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nonsuch
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posted 11 July 2002 10:21 PM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What currency has been in use from prehistoric times to the present?
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posted 11 July 2002 10:46 PM      Profile for sherpafish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
teeth -->
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Trade.
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posted 12 July 2002 12:23 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
sex?
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posted 12 July 2002 02:44 AM      Profile for Arch Stanton     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
cattle
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posted 12 July 2002 03:51 AM      Profile for peacepiper     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
jelly beans
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posted 12 July 2002 09:43 AM      Profile for goodgoditsnottrue   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Cattle are probably the oldest of all forms of money, as domestication of animals tended to precede the cultivation of crops, and were still used for that purpose in parts of Africa in the middle of the 20th century.

From the history of money web site.

Is that cheating?

Interesting site nonetheless. Arch was bang on as usual.


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posted 12 July 2002 10:34 AM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's not cheating, if you looked up cattle specifically, because you already thought it was so.
And i guess it must be correct, though my source names a different currnecy - which i believe is even older.

Michelle's answer is also probably correct, but my source doesn't mention it. (Because it's a family publication?)

Think of a Roman soldier's salary.

(We'll pass on the teeth, if you don't mind.)

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pez?
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The ocean is full of it.
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posted 12 July 2002 11:13 AM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
and peacepiper is just the opposite
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posted 12 July 2002 12:33 PM      Profile for Arch Stanton     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
kelp?
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salt or other food?
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Salt. Most definitely.
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Naaaw, cattles be everywhere, salt is site specific.
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Salt. It's not found everywhere, but is needed everywhere; takes a some effort to obtain, and is more portable (especially over water!), storable and divisible than cattle.
Cattle are pretty good, though.
So is sex, but not everyone wants to buy and not everyone is equally ... er... marketable.

But i like jellybeans best. That should be our next global currency. Portable, storable (i have some about 5 years old, a bit tough, but still ok), mostly harmless; hard to imagine killing for them (and we could probably have it certified by the Canadian Dental Association).


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quote:
Salt. Most definitely.

Leading to the phrase "worth his/her salt"?


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I don't care for jelly beans... How about chocolate?
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Zoot: You're correct about the derivation of that expression.
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How can you say that jelly beans are portable? Have you ever tried holding a handful of jelly beans for more than a minute or so, especially in this heat? Ew -- sticky paws!

Salt makes sense. The fact that it is site-specific but much needed by everyone would have made it more valuable, certainly a desirable form of wages. We don't seem to be much in need of it now, especially given fridges. But when the electricity dies, as die it well may ...


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posted 12 July 2002 05:17 PM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's why we have jelly-bean bags, with a pull-string that loops on the belt.

Chocolate? But people would kill for chocolate! And it's even stickier. There is always pez, or whatever those candies are that kids wear as a necklace.

Salt is also the origing of 'salary'. And one's social importance being measured by whether one is seated 'above' or 'below' the salt, and the reason for those fantastically ornate silver contraptions in which it was served.


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Hmmmm, you're right about chocolate... Does tend to melt... And I'd be more inclined to save rather than eat my fortune in one sitting... Jelly beans it is!
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posted 12 July 2002 08:43 PM      Profile for clersal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Nuts.
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posted 12 July 2002 09:34 PM      Profile for goodgoditsnottrue   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Cattle....
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Nuts would be fine. Cattle are just too messy!

[ July 12, 2002: Message edited by: nonesuch ]


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Cattle!
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My my, GGINT,

You're sounding rather Nietzschean today.


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Anyone got change for a steer? That would be - what? - a couple tuna, five pollack and four mackerel.
(and i thought cattle were messy to carry around!)

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SOME fish are quite clean, thank you very much!

('cept us bottom-feeders that is )


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wood pulp
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posted 16 July 2002 05:42 PM      Profile for Sine Ziegler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Can we have a new trivia question Nonesuch?!?!
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Okay, here is something different.

Everyone knows that cattle come in herds, fish swim around in schools or shoals; lions collect in prides.
What's the collective term for:
turtles
quail
woodpeckers
and ravens?

If you don't know, make one up.
If you don't like these, add others.


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a gulp of turtles
a quiver of quail
a headache of woodpeckers
a trick of ravens

(I made these up)


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What do you call a gathering of Canadians ?
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posted 16 July 2002 09:27 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A can'a Canadians.

(Hey, an inspiration for a new song! To the tune of "Karma Chameleon":

"Can 'a, can 'a, can 'a, can 'a
can 'a Canadians!
They come and go...
They come and go-o-o-o!")


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Nope.

Funny story.

