Archive for April, 2014


Winner: Pluto

On a quiet night with only 10 players, Pluto finished strong and edged Wild Bill for the win. Mistress Daphne was unavailable to moderate the game, as she was pulling babysitting duties for the twins on the Left Coast. It was so much easier when families lived down the block from each other.

Tonight’s game started off with a few questions about Malaysian Flight 370, including how many passengers were on board (227 poor souls), and the name of the unmanned drone searching the ocean bottom (“blue fin”). Will this plane be the 21st century version of Judge Crater?

Good Question!: As of 2012 King Rama and Queen Sirkit ruled which country?

Choices: a. Malysia         b. Thailand         c. Sweden         d. Spain















Answer: Thailand

The kings in the current Chakri dynasty of Thailand are often referred to as Rama followed by Roman ordinal in English translation. The name Rama was adopted from the name of the Hindu god Rama, a reincarnation of Vishnu.

Now we don’t follow this stuff much in this country but this dude is the longest reigning monarch in the whole world!

220px-King_Bhumibol_Adulyadej_2010-9-29Bhumibol Adulyadej (Thai: ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช) was born 5 December 1927, in Cambridge MA. of all places. This reigning King of Thailand is known as Rama IX. Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he is the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, having served for 67 years, 323 days.

King Bhumibol is respected and revered by many Thais. The King is legally considered “inviolable”, and lèse majesté, that is, offence against the dignity of the monarch may be punished. Although Bhumibol invited public criticism in a 2005 speech, politicians and individuals are still being arrested, though most are pardoned.

Forbes estimated Bhumibol’s personal fortune, including property and investments—managed by the Crown Property Bureau (CPB), a unique body that is neither private nor government-owned—to be US$30 billion in 2010, and he was the leader of the magazine’s list of “The World’s Richest Royals” from 2008 to 2013.


If you haven’t seen many Thai movies you don’t know what you are missing. This film has no subtitles, so it might be tough to watch the whole thing, but it’s the real deal. Watch the anti – smoking commercial at the beginning (gruesome) and then fast forward to 1:45:00 for a wonderful scene – I think it’s kind of like an engagement celebration:


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Winners: Driver and FrankC

Driver Shea started strong and was perfect through the first ten questions, mostly about astrophysics. With such a commanding lead, no one was going to catch him. Then the “bad” Driver showed up, the one who can go from absolutely brilliant to so dumb in the blink of an eye. He proceeded to miss 6 of the next 7 questions and barely hung on to share the win with FrankC.

Under Mistress Daphne’s direction many questions focused on the “Blood Moon”. Photos we later received from our moon watcher on the cloudless west coast (Rob Parker in SanDiego), showed there wasn’t much red on that moon – it was mostly hype. We did learn that the “Dark Side of the Moon” popularized by Pink Floyd was real – it’s the hemisphere of the Moon that is permanently turned away and not visible from the surface of the Earth.

Good Question!:
The average adult has about how many pints of blood in his body?

Choices:   a. 7      b. 10      c. 14      d. 23










Answer: b. 10

Boy, was this question controversial. One of our players, Nurse Judy, swore that it was about 8 pints, not 10.

Scientists estimate the volume of blood in a human body to be approximately 7 percent of body weight, and its density is only slightly more than that of pure water. An average adult body with a weight of 150 to 180 pounds will contain approximately 9.5 to 12 pints of blood – enough to fill a one-gallon milk jug and half of another.

Taylor-Swift-Of course, women with a smaller body weight will have less blood.

Let’s take Taylor Swift for instance . At about 120 pounds she will only have about 8 pints of blood, so maybe Nurse Judy was thinking of Taylor.

Blood is made up of plasma (which accounts for about 3 liters), red blood cells, white bloods cells, and platelets. Vitamins, electrolytes and other nutrients are dissolved in the blood and carried to the body’s cells and organs.

Would you believe that the human body has so many blood vessels inside of it that they could encircle the earth once…twice…and then a little bit more? It’s true!

Blood takes two main paths in its trip through the body. Blood is pumped out to the body in vessels called arteries. Arteries carry oxygenated blood to all parts of the body. Once the blood has delivered oxygen and nutrients and picked up waste products, such as carbon dioxide, it is transported back to the heart through vessels called veins. The heart contracts, sending blood into the lungs to be reoxygenated and to rid itself of carbon dioxide. From the lungs, the blood re-enters the heart and the cycle begins again.


