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Exercising Your Brain

Posted By: Randy GageSeptember 17, 2010

It’s been a while since we’ve done a mental aerobics. So let’s see just how well rounded your knowledge of the world is.  Take the test below on a variety of different topics and see how many correct answers you can get.  Some are intriguing, others arcane, but they’re all interesting.  

Remember you’ll have to scroll fast over the comments before you post your answers if you don’t want to see the answers from others.  And no cheating by looking online!  Whoever gets the most correct answers will receive worldwide fame and adulation and maybe a guest appearance on Oprah.  Or maybe not.

If you guys don’t get all the answers, I’ll post them here on Monday. So sharpen your pencil, don’t look at your neighbor’s paper, and begin now.

1)    What famous scientist began with developing a process to sterilize wine?
2)    What is a group of apes called?
3)    Over 270 waterfalls converge at this spot. What is it?
4)    What land animal spends most of its time in water, and
actually suckles their young underwater?
5)    Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of what famous novel?
6)    What reptile feasts on snails, slugs and caterpillars, and
has smooth overlapping scales which contain small plates of bone?
7)    What was the title on the first movie featuring Bond…James Bond?
8)    What was used commercially for the last time in March, 1995 in Chesapeake, Maryland?
9)    What was unique about Olympic gymnast medalist George Eyser?
10)     What Greek philosopher born in 469 BC was later convicted of crimes and forced to drink hemlock?
11)     In what sport would you perform a Randolph?
12)     What animal fights charging each other, and the female have been known to combat for over 25 hours?
13)     A decibel is 1/10 of what?
14)     Who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953?
15)     What small animal roams the open plains of South Africa and South Angola, and can kill snakes with a well-placed bite to their neck?  (Yet is often kept as a house pet in South Africa!)
16)     Who wrote the theme song for the Pink Panther?
17)     What is a Ringelmann Chart used for measuring?
18)     What country is the city of Godthab in?
19)     What herb did Siberian citizens paid their taxes with in
the 17th and 18th centuries?
20)     What is arctophily more commonly referred to as?
21)     What piece of music nearly caused a riot at its debut in
Paris in 1913?
22)     Who said “Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast?”
23)     What famous humanitarian was born in Skopje, Yugoslavia  (Now Macedonia)?  Her birth name was Agnus.
24)     What was the title of the first “talkie” feature film?
25)     “Tug of War” was an Olympic sport between 1900 and 1920. True or false?
26)     What spiritual leader’s name translated means “oceans of  wisdom?”
27) Does that question mark on #26 go inside the quotation marks or outside?
28) Which opera – that today is one of the most beloved in all the world – opened to horrible reviews and the composer died of a heart attack within weeks, thinking it was a abject failure?
29) What is the only airline to offer a shower on its airplanes?
30) Who were the three vocalists in the group Three Dog Night?
31) What is the correct term for a baby bat?
32) What was the only record to reach number one on the charts for Johnny Rivers?
33) What planet did Luke Skywalker travel to when he first met Yoda, the Jedi Master who instructed me?
34) How do the official rules of baseball define a check swing?
35) In the hit television series “Welcome Back Kotter,” who played the role of Vinnie Barbarino?

33 comments on “Exercising Your Brain”

  1. 1. Louis Pasteur
    4. Playtypus
    7. Dr. No
    10. Socrates
    13. bel
    14. William Faulkner
    15. mongoose
    16. Henry Mancin
    23. Mother Teresa
    25. True
    26. Dali Lama
    27. outside
    32. Memphis
    35. John Travolta

    Most of these questions are too difficult for Jeopardy.

  2. Not really enjoying your quiz. My Master's degree is feeling a bit intimidated knowing this comes from the kid who dropped out of school in the 9th grade....very upsetting. Yeah, I know the answer to the last question...that's it.

  3. 1. ? isn't it sterile already?
    2. Scary
    3. Waterfallia? i don't know, but you better be able to swim.
    4. my guess is either a walrus or seal, something to that effect.
    5. something DEFINITELY foreign
    6. ? guess i'll find out if i ever have a snail/slug infestation problem.
    7. Goldfinger? I don't know, but it had 007 in it.
    8. ? something to do with oysters?
    9. other than the fact that he was an Olympic gymnast?
    10. Which one wasn't? I will guess and go with Socrates though.
    11. Can I say that on here? haha.
    12. Ram?
    13. a MEGABIL, which is the sound star scream makes to kill you.
    14. Didn't Chuck Norris win ALL the nobel prizes?
    15. ? a mongoose?
    16. some cartoon cat i think
    17. how hard you've been "Randolphed"
    18. Unithab?
    19. as worldly as i am, don't know much about herbs.
    20. ?
    21. french music
    22. someone who was not a morning person.
    23. i'd feel bad making fun of this one, so, i'll just say i don't know.
    24. i hadn't been born yet.
    25. oh i do hope thats true... 🙂
    26. Randy Gage?
    27. outside. it only goes inside if the quoted remark is a question. i think
    28. ?
    29. air japan? i know they have beds..... (or perhaps the concord)
    30. i don't know their names...but they were all dogs.
    31. little slugger
    32. i don't know jonny rivers
    33. well, i don't know a skywater.....
    34. i am not even clever enough to make fun of that one....
    35. man you're old...just kidding.

