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January 28th | Posted In Philadelphia, Trivia

Trivia Tuesday!

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Isn’t quizzo the greatest?  Whether you are a New Deck purist who spells it with just one ‘z’, or prefer to win “adult” toys at a round of Kinky Quizzo, you can’t help but to love the thrill of being the only person at your table who knows the name of the first monkey in space‡.

To celebrate my love of Philadelphia and our love of quizzo (which is one of the reasons #whyilovephilly), I give you a Philly-focused trivia question every Tuesday.  Answers after the jump.

This week’s trivia question:  If you’re anything like me, you often find yourself wandering around town admiring Philly’s awesome architecture.  We have William Strickland to thank for a ton of the beautiful buildings.  Strickland a founder of the Greek Revival movement and the man behind the Second Bank of the United States, the National Mechanics Bank (now home to the bar), and the Philadelphia Naval Asylum.  Strickland died while working on his final work, which many consider to be his masterpiece and was buried within it.   Hint: it looks a lot like the Merchant Exchange (shown above) and is NOT in Philadelphia.

Answer:  William Strickland is buried in the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville.  Strickland shortly after breaking ground, and his son, F. W. Strickland, oversaw the final FIVE (5!) years of construction, which included entombing his father in the northeast wall.

‡Albert II.  Albert I was the first monkey astronaut, but, tragically, he did not survive the flight into space.

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