Until the 17th century, the dominant theory of the function of the heart, arteries, and veins was derived from Claudius Galen, a Roman physician who treated gladiators. harveyHe claimed that the blood sloshed back and forth along the same blood vessels, like the rise and fall of the tides, flowing through the body as needed to feed the soul. He also claimed that blood passed from the right to the left sides of the heart through tiny, invisible pores.

The 17th-century physician William Harvey, among others, challenged Galen’s concept. He gathered evidence to support the idea that blood circulates by the action of the heart through two circulatory pathways, the systemic loop and the pulmonary loop, passing from the heart to the arteries, through the veins, and back to the heart again. Valves in the veins keep the blood from flowing backward. It was Harvey who first pointed out the significance of the delicate moon-shaped valves in the veins.

There is no substitute for blood. It cannot be made or manufactured. Donors are the only source of blood for patients who need it.

Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, which will only increase with an aging population.. The only way to have enough blood to save lives is through your blood donations. So if you can, Give Blood!


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Winners: Pluto and Droppin’

Tonight Jaime traveled across country and joined her mom (Mistress Daphne) and the rest of us for a game, hoping for a nice break from the twins. No such luck. This was one tough game. How tough? Our quizmaster Darin didn’t even show up, afraid to face the roar from the crowd.



Did you know that Jacksonville, NC was the youngest US city? Neither did we. Heck, none of us even knew Jacksonville was in NC. We all thought it was in FL. Turns out youngest means demographically, and Jacksonville wins the prize because it’s the home of Camp Lejeune and all those young marines. Looking at the crowd around the bar it was clear that Northport was not in the running.

We learned that “capernoited” is a term used to mean slightly tipsy. It is used to describe someone behaving foolishly or strangely from the effects of liquor. It is also used to mean staggering or unsteady.

This is a term that we should find much use for at MSC.

The most fun this evening was listening to Mistress Daphne read the question about the country with the longest official name: al-Jamāhīriyyah al-‘Arabiyyah al-Lībiyyah ash-Sha‘biyyah al-Ishtirākiyyah al-‘Uẓmá!     (answer:Libya)

Good Question!: Who won the Grammy award for “Song of the Year” at this year’s Grammys?

Choices:  a. Bruno Mars     b. Lorde      c. Pink      d. Katy Perry


Answer: Lorde

Not too many of us old farts knew the answer, and we should know, at least song of the year. So here it is:

Lorde, the 17-year-old sensation from New Zealand, won two Grammy Awards: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, both for “Royals.

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter. Recently, Lorde completely owned the stage as she performed for thousands at the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival in Indio, Calif. on March 12. If you want to see her entire performance and get up to speed on this young singer, try this link:  http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/04/watch-lordes-full-performance-at-coachella-2014/


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Winners: Jay, Droppin’, and Madly

Mistress Daphne was back from her most recent ocean voyage, which as Yogi would say was like: “Deja Vu all over again.” She brought back some lovely trinkets from Guatemala. Big John  brought no trinkets, but he did bring his son, Jay. That’s always trouble. Jay is some kind of rocket scientist in real life and always does well in the game.

There was one question that raised more than a few eyebrows. In 2014 who did MIT judge as the most famous person of all time? MIT says Aristotle, but many of us think Einstein was the much better answer. What do you think?

One thing we all agreed on is that virga is precip that falls from a cloud but evaporates before reaching the ground. Next week’s theme is geography so better bring out those old atlases, or Driver Shea will steal the game.

Good Question!: In Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” which village is represented in this painting at nighttime?

Choices:  a. Saint Remy de Provence      b. Arles      c. Rotterdam      d. Avignon


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Answer: Saint Remy de Provence

We could talk all night about van Gogh, but I rather look at his paintings:


This is  “Starry Night Over the Rhone“. Painted in September 1888, it is one of Vincent van Gogh‘s paintings of Arles at night time. It was painted at a spot on the bank of the Rhone River that was only a one or two-minute walk from the Yellow House on the Place Lamartine which Van Gogh was renting at the time. The night sky and the effects of light at night provided the subject for some of his more famous paintings, including Cafe Terrace at Night (painted earlier the same month) and the later canvas from Saint-Rémy, The Starry Night.


This is the famous “Starry Night” painted in June 1889. It depicts the view outside of his sanitarium room window at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (in southern France) at night, although it was painted from memory during the day. It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, part of the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, since 1941. The painting is among Van Gogh’s most well-known works and marks a decisive turn towards greater imaginative freedom in his art.

Here’s what I want to do.
At the bottom of this post is an area for you to leave a comment.
Let’s find out which of these two paintings the readers of the TNBE blog prefer.
Poll results in next weeks post.

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