December 23, 2008 question

Most of your guesses reflect Al Gore’s global warming projections (except for one guess that was somewhere around absolute zero). But Trevor definitely was very warm with his uber-frigid guess of -121 degrees, which is not a lot toastier than the correct answer of -128.6.

I will make no attempt at a segue between that and the next topic: fat free half & half. I have no idea what possessed me to do so, but I accidentally grabbed a quart of fat free half & half out of the refrigerator of my local grocer. My wife took great pleasure in pointing out that I had made a fat-free selection, something I never consciously do. Seriously. I don’t even like fat free vegetables. But the idea of freeing the fat from something that is half milk (the lower fat half) and half cream (the luscious, flavorful, tubby half) just made no sense. Then I looked at the label, which leads me to today’s question:

Fat free half & half is half skim milk and half what*?

(Contains less than 2% of a bunch of negligible ingredients)

December 22, 2008 question

Remember me? The last time we met I was asking you about shoes, and the answer was Asics. Only Steve J (the J stands for JELENK, GTO, And Onitsuka Were Just Meant To Be Together) knew that. Congratulations on making the most advanced trivia seem asic.

Okay, that wasn’t even funny. You know what else isn’t funny? This cold. It’s been below zero (yes, Fahrenheit, Elena) for the last 36 hours or so. But it’s not Antarctica cold. The question for you all is . . . what is Antarctica cold. Here’s the question:

What is the lowest (natural) temperature recorded on this planet (at Vostok Station in 1983)?

Super What?

Yes. That is Addison, dressed as Devin Hester, dressed as Superman, dressed as a cop. I love it.
I also love that just a few minutes before this picture was taken, Addison was watching Super Why, a show that regularly beckons viewers to respond back to the television screen, a request Addison consistently obliges. I was in my office mere feet from the family room, well within earshot of his repeated shouts. I heard, but did not listen . . . until his volume got louder and the subject of his rants seemed just a tad out of place.
“YOU ARE THE CHRIST,” he yelled. “THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD!!!” 
I have no idea what Super Why asked. But I’m pretty sure he wasn’t expecting that.

Random Thoughts, Holiday Edition

* I recently overheard some people discussing how old they were when they found out about Santa Claus, when I realized that I never stopped believing in Santa Claus. 

* I then marveled at how those of us who do believe in Santa (heretofore called Santanistas) are able to get away with flaunting our religion in all of your Santa-hating faces. I wondered what the difference was between images of Santa and images of Christ . . . or anyone or anything else in which one can choose to believe. Why do nonbelievers in anything get so riled up about Christmas carols in public schools or Nativity scenes on public property, while nobody is firing ACLU bullets at Santa? The only difference, it seems to me, is that nobody really believes that anybody believes in Santa. So we don’t consider him a religion. 
Suddenly the pettiness of all this anti-religious fervor jumped out at me like a drunken elf and his team of rabid reindeer. These people aren’t offended by religious displays because they don’t believe in God . . . they’re offended because other people do believe in God. Isn’t that the very essence of hatred? A government office could legally display an illuminated, inflated, Santa-hat-wearing alien on public property. They can’t display a Nativity. Why? Because nobody cares if people believe in Santa and aliens, but everybody seems to care if people believe in Jesus. Tell someone, “Happy Halloween,” and very rarely will they get mad at you. They don’t believe in it, and they know you don’t either. But tell someone, “Merry Christmas,” and they just might get offended. Same story on their belief . . . they don’t believe in it. The only difference in the two exchanges is your belief. They get offended because you believe in it and you failed to hide it from them.
Translation: they hate you because you believe in Jesus Christ. It’s the same kind of hatred as racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and a whole bunch of other isms. The disguise of “respecting everyone’s beliefs” is bull. The ACLU doesn’t want the separation of church and state, they want the segregation of church and state. People hate Christians because of our beliefs, plain and simple. The sad fact is, most of us hate them back because of theirs. Didn’t think I was going there, but I did.
* Meanwhile, the Santanistas and I continue our reign of world domination unabated.
* If you can’t complete a full circle before you reach the end of the rhyme, you’re playing Ring Around the Rosie with too many people. If you’re just spinning around, you’re playing with too few.
* I’m sitting here barely protected from the 16-degree weather, getting snowed in again. Yet, not a day goes by that I don’t hear more than one person utter the words global warming. I can’t help but agree with Inigo: “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

December 15, 2008 question

It took me awhile, but the count is in . . . four of the last eight Illinois governors have faced federal charges for their misconduct, although some of them didn’t face the music until after they were done governing. Here’s who knew that Illinois is literally half bad:

Heather M (the M stands for Murder Is Justifiable)
Cindy
Heidi
Nancy K (the K stands for Kidnapping My Children At Your Own Peril)
Steve J (the J stands for Jaywalking Should Be Punishable By Taser)

Now on to today’s news. An Iraqi journalist threw both his shoes at George W. Bush, and it wasn’t in the generous spirit of Ghandi or anything. He was throwing shoes at the president of the United States. W handled it by joking . . . he should have flown off the handle. What happened to Don’t Mess with Texas?

