Posts Tagged ‘tuesday trivia’

Winner: Pluto, then Rosebud, Carol St.Martin, and Maureen

Pluto and Rosebud finished 1-2 in their last game before they head to Florida. They are going to see if the weather is as warm down there, as it has been up here.

Tonight’s theme was Mardi Gras and Darin helped us honor our fave Nawlins girl Rhys’ memory with some King cake.

Good Question!: During Mardi Gras what do the gold colored beads symbolize?

Choices: a. power.  b. justice.  c. faith.  d. lust

Answer: power

“Throw me something, mister!”

Mardi Gras throws are strings of beads, doubloons, cups, or other trinkets passed out or thrown from the floats in the New Orleans Mardi Gras, to spectators lining the streets.

The ‘throws’, consist of necklaces of plastic beads, coins called doubloons, which are stamped with krewes’ logos, parade themes and the year, plus an array of plastic cups and toys including LED trinkets, more recently.

Beads used on Mardis Gras (known as Shrove Tuesday in some regions) are gold, purple and green, with these three colors containing the Christian symbolism of power, justice and faith, respectively. Traditionally, Mardis Gras beads were manufactured in Japan and Czech Republic, although many are now imported from mainland China. 

Spectators have traditionally shouted to the krewe members, “Throw me something, mister!”, a phrase that is iconic in New Orleans’ Mardi Gras street argot. Some women expose their breasts to invite throws in the French Quarter, although this is not required or even classed as a true Mardi Gras tradition, it is however quite common during French Quarter parades.

National Geographic has a wonderful all things Mardi Gras video (only 5 min.):


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Winner: Ed, then Rosebud, and Carol St.Martin

Ed was no newbie as a player, but he was a first time winner tonight. As Gunther’s proprietor, Ed had a bit of an edge and no trouble when questions asked what color is the brandy liquor called chartreuse? (Green) and what is the Scottish drink made from whiskey and heather honey called (Drambuie.)

Good Question!: Who was the legendary king who was killed at the Battle of Camelford?

Choices: a. Arthur   b. Richard the Lion Hearted   c. Richard I   d. Henry VIII

Answer: Arthur

A definite Maybe.

Legend has it that King Arthur and his Knights are a part of North Cornwall history, and that Camelford was the Camelot, of legend. The truth will never be known, although there was a warrior king who died in a bloody battle at Slaughter Bridge, just outside Camelford. This real king’s name was never known, so could it have been Arthur?

On a stream bed at Slaughterbridge, lies a sixth century inscribed stone said to mark the spot where King Arthur met Mordred for the decisive battle of Camlann, which brought to an end the fellowship of the Round Table. The fierce battle is said to have turned the small river red with the blood of slain men, whilst Arthur and Mordred fought a hand-to-hand battle across the river bridge. Arthur slew Mordred but had already received a fatal wound from Mordred’s poisoned sword, which, in minutes, saw him stagger to his death. Mordred is portrayed as a figure representing evil and spoken of in some stories as the illegitimate son of Arthur and his half sister Morgan le Fay. Who Knew?

On the other hand, the river Camel in north Cornwall has interested Arthurian scholars thanks to its supposed links with Arthur’s last battle of Camlan. On this, a study of comment from the sixteenth century onwards reveals growing skepticism; many now conclude that, even if a battle was fought at Camlan in 537, gaining a permanent place in Welsh tradition, there are no historical grounds to associate it with Arthur.

Some people are more interested in King Arthur, but I have always been more fascinated by Lancelot and Guinevere.

Watch the tension build, see the lust in their eyes:


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Winner: Tino, then Keith and Rosebud (she’s the midget)

Two firsts this evening. We had our first basketball player join the game. And tonight’s winner was a newbie with a perfect score. Both were the same guy. Very impressive performance by Tino. Perfect scores are pretty rare, now let’s see if he can do it again. Unfortunately, the photo does not show the special Main Street Café gold bottle of champagne that Tino won.

After the game we had our annual regifting event (see the table below). Much fun.

Good Question: What percentage of humans have the AB negative blood type?

