Archive for July, 2010

Winners: JohnnyG and Dave

It was flower power night at the main street cafe and the questions focused on the 1960’s. You remember the 60’s – the era of tv westerns, james bond movies, and the early, wild years of rock and roll. We had a good crowd of players, including the return of a couple of old timers – Bobby Barcelona & JohnnyG. A special guest was that famous equestrian from Connecticut – Ms. Connie, who sailed all the way across Long Island sound to play with us. She is now running a bed & breakfast in Old Saybrook, on the CT shore, and hopes to see some of us as guests.

The game turned into a closely fought contest among a group of 6 players. Although Bobby Barcelona didn’t bring his A game, his sidekick JohnnyG was tough all night. The fact that there weren’t any sports questions was a big advantage for JohnnyG, who is more of a pop culture guy. Among the regulars, Driver Shea, Pluto, Miss Vicky, and Dave stayed close until the end when it came down to the ridiculous last question:

The Reason the Purple People Eater wouldn’t harm the songwriter: “I wouldn’t eat you cause   ……..  “you’re so tough”

And so Driver Shea, Miss Vicky and Pluto, all finished one back, along with Steve. Close, but no purple people eater. Dave hung in there to tie JohnnyG with 2 wrong.

Because it was flower power night some of the ladies went into their closets to find some of their hippy, dippy clothes from the 60’s and livened up the scene for us. Those were the days.

“Good Question!”: Who wrote Patsy Cline’s hit “Crazy”?

Answer: Willie Nelson

Nelson wrote the song in early 1961; at the time he was a journeyman singer-songwriter who had written several hits for other artists but had not yet had a significant recording of his own. Cline was already a country music superstar who was working to extend a string of hits. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker, but Walker turned it down and Cline picked it as a follow up to her previous big hit “I Fall to Pieces“. The song was released in late 1961 and immediately became another huge hit for Cline, eventually becoming one of her signature tunes, and its success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter. This song as sung by Patsy Cline is #85 on Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[3]

Musically the song is a jazz-pop ballad with country overtones. The complex melody suited Cline’s vocal talent perfectly and widened the crossover audience she had established with her prior hits. The lyrics describe the singer’s state of bemusement at the singer’s own helpless love for the object of his affection.

According to the Ellis Nassour biography Patsy Cline, Nelson, who at that time was known as a struggling songwriter by the name of Hugh Nelson, was a regular at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Nashville’s Music Row, where he frequented with friends Kris Kristofferson and Roger Miller, both unknown songwriters at that time. Nelson met Cline’s husband, Charlie Dick, at the bar one evening and pitched the song to him. Dick took the track home and played it for Cline, who absolutely hated it at first because Nelson’s demo “spoke” the lyrics to a faster tempo than what Cline later recorded as a ballad. Cline’s producer, Owen Bradley, loved the song and arranged it as the ballad it was recorded as. Still recovering from a recent automobile accident that nearly took her life, Cline had difficulty reaching the high notes of the song at first due to her broken ribs, so she came back the next day to record the vocal, which she did in one take.

Loretta Lynn remembers the first time Cline performed it at the Grand Ole Opry on crutches, she received three standing ovations. Barbara Mandrell remembers Cline introducing the song to her audiences live in concert saying “I had a hit out called ‘I Fall to Pieces’ and I was in a car wreck. Now I’m really worried because I have a new hit single out and its called ‘Crazy’.”

Willie Nelson stated on the 1993 documentary Remembering Patsy that Cline’s version of “Crazy” was his favorite song of his that anybody had ever recorded because it “was a lot of magic.”

source: wikipedia

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Winner: Dave

It was a hot, steamy “Jungle Night”, with lots of rain forest questions and another narrow win for Dropping Dave. Driver Shea was right there with him until the last question, but even with his African safari experience, couldn’t quite pull it off. The temperature had hit 103 in the afternoon, so only about 13 mad dogs and englishmen came out to play trivia. Maybe next week the temperatures and Dave will cool off and we’ll have a new winner. Quizmaster Daphne was her usual charming self and actually ran two non players out the door.

The jungle gorilla could not make this years event (his keeper had grounded him for excessive drinking last time), so Rosebud was accompanied by Babar the Elephant. Even so, she missed all the elephant questions and Babar was quite disappointed in her. Better luck next time Babar. Here’s a nice picture of tonight’s jungle ladies.

Interesting “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” story in the news this week.

The wild success of Walt Disney’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” could cost the company a cool $270 million from a suit it lost for stiffing the creators of the original quiz-show hit. A federal jury in California awarded the prize to Celador International, which built its UK-based show a decade ago before selling the US rights to Disney’s ABC.It became network TV’s biggest runaway winner for several years, dominating four nights of prime time each week.

The British creators claimed in court they were cheated out of about half of their profits based on the show’s $1 billion earnings. Their lawyers said Disney units ABC and Buena Vista Television concocted sweetheart deals to broker the show among themselves, allegedly cooking the books along the way to soak up added fees and revenue. Hope they don’t come after us.

“Good Question!”: How many species of plants and animals are being lost every single day due to rainforest deforestation?

