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Thursday, May 03, 2007

And before you know it:

It is Thursday again!

In honor of the fact that from the 6th-12th of May is National Nurses Weeks in America...I think this weeks brain-teaser should have to do with that...somewhat!

"This famous poet and writer, served as a volunteer hospital nurse in Washington, DC during the Civil War. He recorded his experiences in a collection of poems called something starting with "DRUM****" and in his diary, "SPECIMEN **** and *******." He wrote about individual freedom, equal rights and sexual love, as well as about his love for America. His often-thought immoral poems had a huge influence on the later beat generation!"

Love that dude!

Did you know that...

-the first nursing school in history dates back to 250 B.C. and was located in India?

-Florence Nightingale, the most famous nurse in modern history, was only a nurse for three years of her life. (b. 1820. d. 1910)?

Didn´t think so!

now off with you to the comment section and hint with needle-point precission at this week´s special-and might I add: FOXY- guest!


Posted by Minka :: 1:06 am :: 41 Royal Subjects

Link to this Royal Decree!


At 19:54, Blogger Theresa said...

Hey, I'm first today! Let me see, I think his poems had something to do with grass, but I don't think it's the kind you smoke.

At 20:40, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

He reminds me of a mountainous liquer.

Hey, J.D. thought she posted a comment, but it appears not entirely.

At 20:46, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

No wait, that's totally wrong! Wrong Beat Poet. Sorry, I should wiki before I speak.

At 20:55, Anonymous Joel said...

The mention of his name makes me want to sample a box of chocolates.

Did not know about his nursing past...fascinating!

At 21:00, Blogger J. D. said...

Oh heck. I hear it's an honour to be first and I thought I just might make it this time.

This fellow has my birthday.

He tapped his drum to a different beat.
And as his feet walked down the street,
He sang the song of the open road.
And in New England made his abode.


At 21:21, Blogger The Old Mule said...

I sing a song of Minka. And so would he, if he wasn't so keen on men. Okay, maybe he still would.

btw, he is my favorite.

At 21:22, Blogger Tim Rice said...

I think he was rather witty with his thoughts.

At 21:31, Anonymous quilly said...

Some of his poems have given rise to speculation that he was gay, though no conclusive evidence has ever been found.

At 21:40, Blogger J. D. said...

Quilly, he was a good friend of Oscar Wilde. That's pretty conclusive.....J.D.

At 21:55, Anonymous neva said...

he has the same first name as that guy who created Micky Mouse and/or Disneyland... see? it's a small small world, after all!

maybe this man was gay (not that there's anything wrong with that) and maybe he just enjoyed being "with" himself ("master" of his own domain?)

great brain teaser, my friend! oh -- and speaking of nurses... did i mention Clara Barton might be a relative? (i'm thinkin' i did, back when she was your "mystery person" of the week). xox

At 22:21, Blogger goldennib said...

My sister-in-law is a nurse.

There is a bridge in New Jersey with the same name.

At 22:27, Blogger Minka said...

Theresa, fair enough!

Morgan, in your own time...

Joel, that is why I posted it, I knew I wanted a nurse...I thought it´d eb funny if it were a male one...and a few pnline pages later...voila: Mr.Foxy!

J.d...there is always gonna be a next time to be first. There usually is a Thursday Brainteaser-becuase soem people make me :) And yes, correct!

Old mule, really? He is awesome and I literally jumped for joy when I saw "Volunteer nurse". Yeah.

Tim, there is no question about that.

Quilly, we we can all have our opinion...maybe he played for both teams even. It doesn´t matter one bit in my books.

J.d that was my first thought too, but I thought I´d leave it to you pointing it out :)

neva, what a great mind you have. Another long-time trivia addict to this page, remembered yesterday that I also featured Florence Nightingale once. Afte rthose two, finding an famous nurse gets a bit challenging :)

At 22:28, Blogger Minka said...

goldennib, hey I didn´t know that...he moved on to a different plain in Camden, New Jersey...so it is very conceivable. bet you anything, you are right:)

At 23:15, Blogger Doug said...

Not all pairs of britches will fit men
Nor are all lovers with another smitten
Nor was each leaf of grass
Made for whistling in class
But all humankind, each in their own time, sings the same song for themselves and their hitmen.

At 01:52, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, I love how you disregarded the metre in the last line...our special guest would like that very much. One of my favourite limericks so far!
mostly...because I can actually remember "Leaves of Grass" in the classroom and how I decided to play tictactoe with my friend sitting next to me, instead of paying attention...there is a time and place for everything!

At 03:46, Blogger tsduff said...

One would think it true
One who loves nature would know
More about Grass Leaves

At 04:20, Blogger G said...

