Contest #662 – Jack Daniels Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee, USA

Legend has it that Jack Daniels hated his safe. He disliked it because the dial was hard to turn, so he was constantly getting the combination wrong. The apocryphal story is that one day, he got so mad that he kicked it hard enough to break his toe, which in time became gangrenous, and eventually killed him (it is true that he died of Sepsis).

His Tennessee Whiskey (it meets the qualifications to be called “bourbon”, but the company simply chooses not to) is one of the best selling non-beer alcoholic beverage brands in the world. You can find Jack Daniels on store shelves all over the world — just not in Lynchburg or anywhere else in Moore County, Tennessee, because Moore County is a “dry” county. After Prohibition ended in the US, counties in Tennessee remained dry by default. Liquor sales could be authorized by a vote of the people in that county — but the county never had such a vote.

Those who found this place were:

  • Graham Hedley
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Root007-1
  • Hans1789
  • René De La Carte
  • Nancy Barbato Sinatra
  • MC Solaar
  • Борис Карлофф
  • MiranDese-12
  • John Gospel IV
  • Luciano P.
  • Garfield
  • JimCricket1981
  • Walter Schirra
  • Kiribatian Jacob

Contest #660: Home of Margaret Laurence, Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada

Margaret Laurence is considered one of, if not THE, preeminent authors of Canada. Her series of novels are set in the fictional town of Manawaka, Manitoba, which is a proxy for her home town of Neepawa.

Former home of Margaret Laurence.jpg
Public Domain, Link

Those who ventured into the “True North Strong and Free” included:

  • Glenmorren
  • Lighthouse
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock

and after the hint:

  • Phil Ower
  • Graham Hedley

And this ends the literary series. We hope you enjoyed it.

Series crowns go to Lighthouse, Paul Voestermans, and Martin de Bock , all with perfect scores. Honorable mention to Phil Ower, who only missed by 1 point, and that point coming on this contest.

Contest #659 – Top Withins, West Yorkshire, England

Ok, before I start, I have to point this out. For this series, I’ve been trying to include a picture of first editions of the books being featured. When I looked this one up, I was somewhat taken back. I checked a couple of different sources and found the same image over and over again. Now, we all know that “Wuthering Heights” was written by Emily Brontë. “Jane Eyre” was written by Emily’s sister Charlotte Brontë. Could the publishers at Harper not tell the sisters apart? Did they figure that not two people could possibly have a last name with an e-umlaut from England? I have not found an explanation for this, but if someone knows, I’d love to hear what happened here.

Top Withins is an abandoned estate, a ruined farmhouse on a windy West Yorkshire plane. While there is no direct proof that this was the inspiration for the farmhouse, and it really doesn’t fit the description of the Wuthering Heights, it seems to be accepted as axiomatic from Brontë historians and fans that this is what Emily was thinking of while she wrote the novel. I guess if you put a plaque on something, it makes it true?!?!?

Those who found this before the hint were:

  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Walter_V_R
  • Phil Ower
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Philip Giles
  • Gillian B
  • krenek
  • Kiribatian Jacob
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Graham Hedley
  • Борис Карлофф
  • MC Solaar

And after the hint:

  • Robin
  • Chris Nason
  • Jeather

Contest #657 – Largo di Torre Argentina, Rome, Italy

The Ides of March, 44BCE. Outside the Theatre of Pompey, Gaius Julius Caeser had just given a speech to the Senate. Then, all heck broke out.

According to a plaque placed there by Caesar’s adopted son and heir, Octavian, aka Augustus Caesar, This was the location of the assassination on that fateful March evening. This is where the Roman Republic died and the Roman Empire was born. And, according to the play above, this is where “Et tu, Brute?” was spoken.

Those who came to the Curia before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Phil Ower
  • Walter_V_R
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Garfield
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Graham Hedley
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse

And after the hint:

  • mavidavu
  • Kiribatian Jacob
  • Hilde Lambeir

Contest #652 – Borodino Battlefield, Borodino, Russia

Battle of Borodino 1812

You know that old saying “Won the battle but lost the war”?

In 1812, Napoleon had it bad for Russia. He wanted to conquer Russia, and Borodino was his last stop before Moscow. The little colonel put over 150,000 battle-hardened soldiers on the field against a similar number of defenders.

