Winner: Matt, followed by TomTwin and son TJ.

Last week Peter on the podium, this week Matt and TJ. The NextGen is making an impact. Let’s see if Matt can come back next week and defend his trophy.

Spiderman villains, the tagline in the 2014 film “Whiplash”, and the director of “Black Panther,” were all questions that required you to be on top of your pop culture tonight. For some players (we’re looking at you Carol St. Martin and 10 O’clock Bill) that means they should’ve stayed home or “shoulda stood in bed.”

Mistress Daphne and the Driver returned from their slow boat to China with some local liquor for us to sample. It was nice enough and served from a museum quality ceramic container. It was certainly much nicer then that kerosene liquor with the scorpion in it that they brought back from Vietnam a few years ago.

Good Question!: The penny-farthing was a popular type of what?

Choices: a. ancient coin   b. measure of beer   c. bicycle   d. sailboat

Answer: Bicycle

The penny-farthing, also known as a high wheel, high wheeler and ordinary, was the first machine to be called a “bicycle” It was popular in the 1870s and 1880s, with its large front wheel providing high speeds (large distance for every rotation of the legs) and comfort (shock absorption through the wheel). It became obsolete from the late 1880s with the development of the modern bicycle, which provided similar speed amplification via chain-driven gear trains and comfort through pneumatic tires, and were marketed in comparison to penny-farthings as “safety bicycles” due to the reduced danger of falling from height. The name came from the British penny and farthing coins, one much larger than the other, so that the side view resembles a penny leading a farthing.

The birth of the bicycle

Eugène Meyer, a Frenchman, invented the high-wheeler bicycle design in 1869 and fashioned the wire-spoke tension wheel. Around 1870 English inventor James Starley, described as the father of the bicycle industry, and others, began producing bicycles based on the French boneshaker but with front wheels of increasing size, because larger front wheels, up to 1.5 m (60 in) in diameter, enabled higher speeds on bicycles limited to direct drive. In 1878, Albert Pope began manufacturing the Columbia bicycle outside Boston, starting their two-decade heyday in America.

Although the trend was short-lived, the penny-farthing became a symbol of the late Victorian era. Its popularity also coincided with the birth of cycling as a sport.

No penny farthing, but it’s my fave bicycle scene:



The March King

Winner: Eric, followed by Pluto, and Peter

Twenty-one players anxiously awaited the start of the game. Only one problem. There were no questions and answers. Darin, who does a superb job each week putting the questions and believable answers together, had left this week’s quiz home. After some frantic searching she came up with an old game she had prepared years ago intended for Flag Day. So tonight we made believe that the calendar said June and answered only questions concerning the American flag.

That gave Eric, who was a serious Boy Scout, and Pluto, who was a less serious Sea Cadet, an advantage and they finished one-two.

Good Question!: Does the “Stars and Stripes Forever” march by John Philip Sousa have lyrics?

Choices: a. True   b. False

Answer: True

I have heard “The Stars and Stripes Forever” too many times to count, and yet never knew there were any lyrics to match the music.

“The Stars and Stripes Forever.” is the official march of the United States and it’s John Philip Sousa’s most famous composition (1896). You’ve probably heard it before, even if you don’t know it by name.

With the possible exception of “The Star Spangled Banner,” no musical composition has done more to arouse the patriotic spirit of America than this, John Philip Sousa’s most beloved composition. Symbolic of flag-waving in general, it has been used with considerable effectiveness to generate patriotic feeling ever since its introduction in Philadelphia on May 14, 1897, when the staid Public Ledger reported: “It is stirring enough to rouse the American eagle from his crag, and set him to shriek exultantly while he hurls his arrows at the aurora borealis.” Sousa wrote words for the march, evidently for use in The Trooping of the Colors, his pageant of 1898.

“The President’s Own” – U.S. Marine Band

All of his life, John Philip Sousa loved music and loved America, so it’s no surprise that he wrote this patriotic classic. Sousa grew up in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. As a kid, he enjoyed hearing the Civil War military bands that filled the streets of Washington as well as the sounds of his father’s trombone. His father played in the U.S. Marine Band and Sousa quickly followed in his footsteps. Sousa first enlisted in the Marine Band as an apprentice violinist and later became the bandleader. When Sousa wasn’t playing with a band, he was writing music, like “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”  Sousa said the song was about the feeling of coming home to America and how “in a foreign country the sight of the Stars and Stripes seems the most glorious in the world.” By the 1890s he had written enough popular marches to be nicknamed the “March King.” (marineband.marines.mil)


Lyrics “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Not nearly as stirring as the music, probably why you never hear the lyrics.

