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Post by Zwak » Tue Nov 26 12:53 pm

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1. Carly Simon would tell him who "Your So Vain" was written about.
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Post by garykevinware » Tue Nov 26 12:55 pm

7. Napoleon, Benjamin Franklin, Tsar Paul I, and Charles Babbage all played a game of chess against what opponent?
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Post by Maize » Mon Dec 02 4:22 pm

Bonus quiz answers before next week's quiz:
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Bonus quiz, since this week's quiz was so easy:

1. In 2003, Dick Ebersol paid $50,000 at a charity auction for the right to be given what piece of information?

Ebersol paid $50,000 to be told by Carly Simon who the song "You're So Vain" is about. And then she told Taylor Swift for free. Further proof of just how difficult it is to be a wealthy, middle-aged white male in this country. Anyway, Simon has largely confirmed over the years that the song is about Warren Beatty.

Side fun fact: Last time I did one of these, I mentioned how David Bowie's ex-wife Angela Bowie falsely claims the Rolling Stones' song "Angie" is about her. Angela Bowie also claims to the "wife of a close friend" mentioned in "You're So Vain". Perhaps Carly should have written the song about her.


2. Nora Ephron’s 1986 novel Heartburn quietly hints at the answer to what mystery, which would not be publicly revealed for another 19 years?

Ephron's novel is a largely autobiographical tale that describes the dissolution of her marriage to famed journalist Carl Bernstein, after Bernstein cheated on her. In one of the greatest 'f*** yous' ever, Ephron quietly divulged her husband's deepest secret by naming the character based on Bernstein "Mark Feldman", which is very close to the name Mark Felt, who would later be identified as 'Deep Throat'. She also called him a "piece of work in the sack" that was "capable of having sex with a Venetian blind," which is also a pretty good 'f*** you'.

Ephron and Bernstein's divorce proceedings dragged on for years, with the main sticking point being that Bernstein be given an advanced copy of the movie script of Heartburn, as well as an early cut of the film, so that he could voice any concerns about the movie. In the end, one of the biggest changes from novel to movie was that his character's last name was changed from 'Feldman' to 'Forman'.


3. In imperial land measurement, what unit comes between a rod and a furlong in terms of length?

Four rods make a chain, and 10 chains make a furlong. Chain makes sense as a name, if you think about how land surveying was done. A cricket pitch is exactly one chain long, apparently.

4. What professional sports team’s nickname derives from a legend about the 13th child of Jane Leeds?

As legend has it, back in 1735 poor Jane Leeds had 12 children and, understandably, didn't want a 13th. But there was no TV back then, so when she became pregnant with #13, she cursed the child. When the child was born, it turned into a hideous monster and began terrorizing southern New Jersey. That monster became known as The Situation Jersey Devil.

5. What famous literary figure's only complete novel was titled The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket?

Edgar Allan Poe is credited as one of the first Americans to make a living entirely as a writer--although not much of one, he was pretty poor most of his life. Most of the money he made came from the poems and short stories he started producing after his first and only novel was a commercial failure.

6. In Canada, what food is commonly known by the nickname “KD”?

I get that it was a Depression-era thing, but whoever it was at Kraft that got boxed macaroni and cheese labeled as a "dinner" is either a marketing genius or history's greatest scoundrel.

7. Napoleon, Benjamin Franklin, Tsar Paul I, and Charles Babbage all played a game of chess against what opponent?

This was almost going to a Question 7, but I figured it would be next to impossible. They were among the many famous opponents to face off against The Turk, a mechanical chess playing machine that was actually just had a person hiding inside the machine controlling it.

8. What unusual distinction is shared by the following novels: Jane Eyre, Middlemarch, Wuthering Heights, Out of Africa, Brightness Falls From The Air, and The Cuckoo’s Calling?

These novels were all written by women, but (first) published under male names. The foils here are probably Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights since we now know them as being written by the Bronte sisters, but they were originally published under the names Currer Bell and Ellis Bell, respectively.

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Norm wrote:
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1. Who was Carly Simon talking about in the song "You're So Vain."
Neal Sedaka?
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Fun fact I learned on Twitter today:

1975 Philadelphia Flyers are the last Stanley Cup winning team composed entirely of Canadian players. 1993 Montreal Canadians are the last Stanley Cup winning team composed entirely of North American players
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Zwak wrote:
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Fun fact I learned on Twitter today:

1975 Philadelphia Flyers are the last Stanley Cup winning team composed entirely of Canadian players. 1993 Montreal Canadians are the last Stanley Cup winning team composed entirely of North American players
1993 was also the last time a Canadian team won the Cup.
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Post by Zwak » Tue Dec 03 3:19 am

Here are the answers to last week’s Ken Jennings Tuesday Trivia Quiz:

1. What type of pale lager was first brewed in its namesake western Bohemian city in 1842?
Without Pilsen (now Plzen, the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic, Pilsner beer might never have been invented.

