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Winner: Barbara, then Chris, the Driver, Frank the sports guy, and Almond Joy

Nice to see Barbara come back on top after an absence. Bit of a surprise to find Chris in second. Well, more than a bit surprised, we were shocked. What probably put him over the top was his extensive knowledge of aardvarks. Only Chris knew that aardvarks have no teeth. In any case Chris was quite proud of his finish, wanted the top 3 podium photo to be a solo portrait – just of him.

Good Question!: Which sea creature has three hearts?

Choice’s: a. giant squid   b. lobster   c. blue whale   d. octopus

Answer: octopus

Well actually, both squid and octopus have three hearts.

An Octopus has 3 Hearts, 9 Brains & Blue Blood

Just like squids, octopuses are also classified in cephalopods which means they have 3 hearts. Since they are from the same family, and their hearts also work in the very same way as well. 2 hearts pump blood to the gill while the other one circles the blood in the whole body. Apart from 3 hearts, the interesting thing about squids and octopuses is that they have blue blood. Their blood contains the copper-rich protein hemocyanin, which is more efficient than hemoglobin for oxygen transport at very low temperatures and low oxygen concentrations.

Strange Creatures from the Deep

A 50-pound octopus can squeeze through a hole only 2 inches in diameter.

An average female Giant Pacific Octopus in Alaska can lay 90,000 eggs.

Fishermen like to cut off the tip of an octopus’ arm and use it for halibut bait because it continues to wiggle even after being cut off.

Giant Pacific Octopus are cannibals. They will happily kill and eat smaller octopus.

Octopus frequently lose an arm to predators, but they grow back.

Finally, they also make a great James Bond film

 

 

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Winners: CarolD & Barbara

In a week when Saudi Arabia allowed women to vote for the first time, the women of MainStreet showed how far they have come. A game with 20 players and not a single guy could make it to the winner’s podium. Well done, ladies.

Tonight’s Christmas theme informed us that Montgomery Ward (who dat?) was the department store that created “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Almond Joy, sitting at the bar wearing his flashing red nose, was all over that one.

Good Question!: In what year was “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens published?

Choices: a. 1843   b. 1881   c. 1921   d. 1945

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Answer: 1843

It’s been around a long time, even before the Hallmark special. Did you know that it’s official name is: “A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas.”

The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

A Christmas Carol remains popular—having never been out of print—and has been adapted many times to film, stage, opera, and other media.

It’s fun to think about who is your fave Ebenezer Scrooge. My two faves are George C. Scott and Scrooge McDuck.

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Don’t miss this 5 minute clip from the definitive animated version (no ducks):

When you have the time this is the full version (1:41:05) of Scott’s great 1984 film:

 

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Winners: Barbara and Carol

It was another night of screwball questions. Starting with 10 photos of mostly obscure golfers that even the Driver, our designated golf groupie, had trouble identifying. I mean even their mother might have trouble identifying Ian Woosnam, or Lee Westwood. Droppin’ had the best idea – guess Ben Hogan for each photo, and you might be right once (he was.)

The second group of 10 questions did not provide the usual 4 choices, which made them more difficult. No wonder the two winners, Barbara and Carol, could win with fewer than half right.

Tonight we learned that Superman did not grow up in Northport, but rather in Kryptonville, and that Kathryn Hepburn was a competitive golfer, who knew? Most importantly, we learned that a manticore is a Persian legendary creature similar to the Egyptian sphinx. It has the body of a red lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth (like a shark), sometimes bat-like wings, and a trumpet-like voice. It looks like this:

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Good Question!: What nationality was Cleopatra VII, the last queen of Egypt?

Answer: Greek

Cleopatra was born in early 69 BC as the descendant of a line of Egyptian kings in a dynasty that went back 250 years. Her ancestor Ptolemy I, a companion of Alexander the Great, founded the dynasty in the late fourth century BC. Ptolemy was Macedonian Greek in origin (he grew up at the royal court of Alexander’s father in Macedonia, the northern part of the Greek peninsula), and established himself as king of Egypt in the convulsive years after Alexander’s death. The descent passed through six successor Ptolemies until it reached Cleopatra’s father. So Cleopatra was no more than eight generations away from being pure Macedonian Greek.

