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5-Minute Quests Today's 5-Minute Quest

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5-Minute Quests

1. How many games in a row had the Harlem Globetrotters won, before losing on this date in 1971? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Who retired from baseball on this date in 1957? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to The Scoop, when Lynne Cherry was a girl, how would she spend most of her waking hours during the warmer months? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Lynne Cherry (according to Living on Earth):

1. On this date in 2000, who was the six-year-old boy the U.S. Immigration service ruled must be returned to Cuba? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the United States Army, what toast is Stephen Decatur credited with making at a banquet held in his honor? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Emory University, what ancient city did Kathleen Kenyon excavate between 1952 and 1958? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of an author or writer born on this date

(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the National Park Service, who ordered Zebulon Pike westward?

2. According to the American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey fell in love with concert dance when his junior high school class made a trip to where? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to USA Today, how much money did the Boston Red Sox receive when they sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees on this date in 1920?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1973 work by Umberto Eco (according to the Authors' Calendar)

Stephen Decatur
Born on This Date 1779

[USS Decatur]

American Military Leaders

Zebulon Pike
Born on This Date 1779

[National Park Service]

Pike's Peak

Kathleen Kenyon
Born on This Date 1906

[Emory University]


Alvin Ailey
Born on This Date 1931

[American Dance Festival]


Lynne Cherry
Born on This Date 1952

[Children's Environmental Lit]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Some Snow, Several Indians visit us with thier axes to get them mended,

Ordway: high blustry winds all last night & verry cold three of our hunters Stayed out all night. a cold morning. one of the hunters Set a trap last night & caught a large Grey woolf.

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The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: At 5 P. M. Willard and Wiser returned, they had not been lost as we apprehended. they informed us that it
was not untill the fifth day after leaving the Fort that they could find a convenient place for making salt; that they had at length established themselves on the coast about 15 Miles S. W. from this, near the lodge of some Killamuck families; that the Indians were very friendly and had given them a considerable quantity of the blubber of a whale which perished on the coast some distance S. E. of them;

part of this blubber they brought with them, it was white & not unlike the fat of Poark, tho' the texture was more spongey and somewhat coarser. I had a part of it cooked and found it very pallitable and tender, it resembled the beaver or the dog in flavour. it may appear somewhat extraordinary tho' it is a fact that the flesh of the beaver and
dog possess a very great affinity in point of flavour.

These lads also informed us that J. Fields, Bratton and Gibson (the Salt makers) had with their assistance erected
a comfortable camp killed an Elk and several deer and secured a good stock of meat; they commenced the making of salt and found that they could obtain from 3 quarts to a gallon a day; they brought with them a specemine of the salt of about a gallon, we found it excellent, fine, strong, & white; this was a great treat to myself and most of the party, having not had any since the 20th ;

I say most of the party, for my friend Capt. Clark declares it to be a mear matter of indifference with him whether he uses it or not; for myself I must confess I felt a considerable inconvenience from the want of it; the want of bread I consider as trivial provided, I get fat meat, for as to the species of meat I am not very particular, the flesh of the dog the horse and the wolf, having from habit become equally formiliar with any other, and I have learned to think that if the chord be sufficiently strong, which binds the soul and boddy together, it does not so much matter about the materials which copose it.

Colter also returned this evening unsuccessfull from the chase, having been absent since the 1st.—

Capt. Clark determined this evening to set out early tomorrow with two canoes and 12 men in quest of the whale, or
at all events to purchase from the Indians a parcel of the blubber, for this purpose he prepared a small assortment
of merchandize to take with him.

Gass: This was a very wet day. We killed a squirrel and eat it;

made a raft to cross the creek; but when it was tried we found it would carry only one person at a time; the man with me was therefore sent over first, who thought he could shove the raft across again; but when he attempted, it only went half-way: so that there was one of us on each side and the raft in the middle. I, however notwithstanding the
cold, stript and swam to the raft, brought it over and then crossed on it in safety; when we pursued our journey, and in a short time came to some Indian camps on the sea shore.

The rain and wind continued so violent that we agreed to stay at these camps all night.

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