Stars and Stripes Forever
by John Philip Sousa

Let martial note in triumph float
And liberty extend its mighty hand
A flag appears ‘mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom’s shield and hope.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free!
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

Let eagle shriek from lofty peak
The never-ending watchword of our land;
Let summer breeze waft through the trees
The echo of the chorus grand.
Sing out for liberty and light,
Sing out for freedom and the right.
Sing out for Union and its might,
O patriotic sons.
Other nations may deem their flags the best
And cheer them with fervid elation,
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is the flag of flags, the flag of Freedom’s nation.

Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with might endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.



Winner: Tom, followed by Rosebud, Donna and Nancy

Many obscure questions tonight, but it didn’t seem to bother Tom who had only one wrong, or Rosebud with only two wrong. I mean who knows that a baby’s pacifier is called a “dummy” in England, or that the comic strip by Bunny Hoest is “The Lockhorn’s.”

Good Question!: Which company is famous for introducing such toys as the Super Ball, Water Wiggle, and Hula Hoop to baby boomers?

Choice’s: a. Wham-O   b. Ohio Art   c. Barney & Smith  d. Ronco


Answer: Wham-O

Founded in 1948, Wham-O brought us some of the most iconic toys of all time, including the Hula-Hoop and Frisbee in 1958, and the Slip-n-Slide in 1961.

Hula Hoops Swept the Nation

The hula hoop gained international popularity in the late 1950s, when a plastic version was successfully marketed by California’s Wham-O toy company. In 1957, Richard Knerr and Arthur “Spud” Melin, starting with the idea of Australian bamboo “exercise hoops”, manufactured 1.06-metre (42 in) hoops with Marlex plastic. With giveaways and national marketing and retailing, a fad was started in July 1958; twenty-five million plastic hoops were sold in less than four months, and in two years, sales reached more than 100 million units.

Hula Hooping –  New Exercise Trend

Veteran hula-hoopers have long stood by its aerobic virtues. “A lot of people are interested in hooping for its health benefits, which might get them hooked, but it’s also such a fun way to do cardio,” said Bex Burton, a hula hoop instructor who founded Sense of Motion, a Brooklyn-based company that teaches hula-hooping, Pilates and yoga.

If you try a weighted hula hoop, use a hula hoop that’s the right size for you. The hoop should reach somewhere between your waist and midchest when it’s resting vertically on the ground.

The weight of the hoop is up to you. The smaller and lighter the hoop, the more energy it takes to keep the hoop going. But the bigger and heavier the hoop, the easier it is to keep going, which means you may be able to do it for a longer period of time. You can experiment with different hoops to see which kind and size you prefer.

How to Hula Hoop Basic:


How to Hula Hoop Advanced:



Super Ball became Super Bowl

Norman Stingley, a chemist, did experiments in the 60s with a synthetic called Zectron. He compressed the material to 3,500 pounds of pressure per square inch. He ended up with a power ball that could bounce over buildings.

Only Norman’s employer, the Bettis Rubber Company, didn’t want any part of his new toy. Big mistake. Wham-O took it on and sold 7 million Super Balls in 1965.

In January 1967 the first Championship Game between the NFL and AFL took place and needed a name. As K.C. Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt watched his kids play with the new ball, Super Ball became Super Bowl.

Water Wiggle – Watch Out!

Water Wiggle… best toy in the world… until it hit you in the FACE!

In1 962 Wham-O unleashed the innocuous-sounding Water Wiggle on an unsuspecting populace. If you happened to have particularly powerful water pressure in your neighborhood, the Water Wiggle turned into a Tasmanian Devil of sorts, lashing out in all directions, bobbing and weaving like a prize-fighter. Your young reflexes were no match for the Water Wiggle, which could strike without warning and deliver a blow to the face, and other bodily areas as well. And that plastic head was heavy — but bloody noses and chipped teeth were a small price to pay for some cool fun in the summer time.



Man from Nantucket

Winner, Mar.13: Judge Judy, followed by Tall Paul, and Eric

Judge Judy and Tall Paul, returned from their Florida furlough having spent the entire time buried in their Funk and Wagnalls, were now ready to take on all comers. The rest of us had spent our time digging out of snowdrifts. We didn’t stand a chance.

