Posts Tagged ‘TJ’

Winner: SchaeferMan

An epic battle between two of next gen’s finest. Tied in regulation, their playoff went 12 rounds before SchaeferMan defended his title and took out TJ.

Yeah, that’s the same TJ we have been trying to ship out of town for the last month. He assures us that this was his swan song. He’s headed to Vegas to start his career and look for a high stakes trivia game.

The final question that decided the game? What animal is on the bottle of Gordon Gin? It’s a boar. Every label and bottle top of Gordon Gin bears a depiction of a wild boar. According to legend a member of Clan Gordon saved the King of Scotland from the animal while hunting.

Good Question! : Which creature is actually immortal?

Choices: a. clam   b. sea urchin   c. koi   d. jellyfish

Answer: jellyfish

Immortal Jellyfish

“The good news is that you can be immortal. The bad news is that you have to become a floating blob of jelly to do so. Scientists have discovered a jellyfish which can live forever.

Turritopsis dohrnii, a jellyfish found in the Mediterranean, is now officially known as the only immortal creature. The secret to eternal life, as it turns out, is not just living a really, really long time. It’s all about maturity, or rather, the lack of it. The immortal jellyfish (as it is better known popularly) propagate and then, faced with the normal career path of dying, they opt instead to revert to a sexually immature stage.

Their tentacles retract, their bodies shrink, and they sink to the ocean floor and start the cycle all over again. Among laboratory samples, all the adult Turritopsis observed regularly undergo this change. And not just once: they can do it over and over again.

Thus, the only known way they can die is if they get consumed by another fish or if a disease strikes the jellyfish.”

“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

For some reason, all this talk of jellyfish makes me think of “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Who can forget James Mason as Captain Nemo.




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Winner: TJ, followed by Tall Paul and TomTwin

Two weeks ago TJ won and told us he was headed to Las Vegas to start a new career. We wished him well. Tonight he showed back up and wins again. So we chipped in to buy him a one-way ticket to Las Vegas and told him to stay there this time. Let someone else win.

Tonight we learned that Columbus, who had only three ships on his first voyage to America, was in charge of 17 ships on his second expedition. Who knew?

Good Question!: Where is the world’s largest gold depository?

Choices: a. Denver   b. Manhattan   c. Fort Knox   d. West Point

Answer: Manhattan

Too many of us remembered James Bond’s “Goldfinger” and so we answered Fort Knox.

You remember Goldfinger, don’t you:

The New York Fed’s gold vault is on the basement floor of its main office building in Manhattan. Built during the construction of the building in the early 1920s, the vault provides account holders with a secure location to store their monetary gold reserves.

Much of the gold in the vault arrived during and after World War II as many countries wanted to store their gold reserves in a safe location. At its peak, the vault contained over 12,000 tons of monetary gold. Since that time, gold deposit and withdrawal activity has slowed and the vault has experienced a gradual but steady decline in overall holdings. However, the vault today remains the world’s largest known depository of monetary gold.

As of 2015, the vault housed approximately 508,000 gold bars, with a combined weight of approximately 6,350 tons. The vault is able to support this weight because it rests on the bedrock of Manhattan Island, 80 feet below street level and 50 feet below sea level.


Once inside the vault the bars become the responsibility of a control group consisting of three representatives: two members of the New York Fed gold vault staff and one member from the New York Fed internal audit staff. These three individuals must be present whenever gold is moved or a compartment is opened in the vault—even to change a light bulb. This helps ensure proper safekeeping and maximum security for the gold.

All bars brought into the vault for deposit are carefully weighed, and the refiner and fineness (purity) markings on the bars are inspected to ensure they agree with the depositor instructions and recorded in the New York Fed’s records. This step is vital because the New York Fed returns the exact bars deposited by the account holder upon withdrawal—gold deposits are not considered fungible.

Following the verification process, the gold is moved to one of the vault’s 122 compartments, where each compartment contains gold held by a single account holder (meaning that gold is not commingled between account holders). Each compartment is secured by a padlock, two combination locks and an auditor’s seal. Compartments are numbered rather than named to maintain confidentiality of the account holders.

BTW, every year tens of thousands of visitors from around the world visit the gold vault as part of a free, public tour of the New York Fed.

If you interested in getting your hands on some gold bullion better read this:

The 5 Greatest Gold Heists in History (kind of long)


The 15 Greatest Gold Heists of All Time (Infographic, much easier to get through)

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Winner: TJ, followed by Carol St. Martin, Rosebud and Tall Paul.
with well behaved photo bomber Chris and not well behaved photo bomber Mike.

TJ is headed to Las Vegas to begin his career as an environmental engineer, so it was only fitting that he would win his last game. Chris rejoined us because he heard there would be some maggot questions, and there is no one who knows more about maggots than Chris.

Good question!: In 1993 San Francisco held a referendum over whether a police officer, Bob Geary, was allowed to patrol while doing what?

