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Thursday Trivia – Episode 1

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The wife and I left our kids with a non-family-member babysitter for the first time ever last night so we could go out with her sister & mother for some dinner and live trivia at a local restaurant.  We didn't win the competition (not by a long shot), but we came close to getting 3rd place.  We didn't care because we had a lot of fun just hanging out and participating, and is definitely something we'll be doing again in the future.

Some of the questions were pretty easy, but others left us scratching our heads.  See what you think – I'll post the answers tomorrow to let you see how you did.

Oh, and if you feel like trying to answer these yourself, just be aware that some people may try to answer in the comments, so don't read ahead unless you want some of the answers spoiled for you.

Round 1
1. Category: Military History.  What major historical event happened on June 6th? For bonus points, name the year.
2. Category: Science.  Louis Pasteur invented the pasteurization process in 1862.  This process was used for milk, along with what else?
3. Category: World Events.  What event will take place August 8th through the 24th of this year?
4. Category: Space.  Dwarf planets like Pluto are no longer called "planets" by the IAU.  What is the new term for these astronomical bodies?
5. Category: Organizations. Joseph "Piney" Armone and Sammy "The Bull" Gravano belonged to this "organization". What was its name?

Round 2
6. Category: Musicians.  This musician was responsible for such tunes as "Beyond the Sea", "Splish Splash", and "Mack the Knife". (Name the musician)
7. Category: Literature.  Name the author whose works include Tender is the Night, The Beautiful and the Damned, This Side of Paradise, and most famously, The Great Gatsby.
8. Category: Human Anatomy.  Name the two locations on the human body where you'd find phalanges.
9. Category: Bugs.  The "Rocky Mountain Wood" and "Groundhog" are two nicknames for this critter.  Name the bug.
10. Category: Math.  Reduce 7/8 * 6/7 to its smallest form.

Halftime Bonus Question
B1. Which of the following two telecommunications companies announced last week that they will merge before the end of the year?

  • A. Sprint and AT&T
  • B. Verizon and US Cellular
  • C. T-Mobile and Alltel
  • D. Verizon and Alltel

Round 3
11. Category: Music Groups.  The Bee Gees were made up of three brothers.  Two of the brothers were Maurice and Barry.  Name the third brother.
12. Category: Sports.  Since 1993, Gary Bettman has been the commissioner of this professional sports league.  Name the league.
13. Category: Lakes and Rivers.  The Seneca and Cayuga lakes are part of the group known as the Finger Lakes in what US State?
14. Category: World Capitals.  Suva is the capital of what island nation?
15. Category: Chemistry.  What is the periodic table symbol for the element Titanium?

Round 4
16. Category: Movies.  This actress played Princess Vespa in Spaceballs, and also starred on Melrose Place.  Name the actress.
17. Category: U.S. Constitution.  The 15th amendment was ratified in 1870.  What was the purpose of this amendment?
18. Category: Native Americans.  The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole indian tribes were known by what name to U.S. Settlers?
19. Category: TV.  Sean Astin and Mackenzie Astin were the children of Patty Duke and television actor John Astin, who appeared on what 1960s TV series?  Bonus points – name the character he played on the show.
20. Category: Cartoons.  The Refreshments play the theme song for which prime-time television cartoon?

Final Bonus Question
B2. Which U.S. President said, "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world…."

  • A. George Washington
  • B. Harry S. Truman
  • C. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • D. Thomas Jefferson

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Quick Quiz – Odd Lady

What is odd about the lady in the picture below?


Your Choices:

A. She's listening to Rush Limbaugh talk about Oxycontin addiction (yeah, must be a tape or some radio station replaying it).

B. She's eating a home-made salad while parked outside of a Subway restaurant.

C. She has two stuffed teddy bears in the back seat, each buckled into a seatbelt.  She is talking to them like they are her children.

D. Nothing is odd about her – except that she got out of her car and screamed at me through my closed window for taking this photo.

Choose wisely, there is only one correct answer.  I'll reveal the correct answer later today/tomorrow in the comments.

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Mission Possible – Redeux

Ok, I promised I'd let you know the answers to that True/False quiz I posted last Friday, so here they are:

1. My elementary school teachers nicknamed (and called) me "Motormouth".

True.  I think it was well-deserved too.  I recall the only time I ever shut up was during lunch (and sometimes, not even then!)

