25 or Brain Stew

Chicago, “25 or 6 to 4”
Green Day, “Brain Stew”

I think the similarities between these two songs vanishes after about 13 seconds, but for those first 13 seconds the songs swing in sweet sonic symbiotism. Chicago and Green Day, together at last. You wouldn’t think Green Day would rip off jazz rock for a grunge punk riff, but maybe the two bands have more in common than I realized. You be the judge.

June 6, 2008 question

Richard Scarry is pronounced “scary,” so the people who answered A) Berry (where the Canadian Andy Griffith lives) were right on. Here they are:

Nancy K (the K stands for Kids Books Rock)

Big props to all y’all. I had no idea until I looked it up. Now today’s question is a little different, because none of us can really know the answer just yet. Still, I think it ought to be pretty fun in the light of Obama and Clinton meeting privately to discuss . . . well, maybe to discuss the answer to this question:

Who will be Barack Obama’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election?

June 5, 2008 question

So . . . I’m totally a bad person, and everyone was half right. Both Rocky and Bullwinkle have the names Bullwinkle J. Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel printed on their birth certificates . . . irrespectively. I waited an extra day to see if anyone would catch on to the zero hints I gave, but no one did. We gotta get somebody back on the board! Here’s today’s question:

Today is author and illustrator Richard Scarry’s birthday . . . what does his last name rhyme with?
A. Berry
B. Hurry
C. Starry
D. Zoo

June 3, 2008 question

The first cereal to use NutraSweet was called Halfsies, and it featured the wise old King of the Land of Half, drawn by Jay Ward, the Rocky & Bullwinkle creator. Nobody knew, yet again. I guess we’re gonna have to go multiple choice or 50/50 to see if we can get back on track.

Alright, people, psych yourselves up, get your thinking caps on, and answer this bad boy of a question:

Of Rocky & Bullwinkle, who was given the middle initial “J” in reference to the show’s creator, Jay Ward?

June 2, 2008 question

There are too many things to make fun of. Me, for not knowing what day it was last week. Pope Gregory XV for founding Congregatio de propaganda fide. Y’all, for not knowing your seventeenth century popes. Obama, for leaving his church. Everyone who preaches at his church, for acting like they’re on Saturday Night Live. Everybody, for not being able to handle a white catholic priest speaking in a predominantly black protestant church making fun of a white female presidential candidate for being afraid of a male presidential candidate of mixed racial heritage (if that ain’t America, I don’t know what is). The NBA, for scheduling a week between the end of the conference finals and the beginning of the finals (and spreading the seven-game series over the course of two full weeks). Mixed martial arts fans, for being mixed martial arts fans. The New Kids on the Block and 90210, for coming back. The list really does go on and on. To celebrate, here’s some trivia from the ’80s, the decade most worthy of a good mocking:

What kids cereal was the first to use the ingredient, NutraSweet?