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Winner: Bobby Barcelona

Tonight’s game was filled with pop trivia, a slow pitch right in Bobby’s wheelhouse. Who else would know the superhero who got his powers from a spacecraft that was bombarded by cosmic rays? Bobby was quite surprised that he was the only “Human Torch” fan in the game. He thinks that we all should have spent our youth as he did – devouring each and every Marvel comic as soon as it was released.

Rosebud needed more pop music questions to succeed and was lucky to tie BigBadJohn for second place. The big news of the night, of course, was the return of draft beer to MainStreet Cafe. Oh, that Dogfish IPA tasted so good, especially with the celebratory Carrot cake from Copenhagen bakery.

Later we raised a glass to 10 O’clock Bill, who contributed new playing cards to make this a special night indeed. Nadia (the MadScientist) has promised to take the old cards to her laboratory to analyze just what types of germs had accumulated on their sticky surface over the years.

Good Question!:
What was the nickname of the squadron commanded by the Red Baron?

Choices: Flying Tigers, Flying Circus, Red Storm, Red Devils

Answer: Flying Circus

First, let’s dispose of the wrong choices, which Darin so cleverly put together. The Red Storm, of course, are the St. John’s University athletic teams, while the Red Devils are the Manchester United football team.

The Flying Tigers choice seemed like a strong possibility, and was the most interesting. The Flying Tigers were volunteer pilots from the United States military, recruited under presidential  authority before the American entry into World War II, with the mission of defending China against Japanese forces. So this was close, but no kewpie doll.

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The Tigers’ shark faced fighters remain among the most recognizable of any individual combat aircraft and combat unit of World War II.

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Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, more widely known as the Red Baron, was the most famousRictofons-Flying-Circus German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service during World War I.  He is considered the top ace of that war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories.

Originally a cavalryman, Richthofen transferred to the Air Service in 1915, and quickly distinguished himself as a fighter pilot, and during 1917 became leader of Jasta 11 and then the larger unit Jagdgeschwader 1, better known as the “Flying Circus”.

sources: wikipedia

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Winners: FrankC and Bobby Barcelona

A busy, loud night with 17 players and more than a few kibitzers. We celebrated St. Pat’s a few days early with questions that only a couple of leprechauns (shoe makers), like Bobby Barcelona and FrankC could handle. Right behind were Pluto, JohnnyG and BigBadJohn.

Seemed like everyone was born this week, as we sang Happy Birthday three times during the evening. Each time sounded worse than the time before, but we kept trying. Hope we sound better on Sunday when we join Ed Deacy here at MSC for some old Irish ballads.

Even the cat lovers among us were surprised to learn that a “chowder” refers to a group of cats. Of course, a “crash” refers to a group of rhinos. The Driver has some recent first hand experience with Rhinos, and came away very impressed. He says they are huge and imposing, and it’s a shame that the poachers are after them. In some places in Africa they have been assigned 24-hour armed guards for protection.

sedna Good Question!: A few years ago a potential 10th planet was named Sedna, for the sea goddess in whose legends?

 Choices: Inuit, Mayans,  Vikings,  Celts

 Answer: Inuit

Of course, if this was a potential 10th planet, then that would mean that Pluto is back in business and considered the 9th planet. YEAH!

 Bulletin: NASA-funded researchers have discovered the most distant object orbiting the sun. It’s a mysterious planet-like body three times farther from Earth than Pluto.

“The sun appears so small from that distance that you could completely block it out with the head of a pin,” said Dr. Mike Brown, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, Calif., associate professor of planetary astronomy and leader of the research team. The object, called Sedna for the Inuit goddess of the ocean, is 13 billion kilometers (8 billion miles) away, in the farthest reaches of the solar system.

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Above: An artist’s rendition shows the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed “Sedna,” in relation to other bodies in the Solar System, including Earth and its Moon, Pluto, and Quaoar.

This is likely the first detection of the long-hypothesized “Oort cloud,” a faraway repository of small icy bodies that supplies the comets that streak by Earth. Other notable features of Sedna include its size and reddish color. After Mars, it is the second reddest object in the solar system. It is estimated Sedna is approximately three- fourths the size of Pluto. Sedna is likely the largest object found in the solar system since Pluto was discovered in 1930.
(Alas, this bulletin was dated: Mar.15, 2004, before Pluto was unceremoniously dumped as a planet).

If we are talking about far away planets, we need to watch/listen to a couple of clips from “2001: A Space Odyssey”:

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