Posts Tagged ‘Rosebud’

Winner (09/10/19): Madly, then Big Red, Nancy and the Driver

It’s been a while since Madly and Big Red found themselves on the winners podium, but that’s where they ended up this evening. They went head-to-head in a playoff before Madly won because she knew the largest lake in the world is Lake Superior. Of course, if you ranked by water volume rather then by area, than Lake Baikal is easily the largest, with twice as much water as Lake Superior.

Winner (09/03/19): Rosebud, then Droppin’, Mike, and Frank (the sports guy)

Quite a strong performance tonight by Rosebud. If only she knew that Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, she would’ve had a clean sheet. She needed to be that good to beat Droppin’ and Frank who only missed two questions themselves.


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Winner: Rosebud

then Carol St. Martin, Almond Joy, Chris, Tiff, and Oh, Donna.

A surprise game tonight when the Village cancelled “Family Night” due to bad weather. Neither rain nor wind keeps us from a game.

Rosebud won this one going away. A couple of women newbies at the back table were very enthusiastic all game long and sure enough, they finished tied for third. Their lament: “If only there had been more Justin Bieber questions.”

A beaming Tiffany was back to moderate the game in the absence of Mistress Daphne, who is in Alaska searching for the last of the Polar Bears. Nadia, the mad scientist, and Jonny Appleseed rejoined us after an extended absence. He has been busy helping to build Barry Diller’s futuristic new $250M park on the Hudson River at Pier 55. It’s a fascinating project. You should talk to him about it.

It’s late as Nadia consoles a sleepy Jonny Appleseed on his poor performance.


Good Question!: What was traditionally made by a Chandler?

Choices: a. light bulbs   b. chandeliers   c. candles   d. matchsticks

Answer: candles

“Lighting The Way – A Brief History of Chandlery

Candles in history

Quick, think of an essential skill. A truly vital job, something society can’t do without. It’s very unlikely that you instantly thought of ‘chandler’ as an essential job – but for much of history, it very much was! From the humblest of rural cottages to the grandest of palatial fortresses, everyone relied on candles (and the people who made them) to continue living life after dark.

Tallow Fueled Candles For Centuries

For most of human history, candles were mostly made from tallow fat. In other words, waste material from meat! This meant that historic chandlers would generally have to have a strong stomach, in order to deal with everything that entailed. For easy access to tallow fat, most chandleries would be situated next to tanneries and abattoirs.

Candles in religion

Beeswax was a special option, as candles made from beeswax burned purely and cleanly, with none of the horrible smell. But it took a dizzying amount of beeswax to make a single 4” candle, which meant it was very expensive. For that reason – as well as a symbolic significance – it was mostly used in churches.

Can’t talk about candles without thinking of Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” and Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Gradual Evolution Chandlery

Thankfully, the usage of tallow declined towards the end of the 17th century. A few alternative materials were even found, like whale blubber. (Oh. We were hoping for something nicer.) Then in the late 19th century, gas lighting arrived, replaced itself by electricity just a few decades later. As a result, most commercial chandlers were basically made redundant, forced to move into other trades.

Today we have moved on from candles which were essentially fat, which gave off a particularly unpleasant smell, to the beautiful scents of our own handmade candles.” (themeltco.com)

and don’t forget: “better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness”

If you always wondered about Medieval candle making here it is:

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Winner: Rosebud, Then TomTwin, Jacqui, Carol St.Martin, and Judge Judy.

13 Rounds! That’s how long the playoff lasted between Rosebud and TomTwin. Finally, Rosebud won the play off that lasted forever. Only she knew what the letters in SPAM stand for. Spiced Ham, of course. Although, during WWII and beyond, the meat colloquially became known in the UK as an acronym that stood for Special Processed American Meat.

Tiffany moderated in her last game before she goes to see the baby doctor. We will miss her, especially her cupcakes.

Good Question!: What distinctive feature does a man cat have?

Choices: a. black tongue   b. no tail   c. no voice box   d. no ears

Answer: no tail

We thought the phrase “man cat” in the question was a bit strange, and understood it to mean male cat. Well it was strange, because it was a typo. It should have been “Manx cat.” Apparently, we don’t have any serious cat people who would’ve caught this error immediately.

The Manx cat is the pride and joy of the Isle of Man, an island in the Irish Sea between Ireland and Great Britain. The cat’s image has been featured on Isle of Man coins and stamps. Although there is no shortage of legends regarding how the tailless breed ended up on the island, it probably resulted from a mutation occurring in the native feline population. The Manx was one of the earliest breeds registered with the Cat Fanciers Association and was among the first cats shown in Great Britain in the late 19th century

Beside the lack of a tail, the Manx is easily identified by the roundness of his head and body. Some unfortunate felines lose their tails to accidents, but the Manx cat is born without that rear appendage. Not all Manx cats lack tails. Some Manx are born with full tails, with others — appropriately called stumpies — only have stumps.

