A Common Quiz about Uncommon People

09 May

What did Errol have in Common with these Uncommon People?

Alexander the Great

Christopher Columbus

Hernán Cortés

Davy Crockett

Genghis Khan

Andrew Jackson

Lord Nelson

General John Pershing

Teddy Roosevelt

George Washington

— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    May 9, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Michael Caine

    Oliver Cromwell


    Lord Byron

    Jesse James

    Giovanni Medici

    Mother Teresa


    Pope Urban VII

    Amerigo Vespucci…

  2. barb

    May 10, 2020 at 12:18 am

    More clues, please, Tim? Absolutely no idea!

    • Gentleman Tim

      May 10, 2020 at 12:44 am

      The common denominator was Ann.

      She frequented the Caribbean, Africa, India,
      South Pacific, and some other other hot spots.

      Met Errol one night, during the late Roaring Twenties.

      Had a life long effect on Errol, and years later on many American GIs, too.

    • Gentleman Tim

      May 10, 2020 at 12:59 am

      Ann may have first showed up in Errol’s life roughly circa the time and location of this photo.


      The site of their first meeting is thought to have been New Britain, but it may have been New Guinea.


      Errol was not pleased with the effect Ann had on his life.

    • Gentleman Tim

      May 10, 2020 at 2:08 am

      One of the most successful authors of all time wrote about Ann during World War II. Many GIs read what he wrote and heeded his warnings. He was successful before the war but much more so after the war, ultimately becoming a household name.

      Ann was one of Japan’s most effective allies against American, Australian, and British forces.

      • Gentleman Tim

        May 10, 2020 at 1:21 pm


    • Gentleman Tim

      May 10, 2020 at 12:03 pm


      • Claudia

        May 10, 2020 at 12:27 pm

        Is it what, according to Flynn, Aussies call „nail in the hoof“‘, Quiz Master Tim?

        • Gentleman Tim

          May 10, 2020 at 1:15 pm

          Hi Claudia! Not gonorrhea, but that’s an excellent guess!

          Ann was actually responsible for more American, Australian, and British casualties in New Guinea than the Japanese. But Errol was a casualty years earlier.

          Though it was certainly not Ann’s aim, the first flu vaccine in history was developed due in part to her.

          Here are a few of Ann’s WWII victims:


          Here are some similar victims:


          • barb

            May 10, 2020 at 2:59 pm

            Malaria. Dr. Suess wrote the pamphlet for soldiers in World War II, particularly in the Pacific.

            Where on earth do you find this stuff, Tim?!? Another great quiz.

            • Gentleman Tim

              May 10, 2020 at 4:43 pm

              Congratulations Barb! You win the Flynnsational Medal of Honor!

              Yes, indeed. It was no less that Dr. Zeuss, who treated GIs to an early peak at his unique talents. Am I suffering malarial delusions, or does Ann look a bit like the yet to be published cat in the ye to be published hat?


              Not to be upstaged by Captain Zeuss, Uncle Walt also assisted the Allies against “the winged scourge” in ways that no one could dwarf. Here’s but one example


              • barb

                May 10, 2020 at 8:56 pm

                No malarial delusion,Tim. Ann *does* look like the Cat in the Hat.

  3. Gentleman Tim

    May 10, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    In coming days, I will post data and records on how Ann made Errol one of her most famous pre-War (and post-War) casualties.