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Winner: Pluto, followed closely by Jacqui, then NOLA Girl, Judge Judy, and Barbara

Last week 28 players and the top 4 finishers were female. This week four of the top five finishers are female. What’s going on here?

Pluto felt the weight of all mankind, a strong responsibility to put a male on the winners platform. He tied Jacqui in regulation, then beat her in the playoff, when only he knew that Pelota was a Spanish sport (Jai-Alai in the U.S.)

Good Question!: Who said: “There’s a sucker born every minute?”

Choices: a. Harry Houdini   b. P.T. Barnum  c. Donald Trump   d. J.P. Morgan

 

Answer: P.T. Barnum

Many people thought this was an easy question and answered Trump. The conventional wisdom says it was PT Barnum, but that may not be right either.

There’s a sucker born every minute” is a phrase closely associated with P. T. Barnum, an American showman of the mid-19th century, although there is no evidence he in fact said it. Early examples of its use are found instead among gamblers and confidence men.

One source credits late 1860s Chicago “bounty broker, saloon and gambling-house keeper, and eminent politician” Michael Cassius McDonald as the originator of the aphorism. When McDonald was equipping his gambling house known as The Store, his partner expressed concern over the large number of roulette wheels and faro tables being installed and their ability to get enough players to play the games. McDonald then allegedly said, “Don’t worry about that, there’s a sucker born every minute.”

Closely related is W.C. Fields in “Never Give A Sucker An Even Break”:

 

 

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Winner, Mar.13: Judge Judy, followed by Tall Paul, and Eric

Judge Judy and Tall Paul, returned from their Florida furlough having spent the entire time buried in their Funk and Wagnalls, were now ready to take on all comers. The rest of us had spent our time digging out of snowdrifts. We didn’t stand a chance.

Winner, Mar. 06: Pluto , followed by Rosebud, TomTwin, and Almond Joy

Pluto and Rosebud tied in regulation. The deciding play off question: “Which was the largest ethnic group passing through Ellis Island from 1890 to 1915?” Pluto knew it was the Italians, because that’s when his people came over. Talking to himself he wondered in a soft voice if it had anything to do with potatoes. Rosebud fell for it and answered: the Irish. Almond Joy was impressed and said: “I haven’t seen that old “potato” fake used in a long time.”

Good Question!: How many lines should a limerick have?

Choices: a. 3   b. 5   c. 7   d. 9

“There once was a man from Nantucket

Who kept all his cash in a bucket.

But his daughter, named Nan,

Ran away with a man,

And as for the bucket, Nantucket.”

Answer: 5

Limerick poetry has never been given a deserving place among the cultivated forms of poetry. The subject matter of major Limerick poetry is of humorous nature and the length of limerick poems is short and sweet (just five lines!!) that is why it is loved to be read by people all around the world.

Here are a few more famous limericks:

(a sequel to Nantucket)

But he followed the pair to Pawtucket,
The man and the girl with the bucket;
And he said to the man,
He was welcome to Nan,
But as for the bucket, Pawtucket.

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There was a young gal name of Sally
Who loved an occasional dally.
She sat on the lap
Of a well-endowed chap
Crying, “Gee, Dick, you’re right up my alley!”

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There once was a mockingbird, Clyde,
who bragged of his prowess, but lied.
To his new wife he sighed,
“When again, gentle bride?”
“Nevermore!” bright-eyed Raven replied.

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Winner: Pluto, followed by TomTwin and the Driver, with Chris the photo bomber.

Pluto, wearing his Team Sweden shirt, had been begging for some sports questions for a long time. He finally got them tonight and took advantage. TomTwin had a score to settle with son TJ and beat him soundly.

Chris rejoined us after an absence, saying that the games ended too late, way past his bedtime. He must be telling the truth, because he played like he was asleep.

The Driver had just returned from Morocco and was half asleep with jet lag. As evidenced by the photo, he was a bit grumpy about finishing second. He should follow Lindsey Vonn’s example – be happy, even when you don’t win the Gold.

Good Question!: How many people went on to Noah’s Ark?

Choice’s: a. 4   b. 6   c. 8   d. 12

Answer: 8

Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And God said to him, “I will establish My covenant with you; you will go into the ark with your wife, your sons, and their wives” (Genesis 6:8–10, 18). So there it is, eight people.

The Biblical Record – short version

The legend of Noah’s Ark originates from the sixth chapter of the Book of Genesis. The story goes that Noah was instructed by God to build an ark carrying a male and female of each animal in the region in which Noah lived. By constructing the ark, Noah, who was 600 years old when the flood covered the earth, saved the animals and a small group of people from a great flood summoned to do away with the morally depraved.

When was the Flood?

The question as to exactly when Noah’s Flood occurred has seen a variety of different answers from scholars through the years. Does the Bible contain sufficient chronological data to enable us to put a time on Noah’s Flood? Some believe it does.

The Biblical data places the Flood at 2304 BC ± 11 years.
This date is, as expected, in conflict with secular archaeology which regards the Flood as either local or a myth and the Biblical chronologies as irrelevant or inaccurate.

