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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).


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.


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 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: Pluto with Frank the sports guy, Tiffany the birthday girl, and Droppin’

A bit of controversy this evening.

Frank the sports guy was initially declared the winner, before Droppin’ and Pluto challenged. They said their final scores were wrong, that they had, in fact, as many right answers as Frank.

As this challenge was being considered, Frank rushed to grab the winners trophy and wrote his name on the winner’s tag, hoping this would certify his win. Of course, it didn’t.

To win, Frank would have to survive a three-way play off. He didn’t.

Only Pluto knew that Crater Lake was the deepest lake in America. He happily crossed Frank’s name off the winner’s tag and replaced it with his own name. Justice was served.

After the hubbub we celebrated Tiffany’s mile stone birthday. She ain’t saying.

Good Question!:
Who became a major league rookie in 1948 at the age of 42?

a. Satchel Paige   b. Monte Irvin   c. Josh Gibson   d. “Cool Papa” Bell

Answer: Leroy Robert Paige “Satchel”  (look at that glove)

Who was Satchel Paige?

His plaque in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown says it all:

“Paige was one of the greatest stars to play in the Negro baseball leagues. He thrilled millions of people and won hundreds of games. He struck out 21 major leaguers in an exhibition game. He helped pitch the Cleveland Indians to the 1948 pennant in his first big league year at age 42. His pitching was a legend among major league hitters.”

How old was he when he pitched his last time in the major leagues?

Satchel came back to pitch three innings in the majors at the age of 59. Let’s go back to Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, for those three innings in 1965. Charlie Finley, a real character who owned the Kansas City A’s back then, couldn’t fill his ballpark. So he figured bringing Satchel back would be enough of a spectacle that it would work.

He put him out near the bullpen in a rocking chair, with a nurse in a white uniform rubbing salve into his arm, and with his own water boy. And Finley had filled the stadium, and he didn’t much care what Satchel did when he took the mound, but Satchel never let anybody write the last word.

He went out there, pitched three shut-out innings against the Boston Red Sox. The only guy to get a hit off him was the hard-hitting Carl Yastrzemski, who after the game gave Satchel an enormous bear hug. And that was because a full generation before, Yaz’s dad had faced off against Satchel on Long Island in a semi-pro game.”

Besides his longevity, what else was great about him?

“Let’s start with his pitching. He had a ball that he threw so hard and so fast that catchers had to cushion their gloves with beefsteak so that their hands wouldn’t be burning after the game. And he learned to pitch with such accuracy that teammates would actually stand there with lit cigarettes in their mouth – letting him, with his fastball, knock the cigarettes out of his mouth. That we know of, he never knocked out a ballplayer. He knocked out one cigarette after another, and that was extraordinary faith.”

He was the most celebrated ballplayer in the history of the Negro leagues. From the early 1930’s, when Paige began with the Pittsburgh Crawfords, until his 1971 induction into the Hall of Fame, he symbolized the world of black baseball, for whites as well as for blacks.

He was known for his indeterminate age, for his exceptional fastballs and for his showboating: he would call in his outfielders — and sometimes even order his infielders to sit down — before striking out opposing batters. Paige’s confrontation with the great slugger Josh Gibson in the second game of the 1942 Negro World Series, after he intentionally loaded the bases with two out, has become a legendary battle of the titans. (Gibson struck out on three pitches.)

Why was Leroy Robert Paige known as  “Satchel”?

There are two versions of the story.
His version: to help his family earn a living, he had to go down at the age of 9 to the local L & N train station and lug suitcases for a dime a time. A buddy saw him and dubbed him a walking satchel tree, and the name stuck. His buddy Wilbur Hines tells a slightly different story, which is rather than lugging suitcases, Satchel was filching them and that he, Wilbur, dubbed him Satchel for that reason.

Famous Satchel Paige quotes:

“Age is a question of mind over matter,” Paige said. “If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

“Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.”

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”

“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.”

“Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.”


Here’s a grainy B&W video of the man:

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Winner: Valerie, followed by Jacqui, then Deb, BklynGina, and Jake

Always fun when a newbie joins us and wins right off the bat as Val did this evening. Jacqui continued with another strong performance and Brooklyn Gina would’ve beat her SchaeferMan if he had dared to show up.

Mike the moderator took over in Mistress Daphne’s absence. He was a little rusty and stumbled a bit at the beginning – no speed trivia tonight.

Tonight we learned once again that China has only one time zone, requiring all clocks throughout the country to be synchronized with Beijing. Now that makes sense. With no West Coast time zone in this country, you wouldn’t have to watch the World Series at midnight.

Good Question!: What is the most visited monument in the world?

Choices: a. Washington Monument   b. Eiffel Tower   c. Statue of Liberty            d. Lincoln Memorial

Answer: Eiffel Tower

Some of us found this tough to believe. Here’s why. The annual number of tourists visiting Washington DC and Paris are only about 23 million, whereas New York City had 65 million visitors last year. So how could more people end up at the Eiffel Tower than the Statue of Liberty?

Well, it’s true. The Statue of Liberty had only 4.4 million visitors last year, while the Eiffel Tower had over 7 million visitors. Must be that damn ferry is a bottleneck for statue visitors.

Tips For Visiting The Statue of Liberty

Top Tip – Book Early, unless you want to be left on the outside looking in. It’s no fun to travel over to Liberty Island and find that you can’t even get into the base and the museum, no less climb to the crown.

If you know you want to visit the Crown, the Museum or the Pedestal at the Statue of Liberty and have a good idea of when you’re going to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, you should buy a ticket in advance. These tickets have a specific time for arrival at security and by booking in advance, you can secure the access you want for your visit. Yeah, be a man and climb to the crown, just don’t carry your three-year-old nephew like I did.

Advice on Visiting the Statue of Liberty

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Statue of Liberty Visitors Guide

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Winner: Jacqui (with photobomber Rinne)

Jackie stayed just a bit ahead of 7 players to finish first tonight. Otherwise, we would’ve needed an eight way playoff!

Tonight’s good news was that Tiffany did not put the quiz together, so it was way more reasonable. We even learned important stuff like the second longest coastline after Canada is Indonesia and the country with the most languages is Papua New Guinea.

Good Question!: Which of the five senses develops first?

Choices: a. taste   b. sight   c. smell   d. hearing

Answer: smell

When does my baby’s sense of smell develop?

“Your baby’s nose starts to form early in the first trimester of pregnancy. Two tiny nostrils appear just a few weeks later. By 10 weeks, the receptors that your baby will use to detect smells have already formed.

Babies start using their sense of smell while still in the womb. As they breathe and swallow amniotic fluid, they become familiar with its scent.

This is useful because the smell is similar to that of their mother’s breast milk, which they’ll need soon after birth. Your amniotic fluid also carries the scent and flavors of the food you eat, so your unborn baby will be familiar with the aroma of that fish you ate for dinner, too!

Newborns have a highly developed sense of smell. Though your baby can’t yet recognize you by sight, he’ll know you by your natural scent, and that’s what he’ll most want to smell. He’ll also be drawn to the scent of your breast milk. These smells are connected to his basic need for comfort and food.

The sense of smell is processed by a part of the brain that also controls memory. It creates strong associations between particular scents and experiences. As a result, years later a scent may trigger a memory for your baby and remind him of a time or feeling from the past.” (/www.babycenter.com/)

Maybe Rosemary’s Baby needed a better sense of smell.

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