So, at work for the last several months we've had a feature on my friend Rob's whiteboard called the Plane of Knowledge. It's a box drawn on the board wherein every day (usually but not always before Rob arrives) it's my responsibility to fill the box with a few related questions about some topic. Sometimes we have guests do the PoK, but it usually falls to me. It's Rob's job to figure out the answers or his best guesses and we talk about the subject for a few minutes. He's not supposed to use the internet to look up answers, and neither are you. I'm supposed to stay at or near things I already knew - its not cool for me to go research some esoteric thing just to put it on the PoK. I can stretch that rule a little.
In the past, we've covered everything from alcohol to cryptolects to mythology to word definitions to geography to soup to nuts. I kinda wish I'd been putting them here all along.
So, I thought I might start putting them here, because I don't blog much (oh, you hadn't noticed?) and it'll give the rest of you a chance to play along at home. You can post guesses in the comments, or email them to me at my usual address. Ready?
THE WAR OF 1812:
1) Who declared war on whom, and what were the reasons?
2) How long did the war last?
3) Who was President at the time?
4) What is that President's wife famous for during the war?
5) What American commander later became President?
Bonus: What battle or battles is the 1812 Overture written to comemmorate?
Answers will be posted tomorrow. No cheating.
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