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Winner: Pluto, with Rosebud in 2nd, & Droppin’ in 3rd
also in photo: newbie Sabrine, moderator Mike P. and Chris, who wanted to add some class to the photo.

Pluto edged ahead late for the win and a rare 3Peat. He totally credits the warm, nurturing environment that Mike P, our La La Land moderator, provides for all. Mike even let’s us use the restroom during the game, if necessary. Mistress Daphne would never allow that, even under the most extreme circumstances.

We had a bit of a kerfuffle tonight over what colour the bullseye is on an official archery target. The accepted answer was gold, but some pointed out that technically it’s not gold, it’s yellow.

Good Question!: How old is a horse when it changes from a filly to a mare?

Choices: a. 1.5  b. 2  c. 3  d. 4

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Answer: 4

A mare is an adult female horse or other equine.
(and yeah, that photo is not a Lady, that’s Big Red – Secretariat)

In most cases, a mare is a female horse over the age of three, and a filly is a female horse three and younger. The word can also be used for other female equine animals, particularly mules and zebras, but a female donkey is usually called a “jenny”. A broodmare is a mare used for breeding. A horse’s female parent is known as its dam.

An uncastrated adult male horse is called a stallion and a castrated male is a gelding. Occasionally, the term “horse” is used to designate only a male horse.

Mares carry their young (called foals) for approximately 11 months from conception to birth. For most competitive purposes, foals are given an official “birthday” of January 1 and many breeders want foals to be born as early in the year as possible. Therefore, many breeding farms begin to put mares “under lights” in late winter in order to allow conception to occur in February or March.

Fillies are sexually mature by age two and are sometimes bred at that age, but generally should not be bred until they themselves have stopped growing, usually by age four or five.

Big Red wins the Belmont by a country mile:


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Top 10 Female Race Horses of All Time:
(according to Sports illustrated)

10.Ta Wee

09. Rags to Riches

08. Winning Colors

07. Genuine Risk

06. Lady’s Secret

05. Rachel Alexandra

04. Azeri

03. Personal Ensign

02. Ruffian
From her first record-setting race as a two-year-old filly, Ruffian enthralled racing fans, dominating the sport in the 1970s. She swept the Triple Tiara series and clocked remarkable speeds, often beating her competition by eight lengths or more. Sadly, Ruffian’s career came to a tragic end when she broke down on the backstretch at Belmont Park during a $350,000 battle of the sexes race against Foolish Pleasure. She was euthanized later that night.

01. Zenyatta
In 2009, Zenyatta became the first female to ever win the Breeders’ Cup, when she rebounded from more than a 10-length gap to rally on the outside to beat Gio Ponti. Zenyatta may have lost at the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic, but her 19-1 record is nothing to laugh at. In what became her final race, Zenyatta made her trademark move from last place but fell short in a photo finish to Blame. Zenyatta was runner-up for Horse of the Year in 2008 and 2009, but won the honor in 2010, besting Blame, the only opponent ever to defeat her on the track.

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Winner: Pluto
closely followed in 2nd and 3rd place by Droppin’, Almond Joy, Rosebud, Jen and Joe, tall Paul, and Dale. Wow!

A cold, dreary night with lots of players and many were bunched up in the top places. Pluto guessed right on the fastest Rubik’s Cube and that may have made the difference.

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With Mistress Daphne on a boat to Hawaii, or from Hawaii, or maybe both, Mike P, the gentle moderator, stepped in and did his usual superb job. Darin brought out so many desserts this evening that it’s a wonder that any of us could get up off our barstools at the end of the night.

There was a Formula One question which Almond Joy, our car expert, refused to answer. He said: “I don’t mess with that formula 1 stuff, I’m a NASCAR guy all the way.”

Good Question!: David Bowie’s album released just before he died in January 2016 is?

Choices:
a. Blackstar  b. Death March  c. Stardom  d. Free at Last

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Answer: Blackstar

It’s the one year anniversary of David Bowie’s death, a time to remember him.  In over fifty years from his very first recordings right through to his last album Blackstar, David Bowie was at the vanguard of contemporary culture as a musician, artist, icon and a constant influence on generations of writers, artists and designers. He was, and remains to be, a unique presence in contemporary culture.

Rolling Stone had a couple of good pieces on Bowie – his music, his life:
David Bowie Dead at 69
Thanks, Starman: Why David Bowie Was the Greatest Rock Star Ever
But it’s his music that we will most remember and this is a very comprehensive list with videos:

David Bowie: 30 Essential Songs

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Of course, his music has been recorded by performers of all genres. Here is my fave version of “Space Oddity” by Jennifer Sheehan, one of NYC’s rising young cabaret stars:

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Winner: Pluto, followed closely by Rosebud, big John, tall Paul, Carol D, and Droppin’

A tight game tonight with lots of folks on the podium. Heck, that was almost half the players.