Yikes. Here’s today’s question:

What shoe company was formed when Onitsuka, GTO, and JELENK merged in 1977?

December 10, 2008 question

Rod Blagojevich was apparently doing everything wrong. The allegations of corruption run the gamut from auctioning the congressional seat vacated by the president elect to manipulating the sale of the Cubbies. Some FBI charges still sealed by federal order are rumored to accuse the Illinois governor of making the weather really suck lately. Tom Skilling was seen being questioned by federal investigators.

Bring on those Olympics. If the IOC thought their corruption wouldn’t be welcome in Chicago, they were so wrong. Here’s today’s question:

Of the last 8 governors of Illinois, how many have NOT faced criminal federal charges?

And here’s who knew that McCain was born in Panama:

Steven F (the F stands for Fanny Flip)
Larry
Charles
Karen H (the H stands for How ‘Bout That Canal?)
Heather M (the M stands for Made In The USA)
Karen M (the M stands for Maybe Governors Aren’t Always The Best Presidential Candidates)
Steve J (the J stands for Jumping Jehoshaphat)
Frislem
Rick
Van H (the H stands for Halen)

Congrats. For reals.

December 9, 2008 question

“Guantanamera” is the song in question about a girl from Guantanamo. Perhaps you remember it better from the SNL episode hosted by Patrick Swayze, who sung it as, “One Ton of Fan Mail.” As it is, only H. E. (the H E stands for Hilarity Ensues) knew the answer. He knew the answer, I tell you know, I say, He knew the answer. And nobody else did . . . say Guantanamera.

And now we move on to the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the case calling into question the natural-born citizenship of Barack Obama. Before we get to the trivial twist, I just have to say . . . the natural-born citizen qualification to be President of the United States is quite possibly the stupidest law this country has ever passed. Who the franny flip cares where you came out? If you are a citizen of the United States, you are a citizen of the United States. The Constitution is a fine document, but the founding fathers were temporarily on crack when they introduced that pearl of presidential putrescence. It is quintessential idiocy to isolate geographical location at the time of extraction from the birth canal as a stipulation of presidential eligibility. Neo-Nazis from New Zealand can have quintuplets while summering in Maine, all of whom can conceivably become president of the United States while an American military family who give birth to a daughter at a base in Hong Kong need a congressional injunction to grant their child citizenship of the natural-born kind? Pre. Pos. Ter. Ous.

And here’s the twist: that case against Obama’s citizenship also called into question the legality of John McCain’s candidacy on the same grounds. Here’s today’s question:

In what country was former presidential hopeful John McCain born?

December 8, 2008 question

I love that the liberals are agitated about Obama’s cabinet selections. I would say his biggest critics are the bloggers who secretly expected him to pick them to run America. Hellooooo . . . that’s Dunkin’s job. Here’s today’s question:

What popular song, penned in 1929, is all about a girl from Gitmo?

Oh, and here’s who knew “Sleigh Ride,” the answer to the last question I asked  . . . three weeks or so ago, it seems:

Frislem
Paul K (the K stands for Kilroy, No Wait, Leroy Was Here)
Nancy K (the K stands for King Wenceslas)
Robbie
H. E. (the H E stands for Happy Eating)
Jacqueline
Steve J (the J stands for Jingling, Ring Ting Tingling, Too)
Karen H (the H stands for Heck Yeah, I’ll Be There On The Thirteenth)
Nancy K (the K stands for Knows All)
Norris

Belated congrats to the lot of you!

December 3, 2008 question

The Dems don’t have a supermajority. Now we can filibuster . . . yay!

I won’t, though. Promise. Here’s who knew that A&W stands for Allen and Wright:

Kyle and Steven F (the F stands for Frothy Brew)

Way to know your roots, your beers, your initials, and all things brown and orange! Now here’s today’s question:

What Christmas song did Leroy Anderson make famous (although we’ll judge by your responses whether it made him famous)?