November 12, 2007 question

Ritz crackers first hit shelves in 1934, and Heidi was the closest–the only person to guess a Depression-era year (1933), according to my records.

Now onto bigger and better things. This weekend marked a historic milestone for one of our culture’s most beloved entities. I can’t say too much about it, because once I get going, my love for this particular subject will surely give away the answer. Here’s the question:

What television series aired its 700th episode this weekend?

November 9, 2007 question

Remember when Rachael Ray was all famous and stuff? Now she showed up on a Ritz commercial and I thought I was seeing a zombie; a perky little zombie with that one annoying piece of hair that just wouldn’t stay out of her face. I guess she’s still famous, but I just hadn’t seen her in awhile. And if I haven’t seen you in awhile, and you’re in the food preparation business, your fame is fleeting, sister.

Rachael may not be the culinary multimedia sensation she once was, but the Ritz cracker ain’t goin’ nowhere. Here’s a question about putting on the Ritz:

In what less-than-ritzy year was the Ritz cracker introduced to the American palette?

Oh, and here’s who knew that GERD is gastroesophageal reflux disease:

Karen H (the H stands for Hurts When I Swallow)
Karen M (the M stands for My Tummy Feels Icky)

Sorry to all of you who were oh so close but said disorder instead of disease. It pained me so not to put your names in bold . . . almost as if I had some kind of gastric disorder–I mean, disease.

November 8, 2007 question

I had to get stingy with yesterday’s question, accepting only the full name Jonas Salk . . . a lot of people couldn’t remember or didn’t mention his first name, so to save myself the extra typing I suddenly became a hard . . . liner. Anyway, here’s who knew both names:

Karen H (the H stands for Holy Polio)
Steve J (the J stands for Jai Alai)
Heather M (the M stands for Marco Polio)
Nancy K (the K stands for Koko B. Ware)
Steve T (the T stands for Truth Be Told, Charles, Lee, And I Didn’t Know, But We Got It Right The Day Before, And This Is Just A Makeup Call)

So congrats to all of you for knowing the sick question. Now that I’m feeling less gastricly disturbed, let’s see if I can give you a question that requires a little more intestinal fortitude. Here’s my best shot:

What does the medical abbreviation GERD stand for?

November 7, 2007 question

The War of 1812 ended in 1815, but it was never really the same after the first season. I don’t remember who knew, except for Randy and Paul C (the C stands for Casual History Buff) . . . I’m pretty sure there were other people, but I don’t have the list in front of me because I’m sick.

But I’m also that dedicated to trivia. So let’s see who knows the answer to today’s medical stumper. Here it is:

Who developed the first polio vaccine?

November 6, 2007 question

Now that the Monday fog has lifted, you probably already know that The Departed was the last film to score Best Picture honors at the Oscars. Heidi, Melinda, Robbie, Neil, and Heather M (the M stands for Maybe The Rest Of You Couldn’t Remember Because The Ceremony Ended After Bedtime) all knew anyway, fog be darned.

But that was yesterday. Today is a better today. Today is Tuesday. Wait . . . today is Tuesday? Then today is most definitely not a better day. Tuesdays reek even worse than Mondays. Mondays may be foggy, but when the pea soup drifts into nothingness, it leaves behind the foul stench of Tues. If you’re wondering what Tues smells like, it’s a lot like toes, but worse, because shoes and odor eaters have no effect. The terrible Tues, oh, I hate to think of it. You know what else I hate to think of? History. Here’s a question from that era . . . you know, the past:

In what year did the War of 1812 end?

November 2, 2007 question

The second smallest planet in our solar system (not including Pluto . . . for now) is Mars. Daniel and Mo knew that, so to them as well as those about to rock, I salute you.

Now this is it, the last second question of the series. It’s not a last-second question. You can take all day to answer it. I just won’t ask any more questions about the second most, second biggest, second smallest, or second funniest, second ugliest, or second least politically correct things in the world. After today, that is. Let’s hope your knowledge of non-record-holding stuff holds up for one last day. Here’s the question:

What is the second largest city in China?

November 1, 2007 question

It’s November 1. That used to mean Christmas season was approaching, that we would soon see Christmas displays being erected in department stores for grand unveiling some days or weeks later. That used to mean the early birds would begin making out their shopping lists and scribbling out their Christmas cards. Now? Christmas stuff is already on clearance, and our neighbors will have the ten-story inflatable Santa eminating its jolly red light all over the hood by the time the daylight-saving night falls. Yeah, that’s right. People will have their Christmas trees up before we even set the clocks back. It’s ridiculous.

Merry Christmas, happy New Year, and a splendid continuation of second-trivia merriment. Here’s today’s penultimate second question:

Now that Pluto is no longer considered a planet, what is the second-smallest planet in our solar system?

Oh, and big congrats to these folks who knew that London (next to Moscow) has the second-highest population in Europe:

Nancy K (the K stands for King Me)
Karen H (the H stands for Highly Populous)
Steve T (the T stands for Tea Time)