October 30, 2008 question

Nostradamus correctly predicted his death . . . pretty much the day it happened. He told his nurse she wouldn’t find him alive the next day, and he was right. Kinda made it tough to gloat, though. Trevor and Kyle knew that he was dead right. Way to go, guys! You actually can gloat.

Now today I’ll just say that I had an interesting time with my son last night as we flipped back and forth between Deal or No Deal and the World Series. You haven’t watched DOND unless you’ve watched it with my son, because he cheers at everything anybody cheers about . . . and they cheer for everything on that show. Last night was crazy, though, because this lady won it all at precisely the same time the Phillies recorded the final out. So we were watching this lady play a game and go absolutely berserk when she finally won a million dollars while we also watched a bunch of millionaires turn into exploding dervishes of jubilation when they finally won a game. And I’m sure they all felt like their lives had been changed forever.

Crazy world. It’s amazing what happens to people the moment when they get what they desperately want. And speaking of things I desperately want, here’s today’s question:

What Dunkin’ Donuts donut has the least amount of fat?

A) Apple Crumb
B) Blueberry Cake
C) Chocolate Glazed
D) Gingerbread
E) Jelly Filled
F) Powdered Cake

October 29, 2008 question

We knew Game 6 of the World Series was going to be delayed a few minutes by Obama. We didn’t know Game 6 would be delayed probably 2 days by Game 5, which is being delayed 2 days by rain . . . and a few minutes by Obama. Yes, tonight is Obama TV night, and you might as well watch to get familiar with your next president. Now, don’t be dismayed by my predicting the result this early. No, be shocked and impressed that I guaranteed it well over a year ago, even before he won Iowa.

And speaking of predictions, I had a strong feeling that these people would know yesterday’s answer, which was Wyoming:

Heather M (the M stands for Manchurian Candidate)
H. E. (the H E stands for Holy Electorates)
Steve J (the J stands for Jazz Hands)
Karen M (the M stands for My States Are Blue . . . Is There Something I Can Take For That?)

Oh, and also speaking of predicting, here’s today’s question:

What did Nostradamus correctly predict on July 1, 1566?

October 28, 2008 question

Chris Farley was the original voice of Shrek . . . which seems to make a lot more physiological sense than the brogue of Mike Myers. Kyle and Karen H (the H stands for Haggis) both knew that and will receive one hot cup of jack squat courtesy of Matt Foley.

On to today’s question from the annals of history. Did you know that the Constitution prohibits electors in the Electoral College from voting for a president and vice president from their own state (i.e. electors from New Hampshire can vote for a presidential candidate from New Hampshire or a vice presidential candidate from New Hampshire, but not both)? It’s true. And the issue arose in the 2000 election because up until right before the election, Dick Cheney resided in Dallas (the same state as W). If Cheney’s residency had remained in Texas, electors from the Lone Star State could not have voted for him as vice president. Weird, huh? Here’s the official question:

To what state did Dick Cheney switch his legal residency and voter registration prior to the 2000 election?

October 27, 2008 question

Sorry for leaving you in trivia limbo for nearly a week. I’m sure that must have been hard on your back. I’m not sure I’m completely recovered from the torrent of profanity hurled in my direction the last time I asked a question. Elena, Neil, Steven F (the F stands for Flimn Flamn), Jessie, Karen H (the H stands for Helmn), Karen M (the M stands for Mnemonic), and Nancy K (the K stands for Keeps On Saying Damn) all knew at least five words ending in mn, but I give special credit to Andrew for his poetic list (solemn, column, hymn, limn, damn!) and Kristin for correctly answering without cussing at me (column, hymn, autumn, condemn, solemn). Way to go, all of you, and . . . same to you!

Now, I just thought I would note that Saturday Night Live continues to hook me in, even though it’s never all that funny. I mean, it has its moments, but I can’t remember the last time it was Chris Farley funny. Here’s today’s question:

What animated character did Chris Farley record the voice for, only to be replaced posthumously?

