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WINNER: 9 O’Clock Judy, followed by Coffee Bill, Carol St. Martin and Mike

A very large group of players tonight including a surprise return by an old time player – Coffee Bill. He came so close to winning and making his return a storybook finish.

Maybe next time he’ll let his old buddies, the Driver and Pluto know in advance that he’s coming, so they can buy him a beer. Of course, maybe he didn’t let them know intentionally, because if they had been there, he knows they would’ve kicked his butt in the game.

We learned some weird stuff tonight. Turns out that horse meat outsells lamb in Sweden and that in Lebanon it is legal to have sex with female animals. Yuck.

Good Question!: What name translates in Indian as “place of drunkenness?”

Choices: a. Los Angeles  b. Manhattan  c. Utah  d. Denver

Answer: Manhattan

Here’s one version.
When Dutch settlers brought liquor to the island, they offered it to the American Indians they found there. Because American Indians had no history of alcohol use, the liquor had a significant effect on them.
The Native Americans, then called the island “Manahachtanienk,” meaning, “place where we all got drunk.”

Another version has the name starting much earlier. Could’ve been in 1524 when Giovanni Verrazano the Florentine explorer landed for the first time at what is now the lower extremity of New York City. He gave the Indians their first taste of fire water. A good time was had by all, and ever after the natives referred to the island as Manna-ha-ta or “place of drunkenness.”

Or maybe it just got its name after one St. Patrick’s Day.

Manhattan on Sale – Only $24

Peter Minuit, the Dutch West India company director-general, came to New Netherland in 1626 to broker a deal with the American Indians, who occasionally used the land to hunt and fish. In exchange for the island of Manhattan, Minuit offered the tribe a chest of beads and other trinkets worth 60 guilders. In the 19th century, this amount was famously estimated to be about $24; however, that number is disputed. If we assume that the Dutch bought Manhattan for a few cents an acre, it would be a steal comparable to the United States’ purchases of Alaska or the Louisiana Territory. On the other hand, it seems like a raw deal for the American Indians. But many historians point out that the Dutch are the ones who got conned. The American Indians didn’t have the same sense of land ownership as the Dutch did. They didn’t even live on the island.

In any case, the American Indians accepted payment for land they didn’t consider theirs. And it should be noted that the Dutch offering payment at all was a sign of good faith to legitimize their claims, especially compared to the Spanish conquistadors who opted simply to take the land they wanted.

My favorite “Manhattan” story is Woody Allen’s.

Looking for a real old-time film of Manhattan, then try “Manhatta,” but be forewarned, this is a very old B&W film.

In 1920 Paul Strand and artist Charles Sheeler collaborated on Manhatta, a short silent film that presents a day in the life of lower Manhattan. Inspired by Walt Whitman’s book Leaves of Grass, the film includes multiple segments that express the character of New York. The sequences display a similar approach to the still photography of both artists. Attracted by the cityscape and its visual design, Strand and Sheeler favored extreme camera angles to capture New York’s dynamic qualities. Although influenced by Romanticism in its view of the urban environment, Manhatta is considered the first American avant-garde film.

 

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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: 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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Winners: Judy and Paul

Tonight’s game was very close. Judy and Paul won, but finished barely ahead of everyone else – all the other players finished either second or third. One table of players was made up of guys from the local rescue squad. Even they had trouble with one medical question and did not know that measles can sometimes have a deadly complication occurring years after the infection. So better get your vaccine.

Good question!: What is the largest edible fruit native to the U.S.?

Choices: a.Apple   b.Tomato   c.PawPaw  d.Watermelon

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Answer: PawPaw

Here’s what Andrew Moore, author of “Pawpaw” has to say on the topic.

“Though the pawpaw grows wild in 26 states, the fruit remains a mystery to many Americans. This wasn’t actually always the case. At one time Americans were entirely familiar with pawpaws, going back to the Native Americans, who ate the fruit, who used the tree’s fiber for cordage and rope, on down through the earliest explorers, colonists and pioneers. The pawpaw was an important fruit and food item each year in late summer.

In many ways it’s a tropical fruit that has willed itself to grow in the temperate North, to grow where it probably shouldn’t. We know that over millennia it evolved to be here, but it is the only member of the tropical custard apple family that’s not found in the tropics.

The “pawpaw belt” is a term I use to refer to the states and regions where the pawpaw is native, where it grows wild. That encompasses parts of 26 eastern states. It spans from southern Louisiana to Ontario, Canada, from the Atlantic west to the Mississippi, and into Oklahoma and even Nebraska.