There are two kinds of people in this world – cat people and dog people. Count me among the latter. Do you remember Rin Tin Tin?

Rin Tin Tin was a male German Shepherd rescued from a World War I battlefield by an American soldier, who became an international star in motion pictures.

Here he is in The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin?


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Winner (10/23): Rosebud, followed by Eric, Judge Judy, and Pluto

Tonight’s game ended in a four-way tie at the end of regulation. In the play off Judge Judy and Pluto faded early. Rosebud, recently returned from holiday in the Algarve was well rested, which served her well when the playoff with Eric went a grueling 10 rounds.

Here’s the question that finally ended it – The Sicilian, French, and Alekhine defense are commonly used in which game?

Eric answered bridge and Rosebud correctly answered chess. Game over.

Winner (10/16): Tall Paul, followed by Eric, Snowy, and Dundar.

Winner (10/02): Carol St. Martin, followed by Tall Paul, Almond Joy, Oh Donna, and Frank, the sports guy.


Winner (09/25): Adam, followed by Frank, the sports guy, and Tall Paul

Tonight’s winner was a young gun who had played in a high-stakes trivia game the night before in the big city. He joined us for our modest suburban game and Frank made him work for his win. Tied with Frank in regulation, he needed nine rounds in a playoff to finally win.

Adam said: It was nice to win, but more importantly, I beat my dad – Droppin’. Youth must be served.


Good Question!: Who said: “You can’t be real country unless you have a beer and an airline”?

Choices: a. Don the Con   b. Frank Zappa   c. Adolphus Busch   d. Gerard Heineken

Answer: Frank Zappa

Actually, the full quote was:  “You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”

Mr. Zappa was known for his pithy quotes:

“Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.”

“There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

“The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.”

“One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.”

“Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.”

When he wasn’t philosophizing, Mr. Zappa was making music.

“His music isn’t for all tastes. He knew this: He made it that way. While his peers and contemporaries were incorporating R&B and blues into their psych-out rock ‘n’ roll, Zappa played around with more esteemed forms of music, including jazz, classical and performance art-based collage. The music he made — with the Mothers of Invention, as a solo artist and on projects that aren’t so easily defined or classifiable — was almost always challenging.

Even a seemingly throwaway goof like ‘Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow’ incorporated musical twists and turns that would leave typical rock artists bruised after 30 seconds. Still, Zappa’s music found open-eared audiences among traditional rockers, classical and jazz fans, connoisseurs of outre music and, of course, totally stoned hippies. His discography spans almost 30 years, all the way to his death in 1993. He released more than 60 albums during that period.

In 1973, Zappa returned to the studio with a new band of Mothers. ‘Montana’ is a six-minute tour de force for both bandleader and group. Drum fills, blazing guitar solos, funky time signatures — all that plus Tina Turner on backing vocals.” (ultimateclassicrock.com)

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Winner: Rosebud, with the Driver, and SchaeferMan far behind and Mistress Daphne looking for some screen time.

This one was over before it started. Nobody was close to Rosebud tonight. The Driver, who lived in the Netherlands for a while, missed the question “what is the capital of the Netherlands.” He swears they must’ve moved the capital since he was there. More likely he just spent too much time in the coffee shops smoking cannabis.

Good Question!: What stopped in London at 3:45 on August 5, 1975?  (actually 1976)

Choices: a. all traffic   b. changing of the guard   c. Big Ben   d. Parliament


Answer: Big Ben, of course

The clock in the clock tower of the houses of Parliament is one of the most recognizable of London’s landmarks. The clock and the clocktower are commonly and inaccurately referred to as Big Ben. Big Ben is actually just the name of the clock’s largest bell and not the clock itself, nor the tower.

When the clock was first built over 150 years ago it was designed to be one of the most accurate clocks in the world – accurate to one second on the first strike of the hour.

Most everyone got this right, except for Pluto, who missed all the easy questions tonight. Most wondered why it stopped at that moment. Was it commemorating some event?

5 August 1976: Big Ben breaks down for the first time in 117 years

“The Great Westminster Clock, AKA Big Ben, has been one of London’s most famous sights for over 100 years. Its familiar chimes ring out on the quarter hour, and every hour it strikes with extraordinary accuracy.

The secret to its great accuracy is its “double three-legged gravity escapement”, which isolates the pendulum from external influences, such as the effect of wind on its heavy hands – each minute hand weighs 100kg, and each hour hand weighs 300kg. At five tonnes, the clock was – and remains – one of the largest mechanical clocks in the world.

