Archive for October, 2016



Winner: CarolD

20 players tonight, but only one winner – CarolD. She was due for a win and even answered tonight’s baseball question correctly. How many years since the Cubs played in the World Series? That would be 71 years.

Of course, all the men answered this correctly, with one shocking exception – Chris. No wonder he lost his big baseball bet to Pluto. We’re going to have to send him back to Remedial Baseball 101.

Tonight we also welcomed two new players – Deb and Jeb, and celebrated Megan’s successful Main Street Cafe fundraiser for the NYC marathon – Go Megan!:


Good Question!: Which 90 year old rock ‘n’ roll legend is releasing his first album in 38 years?

Choices: a. Chuck Barry   b. Sam Cooke   c. Bill Haley   d. Jerry Lee Lewis


Answer: Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry was one of the most popular and influential performers of rhythm-and-blues and rock ‘n’ roll music during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. He’s known for songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “My Ding-a-Ling.”

Born on October 18, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri, Chuck Berry had early exposure to music at school and church. As a teen, he was sent to prison for three years for armed robbery. He began producing hits in the 1950s, including 1958’s “Johnny B. Goode,” and had his first No. 1 hit in 1972 with “My Ding-a-Ling.” With his clever lyrics and distinctive sounds, Berry became one of the most influential figures in the history of rock music.

Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll

In the mid-1950s, Berry began taking road trips to Chicago, the Midwest capital of black music, in search of a record contract. Early in 1955, he met the legendary blues musician Muddy Waters, who suggested that Berry go meet with Chess Records. A few weeks later, Berry wrote and recorded a song called “Maybellene” and took it to the executives at Chess. They immediately offered him a contract; within months, “Maybellene” had reached No. 1 on the R&B charts and No. 5 on the pop charts. With its unique blend of a rhythm and blues beat, country guitar licks and the flavor of Chicago blues and narrative storytelling, many music historians consider “Maybellene” the first true rock ‘n’ roll song.

Listen to those guitar licks on this 60 year old clip:

New Album

Berry’s new album, titled “Chuck,” will be available in 2017. The album was recorded in St. Louis-area studios and will feature mostly original work by Berry. Jimmy Marsala, a bassist in Berry’s longtime band, suggests the new album took so long to come together because Berry , whose writing credits include “Roll Over Beethoven,” and “Johnny B. Goode”, wanted to make sure it lived up to everyone’s expectations.

Berry’s son, Charles Berry Jr., says the songs “cover the spectrum from hard-driving rockers to soulful, thought-provoking time capsules of a life’s work.”

Artifacts from Berry’s career are on display at the National Blues Museum in downtown St. Louis, the city where he was born, and the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.



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Winner: Droppin’ Dave

If Droppin’ had not won, they would’ve been no man on the podium this evening. A pretty pitiful showing by the men. But a good showing by Rosebud, Judge Judy, Babs (with the new knee), 9 O’Clock Judy, and CarolD.

Mistress Daphne is in Siena, Italy for the festival, so Mike P handled the moderator duties this evening. He surprised us with his first question when he asked us what nationality Cleopatra was?  Greek – who knew.

Good Question!: Which car company was founded by Sir William Lyons in 1922?

Choices: a. MGB   b. Jaguar   c. Austin Healy   d. Bentley


Answer: Jaguar

There may always be in England, but there is no longer a British Jaguar company.

Jaguar is the luxury vehicle brand of Jaguar Land Rover, a British multinational car manufacturer with its headquarters in Whitley, Coventry, England, owned by the Indian company Tata Motors since 2008.

The origins of Jaguar can be traced back to a company that began by making motorcycle sidecars in 1922.

The Swallow Sidecar Company later started building automobiles and moved to Coventry, switching its name to Jaguar after the Second World War. It produced premium saloons and sports cars, including the legendary XK120.


Adding to Jaguar’s reputation was its motorsport success in the 1950s, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours race twice with a C-type – in 1951 and again in 1953 – and then with a D-type in 1955, 1956 and 1957. In 1961, the company launched what became perhaps the most iconic sports cars of all time, the E-type. In 1968 it merged with BMC (British Motor Corporation), which later became part of British Leyland and included Rover.

After splitting from British Leyland, Jaguar became independent again in the 1980s, before being purchased by Ford in 1989. In 2008, Jaguar was bought by Tata Motors, India’s largest automobile manufacturer.

Here is what the newest Jaguar F type looks like:

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Winner: DriverShea

The Driver led from start to finish in this game. Pluto buried himself in the first half, missing seven of the first 10, but made a valiant effort to come back with a perfect second half. He fell short and finished second along with Rosebud.

Almond Joy and Donna returned from Yellowstone just in time to play, but based on their performance, they should’ve spent more time with the geysers.

