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Winner: Barbara, then Chris, the Driver, Frank the sports guy, and Almond Joy

Nice to see Barbara come back on top after an absence. Bit of a surprise to find Chris in second. Well, more than a bit surprised, we were shocked. What probably put him over the top was his extensive knowledge of aardvarks. Only Chris knew that aardvarks have no teeth. In any case Chris was quite proud of his finish, wanted the top 3 podium photo to be a solo portrait – just of him.

Good Question!: Which sea creature has three hearts?

Choice’s: a. giant squid   b. lobster   c. blue whale   d. octopus

Answer: octopus

Well actually, both squid and octopus have three hearts.

An Octopus has 3 Hearts, 9 Brains & Blue Blood

Just like squids, octopuses are also classified in cephalopods which means they have 3 hearts. Since they are from the same family, and their hearts also work in the very same way as well. 2 hearts pump blood to the gill while the other one circles the blood in the whole body. Apart from 3 hearts, the interesting thing about squids and octopuses is that they have blue blood. Their blood contains the copper-rich protein hemocyanin, which is more efficient than hemoglobin for oxygen transport at very low temperatures and low oxygen concentrations.

Strange Creatures from the Deep

A 50-pound octopus can squeeze through a hole only 2 inches in diameter.

An average female Giant Pacific Octopus in Alaska can lay 90,000 eggs.

Fishermen like to cut off the tip of an octopus’ arm and use it for halibut bait because it continues to wiggle even after being cut off.

Giant Pacific Octopus are cannibals. They will happily kill and eat smaller octopus.

Octopus frequently lose an arm to predators, but they grow back.

Finally, they also make a great James Bond film

 

 

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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: Elaine, then Alan, Pluto, Rosebud, and Erin

A school holiday week meant we had a full house tonight. 31 players and that didn’t include the group of Marines who had landed in Main Street after a funeral. It was quite loud but that didn’t seem to bother Elaine who played a steady game and barely edged the four players nipping at her heels. Erin played with a table of whiz kids in the back and brought some youth to the winners podium.

Good Question!: What sticky sweetener was traditionally used as an anti-septic ointment for cuts and burns?

Choices: a. aloe   b. crushed sugar cane   c. honey   d. molasses

Answer: honey

This was news to some of us, but maybe it shouldn’t have been.
The medicinal importance of honey has been documented in the world’s oldest medical literatures, and since ancient times it has been known to possess antimicrobial property as well as wound-healing activity.

The ancient Egyptians not only made offerings of honey to their gods, they also used it as an embalming fluid and a dressing for wounds. Today, many people swarm to honey for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Holistic practitioners consider it one of nature’s best all-around remedies.

The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection.

Dark honey is better

Honey comes in many varieties, depending on the floral source of pollen or nectar gathered and regurgitated by the honey bee upon arrival in the hive. Shop for honey and you’ll see that some are lighter, others are darker. In general, the darker the honey, the better its antibacterial and antioxidant power.

It is important to understand that you cannot go around squeezing regular store bought honey on every wound or infection you encounter. Instead, try using manuka honey, which on top of serving as a healthier edible substitute for regular honey, also possess numerous therapeutic qualities. Medical grade honeys have potent in vitro bactericidal activity against antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing several life-threatening infections to humans. Now that’s sweet.

Never Give Honey to an Infant

Honey is natural and considered harmless for adults. But pediatricians strongly caution against feeding honey to children under 1 year old.

That’s because of the risk of botulism. The spores of the botulism bacteria are found in dust and soil that may make their way into honey. Infants do not have a developed immune system to defend against infection.

“It’s been shown very clearly that honey can give infants botulism,” a paralytic disorder in which the infant must be given anti-toxins and often be placed on a respirator in an intensive care unit. So be careful out there – no honey for infants.

If you wonder how bees make honey, this is a wonderful short video.

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Winner: Judge Judy, then Carol St. Martin, Pluto, Oh Donna, and Tom Twin

Carol St. Martin, still under the weather, still recovering from her bout with pneumonia, hung in there to tie Judge Judy. The playoff was decided with a most intriguing question – which type of sexual activity is popular with about 25% of participants?

Carol answered “menage a trois,” which seemed quite reasonable, but was not correct. Surprisingly, shockingly, Judy knew immediately. She did not hesitate as she wrote down her answer, which is just a bit too X-rated for this publication. Can you guess what it is?

With Daphne on a slow boat somewhere, and Mike among the missing, it fell to Tiffany to moderate tonight’s game. Fortunately she did not put the questions together.

Good Question!: What is the longest river in the U.S.?

