Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Rosebud’

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:

 

 

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

img_7418

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

angel-falls

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):

b

150311150944-iguazu-brazilian-side-6-super-169

You might have seen the photos.

150311150842-iguazu-brazilian-side-5-super-169

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.
b
150311151023-iguazu-brazilian-side-7-super-169
Unlike over-hyped destinations that can leave you feeling disappointed, Iguazu Falls instantly turns even jaded travelers into a raving fan.
c
150311150538-iguazu-4-super-169
 x
To describe the Iguazu Falls without gushing superlatives is a futile exercise.
 x
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.
x
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was reportedly so impressed when she saw them that she purportedly said “Poor Niagara.”
v
You don’t want to miss this awesome video:
xx

 

Read Full Post »

img_7409

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

images

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.

santas

How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus

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

======

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.

========

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

 

 

Read Full Post »

20160531_221614

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

imgres

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.

Read Full Post »

IMG_7232

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.

IMG_7234

20151117_221225

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

c_96c_boxcorner2

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:

 

Read Full Post »

unnamed-1

unnamed-2

Winner:Rosebud

Tonight’s game was held by our 2 Riddler’s – Darin & Daphne, who couldn’t fool Rosebud. She led from start to finish. The real riddle tonight was how 10 O’Clock Bill, today’s birthday boy, finished ahead of Judy. Conn. Connie (the Good Sister) travelled across the sea to join us and finished just a bit behind the winner, but gets a prize for travelling the furthest.

Good Question!: What is the strongest muscle in the human body?

Choices: a. gluteus maximus   b. heart   c. jaw   d. uterus

Answer: Jaw

First of all, for those of you who answered a. let’s clear the air –

imagesThe gluteus maximus muscle is located in the buttocks and is regarded as one of the strongest muscles in the human body, just not the strongest.

The strongest muscle based on its weight is the masseter. With all muscles of the jaw working together it can close the teeth with a force as great as 55 pounds (25 kilograms) on the incisors or 200 pounds (90.7 kilograms) on the molars.

====================================================

But this is not a question free from controversy.

Want to know the whole story?

From babies to body builders, we all have muscles. They grow, they bulge, they stretch and sometimes they even painfully pull. But for all the work they do for us, we are still unable to crown one as strongest of all.

Instead, a few muscles could claim the title, depending on how strength is measured.

If the title goes to the muscle that can exert the most force, the victor would be the soleus, or the calf muscle, according to Gray’s Anatomy, the anatomy textbook. Without this muscle, we wouldn’t be able to stand, walk, run or shake our bodies on the dance floor. If the soleus was not continuously pulling, we would always be falling over ourselves (although some of us tend to do that from time to time anyway).

But perhaps the title should go to the muscle that exerts the most pressure. Pressure is different from force — pressure takes into account the area over which a force is exerted. The muscle that takes the prize for delivering the greatest amount of pressure is the masseter, or the jaw muscle, according to the book “Clinical Oral Science” (Reed Educational and Professional Publishing, 1998).

In 1986, Richard Hofmann of Lake City, Fla., achieved a bite strength of 975 pounds (442 kilograms) for two seconds, setting a Guinness Record. Talk about jaw dropping! The jaw is able to clench and chew because of the masseter muscle.

Others may argue the muscles used in childbirth are the most powerful. To be specific, the ability of the myometrium, or the uterine muscle, to contract and relax makes human birth possible. But because these muscles are not often used and highly depend on an interaction of hormonal and biochemical factors, some discount the myometrium as the strongest muscle.

When it comes to versatility, perhaps the tongue is the strongest muscle. Its combination of elasticity and forcefulness gives us the ability to speak, eat and kiss – all things very desirable on a first date. However dexterous it may be though, its power does not match that of muscles such as the soleus.

If slow and steady wins the race, the heart is certainly a contender for the title. Electrical impulses in the myocardium, the heart’s muscular wall, keep your heart beating. When it contracts, the muscle pumps about 2 ounces (59 milliliters) of blood, and is constantly working over a lifetime. Beating about 40 million times a year, a person’s heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times by the time of their 70th birthday.

The single biggest muscle in the human body is the gluteus maximus, or the buttocks. This muscle helps keep the torso erect, and stronger glutes allow a person to jump higher and sprint faster.

 

Read Full Post »

WP_20150721_003

Winners: Rosebud and the Driver

Things quieted down a bit from last week and our two Icelanders (Art and Daphne) returned with the original Icelandic spirit (Brennivin) and authentic local candies for us to sample. So it was only fair that we let The Driver win, or at least tie with Rosebud. Close behind were Rhys and Judy.

Driver was the only one who could answer the question on ringworm correctly and no one knew that a jonquil is a type of flower. BTW, it’s a lovely flower:

search

 

 

 

xx

Good Question!: Who shot Achilles in the heel?

Choices: a. Ares  b. Artemi  c. Hades  d. Paris

uqb1k

 

Answer: Paris

First of all, who is Achilles and why was Paris shooting arrows at him, and at his heel of all places?

In Greek mythology, Achilles was a Greek hero of the Trojan War and the central character and greatest warrior of Homer’s Iliad. Paris, with Aphrodite’s help, had abducted Helen from King Menelaus of Sparta. The Greeks’ expedition to retrieve Helen from Paris in Troy is the mythological basis of the Trojan War. The whole story was kind of like an ancient Greek version of  “The Avengers.” I always wondered who this babe Helen was that caused all this trouble – now I know:

imgres

Back to the story. Early on his mother attempted to protect her infant Achilles by dipping him in the river Styx. The infernal waters indeed rendered Achilles’ skin impervious to the likes of any mere Trojan arrow. But Thetis forgot that she was holding him by the heel during the dipping process, so that part was unprotected. Not good. In spite of his great power and strength, and unsurpassed skill and prowess in battle, Achilles remained with one weak or vulnerable spot, his left heel.

Paris was more lover than fighter and his preference for bow and arrow emphasizes this, since he does not follow the code of honor shared by the other heroes. Paris, with Apollo’s help, shoots a poisoned arrow through Achilles heel and that’s it for Achilles, although Homer couldn’t bear to actually describe the death of his hero in the Illiad.

If you feel the need to know more, here’s a brief, entertaining summary of the Illiad by a CUNY Professor: 

Blogger’s Note: with this post we celebrate 200 posts on TNBE since it’s founding in April 2010.

 

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »