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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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It was a mob scene – First, Second & Third Place Finishers: Rosebud, Pluto, 9 O’Clock Judy, Inappropriate Bob, Judge Judy, Almond Joy, Droppin’ and Rhys.

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As the game headed to its conclusion there were plenty of players with a chance to win. Even Inappropriate Bob was a contender, which was a bit of a surprise.

In the end it came down to Droppin’ and Pluto, who went head to head in a playoff to determine the winner. Pluto got lucky when the final question asked the location of Lake Havasu. Droppin’, who’s never been much good around water, was sunk.

Good Question!: In what country was the buried 2000-year-old terra-cotta Army discovered?

Choices: a. Peru  b. Japan  c. India  d. China

Ancient terracotta soldiers march forward with hands empty of weapons.

Answer: China

“The Terra-Cotta Army protects the tomb of China’s first emperor. Platoons of clay soldiers were buried with China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, to accompany him during his eternal rest.

Workers digging a well outside the city of Xi’an, China, in 1974 struck upon one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world: a life-size clay soldier poised for battle.

(ed note: Xi’an is about a 2 hr flight SW from Beijing)

The diggers notified Chinese authorities, who dispatched government archaeologists to the site.

They found not one, but thousands of clay soldiers, each with unique facial expressions and positioned according to rank. And though largely gray today, patches of paint hint at once brightly colored clothes. Further excavations have revealed swords, arrow tips, and other weapons, many in pristine condition.

The soldiers are in trenchlike, underground corridors. In some of the corridors, clay horses are aligned four abreast; behind them are wooden chariots.

The terra-cotta army, as it is known, is part of an elaborate mausoleum created to accompany the first emperor of China into the afterlife, according to archaeologists.” (Nationnal Geographic)

This is a fine 4 minute video that will give you the whole story about Emperor Qin and his terra cotta warriors.

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But, if the first thing you think of when you hear “warriors” is the 1979 cult gang movie, The Warriors, here’s the terrific trailer:

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Bloggers Note: missed a milestone last month as the Tuesday Night Bar Exam blog (TNBE) celebrated its seventh anniversary in April. We had about 5,000 views last year. You keep reading, we’ll keep writing.

 

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Winner: Almond Joy

Just two weeks after self correcting his score and giving up a win, Almond Joy roared back tonight and led from start to finish. “It feels much better to win honestly, it’s the only way,” he said. 9 O’Clock Judy, Rosebud and Main Street Peddler Pluto trailed.

Tonight’s heated dispute: “What is the heaviest land animal in North America?” Is it a buffalo or is it a moose?

Well, fans of the mighty moose will be disappointed to learn that bisons out weight it by about 400 pounds. If Kodiak bears in Alaska had been included as a choice we might’ve had a different winner.

Good Question!: What is the only state that has no indigenous poisonous animals within its borders?

Choices: a. Maine   b. Oregon   c. Illinois   d. Kansas

Answer: Maine

Believe it or not, Maine doesn’t have any poisonous animals within its borders. Once upon a time, there were reports that the timber rattlesnake lived within the region. However, the state is simply too cold to support the lifestyles of these reptiles and they seem to have all died off. In fact, the last known sighting of a timber rattler within Maine’s borders occurred in 1901.

Maine does have several species of snakes within its borders. According to Maine’s Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, the common garter snake is the most frequently encountered snake in the state. Since the milk snake is so similar in color to the timber rattler and is often seen in the wild, residents may worry that the lack of poisonous snakes within Maine’s borders is simply a myth. However, this mild reptile uses its similarity to the timber rattler to protect itself and is unable to produce toxins.

Just because there are no indigenous poisonous animals in Maine doesn’t mean that campers and hikers don’t have to keep a sharp eye out when wandering the many forested areas within the state. Maine has a large moose population and after their young are born they will aggressively defend them.

All of this discussion about snakes is just an excuse to show you the spectacular “Sorcerer and the White Snake” trailer with the incomparable Jet Li:

 

 

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Winner: 9 O’Clock Judy with Eric a close 2nd.

A close game all the way with 3 players tied and headed to a playoff. The Driver bowed out early when he failed to name all the figures on Mt. Rushmore. Then it took 5 more questions before Judy knocked out Eric to finally win the game.

Darin served an authentic Caribbean drink along with some very fine brownies. She brought the necessary ingredients back from the islands for the exotic “Mama Juana”, did some voodoo magic with it, and it all turned out fine.

Good Question!: What kind of mine do the dwarfs from ‘Snow White and Seven Dwarfs’ work in?

