Archive for February, 2020

Winner: Pluto, then Rosebud, Carol St.Martin, and Maureen

Pluto and Rosebud finished 1-2 in their last game before they head to Florida. They are going to see if the weather is as warm down there, as it has been up here.

Tonight’s theme was Mardi Gras and Darin helped us honor our fave Nawlins girl Rhys’ memory with some King cake.

Good Question!: During Mardi Gras what do the gold colored beads symbolize?

Choices: a. power.  b. justice.  c. faith.  d. lust

Answer: power

“Throw me something, mister!”

Mardi Gras throws are strings of beads, doubloons, cups, or other trinkets passed out or thrown from the floats in the New Orleans Mardi Gras, to spectators lining the streets.

The ‘throws’, consist of necklaces of plastic beads, coins called doubloons, which are stamped with krewes’ logos, parade themes and the year, plus an array of plastic cups and toys including LED trinkets, more recently.

Beads used on Mardis Gras (known as Shrove Tuesday in some regions) are gold, purple and green, with these three colors containing the Christian symbolism of power, justice and faith, respectively. Traditionally, Mardis Gras beads were manufactured in Japan and Czech Republic, although many are now imported from mainland China. 

Spectators have traditionally shouted to the krewe members, “Throw me something, mister!”, a phrase that is iconic in New Orleans’ Mardi Gras street argot. Some women expose their breasts to invite throws in the French Quarter, although this is not required or even classed as a true Mardi Gras tradition, it is however quite common during French Quarter parades.

National Geographic has a wonderful all things Mardi Gras video (only 5 min.):


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Winner: Artur, then Almond Joy, Oh, Donna and Nancy

The Academy Awards were criticized for lack of diversity. Not Tuesday Night Trivia. We welcome players of all races. Tonight a player flew up directly from Rio to join the game. Artur, a mulatto from the favella, played a surprisingly strong game and won a three-way playoff when only he knew the answer to this question: “What artist said he would eat his wife when she died?” Salvador Dali, of course.

Good Question!: Who invented Kodak cameras?

Choices: a. George Kodak   b. George Eastman   c. Thomas Edison   d. Elon Musk

Answer: George Eastman

“You press the button, we do the rest.”

With this slogan George Eastman promoted during the early 1890’s his revolutionary simple cameras for amateur photographers: the first series of Kodak boxcameras.

The very first Kodak came on the market in 1888. It was loaded with a film for 100 exposures and cost $ 25. ($680 in 2020).

Since the mid 1880’s George Eastman had tried to establish a system of photography based on flexible rollfilm:

His company had developed a rollable, non breakable, lightweight film, that could be used in rollholders. These holders were attached to the back of plate cameras.
He also introduced a film developing and printing service.

In 1888 Eastman constructed a new small and simple camera that was meant for amateur photographers who didn’t want to bother with chemicals and technical processes: the Kodak.

The camera was a great success and many people, among them a lot of women, started taking photographs. When the 100 pictures of the film were shot, the photographer could mail the camera to Eastman Kodak, where all the technical work would be done by skilled people. The Kodak camera was loaded with a new film and returned to the owner. As soon as the 100 prints (of 2.5 inch diameter) were finished, these were also sent.

The Kodak produced a round picture of 2.5 inch diameter. The photos were often mounted on cards with a purple border and gold edges.

Reloading the camera and printing the photos cost $10 ($270 in 2020). It wasn’t really cheap, but the easy to use camera and the developing and printing service made photography attractive for many people.

2020 Update: If every time you took a photo today with your smarty phone camera it cost you $2.70, I bet you would take many fewer photos. And if you had to mail the whole damn camera back to the company and then wait for them to develop the film before you could see your photo and how it came out, boy that would be a bummer. All hail the iPhone (and those Android cameras, too)

If you want to see how very difficult early photography was, in the years before the Kodak, try this:


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Winner: Ed, then Rosebud, and Carol St.Martin

Ed was no newbie as a player, but he was a first time winner tonight. As Gunther’s proprietor, Ed had a bit of an edge and no trouble when questions asked what color is the brandy liquor called chartreuse? (Green) and what is the Scottish drink made from whiskey and heather honey called (Drambuie.)

