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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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Winner: TomTwin, followed by Tall Paul, Young Dave, and Eric

It was a cold night in January, but we still had 20 players. It looked like it was going to be a four way tie in regulation, until Tom’s score was corrected and he became the sole winner. Tom said; “Hey, I only won because Droppin’ wasn’t here,” which is something we all have said.

Trivia tonight included learning which model Peter Andrew used to be married to? Why it was Katie Price, of course. For those of you who won’t be able to sleep tonight without knowing who Katie and Peter are:

Good Question!:How many pounds are there in one stone?

Choices: a. 6   b. 9   c. 12   d. 14

Answer: 14

Since at least Roman times, stones of various standardized sizes have been used for measuring merchandise. As was true with all measures throughout Europe before standardization, the English used different size stones for different products, and different sizes in different market towns, from 5 to 24 pounds. That’s crazy!

Hence, the creation of the British Imperial System which was used officially in Great Britain from 1824 until the adoption of the metric system beginning in 1965.

The British Imperial System evolved from the thousands of Roman, Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and customary local units employed in the Middle Ages. Traditional names such as pound, foot, and gallon were widely used, but the values so designated varied with time, place, trade, product specifications, and dozens of other requirements. I’ll say it again: That’s crazy!

The United Kingdom’s imperial system adopted the wool stone of 14 pounds in 1835, when Edward II chose the 14 pound wool stone to be used for “wool and other Merchandizes”.  Larger denominations of weight were needed, and the smallest value in common use was the stone – which finally settled at 14 Avoirdupois pounds. Two stones made a quarter, and four quarters made a hundredweight (actually 112 pounds.) Three hundredweights made a sack.

So there you have it, 8 stones make a hundredweight (which is not 100 pounds) and 3 hundredweights make a sack. Is that all clear?

The stone remains widely used in the UK and Ireland for human body weight: in those countries people may commonly be said to weigh, e.g., “11 stone 4” (11 stones and 4 pounds), rather than “158 pounds” (the conventional way of expressing the same weight in the US).

So how many stone do you weigh?

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When I think of stones I think of Mick, the young Mick in 1965:

and then the young Mick transforming into the old Mick (18-73)

 

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Winner: Droppin’ followed by the Driver, and Tom

A busy night, first the game, then the annual holiday re-gifting. Tonight’s questions were pretty difficult. Tough to believe that Dropin’ only missed two.

The re-gifting was energized when Darin brought an Amazon Echo. That was easily the pick of the litter and like a hot potato it changed hands just about every time, until finally Babs ended up with it. Now Babs will have Alexa to talk to, when she tires of baby talk with her grandchild.

Rosebud, recently returned from Scotland, brought back a bottle of fine 12-year-old single malt whiskey, which was enjoyed by all, especially by Rosebud.

Good Question!: What color is a giraffe’s tongue?

Choices: a. pink   b. white   c. black   d. red

Answer: black

“From their curious low-frequency humming to their propensity for violent, ritualistic behavior, giraffes are one of the most fascinating animals of Africa.

One part of a giraffe’s body that you may not know much about, however, is the tongue.

Much like their necks, giraffe tongues are exceptionally long — usually measuring between 18 and 20 inches long. They’re also prehensile, which means giraffes have fine-tuned muscular control over it. This allows them to grasp and pull leaves and shoots into their mouths.

Because their main vegetation of choice, Acacia, is thorny, giraffe tongues are equipped with thickened papillae and thick saliva to protect their mouths.

And the tongue’s dark purplish color? It’s meant to prevent sunburn. That might sound strange at first, but it makes sense when you consider that giraffes spend the vast majority of their day sticking their tongues out to grass shoots and leaves.” (mother nature network)

Some good info for you giraffe lovers here at National Geographic, includes a video slugfest between 2 bulls that ends in a knockout.

 

 

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Winner: Pluto, in a photo finish with Oh Donna, and Cajun Girl.

Another tight game and another three-way play-off, with Pluto sneaking through for the win. Rosebud and Jaye just missed making it a 5 way tie in regulation.

Tonight we learned that camels don’t store water in their humps, it’s fat that keeps them going, and that if you’re playing roulette in the casino the zero is the only green number on the roulette wheel.

Good Question!: Which country is known as the Land of White Elephant?

Choices: a. India   b. Thailand    c. Bangladesh   d. Cambodia

Answer: Thailand

A small percentage of elephants have a rare genetic disorder which deprives them of skin pigments and makes their bodies naturally white (albino). In some parts of Asia, these white elephants have traditionally been treated as sacred animals. There is even a common belief that Gautama Buddha appeared in the form of a white elephant in a previous life before he was born as a human. In some Asian countries these animals are a symbol of royal power, and many kings have owned at least one of them.

During the 19th-century, a royal white elephant in the kingdom of Siam (now called Thailand) was observed by Anna Leonowens, an English woman who had come to the country to serve as governess of the king’s children. According to her memoirs, this elephant was constantly attended by servants who bathed it, fanned it, flattered it, and sang to it. Its food consisted of “the finest herbs, the tenderest grass, the sweetest sugar-cane, the mellowest plaintains, and the brownest cakes of wheat, served on huge trays of gold and silver.” After the animal was bathed, it was decked out in a crown, gold chains, and a purple velvet cloak. Because it was thought to be sacred, its behavior was watched very closely for omens, and a single grunt from the animal could cause the king to change his mind about an important decision.