What happened? Why did the pawpaw disappear from our tables?

That’s the big question. That was the mystery that I was trying to get at in the book: How did Americans forget about this and why? The easiest way to explain it is that when Americans stopped going to the woods for food, they stopped knowing the pawpaw.

What does a pawpaw taste like?
The pawpaw is commonly described as a cross between a mango and banana. That’s true. But the first thing I like to describe is the texture. It has this tropical custard texture. That’s more similar to fruits you find in the Caribbean, fruits like guanabana and cherimoya, custard apples.

The best thing you can do with a ripe, fresh pawpaw is just to eat it out of hand. Cut it in half, scoop it out and eat it like a custard in a cup, which is essentially what it is.”

 

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pardon the photo –
my associate used a tablet, rather than a real camera.

Winner: Judy

Judy celebrated her birthday with a win and a cake. Now we will have to see if she can threepeat next week.

Tonight we learned that when you cross breed a horse and a donkey you get a very strange result. Call it a Hinny. We also learned about another strange coupling. Queen Victoria married her first cousin Prince Albert. Who knew!

Good Question: Who was James Armistead?

Choices: a.U.S.Senator from NYS   b.winner of the first decathlon  c.Elizabeth Taylor’s 14th husband  d.a slave and a spy

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Answer: a slave and a spy

This is a guy we should know more about. He almost single-handedly won the American revolution for us.

James Armistead Lafayette (December 10, 1760 – August 9, 1830) was an African American slave who served the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War as a double agent. He served under the Marquis de Lafayette, reporting on the activities first of Benedict Arnold – after he had gone over to the British – and then Lord Cornwallis during the run-up to the Battle of Yorktown. He also fed false information to them.

After getting the consent of his master, Armistead volunteered in 1781 to join the army under Lafayette, who utilized him as a spy. Posing as a runaway slave, he joined the camp of Brigadier General Benedict Arnold, the turncoat who was leading some British forces in the area. Pretending to be a spy for the British, Armistead gained Arnold’s confidence to the extent that Arnold used him to guide British troops through local roads. “The ex-slave, who later renamed himself James Armistead Lafayette in the general’s honor, served as a double agent against the British under the avowedly antislavery Lafayette.” [1]

After Arnold departed north in the spring of 1781, James went to the camp of Lord Charles Cornwallis and repeated his successful pose there. He moved frequently between British camps, where the officers would speak openly about their strategies in front of him. Armistead documented this information in written reports, which he then delivered to other American spies. In this way he relayed much information about the British plans for troop deployment and about their arms. The intelligence reports from his espionage were instrumental in helping to defeat the British during the Battle of Yorktown.

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Winner: Judy

Judy had gone through a rough patch recently. Heck, one night she was even beaten by 10 O’clock Bill. Not tonight. She had a dominating win, leading from start to finish with Mary,Mary and Droppn’ far behind.

Mistress Daphne was on injured reserve after showing her granddaughters how NOT to do a head stand, so she changed sides tonight and became a player. MikeP handled the game and did his usual admirable job, although he was chastised by Mistress D every time he showed some kindness to the players.

A bunch of good questions tonight. Did you remember that McDonald’s was founded in 1940, or that Billy Joel’s debut album was named Cold Spring Harbor?

Good Question!: Billed as “The Drama in the Bahamas” who did Muhammad Ali lose to in his very last fight in 1981?

Choices: a. Holmes   b. Spinks    c. Norton   d. Berbick

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Answer: Trevor Berbick

You lose to Trevor Berbick, I guess it’s time to retire.

Day when time finally beat Ali

A professional career which had begun with a victory over Tunney Hunsaker on Oct 29, 1960, would end 21 years later with a loss to Berbick.

The end of Ali’s ring career was almost one of obscurity. On June 27, 1979, he had announced his retirement after holding the heavyweight title for a third time. But his retirement was short-lived. Ali returned to face Larry Holmes on Oct 2, 1980, for the World Boxing Council version of the world heavyweight title, aiming to become the first man to win the heavyweight title four times. Ali lost by a technical knockout in the 11th round, with his trainer Angelo Dundee refusing to let him come out for the final round.

It was revealed after the fight that Ali had been examined at the Mayo Clinic, and the results were shocking. He had admitted to tingling in his hands, and slurring of his speech. With the conclusiveness of Ali’s loss to Holmes, and the great man’s worrying medical condition, it seemed incredible that he fought again.