    hey Randy, i have one for YOU. how many questions can you ask that i can't answer before I feel like an idiot?
    answer - definitely 35, but i was there after about 7.

  4. I think it was Henry Ford who said it best and I'm paraphrasing: I don't need to remember facts when I can buy a set of encyclopedias...

  5. I have couple more:
    19) Siberians paid their taxes with an animal fur. By the law if they did not have enough fur they would pay 3 rubles for 1 animal fur.
    29)If you fly first class with Arabian Aerospace you can take a shower 5 min max

  6. 1.) Louis Pasteur aka Pasteurizing

    2.) My Upline?

    3.) Iguacu (sp?) falls in Brazil...pretty sure

    4.) Hippos

    5.) Who?

    6.) Skink

    7.) Dr. No - Sean Connery the first bond. I should be the next....

    8.) Crack cocaine??

    9.) HE wore a prosthesis

    10.) Socrates

    11.) Gymnastics? (wild guess) I am attempting to perform a Randy in mlm though....

    12.) Rams, or my parents when they drink too much

    13.) a Bel

    14.) Winston Churchill

    15.) Mongoose?

    16.) Henry Mancini (played it in music class)

    17.) Air Pollution

    18.) Huh?

    19.) Seriously?

    20.) Can I phone a friend?

    21.) Slayer's raining blood?

    22.) Oscar Wilde - “Some cause happiness wherever they go - others whenever they go”

    23.) Mother Teresa

    24.) WTF is that?

    25.) True but there have been much weirder Olympian

    26.) Randy Gage

    27.) outside

    28.) Phantom of the opera?

    29.) UAE? you seem to dig them

    30.) If you asked me to name a song, maybe...but seriously? who knows this stuff?

    31.) Pups... same as rats

    32.) secret agent man?

    33.) Dagobah, right after my training was complete

    34.) if your bat does not cross the back corner of the plate.

    35.) John Travolta

  7. 1. Pasteur
    2. Pride
    3. Niagra
    4. Hippopotamus
    6. Iguana
    7. Goldfinger
    10. Socrates
    15. Mongoose
    16. Bill Conte
    22. Mark Twain
    25. True
    27. Inside
    31. Batling
    32. Slow Dancing
    35. John Travolta

        1. Henry Ford is famous for something he said in court - something to the effect that he had a button on his desk and he could summon any one of a number of employees who could provide him with the answer to any question anyone might throw at him and that he didn't see the point in cluttering his mind with trivia. But I'll take your viewpoint on board Randy.

  8. Only one I know is the famous novel by Kazuo Ishiguro....Remains of the Day, When we were Orphans, The Unconsoled, Never Let me Go.....

    No chance of Oprah for me...:))

  9. I need the last version of Oxford beside to answer your questions, I only know number 27, :D... It's not my fault you don't know Persian. 😉

    I was never into general knowledge, I love conundrums,mind games and puzzles.

    How about lateral thinking for mental aerobics?
    It helps a lot to see differently.

  10. 1. Louis Pasteur
    2. Apes are gregarious animals that live in troops.
    ---I should know, I am one.
    3. Victoria falls
    4. The Hippo
    5. ----------------
    6. The Gila monster
    7. Dr. Maybe?
    8. A squirrel skin as money? No, a typewriter!
    9. He's a geyser!
    10. So...crates!
    11. Softball, of course!
    12. Turtles, especially the Matamata
    13. 10 decibels
    14. -------------??? No more literature, please!
    15. The Mongoose (in Finnish: mangusti or mungo)
    16. Leo Bard.
    17.-------------
    18. God knows.
    19. Nettles (they have plenty).
    20. I don't know but I'll ask my Teddy Bear. ( the brown bear is Ursus Arctos so he might know)
    21. Remember Randy Riot? --- Ravel's Bolero.
    22. Oscar Wilde
    23. Mother Teresa
    24. ------------
    25. True
    26. Usama's Bin Laden
    27. Depends on the spiritual leader.
    28. -------------
    29. Openair Airlines
    30. Don't know any doggie names.
    31. Don't give those bats to babies! --Batten. A flock of bats is called a battery!
    32. ?
    33. ??
    34. ???
    35. ????