The placing of a catastrophic global flood in the year 2304 BC means that all civilizations discovered by archaeology must fit into the last 4,285 years.

How Many Animals Were on the Ark?

Well, there doesn’t seem there was an accountant who took an inventory at the time. Some of the best estimates range from 2,000 to 35,000 animals. ChristianAnswers.net explains that as many as 50,000 animals (including creatures that may now be extinct) could have fit on board the ark. These would not have needed to be the largest or even adult specimens.

The NEW Noah’s Ark

A replica of Noah’s Ark has been built in the rolling hills of northern Kentucky and it is, quite literally, of biblical proportions. The wood structure stands seven stories high and is the length of 1 1/2 football fields.

Answers in Genesis, is the Christian ministry that built the attraction. It’s the same group that opened the Creation Museum in 2007 in Petersburg, Ky., which promotes a literal interpretation of the Bible and other teachings: that planet Earth is only 6,000 years old and that man lived alongside dinosaurs. This new Ark cost $100 million to build and is expected to draw up to 2 million visitors a year.

And who could forget Russell Crowe as Noah:

 

 

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Winner: Pluto, in a photo finish with Oh Donna, and Cajun Girl.

Another tight game and another three-way play-off, with Pluto sneaking through for the win. Rosebud and Jaye just missed making it a 5 way tie in regulation.

Tonight we learned that camels don’t store water in their humps, it’s fat that keeps them going, and that if you’re playing roulette in the casino the zero is the only green number on the roulette wheel.

Good Question!: Which country is known as the Land of White Elephant?

Choices: a. India   b. Thailand    c. Bangladesh   d. Cambodia

Answer: Thailand

A small percentage of elephants have a rare genetic disorder which deprives them of skin pigments and makes their bodies naturally white (albino). In some parts of Asia, these white elephants have traditionally been treated as sacred animals. There is even a common belief that Gautama Buddha appeared in the form of a white elephant in a previous life before he was born as a human. In some Asian countries these animals are a symbol of royal power, and many kings have owned at least one of them.

During the 19th-century, a royal white elephant in the kingdom of Siam (now called Thailand) was observed by Anna Leonowens, an English woman who had come to the country to serve as governess of the king’s children. According to her memoirs, this elephant was constantly attended by servants who bathed it, fanned it, flattered it, and sang to it. Its food consisted of “the finest herbs, the tenderest grass, the sweetest sugar-cane, the mellowest plaintains, and the brownest cakes of wheat, served on huge trays of gold and silver.” After the animal was bathed, it was decked out in a crown, gold chains, and a purple velvet cloak. Because it was thought to be sacred, its behavior was watched very closely for omens, and a single grunt from the animal could cause the king to change his mind about an important decision.

“Physiologically, elephants are unique—entirely different from all other mammals. Yet, since antiquity, observers have agreed that the elephant is the animal most akin to man.” That is, elephants show, in at least a primitive form, many of the features of personhood.

Elephants have a complex social organization, a sophisticated system of communication, what appear to be deep bonds between them (especially between mothers and children), and a way of responding to death that is strangely similar to that of our own species.”

Just last year executives with the parent company of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said that a decision to remove elephants from the show in response to pressure from animal rights groups instantly affected ticket sales, leading to the decision to close the 146-year-old company.

Can’t talk about elephants without talking about Dumbo.

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Dumbo, the title character of the 1941 Disney feature film, was born with abnormally large ears. He is ridiculed for his deformity until the other elephants learn he can use those ears to fly! Like Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, the story of Dumbo shows children that it’s okay to be different. The film is also known for the tear-inducing separation of a child from its mother, which is a recurring thread in most Disney classics.

 

 

 

 

 

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Winner: Pluto, followed closely by Carol St. Martin, Dr Keith, Eric and Tony

Pluto won a hard fought playoff with Dr. Keith and Carol St Martin, but only after he caused a ruckus tonight over one question. He could not believe that there was a sea passage from the North Atlantic to the Pacific, the fabled NW Passage trade route to Asia sought by European explorers for centuries. But Pluto was all wet.

In the age of global warming there is a sea passage today through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America via waterways through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. In fact, in August 2016 the cruise liner Crystal Serenity with 1,500 passengers sailed from Vancouver to NYC through the NW passage, probably with Mistress Daphne and the Driver on board.

Good Question!: How many ribs in the human body?

Choices: a. 8   b. 12   c. 16   d.24

Answer: 24

Soon as the question was asked we all started to try to count our ribs, but for some of us with a lot of flesh over those ribs, it wasn’t easy. Many thought the idea we had as many as 24 ribs was preposterous.

“The ribcage is a bony structure made up of the rib bones and their connective tissues. The ribcage forms part of the body’s respiratory system. It enables expansion of the chest cavity so that the lungs can expand and breathe in oxygen. The ribcage also encloses the thoracic cavity and helps protect the heart and lungs from damage.