2. I cried in high school when I got a grade of 'B' in Phys. Ed.

False.  I didn't quite cry, but I was very upset.  It seems that those who couldn't do ALL the tumbling moves (I couldn't do a back handspring) got a B that quarter.  I had a perfect 4.0 going for my first two years of high school and wasn't about to let some weaselly little P.E. teacher ruin it.  Luckily, only the semester grades were applied towards your GPA, so I managed to boost it back up to an 'A' to keep my streak going…(yeah, I was a nerd in high school, I know, I know).

3. I once nearly severed my middle finger when I fell while carrying firewood while wearing roller-skates.

Fortunately, this one is False.  Unfortunately, that's because it happened to my brother.  The same one who got his teeth broken by a sailboat boom on the 4th of July.  He seems to have all the "serious" injuries from when we were kids.

Sadly, I cannot say that I would NEVER have had this happen to me…I just happened to not be wearing roller skates at the time, or else I might be telling you a different story.

4. My brother's best friend once hit me in the head with a heavy steel chain.

True.  Long story short – he was, for some odd reason, "dribbling" a basketball by whipping it with this big bike-chain.  When the ball went awry, I reached out to grab it and toss it back his way…unfortunately, he decided if he swung the chain extra-far, he'd be able to hook the ball back without any problems…when chain hit head, it left a scar that is still present today, but only visible when I shave my head.

5. When I was in elementary school, a girl told me I "sung like a frog" and it scarred me to the point of choosing to refrain from singing until halfway through high school.

All too True.  I avoided school musicals and choirs like the plague until high school, and then I found out what fun I was missing.  I ended up having a passing-good voice, too, so I grimace a little that one little girl caused such a hiccup in my vocal development.

6. I once won a mini-triathlon at a summer camp where the prize was a chance to eat McDonald's with the hot female camp counselor.

True.  And the Big Mac was DELICIOUS!  (As was the company.)

7. I wore bright red pants to my middle-school graduation.  Nobody probably would have noticed, except I was Valedictorian and had to give a speech.

Sad to say, but True.  I have to blame this one on my Grandmother though – she was always buying me crazy clothes and I had no better sense but then to wear them.  She bought me bright yellow shorts the next year – I stopped wearing them after someone asked if they came with batteries or if I had to buy them and hook them up myself.  (The following year, I got over the frog comment (#5 above) and realized I didn't care if I was teased, and started wearing them again).

8. My two best friends in high school were a Taiwanese boy nicknamed "Grasshopper" and a Somalian boy nicknamed "Jackrabbit".

False.  Or, at least the jackrabbit part of it was.  We were the top 3 runners on the cross-country squad, and were really close.  The kid from Taiwan really was nicknamed "Grasshopper" though – he was about 5'8" but had a vertical that could rival a lot of college basketball superstars.

9. I once hit someone upside the head with a copy of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.

True. (As Budd said, haven't we all?)  I had my nose in a book about half the time in middle school, and one day when I was sitting at lunch, reading The Hobbit, I started to get teased by one of the school bullies in my grade.  I was pretty tired of it, and just closed the book, reached up, and *whapped* him with it.  He was too shocked to fight back.

I got sent to the principal's office – she thought it was pretty funny that the book was mightier than the sword.  She told me that she couldn't very well take books away from me, but didn't want to see me hitting anyone with them again.

10. I once got a ticket from a police officer while riding my bike home from the neighborhood swimming pool.

True.  I had biked down this road with some friends of mine a few days before, and decided to go down it again by myself on the way home, as it was a bit of a shortcut over the regular route.  An unmarked police car "pulled me over" and explained that I was trespassing on a private property road.  He wrote me a "warning ticket" and I was in tears as I turned around and pedaled the half-mile back the way I had come.  I hid the ticket in my closet and worried over it for about 3 days before I decided to come clean with my parents.  At the time, I had no idea what a "warning ticket" was (being ~11) and wasn't sure if I was going to go to jail if my parents didn't pay a fine or take care of it somehow.

Needless to say, my parents were greatly amused and figured I had learned my lesson between the policeman incident and the self-imposed guilt trip I had been suffering from for the previous 3 days.

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Mission Possible?

For lack of better content to post today (sorry, not feeling creative and gotta spend some time getting ready for my trip to the UK next week) I thought I'd throw up a quick 10-question True/False quiz about my childhood for everyone.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to respond in the comments with the answer "True" or "False" for items 1-10.  I'll post the correct answers over the weekend or on Monday, whenever I have time.

