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A Correction

Attention Madison trivia players, I owe you all an apology. Last week, during the Bamboo Harvester of Sorrows of Young Werther category I mentioned the historical inaccuracy of Melton Wool being worn by soldiers in the civil war.

I posited Melton Wool wasn’t developed until the late 19th century, and during the Civil War era, US woolen mills were not suited for producing the fabric on a scale large enough to meet the needs of the Union forces, or those treasonous confederates who strode into battle fueled by privilege and hatred.

In reality, Melton cloth dates back hundreds of years and was developed in Melton Mowbray in England, not Melt’s Woolery and Rap Emporium—Squirrel Hill’s home for fat beats and stylish pleats since 1861– in Pittsburgh.\

I can only assume I was confusing all of the history of woven wool cloth in the the United States with that of the Woolrich Company of Pennsylvania, who truly found fame in the late 1890s by introducing a wool twill vest with, brace yourselves, several pockets.

Certainly this is more pockets than the Union soldiers were accustomed to. And as for the traitorous rebels, they carried nothing but the empty promises of the rich, protoligarchs and soon-to-be klansmen who funded the unjust and immoral succession of the southern states. Thus, not needing pockets.

I hope by addressing this inaccuracy trivia can move forward and be as entertaining as ever. If you can look past this blemish on the face of Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia, I ask you to join me tonight at Glass Nickel Pizza for food, drinks, prizes and 50 questions that at least seem factual.

The show starts at 7pm. See you then.

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