2012 05:57 PM by Gene C.)
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RE: Trivial Trivia - taking trivia to new levels
Tidie....the closest thing I could find was the "Ronco Tidie Dryer", for $134.44, used. I don't think Mr. Lincoln would go for that.

http://www.amazon.com/Ronco-teleproducts...B007C8MHWW

So when is this "Old Enough To Know Better" supposed to kick in?
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07-13-2012, 05:57 PM
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RE: Trivial Trivia - taking trivia to new levels
(07-13-2012 05:56 PM)Gene C Wrote:  Tidie....the closest thing I could find was the "Ronco Tidie Dryer", for $134.44, used. I don't think Mr. Lincoln would go for that.

http://www.amazon.com/Ronco-teleproducts...B007C8MHWW

Big Grin

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07-13-2012, 06:21 PM (This post was last modified: 07-14-2012 05:37 AM by RJNorton.)
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Computer is going off for the day as my evenings are spent with my wife; assuming the correct answer is in tomorrow, the winner's prize will be awarded at that time. It's a unique prize - one you will never forget!
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07-14-2012, 08:19 AM
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OK Roger, no one else came in, so I'll say 25 cents.

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