  11. Gregory Mc Guire: Very good, very good... but the gregorious animals that live in prides are lions, not apes. Also, a special branch of the human species march in a pride.
    Thanks, Randy, for these crazy quizzies! In the middle of self development videos, this was what I needed.

  12. After watching an interview from Eric Worre with you, Randy, I stumbled upon your blog and lost myself in this post, because it made me laugh and think at the same time.
    Due to the fact I`m german, I had to read some thoughts twice and then I had to really dig deeper to get the point, but I learned a lot, so let me thank you and I will definitely follow up with you to learning more and .... if I can do anything for you, I´ld really appreciate that, Randy.

  13. I knew Dr. No, my wife got the Dalai Lama and John Travolta's a guess (we didn't get "Kotter" over here). Oh and that question mark ? Outside - for sure.
    Everything else is just guesswork. "Millionaire" will never be the same after this lot.

  14. Wow, I'll try not to let my ego get too blown up by the fact I stumped at least 35,000 people on this! It was a lot of fun. So here are the correct answers:

    1) What famous scientist began with developing a process to sterilize wine? Louis Pasteur
    2) What is a group of apes called? A Shrewdness
    3) Over 270 waterfalls converge at this spot. What is it? Iguaca Falls, Brazil
    4) What land animal spends most of its time in water, and actually suckles their young underwater? The hippopotamus
    5) Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of what famous novel? The Remains of the Day
    6) What reptile feasts on snails, slugs and caterpillars, and has smooth overlapping scales which contain small plates of bone? The Australian botched blue tongue lizard
    7) What was the title on the first movie featuring Bond…James Bond? Dr. No
    8) What was used commercially for the last time in March, 1995 in Chesapeake, Maryland? Morse code
    9) What was unique about Olympic gymnast medalist George Eyser? He had a wooden leg
    10) What Greek philosopher born in 469 BC was later convicted of crimes and forced to drink hemlock? Socrates. A lot of you got this.
    11) In what sport would you perform a Randolph? Trampolining
    12) What animal fights charging each other, and the female have been known to combat for over 25 hours? Bighorn sheep
    13) A decibel is 1/10 of what? Bel, the measure of sound intensity
    14) Who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953? Sir Winston Churchill, the same year he was knighted.
    15) What small animal roams the open plains of South Africa and South Angola, and can kill snakes with a well-placed bite to their neck? (Yet is often kept as a house pet in South Africa!) The Meerkat. (Don't you guys watch Meerkat Manor?)
    16) Who wrote the theme song for the Pink Panther? Henry Mancini
    17) What is a Ringelmann Chart used for measuring? The density of smoke
    18) What country is the city of Godthab in? Greenland
    19) What herb did Siberian citizens paid their taxes with in the 17th and 18th centuries? Garlic
    20) What is arctophily more commonly referred to as? Collecting teddy bears (If you got this one, you have way too much time on your hands!)
    21) What piece of music nearly caused a riot at its debut in Paris in 1913? Stravinsky’s Rites of Spring
    22) Who said “Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast?” Anytime you hear an amazing, yet snarky comment, you're always safe to choose the author of this, Oscar Wilde.
    23) What famous humanitarian was born in Skopje, Yugoslavia (Now Macedonia)? Her birth name was Agnus. Mother Teresa
    24) What was the title of the first “talkie” feature film? The Jazz Singer
    25) “Tug of War” was an Olympic sport between 1900 and 1920. True or false? True
    26) What spiritual leader’s name translated means “oceans of wisdom?” The Dalai Lama. Thanks for those of you that guessed me, but Randy Gage actually means, "universes of love, light and brilliance." And humility.
    27) Does that question mark on #26 go inside the quotation marks or outside? I wish I knew! I was counting on you guys to tell me unequivocally.
    28) Which opera – that today is one of the most beloved in all the world – opened to horrible reviews and the composer died of a heart attack within weeks, thinking it was a abject failure? Carmen. It was trashed by the critics. Bizet got very sick and stressed the opening week and he ended up dying of a heart attack.
    29) What is the only airline to offer a shower on its airplanes? Emirates. Long time readers of my Rants will remember me writing about my shower at 35,000 feet.
    30) Who were the three vocalists in the group Three Dog Night? They were Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells. The group is touring again with Danny and Cory.
    31) What is the correct term for a baby bat? A pup
    32) What was the only record to reach number one on the charts for Johnny Rivers? The Poor Side of Town. And I think this says a lot about the poverty mind viruses abounding. Of all his hits, this was the only one to reach number one.
    33) What planet did Luke Skywalker travel to when he first met Yoda, the Jedi Master who instructed me? Dagobah. And if you're a real Sci-Fi fan, then you know that Yoda chose here, so he could live near a cave strong with the dark side of the Force which balanced out his light side and kept him from detection by Emperor Palpatine.
    34) How do the official rules of baseball define a check swing? This was a trick question. Check swings are found nowhere in the official rule book. It's just an accepted practice not sanctioned in the rules.
    35) In the hit television series “Welcome Back Kotter,” who played the role of Vinnie Barbarino? John Travolta