Choices: a. yodeling   b. reciting bible verses   c. dancing   d. carrying a dummy


Answer: Carrying a dummy


Vote for Officer Brendan O’Smarty

Yes, San Francisco voters in November,1993 got the chance to vote for a dummy.

A real dummy, of the wooden, Pinocchio variety. Only this one is dressed like a San Francisco cop, wears a star and goes by the name Officer Brendan O’Smarty. The dummy’s “partner” is Officer Bob Geary, a 24-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department who wanted to do some arm-twisting of his superiors via the ballot box.

Geary, a self-taught ventriloquist, started working with the 38-inch tall puppet about two years before when he started walking the North Beach beat in the department’s community patrol program. The hand-carved dummy cost $1,750 because Officer Geary wouldn’t hear of the $700 molded particleboard version. He spent $125 more for three audiocassettes called “Welcome to the World of Ventriloquy” and practiced talking without moving his lips in front of the bathroom mirror.

“Brendan is a weapon, a soft weapon,” who has helped break up fights and done wonders for community relations, said Geary, 53. Geary once walked into the middle of a bar fight with Officer O’Smarty, who began “telling” the combatants to knock it off. Geary then had the men put their hands on O’Smarty’s badge and swear they wouldn’t fight anymore. They complied, and the fight ended in laughter.

But Geary’s commanders still did not like the idea of a dummy on duty and ordered O’Smarty out. In stepped the Board of Supervisors, which threw its support behind the dummy last October, and spurred new thinking by department brass: Geary and O’Smarty could partner up – as long as advance permission was granted. But that didn’t set well with Geary, who wanted to be the one to decide when and when not to bring O’Smarty to life.

How ridiculous, Officer Geary said, that a cop is trusted to decide when to use his gun but not his dummy! So he spent $10,000 of his own money to gather the 9,964 signatures necessary under California law to qualify his initiative for the ballot – to create city policy that would allow Geary “to exercise his professional judgment as to when he will team up with his `partner,’ puppet Brendan O’Smarty, during the course of his police duties . . .”

And the votes are in

On Nov. 2, the dummy won 51 percent of the vote. Police Chief Anthony Ribera, on television a day after the election, sounded a conciliatory note: “The voters have spoken. … ‘Let’s loosen up a bit.’ ”

The mayor’s press secretary, Noah Griffin, says the dynamic duo could get a beat change. “We’re not trying to be the Grinch that stole Christmas. But this is a paramilitary organization. This is a dangerous precedent. The next person will want to come to work on roller skates or cross-dress so they can relate better to the gay community.”

When he bought the puppet and learned how to use it two years ago, Geary insists, all he wanted was to do his job better. The puppet, he says, makes him more human. Dirty Harry Callahan, though, would never understand this 24-year veteran, New Age cop.

Speaking of Dirty Harry:

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Winner: TJ, close behind Tim, Tom, and Almond Joy

TJ’s goal was to beat his father, which he did. He also beat everyone else in the game, after finishing off Tom in a playoff.

It was Fat Tuesday, but no Mardi Gras questions. Instead, there were lots of famous quotes from movies. It was tough paying attention while Shaun White was trying to capture his third Gold Medal on the TV, or at least that’s the excuse that some of us used.

Tonight we learned that the only mammal that can’t jump is the elephant. Duh! And that the smallest bone in the body is in the ear.

Good Question!: Movie quote: “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

Choices: a. Few Good Men   b. Taxi   c. Cool Hand Luke   d. Private Benjamin

Answer: Cool Hand Luke

Fifty years ago, Paul Newman introduced moviegoers to Lucas Jackson, a rebellious man who becomes a hero to his fellow prison camp members for his apparent fearlessness in “Cool Hand Luke.” Over time, he gets beaten down physically and emotionally when his numerous attempts to escape are thwarted.

Rarely has an important movie star suffered more, in a film wall-to-wall with physical punishment, psychological cruelty, hopelessness and equal parts of sadism and masochism.

Much was made in 1967 of the movie as an “anti-establishment” statement. The year 1967 was at the center of the Vietnam era, and Luke was against the establishment. Newman’s “anti-hero” stature in “Luke” was furthered by other films he made around the same time: “The Hustler,” “Hud,” even “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” It was a movie for its time.

George Kennedy—who won an Oscar for his performance—played Dragline, the chain gang leader who grows to respect Luke and eventually becomes his best friend. George is a Chaminade grad (thanks to Coffee Bill, another Chaminade grad for that info.) The film also boasted great performances from Strother Martin (Captain), Dennis Hopper (Babalugats), Wayne Rogers (Gambler), Harry Dean Stanton (Tramp), and others.

Here’s are 2 clips, but better to see the whole movie.

For a full and very detailed review of the movie try this Filmsite Movie Review.

The film critics on Rotten Tomatoes all loved the film.



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