Choices: a. Missouri   b. Mississippi   c. Rio Grande   d. Colorado

Answer: Missouri

What the heck happened! Did the Mississippi shrink since we were kids? Maybe the Missouri needs a better PR guy.

Almost everyone got this one wrong. It’s a close call and here’s the scoop.

According to the USGS, Missouri River stretches for 2,341 miles from source to mouth the river beats out the Mississippi River as the longest river in the US. The river starts flowing from the Rocky Mountains in Western Montana and drains into the Mississippi River. The earliest commercial use of the river was during the fur trade.

The Mississippi River is the second largest river in the US, stretching for 2,202 miles. Its source is in the Lake Itasca in Minnesota, and its mouth is the Gulf of Mexico. The River had important navigation value, the reason why various powers such as France, Spain, and Native American Indians fought to control it. The introduction of steamboats in the early 18th century revolutionized trade along the river. The Mississippi River played an important commercial role when the US was constitutionally established.

Next longest would be the Yukon River (1,979), then the Rio Grande (1,759), and the Colorado River (1,450).

LONGEST RIVERS IN THE WORLD

Determining the world’s longest river is not an easy task. Although for most of us, the answer would be the Nile River, there is a section of scholars who regard the Amazon River as the true winner of this title. The difficulty in declaring a unanimous winner lies in the fact that the determination of the headwaters or the origin of a river is often quite challenging. Large rivers like the Nile and Amazon have numerous sources and many large and small tributaries. The need to find the furthest source of a river is there if the true length of the river has to be calculated. Often, such sources are located in remote and inaccessible locations, rendering the discovery of such sources an arduous task.

The Amazon River is undoubtedly the largest river in the world by discharge volume of water. However, its position as the longest river in the world is highly disputed as the title has for long been granted to the Nile River in Egypt. The dispute arises from the determination of the origin of the Amazon. Until now, the headwaters of the Apurímac River were considered to be the origin of the Amazon River. However, a recent 2014 study claims that the origin of the Amazon can be traced to the Cordillera Rumi Cruz from where Peru’s Mantaro River originates. Now it is estimated that the length of the Amazon is 4,325 miles, which would make it the world’s longest river.

My favorite river is the Chattooga River, where they filmed the scenes for the movie Deliverance.

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Editor’s Note: This month marks the start of the 10th year of the Tuesday Night Bar Exam blog. Over the years we have had 345 posts and almost 47,000 page views. You keep reading, we’ll keep writing.

 

 

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Winner: the Driver, then Pluto, Rosebud, Eric and Tom Twin

The Driver built up a big lead, then pulled his usual foldo and fell into a tie with Pluto. Their play off went a few rounds and was decided when the Driver knew that “Midnight Cowboy” was the only X rated movie to win the best picture Oscar. Pluto protested, said that asking a question about X-rated films was unfair, because that’s the Driver’s specialty.

Tonight marked the return of Tall Paul and Judge Judy who had been in an ashram studying diligently and preparing to come back and win this game. Better get a refund from that ashram, guys. Eric did not win tonight either, but was quite pleased that he finally made the photo for the winner’s podium.

Good Question!: Hurricanes and cyclones have human names because the meteorologist who started naming them, named them after?

Choice’s:
a.his mom’s family  b.his children  c.his neighbors  d.politicians he hated

 

Answer: politicians he hated.

First Hurricane Names

Clement Wragge, Director of the Queensland state meteorological department at the end of the 19th century, is credited with being the first person to systematically name storms after real people.

Describing storms over Australia, New Zealand, and the Arctic, Wragge originally plucked names from Greek and Roman mythology, then moved on to the names of Pacific Island women whose beauty caught his eye.

But when public figures opposed his projects, Wragge tacked their names onto storms, allowing him to take pleasure in reporting certain politicians as “causing great distress,” or “wandering aimlessly about the Pacific.”

After Wragge’s death in 1922, his storm naming system fell into disuse. Storms were instead described by their location or things they hit, leading to names like the 1911 Ship Cyclone and the 1938 New England Hurricane.

Current Hurricane Names

Hurricanes occur every year, and sometimes two or three hurricanes can be active at the same time. Using names for these storms makes it much easier for meteorologists, researchers, emergency response workers, ship captains and citizens to communicate about specific hurricanes and be clearly understood.

For that reason, the World Meteorological Organization develops a list of names that are assigned in alphabetical order to tropical storms as they are discovered in each hurricane season. Names can be repeated after an interval of six years, but the names of especially severe storms are permanently retired from use. In 1953, the United States began using female names for storms and, by 1979, both male and female names were used to identify storms in the Atlantic basin.

