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Winner: Judy

On  a night when we celebrated Darin’s 39th birthday, with a delicious carrot cake, Judy celebrated another convincing win. Darin’s birthday present to us was a very difficult series of questions, many about obscure corners of the animal kingdom. The pack of players who finished second were far behind Judy, probably because none knew the answer to the universal question of life, the universe and everything else – 42.

And I thought that number was important because of Jackie Robinson.

Good Question!: What were the first names of the brothers Grimm?

Choices:  a.Wilhelm and Robert   b.Wilhelm and Jacob   c.Wilhelm and Sanford   d.Wilhelm and Otto

(Pictures to Follow, when Blogger returns from FL and has his good old Mac to work on, rather than this evil library PC)

Answer: Wilhelm and Jacob

The Brothers Grimm or Die Gebrüder Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, were German academics, linguists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors who together collected and published folklore.

Looking for a sweet, soothing tale to waft you toward dreamland?  Look somewhere else.  The stories collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the early 1800s serve up life as generations of central Europeans knew it—capricious and often cruel.  The two brothers, patriots determined to preserve Germanic folktales, were only accidental entertainers.

They are among the most well-known storytellers of folk tales, popularizing stories such as “Cinderella” “(Aschenputtel)”, “The Frog Prince” (“Der Froschkönig”), “Hansel and Gretel” (“Hänsel und Gretel”), “Rapunzel“, “Rumpelstiltskin” (“Rumpelstilzchen”), and “Snow White” (“Schneewittchen”).

Once they saw how the tales bewitched young readers, the Grimms, and editors aplenty after them, started “fixing” things.  Tales gradually got softer, sweeter, and primly moral.  Yet all the polishing never rubbed away the solid heart of the stories, now read and loved in more than 160 languages.

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Winners: Bea & Frank

Darin, in her bright pink cast, handled tonight’s game with all her usual aplomb. She’s a trooper, although she’s not quite ready to handle the Friday night bar crowd just yet. Mistress Daphne has only been gone a week, but already there are big changes to the game. Tonight we played 2 person teams, and all the questions were visual. Change is good.

The first section involved looking at photos of bridges and naming them – not easy. Who knew the Millau Viaduct in France? Apparently noteworthy because it’s the tallest vehicular bridge in the world. The next section involved matching photos of famous sports people with the the gear they use in their sport. Much easier, although Inappropriate Bob confused Mia Hamm with Magic Johnson. His teammate Sheena had quite a burden tonight.

Going into the final section it was a close contest, with Rosebud and Pluto holding a small lead. The final section was a U.S. Presidents Anagram. Rosebud was looking for the Polish spelling of the President’s names and consequently crashed and burned on this section. Frank on the other hand had a better strategy – let Bea do it. She did and they won going away.

To help improve Inappropriate Bob’s sporting knowledge let’s finish with a sports video – with 32 M views it must be good:

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Winner: Droppin’

Droppin’ led all the way tonight, followed closely by The Driver and Pluto. This was Mistress Daphne’s last game for quite a while. Surprisingly, she is taking a pair of long cruises on the high seas, headed back and forth across the ocean. She must think there are frequent flier miles for all that sailing. All the players will be sad to see her go.  Ah, who am I kidding. We can’t wait until she is gone and we can play this game with wild abandon – anything goes (and no penalty box).

She has offered to arrange for her sister – Conn. Connie – to stand in for her one week, and ask the questions. That would be a nice change of pace. Looks like we will have to bring Darin in off injured reserve to handle those duties, just as soon as she is able. I understand she has been busy taking biker ed classes, so she can get a reduced insurance policy for her next bike trip.

Tonight’s controversy involved the name of Dennis the Menace’s dog, of all things. Turns out he had 2 dogs – first Gnasher, and then Ruff. Initially the “Ruffians” were quite upset that their answer didn’t get credit, but after much weeping and “gnashing” of teeth, all was made well.

Good Question!: Name the legless fighter pilot of WWII ?

Choices:  a.Jonathan Willis   b.Douglas Bader   c.Floyd Bennett   d.Daniel Griffiss

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Answer: b.Douglas Bader

It’s a heck of a story, which not too many Americans know.

Douglas Bader, the son of a soldier who died as a result of the wounds suffered in WWi was born in London in 1910. An excellent sportsman, Bader won a place to the RAF College in Cranwell where he captained the Rugby team and was a champion boxer. Bader was commissioned as an officer in the RAF in 1930 but after only 18 months he crashed his aeroplane and as a result of the accident had to have both legs amputated.

On the outbreak of WWII he was allowed to rejoin the RAF. A member of 222 Squadron, Bader took part in the operation over Dunkirk and showed his ability by bringing down two planes.

Bader was now promoted and was given command of 242 Squadron, which had suffered 50 per cent casualties in just a couple of weeks. Determined to raise morale, Bader made dramatic changes to the organization.

The squadron’s first sortie during the Battle of Britain on 30th August, 1940, resulted in the shooting down of 12 German aircraft over the Channel in just over an hour. Bader himself was responsible for downing two Messerschmitt 110.

During the summer of 1941 he obtained 12 kills. His 23 victories made him the fifth highest ace in the RAF. However, on 9th August 1941, he suffered a mid-air collision near Le Touquet, France. He parachuted to the ground but both his artificial legs were badly damaged.

Bader was taken to a hospital and with the help of a French nurse managed to escape. He reached the home of a local farmer but was soon arrested and sent to a prison camp. After several attempts to escape he was sent to Colditz.

Bader was freed at the end of WWII and when he returned to Britain he was promoted to group captain. He left the Royal Air Force in 1946 and became managing director of Shell Aircraft until 1969 when he left to become a member of the Civil Aviation Authority Board.

Paul Brickhill’s book, Reach for the Sky, was published in 1954 and was later made into a movie. Bader’s autobiography appeared in 1973. Douglas Bader, who was knighted in 1976, died in 1982.

Here is a wonderful, long (5 minute) trailer that captures the bravery of the RAF in the Battle of Britain:

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