See I knew I would miss the party - sort of! Too tired to add much of value, except I can confirm the bridge and it is right near Camden into Philadelphia.

All this bridge talk is taking its toll.

At 11:10, Blogger Theresa said...

O CAPTAIN! my Captain, our fearful trip is done,
We have discovered the mystery, and I must say it's been fun.

Sorry, never claimed to be a poet myself, just got carried away there ;)

At 11:44, Blogger Minka said...

terry, one certainly would. Can one bring a picknik? UH and boomerangs......

G, that´s what I thought too. I knew about Camden and if I were to construct a bridge in hi shonor -which I so could!-I´d would have put it there :)

theresa, yes...most of you have, but we wanna reserve a seat for guessing for late arrivals ;)

At 12:16, Blogger Doug said...

Minka, that's exactly how I didn't learn Song of My Self. I vaguely remember how animated the teacher got explaining Whitman's gayness, though. With the advantage of time, I can look back and hope I didn't think something like "Mr. P****** never married, did he?"

At 13:02, Blogger Theresa said...

Don't worry, I'll never reveal the secret identity of your mystery guest. People should work a little and honor their queen!

At 13:36, Blogger Indeterminacy said...

I know that guy! He's on one of the Leaves of.... a book I have.

At 14:37, Blogger birdwoman said...

He actually lived in camden and thought it was a city of light. He had incredible wit, that man did.


At 14:55, Blogger Minka said...


Theresa, I encourage that thought. You want a royal advisor position or something? We could use people like you in this here monarchy :)

Indy, welcome back....and since I don´t know the books you have, I´ll take the play on words and say you are right!

birdwoman, yes he did. Well done!

At 16:46, Anonymous neva said...

don't you mean "DOUG, OOPS"?? altho' LOL is what i did when i read his comment, too... ; ) xox

At 18:20, Blogger Theresa said...

Okay, royal advisor sounds good, what exactly does that entail?

At 20:17, Blogger ariel said...

I thought he had no preferences but I may have been wrong. it was quite of a funny adaption when Paul McCrane sang his song in the movie Fame at the time he wasn't dr. Romano yet. :)

At 23:47, Blogger Minka said...

neva, I think it is better left un-oopsed. IT is hard enough for him as it is, I am to understand!

theresa, polishing my tiara...taking the stones out of my cherries and oiling my flippers. You basically advise my on lotions, soarkly things and the firmness of fruits.

ariel, true enough...I always kinda suspected he was a bit ambivalent about other people intimately. which does not say he was inactive at all :)

At 00:29, Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

Nurses ... aren't those the hot slutty chicks in pornos?

At 08:58, Blogger Diesel said...

Abraham Lincoln.

At 11:12, Blogger Minka said...

snay, you stand in the corner for the next 10 minutes and think about what you have done!

diesel, not quite. But you tried :)

At 12:10, Anonymous the amoeba said...

Well, Captain, our no-longer-quite-so-mystery guest was a newspaper editor (among other things) before he tried his hand at poetry. So he knew a thing or two about advertising. The publication of his poetry collection was accompanied by several, er, highly admiring anonymous reviews. Later research has revealed that most of the most glowing of these were penned by none other than Our Subject.

Of course, there were also reviews and opinions that were less complimentary ... With these latter, I am sympathetic.

At 18:58, Blogger Diesel said...

George Washington?

At 22:44, Blogger Minka said...

OC, all great man should get both kinds of criticism. Keeps them on their toes ;)

Diesel, you´re not even kinda close now :)

At 11:54, Blogger Doug said...

Below Thursday on Monday I'm posting
On this site that a penguin is hosting
I know little of birds
or the timing of words
But when late they come perfect for roasting.

At 13:30, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, is that a dare or a double dare?

At 15:36, Blogger Doug said...

Silly question. It's a double dog dare, obviously.

At 17:10, Anonymous al said...

I can show you where he worked, on Fulton Street in Brooklyn.

You can walk there from my place without getting your flippers wet.

At 19:24, Blogger Doug said...

Al, I suppose Jesus was crucified on Third and Wall. I mean, most recently.

At 00:03, Anonymous al said...

Oh, Doug, "Third and Wall" -- really.

The prophet you cite may be a real one, but (arf!) there's simply no such intersection.

At 08:30, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, why did I ask?

Al, uhhh...I´ll put that on my list of things yet left to see in Manhattan :) And if it is a rainy day, we´ll just take your jacket as a flipper-mat, like last time.

Doug, sorry to be the one to tell you this but Jesus´s been dead for years.

Al, that´s a pity...there shoudl be just such an intersection :)


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