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Winner: Donna
Donna accomplished something very rare tonight. Not only did she beat all 24 other players, but she had a perfect score!
Bravo Donna!

Close behind Donna were Almond Joy, Pluto, and two newbies Bill Jr. and Rob, all with only one wrong answer. Of course, Rob’s mom Darin was very proud.

As you study the guys in the photo below, you will most certainly conclude that these guys were not the winners. Why the ladies who finished 3rd, even allowed themselves to be photographed with them is baffling:

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Rosebud put tonight’s quiz together and based it on the test for US citizenship. Lot’s of questions about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Not so fair for Stan, our visitor from Australia. Rosebud was unconcerned. She said: “Have you spoken to him? He sure talks funny, I’m not even sure that’s English.”

Good Question!: How many amendments does the constitution have in total?

Choices: a. 18   b. 21   c. 25   d. 27

Answer: 27

The latest and the greatest is unique in that it took nearly 200 years since it was proposed to actually be ratified by the states. The 27th amendment deals with pay raises or decreases for members of Congress. Changes to Congressional pay must take effect after the next term of office for the representatives. This means that another election would have had to occur before the pay raises can take effect.

The fact that Congress has the power to set its salary was something that worried the original authors of the amendment that would become the 27th amendment in 1992. Many states too, during the debates over ratifying the Constitution, expressed concern over congressional pay. During the first round of ratification, only six states, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, Vermont and Virginia ratified the amendment. Other states would ratify this amendment in bursts, with the digest drive toward ratification occurring the in late ‘80s to early 90s.

You may wonder why an amendment could be ratified almost 200 years after its proposal. In the Supreme Court case of Coleman v. Miller the court ruled that if the amendment had an unspecified date, then the state legislatures could approve the amendment at any time. and so the final states, Missouri, Michigan, New Jersey and Illinois all ratified the amendment in May of 1992.

This means it’s been 23 years since we last passed an amendment. Time for a new one. How about we abolish Congress. No one will even notice.

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Winner: Rosebud

Tonight’s game focused on current events, including the attacks in Paris. We raised a drink in memory of the victims and to salute those residents of our sister city, especially our friend Carole, who are going through such a difficult time. Lots of players tonight, but only one winner – Rosebud. Randy, Carol D, and Pluto finished a close second, edging out Linda and JohnnyG.

Bobby Barcelona finished back in the pack and seemed a bit rusty from his long layoff. JohnnyG on the other hand seemed as sharp as ever and it sure was good to see him. Darin & Mistress Daphne dressed appropriately for the occasion and looked pretty sharp in their Parisian outfits.

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Good Question!: In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes offered  a free box of cereal to any woman who would do what?

Choices: a. flex her muscles  b. wear a swim suit to the store   c. lift a case of Wheaties   d. wink at the grocer

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Answer: wink at the grocer

Holy Cow! Times sure have changed. Imagine how far Miley Cyrus would take that offer.

Developed by brothers, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and Will Keith Kellogg, this cereal was first introduced as Sanitas Toasted Corn Flakes in 1898. The cereal was an extension of the brothers’ first great cereal innovation, the wheat flake, which they’d introduced as Granose Flakes a few years earlier.

Initial sales of Sanitas Toasted Corn Flakes were lackluster, thanks mostly to the fact the cereal turned rancid shortly after purchase. By 1902, the Kelloggs had reworked the recipe to overcome the spoilage problem. Sugar was also added to the flakes to boost the flavor (much to the dismay of Dr. John Kellogg who considered sugar an enemy to the human body). Sales of the reworked cereal shot through the roof.

In 1903, a large ad campaign was launched under the direction Will Keith Kellogg. The cereal’s popularity continued to grow. In 1906, the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company was formed. Will Keith eventually bought out most of his brother’s share of the Corn Flakes Company and, in 1925, changed the name of the company to the Kellogg Company.

In the early 1960’s, Kellogg’s promoted their Corn Flakes cereal with ads that featured corny puns. For instance: “What’s the corniest state in the union? Corn-tucky”. The company engaged radio stars Homer & Jethro to record a series of commercials which featured the catch phrase “Oooooh… that’s corny!”. Once the campaign made its way to televisions, “Oooooh… that’s so corny” became a popular phrase to describe anything hackneyed and cliched.

A collection of corny cereal commercials from the 1960’s-70’s:

 

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Winner: Droppin’ Dave

Tonight the joint was filled with balloons, and boisterous folks with funny hats and noisemakers. All were here to celebrate with Darin, especially before she hits the big 6-5. Tiffany was behind the bar and supplied the beverages and her home made birthday cupcakes. The game was almost an after thought, with Droppin’ finishing out in front of Rosebud and Eric.

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Good Question!: Helios and Selene were the Greek god and goddess of what?

Choices:a. heaven and earth   b. sun and moon   c. wind and fire   d. war and peace

 

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Answer: the Sun and the Moon

Before the stars, two gods ruled the skies. They were Helios and Serene. Night and day were the same thing so they knew each other well.

Helios was the personification of the Sun and his sisters were the goddesses Selene (the Moon) and Eos (the Dawn). He drove the chariot of the sun across the sky on a daily basis, while Selene was the goddess of the moon, which she drove every night across the skies.

Selene drove the silver moon chariot which was carried by two snow-white horses, as opposed to the golden sun chariot which was carried by four.

One of the best known stories around Helios revolves around his son Phaeton, who tried to drive his father’s chariot; however, he lost control and set the earth on fire.

When I hear the name Selene, I think of Celine singing the love song from “Titanic”:

Helios also appears in the Homeric Epic, the Odyssey, in which Odysseus and his men reached an island dedicated to the god. Let’s take a look:

 

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Winner: Pluto

Tonight we celebrated Droppin’s 75th birthday with a cake, balloons, and beverages. A fine time was had by all, except Droppin’ who was a no show. What a night to have to work late! Pluto didn’t miss him at all, gave him a chance to beat out Judy for the win.

Good Question!: Who was the narrator of 1001 Arabian Nights?

Choices: a. Sheherazade   b. Zelda   c. Amore   d. Lighette

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Answer: Scheherazade

Originating from Persia, Scheherazade is known as the shrewd storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights. The story goes that the sultan, Shahyar, was infamous for marrying a virgin and then having her beheaded the next day as revenge for his first wife’s infidelity. As she was the next to be wed to this man, she concocted a scheme by which she would tell a story to the king once a night, stopping her tale short under the guise of approaching dawn and promising to continue the tale next night. Eventually, having survived a thousand nights, she admitted that she had no more stories. During that time, however, the Shahyar had fallen in love with her and spared her, making her his Queen.

It’s always nice when there is a happy ending, and you sure can’t blame Shahyar for sparing her life.

I’m sure the first thing that many thought of when they saw that one of the choices was Scheherazade was Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral work of the same name. His Scheherezade uses a robust “Russian” theme to portray the male protagonist (the sultan) and a more sinuous “Eastern” theme for the female one (Scheherezade, of course.) Take a few minutes to listen:

 

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