October 21, 2008 question

Mr. Blackwell spent most of his life telling people what outfits he wouldn’t be caught dead in. Now he’s been caught. Here’s who knew:

Heather M (the M stands for MAH-velous)
Steve J (the J stands for Jazz Hands)

Okay, it’s that time of year. The colors are changing. The ballots are dropping. The chads are hanging. Here’s some autumn trivia for you:

According to a bunch of dictionaries, there are at least fifteen words in the English language ending in mn; name five of them.


Dear Adam,

I’m prepared to be incensed. When the elite liberal media report the results on election day, it will most likely skew my decision to vote. Why should I bother going to vote for a candidate if I already know the one I don’t want to win won or the one I do want to win won’t? Why do they have to report the results before I get my chance to vote?

Can you please stop them?

Voting in the Panhandle.
Dear Pan-voter,
Please don’t vote if you’re stupid enough to give credence to polling results before you go. If you’re watching the news to decide if your vote still matters, if your little piece of democracy for which countless men and women have bled and died is worth less to you than the opinions of Brit Hume, or if you are planning on bringing your Blackberry with you to see if the percentages change when you punch your ballot . . . if you are basing your vote at all on the numbers and color coding reported the day of the election, please don’t bother.
Vote a straight ticket. Vote your heart. Vote your conscience. Vote your gut. Vote on instinct. Vote on principle. Vote on name recognition. Vote on dumb random luck. But please don’t base your vote on what everyone else is doing. If everyone else jumped off a bridge to nowhere, would you do it . . . hey, dude! You didn’t even let me finish the sentence . . . (splash). 
Okay, never mind. One less undecided to worry about. Hey, look . . . the percentages did go down! Huh. Who knew?
Approving messages daily,

October 20, 2008 question

A team of Japanese researchers have found footprints they believe confirm the existence of the Yeti. The footprints are about eight inches long and look just like human footprints. Wait . . . eight inches? Yeah, uh huh, that’s right. They say the Yeti, Bigfoot’s Himalayan Dopplegaenger, wears a boy’s size 1 shoe. He doesn’t wear shoes, but if he did he’d buy them from Kids ‘r’ Us.

I don’t know. To me, that doesn’t sound like evidence of the Yeti. That sounds like evidence of shoeless kids in the Tibetan wilderness.

Here’s today’s question:

By what name was the now deceased Richard Sylvan Selzer more popularly known?

And speaking of names, here’s who knew that John McCain gets called John Sidney McCain III when he gets in trouble with his mommy:

Karen M (the M stands for McCain IV)
Karen H (the H stands for How Could She Have Called Him Momma’s Boy In His Bio Video At The GOP Convention?)

Congrats, the lot of you.

October 17, 2008 question

Ironically enough, the words printed repeatedly in the border of the $5 bill are . . .

Karen M (the M stands for Money, Money, Money, Money . . . MOney) was the sole winner and will receive a crisp new five dollar bill (upon receipt of $5 shipping and handling charge).

And now, on to the worst line from Wednesday night’s presidential debate finale, courtesy of John McCain:

“If you wanted to run against Bush, you should have done it four years ago.”

That may have been a good zinger if McCain himself hadn’t lost to Bush eight years ago. And not speaking of zingers, here’s today’s McCain trivia:

What is John McCain’s middle name?

October 15, 2008 question

The chemists of old are today’s FDA. Here’s who knew:

H. E. (the H E stands for Healthful Enough)
Karen M (the M stands for Magnesium)
Nancy K (the K stands for Potassium)

And now, a question sure to rattle Obama (at least as sure as anything McCain could dish out tonight, short of calling him Osama):

What words are microprinted repeatedly in the borders of the latest $5 bill series?

October 14, 2008 question

Apparently the manic depressive stock market fluctuates based on the number of people who get trivia right. Here’s who knew that Columbus Day is Canadian Thanksgiving, or as they call it in Canada, Thanksgiving:

Paul C (the C stands for Canadian Plymouth Rock)
Karen M (the M stands for Mayflower, Eh?)
Steve T (the T stands for Toques Are Way Better Than Buckle Hats)
Steve J (the J stands for Just As Thankful, If Not More, Than Portugal)

So congratulations to you all on your bountiful trivia harvest. May you fare just as well today, even though it might be a trick question (or maybe it’s not):

What government agency began in the mid 1800s as The Division of Chemistry?