She was a skilled linguist, a naval commander, an expert administrator, a religious leader who was seen by some as a messianic figure, and a worthy opponent of the Romans. She was worshipped in Egypt for over 400 years after her death. Although she lived a long time ago and we can’t be absolutely sure how she looked, we do have these images that are considered authentic:

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In addition, there is one piece of video that has survived showing her with Marc Antony, her Roman/Welsh lover.

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Winner: Barbara

Tonight’s slightly warmer weather brought out a capacity crowd for the game. Everyone was ready for a night out during this ice age winter. Ellen brought her entire posse to try their luck and they seemed to have a good time.

Among the players was first timer Barbara, who had travelled up from Florida to make the game. When she won, only four hours after getting off the plane, some wondered whether we had been hustled. Her sister, a local girl who had encouraged Barbara to play, described her as the family’s Queen of Trivial Pursuit. She certainly was that tonight. Following close behind were Rosebud and Droppin’ Dave.

For those of you questioning whether Volkswagen in 1978 was the first foreign company to manufacture in the US, the truth is that, of course, there were a number of foreign manufacturers in the US much before that.

For instance, Michelin operating from a plant in NJ was the fourth largest tire manufacturer in the US in the 1920’s, Seagrams, a Canadian Company, had 3 plants in the US distilling 60 million gallons of whiskey in the mid 1930’s, and the British company Courtauld’s was the only significant producer in the U.S. domestic market of Rayon, the pioneer synthetic fabric, and the new “high tech” industry before World War I.

Good Question: What was the name of the plane that crashed on February 3, 1959 killing Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper ?

Answer: Well, it wasn’t “Miss American Pie”.

Contrary to popular legend, “American Pie” was not the name of the plane Holly, Valens, and Richardson went down in. The craft was a single-engine chartered plane and would therefore only have a number as identification (in this case, N3794N). In McClean’s own words: “The growing urban legend that ‘American Pie’ was the name of Buddy Holly’s plane the night it crashed, killing him, Ritchie Valens and the Big Boppper, is untrue. I created the term.”

In the autumn of 1971 Don McLean’s elegiac American Pie entered the collective consciousness, and over thirty years later remains one of the most discussed, dissected and debated songs that popular music has ever produced. A cultural event at the peak of its popularity in 1972, it reached the top of the Billboard 100 charts in a matter of weeks, selling more than 3 million copies; and at eight and a half minutes long, this was no mean feat.

But this was no ordinary song, either: boldly original and thematically ambitious, what set American Pie apart had a lot to do with the way we weren’t entirely sure what the song was about, provoking endless debates over its epic cast of characters. And these controversies remain with us to this day. But however open to interpretation the lyrics may have been, the song’s emotional resonance was unmistakable: McLean was clearly relating a defining moment in the American experience—something had been lost, and we knew it.

Opening with the death of singer Buddy Holly and ending near the tragic concert at Altamont Motor Speedway, we are able to frame the span of years the song is covering—1959 to 1970—as the “10 years we’ve been on our own” of the third verse. It is across this decade that the American cultural landscape changed radically, passing from the relative optimism and conformity of the 1950s and early 1960s to the rejection of these values by the various political and social movements of the mid and late 1960s.

Coming as it did near the end of this turbulent era, American Pie seemed to be speaking to the precarious position we found ourselves in, as the grand social experiments of the 1960s began collapsing under the weight of their own unrealized utopian dreams, while the quieter, hopeful world we grew up in receded into memory. And as 1970 came to a close and the world this generation had envisioned no longer seemed viable, a sense of disillusion and loss fell over us; we weren’t the people we once were. But we couldn’t go home again either, having challenged the assumptions of that older order. The black and white days were over.

Bye bye, Miss American Pie.

(links to nice video of Don McLean performing this song).

sources: understandingamericanpie.com, oldies.about.com

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