When the day was done, the French had held the field, but at a heavy cost. They lost well over 30,000 soldiers, including a healthy chunk of their leadership.

Borodino is considered a pyrrhic victory for Napoleon. The French took Moscow but were so weakened that Tsar Alexander was under insufficient pressure to sue for peace. Unable to fully capitalize on the win, the Grande Armée eventually had to withdraw, in winter, back to France.

The Battle of Borodino plays a pretty significant part in Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Pierre enters the battle as an enthusiastic spectator of warfare and leaves disillusioned and drenched in the blood of his fellow countrymen.

Those who found this site before the hint included:

  • krenek
  • Walter_V_R
  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Martin de Bock
  • Lighthouse
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Kiribatian Jacob
  • Phil Ower

And after the hint:

  • Graham Hedley
  • Darko Vusak

Contest #651: Cooper’s Cave, Glens Falls, New York

Featured in James Fenimore Cooper’s “Last of the Mohicans”, this location is where Natty Bumppo (aka Hawk-eye) and his Mohican brothers take the sisters and their English soldier guards to hide from Magua.


This photo of Cooper’s Cave is courtesy of Tripadvisor

The cave itself is visible from a viewing stand under the bridge.

Those who found it besides Magua and his band included:

  • krenek
  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • Walter_V_R
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano
  • Graham Hedley
  • Martin de Bock
  • Garfield

And after the hint:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Chris Nason

Contest #650: Brecqhou Fort, Island of Brecqhou which is part of Sark and also Guernsey

With a perfect score of 20, Graham Hedley is our series champion.

Last in this series of islands around the world was the small island of Brecqhou, just west of Sark. Brecqhou Fort was built by the billionaire Barclay brothers Work on Brecqhou, began in 1993 when they bought the Channel Island.

Found the right island before the hint:

  • krenek
  • Walter_V_R
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Lighthouse
  • Graham Hedley
  • Martin de Bock
  • Garfield
  • madone
  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • BurningSoul
  • Phil Ower
  • Luís Filipe Miguel

After the hint:

  • David Kozina

Contest #649: the island of Hirta, St. Kilda, United Kingdom

Beating the end of the island series, this week we visited the island of Hirta, part of St. Kilda in the United Kingdom.

The actual location in the picture shows the World Heritage Site – for cultural and natural reasons.

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/387

Recent research indicates that the archipelago has been occupied on and off for over 4000 years. The landscape including houses, large enclosures and cleits – unique drystone storage structures found, in their hundreds, across the islands and stacks within the archipelago – culminates in the surviving remains of the nineteenth and twentieth century cultural landscape of Village Bay.

The St Kilda Wren and St Kilda Fieldmouse live here and are not found anywhere else.

With nearly one million seabirds present at the height of the breeding season, St Kilda supports the largest seabird colony in the north-east Atlantic, its size and diversity of global significance making it a seabird sanctuary without parallel in Europe.

Found before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Luís Filipe Miguel
  • Graham Hedley
  • Garfield
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Eloy Cano
  • madone
  • Luciano P.
  • Walter Schirra

After the hint:

  • Chris Nason

Contest #648: Amantani Island, Lake Titicaca, Peru

This week’s Island was Amantani Island, found in Lake Titicaca, Peru.

It’s got a long history. There has two mountain peaks, Pachatata (“father earth”) and Pachamama (“mother earth”), with ancient Inca and Tiwanaku ruins on top of both. The hillsides are terraced, mostly worked by hand. There are no vehicles and no electricity on the island.

Wikipedia

Found before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Graham Hedley
  • MC Solaar

After the hint:

  • MuThDdDe

Contest #647: Fisher Island, Florida, USA

Fisher Island just south of Miami Beach, Florida is this week’s island destination. It’s also one of the highest per capita areas in the US.

It was part of the island of Miami Beach until Government Cut was dredged leaving Fisher Island on its own. In 1925, the island was part of an interesting trade – the island going to William Vanderbilt III, the yacht going to the land developer Carl Fisher.

Getting to the island requires pre-arranged security clearance and a trip on the private 24 hour ferry.

Wikipedia entry for Fisher Island

Found before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • madone
  • Graham Hedley
  • Lighthouse
  • Luis Felipe Miguel

After the hint:

  • Teemu Pukki
  • ashwini agrawal