Friday, January 9, 2009

January 9, 2009 question

Mah-Jongg is a trademarked name that has no direct Chinese translation. I would have accepted "trick question," or "I hate you, Adam," as well. It was a transliteration of the Cantonese name for the game, Mahjek, which means "sparrow," as several people guessed. Since the game was patented in 1923, the popularity of the new made-up name became so popular that it infiltrated Chinese folklore to the point that many people believe Confucius invented it. Saying the game was created by Joseph P. Babcock just doesn't sell tiles.

Nobody knew, but now we all do. Except for the people who are so convinced by the generational lies that they will email me back and argue about it. Fun! :) Here's today's question:

Of the 11 BCS national championship games*, how many have been played in the home state of the winning team?

*That's college football, if you were wondering. You know who you are**.

**I will not accept an answer of "I hate you, Adam," for today's question.

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