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March 11th | Posted In Philadelphia, Trivia

Trivia Tuesday!

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Declaration

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 can name all five of the D1 football colleges without the word “University” in their names‡.

To celebrate my 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:  Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence here in Philadelphia, including its most memorable line “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all mean are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  It’s believed that he cribbed that last part (“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” from a famous 17th century English philosopher.  Can you guess who?

Answer:  John Locke.  In his Two Treatises of Government, Locke wrote that political society existed to protect a person’s “life, liberty, and estate.”  Whether Jefferson was consciously borrowing from Locke is a debate best left to historians.  Undeniably, though, Locke’s writing on government influenced the Founding Fathers and is one of the great bastions of liberal political theory.

‡Boston College, Georgia Tech, United States Military Academy, United States Naval Academy and United States Air Force Academy.  In case you said “VT”, Virginia Tech’s full name is the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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