Category Archives: Trivia

Trivia Answer. What painting by a Dutch master inspired Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago?

The unique structure of the Pritzker Pavilion, with its stainless steel roof folded in very flat curving  pleats, was inspired by Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Woman with a Water Jug’ painting. In particular, the bright and almost translucent pleats on the woman’s shoulders.

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Trivia answer: Which US president has an entire province (and a city in that province) named after him in a country outside the US?

Rutherford B. Hayes. The Presidente Hayes province and the city of Villa Hayes in Paraguay are named for him. He arbitrated a land claim in Paraguay’s favor; they named the land after him.Though it looks like someone else actually made the recommendation and he signed off on it.

Villa Hayes is a city in Paraguay, and is the capital of Presidente Hayes Department.

The answer to our first Trivia Offer: “What did Neil Armstrong’s ‘Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky’ statement mean?

On July 20, 1969, as commander of the Apollo 11 lunar module, Neil Armstrong was the first person to set  foot on the moon.

His first words after stepping on the moon, “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” were televised to earth and heard by millions.

But just before he re-entered the Lander, he made the enigmatic remark –

“Good Luck, Mr.Gorsky.”neil

Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival soviet cosmonaut.However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs.Over the years, many people questioned Armstrong as to what the – ‘Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky’ statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled.

On July 5, 1995, in Tampa bay, Florida, while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26-year-old question about Mr. Gorsky to Armstrong.

This time he finally responded because Mr. Gorsky had died, so Neil Armstrong felt he could now answer the question. Here is the answer to “who was Mr. Gorsky”:

In 1938, when he was a kid in a small mid-western town, he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard. His friend hit the ball, which landed in his neighbor’s yard by their bedroom window. His neighbors were Mr. And Mrs. Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky,

“SEX! You want SEX?! You’ll get sex when the kid next door walks on the moon”.

It broke the place up. Neil Armstrong’s family confirmed this is a true story.