2. What actress starred opposite Errol Flynn in eight of his films--and then went on to outlive him by sixty years?
And she's still alive! Olivia de Havilland co-starred in some of Flynn's best movies, including The Adventures of Robin Hood and Captain Blood.

3. In Johann Strauss's best-known operetta, a drunken Dr. Falke is abandoned in the middle of Vienna dressed as what kind of animal?
As a bat, which is why the piece is known as Die Fledermaus. TRIGGER WARNING if you are a young Bruce Wayne from Batman Begins.

4. What's the Latin-derived name for the organic material in soil, often the topmost layer of topsoil?
Topsoil generally contains little hummus, but a considerable amount of humus.

5. Of the fifteen costliest Atlantic hurricanes in history, only one dates back to the 20th century. What was that 1992 storm that struck in August, unusually early in the season?
So early that it was the first hurricane of 1992, and therefore started with the letter 'A'. Hurricane Andrew did $26.5 billion of direct damage to Florida.

6. What nation's current vice-president-elect is its former President Kirchner, also a former First Lady?
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is about to be first in the line of succession to the office she held from 2007 to 2015: president of Argentina.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these TV characters? Lindsay Bluth, Carl Carlson, "Crazy Eyes," Dexter Morgan, Eleven, Rose Nylund, Abby Sciuto, Jon Snow, Dr. Christian Troy, Worf.
Each was adopted as a child. If you are already composing an angry email to me about Jon Snow and Worf, please know that I already spent WAY TOO LONG reading about Federation and Westerosi adoption law and feel pretty confident about my work here.
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Here are this week’s questions:

1. The Asahi Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, and Yomiuri Shimbun are Japan's three leading what?

2. Between 1969 and 1975, what supply line ran the length of the Annamite Range?

3. Music video director Rene Elizondo, Jr. appeared on the September 1993 cover of Rolling Stone magazine--but only his hands. What musician was the real subject of that cover?

4. What objects did Galileo discover in 1610, calling them "ears" and asking, "Has [he] swallowed his children"?

5. Which New World nation is believed to have been named for a city four thousand miles to the northeast?

6. Rembrandt Peale and Gilbert Stuart are best known for what very specific type of painting?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these pro sports Hall of Famers? Marcus Allen, Paul Arizin, Chuck Bednarik, Tom Fears, Lou Gehrig, Tony Gwynn, Bob Lilly, Vern Mikkelsen, Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson.
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3. Janet Jackson
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Zwak wrote:
Tue Dec 03 3:19 am
Here are this week’s questions:

1. The Asahi Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, and Yomiuri Shimbun are Japan's three leading what?

4. What objects did Galileo discover in 1610, calling them "ears" and asking, "Has [he] swallowed his children"?

5. Which New World nation is believed to have been named for a city four thousand miles to the northeast?

6. Rembrandt Peale and Gilbert Stuart are best known for what very specific type of painting?
1. Newspapers
4. Saturn's rings
5. Grenada
6. Portraits of George Washington

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Post by Karlsson » Tue Dec 03 7:02 am

2.) The Ho Chi Minh Trail.

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Post by Viking » Tue Dec 03 8:21 am

7. The played college and professionally in the same city.
Bene dic, Domine, creaturam istam cerevisae, quam ex adipe frumenti producere dignatus es: ut sit remedium salutare humano generi: et praesta per invocationem nominis tui sancti, ut, quicumque ex ea biberint, sanitatem corporis, et animae tutelam percipiant.

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7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these TV characters? Lindsay Bluth, Carl Carlson, "Crazy Eyes," Dexter Morgan, Eleven, Rose Nylund, Abby Sciuto, Jon Snow, Dr. Christian Troy, Worf.
Each was adopted as a child.
What about Ernie Douglas!

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Composer wrote:
Tue Dec 03 12:02 pm
7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these TV characters? Lindsay Bluth, Carl Carlson, "Crazy Eyes," Dexter Morgan, Eleven, Rose Nylund, Abby Sciuto, Jon Snow, Dr. Christian Troy, Worf.
Each was adopted as a child.
What about Ernie Douglas!
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Post by Maize » Tue Dec 03 3:23 pm

Viking wrote:
Tue Dec 03 8:21 am
7. The played college and professionally in the same city.
I mean, if we want to be technical about it, Vern Mikkelsen went to college at Hamline, but played pro ball all the way over in Minneapolis.

I believe they're all Hall of Famers at the professional level as well. I thought they might all be collegiate Hall of Famers as well, but apparently Tony Gwynn isn't in the College Baseball Hall of Fame(though Roy Smalley is).

