Posts Tagged ‘tuesday trivia’

Winners: Emily & Molly, followed oh so closely by Jenn & Donna

‘Twas the hot night before the big holiday and the place was loud and packed. 28 players and we ran out of answer cards. The solution – form two person teams. From all those players and all those teams it was two teams of females who finished tied for first in regulation. A short play off and Emily and Molly were determined to be the winners. First time winners – Well Done!

The team of Droppin’ and Pluto looked like it should be a dream team. After Pluto butchered a few questions, Droppin’ said: “Playing with this guy is a dream all right, a nightmare.”

 Good Question!: What famous chef joined the OSS during WWII hoping to become an American spy?

Choices: a. Graham Kerr   b. Philip Harben   c. Julia Child   d. James Beard

Answer: Julia Child (in keeping with tonight’s theme – another female)

“We knew her as a popular TV personality and a master of the culinary arts. But Julia Child was also a spy — sort of.

Maybe she wasn’t a master spy, but she worked during World War II for the Office of Strategic Services, the huge spy network created by President Franklin Roosevelt. The OSS was the forerunner of today’s CIA.

In addition to Child, who died in 2004 at the age of 91, former OSS operatives included future Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., baseball star Moe Berg and actor Sterling Hayden.

After Pearl Harbor, Julia McWilliams (her birth name) tried to join the Navy. But she was turned down because, at 6 feet, 2 inches, she was considered too tall. The Office of Strategic Services did not care how tall she was.

She began as a typist but her boss wrote, “Because of Miss McWilliams’s education and her previous experience outside the government, we feel she is better qualified to fill a more responsible position.”

She became a top secret researcher for the director of the OSS, the legendary William “Wild Bill” Donovan. And, later, she worked to reduce the threat of U-boats, the deadly Nazi submarines. After the war, she received an award for her service, which cited her many virtues, including her “drive and inherent cheerfulness.”

That sounds just like the Julia Child we saw years later on TV.” (abcnews.go.com)

How to Drink, According to Julia Child

On Cooking With Wine:

“I enjoy cooking with wine. Sometimes, I even put it in the food.”

“The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded, and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon appétit.”

On Eating With Wine:

“A house without a cat is like a day without sunshine, a pie without fromage, a dinner without wine.”

“Wine is meant to be with food—that’s the point of it.”

On Wine as a Lifeline:

“Wine is one of the agreeable and essential ingredients of life.”

“As you get older, you shouldn’t waste time drinking bad wine.”

“I’d never really drunk good wine before, and knew nothing at all about it. It was simply a whole new life experience.”

“Just like becoming an expert in wine—you learn by drinking it, the best you can afford—you learn about great food by finding the best there is, whether simply or luxurious.”

For the Julia Child we all remember try these : 5 Best Julia Child Parody Videos




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Winner: Jacqui, followed closely by Almond Joy, TomTwin, Wanda, NewTom, and 10 O’Clock Bill (+photo bomber & game moderator Mike)

We have been waiting for one of the players from the Next Gen table to pull off a win and tonight Jacqui did it. We had two visitors from South Carolina (Wanda & NewTom) who almost pulled off a rare feat – a first time couple, both winning. Who knew there was intelligent life in South Carolina?

Tonight we learned that the term “hat trick” originated in the sport of cricket, NOT hockey. This one fooled all of us, even sports guy Pluto.

Good Question!: Jordan Spieth won $61,867 less at the Masters then this player won in his entire career?

Choices: a. Arnold Palmer   b. Sam Sneed   c. Gary Player   d. Bobby Jones

Jordan Spieth


Answer: Arnold Palmer

Well, let’s take a look at this. Athlete salaries/winnings have skyrocketed, but could this really be true? Spieth won $1.8M in winning the 2015 Masters. However, Palmer won $3.6 million in prize money during his 52 years on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour (forbes.com). So it’s not true, not even close. But it does raise interesting questions about compensation for current athletes versus some of the all-time great’s.

BTW, currently the difference between winning and finishing second in the Masters is $800,000. That’s a whole lot of cash riding on a missed putt.

How does Palmer’s $3.6M career winnings compare to Tiger Woods? Not surprisingly, Woods is light years ahead with at least $158M in career winnings. But endorsements is where the real money is, so let’s not shed a tear for Arnold. His estimated $875 million in career earnings ranks third all-time in sports behind only Jordan and Woods. Palmer’s total tally is $1.3 billion on an inflation-adjusted basis.

Let’s take a look at baseball where salaries continue to soar. In 2017 36 MLB players made at least $20 million. Leading the pack was LAD pitcher Clayton Kershaw at $33 million. For position players Miguel Cabrera made $28 million which computes to about $47K per at bat. Of course, this year it is a whole lot more because he is injured and out for the season. Yeah, the Detroit Tigers paid him $28M for 38 games, and 134 at bats or $209,000 per at bat! Unbelievable!

How about the old time baseball players?Joe DiMaggio became baseball’s first $100K player in 1950 ($1.0M inflation adjusted) and my fave ball player, Willie Mays made $180K a year in 1971 ($1.1 adjusted). Both born too soon, because baseballs current average salary, yeah average, is $4 million.

