Monday, July 02, 2007

What Do Giraffes Know About Trivia?

Well, I think I've waited long enough. 'Tis time to reveal the answers from Monday's trivia post and award the winner. Yes, I know it's only been two days, but there don't appear to be any more answers forthcoming, and quite frankly, because the answers received were all of such stellar quality, I've decided to pull rank and close up the contest...

Plus, I needed something to post about tonight.

So, here we go. Drum roll, and all that hoo-ha, please....
  1. What type of insect is kept in apiaries? Bees are kept in apiaries, which are places where they build their hives.
  2. Only three American presidential candidates won at least 520 electoral votes in their race for the White House. Who are they and how many votes did they get? Franklin Delano Roosevelt garnered 523 in 1936; Richard Nixon, 520 in 1972; and Ronald Reagan, 525 in 1984. Each of them was running for a second term.
  3. How long have people cooked with chili peppers? Archaeologists have found evidence in northwestern Ecuador that chilies were cultivated and used in cooking 6,000 years ago.
  4. Why should you be concerned if your elderly grandparent suddenly likes rock and roll? According to a recent report by researchers at Italy's National Center for Research and Care of Alzheimer's Disease, sudden changes in musical taste may be an indication that an elderly person is suffering from dementia.
  5. For what activity is baseball player Moe Berg best known? As a player, Moe Berg was only a journeyman infielder/catcher who had a .243 lifetime batting average over his sixteen year career. But, Moe Berg was also a spy for the Americans. Among other things, in 1934, while touring Japan with a team that included Babe Ruth, he took photographs of Tokyo that helped guide American bombers during the war.
If you want to get technical, AK was the winner with a whopping two correct answers. However, what Tim & Jesse lacked in correct answers, they made up for with humor, which counts double. AK was also humorous, but he sacrificed some of it in order to show off and actually be right.

So, from my perspective we have a three way tie. I could be a right jackass here and declare that because of this stalemate, no one gets anything. However, I'm not a jackass. I'm a nice guy. Therefore, everyone gets a prize! Specifically, since I like it so much, they get a copy of the book where these questions came from - Do Giraffes Sleep Standing Up? It's great to just thumb through when you have a few moments, or when you're stuck writing a thesis/dissertation which, as luck would have it, all three of our contestants are smack in the middle of doing. Come to think of it, doesn't it strike you as odd that these three people, who should be hard at work, are the only folks with enough time to bother posting answers? Hmm? Don't let the intellectual elitism fool you, people. These learned friends of ours are busy gettin' advanced degrees in Intarweb surfin!!!

Anyway, yes, a copy of the book it is. Except for Goof (Jesse.) Since she gave me the book in the first place, she gets Mad Libs - Dan Brown edition if they have them. Congratulations to all, and look for an email from me in the coming days to find out where exactly I should send your prize. Toodles until tomorrow!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Girlfriend always wins.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Girlfriend is being vindictive and spiteful, too.

Nice try, Goof-monster.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I donate my share of the winnings to the Goof. Consider it a grant for more Musings! As much as I appreciate The Word's generosity, I don't have space in my studio for coffeetable books. Thanks anyway!

ps I think "5,000 years" is close enough to 6,000 years for full credit. I'm no archeologist, but aren't we talking the same era here?

7:02 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Yeah, no need for prizes, really, as the most fun comes from making up ridiculous answers publicly. You should post more trivia instead!!!

11:22 AM  
Blogger GB (admin) said...

Just to add to your trivia - Which famous sex pundit once served as a sniper in an early Israeli defence force? (she can still apparently breakdown, clean, put back together and reload her old rifle in less than a minute). Answer to come the next time I remember to post a comment...and when I remember that I posted this comment.

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