A couple of Irish questions stumped even our Irish tourists. We learned that Bushmills, not Jameson, is Ireland’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery. And get this, the fastest growing religion in Ireland is Buddhism. Who knew?

Good question!:  In what country did donuts originate?

Choices: a. Canada  b. Holland  c. Italy  d. China


Answer: Holland

Well, maybe.

Doughnuts have a disputed history. One theory, relying on it’s earliest mention in a cookbook, suggests they were a British invention, while another theory holds they were invented in North America by Dutch settlers.

Here’s what the Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. has to say on the subject:

“Doughnuts are deep-fried cakes with a long European history and roots in still earlier Middle Eastern cuisine. They were introduced to America by the Dutch in New Netherlands. These doughnuts took the form of irregular balls, at some point called oliebollen, or oil (fried) balls. The doughnut “hole” is a relatively new invention, introduced in the mid 1800’s by Captain Hanson Gregory.

The history of the doughnut goes back centuries, long before the discovery of the New World. In ancient Rome and Greece, cooks would fry strips of pastry dough and coat them with honey or fish sauce (eww!). In Medieval times, Arab cooks started frying up small portions of unsweetened yeast dough, drenching the plain fried blobs in sugary syrup to sweeten them. The fritters spread into northern Europe in the 1400’s and became popular throughout England, Germany and the Netherlands. Over the years, doughnuts have become a distinctly American food passion.



World War I “Doughboys.”
Doughnuts took on a patriotic resonance on the front lines of World War I, when female Salvation Army workers known as “Doughnut Girls” would fry and distribute doughnuts to the American soldiers fighting in France. They offered a taste of home to the soldiers, who became known as “Doughboys.” Doughnut Girls were replaced by “Doughnut Dollies” during World War II.

And of course, we all know how much our favorite American Homer Simpson loves his doughnuts, speaking of which:

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Winner: Driver Shea

It had been a close game, but the Driver was about to eke out a win. Then it happened again. He booted the last question. He fell back into a tie with Judy and Pluto and now the winner would be decided in a sudden death playoff.

Judy’s attempt to 3peat ended early, but the Driver and Pluto remained tied round after round. Finally, a French question ended it – It is known in France as the “le golfe de Gascogne”. What is the English name for it? The Bay of Biscay, of course.

Mistress Daphne butchered her attempt to pronounce “le golfe de Gascogne”, leaving all of us wondering what the heck she was talking about. Fortunately MainStreetCafe’s favorite Parisian, CaroleG was in town and she stepped in to give us the correct pronunciation.

Good Question!: Which explorer introduced pigs to North America?

a. Columbus  b. Marco Polo  c. Henry Hudson  d. John Cabot

Barbeque Pulled Pork Sandwich with BBQ Sauce and Fries

Barbeque Pulled Pork Sandwich with BBQ Sauce and Fries

Answer: Christopher Columbus

“Pigs were domesticated in China around 4900BC and were being raised in Europe by 1500BC. The Romans improved pig breeding and spread pork production throughout their empire.

Jewish religious law banned the eating of pork before 1000BC, based on a belief that pigs were unclean since they ate waste, and there was the fear of disease (no doubt associated with contracting trichinosis from eating improperly cooked pork.) Early Christians also shunned pork, but by around AD50 those restrictions were relaxed. Muhammad also banned the consumption of pork. Europe, being principally Christian, embraced the pig: Swine ate anything, reproduced prodigiously, and their meat was easily preserved.

At Queen Isabella’s insistence, Christopher Columbus took eight pigs on his voyage to Cuba in 1493. They were tough and could survive the voyage with minimal care, they supplied an emergency food source if needed, and those that escaped provided meat for hunting on return trips.

But Hernando de Soto was the true “father of the American pork industry.” He brought America’s first 13 pigs to Tampa Bay, Fla., in 1539. As the herds grew, explorers used the pigs not only for eating as fresh meat but for salt pork and preserved pork. American Indians were reportedly so fond of the taste of pork that attacks to acquire it resulted in some of the worst assaults on the expedition. By the time de Soto died three years later, his original herd of 13 pigs had grown to 700 – a very conservative estimate.

Let’s hear it for deSoto! The pork industry in America had begun.

Wall Street Pigs
Pig production spread rapidly through the new colonies. Semi wild pigs ravaged New York colonists’ grain fields to the extent that every pig 14 inches in height that was owned by a colonist was required to have a ring in its nose to make it easier to control. On Manhattan Island, a long solid wall to exclude rampaging pigs was constructed on the northern edge of the colony; it created the name for the area now known as Wall Street.”
source: austinchronicle.com

When I’m not thinking of pork Bar-B-Q, I’m thinking of Porky Pig:

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