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Winner (10/15/19): Pluto
then Carol St. Martin, Jacqui, and Sean (with miss Rinn photo bombing)

Pluto guessed a bunch of questions correctly and won tonight’s game by a country mile. Jacqui was a strong second again. She’s due for a win.

Winner (10/08/19): Droppin’ Dave, then Jacqui

Droppin’ led from start to finish, with only Jacqui within shouting distance.

Good Question!: Who is the only non-human to testify before the US Congress?

Choices: a. Kermit   b. R2D2   c. Smokey the Bear   d. Elmo

Answer: Elmo

In April of 2002, at the request and with the assistance of Rep. Duke Cunningham, a Mr. Elmo Monster testified before the Education Appropriations subcommittee in support of funding for music education programs.

In between trying to eat the microphone and interrupting his fellow witness, Elmo engaged in this informative colloquy with subcommitee chair Ralph Regula (R-OH):

Elmo: Please, Congress, help Elmo’s friends find the music in them. I love you, Congress.
Regula: And my grandchildren love you too, Elmo.

Who is Elmo?

A Muppet character on the children’s television show Sesame Street. He is a furry red monster with a falsetto voice, who hosts the last full fifteen-minute segment (five minutes after 2017) on Sesame Street, “Elmo’s World”, which is aimed at toddlers.

the Elmo menace

Fans of Sesame Street have complained that Elmo’s prominent status has caused roles to be greatly reduced for some older characters, such as Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, Count von Count, Prairie Dawn, Grover, and Cookie Monster. Some fans also blame Elmo for the permanent departure of Kermit the Frog from Sesame Street. Elmo has been referred to as the “Little Red Menace” by Sesame Street traditionalists.

Forget Elmo, my favorite character is Oscar the Grouch.

Only 3 minutes, this SNL Parody of the Grouch as the Joker is awesome:

 

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Winner: Pluto, then the Driver, and Carol St. Martin

We celebrated Oktoberfest and all things beer this evening, so of course, Pluto won.

It was a rousing celebration, with the finest food and beer served by our favorite Hoffbrau girls – Darin, Tiffany and Daphne, helped by Mike, that guy from the Italian alps.

 

Good Question!: Each year the second weekend of Oktoberfest is known as?

Choices: a. mid fest   b. gay weekend   c. italian weekend  d. ladies choice

MUNICH, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 22: Visitors celebrate in a beer tent on the opening day of the 2018 Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2018 in Munich, Germany. The Oktoberfest lasts until October 7 and is the world’s largest beer festival. The beer festival typically draws over six million visitors. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)

Answer: Italian weekend

so that’s why Mike is all dressed up – he was so cute in his lederhosen.

Benvenuti a Oktoberfest!

Traditionally, on the second, middle weekend of the Oktoberfest, the Italians take over the festival tents on the Theresienwiese.

Wave of visitors from Italy for the “Festa d’ottobre”

Italians love the Munich Oktoberfest – or the “Festa d’ottobre”, as they call it. Traditionally, the second weekend of the Wiesn has become established as the “Italian weekend”. Italians arrive from all over Italy and often travel the length of the country to experience the thrill of the Wiesn. Many travel in camper vans, so don’t be surprised if you see Italian campers parked all over the city on Italian weekend. The travel rush often causes traffic jams, to the extent that local radio stations also make traffic announcements in Italian during the second week of Oktoberfest. Many local newspapers welcome Italian guests with a bilingual title page on Italian weekend. According to statistics from the Munich Department of Tourism, Italians make up the majority of foreign visitors to the Wiesn, at almost 20 percent.

Some scenes from Oktoberfest:

MUNICH, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 22: Waitresses carry beer steins in a beer tent on the opening day of the 2018 Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2018 in Munich, Germany. The Oktoberfest lasts until October 7 and is the world’s largest beer festival. The beer festival typically draws over six million visitors. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)

Young people celebrate the opening of the 185th ‘Oktoberfest’ beer festival in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. The world’s largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 22 until Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

MUNICH, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 22: A visitor in traditional Bavarian outfit is pictured at the opening day of the 2018 Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2018 in Munich, Germany. The Oktoberfest lasts until October 7 and is the world’s largest beer festival. The beer festival typically draws over six million visitors. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Getty Images)

 

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Winner: Deb

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” (Sir Walter Scott, 1808).

