Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Alternative trivia for Tuesday

Wherein any unanswered questions will be dropped in the comments later in the week

  1. This 110-year-old advertising icon is known in France as Bibendum.

  2. Only available in 2005, in what country could you have purchased Coca-Cola Raspberry?

  3. Solve for z. Take the number of U.S. states at the time of John McCain's birth (x) and add them to the number of U.S. states at the time of Barack Obama's birth (y): x+y=z.

  4. Random guess of Bill's pop culture involvement. Looking at the list of Academy Award's for Best Picture, how many of the nominated films for 2006 and 2007 have I watched? Alternatively, I am thinking of a number from 0-10.

  5. What do they have in common: Velvet Underground, Twisted Brown Trucker Band, The Carpenters, Trip Shakespeare, The Go-Gos.


Blogger Pastor_Jeff said...

Excellent - much better than the original. Lessee...

1. L'homme Michelin
2. No idea, but it sounds like something horrible the French would do. "Un coca framboise, s'il vous plait."
3. z=98
4. 7 is my guess.
5. Aucune idee. All had a female drummer?

9/23/2008 11:33:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

#4 is in tribute to Built On A Dare, who earlier this summer wrote:

There actually was trivia this week, and it was actually good, except for what is now disturbing trend of "guess a number" final questions. It's one thing to ask about some obscure fact - that's trivia, after all - but I really feel like there should be some way to come up with an educated guess when you don't know the answer to a question, and in this case, I just don't see how one could reason out the answer.

9/24/2008 07:24:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

And I probably should have come up with a witty way to phrase #2 so it's not so much "guess a country."

To make up for that, it's an English speaking country.

Or you could cheat.

9/24/2008 07:27:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...


1. Michelin Man
2. New Zealand
3. 98
4. One, No Country for Old Men
5. female drummers

9/26/2008 08:04:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

Pissed off at the ending of Old Men?

(or gruntled with the downbeat ambiguity of it all?)

(and for the record, I was going to guess 2 for the answer to 4, surprised you didn't get swept up in the hype for Departed or Juno)

(In theatres, I've seen 3, Old Men, Juno, Departed, and on cable added Babel, though wish I hadn't))

A question: Out of the 6 nominated Animated Features in those years (Happy Feet, Cars, Monster House, Ratatouille, Persepolis, Surf's Up), how many did you see?

(I remember you posting in disgust over Rats-in-the-kitchen-tooey, bet you've seen at least one other, the Academy makes much more 'popular' choices with regards to the animated pics it nominates)

It's a standing prediction of mine that the 3 nominated animated features will have doubled the gross of the 5 best pictures (though I suspect that won't be the case this year, as Dark Knight, and maybe even Iron Man, will probably get a Best Picture nod).

9/27/2008 12:23:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Cars, Ratatouille, Surf's Up. Love Surf's Up -- nicely told story without being too syrupy and the animation was brilliant. I would like to see Persepolis

The Child has seen Happy Feet and we own a copy because the grandparents like giving us DVDs of crappy animated movies. I've avoided it. Well, mostly. I've see the 10-15 minutes a couple of times and always fell asleep.

9/27/2008 05:47:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Pissed off at the ending of Old Men?

(or gruntled with the downbeat ambiguity of it all?)

I'll go with gruntled.

9/27/2008 05:48:00 AM  
Blogger Pastor_Jeff said...

Whoa! My female drummer guess was right?!?

All I knew was the Go-Gos and Karen Carpenter.


10/01/2008 10:15:00 PM  
Blogger Pastor_Jeff said...

Cars and Ratatouille. Cars was good, Ratatouille not so much.

Of '06 and '07 best picture nominess, I saw No Country -- in sections, on YouTube.

I can't stomach $9 for a movie ticket, especially when it's something I have less than zero interest in seeing.

10/01/2008 10:20:00 PM  

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