It was completed in 1854, at a cost of £2,500. However, the tower to house it wasn’t ready for another five years. So it wasn’t until 31 May 1859, that the clock finally began ticking.

After that, all went well for over a century, until around 3:45AM on this day in 1976. A policeman on duty in the Palace of Westminster heard a “thud”. He called the engineers, who raced up to the clockroom. When they got there, they were met with a scene of complete devastation. There was metal everywhere – on the floor, embedded in the walls and punching holes in the ceiling. It looked like the clock was ruined.

Fatigue in the century-old metal had caused a sudden fracture in the chiming mechanism, which sent the flywheel and huge chunks of metal spinning around the clockroom, smashing the clock to pieces. Big Ben was silenced.

Local clockmakers Thwaites & Reed – who had tendered unsuccessfully to build the original clock – were called in to repair it. And after nine months of work, the clock was restarted on 9 May 1977.” (moneyweek.com)

BTW, don’t plan on visiting Big Ben right now. Big Ben has fallen silent for major repair work expected to last until 2021.

For the top 5 movie scenes featuring the gargantuan timepiece, try this article.

The trailer for one of these movies looks pretty good:



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Winner: Rosebud, followed by Chau, 10 O’Clock Bill, Pluto, and Almond Joy

Log jam at the top tonight. Initially Almond Joy was declared the winner, but always a man of character, he acknowledged that he had an additional wrong answer, which dropped him into a five way tie for first place. The play off quickly developed into a two-way contest between newbie Chau, visiting from LA, and old timer Rosebud – a classic East Coast versus West Coast battle. After nine tough rounds Rosebud emerged victorious, when only she knew that the largest North American rodent was the beaver.

Good Question!: True or false: the temperature on the moon is roughly the same all day?

Choice’s: a. True   b. False

Answer: False

“Are you planning a trip to the Moon and you’re wondering what kinds of temperature you might experience. Well, you’re going to want to pack something to keep you warm, since the temperature of the Moon can dip down to -153°C during the night. Oh, but you’re going to want to keep some cool weather clothes too, since the temperature of the Moon in the day can rise to 107°C.

“Why does the moon’s temperature vary so widely? It happens because the Moon doesn’t have an atmosphere like the Earth. Here on Earth, the atmosphere acts like a blanket, trapping heat. Sunlight passes through the atmosphere, and warms up the ground. The energy is emitted by the ground as infrared radiation, but it can’t escape through the atmosphere again easily so the planet warms up. Nights are colder than days, but it’s nothing like the Moon.

There’s another problem. The moon takes 27 days to rotate once on its axis. So any place on the surface of the Moon experiences about 13 days of sunlight, followed by 13 days of darkness. So if you were standing on the surface of the Moon in sunlight, the temperature would be hot enough to boil water. And then the Sun would go down, and the temperature would drop 250 degrees in just a matter of moments.

To deal with this dramatic range in temperature, spacesuits are heavily insulated with layers of fabric and then covered with reflective outer layers. This minimizes the temperature differences between when the astronaut is in the sunlight and when in shade. Space suits also have internal heaters and cooling systems, and liquid heat exchange pumps that remove excess heat.” (universetoday.com)

Enough of the science, let’s listen to the Dark Side of the Moon:


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Winner: Little Red Riding Hood (aka Rosebud), followed by Mary Claire, and Pluto

Tonight was Halloween and MainStreetCafe was filled with Witches, more than you could shake a broomstick at. The witches didn’t do so well in the game and the photographer didn’t do so well taking their pictures, so you’ll just have to take my word on it. Although, we do have one very blurry photo of some guests.

Mary Claire had been missing from the game for a while, presumably spending time in the library studying up. It must have helped as she tied Rosebud in regulation, but lost in the play off when she failed to identify Quito as the capital of Ecuador. Even finishing second tonight was pretty good as you can tell by the baskets of cheer awarded to the winners.

Darin went all out tonight, including holding a number of raffles during the game. So almost everyone was a winner, making Main Street Cafe the place to be on Halloween.


Tonight we learned that 532 cars, that’s right, 532, were destroyed over the course of production in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Technically, every one of the 532 cars “destroyed” in the making of Transformers 3 was already fit for the scrapheap. The cars had been donated to director Michael Bay because they were flood damaged, and therefore needed to be scrapped by law anyway. This got me thinking of other movies featuring car chases and massive auto destruction. This site has some of the best video clips:  The Ten Movies With The Best Automotive Destruction

My fave is “Bullitt” and the chase over and down the streets of San Francisco:



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