Useless (but interesting) trivia

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    Okay, that's just messed up
     
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    Know the difference between a German Shepherd and an Alsatian? There isn’t one. They’re the same.

    During one of the world wars (maybe both) German Shepherd Dogs were “rebranded” as Alsations, referring to the Alsace-Lorraine region of France that borders Germany. A lot of the dogs were bred in that region. British military used the dogs for tactical and patrol missions, as did the Germans. The British didn’t want to acknowledge a dog with “German” in the title. That sentiment carried over into US dog ownership for a while.
     
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    That's also the region that gave birth to the Quiche Lorraine.

    Folk band the Gipsy Kings is from that region as well. They sing in a dialect which is a mixture of regional languages (it sounds like Spanish to me).
     
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    I always thought it was to avoid being called racist as are people who use terms like Chinese virus or Canadian Bacon, etc..
     
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    One day I landed in Frankfurt, Germany and drove from the airport to Strasbourg, France. Unpacked at the hotel and joined some colleagues for lunch in a little town in Switzerland (3 countries in the course of a few hours!). I had learned a lot of German and a little French in preparation for the trip. The waitress at the pub we went to was speaking what my Strasbourg-based colleagues called Suisse-Deutsch (Swiss-a-doytch). A fluid blend of French and German. I could make out maybe every third or fourth word she said. Those were the same colleagues who told me about the GSD / Alsatian thing. I had shown them pictures of my dog. Strasbourg is in Alsace-Lorraine. The reason it has a German sounding name is because it has changed hands between France and Germany more than a few times. Also saw some Roman aqueducts while I was there.
     
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    Cadillac and Lincoln are competing car brands. They were founded by the same person. Henry Leland.

    Leland started out developing an engine for Oldsmobile. Then he established Cadillac in 1902. In 1909 he sold Cadillac to General Motors and stayed on as an executive. He left and founded Lincoln and eventually sold Lincoln to Ford in 1922.
     
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    Buick was a training ground of sorts for early auto executives.

    Charles W. Nash co-founded Buick Motor Company with David Buik (correct spelling of his name. The “c” was added).

    Nash left Buick to found Nash Motors which eventually became known as American Motors which eventually was absorbed into Chrysler Corporation.

    Speaking of Chrysler, while he was at Buick, Nash hired a guy named Walter P. Chrysler to run Buick manufacturing operations. Walter P. went on to run Buick Motor Company after Nash left. He himself then left to found his own company, named.... yup.
     
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    Since I’m on a roll with car company trivia, I’ll toss this one out there.

    This guy had a car, a car company, and a rock band named after him.
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    He is Ransom E. Olds. Founder of Oldsmobile. He made a number of revolutionary early automobiles starting years before Henry Ford got into the business. He also did some racing and made a speed wagon. The REO Speedwagon.

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    A blue whale's tail produces 500 horsepower of thrust and it's heart is the size of a Volkswagen.
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    On the car trivia, Velocity (Or MT TV, or whatever it's called now) did a special on the history of the automobile. It's 4.5 hours long and is done really well.
     
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