TheBadGuy Knife Giveaway

Jul 24, 2002
Hello Guys and Gals,

Time to share alittle. This time up is another great knife from Delta Z. The knife is pictured below and was just recieved via Fed Ex only an hour or so ago. To win all you have to do is tell me an interesting historical fact followed by a 3 digit number :D

Number is what I am after, but you can't post a number without a historical fact!!

First one to guess correctly wins the knife, if no one has guessed correctly by 8pm EST on Friday, then closest to it wins.

Only one guess per person please. Thanks
Badguy, you are the man!
Historical fact: When the Missionaries came to Hawaii, they planted Kiawe wood which dropped lots of thorns. This was to force the "natives" to wear shoes. They also encouraged the Hawaiians to lose many of the traditions (originally the men performed the Hula). One of the things the missionaries could not make the Hawaiians stop was the sport of Outrigger canoe racing(in my opinion, one of the greatest sports in the world!)


Peace and Aloha, Josh
Cool, Thanks Josh and good luck, Folks, the historical facts are interesting to me, so I figured it would be a good read. Don't let it stop you from entering, it can be any simple old thing.:)
Historical fact: Nikola Tesla, not Marconi, was the modern inventor of radio.

My number: 888

On July 20, 1969, the human race accomplished its single greatest technological achievement of all time when a human first set foot on another celestial body.

Six hours after landing at 4:17 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (with less than 30 seconds of fuel remaining), Neil A. Armstrong took the “Small Step” into our greater future when he stepped off the Lunar Module, named “Eagle,” onto the surface of the Moon, from which he could look up and see Earth in the heavens as no one had done before him.

He was shortly joined by “Buzz” Aldrin, and the two astronauts spent 21 hours on the lunar surface and returned 46 pounds of lunar rocks. After their historic walks on the Moon, they successfully docked with the Command Module “Columbia,” in which Michael Collins was patiently orbiting the cold but no longer lifeless Moon.

the number is 275 good luck to all :)

In the middle ages people where forbidden to spend more money on fabric for their clothes then the king. There was an exemption for "repairs", so the rich deliberatly and methodically ripped the new clothes and had the more expensive fabric sown in. Unfortunatly creating a fashion statement that still survives to this day. :barf:

My number is 312, 312 is my number.
The Unicorn, Sea monsters, the Griffin, and whole menagarie of other mythical creatures first appeared in woodcut printed letters from an equally mythical Christian King of the East, the so called Prestor John. These letters and the claims made in them started in the early 12th century.

For centuries it was an article of faith among Europeans that a great and powerful Christian Kingdom existed in Asia, separated from its fellow Christians by the forces of Islam. It was believed by Europeans that if they could join forces, Christian armies could then destroy the Muslim empires. The legend was stimulated in 1177 when Byzantine Emperor Manuel I received a letter purporting to be from Prester John, the fable leader of this Christian Kingdom (Prester derives from the Latin "Presbyter" or priest). As European Knowledge of Asia grew, the location of Prester John's Kingdom changed until it was realized it could not be in Asia. Africa then became the place of choice, a legend strengthened by the fact that the Ethiopians were Coptic-Christians. Even as late as the 16th Century, there was sufficient belief (or hope) for maps to include this mythical kingdom.
My number was going to be the number of the beast, but I see that has already been claimed by Josh. So I'll pick 216, which has an interesting historical story behind it as well :)

One misty fall morning in the 1930's Bonnie+Clyde drove out of Dallas on Hwy114 only to meet two State motorcycle Policemen and shoot them dead right here in Grapevine, Texas.

I'll try 114 thanks BadGuy
The Fall of Fort Detroit

Buoyed by the news that the British have easily taken Fort Mackinac and that Hull is hesitant to advance on Amherstburg from his position at Sandwich, Brock leaves York to direct operations on the Detroit front. Prior to his arrival, he learns that Hull has retreated back to Detroit. Brock interprets this as evidence of the American general's weakness of command - a weakness Brock will exploit and then attack.

The British begin an artillery barrage of Fort Detroit on August 15, 1812, after Hull refuses to surrender. Though the cannonade lasts well into the night, little physical damage is done to either side. Inside Fort Detroit, however, Hull's state of mind is quickly deteriorating. Hull is terrified of being attacked by Tecumseh's tribesmen. His worst nightmare comes true as 500 First Nations warriors cross the Detroit River under the cover of darkness and surround the fort.

As day breaks, the Americans realize that the warriors and 700 of Brock's troops are boldly marching on their position. From across the river, British guns are firing a deadly stream of fire into the overcrowded American stronghold. The atmosphere in the fort is descending into chaos.

Native war cries fill the air and have a devastating effect on Hull. His mind reeling with visions of a bloody massacre of soldiers and civilians, Hull surrenders despite vehement disagreement from his officers and troops. The British take the fort without a fight.

If you can believe it this same Hull later became the first Governor of Michigan. In politics all things are possible :)

My number is 711
in the 1400's (i think) the king of Scotland banned the sport of golf because it became so popular that it interferred with archery practice which was vital to the country's defence in the wars against England. - 486:D
I just learned this one yesterday!

During terrible flooding in the 1920's lasting 8 months, New Orleans blew up part of the levee system to their north so that the flood waters would run across territory to their north, sparing their city. While New Orleans was saved, 4000 people were displaced in the territories to New Orleans' north!

My number? 100
Did you kow that cameras were invented and used for several years BEFORE film was invented?

My number is 143
Charles Arthur Floyd, better known as "Pretty Boy" Floyd committed his first robbery at the age of 18. He held up a post office for $350 in pennies.

My number is 351.

fact : teflon was first polymerised by accident when someone left a cylinder of tetrafluoroethylene overnight
they only found out when the pressure gauge showed empty

number : 716
Jigoro Kano evolutionized the world of japanese jiu jitsu by creating a system based upon the throws and ground work of jiu jitsu, a system he called judo.


peace. =)
In the 1500's bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, family got the middle and guests got the top or "upper