Posts Tagged ‘Chris’

Winner: Snowy, followed by Rosebud, Eric, and the Driver.

It’s always fun when a first timer like Snowy joins us and shows us she’s got game. Now let’s see if she can do it again.

A nice turnout for the game tonight included an old timer, Tulio visiting from Florida. He used to play with us way back, maybe 15 years ago, and was always a contender.

Good Question!: Who is credited with suggesting the word “hello” be used when answering the telephone?

Choices: a.Alexander Graham Bell  b.Mabel Hubbard Bell  c.Ben Franklin  d.Thomas Edison


Answer: Thomas Edison (although that’s Alex Bell in the photo)

Ahoy there. This guy Edison had his hands in everything, it seems.

“What do you say when you pick up the phone?
You say “hello,” of course.

What do you say when someone introduces a friend, a relative, anybody at all? You say “hello.”

Hello has to have been the standard English language greeting since English people began greeting, no?

Well, here’s a surprise from Ammon Shea, author of The First Telephone Book: Hello is a new word.

The Oxford English Dictionary says the first published use of “hello” goes back only to 1827. And it wasn’t mainly a greeting back then. Ammon says people in the 1830’s said hello to attract attention (“Hello, what do you think you’re doing?”), or to express surprise (“Hello, what have we here?”). Hello didn’t become “hi” until the telephone arrived.

The dictionary says it was Thomas Edison who put hello into common usage. He urged the people who used his phone to say “hello” when answering. His rival, Alexander Graham Bell, thought the better word was “ahoy.”


“Ahoy,” it turns out, had been around longer — at least 100 years longer — than hello. It too was a greeting, albeit a nautical one, derived from the Dutch “hoi,” meaning “hello.” Bell felt so strongly about “ahoy” he used it for the rest of his life.

Why did hello succeed? Aamon points to the telephone book. The first phone books included authoritative How To sections on their first pages and “hello” was frequently the officially sanctioned greeting.” (NPR – Robert Krulwich on Science)

Of course, the first intelligible words spoken over the telephone were: “Mr. Watson — Come here — I want to see you.”

Model of Telephone Invented by Alexander Graham Bell

This photograph shows a model of the telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell. The telephone revolutionized long-distance communication by allowing two people to speak directly to each other using their own voices instead of through code as with a telegraph.


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Winner (June 28): Droppin’ followed by CarolD and the Driver


Winners (July 05): Chris, young Dave, and CarolD

The June 28 game was notable for its outdoors / camping theme and it’s indoor cook out. Mistress Daphne returned after fighting fires in Nevada and California to manage both the game and the roasting of the S’mores. Rosebud was leading in the game until she tried her first S’more. After that she lost interest in the game and just concentrated on making more S’more’s. Pluto, who grew up in the South Bronx, which is not exactly camping territory, crashed and burned early.

We learned about hobo dinners and cowboy coffee, but most importantly learned that black bears can run at speeds up to 35 miles an hour and have an incredible sense of smell, so be careful out there in the woods.

Good question!: Ticks must be connected to their hosts for at least how long to pass Lyme disease?

Choices: a. a minute   b. an hour   c. 36 hours   d. just a bite

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Answer: 36 Hours

Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise:

Preventing tick bites
While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.

Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks
Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
Walk in the center of trails.
Repel Ticks with DEET or Permethrin
Use repellents that contain 20 to 30% DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth.
Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer.

Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body
Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors.
If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed.
If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks effectively. If the clothes cannot be washed in hot water, tumble dry on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes. The clothes should be warm and completely dry.

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Winner: Almond Joy

There was no candy tonight so Chris could concentrate on the game and he narrowly beat Judy. Some of our regulars were off on holiday in Rome, so we had Mike act as moderator for a smaller group of players. Everyone was a Mets fan tonight as they won Game 3 against the Cubs. When not watching the game, we learned that a group of owls is called a Parliament and that Spock’s blood was green – who knew?

Good Question!: Carl and the Passions changed their band name to what?

Choices: a. the Kingsmen   b. the Beach Boys   c. Four Seasons   d. the Carlsbads

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Answer: The Beach Boys
“They first achieved fame in their 20s, with worldwide hits including Surfin; USA, Good Vibrations and California Girls.

But now, 50 years on from their release of their first record, The Beach Boys look more like silver surfers in a new photograph to celebrate their 40-date world tour.

Now well into their 60s and 70s, founding members Al Jardine, Mike Love and Brian Wilson wore colourful shirts over trousers, and were joined by Bruce Johnson and David Marks who replace late members Carl and Dennis Wilson.” Daily Mail, April 2012

Carl and the Passions was a reference to an early band Carl Wilson had been in as a teenager. [Carl and the Passions – “So Tough”] was also the name of the Beach Boys 18th studio album.

Their music is really summer music, but it’s pretty good anytime:


(with Jack Benny & Bob Hope, of all people)



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