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Post by Norm » Tue Dec 03 3:36 pm

Zwak wrote:
Tue Dec 03 2:37 pm
Composer wrote:
Tue Dec 03 12:02 pm
7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these TV characters? Lindsay Bluth, Carl Carlson, "Crazy Eyes," Dexter Morgan, Eleven, Rose Nylund, Abby Sciuto, Jon Snow, Dr. Christian Troy, Worf.
Each was adopted as a child.
What about Ernie Douglas!
And Bam Bam!!!
The Ingalls family on Little House on the Prairie adopted 3 kids over the years just to try to keep the story going because they had run out of ideas.

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Zwak wrote:
Tue Dec 03 2:37 pm
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Tue Dec 03 12:02 pm
7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these TV characters? Lindsay Bluth, Carl Carlson, "Crazy Eyes," Dexter Morgan, Eleven, Rose Nylund, Abby Sciuto, Jon Snow, Dr. Christian Troy, Worf.
Each was adopted as a child.
What about Ernie Douglas!
And Bam Bam!!!
Whatchu talking 'bout, Willis??!?!? :mrgreen:
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Post by Zwak » Tue Dec 10 3:06 am

Here are the answers to last week’s Ken Jennings Tuesday Trivia Quiz:

1. The Asahi Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, and Yomiuri Shimbun are Japan's three leading what?
"Shimbun" is Japanese for "newspaper."

2. Between 1969 and 1975, what supply line ran the length of the Annamite Range?
The Annamite Range are the mountains running down the Laos-Vietnam border, and the site of the so-called "Ho Chi Minh Trail."

3. Music video director Rene Elizondo, Jr. appeared on the September 1993 cover of Rolling Stone magazine--but only his hands. What musician was the real subject of that cover?
It was Elizondo's wife at the time, Janet Jackson, whose cover photo added the word "handbra" to the national discourse.

4. What objects did Galileo discover in 1610, calling them "ears" and asking, "Has [he] swallowed his children"?
Nobody is a more famous child-swallower than the Roman god Saturn. In this case, Galileo had noticed weird bulges on the sides of the planet Saturn, which we now know to be its rings.

5. Which New World nation is believed to have been named for a city four thousand miles to the northeast?
Grenada is pretty far from Granada. It's also spelled differently and speaks a different language.

6. Rembrandt Peale and Gilbert Stuart are best known for what very specific type of painting?
These were guys that knew what they liked, and what they liked was painting almost one hundred paintings of George Washington apiece.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these pro sports Hall of Famers? Marcus Allen, Paul Arizin, Chuck Bednarik, Tom Fears, Lou Gehrig, Tony Gwynn, Bob Lilly, Vern Mikkelsen, Hakeem Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson.
These athletes spent their pro career (or at least the vast majority of it) playing in the same city/metro area where they played their college ball. I'm sure in most cases they moved apartments though.
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Here are this week’s questions:

1. The dial on a ship's engine order telegraph usually displays STOP as well as three other four-letter words, each indicating a different speed. What are those three words?

2. What's the only U.S. state in the Deep South that has a Democratic governor?

3. On October 19, 1469, what two teenagers (and second cousins) were wed at a nuptial mass in front of an audience of grandees?

4. What current TV series is based on "The Audience," a hit 2013 play covering weekly meetings from 1952 to the present?

5. Platinum, palladium, and rhodium are the precious metals most commonly used to speed up the redox reaction that gives what automobile device its name?

6. What consonant has most likely been discarded in words where a circumflex mark, ^, appears over a French vowel?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these hit songs? "Around the World," "Gloria," "It's Now or Never," "Let It Be Me," "My Way," "Seasons in the Sun," "Those Were the Days," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me."
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Post by Viking » Tue Dec 10 5:16 am

7. They were all originally in a different language (not English).
Bene dic, Domine, creaturam istam cerevisae, quam ex adipe frumenti producere dignatus es: ut sit remedium salutare humano generi: et praesta per invocationem nominis tui sancti, ut, quicumque ex ea biberint, sanitatem corporis, et animae tutelam percipiant.

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1. Slow, Half, and Full
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2. Louisiana (with one elected in Kentucky to be inaugurated)
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5). Catalytic converters

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4. The Crown

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3: I presume Ferdinand and Isabella
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6.) S

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Viking wrote:
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7. They were all originally in a different language (not English).
Interesting fact: I dunno about the others, but "My Way" was then re-recorded as a cover by the Gipsy Kings (assuming this answer is correct):

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Here are the answers to last week’s Ken Jennings Tuesday Trivia Quiz:

1. The dial on a ship's engine order telegraph usually displays STOP as well as three other four-letter words, each indicating a different speed. What are those three words?
FULL, HALF, and SLOW are the usual settings, though DEAD SLOW is a not-uncommon speed between SLOW and STOP.

