09/22/2004: Trivia. Because I can.
To keep myself amused now that the Magic Number Watch is history (at least for the 2004 season), I'm going to offer a trivia quiz. Probably will keep this open a day or so, and if I find it sufficiently amusing this may be a recurring feature. Either score yourself, or leave answers in the comments if you want to impress the opposing sex and earn the respect of your peers. Answers in a day or so....
1) Who is the greatest MLB pitcher of all time whose last name is a body part? And who's the best current baseball pitcher whose last name is a body part? (Hint: "Randy Johnson" does NOT count.)
2) Oslo; Ottawa; Ouagadougou (pronounced: WAH-ga-doo-goo). What do these three cities have in common (besides the obvious)?
3) What is the historic significance of the Three Stooges' 1934 short, "Woman Haters"?
4) Trekkies were seriously disturbed when "Enterprise", the latest entry in the franchise, sported a theme song with lyrics. However, the theme to "Star Trek" (AKA, "The Original Series") had lyrics, though they were never recorded. Who wrote the lyrics to "The Theme from Star Trek", and why?
5) It has a "sucker rod", a "stuffing box," and a "horse head," and typically operates at 20 strokes per minute. What is it? (Hint: it makes George W. Bush's Dick very happy.)
6) Of all pitchers with 15 or more career decisions against the New York Yankees, who has the all-time best winning percentage?
7) What actor has been nominated for Emmys for playing the same character in three different series? For extra credit, name the character and the three series.
8) Believe it or not, one of the organizations that Ian Fleming's super-spy James Bond did battle with actually existed. What organization is that? For extra credit, explain the meaning of its name.
9) Why would NRA members have loved to visit the Dandong Zoo in China, until recently?
10) Cassius Marcellus Coolidge is probably the most familiar artist you've never heard of. Or to be more accurate, his masterpiece, "A Friend In Need", is probably one of the best known artworks for which practically nobody knows the title. What is the subject matter of this deathless work of art?
Len on 09.22.04 @ 07:31 PM CST