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Winner: Judy

It’s been a while, but Judy was back in the winner’s circle, followed by BigJohn. Mike was Daphne’s capable replacement while she baby sat the DC twins. Tonight we learned that Starbucks is derived from the name of the chief mate on the Pequod in “Moby Dick.” Who knew?

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Before we get to the Good Question!, how about some Good News. Two of our fave players, Nadia (the mad scientist) and John the Bod finally got married. YAY!

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Best Wishes from all of us to the two of you.

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Good Question!: What is the only state capital in the US to not have a McDonald’s?

Choices: a.Boise   b.Montpelier   c.Honolulu   d.Baton Rouge

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Answer: Montpelier

Although it seems ubiquitous, McDonald’s is not really everywhere. The state capital of Vermont, which is also the smallest by population, has the unique characteristic of being the only state capital in the United States that does not have a McDonald’s franchise within city limits. If you want your BigMac fix, you’re going to have to drive 4.44 whole miles to the next town over. Or go to Rutland, which has the most McD of any place in VT. – 3!

The Burger Story

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McDonald’s is the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries across 35,000 outlets. Founded in the United States in 1940, the company began as a barbecue restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald in San Bernardino, California.
In 1948, they reorganized their business as a hamburger stand using production line principles. Their introduction of the “Speedee Service System” in 1948 furthered the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant that the White Castle hamburger chain had already put into practice more than two decades earlier. The first McDonalds with the arches opened in Phoenix in March 1953.

Businessman Ray Kroc joined the company as a franchise agent in 1955. He subsequently purchased the chain from the McDonald brothers and oversaw its worldwide growth.
The original mascot of McDonald’s was a man with a chef’s hat on top of a hamburger-shaped head whose name was “Speedee”. By 1967, Speedee was eventually replaced with Ronald McDonald.

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Moving beyond hamburgers, ever Wonder What The People Of Your State Like To Buy The Most? This Map Has Your Answer:

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Winners: Donna and Jane

Tonight was a good night for newbies. First time winner Donna (take that Chris) and first time player Jane beat all the regulars. Well Done. Right behind were Barbara and Rosebud, making this an all ladies night.

Tonight’s questions, with a summertime theme, were provided by Droppin’ Dave and as to be expected were quite challenging, way too hard for the guys, apparently.

Darin, recently returned from Italy and the Med, brought back a fine bottle of  “Panel Tunel Licor” from Mallorca for us to sample. Rosebud seemed to be quite fond of it and at the end of the night we left her at the bar with the bottle close by.

Good Question!:
Who had a hit with “Hot Town, Summer in the City”?

Choices: a. the Young Rascals  b. the Lovin’ Spoonful               c. Canned Heat  d. Country Joe & the Fish

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This summer we should have all been humming this tune, as we set the all-time record for consecutive 80 degree days!

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John Sebastian is one of the great underrated singer songwriters of the 1960’s and this Greenwich Village band had some fine songs. Let’s listen to a few:

Summer in the City:

Younger Girl:

You Didn’t Have to be so Nice:

 

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Winner: Pluto

How appropriate. A guy born in Harlem, raised in da Bronx and a lady born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens finished 1-2 tonight in a game all about NYCity. Pluto was actually only 1 lousy clam chowder answer away from that Holy Grail – a perfect score. How could he not know that Manhattan clam chowder has a tomato base, not cream.

Most players were quite mellow after a month away from the game. Alas, the same could not be said for Mistress Daphne. She was harsher than usual, causing some players to wonder if she had spent the month of August in Bullying School. If so, she must have graduated head of the class.

Good Question!: What is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere?

Choices: A. One WTC    b. Sears/Willis Tower   c. Burj Khalifa     d. Empire State Building

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Answer: One WTC

Well, it is if you include that spire/antenna on top. It was up to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the recognized authority on building heights, to make the official ruling.  The 408 feet of steel on the top was recognized as a spire, not an antenna, and this distinction allowed One WTC to be awarded the title of tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 1,776 feet.

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Without its spire, One World Trade Center measures a mere 1,368ft, which is shorter than the 1,451ft Willis Tower – formerly the Sears Tower. The Chicago building has antennae on its roof, but these are not counted as part of its overall height.

And if you want to hike up the stairs of both buildings the top floor of the Willis Tower, at 1,354 ft, is higher than the One World Trade Center’s top floor at 1,268 ft. and if you want to take in the scenery from the highest observation deck, go West young man to Chicago.

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BTW, this all may be moot, as some say that 432 Park Avenue, between 56th and 57th streets, is now the tallest building in the city and the western hemisphere. It recently reached its full height of 1,396 feet tall, 28 feet taller than One World Trade Center– if you don’t count that building’s spire. But the view from this skinny skyscraper won’t come cheap. One penthouse apartment is on sale for $81 million, while the other penthouse unit sold for $95 million, and even the cheapest units sell for $7 million. And the newly revealed design for the Nordstrom Tower, on 217 W57th Street, will make it the highest in the Western Hemisphere at 1,795 feet!

To see the incredible views from the top of One World Trade Center check out this NYPost slideshow:

http://nypost.com/2015/05/20/see-the-incredible-view-from-the-top-of-one-world-trade-center/

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