2. What's the only U.S. state in the Deep South that has a Democratic governor?
John Bel Edwards's narrow re-election win one month ago kept Louisiana as the answer to this question.

3. On October 19, 1469, what two teenagers (and second cousins) were wed at a nuptial mass in front of an audience of grandees?
Grandees are Spanish or Portuguese nobles, and many were present at the politically ground-breaking 1469 wedding between Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile.

4. What current TV series is based on "The Audience," a hit 2013 play covering weekly meetings from 1952 to the present?
"The Audience," a hit on both the West End and Broadway, cast Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, meeting with decades of British prime ministers. (The United Kingdom was still a thing at the time, maybe not by the time you get this email.) Many of those scenes have been adapted in Peter Morgan's follow-up project, The Crown.

5. Platinum, palladium, and rhodium are the precious metals most commonly used to speed up the redox reaction that gives what automobile device its name?
They're called catalytic converters because they don't work without a catalyst.

6. What consonant has most likely been discarded in words where a circumflex mark, ^, appears over a French vowel?
If you remembered French words like hôpital or île or ancêtre, you probably figured out that there's a missing 's' in each one.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these hit songs? "Around the World," "Gloria," "It's Now or Never," "Let It Be Me," "My Way," "Seasons in the Sun," "Those Were the Days," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me."
All these English-language hits were written as new lyrics for old songs from other languages. That's right, "My Way" was originally French! (It was.) It was called "My Oui." (It was not.)
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Here are this week’s questions:

1. According to its title page, the masterpiece of what 14th-century author is "surnamed Prince Galehalt" and "told by seven Ladies and three young Men"?

2. "Five Predictions," delivered by Nicholas Negroponte in 1984, was the historic first presentation ever given at what now-annual conference?

3. What movie franchise, begun in 1995 and still going strong with its fourth installment in 2019, begins its films in the small town of Brantford, New Hampshire but never stays there for long?

4. What color are fifteen of the twenty-two balls in a snooker set?

5. In 2006, the beatification process for Julius Nyerere was opened by Cardinal Polycarp Pengo, the archbishop of what capital city?

6. What antimuscarinic medication derived from nightshade plants is named for one of the three Fates from Greek mythology?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these famous people? Nathan Bedford Forrest, John C. Fremont, Patty Hearst, Jimmy Hoffa, Jack Johnson, Jean Lafitte, Willie McCovey, George Steinbrenner, Brigham Young.
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Post by Karlsson » Tue Dec 17 7:24 am

3.) Jumanji.

4.) Red.

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2) TED?
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Post by Steve MN » Tue Dec 17 8:47 am

6: Atropine
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Post by garykevinware » Tue Dec 17 9:12 am

1. According to its title page, the masterpiece of what 14th-century author is "surnamed Prince Galehalt" and "told by seven Ladies and three young Men"?
The Decameron by Boccaccio

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Post by Maize » Tue Dec 17 9:13 am

1. is not Canterbury Tales, which was my first guess, though it's a very similar work.

I'm also pretty bummed that someone beat me to a question on snooker.

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Post by Maize » Tue Dec 17 9:16 am

7. I'm leaning towards people that didn't drink alcohol.

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Post by Zwak » Tue Dec 17 9:19 am

Maize wrote:
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7. I'm leaning towards people that didn't drink alcohol.
I like that answer but it does seem like that list could be huge.
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I like that answer but it does seem like that list could be huge.
Yeah, you're correct.

I'm switching my answer to:
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All received Presidential pardons.

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Post by garykevinware » Tue Dec 17 9:38 am

Maize wrote:
Tue Dec 17 9:25 am
Zwak wrote:
Tue Dec 17 9:19 am


I like that answer but it does seem like that list could be huge.
Yeah, you're correct.

I'm switching my answer to:
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All received Presidential pardons.
I don't think that Willie McCovey received a presidential pardon. My first thought was, related to McCovey, having a body of water named after him, McCovey Cove. In reading his biography on Wikipedia, two other notable facts are that he dropped out of high school and he was featured in Charles Schulz' Peanuts comic strip.

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Post by Zwak » Tue Dec 17 9:56 am

Maize wrote:
Tue Dec 17 9:25 am
Zwak wrote:
Tue Dec 17 9:19 am


I like that answer but it does seem like that list could be huge.
Yeah, you're correct.

I'm switching my answer to:
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All received Presidential pardons.
Since Ken is a Mormon he likely could have included himself on this list for your first response. :D
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Post by Zwak » Tue Dec 17 9:58 am

garykevinware wrote:
Tue Dec 17 9:38 am
Maize wrote:
Tue Dec 17 9:25 am
Zwak wrote:
Tue Dec 17 9:19 am


I like that answer but it does seem like that list could be huge.
Yeah, you're correct.