This message will not self destruct in 10 seconds.  *Beep*

1. My elementary school teachers nicknamed (and called) me "Motormouth".
2. I cried in high school when I got a grade of 'B' in Phys. Ed.
3. I once nearly severed my middle finger when I fell while carrying firewood while wearing roller-skates.
4. My brother's best friend once hit me in the head with a heavy steel chain.
5. When I was in elementary school, a girl told me I "sung like a frog" and it scarred me to the point of choosing to refrain from singing until halfway through high school.
6. I once won a mini-triathlon at a summer camp where the prize was a chance to eat McDonald's with the hot female camp counselor.
7. I wore bright red pants to my middle-school graduation.  Nobody probably would have noticed, except I was Valedictorian and had to give a speech.
8. My two best friends in high school were a Taiwanese boy nicknamed "Grasshopper" and a Somalian boy nicknamed "Jackrabbit".
9. I once hit someone upside the head with a copy of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.
10. I once got a ticket from a police officer while riding my bike home from the neighborhood swimming pool.

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Road Rage – How Do You Stack Up?

I was driving to work today when I realized there quite a few people out there driving like maniacs.  If my wife is reading this, she'll be saying, "Ross, you're one to talk!"  But seriously, there are some crazy drivers out there on the highways. 

With that in mind, I thought I'd help all you Voxers out there with a little quiz I put together to find out where you stand with respect to Road Rage.  Hopefully you'll find the results informative.  Post your scores in the comments, if you do decide to take the quiz – I'd like to see how people pan out.

Note: This quiz is a bit U.S. centric with discussions about right/left lanes and MPH and such.  Please adjust as necessary for your country of residence.

The 10-Question Road Rage Quiz
by Ross Goldberg

1. You are being tailgated while you are in the left lane.  What do you do?

  •     A) Move back into the right lane when you can.  You were just passing someone, anyway.
  •     B) Maintain your speed.  Since you're going the speed limit, everyone else should too.
  •     C) Brake/slow down to make sure the idiot behind you gets the point.  Bonus points if you prevent them from changing lanes to get around you!

2. You find someone driving slowly (lower than the speed limit or surrounding traffic) in the right lane.  What do you do?

  •     A) When safe, merge into the passing lane and pass the individual, changing back to the right lane when it is safe to do so.
  •     B) Who cares?  You're already in the passing lane, you'll just stay here and breeze on by.
  •     C) Change from the left to right lane just to cut that sucker off.  After all, they're a safety hazard if they're driving that slow, aren't they?  Maybe they'll realize they need to speed up a bit when they see you zoom off in front of them.

3. You find someone driving slowly (lower than the speed limit or surrounding traffic) in the left lane.  What do you do?

  •     A) You're in the right lane already – you'll just stay here and keep an eye out in case they try to get back over into the right lane while you are passing them.
  •     B) They shouldn't be there, but you'll just go around them.  You will signal lane changes if you feel like it.
  •     C) Tailgate the idiot, possibly flashing your headlights at them to move.  When they don't get out of the way fast enough, swerve over into the right lane, accelerating and cutting them off as you pass them.  Bonus points if you then slow down to teach that sucker a lesson and force them to get out of the fast lane.

4. The majority of the traffic around you:

  •     A) Is traveling at the same speed you are traveling at.  Some people do some dumb things but you are aware enough of the situation to act defensively to avoid accidents.
  •     B) Is traveling slower than you are, but they're not a problem.  You make it through just fine, barring the times someone decides to drive in the wrong @#$^$%& lane.
  •     C) Is composed of idiots who never learned how to drive properly.  You use your mad driving skills to make it through the mess they cause on the roads.  Occasionally you have to teach them a lesson to show them what they should be doing, too.

5. You feel angry in the car when:

  •     A) Almost never.  You try not to get angry on the road – you need your concentration to drive safely.
  •     B) Only occasionally, when people do stupid things like cut you off or act like assholes and tailgate you, etc.
  •     C) Any time someone gets in your way, drives below the speed limit, tailgates you, applies makeup while driving, doesn't seem to know where they're going, talks on their cell phone while driving, brakes suddenly, takes too long to accelerate, takes too long to pass someone, doesn't merge properly, doesn't use turn signals, has a stupid bumper sticker, etc.

6. You're at a red light with one person in front of you.  How long do you wait before honking your horn when it turns green?
  

  •     A) Give them a chance to realize the light is green.  If it appears they're not paying attention after about 3-4 seconds, give the horn a polite tap.
  •     B) They should be paying attention.  If it looks like they're not, honk as soon as you see the green.  They'll thank you for the tip.
  •     C) Huh?  There's nobody in front of you.  You cut over into the other lane at the last minute so nobody would be in front of you at the light.  Otherwise, you'd probably have to lay on the horn to get them to move when the light turns green, and you didn't feel like getting pissed off by something so stupid as that today.

