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Winner: Pluto, followed by TomTwin and the Driver, with Chris the photo bomber.

Pluto, wearing his Team Sweden shirt, had been begging for some sports questions for a long time. He finally got them tonight and took advantage. TomTwin had a score to settle with son TJ and beat him soundly.

Chris rejoined us after an absence, saying that the games ended too late, way past his bedtime. He must be telling the truth, because he played like he was asleep.

The Driver had just returned from Morocco and was half asleep with jet lag. As evidenced by the photo, he was a bit grumpy about finishing second. He should follow Lindsey Vonn’s example – be happy, even when you don’t win the Gold.

Good Question!: How many people went on to Noah’s Ark?

Choice’s: a. 4   b. 6   c. 8   d. 12

Answer: 8

Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And God said to him, “I will establish My covenant with you; you will go into the ark with your wife, your sons, and their wives” (Genesis 6:8–10, 18). So there it is, eight people.

The Biblical Record – short version

The legend of Noah’s Ark originates from the sixth chapter of the Book of Genesis. The story goes that Noah was instructed by God to build an ark carrying a male and female of each animal in the region in which Noah lived. By constructing the ark, Noah, who was 600 years old when the flood covered the earth, saved the animals and a small group of people from a great flood summoned to do away with the morally depraved.

When was the Flood?

The question as to exactly when Noah’s Flood occurred has seen a variety of different answers from scholars through the years. Does the Bible contain sufficient chronological data to enable us to put a time on Noah’s Flood? Some believe it does.

The Biblical data places the Flood at 2304 BC ± 11 years.
This date is, as expected, in conflict with secular archaeology which regards the Flood as either local or a myth and the Biblical chronologies as irrelevant or inaccurate.

The placing of a catastrophic global flood in the year 2304 BC means that all civilizations discovered by archaeology must fit into the last 4,285 years.

How Many Animals Were on the Ark?

Well, there doesn’t seem there was an accountant who took an inventory at the time. Some of the best estimates range from 2,000 to 35,000 animals. ChristianAnswers.net explains that as many as 50,000 animals (including creatures that may now be extinct) could have fit on board the ark. These would not have needed to be the largest or even adult specimens.

The NEW Noah’s Ark

A replica of Noah’s Ark has been built in the rolling hills of northern Kentucky and it is, quite literally, of biblical proportions. The wood structure stands seven stories high and is the length of 1 1/2 football fields.

Answers in Genesis, is the Christian ministry that built the attraction. It’s the same group that opened the Creation Museum in 2007 in Petersburg, Ky., which promotes a literal interpretation of the Bible and other teachings: that planet Earth is only 6,000 years old and that man lived alongside dinosaurs. This new Ark cost $100 million to build and is expected to draw up to 2 million visitors a year.

And who could forget Russell Crowe as Noah:

 

 

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Winner: TJ, close behind Tim, Tom, and Almond Joy

TJ’s goal was to beat his father, which he did. He also beat everyone else in the game, after finishing off Tom in a playoff.

It was Fat Tuesday, but no Mardi Gras questions. Instead, there were lots of famous quotes from movies. It was tough paying attention while Shaun White was trying to capture his third Gold Medal on the TV, or at least that’s the excuse that some of us used.

Tonight we learned that the only mammal that can’t jump is the elephant. Duh! And that the smallest bone in the body is in the ear.

Good Question!: Movie quote: “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

Choices: a. Few Good Men   b. Taxi   c. Cool Hand Luke   d. Private Benjamin

Answer: Cool Hand Luke

Fifty years ago, Paul Newman introduced moviegoers to Lucas Jackson, a rebellious man who becomes a hero to his fellow prison camp members for his apparent fearlessness in “Cool Hand Luke.” Over time, he gets beaten down physically and emotionally when his numerous attempts to escape are thwarted.

Rarely has an important movie star suffered more, in a film wall-to-wall with physical punishment, psychological cruelty, hopelessness and equal parts of sadism and masochism.

Much was made in 1967 of the movie as an “anti-establishment” statement. The year 1967 was at the center of the Vietnam era, and Luke was against the establishment. Newman’s “anti-hero” stature in “Luke” was furthered by other films he made around the same time: “The Hustler,” “Hud,” even “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” It was a movie for its time.

George Kennedy—who won an Oscar for his performance—played Dragline, the chain gang leader who grows to respect Luke and eventually becomes his best friend. George is a Chaminade grad (thanks to Coffee Bill, another Chaminade grad for that info.) The film also boasted great performances from Strother Martin (Captain), Dennis Hopper (Babalugats), Wayne Rogers (Gambler), Harry Dean Stanton (Tramp), and others.

Here’s are 2 clips, but better to see the whole movie.

For a full and very detailed review of the movie try this Filmsite Movie Review.

The film critics on Rotten Tomatoes all loved the film.

 

 

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Winner: Eric after playoff with TomTwin, Gina, and Pluto

Gina was oh, so close to her very first win tonight. She tied for first in regulation, but in a 4 way playoff only Eric knew that it was that dirty little coward, Robert Ford, who killed Jesse James.

Tonight we learned that Greenpeace is the largest environmental organization in the world, and that Madagascar produces 2/3 of the world’s vanilla. Cheers for Madagascar.

Good Question!: How long did it take Sir Francis Drake to complete the first circumnavigation of the globe in 1580?

Choices: a. 6 months   b. 12 months   c. 18 months   d. 3 years

In April 1581, a few months after he completed a circumnavigation of the globe, the British navigator Francis Drake was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I during a ceremony aboard his flagship Golden Hind. Drake’s round-the-world voyage was a high point in a career that saw him serve as everything from a naval commander and explorer to a statesman and civil engineer, but he was best known as Britain’s most feared “Sea Dog”—the nickname for the ruthless privateers who preyed on Spanish shipping in the New World.

 

Answer: 3 years

What the hell took him so long! This was barely the same time that Magellan’s crew took to circumnavigate 60 years before and they had to deal with a battle in the Philippines where Magellan was killed with a poisoned arrow.

Let’s put this time in perspective. In December 2017 the French sailor François Gabart in his trimaran set the record for sailing solo around the world, circumnavigating the planet in 42 days. François could have sailed around the world 26 times while Drake was doing his slow boat to China cruise.

If you don’t fancy sailing solo like Francois, but still would like to circumnavigate the globe on a ship, you have some options and it won’t take as long as Drake did. (I hope the Driver and mistress Daphne are listening in Morocco.)

All three of Cunard’s ships – Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria – are in the world-cruise market with 118-125-day world cruises that depart from Southampton. (start @ $24,800)

Oceania can claim the world’s longest world cruise itinerary. The round-trip voyage from Miami lasts 180 days and visits 94 ports. Among the destinations are most of the staples of longer cruises, and plenty more unusual stops (start @ $36,500).

If you don’t have the time to sail, you might want to try National Geographic and their “Around the World by Private Jet” trip. Only 24 days and only $83,000, but you better hurry, some of the trips in 2018 are already wait listed.

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When I think of trips, I usually think of National Lampoon’s “Vacation.”

and if you have gotten this far, here is “Sea Cruise.”

 

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