I'm switching my answer to:
Hidden Content...
All received Presidential pardons.
I don't think that Willie McCovey received a presidential pardon. My first thought was, related to McCovey, having a body of water named after him, McCovey Cove. In reading his biography on Wikipedia, two other notable facts are that he dropped out of high school and he was featured in Charles Schulz' Peanuts comic strip.
McCovey was pardoned by Pres. Obama in Jan. 2017 (I didn't know that. Had to look it up)
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Post by Maize » Tue Dec 17 10:03 am

garykevinware wrote:
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I don't think that Willie McCovey received a presidential pardon.
He got one from Obama for a tax evasion case from the mid-'90s. It basically just restored his voting rights.

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Post by Maize » Thu Dec 19 10:30 am

Bonus Quiz:

1. Rapper Bhad Bhabie, the youngest female rapper to make the Billboard Hot 100 chart, first gained notoriety thanks to what catch phrase?
2. What product is named after an assistant to Santa Claus that appeared in its’ parent company’s advertising?
3. What 2010s Billboard Hot 100 #1 song was inspired by a photograph of George Brett?
4. 19-4052 was recently named ____ Of The Year for the year 2020?
5. The 1998 Supreme Court case New Jersey v. New York gave New Jersey roughly 90% of what?
6. A 1972 trade between the Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Colts and a 1978 trade between the Boston Celtics and Buffalo Braves are the only two instances in US major pro sports history of what being traded?
7. What unique historical distinction is shared by only these six states: Vermont, Kentucky, Maine, Texas, California, West Virginia?

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6. A 1972 trade between the Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Colts and a 1978 trade between the Boston Celtics and Buffalo Braves are the only two instances in US major pro sports history of what being traded?
They traded franchises.

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Post by Viking » Thu Dec 19 11:08 am

5. Ellis Island
Bene dic, Domine, creaturam istam cerevisae, quam ex adipe frumenti producere dignatus es: ut sit remedium salutare humano generi: et praesta per invocationem nominis tui sancti, ut, quicumque ex ea biberint, sanitatem corporis, et animae tutelam percipiant.

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4. 19-4052 was recently named ____ Of The Year for the year 2020?

Color of the year.

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Post by Karlsson » Thu Dec 19 11:47 am

3.) "Royals" - Lorde

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Post by Karlsson » Thu Dec 19 11:58 am

7 is bugging me. I want to say they were parts of other states, but California and Texas don't fit.

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Post by Maize » Thu Dec 19 1:23 pm

Karlsson wrote:
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7 is bugging me. I want to say they were parts of other states, but California and Texas don't fit.
It's a tough one. You're in the right general area.

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Post by Kelly Red » Thu Dec 19 3:39 pm

I think #2 is Elf on a Shelf, the nightmare tradition of many of my friends.


I have a couple of gay friends, as a joke one of their moms gave each of them an Elf. Now they entertain the rest of us with perverted photos of the 2 Elves doing unspeakable things to each other! The mom finds it hilarious and has apparently suggested photo scenes :shock:
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Post by Maize » Thu Dec 19 5:09 pm

Kelly Red wrote:
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I think #2 is Elf on a Shelf, the nightmare tradition of many of my friends.
Nope. It appears that Elf on the Shelf is the sole creation of some lady and her two daughters. Good for her, I guess, even if it sucks for the rest of us.

The answer is more well-known and not necessarily Christmas-related.

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Post by Kelly Red » Thu Dec 19 8:28 pm

Maize wrote:
Thu Dec 19 5:09 pm
Kelly Red wrote:
Thu Dec 19 3:39 pm
I think #2 is Elf on a Shelf, the nightmare tradition of many of my friends.
Nope. It appears that Elf on the Shelf is the sole creation of some lady and her two daughters. Good for her, I guess, even if it sucks for the rest of us.

The answer is more well-known and not necessarily Christmas-related.
Is it Rudolph? He was originally a promo for Montgomery Ward, way before the song and the eventual TV show. I’m just guessing now, I hate not knowing a Christmas trivia ??
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Post by garykevinware » Thu Dec 19 9:44 pm

Kelly Red wrote:
Thu Dec 19 8:28 pm
Maize wrote:
Thu Dec 19 5:09 pm
Kelly Red wrote:
Thu Dec 19 3:39 pm
I think #2 is Elf on a Shelf, the nightmare tradition of many of my friends.
Nope. It appears that Elf on the Shelf is the sole creation of some lady and her two daughters. Good for her, I guess, even if it sucks for the rest of us.