Tonight we had a bit of a brouhaha. Two first time players, Ted and Deb, tied at the end of regulation and Ted then won the short playoff. Deb’s supporters immediately filed a challenge, claiming that on two questions Ted had changed his answer after the answer had been announced. The judges went to the videotape and upheld the challenge. Deb was declared the sole winner and her supporters celebrated with her.

Good Question!: In the 1974 film, the Godfather II, who played the part of Vito Corleone as a young man?

Choices: a. Robert DeNiro   b. Al Pacino   c. Ray Liotta   d. Danny Aiello

Answer: Robert DeNiro

Although De Niro had appeared in films before “The Godfather Part: II,” the project catapulted his career. More hits followed for him, including “Taxi Driver,” “The Deer Hunter” and “Raging Bull.”

The Godfather: Part II was the first sequel to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro are the only two actors to ever win separate Oscars for playing the same character. Brando won Best Actor for The Godfather (1972) and De Niro won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for this movie, both in the role of Vito Corleone.

To prepare for his role, Robert De Niro lived in Sicily for three months and spent four months learning to speak the Sicilian dialect. De Niro is one of only six actors to win an Academy Award for a role primarily in a language other than English, since almost all of his dialogue in this film is in the Sicilian dialect of Italian. Let’s hear it for all us Sicilians!

The “Godfather” music, who can forget it.

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Sometimes when we look in the mirror we are a little disappointed.

Here are two photos of Michael Corleone that should make you feel better.

For you big “Godfather” fans here are a couple of other clips.

The very young Vito Corleone as he arrives at Ellis island:

For a very authentic “Godfather II” watch this clip in Sicilian:

 

 

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Winner: young Dave (aka SchaeferMan)
then Pluto and Carol St. Martin

It has been a long time since young Dave won a game. Much longer and he wouldn’t be young Dave anymore.

Dave had the game in hand, then blew the last question to fall into a 3 way tie. The playoff didn’t last long.

What color did the Rolling Stones use in their famous Tuesday song? You would think this one would be easy for the 2 boomers, but you would be wrong. Only Dave knew it was Ruby Tuesday.

Good Question!: A little less than half the size of Great Britain, what is Europe’s second largest island?

Choices: a. Ireland   b. Scotland   c. Wales   d. Iceland

Answer: Iceland

A number of players have been to both Ireland and Iceland with Main Street Café sponsored trips, so this should have been an easy question. Surprisingly, many players thought Ireland was larger. At 103,000 square km Iceland is about 50% larger than Ireland and close to the size of New York State. We must’ve been fooled by the difference in population, where Ireland is 15 times larger than Iceland.

Iceland is filled with natural wonders. One of the famous spots is The Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa in southwestern Iceland.

Creatures from the Blue Lagoon.

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In this land of Fire and Ice there are more waterfalls than you could imagine, with one more beautiful than the next.

But don’t just take my word for it, check out this wonderful scenic video:

 

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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.

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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: Pluto, then Christine, Tim, Rosebud, and John.

A close game until Pluto got lucky at the very end. He guessed the last two questions correctly, to finish just ahead of a pack of four players.

Tonight we learned that it was Isaac Newton who built the first reflecting telescope and that manzana is Spanish for apple. Who knew?

This was our last game before our summer recess. No games on August 6 and 13th as the village celebrates Family Night on Main Street.

Lot’s of fun activities planned and of course, Main Street Café will be serving its fine food and drink.

Good Question!: Used during World War I, what is a Sopwith Camel?

Choices: a. tank   b. plane   c. machine gun  d. ambulance

 

Answer: plane

Anyone who is a fan of Snoopy as the Flying Ace got this question right away. Throughout the decades, Snoopy comically embraced his fighter pilot role for delighted Peanuts readers. As Snoopy envisioned himself soaring through the clouds in pursuit of his nemesis, the infamous Red Baron, he sat atop his doghouse, which he imagined to be a real British biplane known as a Sopwith Camel.

