Archive for January, 2016


Winner: Pluto

Pluto seems to do way better in Mistress Daphne’s absence. Tonight he led from start to finish and missed only one question. Did you know that Poland’s popuation suffered the highest % of deaths of any country in WWII? He didn’t.

Following close behind were Rosebud, newbie Kirby, and Droppin’. Mistress Daphne is scheduled to return from Panama soon. We may have to throw a mosquito net over her and place her in quarantine, but we are all looking forward to her return. Except Tiffany, of course.

Good Question!: What brave hearted Scottish patriot led soldiers to a defeat of the English at the Battle of Cambuskenneth in 1297?

Choices: a. William Wallace   b. Michael Collins   c. Connor MacLeod   d. Loch Shiel


Answer: William Wallace

Of course, you know him better as Braveheart, Mel Gibson.


Sir William Wallace was a Scottish knight who became one of the main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence. Along with Andrew Moray, Wallace defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297.(Cambuskenneth was an Augustinian abbey near where the Battle of Stirling Bridge took place.)

Here’s the story:

The English Earl of Surrey had won a victory over the aristocracy of Scotland at the Battle of Dunbar in 1296. However, by August 1297 Moray and Wallace controlled almost all of Scotland north of the Forth, except for Dundee. Surrey marched north with an army from Berwick to relieve Dundee. The town of Stirling was the key entry point to the north of Scotland.

Stirling Bridge, a small bridge on the River Forth, was only broad enough to allow two horsemen to cross abreast, but offered the safest river crossing. The Scots waited as the English knights and infantry made their slow progress across the bridge on the morning of 11 September. It would have taken several hours for the entire English army to cross.

Wallace and Moray waited until “as many of the enemy had come over as they believed they could overcome”. When a substantial number of the troops had crossed (possibly about 2,000) the attack was ordered. The Scots spearmen came down from the high ground in rapid advance and fended off a charge by the English heavy cavalry before counterattacking the English infantry. They gained control of the east side of the bridge, and cut off the chance of English reinforcements to cross. Caught on the low ground in the loop of the river with no chance of relief or of retreat, most of the outnumbered English on the east side were probably killed.

After the Battle (warning: very gory)

The body of one of the English leaders, Hugh de Cressingham, was reportedly subsequently flayed and the skin cut into small pieces for souvenirs of the victory. Reports are that Wallace had “a broad strip [of Cressingham’s skin]…taken from the head to the heel, to make therewith a baldrick for his sword”. By March 1298 Wallace had emerged as Guardian of Scotland. His glory was brief, for King Edward himself was coming north from Flanders. The two men finally met on the field of Falkirk in the summer of 1298, where Wallace was defeated.

Here is the Hollywood William Wallace that we all know:

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Winner: Pluto

With Mistress Daphne in Panama checking on the canal, MikeP started the evening as her replacement moderator, but didn’t last long and before halftime he was on the bench, replaced by Tiffany, better known as Gemma’s mom. Turns out she has a real liking for the job. In fact, at one point she said: “I’m just going to fire Daphne and take over.”

Pluto was making WAG’s all evening and got lucky on enough of them to finish ahead of Droppin’ and Eric. Our brewmasters from across the street at Sand City Brewing joined us for the game, and based on their performance it appears they better keep their day jobs. But we do like their beer, especially the IPA’s.

Good Question!: How many times does the average human heart beat each day?

Choices: a. 10,000   b. 50,000   c. 100,00  d. 1,000,000


Answer: 100,000

According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult heart beats 60 to 100 times per minute, which translates to 86,400 to 144,000 beats per day. The average normal heart rate is 72 beats per minute, though this number depends on factors such as age, weight, fitness level and personal health.

A person can easily check their specific resting heart rate by placing two fingers on the neck or the inside of your wrist just below your thumb for 15 seconds. After getting the pulse, a person then multiplies that number by four to get beats per minute. Athletes have lower resting heart rates and some athletes’ hearts beat only 40 to 60 times per minute when they are resting! Exercise strengthens the heart muscle, meaning the heart does not need to work as hard to pump blood around the body. Children tend to have higher resting heart rates of between 90 and 120 beats per minute.

The Amazin’ Heart

Your body is full of muscles, but the heart is the most important muscle in your body. About the size of your fist, your heart is located in the middle of your chest, just a little to the left of center. Weighing in at just 8-10 ounces, the heart takes on an awful lot of work for its size!