The answer is more well-known and not necessarily Christmas-related.
Is it Rudolph? He was originally a promo for Montgomery Ward, way before the song and the eventual TV show. I’m just guessing now, I hate not knowing a Christmas trivia ??
2. What product is named after an assistant to Santa Claus that appeared in its’ parent company’s advertising?
So what product is Rudolph and how does that answer the question?

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Post by Beauner » Fri Dec 20 9:37 am

1) Catch me outside, how bout dat? Though when she says it it sounds more like "Cash me ousside, how bow dah?"
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Post by Kelly Red » Fri Dec 20 11:17 am

garykevinware wrote:
Thu Dec 19 9:44 pm
Kelly Red wrote:
Thu Dec 19 8:28 pm
Maize wrote:
Thu Dec 19 5:09 pm
Kelly Red wrote:
Thu Dec 19 3:39 pm
I think #2 is Elf on a Shelf, the nightmare tradition of many of my friends.
Nope. It appears that Elf on the Shelf is the sole creation of some lady and her two daughters. Good for her, I guess, even if it sucks for the rest of us.

The answer is more well-known and not necessarily Christmas-related.
Is it Rudolph? He was originally a promo for Montgomery Ward, way before the song and the eventual TV show. I’m just guessing now, I hate not knowing a Christmas trivia ??
2. What product is named after an assistant to Santa Claus that appeared in its’ parent company’s advertising?
So what product is Rudolph and how does that answer the question?
Yah, I’m fixating on the wrong thing.
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Beauner wrote:
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1) Catch me outside, how bout dat? Though when she says it it sounds more like "Cash me ousside, how bow dah?"
That's exactly why it's funnier than all be.
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Bonus quiz answers:
Maize wrote:
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Bonus Quiz:

1. Rapper Bhad Bhabie, the youngest female rapper to make the Billboard Hot 100 chart, first gained notoriety thanks to what catch phrase?

Danielle Bregoli, who once told an audience member of the Dr. Phil show to "Catch me outside, how about that?" in the trashiest of south Florida accents and became a meme, is now probably doing better than you, at least financially speaking.

2. What product is named after an assistant to Santa Claus that appeared in its’ parent company’s advertising?

Most of our modern conception of what Santa Claus looks like comes from a Jewish guy named Haddon Sundblom who did artwork for Coca-Cola. Taking inspiration from the poem Twas the Night Before Christmas and using his friend Lou Prentiss as a model, he basically standardized the fat guy with a white beard. It's a common myth that Coke changed Santa's coat color to red to match the color of a Coke can, but there were red Santas, along with green and tan Santas prior. But again, Coke basically standardized the red coat.

Anyway, in 1942, Sundblom debuted a new character to assist Santa, a green elf called Sprite Boy, whose mission was to remind consumers that "Coca-Cola" could be shortened to "Coke". Sprite Boy was phased out of ads in 1958. Three years later, Coca-Cola debuted their new lemon-lime soda in green cans, and named it 'Sprite'.


3. What 2010s Billboard Hot 100 #1 song was inspired by a photograph of George Brett?

Singer-songwriter Lorde was so drawn to this National Geographic photo of George Brett(https://deadspin.com/this-picture-of-ge ... 1478665015) that it became the inspiration for her song "Royals". She's from New Zealand, so she can be forgiven for not realizing that the Kansas City Royals are actually one of our least glamorous baseball teams.

4. 19-4052 was recently named ____ Of The Year for the year 2020?

Pantone 19-4052, or Classic Blue, is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2020. Not to be confused with past blue-tinted winners: Serenity, Blue Iris, Blue Turquoise, Aqua Sky, or Cerulean.

5. The 1998 Supreme Court case New Jersey v. New York gave New Jersey roughly 90% of what?

Looking at a map, it looks like Ellis Island should be part of New Jersey. But thanks to a poorly-worded 17th century treaty, the island had historically belonged to New York. New Jersey sued for ownership of the island in 1997 when they island was in line for some federal development money. The Supreme Court ruled that the original land of Ellis Island belonged to New York, but any land that had been added to the island as part of land reclamation projects--which by that point, was about 90% of the island--belonged to New Jersey.

6. A 1972 trade between the Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Colts and a 1978 trade between the Boston Celtics and Buffalo Braves are the only two instances in US major pro sports history of what being traded?

The whole damn franchise. The NBA one is pretty basic. The owner of the Boston Celtics wanted to move to San Diego. Obviously the NBA's most historic franchise couldn't be relocated, so he negotiated a deal with the owner of the Buffalo Braves, who wanted out of Buffalo. The Braves owner would upgrade to a more valuable franchise, while the Celtics owner would receive a team that he could move to southern California(which would eventually become the Clippers).