But why a Sopwith Camel? Peanuts creator Charles Schulz once said, “Can you think of a funnier name for an airplane?”

Sopwith Camel in WWI

The air war of World War I continues to fascinate as this amazing new technology proved far more useful than most military and political leaders anticipated. Initially used only for reconnaissance, before long planes were armed with machine guns. Once Anthony Fokker developed a method to synchronize a machine gun’s fire with the rotation of the propeller, the airplane became a true weapon.

Early aircraft were flimsy, kite-like designs of lightweight wood, fabric and wires. The 80–120 horsepower engines used in 1914 produced top speeds of 100 mph or less; four years later speed had nearly doubled. Protection for pilots remained elusive, but most pilots disdained carrying parachutes regardless.

The Sopwith Camel was a British single-seat biplane fighter aircraft introduced on the Western Front in 1917. It was developed by the Sopwith Aviation Company as a successor to the earlier Sopwith Pup and became one of the best known fighter aircraft of the war.

The Camel was powered by a single rotary engine and was armed with twin synchronized machine guns. Though proving difficult to handle, it provided for a high level of manoeuvrability to an experienced pilot, an attribute which was highly valued in the type’s principal use as a fighter aircraft. In total, Camel pilots have been credited with shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, more than any other Allied fighter of the conflict.

To relive Snoopy’s “dogfight” exploits, follow the Royal Guardsman music video:

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Winner: Tom Twin, then the Driver, Evelyn, Jenn, Shayna

Tom Twin joined us after an absence of a few weeks and and narrowly beat a pack of four, who were only one correct answer behind.

Just goes to show you, if you take some time off, sequester yourself and study, you too could be a winner.

Tonight we celebrated Judy and Celia’s birthdays with two birthday cakes, that’s right two birthday cakes.

(Photo to follow)

Tonight we learned that the first US president born in a hospital was Jimmy Carter (1924), so where did those other guys come from?

Good Question!: According to Greek mythology who was the first woman?

Choices: a. Hera   b. Eve  c. Pandora   d. Athena

Answer: Pandora

Some guys thought the answer should’ve been Wonder Woman.

If we’re going to talk about Pandora, I think we need to talk about Pandora’s box.

The myth of Pandora’s box

The myth of Pandora’s box is considered one of the most descriptive myths of human behavior in Greek mythology. Ancient Greeks used this myth not only to instruct themselves about the weaknesses of humans, but also to explain several misfortunes of the human race.

Pandora, the first woman on Earth

Pandora was, according to the myth, the first woman on Earth. She was created by Gods; each one of them gave her a gift, thus, her name in Greek means “the one who bears all gifts”.

Pandora was created as a punishment to the mankind; Zeus wanted to punish people because Prometheus stole the fire to give it to them. Her gifts were beautifully evil, according to Hesiod. Hephaestus created her from clay, shaping her perfectly, Aphrodite gave her femininity and Athena taught her crafts. Hermes was ordered by Zeus to teach her to be deceitful, stubborn and curious.

Pandora’s box

Pandora's box
Pandora’s box

Pandora was given a box or a jar, called “pithos” in Greek. Gods told her that the box contained special gifts from them but she was not allowed to open the box ever. Then Hermes took her to Epimetheus, brother of Prometheus, to be his wife. Prometheus had advised Epimetheus not to accept anything from the Gods, but he saw Pandora and was astonished by her beauty, thus he accepted her right away.

Pandora, who was created to be curious, couldn’t stay away from the box and the urge to open the box overcame her. Horrible things flew out of the box including greed, envy, hatred, pain, disease, hunger, poverty, war, and death. All of life’s miseries had been let out into the world. Pandora slammed the lid of the box back down. The last thing remaining inside of the box was hope. Ever since, humans have been able to hold onto this hope in order to survive the wickedness that Pandora had let out.

“Pandora’s box” now means anything that is best left untouched, for fear of what might come out of it.

Enough with Pandora, let’s get back to Wonder Woman.

How about a clip from her movie:

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