February 17, 2009

1) Identify the catchphrase designating the moment when a TV show starts to go downhill. 2) From which show is this phrase derived from a scene in which the Fonz is water skiing? 3) Identify the catchphrase designating the moment when a film series starts to go downhill. 4) From which film is this phrase derived from the moment when the central character escapes from an atomic explosion using a refrigerator?

1) Jump the shark, 2) Happy Days, 3) Nuke the fridge, 4) Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.

P.S.:  TNT’s The Closer may not yet be jumping the shark but if their episodes such as the one with Fritz’s sister, the Intuitionist, get any sillier, then I may not be watching much longer. These shows are bad enough with scenes with Brenda’s parents. The show’s producers need to understand that it’s a crime show. Just solve the crime and drop all this inanity. Kyra and the rest of the crime solvers are magnificent but the show’s plot is weakened by vacant filler material.

February 9, 2009, TRIVIA

February 10, 2009

One of my favorite questions is as follows: 1) Which European military leader was born on an island, was crowned on an island, was exiled to an island, and died on an island?

Then: 2) Identify the island on which he was born. 3) Identify the one on which he was crowned. 4) Identify the one on which he was exiled. 5) Identify the one on which he died.

1) Napoleon, 2) Corsica, 3) Ile de la Cite, 4) Elba, 5) St. Helena.

6) Identify the 2004 film starring Jon Heder in the title role of an oddball high school social outcast. 7) Identify the British author who created the fictional character Napoleon, the pig,  in a 1945 satiric fable.  8) Identify the WWII American general called “The Napleon of Luzon.” 9) Identify the Union general known as “Little Mac, the Young Napoleon.”

6) Napoleon Dynamite, 7) George Orwell (in Animal Farm), 8) Douglas MacArthur, 9) George B. McClellan.”


February 7, 2009

1) Identify the name of the group of about 7,000 professional photographers who volunteer their time to make memories for mothers and fathers whose children are stillborn or died shortly after being born. 2) Identify the 2-word Latin term literally meaning “a reminder of death” for pictures of the deceased, crosses put at accident sites, or ashes on Ash Wednesday. 3) Identify the author who wrote On Death and Dying, an expose on the impact of loss and the long process of grieving. 4) Identify the author who wrote A Death in the Family. 5) Identify the poet who wrote the lines,  “Because I could not stop for death – / He kindly stopped for me.” 6) Identify the poet who wrote the lines:  “I have a rendezvous with death / At some disputed barricade.” 7) Identify the poet who wrote the lines:  “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee / Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so.”

8) Which line precedes the following prayer lines: “I pray the Lord my soul to keep. / If I should die before I wake, / I pray the Lord my soul to take”?

1) Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, 2) Memento mori, 3) Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 4) James Agee, 5) Emily Dickinson, 6) Alan Seeger, 7) John Donne, 8) “Now I lay me down to sleep.”

February 4, 2009, TRIVIA

February 5, 2009

1) Identify the only network newscaster ever to call the World Series, the NBA finals, the Super Bowl, and to host the Stanley Cup final. 2) What was his famous comment made at the 1980 Winter Olympics when the U.S. defeated the U.S.S.R. in ice hockey?

3) What name did Don McClean give to February 3, 1959? 4) In which song did he include this name? 5) Name the 3 rock ‘n’ roll stars who died in a plane crash in a cornfield near Clear Lake and Mason City on this day, 6) In which state are these towns? 7) Identify the 2-word alliterative nickname of the one of these stars whose given initials are J.P.

8) Which Texas city is the hometown of Buddy Holly where a Rock and Roll Museum there features an 8 1/2-ft. bronze statue of him playing the guitar, 9) Which item linked to Buddy Holly are sculpted at the Buddy Holly Center in this town?

1) Al Michaels, 2) “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” 3)  “The Day the Music Died,” 4) “American Pie,” 5) Charles Hardin “Buddy” Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson, 6) Iowa, 7) “The Big Bopper,” 8)  Lubbock, 9) His glasses (it’s a huge sculpture).

January 28, 2009, TRIVIA

January 29, 2009

If you like quiz questions, Jeopardy!, TRIVIA, etc, you might like this blog.

Synecdoche, a figure of speech using a part of something to stand for the whole thing, such as “I’ve got wheels,” with wheels standing for a car, is also the title of a 2008 film that is partially set in Schenectady, a New York city whose zip code is 12345.

Today’s word from A.Word.A.Day is dramatis personae, meaning “the characters in a play or story.” These Latin words  were used by Robert Browning in 1864 as the title of a collection of his poems.

One question answerable to those in the West that appears in the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire but not in the book is the name of the American pictured on the $100 bill. The answer is Benjamin Franklin.

Maybe someone can tell why–unless I missed it–in the film Slumdog Millionaire, how the central character answered the final question as he didn’t know it based on his life experience as in many of the other questions. I would have preferred a story line where the girl who answered the phone knew the answer. I also would have liked to have seen him flip his 2-headed coin to answer a question as he did in the book.

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January 28, 2009

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