1) What is the all-time bestselling Irish novel?
“In 1955, a Soviet delegation of writers learned that the author, long presumed dead, was alive in New York… living in obscurity, and due to Soviet copyright laws, she was unaware of her legendary status in Russia. The following year, Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson visited Moscow to arrange for payment of her long-overdue royalties.”
2) What is the second-oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy?
I knew the oldest, having toured it. Tours are available of this one, too, if you’re in the neighborhood…
3) What song charted each decade from the nineteen-twenties to the nineteen-seventies?
A local station plays old American Top 40 shows in their entirety on Sunday mornings. It’s easily my favorite thing on the radio. Last week’s was from 1975, and old Casey dropped the above knowledge before playing the disco version by the (excellently named) Wing and a Prayer Fife and Drum Corps.
Keep your feet on the ground, Gentle Reader, and keep reaching for the stars.