Choices: a. <1%   b. <20%   c. <30%   d. <50%


Answer: <1%

Type AB Negative: The Rarest Blood Type

A person’s blood type is genetic, inherited from his or her parents.
Blood typing is particularly important for blood transfusions, because certain antigens on blood cells can trigger a person’s immune system to attack the donated blood.

People with AB blood inherited an A gene from one parent and a B gene from the other. Approximately 0.6 percent of the population is AB Negative (the rarest blood type), and 3.4 percent is AB Positive, which are potential universal plasma donors, and can be used for all patients regardless of their blood type.

Wondering who pioneered this science in the first place? In 1909, Austrian scientist Karl Landsteiner became the first person to properly identify the four main blood groups. It’s thanks to his research that we now know which blood types to use (and which not to use) with patients in need of transfusions. In 1930, he was rewarded for his contributions when he was given the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

Blood Fun Facts

There are 150 Billion red blood cells in one ounce of blood.

The human body manufactures 17 million red blood cells per second.

It only takes 20 to 60 seconds for a drop of blood to travel from the heart, through your body, and back to the heart again.

If your blood type is AB+, then you’re in luck. This blood type is known as the “universal recipient,” seeing as people who have it running through their veins can receive blood from any type A, type B, type O, or type AB donor.

Well, maybe not. If your blood type is AB, then you’ll want to keep a close watch on your cognitive health. One 2014 study found that people with type AB blood had an 82 percent higher risk of cognitive impairment.

Patients in the United States use approximately 32,000 pints of blood every day.


Speaking of blood, do you remember Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”


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Winner: Pluto, then Keith and Tom Twin, then TJ

Boys night tonight. Although TJ traveled all the way from Vegas to show his stuff, he couldn’t quite top the 3 old guys, falling one short of the playoff.

Pluto, Keith and Tom Twin went 3 rounds in a playoff before Pluto answered this one correctly: Which car company owns Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Porsche?

Volkswagen Group, of course.

Good Question!: Which mountains stretch from West Virginia to Georgia?

Choices: a. Appalachian   b. Blue Ridge   c. Smoky   d. Rocky

Answer: Blue Ridge

The choice for most of us was between Blue Ridge and Smoky mountains, and that’s because they are so darn close to each other. Actually, the Great Smoky Mountains are part of, a subset of the much larger Blue Ridge mountain range which does stretch from West Virginia to Georgia.

Before we get into details, let’s get into the Great Smoky Mountain mood by taking a listen to Dolly, a local girl who made good:

Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province. The Great Smokies are best known as the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which protects most of the range. The park was established in 1934, and, with over 11 million visits per year, it is the most visited national park in the United States.

Anyone who has visited the Great Smoky Mountains can confirm that the Smokies certainly live up to their name! The mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina are blanketed with a smoky haze that gives the region an almost magical quality. Indeed, the Cherokee considered the mountains to be a sacred place and referred to the area as “Shaconage” (Sha-Kon-O-Hey): land of the blue smoke. When European settlers arrived in the early 1800s, they took inspiration from the Cherokee language when they named the Great Smoky Mountains and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains.

Where Does the Smoke Come From?

The short answer to the question is that the “smoke” from the Smoky Mountains is actually fog that comes from the area’s vegetation. We all know that plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. What we hear less about is how plants also exhale something called “volatile organic compounds”, or VOCs.

VOCs may sound scary, but when they are released from plants, they are completely natural. Have you ever enjoyed the piney smell that wafts from a Christmas tree? That scent comes from the tree giving off VOCs as it breathes. In addition to causing various scents and odors, a high concentration of VOCs can also cause fog. The millions of trees, bushes, and other plants in the Great Smoky Mountains all give off vapor, which comes together to create the fog that gives the mountains their signature smoky look.


Great Smoky Mountain NP – National Park Service.

Everything to know about Great Smoky Mountains National Park – National Geographic

10 Best Things to Do on a Great Smoky Mountains Vacation


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Winner: Pluto, then Rosebud and Almond Joy

It was a quiet night with a small group of players. The best part of this election evening was that the Driver was away managing one of the polling locations, so we didn’t have to fight him for those delicious brownies that Darin served up.