On a daily basis, the human heart circulates the blood through the body three times each minute. This results in the blood traveling the equivalent of 12,000 miles per day. During the average human lifespan, the heart pumps the equivalent of 1 million barrels of blood. If you live to be 80 years old, your heart will have beaten approximately 3,363,840,000 times! That’s over 3 billion heartbeats! What a muscle!

Isn’t it awesome that you never have to rest your heart muscle. It just keeps going and going, pumping blood throughout your body. And the best part? You don’t even have to think about it!

BTW, in case you’re interested, the average human respiratory rate is 12 to 16 breaths per minute or 7,363,289 breaths per year.

If you really want to learn more about the heart, maybe before you try any open heart surgery, check out the Khan Academy’s online course.


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Winner: the Driver

Driver Shea not only won again, but dominated the game from start to finish. He finished so far ahead of the second place folks it was no contest. So now he is headed to Panama for some better competition. He has heard that there is a high stakes trivia game there among the ex-pats, one of whom resembles “The Girl From Ipanema.”

Good Question!: MERS, which significantly impacted South Korea in 2015, is otherwise known as ?

Choices: a. market crash  b. meningitis  c. rubella  d. camel flu


Answer: Camel Flu

Just another thing to worry about.

In June more than 900 schools were closed in South Korea to prevent the spread of the deadly ‘camel flu’ virus, and more than 1,000 people were locked under quarantine.

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, also known as ‘camel flu’, continues to circulate in the Middle East – with travellers carrying it to other parts of the world.

MERS has been spreading across the Middle East since it was first discovered in 2012. The majority of cases have been recorded in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Ermirates and surrounding nations. However, cases have also been reported in Britain, France, Holland, Austria and Italy – as well as South Korea.

Camel flu usually starts off as flu-like symptoms, but victims can then suffer pneumonia and kidney failure. MERS is spread from close contact with an ill person, and nearly 40 per cent of those contaminated end up dying.

The Girl from Ipanema

Art writes from Panama and says that he has indeed found “The Girl From Ipanema”, and that she is very good at Trivia. For those of you too young to remember here is the lovely lady:

BTW, “The Girl From Ipanema” went on to become the second-most recorded popular song in history, behind “Yesterday”.

In case you were curious, this is a recent pic of Heloisa “Helo” Pinheiro, the woman that inspired the classic bossa nova song:

In this July 3, 2012 photo, Heloisa "Helo" Pinheiro, the woman that inspired the classic bossa nova song, "The Girl From Ipanema," poses for a picture in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The quintessential tune was inspired by Pinheiro when she passed the songwriters in a beachside bar on her way to the sea 50 years ago. To its legions of fans, the decades have only heightened the song's allure, adding a wash of nostalgia to this hymn to passing youth and beauty. At 68, Pinheiro has two TV shows roles and is planning to launch a book in English about her past. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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The Original Paladin


Winner: the Driver
Loser: Rosebud.

Tonight’s game preceded the annual Christmas re-gifting. Coffee Bill travelled all the way from Jersey to try and get rid of his infamous book. No luck. He didn’t do so well in the game either. The Driver led from the start and finished strong for a change.

Good Question!: In 1950 which character was the first on a metal lunchbox in the U.S.?

a.Bozo b.Hopalong Cassidy c.Superman d.Lone Ranger


Answer: Hopalong Cassidy

All 4 choices were good possibilities.
Just who was Hopalong Cassidy?


Hopalong Cassidy is a fictional cowboy hero created by the author Clarence E. Mulford. From 1935, the character, as played by movie actor William Boyd, appeared in sixty-six popular films adapted from Mulford’s books.

In 1948, when “B” westerns were being phased out. Boyd thought Hopalong Cassidy might have a future in television, spent $350,000 to obtain the rights to his old films, and approached the fledgling NBC network. On June 24, 1949, Hopalong Cassidy became the first network Western television series. The success of the television series made Boyd a star.

The series and character were so popular that Hopalong Cassidy was featured on the cover of national magazines such as Look, Life, and Time. Boyd earned millions as Hopalong ($800,000 in 1950 alone), mostly from merchandise licensing and endorsement deals. This was no dumb cowpoke.

In 1950, Hopalong Cassidy was featured on the first lunchbox to bear an image, causing sales for Aladdin Industries to jump from 50,000 to 600,000 in one year. In stores, more than 100 companies in 1950 manufactured $70 million of Hopalong Cassidy products, including children’s dinnerware, pillows, roller skates, soap, wristwatches, and jackknives.

Enough talk, here’s an exciting video from 1939:

Notice that Hopalong was the good guy, but dressed all in black, the original Paladin:


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