A wise man probably once said that trivia is the best way to learn a thing or two about the place you call home. Only three of these facts are true. Lay off Google, and guess the false answer …
1.) Mistaken Point, down the Southern Shore, gets its name from a common mistake: sailors would often mistake the point of land for the safe haven of Cape Race, and take a deadly turn into ship-sinking rocks.
2.) Raymonds Restaurant has just been named the best restaurant in the country by a jury of their peers. The restaurant is run by two Jeremys (Bonia and Charles), so why is it called “Raymonds,” and not Jeremys? Answer: they named it after Charles’s grandfather (Raymond) and Bonia’s father (also Raymond). Which is to say two Jeremys run a restaurant together, and they both admire a relative named Raymond enough to name their restaurant Raymonds.
3.) In the late 1960s, a graduate student discovered fossils in Mistaken Point Newfoundland. They led to the discovery of what might be the most ancient deepsea fossils in the world. This student’s name was S.B. Misra, and one of his finds (Fractofusus misrai) is named after him.
4.) According to The Dictionary of Newfoundland English, the local term “Sauby” means someone reasonably distraught. Sample usage, “Maude is still sauby that her children have left the home.”
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