Tropical Storms (Not Hurricanes) are Named

In the Atlantic Ocean, tropical storms that reach a sustained wind speed of 39 miles per hour are given a name, such as “Tropical Storm Fran.” If the storm reaches a sustained wind speed of 74 miles per hour, it is called a hurricane – such as “Hurricane Fran.” So, hurricanes are not given names, tropical storms are given names, and they retain their name if they develop into a hurricane.

What happens when a little fishing boat meets a big storm?

 

 

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Winner: the Driver, then Jacqui, Frank the sports guy and Matt (way in the back, Mistress Daphne)

This time the Driver held on for the win. A group of players at a rear table were charged with collusion, but they finished far back, so that must have been just a delusion.

We had most members of the village board sitting at the bar tonight and they made such a racket we couldn’t hear the questions. At least, that’s the excuse some of us used.

Good Question!: What type of bird has the largest wingspan of all surviving species?

Choices: a. eagle   b. condor   c. albatross   d. great white pelican

Answer: albatraoss

An albatross aloft can be a spectacular sight. These feathered giants have the longest wingspan of any bird—up to 11 feet! The wandering albatross is the biggest of some two dozen different species. Albatrosses use their formidable wingspans to ride the ocean winds and sometimes to glide for hours without rest or even a flap of their wings.

Because of their tameness on land, many albatrosses are known by the common names mollymawk (from the Dutch for “foolish gull”) and gooney. In calm air an albatross has trouble keeping its stout body airborne and prefers to rest on the water surface, though the position makes them vulnerable to aquatic predators. Like other oceanic birds, albatrosses drink seawater. Although they normally live on squid, they also are seen to accompany ships to feed on garbage.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The word albatross is sometimes used metaphorically to mean a psychological burden that feels like a curse. It is an allusion to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798). In the poem, an albatross starts to follow a ship — being followed by an albatross was generally considered a sign of good luck. However, the titular mariner shoots the albatross with a crossbow, which is regarded as an act that will curse the ship (which indeed suffers terrible mishaps). The albatross is then literally hung around the mariner’s neck by the crew to symbolize his guilt in killing the bird.

How far can an albatross fly?
10,000 miles

Scientists believe they have finally worked out how the mighty albatross – a seabird capable of travelling 10,000 miles in a single journey and circumnavigating the globe in 46 days – manages to fly without expending almost any energy. Find out HERE.

OR just watch this video:

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Winner: Elaine, followed by Rosebud and the Driver.

Well, it happened again. Another late game collapse by the Driver who was cruising along headed for a sure win. With only three questions left he only had to get one right to win, but he didn’t. Elaine played a steady game and emerged a first time winner, probably because she knew that it was Cardi B who sang “I like It.” The Driver thought Cardi B was a blackjack dealer in Vegas.

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Two of our regulars, Jacqui and Rinne, also knew all about Cardi B and might have won this game if only they didn’t have to get back to work. You see they had snuck out during a break from work to play as much of the game as time allowed. Better luck next time ladies.

Good Question! : What type of metal makes the strongest magnets?

Choices: a. steel   b. iron   c. carbon steel   d. tungsten

Answer: iron

Actually, the strongest available permanent magnets consist of compounds of neodymium, a rare earth metal with atomic number of 60 and symbol of Nd.

Commercial magnets are actually made of an alloy of neodymium, iron, and boron. Alloys of different elements make stronger, longer-lasting magnets because pure magnetic materials usually demagnetize quickly. The reason is that the magnetic forces favor breaking up the domains into ones whose magnetizations point different ways and cancel out.

Video: Super-strong neodymium magnets crushing a man’s hand (not for the sqeamish, you may need to turn away at about the two minute mark.)

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Medical Applications

For reasons that range from the basic “What if?” of pure science to the need to improve medical imaging devices, tremendous efforts are under way to develop more powerful magnets.

MRI and fMRI technology uses a powerful magnetic field to line up the body’s cellular nuclei like compass needles. Another, less powerful magnet then spins the nuclei–like toy tops–generating a measurable signal that computers can read and transform into a 3D visual image. The more powerful the magnets are, the more nuclei that respond. Unlike X-rays, which provide images of bones and hard tissues, MRIs primarily focus on soft tissues.

Magnetic Fields – good or bad?

The expanding medical uses of magnets raises an obvious question: Are magnetic fields good or bad for the human body? There has been plenty of debate in recent years over the effects of living near high-voltage powerlines. But since magnetic-field strength falls off rather rapidly, someone living just 50 ft. from a transmission line would likely experience no more than 2 milligauss. The latest research finds no reason to believe that this level of exposure could have a deleterious impact on the body.

Conversely, researchers have found no positive impact from the wearable magnets commonly sold as cure-alls for numerous ailments, including arthritis. But that hasn’t prevented people across the globe from buying them as remedies.

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