Thursday, June 26, 2008
Anyway, here's who knew that I have to wake up much earlier in the morning to sneak a Fibonacci number by them:
Paul K (the K stands for Killing Me Softly With His Sequence)
Nancy K (the K stands for Knows That No One Was Actually Named Fibonacci)
and maybe Kyle, but I'm not sure.
Now here's today's also-easy-if-you-were-paying-attention-in-junior-high trivia question:
What common household substance is created when sodium bicarbonate is mixed with tartaric acid and calcium aluminum phosphate?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Heather M (the M stands for Maybe They Let It Slide Because, Hey, It's Bono)
Karen M (the M stands for . . . Well, You'll Have To Ask Larry. He Knew All Seven.)
Alright, here we are. Tuesday. Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday. You know what the funny thing about Tuesday is? Nothing. Tuesday isn't funny. It's Tuesday. It doesn't even have a funny nickname. No "hump day," no "manic Monday," and no "Thank God it's Tuesday." Nobody thanks anybody that it's Tuesday. Sure, there's a Super Tuesday every four years. Woo flipping hoo. We just have to face it. It's Tuesday, and there's nothing we can do about it. Here's today's question:
What is the lowest positive integer that is NOT a Fibonacci number?
Monday, June 23, 2008
George Carlin died. I'll always remember him as Rufus, the time-traveling Sherpa who guided Bill & Ted on their excellent adventure. My son associates him exclusively as the voice of Fillmore. Other people know him only as the first host of Saturday Night Live or the originator of the list of "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," which is probably the most popular list no one knows. I mean, you can guess at what the words are, but most people never hear the list. Since the masses only know what they learn on television, they don't hear the comedy routine, they only hear countless references to its existence and the Supreme Court hearing that followed its broadcast.
That being said . . . or not said, here's today's question:
In a 2003 Golden Globes acceptance speech, what celebrity uttered number three on Carlin's list of "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" without any FCC fines being levied whatsoever? (And don't let the number three fool you . . . it's the big one.)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Alright, done figuring? Good. It's time to think about some important issues affecting our fellow humans. Today's trivia is a two-parter. The first part is essay:
From a moral standpoint, what is the difference between gang violence and war?
Don't ask why that popped into my head on the morning bike ride. I'm not allowed to tell. Feel free to blow off that question and continue directly to this more straightforward question:
In what year did Elmo first appear on Sesame Street?
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Now, inspired by some of your guesses, here is today's trivia question:
What U.S. states do not have interstate highways?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Steve J (the J stands for Just Five Outs Remaining)
Nancy K (the K stands for Strikeout, Even If No Out Is Recorded)
Fantastic. Here's today's question:
What state has the most miles of interstate highway per square mile?
Monday, June 16, 2008
Steve J (the J stands for Jinxed)
Now for today's tomato-free, organic, unspoiled, homegrown, salmonellaless trivia question:
What is the maximum number of strikeouts a pitcher can throw in a regulation nine-inning baseball game?
Friday, June 13, 2008
Steve J (the J stands for Just Another Ray)
Steve T (the T stands for The Incredible Hulk)
Gamma rays are infrared, too, even though they make Bruce (or David) Banner go all green. They also can make topaz change from white to blue. Go figure.
Anyway, today is Friday the 13th, which means things are supposed to turn less lucky. Or unlucky. Or bad lucky. I don't know, I'm not that superstitious (knock on wood). Here's today's (cross your fingers) completely unjinxable trivia question:
According to a recent Dutch study, do more or less accidents occur on Friday the 13th's compared to Fridays that fall on any other date?
Thursday, June 12, 2008
That's exactly the sound some passengers (and perhaps some security personnel) will be emitting as their bodies are scanned by the new see-through security machines being installed in airports across the country. What I love about this one is the fact that, although every inch of their bodies will be visible through the millimeter-wave scanners, people are supposed to be consoled by the fact that their faces will be blurred out. I'm sure more than one passenger will be overheard saying, "Well, I'm sure they could see the Benjamin-Franklin-shaped birthmark on my upper thigh and that unfortunate unspeakable rash . . . but at least he couldn't see my face." Or . . . "Hey, Honey, you've got some broccoli stuck in your teeth." "Really?! Oh, good thing they blur out your face on the scanner. That would have been embarrassing." Other reasons to feel better about the scans: pictures of your naked body will not be saved, printed, or posted to the Internet, AND, if you'd rather not be part of the all-nude airline revue, you can always choose the pat-down instead.
So in honor or dishonor of the Patriot Act peep show, here's today's question:
Are millimeter waves considered ultra-violet waves or infrared waves? (Hint: yes, one of those options is indeed correct . . . the answer isn't "No.")
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Here's yet another trivia question of compromised integrity:
According to Greek mythology, what god created the lyre?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
In response to this study, I've decided to stop cold turkey. Yes, that's right, I will stop paying attention to studies. Oh, I'll keep drinking coffee, that's for certain . . . especially since I'm lying about the study. Okay, I'll also stop making up fake studies and delivering manufactured diatribes about how indignant I am about their ludicrousness. I'm sorry. I need help. Here's today's pathologically lying question:
Who quipped in a presidential debate that George Bush was the Joe Isuzu of American politics?
Monday, June 9, 2008
if I wanted to. I'm sure it will make the glory all the sweeter if and
when your vice president nomination predictions come true. I know mine
won't. When Rudy G. was a strong front runner for the Republican
presidential ticket, I predicted Obama would win the Dem side and choose
John McCain as his running mate. Probably won't happen, now. It would be
a crafty move on the part of the candidates, but I don't know if it's
100% allowed . . . it's at least frowned upon.
Anyway, today's question is a lot like Friday's, except it's the
opposite . . . just not the total opposite. More like a tail to Obama's
head . . . or a head to Obama's tail, you know, it's best if I just ask
Who will John McCain choose as a running mate in the 2008 presidential
Friday, June 6, 2008
Nancy K (the K stands for Kids Books Rock)
Big props to all y'all. I had no idea until I looked it up. Now today's question is a little different, because none of us can really know the answer just yet. Still, I think it ought to be pretty fun in the light of Obama and Clinton meeting privately to discuss . . . well, maybe to discuss the answer to this question:
Who will be Barack Obama's running mate in the 2008 presidential election?
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Today is author and illustrator Richard Scarry's birthday . . . what does his last name rhyme with?
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Alright, people, psych yourselves up, get your thinking caps on, and answer this bad boy of a question:
Of Rocky & Bullwinkle, who was given the middle initial "J" in reference to the show's creator, Jay Ward?
Monday, June 2, 2008
What kids cereal was the first to use the ingredient, NutraSweet?