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09/27/2004: More Trivia

Because I feel like wallowing in my arcane knowledge. Probably won't have answers before Thursday, because I'm scheduled for a medical test on Wednesday that will probably leave me dopey all day.

1) What is Termite Terrace?

2) Back in the days just after the Pearl Harbor attack, there was serious concern that Japanese forces might strike the U.S. West Coast. What did Jack Warner do to protect his studio from attack?

3) What dubious achievement did New York Yankee pitcher/elbow surgery poster child Tommy John accomplish in 1988?

4) In the popular cartoon "Speed Racer", who is the character "Racer X" and what is his relationship to the main character?

5) Where is the only place you can find these films: "The Hot Hands of an Oslo Dentist," "Fillings of Passion," and "The Huge Molars of Horst Nordfink"?

6) Nokia executive Anssi Vanjoki received a traffic ticket which wound up resulting in a record fine, well over US$100,000. Why was Vanjoki's fine so huge?

7) In order to keep from offending readers, many newspapers feed their copy into "political correctness" programs which substitute more innocuous words for potentially offensive ones. As a result, on September 5, 1995 the Chicago area suburban paper "The Northwest Herald" renamed a B-29 which is (arguably) the most famous airplane of World War II. And what name did it receive?

8) It took them 362 pages of the first volume (of three) of their masterwork Principia Mathematica to do it, but English mathematicians Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead managed to prove it. What mathematical "truth" did they prove?

9) You might call Harmon Killebrew the Jerry West of major league baseball. Then again, you might prefer to call West the Harmon Killebrew of the NBA. Why?

10) In August, 2003, Al Pacino achieved an interesting double feat on the Internet Movie Database website. What imdb.com two-fer did Al accomplish?

Len on 09.27.04 @ 09:15 PM CST


Replies: 3 comments

on Monday, September 27th, 2004 at 9:25 PM CST, gooseneck said

Um... Dentist offices?

on Monday, September 27th, 2004 at 9:53 PM CST, Len Cleavelin said

Um. That's the answer to what question? *grin*

on Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 at 6:42 AM CST, rlrr said

"What is Termite Terrace?"

It's the original building where Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were made.

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