There are 24 ribs in the human body, divided into two sets of 12 curved, flat bones. Each one is attached by cartilage at the back to the thoracic vertebrae. The first upper seven ribs are known as ‘true ribs’ and are directly attached by cartilage to a long flat bone at the centre of the chest called the sternum (breastbone).

The remaining pairs of ribs are known as ‘false ribs’. The eighth, ninth and tenth ribs are also attached to the sternum but not directly. The eleventh and twelfth ribs are called ‘floating ribs’ as they are not directly attached to the sternum. Some people are missing these ribs, while others may have an extra set.

While there are variations on the number of ribs, both men and women generally have the same number of 24 ribs. This discovery in the 14th century sparked a wave of controversy as it was at odds with the Biblical story of Adam and Eve, which claimed Eve was formed from Adam’s rib, suggesting men should have one less rib than women. Men’s ribcages are usually larger than women’s as testosterone during puberty triggers expansion of the rib cage to allow for better oxygen inhalation.” (WebMD)

Of course, “Adam’s Rib” is also a wonderful Spencer Tracy/ Katherine Hepburn movie:

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Winner: Pluto, followed by Droppin’ and TomTwin

Pluto, who had been missing from the leader board for quite some time, roared back tonight. If he had known that it was Marlon Brando whose autobiography was titled “Songs My Mother Taught Me” he would have had a completely clean sheet. Who knew Brando was a mama’s boy?

Mistress Daphne seemed pleased this evening as we celebrated her birthday with a lovely ice cream cake. Maybe her 74th, but she’s not saying.

Good Question!: In which 1979 film was the spaceship called Nostromo?

Choices:  a. Empire Strikes Back    b. Alien   c. Logan’s Run         d. Close Encounters

Answer: Alien

Alien is often called a near-perfect space horror movie, but the naming of the ship had a literary connection. “Joseph Conrad was one of Ridley Scott’s favorite authors. When they needed a name for the main ship on which the original 1979 film would take place, Ridley Scott decided to use the name of one of Conrad’s most famous characters (it also happens to be the name of the book in which he is featured).

In Alien, the USCSS Nostromo is a working class freighter. The crew are trying to make a living – tugging a refinery through deep space. The corporation that owns the ship is Weyland-Yutani, and they are the ones that take advantage of the hard work that these future blue collar employees are providing. It is Weyland-Yutani that has knowledge of what awaits the Nostromo on LV-426, and it is Weyland-Yutani which sends the ship down with the ultimate purpose of bringing the xenomorph lifeform back to Earth for experimentation and implementation as a biological weapon. In Nostromo the novel, the wealthy also take advantage of the workers.” (G.S. Perno, cinelinx.com)

OK, enough about the deep meaning behind the name of the ship, how about 2 clips from the movies, if you can handle it. Remember, in space no one can hear you scream:

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The Nostromo is an ugly space freighter, these two spaceships are much nicer looking.

If you have a little curiosity about famous spaceships, this website covers it all, from the USS Enterprise to the Millennium Falcon.

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Winner: Pluto, followed by Droppin’, 9 O’Clock Judy, and Dave

In a week when the president and secretary of state squabbled over who was the bigger moron, we played a game whose theme was “are you smarter than a middle schooler?” I think we should have invited those two guys to join us and we could have settled the question once and for all, although it’s pretty clear who is the bigger moron.

Pluto was smoking hot tonight and if he knew that Frankfort was the capital of Kentucky he would have been perfect. Now he’s bragging that he is smarter than a middle schooler. Big deal.

Good question!: Who crossed the Rubicon?

Choices: a. Mussolini   b. Hannibal   c. Caesar   d. Bellini

Answer: Caesar

Some folks thought it was Hannibal, but he crossed the Alps. So what was the significance of crossing the Rubicon?

“In the year 49 B.C., Julius Caesar was the provincial Governor of Gaul (an area roughly corresponding to modern France). Caesar’s campaign to bring Europe under the yoke of the Roman Empire had been a rousing success. Returning to Rome, Caesar was required by Roman law to leave his legions at the Italian border, but Caesar had enemies in Rome [e.g. Pompey, another Roman general and statesman had ambitions of his own to become dictator] and was reluctant to return without his troops (or “cohorts,” originally divisions of the Roman Legion).

Finally, Caesar made the fateful decision, disobeying Pompey and the Roman senate, to lead his troops across the river that marked the border of Italy, proclaiming (it is said) ‘Alea iacta est’ (‘The die is cast’), meaning that his act was irrevocable, whatever its consequences.

The consequences were dire, for Caesar’s act precipitated a bloody civil war which eventually led to his becoming Emperor of all Rome. Caesar’s remark, immortalized by Roman historians has since become a very well-worn cliché applied to any irrevocable decision. The river that Caesar crossed that fateful day in 49 B.C., incidentally, was the Rubicon, giving us the phrase ‘to cross the Rubicon’ [essentially a synonym of ‘the die is cast’], meaning that an important point has been crossed and that there is no going back.” (per Word Detective)

If you feel like you want to refresh your knowledge of Julius Caesar, a pretty important figure in western civilization, this is a good academic presentation by the Khan Academy.

 

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