I can't remember if I came up with this myself or if I overheard some people talking, but in the summer 2000 I went down the mountain to my pal's shack on salt spring to play some chess and have a chinwag and I told him the answer to the question "what do you call a group of Canadians" and he picked up the telephone and called Bill Richardson's show - Richardson's Round-up.

A day or two later I'm at my place listening to Richardson's Roundup when I hear my pal's kooky voice "Heeeellooo Sad Goat !! Do you know how we have a gaggle of geese, and a murder of crows and so forth ? What do you call a gathering of Canadians ?" in his bizarre and highly affected speech manner, " A hatred of Americans !!"

The strange thing is this; that I really can't remember if I made that up or if I overheard it. (used to smoke widgets)


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a hurdle of turtles
a huddle of quail
a pocket of woodpeckers
a scrum of ravens

and sherpafish just don't come in plural form


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?pocket?

Turtles come in a bale. I'm not making this up. Also sez here: a drift of hogs.


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nonesuch,

is your query cleverly disguised as a pun?
I believe currency is a play on current?

Anyhoo, I think bartering is the answer.


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posted 17 July 2002 09:48 PM      Profile for Sine Ziegler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A whack of Woodpeckers
A gathering of quail

???? This is tough!!


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Currency was last week's topic. No pun intended. (Barter is good, but has its down-side. I once gave a kid pottery lessons in exchange for the use of his dad's pickup truck. We bought one before the end of the course and never collected. Still, the kid had fun, made a passable lamp and was okay company.)

How hard can it be to invent stuff?
If you're a stickler for accuracy, just put in the ones you do know.

a bevy of quail
a float of crocodiles

(the raven one is best... and that is a pun)

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nonesuch, how can we be sure that you are not making this all up?
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Cose i said so.

a crash of rhinos
a labour of moles


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I have one, pretty easy. What is the fundemental difference between a hare and a rabbit?
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quote:
(the raven one is best... and that is a pun)

By this, do you mean the official answer? And have we had the official answer yet?

I'm thinking of our own rasmus_raven, and trying to come up with a word. But then there's always good ole EAPoe -- a croak of ravens? a quoth of ravens?

Does anything come in congregations of? convocations of?


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A rave of ravens?
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A wisp of ravens.
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a descent of woodpeckers
a charm of finches
a sleuth of bears
(These were all from a book called 'What Makes Flamingos Pink?')
.....and....
a singularity of ravens
(Because ravens are solitary; to see a group of them together is unusual, or singular. I got this one from Ruth Rendell.)
I do like 'rave' and 'quoth', although the people who made up these expressions lived too long ago to appreciate the aptness. 'Wisp' is kind of romantic - it's nice to see somebody attributing delicacy to the klunky old raven.

Rabbit and hare? I think the difference is size: hares are bigger, have longer hind legs and ears.


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posted 19 July 2002 12:37 PM      Profile for Sine Ziegler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hares are hairier
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Nope. nonesuch you are right but that is not the fundemental difference.

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Then i resort to Sherpafish's universal answer.
teeth

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Even nopier. Hint: It has to do with birth.
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One is a male, the other is a female. I am guessing rabbit is the female. Une Lapin.
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Wow, we're really splitting hares now.
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If you expect me to bite on this one, Michelle, you're barking 'round the wrong rabbit hole.
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Now 'lance, no need to get rabbit, foaming at the mouth and all...
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Nothing to see here, folks. Hop along, please...
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Rabbits are like kittens, with closed eyes and quite helpless, while hares run around and fend for themselves right away.

Wait a sec'. I can't leave without a song

"Carrots are divine
You get a dozen for a dime

It's magic."

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You are the closest Arch. Hares are born with fur and their eyes open. Rabbits furless with closed eyes. I don't know whether hares can fend for themselves at birth though.

That is the reason that rabbits can not survive in the northern climes.


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quote:
I don't know whether hares can fend for themselves at birth though

Well, I said it so it must be true.


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We couldn't doubt a hare on your head, Arch.
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Being a geek, I collect these.

It's unkindness of ravens. Dunno about turtles or woodpeckers or quails.

My favourite is lamentation of swans.


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what about a 'hatred of americans' for a group of canadians ?
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nonesuch, as it happens, there's a Ruth Rendell book called An Unkindness of Ravens. Can't remember a thing else about it, except that it was $3 at a garage sale.
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Just found a site that collects collective nouns.

Claims it's a bevy of quail, a descent of woodpeckers and ...still no luck with turtles!

I like pocket better.


