Thursday, August 23, 2007

Do Not Enter Friday'sOne Cup Question

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: 390 years ago yesterday, London became the first European city to get one on these. Having been to London, I can tell you they now have a lot of them, but then, so does Tucson. Depending on who you believe, Tucson also needs more of them – or less of them. Right now Tucson has a few temporary ones that are literally driving me crazy. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning: what was London the first European city to get on this date in 1617, deemed necessary because nearby public lectures were so popular?

Answer: A one-way street.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Slightly modified from its 1617 layout, that street (Albemarle) is now home to about a dozen art galleries. Historically, Lord Byron's letters were burnt after his death at 50 Albermarle Street (early 1800's). In 1864, Thomas Huxley formed the X Club, which met at the St. Georges Hotel on Albemarle. The X Club members were early proponents of Charles Darwin's theories of evolution.

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: London was merely the first European city with a one-way street; credit for the very first one-way street is generally given to Lima, Peru.


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