Answer: 137

The tropical rainforest is one of the most important resources on earth, and the loss of this rainforest may be an enormous catastrophe for mankind, for many reasons. The rainforest is virtually untouched, with millions of acres of pristine land that may hold the secrets to many mysteries, and the cure for many different diseases. Every year, between twenty seven million and sixty million acres of rainforest are destroyed, for timber, ore, and other resources, and this can never be brought back. More than two thirds of all known plant and animal species exist in the rainforest, as well as many more species that have never been seen by modern man and are still unknown. The rainforest contains native tribes of people who still live as they did hundreds of years ago, and have never had contact with the outside world. The rainforest may hold the plants which will prove to be a cure for cancer and other diseases that are not currently curable. New species of plants and animals are discovered all the time by scientists doing research and looking for these things in areas of the rainforest.

Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year. As the rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. While 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.

There were an estimated ten million Indians living in the Amazonian Rainforest five centuries ago. Today there are less than 200,000. In Brazil alone, European colonists have destroyed more than 90 indigenous tribes since the 1900’s. With them have gone centuries of accumulated knowledge of the medicinal value of rainforest species. As their homelands continue to be destroyed by deforestation, rainforest peoples are also disappearing. Most medicine men and shamans remaining in the Rainforests today are 70 years old or more. Each time a rainforest medicine man dies, it is as if a library has burned down

The rainforest not only acts as home to numerous plants and animals, this dense forest provides an enormous amount of oxygen to the atmosphere of the earth, and removes an unbelievable amount of carbon from the air through natural processes. If the rainforest is gone, there would not be enough oxygen made, and carbon emissions into the air would not be filtered out. The loss of the tropical rainforest would be the biggest catastrophe for mankind that has ever occurred. The rainforest has given mankind many gifts, including medicines, rubber, chocolate, gum, and millions more, and it must be protected at all costs. The loss of the rainforest would be a tragic turn of events that could have a drastic effect on mankind and the entire earth.

sources: bionomicfuel blog, raintree nutrition inc.

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Winner: Mike

It was baby night at the pub and all the questions focused on newborns. Mike, from Belgium, had stopped in the pub with his wife for just a drink, with no intention of playing. Good thing he decided to give it a try. His background at Stony Brook Medical center stood him well, and he held off challenges from Carol and Rosebud to be a first time winner as a first time player. Most of the men finished way back in the pack of 19 players and competed only for the village idiot prize tonight.

Next week is “Jungle Night”, so come in your best safari outfit. With Daphne away, Artie filled in as quizmaster. He ran the game at a fast and furious pace and it felt a bit rushed, more like a race to the finish (or like he had an early tee time the next day — which he did).

It’s going to be a BOY! Tonight was blue or pink night and we learned that Margaret’s baby is going to be a boy and that the folks in blue had guessed right. Mike tells us that if this had been in Belgium the right color would have been pink. Imagine that! We all hope he’s a healthy baby boy. When you consider all the games the baby will have listened to in utero, he should turn out to be a pretty good trivia player.

“Good Question!”: What percentage of babies actually arrive on their “Due Date”?

Answer: 3-4%

From the time that you learn you are pregnant, the countdown to your due date begins. But the seemingly simple question “When are you due?” can really be answered by only one person: Your baby.

For earlier generations of women, the concept of a due date was “around Thanksgiving” or “late fall.” As birth moved from home to hospital, women were given the approximate date when they should expect to be confined to a hospital bed, called the “estimated date of confinement.” Eventually, this term evolved into “expected date of delivery,” now called “due date.”

Unfortunately, a specified due date has made women (and their family and friends) place too much emphasis on a precise day – to the point that they plan their life around it. Your baby doesn’t have a calendar, however, so it is no surprise that less than 10 percent of babies actually arrive on the date they are due. For the other 90 percent of pregnant women, what does your due date really mean?

The Numbers Game

Many health-care providers use a sonogram to pinpoint your due date, but don’t be swayed by technology: A date based on an ultrasound can be off by a week or more depending on the skill of the technician, the timing of the sonogram and the size of the baby. Until 13 weeks of gestation, most babies grow at the same rate, but as pregnancy progresses, fetal size corresponds less and less to the amount of time that the baby is in the womb. So while many health-care providers keep giving ultrasounds to reassess a woman’s due date throughout her pregnancy, the date is actually becoming less accurate as time goes by. In fact, there’s really no need for a sonogram to determine a due date unless you don’t know the date of your last period.

If you do know the date of your last period, try the following calculation, called Naegele’s Rule. Babies have a gestational period of about 280 days, so count back 3 months from the first day of your last period and add 7 more days. Your approximate due date is that day within the next year. Take note of the word “approximate:” Your baby will grow and mature on his own schedule. The only thing you’ll know for sure is that you should give birth within two weeks before or after that day.

Wait It Out

Many women (and their health-care providers) become so attached to their due date that when the baby doesn’t come on that day, they schedule an induction. But because the due date is unreliable in the first place, inducing the baby may cause him to be born too soon. These “near-term” infants (as they are known) can have trouble breathing, staying warm and breastfeeding, and they often need special hospital care after birth.

Induction isn’t without risks for you, either: Research has shown that a first-time mother whose labor is induced is twice as likely to have a cesarean as one whose labor starts on its own. When you let your baby choose his own birthday, it means he’s really ready to begin life outside the womb.

Remember: Your due date is an estimate of when you will give birth, not a guarantee. If you are “over due,” just count it as more time to establish a bond with your baby, to prepare mentally for motherhood, to discuss your partner’s role during the birth and to ready your home for your baby’s arrival. Consider telling family and friends that you are due “sometime in May” rather than on a specific day in order to prevent a daily barrage of phone calls near the end of your pregnancy. Trust that your baby will know when the time is right for his big debut. It will be worth the wait for everyone.

source: lamaze magazine

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