    I hope this was as fun for you as it was for me. And it's good to work out your brain cells. Tomorrow we'll be back on the path of prosperity.

    -RG

    1. LOL

      In Persian, in situations like this we say :
      اسکول کردی ما رو؟

      Sorry, I couldn't find any translation for that

      And yeah, we had fun too.

      Thanks

  15. Well, I don't know if it's a GOOD thing or a BAD thing that I knew very few of those.

    As to your punctuation and quotation question, I was taught that punctuation goes inside quotation marks. Regardless . . .

    Fanfully yours,
    Joanna :o)

  16. By the way - must tell you sometime why and how Emirates was started as I was there at the time. Just goes to show what you can really do when you have almost unlimited funds!

  17. have fun..
    1. Dr. Wine Drinker
    2. Board of Directors
    3. Ocean
    4. Ladies who likes to swim
    5. Japanese Novel
    6. Snakes
    7. James Bond movie
    8. lot of things
    9. He sang well
    10. Socrates
    11. Water sports (Ran-dolph)
    12. Humans broke the record
    13. Bell
    14. Nobels friend
    15. Bigger snakes.
    16. Aerosmith (pink is my favorite color)
    17. Happiness
    mmm...I have to reach office now...

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  • 33 comments on “Exercising Your Brain”

    1. 1. Louis Pasteur
      4. Playtypus
      7. Dr. No
      10. Socrates
      13. bel
      14. William Faulkner
      15. mongoose
      16. Henry Mancin
      23. Mother Teresa
      25. True
      26. Dali Lama
      27. outside
      32. Memphis
      35. John Travolta

      Most of these questions are too difficult for Jeopardy.

    2. Not really enjoying your quiz. My Master's degree is feeling a bit intimidated knowing this comes from the kid who dropped out of school in the 9th grade....very upsetting. Yeah, I know the answer to the last question...that's it.

    3. 1. ? isn't it sterile already?
      2. Scary
      3. Waterfallia? i don't know, but you better be able to swim.
      4. my guess is either a walrus or seal, something to that effect.
      5. something DEFINITELY foreign
      6. ? guess i'll find out if i ever have a snail/slug infestation problem.
      7. Goldfinger? I don't know, but it had 007 in it.
      8. ? something to do with oysters?
      9. other than the fact that he was an Olympic gymnast?
      10. Which one wasn't? I will guess and go with Socrates though.
      11. Can I say that on here? haha.
      12. Ram?
      13. a MEGABIL, which is the sound star scream makes to kill you.
      14. Didn't Chuck Norris win ALL the nobel prizes?
      15. ? a mongoose?
      16. some cartoon cat i think
      17. how hard you've been "Randolphed"
      18. Unithab?
      19. as worldly as i am, don't know much about herbs.
      20. ?
      21. french music
      22. someone who was not a morning person.
      23. i'd feel bad making fun of this one, so, i'll just say i don't know.
      24. i hadn't been born yet.
      25. oh i do hope thats true... 🙂
      26. Randy Gage?
      27. outside. it only goes inside if the quoted remark is a question. i think
      28. ?
      29. air japan? i know they have beds..... (or perhaps the concord)
      30. i don't know their names...but they were all dogs.
      31. little slugger
      32. i don't know jonny rivers
      33. well, i don't know a skywater.....
      34. i am not even clever enough to make fun of that one....
      35. man you're old...just kidding.

      hey Randy, i have one for YOU. how many questions can you ask that i can't answer before I feel like an idiot?
      answer - definitely 35, but i was there after about 7.

    4. I think it was Henry Ford who said it best and I'm paraphrasing: I don't need to remember facts when I can buy a set of encyclopedias...