Enough with the numbers, here’s two of my fave baseball movies:

Bull Durham

The Natural



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Co-Winners: the Driver and Lena, followed by Tom, Rosebud, and Pluto

Lena, an au pair from Potsdam (that’s East Germany, not upstate New York) joined us tonight and showed how good the German education system is.

Before the game, Pluto beseeched Lena: “This is a game of American trivia. Please don’t win. You will make us all feel like village idiots.” She then proceeded to finish tied for first in regulation and became our first international winner.

Good Question!: Which Apollo mission had an oxygen tank explode?

Choices: a. Apollo 7   b. Apollo 13   c. Gemini   d. Apollo 11


Answer: Apollo 13

“Houston, We Have a Problem”

On April 11, 1970, NASA launched the Apollo 13 mission to send three astronauts to the moon and mark the third manned lunar landing. The mission aimed to send commander Jim Lovell and lunar module pilot Fred Haise to the lunar surface, while command module pilot Jack Swigert remained in orbit. But on April 13, the mission suffered a crippling explosion that would nearly doom the spaceflight and its crew.

Apollo 13 carried an oxygen tank with a troubled history. The tank had been damaged in testing, but the spacecraft builders were not aware of a problem. At about 56 hours into the flight of Apollo 13, Jack Swigert was instructed to “stir the tanks,” or agitate the super-cold liquid oxygen. Moments later, oxygen tank 2 exploded. Photos taken near the end of the flight reveal the extent of the damage. “One whole side of the spacecraft is missing!” exclaimed Lovell. The command module’s normal supply of electricity, light and water was lost, and they were about 200,000 miles from Earth.

The explosion was accompanied by a sharp bang and vibration at 9:08 p.m. April 13. Swigert saw a warning light that accompanied the bang and said, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here.”

Grumman Lunar Module Saves the Day

With the command module losing power fast, the astronauts had to move into the lunar module, or LM, to use it as a lifeboat. This was the lunar module built right here on LI by your neighbors, who worked at Grumman.This was the same Grumman that had caused Vice Adm. John McCain Sr. to say during World War II: “The name Grumman on a plane is like sterling on silver.”

Designed for two, the LM’s cabin was a tight fit for three people, with Swigert keeping mostly to the small section at the rear of the cabin.

The LM did not have enough carbon-dioxide-scrubbing chemical canisters to keep the air breathable for three men all the way back to Earth. The astronauts had to build a crude adapter using spare parts on board, to make use of canisters meant for the command module.

At the time of the accident, Apollo 13 was on a path that would cause it to miss Earth by 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers). To return home the astronauts had to fire the lunar module’s big landing engine several times to get back on the right trajectory.

The near-disaster of Apollo 13 was a stunning reminder of the perils of human spaceflight and how NASA, through ingenuity and perseverance, managed to overcome the incident and save the mission’s three-man crew. In 1995, director Ron Howard would retell the Apollo 13 story in the film “Apollo 13” starring Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell.

This is a wonderful, very tense 3 minute clip: “Houston We Have a Problem”


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Winner: Frank, followed by Carol St. Martin, Tall Paul, and Allie

Frank wins in only his second attempt, and he already knows the secret of the game – it’s the questions that make a winner.

After a long absence, Bud “the Bug Man” returned. He had spent his time away honing his trivia skills and thought he was ready for a big game. Alas, he finished back in the pack. He even missed the question on the Colorado beetle. C’mon Bug Man, you have to do better.

One of the questions we all missed was Harry Houdini’s real name – Erich Weiss.

Good Question!: Sabotage is French. What did the saboteurs use?

Choices: a. swords   b, shoes   c. flour   d. brandy

Answer: shoes

This was quite a surprise. The word “sabotage” appears in the beginning of the early 20th century from the French word “sabotage”. It is sometimes said that some workers used to throw their wooden shoes, called “sabots” (clogs) in the machines to break them, but this is not supported by the etymology. Rather, the French source word literally means to “walk noisily,” and wearing wooden shoes is an example of walking noisily. Originally this was used metaphorically to refer to labor disputes, not damage. At the end of the 19th century it really began to be used with the meaning of “deliberately and maliciously destroying property.”

Value of sabotage in wartime

In World War I

On 30 July 1916, the Black Tom explosion occurred when German agents set fire to a complex of warehouses and ships in Jersey City, New Jersey that held munitions, fuel, and explosives bound to aid the Allies in their fight.

Fragments from the explosion traveled long distances, some lodging in the Statue of Liberty. The explosion was the equivalent of an earthquake measuring between 5.0 and 5.5 on the Richter scale and was felt as far away as Philadelphia. Windows were broken as far as 25 miles away, including thousands in lower Manhattan and some windows in Times Square were shattered. Property damage from the attack was estimated at $454,000,000 (in 2017 dollars.) Who knew!

