Markipedia 2014-001 – the next generation!

After a brief three year hiatus, I am finally getting my digital strategy together… and Markipedia is back!

* Who invented brownies? Are they an ethnic food? Answer: According to Wikipedia, brownies were invented in Chicago prior to the 1893 Chicago World’s fair. Bertha Palmer (Chicago socialite) suggested specifications to the chef at the Palmer House hotel. A Boston area cookbook included them as a recipe at the turn of the century.

* What are Lulu Lemon Yoga Pants? — Answer: apparently these are a “thing” among women. They are really expensive, but apparently worth it. Also “the bras are amazing.”

* Who was the actor in Clockwork orange? Answer: Malcom McDowell?


* Who is Haruki Murakami? Answer: he made “fanstastic (magical) realism” novels such as “Kafka on the Shore” and “Wind Up Bird Chronicle

* what is the difference between a “healthy 8” enneogram and an “unhealthy 8” enneogram? Answer: Below is the wikipedia summary of Eights. The Enneogram institute lists nine levels of Eights, with Level 1 being: “Level 1 (At Their Best): Become self-restrained and magnanimous, merciful and forbearing, mastering self through their self-surrender to a higher authority. Courageous, willing to put self in serious jeopardy to achieve their vision and have a lasting influence. May achieve true heroism and historical greatness.” Level 9 is a terrifying sociopath, so I won’t paste that description here.

Type: 8 Characteristic: Challenger Ego Fixation: Vengeance(Objectification) Holy Idea: Truth Basic Fear: Being harmed, controlled, violated Basic Desire: Self-protection Temptation: Thinking they are completely self-sufficient Vice: Passion: Lust(Forcefulness) Virtue: Innocence Stress: 5 Security: 2


* Why did I write down, “Little Giants — Annexation of Puerto Rico vs Flying V” Answer: Little Giants is a 1994 sports comedy, sort of like the 1992 film Mighty Ducks , but with junior league football. According to the wikipedia article on Fumblerooski, “The fumblerooski is featured as a play setting up the climax of the 1994 film Little Giants, in which the Little Giants score on the game’s final play. In the film, the play was called “The Annexation of Puerto Rico”  … so that solves the first two parts… but what is the flying V? Aha! Critically rated puts it this way, “This movie [Little Giants] is a rip-off of the Mighty Ducks. They just changed a few things, but it’s definitely the story of a crappy sports team that gets slightly uncrappier, and they win the big game. The Mighty Ducks had the Flying V; the Little Giants have the Annexation of Puerto Rico.” So there you go. This is a specific reference to how Little Giants ripped off Mighty Ducks.  

* Who is Virgil Haslett? Virgil Hazelett was the Henrico County Manager from 1992 to January 2013. He received a commendation from the Virginia House of Delegates in 2012. 

* What is the “end of the world” cartoon and why did it go viral? Answer: according to Know Your Meme the video was uploaded October 2003, and included a variety of catchphrases:

‘Hokay so here’s the earth
Damn that is a sweet earth, you might say
But I am le tired… Well. Then. Have a nap. THEN FIRE ZE MISSILES!
WTF, Mate?
Those Chinese sons of a b*tches are goin down


* What is kombucha? (Union Market in Church Hill has it on tap) One person described it as “it looks like a jellyfish in urine,” and that making it involves a “Mother Fungus” and that it is fizzy. Answer: Kombucha is a fermented tea originating from China that spread to Russia around 1910. The weird part is that it is not just a single species that creates kombucha. The agent is a colleciton of organizms, known as a “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY)” … Some people claim that it has medicinal properties, but these are not scientifically established.

* where did the termseersucker come from? Wikipedia quotes the American heritage Dictionary when it says, “The word came into English from Hindustani (Urdu and Hindi), and originates from the words “kheer aur shakkar”, literally meaning “milk and sugar”, probably from the resemblance of its smooth and rough stripes to the smooth texture of milk and the bumpy texture of sugar.” 

* How do you find instagram hashtags. I found (just type in the tag without the # sign. Example: #RVA –> type in: RVA

* What filmmaker made the films “Bottle Rocket” and “Rushmore” (Mike Scott’s favorite Movie) and when were they released? Answer: Wes Anderson released Bottle Rocket in 1996 and Rushmore in 1998.



* What year did Pulp Fiction come out? (Answer: 1994) What other films did Samuel L. Jackson act in prior to Pulp Fiction? Answer: Jackson was “Holdup Man”in 1988’s Coming to America… … but he was in several other films before that, as follow:

Year Title Role
1972 Together for Days Stan
1977 The Displaced Person Sulk
1981 Ragtime Gang Member No. 2
1987 Eddie Murphy Raw Eddie’s Uncle
1988 Coming to America Hold-Up Man



* What is the history of Pony Pasture? Were there ever ACTUAL ponies there? According to Phil Riggan’s “Why Richmond Why” column from September 2012,

there was once a pasture there, and ponies were kept on the farm by the Brauer family.

“The name came from the 1960s when the area was suburban and people who were into housing their horses near the river,” said Ralph White, who has been the manager of the James River Park for nearly 32 years. Before Richmond annexed the area from Chesterfield County in the summer of 1969, the agrarian landscape was similar to what you’d see further west on Cherokee Road and Old Gun Road in the area near Bellona Arsenal.

The annexation wasn’t the end of the farm, it was mostly due to flooding from Hurricane Camille. Many horses on the farm had to be rescued as the waters in the James rose. The storm dumped 12-20 inches of rain in just a few hours on much of Virginia on August 19-20, 1969. Of course, much of than rain flowed into the James River and peaked at Pony Pasture at 24.91 feet on Aug. 21, 1969, according to the Westham gauge, which is located nearby. The flood stage is at 12 feet and the land at Pony Pasture can flood at about 18 feet.

In 1970, the James River Park opened and the public was given access to acres of meadows, small islands, woodlands and riverbanks.


*  Who is the comedian that does a thing on “Tom Cruise movies being all the same” Answer: Rich Hall? ==>



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  • I thought you initially wrote that it was Malcom Gladwell.

    Something that may be interesting would be to have a behind the scenes of Markipedia. Like knowing the context of where these fun fax arose.


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