The NFL one is more complicated. Colts owner Carroll Rosebloom wanted out of owning the Colts because of the team's stadium situation. But instead of selling the team, where he would have had to pay a massive capital gains tax, he worked out a deal for businessman Robert Irsay to buy the Los Angeles Rams(whose owner had recently died), and then Irsay and Rosebloom swapped franchises in a no-cash deal that was not subject to the capital gains tax.

On the day of the trade, Irsay promised that he would not move the Colts from Baltimore and would work with the city for a new stadium deal. 12 years later, Irsay was still battling with the city of Baltimore over improvements to Memorial Stadium. In late March of 1984, the city government passed a law that would allow the city to take over the team through eminent domain. In the early morning hours two days later, Irsay and the mayor of Indianapolis arranged for 15 moving trucks to pack up the entire Colts franchise and move the team to Indianapolis.


7. What unique historical distinction is shared by only these six states: Vermont, Kentucky, Maine, Texas, California, West Virginia?

These are the only six states that were added to the Union without first being an organized, incorporated US territory. Karlsson is correct that Vermont, Kentucky, and Maine, and West Virginia were split off from other states, while Texas was its' own republic and California came from unorganized territory ceded in the Mexican-American War.

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Here are the answers to last week’s Ken Jennings Tuesday Trivia Quiz:

1. According to its title page, the masterpiece of what 14th-century author is "surnamed Prince Galehalt" and "told by seven Ladies and three young Men"?
Ten storytellers, ten days. This is the Decameron by Giovanni Boccacio.

2. "Five Predictions," delivered by Nicholas Negroponte in 1984, was the historic first presentation ever given at what now-annual conference?
Negroponte correctly predicted e-readers, video conferencing, and smartphone touchscreen interfaces in the very first TED talk, way back in 1984.

3. What movie franchise, begun in 1995 and still going strong with its fourth installment in 2019, begins its films in the small town of Brantford, New Hampshire but never stays there for long?
It's about time for a Jumanji movie that actually shows us the goings-on in Brantford instead of whisking everyone away to some jungle or spaceship or whatever.

4. What color are fifteen of the twenty-two balls in a snooker set?
Besides the white cue ball and the six colored balls, there are as many as fifteen red balls. (Maybe that should say "coloured," since Americans so rarely watch or play snooker.)

5. In 2006, the beatification process for Julius Nyerere was opened by Cardinal Polycarp Pengo, the archbishop of what capital city?
Hmm, I see now that this question has a potentially fatal problem. Nyerere was the first president of Tanzania, and Pengo was the Archbishop of Dar es Salaam. Unfortunately, Dar es Salaam is merely the de facto capital of Tanzania. Most government functions remain there, but Dodoma is the official capital by statute.

6. What antimuscarinic medication derived from nightshade plants is named for one of the three Fates from Greek mythology?
Atropos is the member of the Fates who cuts the thread of life, which is how the potentially dangerous atropine got its name.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these famous people? Nathan Bedford Forrest, John C. Fremont, Patty Hearst, Jimmy Hoffa, Jack Johnson, Jean Lafitte, Willie McCovey, George Steinbrenner, Brigham Young.
Each was pardoned by a U.S. president. Nathan Bedford Forrest is still CANCELLED though!!
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Here are this week’s questions:

1. The first Spanish colony in the New World, La Navidad, was built from the wreckage of what ship?

2. What musician, who sang on both of the biggest Christmas songs of 1984, died on December 25, 2016?

3. What was the nom du crime of the partnership of Marv Murchins and Harry Lyme, the villains from Home Alone?

4. What quantity from fluid mechanics takes its name from the Latin for "mistletoe," as mistletoe berries were anciently used to make glue?

5. What title character of a 1951 Christmas opera was inspired by Gian Carlo Menotti's own memories of being a disabled child?

6. What were the last names of producer Arthur and Jules, who formed a studio in 1960 and went on to produce a dozen stop-motion holiday specials?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these Christmas songs? Away in a Manger, The Chipmunk Song, The First Noel, Happy Xmas (War Is Over), It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, O Holy Night, O Tannenbaum, Silent Night, Silver Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, What Child Is This.
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Post by MNNavy » Tue Dec 24 3:21 am

3. The wet bandits.
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6. Rankin & Bass
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Post by Greyeagle » Tue Dec 24 5:30 am

2. I am guessing George Michael
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1.) The Santa Maria.

4.) Viscosity?

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Greyeagle wrote:
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2. I am guessing George Michael
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No quiz as of yet.
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Post by Kelly Red » Tue Dec 31 11:01 am

Maize wrote:
Mon Dec 23 1:39 pm
Bonus quiz answers:
Maize wrote:
Thu Dec 19 10:30 am
Bonus Quiz:



2. What product is named after an assistant to Santa Claus that appeared in its’ parent company’s advertising?

Most of our modern conception of what Santa Claus looks like comes from a Jewish guy named Haddon Sundblom who did artwork for Coca-Cola. Taking inspiration from the poem Twas the Night Before Christmas and using his friend Lou Prentiss as a model, he basically standardized the fat guy with a white beard. It's a common myth that Coke changed Santa's coat color to red to match the color of a Coke can, but there were red Santas, along with green and tan Santas prior. But again, Coke basically standardized the red coat.

