Archive for September, 2017

Winner: Amy, followed by Rosebud, JudgeJudy, Tall Paul, and that loser, Pluto.

Amy, who had to be talked into playing her first game, finished regulation tied with Rosebud. In the playoff only Amy knew that Presidente Lincoln died on April 15, the day after being shot at Ford’s Theatre.

The theme of tonight’s game was New York, New York – city and state. Pluto, who publishes a website all about NYC (nycity123.com), should have won the game easily. Heck, even if he was half asleep he should have finished in front by a country mile. But he didn’t. What an embarassment!

Tonight we learned that you can supposedly see 5 states from the Empire State Building. Yeah sure, their PR guys think, “On a clear day you can see forever.” I’m skeptical – if anyone has ever seen Massachusetts from the observation deck of the ESB, please drop me a line.

Good Question!: New York was the first state to require this on cars?

Choices: a. turn signals   b. headlights   c. windshields   d. license plates

Answer: license plates

This one is a bit tricky. In 1903 Massachusetts issued the first state license plates in the US. Yet, New York is the right answer to the question.

License plates, also known as vehicle registration plates, are required for every car in the United States these days, but when automobiles first started to appear on the road, there was no such thing!

New York was the first state to require automobiles have license plates in 1901. But these plates were made by individual owners (with the owner’s initials) rather than being issued by state agencies as they are in modern times. The very first license plates were typically handcrafted on leather or metal (iron) and were meant to denote ownership via the initials.

It wasn’t until two years later, in 1903, that the first state-issued license plates were distributed in Massachusetts.

When I think of cars and license plates, I always think of Bonnie and Clyde.



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Winner: Tall Paul, followed by Donna and Tom

Tall Paul finally figured out how to win. His strategy? Ask wife, Judge Judy, to stay home – because, of course, he was never going to beat her.

Our two new players, Jen and Amanda, had a rough game but a wonderful evening –  they hadn’t seen each other in 20 years, since high school.

Tonight we learned that the Great Dane is indeed taller than the Irish Wolfhound, and that the Secret Service, which is out of money, has reportedly spent $60,000 on golf carts to follow the president around. Are you freaking kidding me!

Good Question!: What part of a horse would you examine to tell its age?

Choice’s: a. hooves   b. teeth   c. eyes   d. mane

Answer: teeth

Which raises the question, how do you tell a human’s age?

“Aging really kicks in around 45-55 and lines increase rapidly around the eyes and the under eye area looks much more tired and hollow plus the cheeks will be much less plump and the jawline noticeably more saggy.

Sun damage by now will generally be apparent on the face and hands – look for brown discoloration and red patches plus the skin will look less smooth and plump and often slightly leathery. Also look at the brow and upper eyelids the brow will have dropped a couple of millimeters and the eye area will look creepy, a bit like crepe paper. But the real giveaway is the neck – much more skin laxity, especially the neck. The face may hold up well, but there is no disguising the neck.” (quora.com)

See what some older gentlemen are doing in their old age:

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Winners: Rhys and Carol St. Martin, followed by Judge Judy, Tall Paul, Almond Joy and Christine.

Nurse Christine makes the podium because she made us all feel better tonight when she also missed the anatomy questions. Darin, our quiz master, decided she would rather play grandma with baby Ryan Ann and so there were no answer sheets, which made life very difficult for moderator Mike.

Many of tonight’s questions were so difficult and obscure that cousin Mark, who came all the way from Detroit for the game, quit halfway and said, “I’m not taking this anymore.” But he did like the cookies.

Good Question!: Which boxer defeated Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden in March 1971?

Choices: a. Sonny Liston   b. Larry Holmes   c. Gerry Cooney   d. Joe Frazier

Answer: Smokin’ Joe Frazier

A few sports buffs remembered that it was Joe Frazier who beat Muhammad Ali in his first fight after being released from prison, a fight known as “The Fight of the Century.” But no one believed that fight at Madison Square Garden happened almost 50 years ago! I remember it like it was just yesterday.

The Fight of the Century (also known as The Fight) is the title boxing writers and historians have given to the boxing match between WBC/WBA heavyweight champion Joe Frazier (26–0, 23 KOs) and Ring magazine/lineal heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (31–0, 25 KOs), held on Monday, March 8, 1971, at Madisn square Garden in NYC. Frazier won in 15 rounds via unanimous decision. It was the first time that two undefeated boxers fought each other for the heavyweight title.

Here’s a condensed version – 15 rounds in 15 minutes.


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Winners: Droppin’ and Oh Donna, followed by Almond Joy.

Winner: Droppin’, followed by Judge Judy, Brian, and Tall Paul.

Today’s post is a doubleheader, a catch up. Droppin’ was a winner in the last two games, but he was in a dead heat with Oh, Donna in the earlier game. Droppin’ surprised us all when he was the only one to answer that North Korea was threatening to fire missiles near Granada. Of course, we explained to him that it was Guam, not Granada. He said he knew it started with a G.

Tonight we said sayonara to Mistress Daphne who showed up in her kimono, but left early. She had a plane to catch. From Vancouver she would board a slow boat to Japan. Maybe even get to duck one of kim jong un’s missiles.

Good Question!: Where in Massachusetts is the only island, county, and town in the US that share the same name?

Choices: a. Cape Cod   b. Chappaquiddick   c. Nantucket               d. Martha’s Vineyard


Answer: Nantucket

Had to be either Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard. Half guessed wrong. Never been to Nantucket, so I thought it would be worth taking a look.

This guy has a nice portfolio of aerial photos of the island.

Travel info: Nantucket is about seven hours from Long Island by car via I-95

You have 6 ways to get from Long Island to Nantucket. The cheapest way is bus and ferry which costs $88. The quickest way is bus to New York JFK and fly.

One perfect day on Nantucket

So you don’t have a friend with a seaside mansion on Nantucket, nor the budget to shell out big bucks for a resort room? No problem: This gorgeous island, with its preserved village of sea captains’ homes and bumpy cobblestone streets, is a day-tripper’s dream, especially for Cape Codders. The island is relatively small, a mere 14 miles long and 3.5 miles wide, but includes some 800 pre-Civil War-era homes, many now housing fine restaurants, inns, museums, and one-of-a-kind boutiques. There are more than 80 miles of beaches on the island and acres of preserved and protected lands. You could wing it: Wander the village, pop into a shop or two, take your chances on a restaurant. But we won’t let you do that. To get the most out of Nantucket (and the cost of your ferry ticket), you need a plan. (see this fine piece from the Boston Globe)

A couple of informative Nantucket videos:


VIDEO – Steamship Company Island Survey


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