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Thursday, 23 February 2006

Bits 'n Bobs

1. In 1784, American settlers established an independent state named Franklin, in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Where was it?

2. What sport do we to thank for the phrase 'red herring'?

1. In what is now eastern Tennessee. The territory had been ceded to the federal government by North Carolina.

2. Foxhunting. In 17th-century England, anti-hunting advocates would draw smelly, dried smoked herring across a fox's path to throw the pursuing hounds off the scent. Oh, who said the anti-hunt supporters were just a new thing?