“Physiologically, elephants are unique—entirely different from all other mammals. Yet, since antiquity, observers have agreed that the elephant is the animal most akin to man.” That is, elephants show, in at least a primitive form, many of the features of personhood.

Elephants have a complex social organization, a sophisticated system of communication, what appear to be deep bonds between them (especially between mothers and children), and a way of responding to death that is strangely similar to that of our own species.”

Just last year executives with the parent company of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said that a decision to remove elephants from the show in response to pressure from animal rights groups instantly affected ticket sales, leading to the decision to close the 146-year-old company.

Can’t talk about elephants without talking about Dumbo.

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Dumbo, the title character of the 1941 Disney feature film, was born with abnormally large ears. He is ridiculed for his deformity until the other elephants learn he can use those ears to fly! Like Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, the story of Dumbo shows children that it’s okay to be different. The film is also known for the tear-inducing separation of a child from its mother, which is a recurring thread in most Disney classics.

 

 

 

 

 

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Winner: Pluto, followed closely by Carol St. Martin, Dr Keith, Eric and Tony

Pluto won a hard fought playoff with Dr. Keith and Carol St Martin, but only after he caused a ruckus tonight over one question. He could not believe that there was a sea passage from the North Atlantic to the Pacific, the fabled NW Passage trade route to Asia sought by European explorers for centuries. But Pluto was all wet.

In the age of global warming there is a sea passage today through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America via waterways through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. In fact, in August 2016 the cruise liner Crystal Serenity with 1,500 passengers sailed from Vancouver to NYC through the NW passage, probably with Mistress Daphne and the Driver on board.

Good Question!: How many ribs in the human body?

Choices: a. 8   b. 12   c. 16   d.24

Answer: 24

Soon as the question was asked we all started to try to count our ribs, but for some of us with a lot of flesh over those ribs, it wasn’t easy. Many thought the idea we had as many as 24 ribs was preposterous.

“The ribcage is a bony structure made up of the rib bones and their connective tissues. The ribcage forms part of the body’s respiratory system. It enables expansion of the chest cavity so that the lungs can expand and breathe in oxygen. The ribcage also encloses the thoracic cavity and helps protect the heart and lungs from damage.

There are 24 ribs in the human body, divided into two sets of 12 curved, flat bones. Each one is attached by cartilage at the back to the thoracic vertebrae. The first upper seven ribs are known as ‘true ribs’ and are directly attached by cartilage to a long flat bone at the centre of the chest called the sternum (breastbone).

The remaining pairs of ribs are known as ‘false ribs’. The eighth, ninth and tenth ribs are also attached to the sternum but not directly. The eleventh and twelfth ribs are called ‘floating ribs’ as they are not directly attached to the sternum. Some people are missing these ribs, while others may have an extra set.

While there are variations on the number of ribs, both men and women generally have the same number of 24 ribs. This discovery in the 14th century sparked a wave of controversy as it was at odds with the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, which claimed Eve was formed from Adam’s rib, suggesting men should have one less rib than women. Men’s ribcages are usually larger than women’s as testosterone during puberty triggers expansion of the rib cage to allow for better oxygen inhalation.” (WebMD)

Of course, “Adam’s Rib” is also a wonderful Spencer Tracy/ Katherine Hepburn movie:

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Winner: Carol St. Martin, followed by Droppin’ and Pluto, then TomTwin, Lauren, and Rosebud
(if you can’t tell who they are because of the lousy photo, you just have to take my word for it. new rule – no drinking for the photographer)

Droppin’ and Pluto were battling back and forth, and thought they were fighting for the win, but tonight one wrong answer was only good for second place. Carol St. Martin said: “Sorry boys, I’m perfect,” and she was.

We learned that Ben Franklin was the first postmaster general of the US. He made many improvements, which made the Postal Service profitable for the first (and last) time. He was lucky that he didn’t have to deal with intransigent union stewards, like our Buddy Mc.

Good Question!: How many amendments does the U.S. Constitution have?

Choices: a. 19   b. 24   c. 27   d. 33

Answer: 27

Fortunately, we had four choices to pick from. If we had to give the answer straight out, I’m not sure anybody would have gotten this one right.

In Sept 1787, the 55 delegates to America’s first and so-far-only constitutional convention hammered out compromises on the separation of powers, apportionment of seats in the legislature and the future of the slave trade.

Two paths were provided by which future amendments could be proposed. Congress could either propose them itself, (by a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate) or two-thirds of the state legislatures could call for a convention. Since then only 33 amendments have been proposed, all by congress, with 27 subsequently ratified, a process which requires approval in three-quarters of the states. Since 1971, only a single amendment has been ratified—a trivial change that prohibits Congress from giving itself a raise that takes effect before the following election—and that ratification took place 203 years after the proposed amendment was submitted to the states in 1789!

So it ain’t easy, but there are now 27 states in which the legislatures have passed resolutions calling for a convention that would propose a balanced-budget amendment. The two-thirds-of-the-states threshold for calling a convention is 34, so it could happen soon, and you heard it here first.

Some (many?) think the status quo is defective, that constitutional fixes need to be applied and that a convention ostensibly called for the purposes of a balanced-budget amendment might, once in session, be convinced to widen its ambit and consider other amendments too. Who knows what would happen.

For instance, in June 2011, Roy Moore, the almost senator, suggested on a radio show that getting rid of constitutional amendments after the Tenth would solve many issues in the way the US government is structured. Now that’s thinking outside the box. We are sure going to miss him.

“Corruption and greed pervades the American political system.” – I’m shocked.

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