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Winner: Bonobo

Tonight we learned the good news that Megan and Bonobo are expecting a baby – YAY!

The proud parents to be then proceeded to finish first and third in tonight’s game. I would say that’s a pretty good night.

Droppin’ managed to slip into second. Not having such a good night were Inappropriate Bob and Pluto who sat together, crashed together, and finished dead last.

They were especially stumped when asked how many lines a limerick has? I would have thought that those two guys would be expert at poetry with five-line anapestic meter and a strict rhyme scheme (AABBA), sometimes obscene with humorous intent.

Good Question!: In the 2009 film, “The Hangover,” which Las Vegas hotel did the bachelor party stay at?

Choices: a.Winn  b.Golden Nugget  c.Caesar’s Palace  d.Belagio

Crazy Streets of Las Vegas

 

Answer: Caesar’s Palace

For those of you who missed this movie (which is now a trilogy), here is the plot:

Two days before his wedding, Doug (Justin Bartha) and three friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) drive to Las Vegas for a wild and memorable stag party. In fact, when the three groomsmen wake up the next morning, they can’t remember a thing; nor can they find Doug. With little time to spare, the three hazy pals try to re-trace their steps and find Doug so they can get him back to Los Angeles in time to walk down the aisle.

Better to just watch these hilarious movies:

Hangover 1

Hangover 2

Hangover 3 (trailer for movie release due right now)

 

 

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Winner: Judy

Judy defended her championship with another convincing win. Her tablemate 10 O’clock Bill finished last again, so as Yogi would say: “It was Deja Vu all over again.”

Finishing tied for second were Pluto, who has been missing from the podium for some time, and the Driver, who had flown in from Barcelona that morning for the game. He had spent the entire 8.5 hour flight reading wikipedia and thought that he was primed for a win – not quite.

Tonight we learned that the kangaroo rat is the animal that can live the longest without any water. Bet he wouldn’t live that long if he had to drink the 170 proof Absinthe that Mistess Daphne brought back from her travels. Man, that stuff burns going down.

Good Question!: Which technology standard is named after a Danish King?

Choices: a. Bluetooth   b. Hands Free   c. Sony   d. Excel

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Answer: Bluetooth

Mashable (a good tech site, BTW) had this to say:

“If you’ve ever had to save face after trying to start a conversation with someone who’s on Bluetooth — or have been embarrassed when people think you’re talking to yourself — you can blame a former King of Denmark.

King Harald “Bluetooth” Blatand, whose reign lasted from 958-986, is famous for bringing different factions together, what are now Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Similarly, Bluetooth technology securely unites devices from different manufacturers with different purposes — like an Apple MacBook and a Microsoft mouse — into a personal network.

I couldn’t find any speeches by King Harald, but I did find this rousing speech by Braveheart:

Although the product’s name dates back more than a thousand years, that same radio technology was used in the military in the 1940s. But the piece of hardware that contains the actual Bluetooth radio along with connecting software wasn’t invented until 1994 by engineers at Ericsson, a Sweden-based company. The engineers were investigating how feasible a radio interface with low cost and power, and used to connect different technologies, would be.

Bluetooth’s creation was intended to replace wires between everyday items, such as a mouse and a keyboard, but after years of work, it can do much more — and it can connect up to seven devices. It can even create new connections that weren’t possible with wires, and it’s now possible to connect phones to cars and printers. While previous versions of the technology connect devices within a 10 meter ranges, more recent iterations reach 100 meters. The technology uses radio waves to send close-range information, unlike phones, television and radio, which broadcast over a larger distance.

7d1d2c6c Bluetooth technology has the capability to let a person monitor pulse, speed and steps while jogging, walking or running. More than 13,000 companies are working on innovative products, which will make it easier to multitask and let our devices work in tandem.

Though the technology has evolved, its logo is a nod to its namesake from more than 1,000 years ago — it bears close resemblance to Danish ruler’s H and B for King Harald “Bluetooth” Blatand.”

 

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Winner: Judy

Tonight we were missing Darin and Mistress Daphne, but women were ably represented by the top 3 finishers. Judy played a strong, quiet game in the bay window and edged Rhys and Maddy. Ten O’Clock Bill was also seated in the bay window, but proved once again that where you sit is not a factor, even when you sit with the winner. Judy may need to give Bill some remedial trivia instruction to help him be competitive.

MikeP. stepped in to moderate the game and control a raucous crowd of 15. Those new players from Minnesota sure were noisy. Mike gets everyone’s attention with his earsplitting whistle. Might be something Mistress Daphne needs to try. We all missed Darin (and her treats) and hope she makes a speedy recovery.

Good Question!: According to one estimate, Ben Franklin had 24 what?

Choices: a. patents   b. wives   c. horses   d. illegitimate children

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Answer: illegitimate children

Good Grief! Is that possible?

The best info I could find was this statement: “Benjamin Franklin was rumored to have fathered more than a dozen illegitimate children.” There is nothing more definitive and most of the biographical info leans towards old Ben having numerous relationships, but fewer illegitimate children.

The Chicago Tribune had an interesting piece on ladies man Ben in 1990:

Ben Franklin`s Dangerous Liaisons
That Kindly Old Kite Flyer Was Also A High-flying Ladies` Man

“Franklin Delano Roosevelt had Lucy Mercer.

Dwight Eisenhower had Kay Summersby.

John F. Kennedy had Judith Exner.

Benjamin Franklin had Anna-Louise d`Hardancourt Brillon de Jouy. And Madame Helvetius. And Margaret Stevenson. And Polly Hewson. And Madame Foucault. And Countess Diane de Polignac. And Countess Wilhelmina Golowkin. And Catherine Ray. And Georgiana Shipley. And Madame Le Veillard. And Madame Le Roy. And Countess Houdetot. . . .

And, of course, Deborah Read, his wife of 38 years.”

Unfortunately, there are no videos of Ben and his ladies, but we do have one of Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday to JFK:

“Yes, even Ben Franklin-who is ensconced in our national consciousness as a kindly, bespectacled dispenser of aphoristic advice-was a womanizer. Make that especially Ben Franklin.

Franklin often philosophized that it was important for a man to be reasonable-since it enabled him to find a reason for doing anything he wanted to do. But Franklin himself was frightened by his sexual appetite, admitting in his autobiography that “the hard-to-be-governed passion of my youth had hurried me frequently into intrigues with low women that fell in my way.“

Franklin`s siring of an illegitimate son in Philadelphia, and his neglect of his wife, Deborah, have been well documented by historians. But from the age of 50 until the end of his life, a period in which he spent more time on the banks of the Seine and the Thames than the Schuylkill, Franklin had a sucession of relationships with younger women. Some of the affairs were sexual and others were platonic.”

blogger’s note: This blog, “TNBE,” celebrated it’s fifth anniversary last month, and I almost missed it. You keep reading, we’ll keep writing.

 

 

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