Whatnot Wednesday:  A Sack of Trivia

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It has been forever and a day (i.e. about four months as the crow flies … or as the flies crow) since I last posted a Whatnot Wednesday post.

And so I asked myself the question, “What better day than Wednesday to post a Whatnot Wednesday post?”

Answer:  There is no better day, since all of the other days have other things going on.

Take Monday, for example.

And bury it.

Anyway, there’s no getting around the fact that this is Whatnot Wednesday, so let’s just roll up our sleeves, put on our PPE, and get in there.

I don’t like this any more than you do.

It was on this day in 587 BC that the Neo-Babylonian Empire sacked Jerusalem.

This caught Jerusalem completely off-guard inasmuch as it had not even updated its LinkedIn page in months and was wholly unprepared to get the sack.

And then, to add insult to injury, the Neo-Babylonians destroyed the First Temple as a sort of parting shot.  It was the 587 BC equivalent of saying, “Don’t let the screen door hit you on the way out.”

Except that screens had not been invented yet.  Heck, doors hardly been invented yet.  However, “Don’t let the archway fall on your head on the way out” lacked a certain rhythm and panache.

But getting back to the First Temple, you may remember from week 7, day 2 in your Montessori, that the First Temple was actually Solomon’s Temple, but the marketing department thought “Solomon’s Temple” had too many syllables in it.

Solomon, upon hearing this, was reported to have said, “It’s my temple and I’ll do whatever I want to with it.  Why, I’ll cut this baby in two if I want.  Then I’ll have TWO temples!

(For the record, he actually did have two temples, which were separated by his forehead.)

However, Nebuchadnezzar II beat Solomon to the punch by destroying the First Temple in 587 BC, thus leaving open the possibility of Temple Two:  The Neo-Babylonian Empire Strikes Back.

Another little known fact is that the Ark of the Covenant was stored in Solomon’s Temple for awhile, but someone forgot to pay the storage fees and so the Ark ended up in a warehouse in the outskirts of Washington DC.

Anyway, that’s enough history for one day.  You are now completely prepared for your next trivia night at the local watering hole.  Be prepared to be looked at in amazement and astonishment when you share what you’ve learned.



How to Play Whatnot Wednesday

  1. Write a blog post
  2. Use the tag “#WhatnotWednesday” (no space) – Along with any other tags you want to use
  3. Include a link to this post
  4. Post your post
  5. Leave a comment below with a link to your Whatnot Wednesday post
  6. Have fun








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