Tonight we learned that sunshine can boost the chances of pregnancy by up to a third. Who knew.

We must all be getting old, because no one remembered that YouTube was originally meant to be an online dating site.

Good question!: Which is the only sea that has no coast?

Choice’s: a. Sargasso  b. Ionian  c. Marmara  d. Irish

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Answer: Sargasso Sea

A sea without a coast? Sounds like a trick question. And it tricked most of us.

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The Sargasso Sea is a vast patch of ocean named for a genus of free-floating seaweed called Sargassum. While there are many different types of algae found floating in the ocean all around world, the Sargasso Sea is unique in that it harbors species of sargassum that are ‘holopelagi’ – this means that the algae not only freely floats around the ocean, but it reproduces vegetatively on the high seas. Other seaweeds reproduce and begin life on the floor of the ocean.

Sargassum provides a home to an amazing variety of marine species. Turtles use sargassum mats as nurseries where hatchlings have food and shelter. Sargassum also provides essential habitat for shrimp, crab, fish, and other marine species that have adapted specifically to this floating algae. The Sargasso Sea is a spawning site for threatened and endangered eels, as well as white marlin, porbeagle shark, and dolphinfish. Humpback whales annually migrate through the Sargasso Sea. Commercial fish, such as tuna, and birds also migrate through the Sargasso Sea and depend on it for food.

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While all other seas in the world are defined at least in part by land boundaries, the Sargasso Sea is defined only by ocean currents. It lies within the Northern Atlantic Subtropical Gyre. The Gulf Stream establishes the Sargasso Sea’s western boundary, while the Sea is further defined to the north by the North Atlantic Current, to the east by the Canary Current, and to the south by the North Atlantic Equatorial Current. Since this area is defined by boundary currents, its borders are dynamic, correlating roughly with the Azores High Pressure Center for any particular season.

I’m guessing that the Black Lagoon must be somewhere in that Sargasso Sea. I’m sure you remember the “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” with the “most amazing underwater photography the screen has ever known!” Well, that’s what they thought back in 1954 (better hold on to your knickers):

 

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Winner: Almond Joy, with the Driver, Rosebud, Donna, CarolD, and the Mad Scientist close behind.

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Re-Gifters

First the game, then the re-gifting.

Almond Joy certainly started off the year on the right foot, but there was one question that he missed along with almost everyone else. Which product is used by researchers to attract animals to cameras in the wilderness? Only the mad scientist, Nadia, knew that it was Calvin Klein’s “Obsession for Men.” When asked how she could possibly know this obscure fact, she said “Hey, how do you think I got this big lug” and pointed over to John the Bod.

Our annual holiday re-gifting event was enough to attract Coffee Bill to make the long trip from Jersey and revisit us after a long absence. It was great to see Bill again, and of course, he brought his classic book to enliven the festivities (and went home with it, as he has so many times before.) Nobody’s taking that book from Bill, unless it’s from his cold dead hands.

Good question!: A search in 2009 for the Loch Ness Monster came up empty. Scientists did find over 100,000 of these.

Choices: a. fishing hooks  b. underwater cameras  c. gold coins  d. golf balls

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Answer: golf balls

There’s something lurking in the depths of Loch Ness, Scotland and it has nothing to do with monsters.

On an expedition to try and find evidence of the Loch Ness monster, U.S. research teams came across something quite unexpected — not a prehistoric creature of the deep but thousands of plastic covered golf balls.

Mike O’Brien of SeaTrepid explains: “At first we thought they were mushrooms, there were so many. But when we lowered the camera, we were surprised to see that they were in fact, golf balls.”

The smattering of balls were found roughly 300 yards from the beach and 100 yards from the shore where it is thought locals and visitors have been using the loch to practice their driving skills for quite some time.

Extra! Extra! Monster Photo

For those of you who doubt the Loch Ness monster exists, a Scottish whisky worker in Sept 2016 captured the clearest ever photo of the Monster:

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Golf Ball impact on environment

“From the moon to the bottom of Loch Ness, golf balls are humanity’s signature litter in the most inaccessible locations,” U.K. lawmaker Patrick Harvie told CNN.

And though the golf balls left on the moon by astronauts back in 1971 would have dissolved a long time ago, here on Earth, golf balls take much longer to decompose — and they release a high quantity of heavy metals in the process.

The core of golf balls contain dangerous levels of zinc, which attaches itself to ground sediment and poisons surrounding plants and wildlife.

Torben Kastrup Petersen, course manager for the Danish Golf Union, says the full impact of golf ball pollution is unknown.

About 300 million golf balls are lost or discarded every year in the United States alone, mostly by Driver Shea and Darin Parker.

BTW, here’s a hot tip for you or your gift giving.
Long Island’s and now New Jersey’s most accomplished caddy, Coffee Bill, tells us that Costco is now selling Kirkland golf balls, and there is no better deal anywhere.

 

 

 

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