Good Question!: Who was the legendary king who was killed at the Battle of Camelford?

Choices: a. Arthur   b. Richard the Lion Hearted   c. Richard I   d. Henry VIII

Answer: Arthur

A definite Maybe.

Legend has it that King Arthur and his Knights are a part of North Cornwall history, and that Camelford was the Camelot, of legend. The truth will never be known, although there was a warrior king who died in a bloody battle at Slaughter Bridge, just outside Camelford. This real king’s name was never known, so could it have been Arthur?

On a stream bed at Slaughterbridge, lies a sixth century inscribed stone said to mark the spot where King Arthur met Mordred for the decisive battle of Camlann, which brought to an end the fellowship of the Round Table. The fierce battle is said to have turned the small river red with the blood of slain men, whilst Arthur and Mordred fought a hand-to-hand battle across the river bridge. Arthur slew Mordred but had already received a fatal wound from Mordred’s poisoned sword, which, in minutes, saw him stagger to his death. Mordred is portrayed as a figure representing evil and spoken of in some stories as the illegitimate son of Arthur and his half sister Morgan le Fay. Who Knew?

On the other hand, the river Camel in north Cornwall has interested Arthurian scholars thanks to its supposed links with Arthur’s last battle of Camlan. On this, a study of comment from the sixteenth century onwards reveals growing skepticism; many now conclude that, even if a battle was fought at Camlan in 537, gaining a permanent place in Welsh tradition, there are no historical grounds to associate it with Arthur.

Some people are more interested in King Arthur, but I have always been more fascinated by Lancelot and Guinevere.

Watch the tension build, see the lust in their eyes:


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Winner (01/28/20): Keith, then TomTwin, Carole St.Martin, and Oh Donna.

pardon the quality of the photo. I think my assistant must have used one of those pinhole cameras.

Winner (02/04/20): Pluto, then in 2nd Place -Tom Twin and Jennifer, then in 3rd Place -Keith, Carole St. Martin, Almond Joy, and Nick.

Keith has been on a hot streak, winning the last two weeks. He came in tonight, puffed up his chest, and said he was going for the 3 peat, and no one could stop him. Well, we did.

Good Question!: Who is the oldest Marx brother?

Choices: a. Harpo,  b. Groucho,   c. Zeppo,   d. Chico

Answer: Chico

Most of us had some trouble with this one. We thought it was either Chico or Groucho, but weren’t sure which one.

Actually, in age order they are: Chico (1887), Harpo (1888), Groucho (1890), and Zeppo (1901)

The Marx Brothers were an American family comedy act that was successful in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in motion pictures from 1905 to 1949. Five of the Marx Brothers’ thirteen feature films were selected by the American Film Institute (AFI) as among the top 100 comedy films, with two of them, Duck Soup (1933) and A Night at the Opera (1935), in the top fifteen.

They are widely considered by critics, scholars, and fans to be among the greatest and most influential comedians of the 20th century. The brothers were included in AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Stars list of the 25 greatest male stars of Classical Hollywood cinema, the only performers to be inducted collectively.

Duck soup was not only a wonderfully funny movie with great comedic acting, but it was a great story, a story that we are familiar with today. See if this plot sounds familiar.

The wealthy Mrs. Teasdale (Margaret Dumont) insists that Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) be appointed leader of the small, bankrupt country of Freedonia before she will continue to provide much-needed financial aid. Meanwhile, neighboring Sylvania is attempting to annex the country. Sylvanian ambassador Trentino (Louis Calhern) tries to foment a revolution and to woo Mrs. Teasdale, he tries to dig up dirt on Firefly by sending in spies Chicolini (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo). Looks like Mrs. Teasdale should have been impeached for withholding aid and Trentino should have been played by Giuliani or maybe Giuliani should be played by Chico.

Take a peek at this hilarious clip from Duck Soup:



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