Winner, Mar. 06: Pluto , followed by Rosebud, TomTwin, and Almond Joy

Pluto and Rosebud tied in regulation. The deciding play off question: “Which was the largest ethnic group passing through Ellis Island from 1890 to 1915?” Pluto knew it was the Italians, because that’s when his people came over. Talking to himself he wondered in a soft voice if it had anything to do with potatoes. Rosebud fell for it and answered: the Irish. Almond Joy was impressed and said: “I haven’t seen that old “potato” fake used in a long time.”

Good Question!: How many lines should a limerick have?

Choices: a. 3   b. 5   c. 7   d. 9

“There once was a man from Nantucket

Who kept all his cash in a bucket.

But his daughter, named Nan,

Ran away with a man,

And as for the bucket, Nantucket.”

Answer: 5

Limerick poetry has never been given a deserving place among the cultivated forms of poetry. The subject matter of major Limerick poetry is of humorous nature and the length of limerick poems is short and sweet (just five lines!!) that is why it is loved to be read by people all around the world.

Here are a few more famous limericks:

(a sequel to Nantucket)

But he followed the pair to Pawtucket,
The man and the girl with the bucket;
And he said to the man,
He was welcome to Nan,
But as for the bucket, Pawtucket.


There was a young gal name of Sally
Who loved an occasional dally.
She sat on the lap
Of a well-endowed chap
Crying, “Gee, Dick, you’re right up my alley!”


There once was a mockingbird, Clyde,
who bragged of his prowess, but lied.
To his new wife he sighed,
“When again, gentle bride?”
“Nevermore!” bright-eyed Raven replied.



Noah’s Ark

Winner: Pluto, followed by TomTwin and the Driver, with Chris the photo bomber.

Pluto, wearing his Team Sweden shirt, had been begging for some sports questions for a long time. He finally got them tonight and took advantage. TomTwin had a score to settle with son TJ and beat him soundly.

Chris rejoined us after an absence, saying that the games ended too late, way past his bedtime. He must be telling the truth, because he played like he was asleep.

The Driver had just returned from Morocco and was half asleep with jet lag. As evidenced by the photo, he was a bit grumpy about finishing second. He should follow Lindsey Vonn’s example – be happy, even when you don’t win the Gold.

Good Question!: How many people went on to Noah’s Ark?

Choice’s: a. 4   b. 6   c. 8   d. 12

Answer: 8

Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And God said to him, “I will establish My covenant with you; you will go into the ark with your wife, your sons, and their wives” (Genesis 6:8–10, 18). So there it is, eight people.

The Biblical Record – short version

The legend of Noah’s Ark originates from the sixth chapter of the Book of Genesis. The story goes that Noah was instructed by God to build an ark carrying a male and female of each animal in the region in which Noah lived. By constructing the ark, Noah, who was 600 years old when the flood covered the earth, saved the animals and a small group of people from a great flood summoned to do away with the morally depraved.

When was the Flood?

The question as to exactly when Noah’s Flood occurred has seen a variety of different answers from scholars through the years. Does the Bible contain sufficient chronological data to enable us to put a time on Noah’s Flood? Some believe it does.

The Biblical data places the Flood at 2304 BC ± 11 years.
This date is, as expected, in conflict with secular archaeology which regards the Flood as either local or a myth and the Biblical chronologies as irrelevant or inaccurate.

The placing of a catastrophic global flood in the year 2304 BC means that all civilizations discovered by archaeology must fit into the last 4,285 years.

How Many Animals Were on the Ark?

Well, there doesn’t seem there was an accountant who took an inventory at the time. Some of the best estimates range from 2,000 to 35,000 animals. ChristianAnswers.net explains that as many as 50,000 animals (including creatures that may now be extinct) could have fit on board the ark. These would not have needed to be the largest or even adult specimens.

The NEW Noah’s Ark

A replica of Noah’s Ark has been built in the rolling hills of northern Kentucky and it is, quite literally, of biblical proportions. The wood structure stands seven stories high and is the length of 1 1/2 football fields.

Answers in Genesis, is the Christian ministry that built the attraction. It’s the same group that opened the Creation Museum in 2007 in Petersburg, Ky., which promotes a literal interpretation of the Bible and other teachings: that planet Earth is only 6,000 years old and that man lived alongside dinosaurs. This new Ark cost $100 million to build and is expected to draw up to 2 million visitors a year.

And who could forget Russell Crowe as Noah:



A Failure to Communicate.

