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Winner: Pluto

Lots of players and diners made lots of noise tonight; pretty tough for Moderator Mike to be heard. Not too loud for Pluto, Rosebud, and Almond Joy to finish tied at the end of regulation and head to a playoff. That didn’t last long as only Pluto knew that John Adams was the first president to live in the White House.

Tonight we were reminded that the name of the boy in the Jungle Book was Mowgli. Well, not exactly reminded since most of us did not really know much about the Jungle Book, so here’s the story: “After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo.” Now we know.

Good Question!: What is featured on the reverse side of the US two dollar bank note?

Choices: a. White House  b. Treasury Building  c. Capitol Bldg  d. Signing Declaration of Independence

 

Answer: Signing Declaration of Independence

The $2 Dollar Bill is America’s Rarest Current Denomination of US Currency

The unique history of the $2 bill has given the note an air of mystery and legend. If you have a $2 dollar bill in your wallet, it is always an instant conversation starter.

History

On 25 June, 1776, the Continental Congress authorized the issue of two-dollar bills of credit for the defense of the America. Only 49,000 bills were issued at that time. The two-dollar bill was first commissioned in March,1862, but was discontinued from 1966 until 1976 when use of the two-dollar bill was resumed as part of the United States bicentennial celebration. This bill had a new design on the back featuring John Trumbull’s depiction of the drafting of the United States Declaration of Independence replacing the previous design of Monticello.

How Rare is the $2 Dollar Bill?

Low printing numbers starting in the 1950s resulted in the $2 dollar bill becoming the rarest current denomination of US Currency.  This rarity caused people to hoard any $2 bills they come across and as a result this decreased the circulation of the $2 dollar bill even more. Today the $2 dollar bill constitute around 1% of all notes in US circulation.

Growing Popularity of the $2 Dollar Bill

Today the $2 dollar bill is growing in popularity. One reason for the increased popularity is the $2 dollar bill is becoming more frequently used as change where tipping is encouraged. For example, $2 dollar bills are popular in some bars and night clubs, especially gentleman’s clubs and poker rooms. The reason many gentleman’s clubs give change using $2 bills is to encourage larger tips. I hope you guys who frequent “gentleman’s clubs” are paying attention.

What is a $2 Dollar Bill worth?

Typically the $2 bill is worth its face value. Special $2 bills have been made in recent years, however they are not worth anything more than face value on the collectors market and most current $2 bills are not worth much more than their face value.

The curious case of the $2 Dollar Bill

The first $2 bill issued in 1862 as a Legal Tender Note features a profile portrait of Alexander Hamilton.

The scene of the Declaration of Independence that appears on the bill’s reverse is not a perfect duplicate of the John Trumbull painting. Five figures were removed to make the image fit the bill.

$2 bills are seen in circulation so rarely that some people still think they’re counterfeit upon first encountering them. Actually, it’s a wonder we don’t see $2 bills more often; as late as the turn of the 21st century, there were over $1.1 billion worth of the bills in circulation.

Uncut $2 Currency Sheets

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computing, buys two dollars by the sheet from the Treasury Department. He then has them bound into a booklet and the bills act as “tear off” pages. You can do this too, because uncut currency sheets of $2 bills are still available in various sizes from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

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A 32-subject sheet, which is the original size sheet that the notes are printed on, is available. Other sheet sizes available have been cut from the original 32-subject sheet. These include half (16-note), quarter (8-note), and eighth (4-note) sheets for $2 bills. Uncut sheets range in price from $21 to $90 from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which seems like about a 50% premium to face value.

All this talk of currency and $2 dollar bills makes me think of a couple of great bank heist movies.

 

This is one of the great bank shootout scenes of all time:

and for old time sake – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid:

 

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Winner: TomO

A couple of fresh faces on the winner’s podium this evening. Newbie Alex tied for the lead in regulation, but lost the play off and TomO became a first time winner. Good job. Now let’s see if you can come back and do it again.

With Mistress Daphne away exploring the Arctic, Mike, the mild moderator, handled things and the game proceeded at a fast clip. He fooled everyone when he asked why it is illegal to sell an ET doll in France? Turns out the French require that dolls must have human faces only. Who knew.

Good question!: What was the first sport to be filmed?

Choices: a. tennis   b. baseball   c. boxing   d. horse racing

Answer: boxing (well, sort of)

This is one strange tale.

THOMAS EDISON FILMED STRIPPERS, DRUG DENS, ANIMAL MURDERS, AND THE VERY FIRST CAT VIDEO

“Edison’s early experiments in film were often pretty scandalous even by today’s standards. There was the time he recorded his favorite body-building stripper, rather gracelessly disrobing upon the trapeze, right down to her massive Victorian underwear. There was also Chinese Opium Den, from which only one frame survives, but you can guess the content. There’s even the time he filmed himself electrocuting Topsy the elephant. So you have sex, drugs and violence, all right there at the beginning of cinema.

Edison really knew what the public wanted, so obviously he made a cat video!

