Sorry I'm late this week folks, I was stuck in 1871 making sure that President Arglaban's (#68) great^9 grandfather wasn't crushed by a rolling ball of moose parts. Long story.
Let's get started!
Bear in mind, this was a game for SUNDAY, 12/6
- Kicking things off with a nod to the Christmas Season, what did Saint Nikolaos the Wonderworker, the famously generous saint who was the inspiration for the modern santa claus, do today in 343?
- In how many forms of communication is famous droid C-3PO fluent?
- In current events news that isn’t going to be a total downer, NASA released more photos of what this week?
- This multi-volume encyclopedia set was first written in 1768 by Colin Macfarquhar and Andrew Bell, along with several others.
- Which animated comedy boasts the “first known mathematical theorem to be created entirely for the purpose of entertainment in a TV show?”
- Groups of stray dogs in which Eastern European city have been observed using the metro (or subway,) to commute between comfortable areas and prime scavenging areas.
- What life affirming foodstuff do we get from pig belly?
- The name of what wine grape varietal means Black Pine in French?
- Which alliteratively-named famous woman had a baby yesterday?
- Complete this sentence: “And in the frozen wastelands of the North, they were forced to eat Sir Robin’s __________, and there was much rejoicing.”
- This contemporary film director, who gave us Forgetting Sarah Marshall, (which I decided was a nice, safe not quite too obvious hint for you,) developed such cult classic TV shows as Undeclared, Freaks and Geeks and Girls, is considered to be the creator of the modern Bromantic Comedy.
- This US President, who was once portrayed on SNL by Dan Ackroyd, called in a UFO sighting at one point preceding his presidency.
- The Great Wall of China is known for being constructed to keep out this invading army, above all others.
- This British Claymation comedy series follows the exploits of a harebrained inventor (aren’t they all?) and his long-suffering canine protector.
- Which animal has the longest known gestation period in the world? The African Elephant, the Frilled Shark, or the Fruit Fly?
2.2 SUPER SECRET BONUS ROUND
This week we are gonna switch things up. I’m gonna read you ten titles of movies. Except these movie titles have been translated into another language, and then translated back into English. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to tell me what these movies were called originally.
- This hitman is not as cold as he thought.
- He’s a Ghost!
- Mom, I missed the Plane
- The Young People Who Traverse Dimensions While Wearing Sunglasses
- Urban Neurotic
- Captain Supermarket
- Zany Son-in-law, Zippy Grandkids, Sour Father-in-Law
- Pigs and Diamonds
- What was the first city in the world to host LICENSED taxicabs? Note that taxicab does not have to mean “automobiles.”
- On this day in 1969 the Hell’s Angels, who had been hired as private security, accidentally killed a woman at a concert for which famous rock and roll band?
- What did the NYTimes put on their front page today for the first time since 1920?
- What does Sting play in the Police?
- Which comic book anti-hero has been played by both Carl Urban and Sylvester Stallone?
- What is the Capital of Ecuador?
- What is the common colloquial name for the ethno-nationalist conflict fought along ethnic and sectarian lines, that is, catholic vs protestant, in Northern Ireland and surrounding countries that went on between the late 1960’s and Good Friday 1998?
- Who was the only president never to marry?
- Moving to the world of pseudonyms, an old standby: Clark Kent is to Superman as George Nelson is to whom?
- According to legend, who wrote the words “For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Worn,” when pressed to write a novel in only six words?
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And we're back, with answers, jokes, and the antidote.
What do you mean, we didn't get the antidote?
Tomorrow? I thought we had Prime!
No, the bill is your responsibility!
Goddammit Maria, why didn't you tell me this before I took the DiMethyflaneronimene-oxylostoriflaxima–THUMP
- Santa died. Well, St. Nik died. But you get the idea.
- Six Million.
- “Hotties of NASA,” the first equal opportunity male and female pinup calendar featuring a cast made up entirely of astronauts.
No, they released a bunch more photos of Pluto. They’re beautiful, you can see them HERE, in between all the shootings.
- Encyclopedia Britannica.
- Writer Ken Keeler came up with a theorem now known as the Futurama Theorem.
- Pinot Noir
- ….sigh….Kim Kardashian.
You know not to make a crass observation about her body but like, she has a really big butt. And hips. And she’s been raised with money, so she’s probably eaten well, which means that she’s probably been getting primarily omega 3, not omega 6. And that tends to ground itself in a woman’s hips, and it’s been directly linked to brain growth, the more omega 3 derived fat in a woman’s hips, the more advanced brain growth in the first and second children, so, just…you know….
Those kids are gonna be fuckin’ geniuses.
- Minstrels. Yaaay YAAAAAY yaaay GOOD show old boy!
- Rachael Monica Phoebe Joey Chandler Ross
- RACHAEL MONICA PHOEBE JOEY CHANDLER ROSS!
- Lobster, Peanuts and Kiwi
- V. That’s the caliber of humor we’re working with, here, folks. V.
- Her wooden leg
- Yup, that happened.
- A rose.
- Monica and Chandler, respectively.
- REM’s Shiny Happy People
- JUDD APATOW
- Jimmy Carter
- The Mongolian Army. Horde? Army. I mean, it’s kinda dismissive to call them a Horde. Sure, there were hordes of Mongolians in the Mongolian army, but to call them a Horde is a little first world, you know? I mean, they must have had a command structure, it wasn’t just like five million dudes who just decided to show up and invade China on the same day.
- Wallace and Gromit
- African Elephants gestate their babies for about 22 months on average, but Frilled Sharks hold theirs for up to three and a half years. Fruit Flies, on the other hand, are fruit flies.
- Leon The Professional (China)
- Grease (Argentina)
- The Sixth Sense (China)
- Home Alone (France)
- The Matrix (France)
- . Annie Hall (Germany)
- Army of Darkness (Japan)
- Little Fockers (Thailand)
- Snatch (Mexico)
- Separate but equal is anything but, Jack.
- The Federal Govt’s power to regulate interstate commerce extends to navigation within state lines.
- Arresting officers must inform suspects of their rights.
- The court ruled that Segregation is constitutional.
- Executive privilege is not limitless.
- The needs of the many (in this case the government and ‘merica) outweigh the needs of the few. (The few in this case represented by Japanese citizens who were sent to internment camps.)
- Established lenient standards in reasonableness of searches on school property.
- Freedom of Speech extends onto school grounds.
- Evidence obtained unlawfully, specifically without the use of a search warrant, is inadmissible in court.
- London. England, really.
- The Rolling Stones
- Naked pictures of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. They figured it had been a while, so they dusted off the photo that most people don’t know was the inspiration for that John and Yoko portrait by Annie Leibowitz.
No, seriously, they put an Op-Ed piece on the front page.
- The Police were Sting on Bass, Stewart Copeland on Sturgeon, Andy Summers on Sculpin, and, briefly, Henry Padovani on backup Cod.
- Judge Dredd
- The Troubles, because Ireland is nothing if not a land of poets.
- James Buchanan. The eternal Bachelor. Ol’ ‘One Night’ Buchanan they called him.
They never called him that.
- .Baby Face Nelson, who was born Lester Josef Gilles and later adopted the pseudonym George Nelson, from which his associates derived the nickname “Baby Face,” because Nelson was a young-looking gentleman. He was a bank robber, and he killed several people during his career, including three FBI officers. Downer.
- Ernest Hemingway