April 15, 2009 question – Frontal Taxonomy

Taxing Intrusion
Private eyes (clap, clap)
I really don’t mind the tax paying. Honestly, I expect the government to need a little help. What I don’t like, though, is the fact that the Internal Rigorous Search-party is all up in my business. Before the days of federal income tax and Social Security, personal finances were considered private. I’d say that the single biggest cause of identity theft is the simple fact that we’re required by law to make our most private financial information completely public.

But until Uncle Sam decides to add a trivia tax, I’ll just keep my complaints between us . . . and the Internets.

Today’s Question
In the world of currency (and other two-sided objects as well) the back (or tails) side is referred to as the reverse side; what is the term for the front (or heads) side of a coin or bill?

Yesterday’s Answer
And the people who knew it
Fiji and Russia are the only two countries in which you can actually stand on the Antimeridian. A lot of you guessed zero, and only one of you guessed anything else. Unfortunately for a lot of you, anything else was closer (because it was three). Congrats to Nancy K (the K stands for Knows Her Anti From Her Prime) for her solo flight around the trivial globe.

March 27, 2009 question

Windy City Win or El on Earth?
IOC officials will soon visit Chicago to review its candidacy for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Now, Chicago is my favorite city in the world. And the Olympics are my favorite quadrennial multi-sport international event. But I’m a little back and forth on whether I want the Olympics to blow into the Windy City.

The main pro: maybe I would get to attend an actual Olympic event for the first time in my life.

The main con: I really don’t want people to start calling Chicago the Silver Medal city.

But I want to know what you think. Be it serious, playful, or just downright wrong, I invite you to please complete either or both of these sentences:

I want the Olympics to be held in Chicago because . . .

I do not want the Olympics to be held in Chicago because . . .

I’ll post my favorites here on Monday. If no one responds, I will make some up and arbitrarily assign them to you.

Today’s Question
According to the U.S. Mint, a penny weighs 2.5 grams (or 2.5 grams per cent); a nickel weighs 5 grams (or 1 gram per cent). Of dimes, quarters, and half dollars, in which coin does one cent weigh the most (which has the highest gram per cent rating)?

Yesterday’s Answer
And the people who knew it
Bangladesh . . . did I ask this question before? Because y’all were all over the answer. Here’s who knew (sorry if I forget anyone . . . it’s a rather long list of geniuses):

Heather M (the M stands for Mash The Dish)
Paul S (the S stands for Slam The Dish)
Mike K (the K stands for Kick The Dish)
Nancy K (the K stands for Knee The Dish)
Steve J (the J stands for Jingle The Dish)
Karen H (the H stands for Hang The Dish)
Steve T (the T stands for Turn The Dish Upside Down And Give It One Of . . . These, And Another One Of . . . Those)

Way to know.