Anyway, in 1942, Sundblom debuted a new character to assist Santa, a green elf called Sprite Boy, whose mission was to remind consumers that "Coca-Cola" could be shortened to "Coke". Sprite Boy was phased out of ads in 1958. Three years later, Coca-Cola debuted their new lemon-lime soda in green cans, and named it 'Sprite'.
Sprite Boy!! Who knew? I’m very familiar with the Coca-Cola Santa rework. Past “Santa’s” usually wore a full length coat or looked like a gnome. The Coke Santa solidified our memory version. But I’ve never heard of Sprite Boy. Thanks for the tidbit Maize. I’m going to stump my Christmas collector friends with that one. :dup:
And on another note, a few years ago at our annual convention in Chicago, the grandson of Bass (stop motion fame) gave a fabulous lecture on the making of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. He also had the original Rudolph model, it was surprisingly small.
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Still no quiz yet. Sorry!
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Still no quiz yet. Sorry!
Well, YOU could make up a quiz. :wink:
Sincerely, I'm sure it would be fantastic.
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Post by Zwak » Tue Dec 31 3:42 pm

Hot off the presses...here are the answers to last week’s Ken Jennings Tuesday Trivia Quiz

1. The first Spanish colony in the New World, La Navidad, was built from the wreckage of what ship?
La Navidad was founded in Hispaniola on Christmas Day 1492. Which of Columbus's three ships had foundered the night before and provided the building material for the new fort? The Santa Maria, appropriately enough.

2. What musician, who sang on both of the biggest Christmas songs of 1984, died on December 25, 2016?
George Michael sings all of "Last Christmas" and a fair bit of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" but his run of good holiday luck ended three Christmases ago. :(

3. What was the nom du crime of the partnership of Marv Murchins and Harry Lyme, the villains from Home Alone?
They're called the Wet Bandits, because they leave the faucets running in the houses they burgle. Jerks.

4. What quantity from fluid mechanics takes its name from the Latin for "mistletoe," as mistletoe berries were anciently used to make glue?
Mistletoe was "viscum" in Ancient Rome, which is where we get our word "viscosity."

5. What title character of a 1951 Christmas opera was inspired by Gian Carlo Menotti's own memories of being a disabled child?
Amahl of Amahl and the Night Visitors fame is the perpetual runner-up to Tiny Tim in the "Best Limping Christmas Child" sweepstakes.

6. What were the last names of producer Arthur and Jules, who formed a studio in 1960 and went on to produce a dozen stop-motion holiday specials?
Rudolph, Frosty, and all the rest were brought to you by Rankin/Bass Productions, founded by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these Christmas songs? Away in a Manger, The Chipmunk Song, The First Noel, Happy Xmas (War Is Over), It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, O Holy Night, O Tannenbaum, Silent Night, Silver Bells, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, What Child Is This.
As this list got longer than I expected, I realized that this is not THAT unusual a distinction in the holiday canon, for some reason. All these tunes are notated in waltz time--mostly 3/4, though I think O Holy Night and Silent Night are sometimes written as 6/8.
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Post by Zwak » Tue Dec 31 3:43 pm

Here are this week’s questions:

1. What record label, founded in 1968, used a logo inspired by the work of Rene Magritte?

2. In what state would you find the largest U.S. cities beginning with the letters 'X' and 'Z'?

3. What Genoese admiral who died in 1560 had his name return to maritime news on the night of July 25, 1956?

4. What TV show's first episode, from April 1977, included a segment in a Ford Capri about safe mirror use on the M1, and an interview with the Minister of Transport on the introduction of seat belts?

5. What kind of food is produced by the California Marcona Company?

6. What chemistry term for a particle with an unpaired electron is also used in math notation to refer to the square root symbol?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these novels? Ada, Crazy Rich Asians, The Forsyte Saga, Hawaii, Homegoing, Little Big, Love Medicine, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Some Luck, The Stone Diaries, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, Wuthering Heights.
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Post by Karlsson » Tue Dec 31 3:50 pm

2.) Ohio
3.) Andrea Doria

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Post by Steve MN » Tue Dec 31 4:07 pm

6: Radical
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Post by Maize » Tue Dec 31 4:39 pm

4. Top Gear
5. Almonds

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Post by Maize » Tue Dec 31 6:35 pm

7. They're all multi-generational family stories?

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Post by Chris83 » Tue Dec 31 8:22 pm

1. Apple Records?
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