Choices: a. gold   b. diamonds   c. coal   d. uranium

Answer: diamonds

The Dwarf’s Mine is the workplace of the seven dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Every morning, the dwarfs leave their cottage and march to the mine, where they dig for diamonds. The reason for this is never explained (this is made reference to in “Heigh-Ho“, in which the dwarfs sing that they “don’t know what we dig ’em for”). Each dwarf has a specific job: Grumpy, Happy, Bashful and Sneezy dig; Sleepy transports the diamonds to Doc, who determines which diamonds should be kept; rejected diamonds are swept up and thrown away by Dopey. The dwarfs return home late every evening. As they leave for, and return from, work, the dwarfs sing “Heigh-Ho“.

Better to just watch the Dwarfs at work:

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Blogger’s Note:

3 TNBE regulars – the Driver, Pluto, and Mike, the mild moderator – riding as the Main Street Peddlers, joined 32,000 of their closest friends in NYCity on Sunday for the 40th anniversary, 40 mile Five Boro Bike Tour. Here are a few images from the day:

The riders go off in 4 waves. This was our wave.

A bit congested at the start. We thought we were going to be walking the whole 40 miles.

After 30+ miles, the big bridge to Staten Island and the finish are just ahead.

For some, the big bridge meant time for a stroll.

For Pluto it was a good time to get off his bike and take a scenic photo. Actually, he thought that every time he was struggling to cross a bridge.

One of the old-time car ferries brought back into service for us.

At Fraunces Tavern celebrating our finish.

 

 

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Co-Winners: Droppin’, Nancy, and the Driver (with Tall Paul And Almond Joy in second)

The Driver led this very close game all the way until the end. Then it happened again. He folded under the pressure, missed the easy last question, and fell into a three-way tie for first place. Initially, Almond Joy was also declared a co-winner but he’s a man of great character and integrity, and self corrected his score to show that he really had finished in second place.

The folks who won were the only ones who knew that playboy Hugh Hefner recently admitted that he’s bored with sex and prefers to play dominos with his bunnies. What a waste!

Good Question!: The Komodo National Park is famous for its Komodo Dragons. In which country is this park found?

Choices: a. Japan   b. Australia   c. Philipines   d. Indonesia

Answer: Indonesia

Here’s what the National Geographic has to say about these rather bad hombres:

“Komodo dragons are the biggest and heaviest lizards on Earth. Full-grown adults can reach 10 feet (3 meters) long and weigh more than 300 pounds (140 kilograms)! Most weigh about 150 pounds (70 kilograms).

These giant reptiles have been around for millions of years, but scientists didn’t study them until about a hundred years ago. Wild Komodo dragons are found only on Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands.

They are powerful-looking reptiles with wide, flat heads, rounded snouts, bowed legs, and huge, muscular tails. They have a clumsy, back-and-forth walk, and their yellow tongues flick in and out constantly.

The dominant predators on the islands where they live, Komodo dragons will eat almost anything they find, including already dead animals, deer, water buffalo, pigs, smaller Komodo dragons, and occasionally humans! When hunting, Komodo dragons rely on camouflage and patience, lying in bushes or tall grasses until a victim passes by. They pounce on their prey with powerful legs and sharp claws, then sink their jagged, sharklike teeth in.

An animal that escapes the jaws of a Komodo won’t feel lucky for long. Dragon saliva contains large amounts of bacteria, which poisons their victims, usually within 24 hours. Dragons will calmly follow their bitten prey for miles, using their keen sense of smell to find the corpse. They have huge appetites and have been known to eat up to 80 percent of their body weight in a single feeding.”

Reminds me a little of Godzilla.You have to check out this movie trailer, with Bryan Cranston of all people.

 

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Winners: Rhys and Donna; 2nd place-Rosebud & Judy

Wait a minute, no man on the winner’s podium? Yes indeed, it was Ladies Night @ Tuesday Night Trivia with two ladies, Rhys & Donna overdue for a win. The guys were embarrassed and vowed to do better next week. Maybe then they will know that cyan is the Greek root for the color blue, and that the German word for potato is Kartoffel..

Good Question!: What do both Vito and Michael Corleone have in their hands moments before they die?

Choices:  a. a gun  b. a pizza   c. an orange   d. a cigar

Answer: an orange

It’s a well-known fact (to some movie buffs, anyway) that oranges represent mortal danger in The Godfather world. Vito Corleone buys oranges just before he is ambushed, and a cascade of oranges spills onto the sidewalk as he is shot. At the end of the first film, he cuts up an orange minutes before his death. Sonny Corleone passes a large billboard advertising orange juice just before being gunned down at a tollbooth. Every scene showing a mafia conference has oranges in it somewhere. Every mafia figure is shown handling an orange at some point — usually just before a violent scene. And at the end of it all, in the last scene of the last Godfather movie, Michael Corleone drops an orange at the moment of death.

Enough with the talk, let’s watch a few clips – first the opening scene from the original Godfather, then a classic scene from Godfather III, and finally, the oranges:

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