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posted 19 July 2002 08:55 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A conspiracy of ravens.
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posted 20 July 2002 12:28 AM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You're right about Ruth Rendell. If i misremembered that, what else may i be wrong about?!!

The other stuff was from the Pink Flamingo book, so i'm not responsible.
They do have a bale of turtles, a bevy of quail - and they give swans as a wedge. Also an army of frogs, a murder of crows, a shrewdness of apes, a cast (or kettle) of hawks, a clowder (not chowder!) of cats, a leap of leopards. It's possible that different expressions were used in different regions, or times.

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posted 20 July 2002 01:59 PM      Profile for radio     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's a conspiracy of CEOs.
A bungle of bureaucrats.
A prevarication of politicians.
A swindle of lawyers.

What was the original question?


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posted 20 July 2002 02:34 PM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
100% correct.
(Make that 98%, in deference to exceptions - especially among lawyers.)

a gripe of farmers
a preponderance of philosphers
a surplus of accountants
a jealousy of actors


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posted 20 July 2002 08:16 PM      Profile for scrabble     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
...a porkchop of labour apparatchiks (like me! )

an inspiration of social activists
a fiery quill of letters to neocon MLAs
a squandering of glorious summer afternoons of babblers

nonesuch, honey, we're going off the rails - a blight of neologisms, a confusion of digressions - next trivia question, please.


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posted 20 July 2002 08:19 PM      Profile for scrabble     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
...but i still like pocket of peckers.

(Swans are a wedge only if they're in flight in formation, btw)


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posted 20 July 2002 08:27 PM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
OK
Not squandering, exactly: i only come here to rest up in the cool, between chores and meals.

By the way, i'm not in charge of trivia.
Anyone can post a question.

I wonder how one would go about making scrabble puzzles in this format? I'll give it a ponder over nachos.

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posted 22 July 2002 03:10 AM      Profile for aRoused     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
While I see where the salt answer comes from, can I suggest another?

Flint. Specifically, good flint for making stone tools. We know high-quality stone has been moved around extensively in the past. Flint from South Dakota turns up in Ontario, obsidian from northern BC shows up in the US Midwest. Similar trading links are present in the "Old World". Does passing good toolmaking stone around, person to person, predate the salt trade? I'm inclined to say yes, but finding archaeological evidence of salt trading will be nigh impossible in almost all situations. Also, does a nodule of nice flint count as "money"? For that matter, does salt?


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posted 22 July 2002 10:10 AM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Jellybeans!

Of course, you're right. Also obsidian, shells, gourds, fish, nuts cattle, horn, and probably teeth. There are no wrong answers in a truly free market.

(Aw, chocolate! I've gone to a second page. Should have left it alone.)

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The teeth. They would be traded for what? How does one come upon teeth? Perhaps used for jewellery?
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posted 22 July 2002 10:30 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My ex told me once that saffron was a trading item in South Asia, because it is hard to make and is always used.
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posted 22 July 2002 08:02 PM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh, yeah! I forgot spices. Saffron is especially valuable, since it's such a damn fussy plant to grow. Peppercorns, cloves (long known as an analgesic), cumin, mustard, caraway, poppyseed. Also coffee and cocoa beans.
(I finally saw the film 'Choclat' the other night. Liked it.)

The teeth used in trade would be those of large carnivores (make good tools) or tusks of elephant, narwhal and walrus (ivory still has a very high black-market value - unfortunately for the creatures who need those teeth to survive).


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posted 22 July 2002 08:15 PM      Profile for flotsom   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Saffron - the stamen of the crocus flower.
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posted 22 July 2002 08:16 PM      Profile for flotsom   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Coloured beads - cokri shells - prescious stones -
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... cork, copper, quartz, women, ebony...
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posted 22 July 2002 09:32 PM      Profile for flotsom   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
- ivory - salt - stories - soma ...

note: salt is the principal trade good of the saharan nomads who call themselves mu'ab.

The tuareg, on the other hand trade in fear, spells, and potions, while trading off of the fear that has risen- like a rumour of plague - around these fascinating people.

note: saffron is a product of ancient Persia but most saffron today comes from Spain. Many restaurants claim to use saffron when they really are using tumeric.


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posted 22 July 2002 09:35 PM      Profile for flotsom   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ah, sweet vanilla - the seed-pod of a Madagascaran orchid.

Also a trade good of Bali.


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posted 22 July 2002 09:41 PM      Profile for nonsuch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
(and marigold blossoms for colour)

... furs, glass, tea, charcoal, jade...

I can keep this up as long as you can. The question is: should we?

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posted 23 July 2002 01:10 AM      Profile for flotsom   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
ah...pencils ?
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