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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.

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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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Winner: Rosebud

Tonight was the last game of 2016 and we welcomed back the Mad Scientist (Nadia). She had been down in Maryland, either growing deadly bacteria or killing them – I’m not sure which. Rosebud pretty much killed the competition, with Babs, Pluto, and Tall Paul trailing badly.

Tonight we learned that Thomas Edison liked to keep busy and averaged one patent for every three weeks of his life. I guess his patent attorney was busy, too.

Good Question!: What is the name of the world’s highest waterfall?

Choices: a. Iguazu  b. Niagara  c. Victoria  d. Angel

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Answer: Angel

Not even close. Here are the stats:

Angel (Venezuela) plunges 2648 ft.

Iguazu (Brazil/Argentina) 269 ft

Victoria (Zambia / Zimbabwe) 354 ft.

Niagara (United States/Canada) 188 ft.

OK, Angel Falls is the tallest, but no way the most impressive. Let me present Iguazu Falls (courtesy of CNN Travel):

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You might have seen the photos.

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Even read about it.
You might have visited other great waterfalls before.
But you probably still have no idea what to expect when you come face to face with the almighty Iguazu Falls, on the border of the Argentina province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Parana.
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Unlike over-hyped destinations that can leave you feeling disappointed, Iguazu Falls instantly turns even jaded travelers into a raving fan.
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To describe the Iguazu Falls without gushing superlatives is a futile exercise.
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With water cascades as far as the eye can see — some massive and powerful, some small and dainty — the Iguazu Falls are a shock to the system.
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First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was reportedly so impressed when she saw them that she purportedly said “Poor Niagara.”
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You don’t want to miss this awesome video:
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Winners: Rosebud and Droppin’

Twas the week before Christmas and Darin gifted everybody on the winners podium a bottle of wine. A nice holiday touch – thanks Darin.

Now you’re probably wondering how the heck Chris ended up on the winners podium – we are too. Maybe it was because he knew that Phi Beta Kappa was the oldest college fraternity, established in 1776.

Good question!: Which country does Saint Nicholas originally belong to?

Choices: a.Italy  b.Germany  c.Denmark  d.Turkey

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Answer: Turkey

Turkey? Who Knew!

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.

The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration. Widely celebrated in Europe, St. Nicholas’ feast day, December 6th, kept alive the stories of his goodness and generosity. In the Netherlands and Belgium, St. Nicholas arrived on a steamship from Spain to ride a white horse on his gift-giving rounds. December 6th is still the main day for gift giving and merrymaking in much of Europe. For example, in the Netherlands St. Nicholas is celebrated on the 5th, the eve of the day, by sharing candies (thrown in the door), chocolate initial letters, small gifts, and riddles.

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How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus

This video tells the whole story, but it’s kind of serious:

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In the 16th Century in northern Europe, after the reformation, the stories and traditions about St. Nicholas became unpopular.

But someone had to deliver presents to children at Christmas, so in the UK, particularly in England, he became ‘Father Christmas’ or ‘Old Man Christmas’, an old character from stories during the middle ages in the UK and parts of northern Europe.

In some countries including parts of Austria and Germany, present giver became the ‘Christkind’ a golden-haired baby, with wings, who symbolizes the new born baby Jesus.

In the early USA his name was ‘Kris Kringle’ (from the Christkind). Later, Dutch settlers in the USA took the old stories of St. Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle and St Nicholas became ‘Sinterklaas’ or as we now say ‘Santa Claus’!

St. Nicholas became popular again in the Victorian era when writers, poets and artists rediscovered the old stories. In 1823 the famous poem ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ or ‘T’was the Night before Christmas’, was published by Dr Clement Clarke Moore, which certified old St. Nicholas in the popular imagination.

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On a less serious note there is always “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation:”

 

 

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Winners: the Driver, Rosebud and Pluto

An unusual three-way tie tonight, with the Driver and Rosebud leading most of the way, only to be caught at the end by Pluto. Speaking of threes, we needed to know that “Moonraker” was the third of three Bond films for which the theme song was performed by Shirley Bassey. There were 24 Bond films and 24 theme songs, but none better than Ms Bassey’s Goldfinger:

We learned tonight that “Sacred Cow” was the name of the first US presidential aircraft, a Douglas C-54 Skymaster put into service for FDR.

Good question!: Martin Luther King’s assassin was arrested in which city?

Choices: a. New York   b. Los Angeles   c. Paris   d. London

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Answer: London

On the day of the assassination, April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray eluded a worldwide manhunt and fled north by car from Memphis to Canada, arriving in Toronto three days later, where he hid out for over a month and acquired a Canadian passport. Ray had served several penitentiary terms and it was said to be an article of faith of the convict grapevine in the United States that passports were unusually easy to obtain in Canada.

He left Toronto in late May on a flight to England. On June 8, 1968, a little more than two months after King’s death, Ray was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the United Kingdom on the false Canadian passport.

This racist bum ended the life of one of America’s most charismatic leaders. Who can forget Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech:

The fugitive’s arrest was announced as Americans watched on television the funeral services in New York for Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was fatally shot Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. 1968 a very bad year for assassinations.

The UK quickly extradited Ray to Tennessee, where he was charged with King’s murder. He confessed to the crime on March 10, 1969, and after pleading guilty he was sentenced to 99 years in prison, where he died in 1998.

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Winner: Rosebud

Tonight’s game focused on current events, including the attacks in Paris. We raised a drink in memory of the victims and to salute those residents of our sister city, especially our friend Carole, who are going through such a difficult time. Lots of players tonight, but only one winner – Rosebud. Randy, Carol D, and Pluto finished a close second, edging out Linda and JohnnyG.

Bobby Barcelona finished back in the pack and seemed a bit rusty from his long layoff. JohnnyG on the other hand seemed as sharp as ever and it sure was good to see him. Darin & Mistress Daphne dressed appropriately for the occasion and looked pretty sharp in their Parisian outfits.

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Good Question!: In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes offered  a free box of cereal to any woman who would do what?

Choices: a. flex her muscles  b. wear a swim suit to the store   c. lift a case of Wheaties   d. wink at the grocer

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Answer: wink at the grocer

Holy Cow! Times sure have changed. Imagine how far Miley Cyrus would take that offer.

Developed by brothers, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and Will Keith Kellogg, this cereal was first introduced as Sanitas Toasted Corn Flakes in 1898. The cereal was an extension of the brothers’ first great cereal innovation, the wheat flake, which they’d introduced as Granose Flakes a few years earlier.

Initial sales of Sanitas Toasted Corn Flakes were lackluster, thanks mostly to the fact the cereal turned rancid shortly after purchase. By 1902, the Kelloggs had reworked the recipe to overcome the spoilage problem. Sugar was also added to the flakes to boost the flavor (much to the dismay of Dr. John Kellogg who considered sugar an enemy to the human body). Sales of the reworked cereal shot through the roof.

In 1903, a large ad campaign was launched under the direction Will Keith Kellogg. The cereal’s popularity continued to grow. In 1906, the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company was formed. Will Keith eventually bought out most of his brother’s share of the Corn Flakes Company and, in 1925, changed the name of the company to the Kellogg Company.

In the early 1960’s, Kellogg’s promoted their Corn Flakes cereal with ads that featured corny puns. For instance: “What’s the corniest state in the union? Corn-tucky”. The company engaged radio stars Homer & Jethro to record a series of commercials which featured the catch phrase “Oooooh… that’s corny!”. Once the campaign made its way to televisions, “Oooooh… that’s so corny” became a popular phrase to describe anything hackneyed and cliched.

A collection of corny cereal commercials from the 1960’s-70’s:

 

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