7. You come to a 4-way stop intersection.  You:

  •     A) Wait your turn.  If anyone stopped at the same time as you, the individual on the left goes first, but you've been known to wave them through to avoid confusion.
  •     B) Wait your turn.  If someone stopped at the same time as you, you take advantage of their momentary pause to start moving – they'll let you go once they see you going.
  •     C) Let any cars in the intersection finish their turns.  Start moving as soon as the intersection is relatively clear – everyone else will throw up their hands in frustration but who cares?  You're moving again, baby.

8. You're searching for a parking space and spy one halfway down a row of cars, only to see someone approaching from the other direction who appears to also be looking for a space.  You:

  •     A) Proceed to the spot, putting on your turn signal, and wait for them to drive past the spot so you can pull in.  If they already have their signal on, you do the same for them – they "called it" first.
  •     B) Speed up a bit so you can get to the spot first.  Put on your signal, but mostly as a formality – you're getting this space whether they saw it first or not.
  •     C) Speed up and pull partway into the spot so they have no choice but to keep moving.  Wait for them to squeeze by your half-parked car and then back-and-fill until you can fit into the spot.  Yes!  Another conquest achieved due to your elite driving skills!

9. The part of your car most likely to wear out first is:

  •     A) The tires.  Not for any special reason – just normal wear-and-tear of the road means you'll have to replace them when the tread is worn out, which should be sometime in the next 10,000 miles.
  •     B) It's a tie between the brakes and the transmission.  It seems like your drives consist of slamming on the brakes to avoid the idiots and then gunning it when you're past them.
  •     C) The horn.  You've already had to replace it twice since you bought your car.

10. Which of these statements would you say best describes your opinion regarding the kind of people who would answer A, B, or C to most of the above questions:

  •     A) People who answer A to most of the questions are good defensive drivers.  People who answer B seem like they're a little reckless, and people who answer C are maniacs just counting the minutes until their big car accident.
  •     B) People who answer A to most of the questions are annoying and I end up having to maneuver to get around them on the road.  But I prefer them to the people who answered C, who are just assholes.  Sometimes I want to crash my car into theirs just to teach them a lesson – hey, I'm insured, it's no big deal, right?
  •     C) People who answer A need to get the stick out of their butts and start driving right.  Show me that guy who answered B – I'm going to kick his ass for wanting to crash into my car…hope he has MEDICAL insurance too!

Road Rage Results – Where Do You Stand?

Tally your scores!  For each answer A, give yourself 1 point.  For each answer B, give yourself 3 points.  For each answer C, give yourself 5 points.

10-20 points:  You're the kind of student every Driver's Ed teacher wanted to have.  You probably have a perfect driving record, low insurance rates, and watch your cholesterol and blood pressure, too.  You're safe on the road – just watch out for all those crazies out there.  I wouldn't recommend driving in a big city though – you'll end up with permanent finger marks embedded in the steering wheel from your white-knuckle grip.

21-29 points: You're still a pretty safe driver.  You get irked occasionally, but nothing that affects your driving.    At worst, you have to remind yourself to take a deep breath occasionally.  Keep on the lookout for road-ragers and avoid them as best you can.

30-40 points: You're a little dangerous on the road.  Other people may see you as a little scary or irresponsible.  Try to remind yourself to take it down a notch when you get behind the wheel.  A couple extra minutes on the road won't kill you, and might actually save you from a brain aneurysm down the line.

41-49 points: Watch it buddy – you're a resident of Road Rage City.  If one of your actions doesn't cause you to get in an accident, it'll probably cause one in the people around you.  Increase your meds and try slowing down to everyone else's speed on the road.  If you find you still need to get some aggression out, take up racketball or boxing.

50 points: You are the spokes-model for Road Rage.  Nobody wants to encounter you on the road (and no, that's not a good thing).  It's only matter of time until you get pulled over by the cops or end up totaling your car.  Take preemptive action – trade in your sports car for a Kia, install a governor that won't let you get above 65 MPH, start attending some therapy sessions, and/or start taking public transportation.  You'll thank me in the long run (but in the meantime, no, I will NOT give you my address so you can come over and kick my ass, thank you very much).

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Speling Roks

Pretty silly, but I had to think about a couple for a second…takes me back to my days as an 8th grader, training for the regional spelling bee after winning my school's competition….if only I hadn't mispelled gradient!  I would have gone all the way to DC!!!!

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