 

Top 10 Muhammad Ali Best Knockouts:

 

Yet Ali refused to concede that his skills were in decline.
On Dec 11, 1981, Ali, almost 40, met Berbick, then 27, and an aspiring contender in the heavyweight division. In the United States, given Ali’s obvious decline, several boxing venues refused to host the bout. Ali had not knocked anyone out for five years, and fight fans were nervous about another ring return for him.

In contrast to the big fights in Ali’s early career, which attracted enormous attention, this match-up took place almost without fanfare, in Nassau. Billed as “The Drama in Bahama”, it was a poor fight during which Ali took further punishment.

On recordings of a disturbing televised pre-fight dressing-room interview, Ali looks listless, lacking his trademark witticisms and sharp tongue. He sounds as if he is talking with cotton wool in his mouth. He went on to absorb heavy punches from Berbick over 10 rounds, before losing a unanimous points decision.

 

Muhammad Ali – Amazing Speed:

“We All Grow Old”

Ali’s words in the post-fight interview 35 years ago seem haunting now. “Father Time has finally caught up with me and I’m gonna retire. And I don’t think I’m gonna wake up next week and change my mind. I came out all right for an old man. We all lose sometimes. We all grow old.”

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10 of Muhammad Ali’s best quotes

1. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see. Now you see me, now you don’t. George thinks he will, but I know he won’t.

2. “It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.”

3. “I’m so mean, I make medicine sick.”

4. “I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.”

5. “A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

6. “He’s (Sonny Liston) too ugly to be the world champ. The world champ should be pretty like me!”

7. “I’ve wrestled with alligators. I’ve tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning. And throw thunder in jail.”

8. “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”

9. “I’m not the greatest, I’m the double greatest.”

10. “Don’t count the days; make the days count.”

10+. “Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.”

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Winners: Judy and Droppin’
(with 10 O’Clock Bill and the brownie lady)

No surprise that Droppin’ and Judy tied for first place. Tonight’s shocker was 10 O’Clock Bill tying Rhys for 2nd place. Darin served us brownies so huge that even the Driver would have had trouble finishing one if he had been here.

MikeP handled moderator duties while Mistress Daphne travels across India searching for enlightenment, spiritual transcendence, and how to be a nice person. Good luck on that.

Tonight we learned that English is the language with the most words, and that the Zika virus has been around since 1947. So why did it pick this Olympic year to hit Brazil?

For you gearheads wondering about the different type of Harley engines (that’s you Rosebud) check this out.

Good Question!: What comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree?

Choices: a. coffee   b. chocolate   c. cocaine   d. heroin

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Answer: Chocolate

Cocoa trees originate from South America’s rainforests but today most of our cocoa is grown by about 2.5 million farmers, mainly on smallholdings in West Africa. Requires a shady location, humid climate with regular rainfall and good soil.

Once the flowers have been pollinated they produce large pods containing cacao (or ‘cocoa’) beans. Cocoa is prepared by grinding the beans into a paste between hot rollers and mixing it with sugar and starch, part of the fat being removed. Chocolate is prepared in much the same way, but the fat is retained.

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Common uses
Today chocolate is the ‘sweet snack of the people’ but many years ago, as a part of their rituals, Mayan and Aztec nobles drank their cocoa beans ground and brewed with chillies. This is where the Latin name Theobroma cacao, meaning ‘food of the gods’, comes from.

When it first arrived in Spain in the 16th century some didn’t like it, one even proclaiming it ‘fit for pigs’. Sugar was added and it grew in popularity especially with the ladies of the Spanish court. Chocolate became a European luxury, with chocolate houses frequented by the elite springing up in the capital cities.

Debates centred around its medical value, and whether it was it an aphrodisiac. Chocolate went on to be used as emergency rations for armies, navies and rescue teams, and eventually became a ‘luxury’ that everyone could enjoy.

For a chuckle revisit Lucy’s chocolate scene:

Medicinal Uses
Chocolate is more than just a delicacy; evidence suggests that eating between 46 and 105g chocolate a day can have a moderate effect on lowering blood pressure. Yay! Cocoa has been used for an array of medicinal purposes. Unfermented cocoa seeds and the seed coat are used to treat a variety of ailments, including diabetes, digestive and chest complaints. Cocoa powder, prepared from fermented cocoa seeds, is used to prevent heart disease. It is also used widely in foods and pharmaceutical preparations, as well as being used as a rich moisturiser for the skin.

 

 

 

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