In World War II

The French Resistance ran an extremely effective sabotage campaign against the Germans during World War II. Many sabotage attempts were against critical rail lines of transportation. German records count 1,429 instances of sabotage from French Resistance forces between January 1942 and February 1943. From January through March 1944, sabotage accounted for three times the number of locomotives damaged by Allied air power.

In December 1944, the Germans ran a false flag sabotage infiltration, Operation Greif, which was commanded by Waffen-SS commando Otto Skorzeny during the Battle of the Bulge. German commandos, wearing US Army uniforms, carrying US Army weapons, and using US Army vehicles, penetrated US lines to spread panic and confusion among US troops and to blow up bridges, ammunition dumps, and fuel stores and to disrupt the lines of communication. Many of the commandos were captured by the Americans. Because they were wearing US uniforms, a number of the Germans were executed as spies, either summarily or after military commissions.

My fave WWII sabotage operation – “The Guns of Navarone” – A specialized commando team organized in1943 to sabotage and put out of commission the Axis firepower on the mountainous Greek island of Navarone in the Aegean Sea.

Modern Era

A modern form of sabotage is the distribution of software intended to damage specific industrial systems. For example, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is alleged to have sabotaged a Siberian pipeline during the Cold War, using information from the Farewell Dossier. A more recent case may be the Stuxnet computer worm, which was designed to subtly infect and damage specific types of industrial equipment. Based on the equipment targeted and the location of infected machines, security experts believe it was an attack on the Iranian nuclear program by the United States and Israel.



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Winner: Cheryl, followed by Jake, and Rosebud

Cheryl, a first-time player, was very quiet back in the bleacher seats. She may have been quiet, but she answered more questions right then anyone else. SchaeferMan, who was going for a triple crown, felt the pressure and finished back in the pack. Maybe a bad sign for Justify.

Tonight we learned that until coffee gained popularity, beer was the breakfast beverage of choice in some parts of the US. When you used to walk in to Gunther’s at noon you knew that continued right here.

Good Question!: Which car company’s logo features a black prancing horse on a yellow background?

Choices: a. Ferrari   b. Bugatti  c. Lamborghini   d. Mustang

Answer: Ferrari

OK, this wasn’t the toughest question tonight but I was interested in why Enzo decided to put the prancing horse on his cars.

Ferrari’s symbol can be traced to the Italian fighter ace Francesco Baracca who painted the horse onto the fuselage of his plane. He recorded 34 kills and was killed in 1918, becoming a national hero. In 1923, a car loving Italian from Modena called Enzo Ferrari met the mother and father of Baracca. Baracca’s mother told Ferrari to paint the prancing horse on his cars as it would give him good luck. Ferrari did so and added the splash of yellow, the color of his birthplace, Modena.

There are several theories as to how Baracca came to use the horse on his plane, one very interesting theory is that it came from a shot down German plane onto which the German Pilot copied the coat of arms of Stuttgart, hence the similarity to the logo of Stuttgart based company Porsche.


Had never made that connection before – two iconic, high-performance auto companies both using the same prancing horse.

Maybe Danica should’ve been driving a Ferrari in Sunday’s Indy 500.


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Winner: SchaeferMan, followed by Droppin’, Judge Judy, and Brian

SchaeferMan was very happy to win, but even happier to finally beat his pal Gina. On a night with lots of tough questions Dave really crushed it. Who knew that the giraffe is the land mammal with the longest tail, or that there are 118 elements in the periodic table?

Good Question!: Who has the highest number of subscribers on YouTube?

Choices: a. Ed Sheeran   b. PSY   c. PewDiePie   d. Justin Bieber

Answer: PewDiePie

Most of us dinosaurs answered Justin Bieber because we’re just not hip, I guess. Turns out it’s some character who calls himself PewDiePie.

Felix Kjellberg, the 28-year-old Swedish YouTube sensation is better known as PewDiePie. Kjellberg plays video games for a living. His YouTube channel’s over 62 million subscribers — larger than the population of Canada — assemble to watch his over-the-top reactions to onscreen characters pummeling zombies, botching surgeries, ensnaring dinosaurs or just running around distant worlds in search of a booty to smack. Recently his channel became the first ever to surpass 10 billion views. According to Forbes, he made $12 million in 2016. By most accounts, he is the biggest star on the Internet. Who Knew?

There’s more to Kjellberg’s appeal than gaming skills. He scripts, produces and stars in all of his own content. He reads and responds to comments and tweets, and uses an online chat program called Omegle to talk to fans one-on-one. In his “Fridays with PewDiePie” videos, he does whatever fans ask him to do, which is mostly play games they suggest. He is unabashedly goofy onscreen— and often funny — but in a way that seems personal rather than performative. He calls his army of fans his “Bros;” their official sign is the “Brofist;” and both genders are equally represented within its ranks.

An interesting recent critique of this YouTube star can be found in The Guardian: “What’s up PewdiePie? The troubling content of YouTube’s biggest star”

Let’s watch a couple of his videos to better understand (or not) the PewDiePie phenomenon:
(Actually, watching only one, or even just part of one is plenty)



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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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