Good Question!: Who did Time magazine name as man of the year in 1982?

Choices: a. Michael Jackson   b. the computer   c. Microsoft   d. Ronald Reagan


Not Exactly

Answer: the computer (technically, it was named machine of the year)

The announcement of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” has been a year-end tradition since 1927, when Charles Lindbergh was named “Man of the Year” following his solo flight across the Atlantic.

On Dec. 26, 1982, Time took a risk and placed not a person, but a “Machine of the Year” on the cover of its Jan. 3, 1983, issue: the computer. The cover featured a papier-mâché man sitting at a red table with a PC. Admittedly, this wasn’t Time’s riskiest pick — Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler had both been named “Man of the Year” in years prior. But it was a surprise. It is said that Steve Jobs, who had received signals that he would be named man of the year, cried when he saw the issue.

The “Machine of the Year” designation came at a time when PC sales were doubling each year: going from 724,000 in 1980 to 1.4 million in 1981 to almost 3 million in 1982. As publisher John A. Meyers presciently wrote: “Several human candidates might have represented 1982, but none symbolized the past year more richly, or will be viewed by history as more significant, than a machine: the computer.” Time referenced the PC revolution, which was bringing computers “down to scale” so “people could hold, prod, and play with them.”

When TIME put together the 21-page Machine of the Year cover package, the PC revolution was still young. The vast majority of homes didn’t yet have one and the IBM PC did not ship until 1981.

But it wasn’t that young: The MITS Altair 8800, the first PC that mattered, came out in 1975. In 1977, it was followed by the Apple II, Commodore’s PET 2001 and Radio Shack’s TRS-80, the first truly consumery, ready-to-use machines. And another half-decade of evolution occurred before TIME commemorated the PC’s arrival so memorably.

Interestingly, the journalists who worked on the “Machine of the Year” article used typewriters to write their stories. The Time newsroom did not upgrade to word processors until1983.

Now if it had been Michael Jackson named man of the year we would’ve watch this video:


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Winner: Pluto, then Johnny and Rosebud

Pluto was surprised to learn that he won this evening. He told Judge Judy he had not played very well. She said:”You didn’t play very well, but we played worse.”

Tonight we learned that Kelly Clarkson was the first winner of “American Idol,” and that Sylvester Stallone has directed four “Rocky” films. Who knew.

Good Question!: In 1991, who made 101 curtain calls and set a world record of one hour 20 minutes for applause for his role in Verdi’s “Otello”?

Choices: a. Placido Domingo  b. Andrea Bocelli   c. Pavarotti   d. Avery Brooks

Answer: Placido Domingo

OK, turns out Placido set the record for longest applause. But he didn’t set the record for most curtain calls. That goes to Pavarotti with 165 curtain calls for his performance in the Donizetti opera L’elisir d’amore at the Deutsche Opera Berlin.

How did these two performances sound? Which do you like better?

First, Placido as Otello:

Second, Pavarotti in L’elisir d’amore

Who gets your applause?


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Winner (07/02/19): Shannon, then Tall Paul and Karen.

A close game ended in a playoff between Tall Paul and Shannon. First playoff question: “How many pints of blood in the human body?” Both answered incorrectly. but Shannon was especially disappointed. She said: “I am studying to be a nurse, how could I miss that question!” Moderator Mike said: “Well, you’re not going to be my nurse.” Next question was about the periodic table. Shannon answered correctly and became a first time winner.

Winner: (06/25/19): Pluto, then Tall Paul, Erin, Jacqui, and Matt.

Darin had a special Mets bottle of wine that she had been waiting many weeks to award to big Mets fan Pluto, but like the Mets he never won. Finally, tonight he won and received his Mets bottle of wine. Someone said he better drink it quickly because by the sixth inning, when the bullpen comes in, it will probably go sour.


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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.


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.)


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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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

How to Get Tickets for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Best time to visit

10 Tips For Visiting The Statue of Liberty

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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