In 1894 Edison filmed “Boxing Cats” at his Black Maria Studio, the charming results of which you see here. Why boxing cats? The Library of Congress explains that this was a relatively popular form of live entertainment for the time:

“The performance was part of Professor Henry Welton’s ‘cat circus,’ which toured the United States both before and after appearing in Edison’s film. Performances included cats riding small bicycles and doing somersaults, with the boxing match being the highlight of the show.”

The Library of Congress’s summary of the film is just “A very interesting and amusing subject.” Can’t argue with that!” (dangerousminds.net)

Turns out upon further research there was a real boxing match filmed by the Edison studios in 1894, but I don’t think we can forgive him for starting the cat video craze:

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Now if we’re going to be watching boxing videos you know it has to be “Rocky” and if you haven’t seen this recently it’s really worth a look:

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Winner: Judge Judy

Tonight it came down to the last question. Where did the small private plane crash land this week? Pluto guessed Bellmore and was half right. Judge Judy answered Bellport and was totally right. It was especially fitting that Judy would win this evening as she celebrated her wedding anniversary with Tall Paul.

Tonight we learned that Minnie Mouse’s cat who enjoyed antagonizing Mickey’s beloved dog, Pluto was named Figaro. But most of the questions tonight were baby questions – wonder why.

Good question!: Babies recognize their mother’s voice at birth, how long does it take a baby to recognize its father’s voice?

Choices: a. 12 hours  b. 2 days  c. one week  d. two weeks

 

Answer: two weeks

That answer did not sit well with the fathers who were playing the game this evening. Maybe they had a legitimate beef.

Here’s what “Romper,” a site for a new generation of women figuring out what motherhood means for them, has to say:

“It’s no secret that mother’s have the advantage when it comes to bonding with baby. From carrying to delivering to breastfeeding, mother’s are innately wired to feel connected with their babies. Although fathers don’t have the same constant contact that mothers do with their babies, it doesn’t lessen the importance of their bond with their child. It’s been said that babies recognize their mother’s voice while their still in the womb, but when does a baby recognize their father? Not surprisingly, it may be much earlier than you’d expect.

Although the exact timeline isn’t known for sure, some studies suggest babies can recognize their father’s voice from the womb, and suggest that dads talk to their babies before they’re born. One piece from Parents noted that babies can hear sounds from 16 weeks gestation, so speaking or singing often to your unborn babe will increase their ability to recognize the sound of your voice. Most research, according to Parenting, indicates that babies can recognize their father’s voice from 32 weeks gestation (and immediately after birth.)”

On the other hand “Livestrong.com” has this to say:

Because it’s noisy inside the womb and because outside sounds aren’t heard as well as internal sounds, there’s no proof that babies recognize Dad’s voice at birth. Few studies have tested a baby’s preference for their own father’s voice over other male voices. A 1999 Virginia Tech study published in “Developmental Psychobiology” found that 4-month-old infants did not show a preference for their father’s voice over other male voices but did recognize voices they’d heard previously. Researchers concluded that there is a biological difference in maternal vs. paternal recognition in infants.

So you pays your money and you takes your choice.

All this baby talk has got me thinking about “Rosemary’s Baby:

 

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Winner: Oh, Donna

Another close game tonight with five players bunched in second place and a playoff to determine the winner between Pluto and Oh, Donna.  After 7 questions it was still tied. The deciding question – Who had the most single day record sales? Pluto, always a homeboy, went with local girl Mariah Carey. Wrong. Oh, Donna knew better, she remembered her favorite singles as a teenager – screaming for Elvis!

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Mistress Daphne, recently returned from Transylvania, brought back a bottle of Bermet for us to sample. Very Nice! Bermet, a sweet wine that is a specialty of northern Serbia’s Fruška Gora wine region, is an interesting infused dessert wine.

It has between 16 and 18% of alcohol and it is usually served as a dessert wine with cookies, which of course, was how Darin served it.

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Good Question!: Which ocean is the most shallow?

Choices: a. Pacific  b. Arctic  c. Indian  d. Antarctic

Answer: Arctic

The shallowest ocean in the world is the Arctic Ocean. It has an average depth of 3,407 feet. The Arctic Ocean is the smallest of the Earth’s oceans and covers about 3 percent of the world’s surface area. In contrast, with an average depth of 13,740 feet, the Pacific Ocean is the deepest, and the deepest place on Earth is the Marianna Trench in the Pacific Ocean, with a depth of 36,200 feet.

Made me wonder.
How long would it take to sail around the world?
Depends. If your are on say a 40′ yacht, It could take anywhere from 1 -10 years depending on how much time and money you have . Most folks circling the globe take an average of 3.5 years. Most do it by passing through the Panama Canal to avoid Cape Horn.

However, if you are Thomas Colville, it would take you 49 days 3 hours 7 minutes and 38 seconds. That’s solo by the way, in his 31m trimaran Sodebo Ultim. Distance covered over the ground: 28,400 nautical miles (52,596 kilometres). Starting and ending at Brest, France. Average speed was 24.09 knots (that’s 27.7 m/h). Pretty Amazing!

Of course, some ocean voyages did not go as well:

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