Winner: TJ, close behind Tim, Tom, and Almond Joy

TJ’s goal was to beat his father, which he did. He also beat everyone else in the game, after finishing off Tom in a playoff.

It was Fat Tuesday, but no Mardi Gras questions. Instead, there were lots of famous quotes from movies. It was tough paying attention while Shaun White was trying to capture his third Gold Medal on the TV, or at least that’s the excuse that some of us used.

Tonight we learned that the only mammal that can’t jump is the elephant. Duh! And that the smallest bone in the body is in the ear.

Good Question!: Movie quote: “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

Choices: a. Few Good Men   b. Taxi   c. Cool Hand Luke   d. Private Benjamin

Answer: Cool Hand Luke

Fifty years ago, Paul Newman introduced moviegoers to Lucas Jackson, a rebellious man who becomes a hero to his fellow prison camp members for his apparent fearlessness in “Cool Hand Luke.” Over time, he gets beaten down physically and emotionally when his numerous attempts to escape are thwarted.

Rarely has an important movie star suffered more, in a film wall-to-wall with physical punishment, psychological cruelty, hopelessness and equal parts of sadism and masochism.

Much was made in 1967 of the movie as an “anti-establishment” statement. The year 1967 was at the center of the Vietnam era, and Luke was against the establishment. Newman’s “anti-hero” stature in “Luke” was furthered by other films he made around the same time: “The Hustler,” “Hud,” even “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” It was a movie for its time.

George Kennedy—who won an Oscar for his performance—played Dragline, the chain gang leader who grows to respect Luke and eventually becomes his best friend. George is a Chaminade grad (thanks to Coffee Bill, another Chaminade grad for that info.) The film also boasted great performances from Strother Martin (Captain), Dennis Hopper (Babalugats), Wayne Rogers (Gambler), Harry Dean Stanton (Tramp), and others.

Here’s are 2 clips, but better to see the whole movie.

For a full and very detailed review of the movie try this Filmsite Movie Review.

The film critics on Rotten Tomatoes all loved the film.



Sea Cruise


Winner: Eric after playoff with TomTwin, Gina, and Pluto

Gina was oh, so close to her very first win tonight. She tied for first in regulation, but in a 4 way playoff only Eric knew that it was that dirty little coward, Robert Ford, who killed Jesse James.

Tonight we learned that Greenpeace is the largest environmental organization in the world, and that Madagascar produces 2/3 of the world’s vanilla. Cheers for Madagascar.

Good Question!: How long did it take Sir Francis Drake to complete the first circumnavigation of the globe in 1580?

Choices: a. 6 months   b. 12 months   c. 18 months   d. 3 years

In April 1581, a few months after he completed a circumnavigation of the globe, the British navigator Francis Drake was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I during a ceremony aboard his flagship Golden Hind. Drake’s round-the-world voyage was a high point in a career that saw him serve as everything from a naval commander and explorer to a statesman and civil engineer, but he was best known as Britain’s most feared “Sea Dog”—the nickname for the ruthless privateers who preyed on Spanish shipping in the New World.


Answer: 3 years

What the hell took him so long! This was barely the same time that Magellan’s crew took to circumnavigate 60 years before and they had to deal with a battle in the Philippines where Magellan was killed with a poisoned arrow.

Let’s put this time in perspective. In December 2017 the French sailor François Gabart in his trimaran set the record for sailing solo around the world, circumnavigating the planet in 42 days. François could have sailed around the world 26 times while Drake was doing his slow boat to China cruise.

If you don’t fancy sailing solo like Francois, but still would like to circumnavigate the globe on a ship, you have some options and it won’t take as long as Drake did. (I hope the Driver and mistress Daphne are listening in Morocco.)

All three of Cunard’s ships – Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria – are in the world-cruise market with 118-125-day world cruises that depart from Southampton. (start @ $24,800)

Oceania can claim the world’s longest world cruise itinerary. The round-trip voyage from Miami lasts 180 days and visits 94 ports. Among the destinations are most of the staples of longer cruises, and plenty more unusual stops (start @ $36,500).

If you don’t have the time to sail, you might want to try National Geographic and their “Around the World by Private Jet” trip. Only 24 days and only $83,000, but you better hurry, some of the trips in 2018 are already wait listed.


When I think of trips, I usually think of National Lampoon’s “Vacation.”

and if you have gotten this far, here is “Sea Cruise.”