    5. I have couple more:
      19) Siberians paid their taxes with an animal fur. By the law if they did not have enough fur they would pay 3 rubles for 1 animal fur.
      29)If you fly first class with Arabian Aerospace you can take a shower 5 min max

    6. 1.) Louis Pasteur aka Pasteurizing

      2.) My Upline?

      3.) Iguacu (sp?) falls in Brazil...pretty sure

      4.) Hippos

      5.) Who?

      6.) Skink

      7.) Dr. No - Sean Connery the first bond. I should be the next....

      8.) Crack cocaine??

      9.) HE wore a prosthesis

      10.) Socrates

      11.) Gymnastics? (wild guess) I am attempting to perform a Randy in mlm though....

      12.) Rams, or my parents when they drink too much

      13.) a Bel

      14.) Winston Churchill

      15.) Mongoose?

      16.) Henry Mancini (played it in music class)

      17.) Air Pollution

      18.) Huh?

      19.) Seriously?

      20.) Can I phone a friend?

      21.) Slayer's raining blood?

      22.) Oscar Wilde - “Some cause happiness wherever they go - others whenever they go”

      23.) Mother Teresa

      24.) WTF is that?

      25.) True but there have been much weirder Olympian

      26.) Randy Gage

      27.) outside

      28.) Phantom of the opera?

      29.) UAE? you seem to dig them

      30.) If you asked me to name a song, maybe...but seriously? who knows this stuff?

      31.) Pups... same as rats

      32.) secret agent man?

      33.) Dagobah, right after my training was complete

      34.) if your bat does not cross the back corner of the plate.

      35.) John Travolta

    7. 1. Pasteur
      2. Pride
      3. Niagra
      4. Hippopotamus
      6. Iguana
      7. Goldfinger
      10. Socrates
      15. Mongoose
      16. Bill Conte
      22. Mark Twain
      25. True
      27. Inside
      31. Batling
      32. Slow Dancing
      35. John Travolta

          1. Henry Ford is famous for something he said in court - something to the effect that he had a button on his desk and he could summon any one of a number of employees who could provide him with the answer to any question anyone might throw at him and that he didn't see the point in cluttering his mind with trivia. But I'll take your viewpoint on board Randy.

    8. Only one I know is the famous novel by Kazuo Ishiguro....Remains of the Day, When we were Orphans, The Unconsoled, Never Let me Go.....

      No chance of Oprah for me...:))

    9. I need the last version of Oxford beside to answer your questions, I only know number 27, :D... It's not my fault you don't know Persian. 😉

      I was never into general knowledge, I love conundrums,mind games and puzzles.

      How about lateral thinking for mental aerobics?
      It helps a lot to see differently.

    10. 1. Louis Pasteur
      2. Apes are gregarious animals that live in troops.
      ---I should know, I am one.
      3. Victoria falls
      4. The Hippo
      5. ----------------
      6. The Gila monster
      7. Dr. Maybe?
      8. A squirrel skin as money? No, a typewriter!
      9. He's a geyser!
      10. So...crates!
      11. Softball, of course!
      12. Turtles, especially the Matamata
      13. 10 decibels
      14. -------------??? No more literature, please!
      15. The Mongoose (in Finnish: mangusti or mungo)
      16. Leo Bard.
      17.-------------
      18. God knows.
      19. Nettles (they have plenty).
      20. I don't know but I'll ask my Teddy Bear. ( the brown bear is Ursus Arctos so he might know)
      21. Remember Randy Riot? --- Ravel's Bolero.
      22. Oscar Wilde
      23. Mother Teresa
      24. ------------
      25. True
      26. Usama's Bin Laden
      27. Depends on the spiritual leader.
      28. -------------
      29. Openair Airlines
      30. Don't know any doggie names.
      31. Don't give those bats to babies! --Batten. A flock of bats is called a battery!
      32. ?
      33. ??
      34. ???
      35. ????

    11. Gregory Mc Guire: Very good, very good... but the gregorious animals that live in prides are lions, not apes. Also, a special branch of the human species march in a pride.
      Thanks, Randy, for these crazy quizzies! In the middle of self development videos, this was what I needed.

    12. After watching an interview from Eric Worre with you, Randy, I stumbled upon your blog and lost myself in this post, because it made me laugh and think at the same time.
      Due to the fact I`m german, I had to read some thoughts twice and then I had to really dig deeper to get the point, but I learned a lot, so let me thank you and I will definitely follow up with you to learning more and .... if I can do anything for you, I´ld really appreciate that, Randy.

    13. I knew Dr. No, my wife got the Dalai Lama and John Travolta's a guess (we didn't get "Kotter" over here). Oh and that question mark ? Outside - for sure.
      Everything else is just guesswork. "Millionaire" will never be the same after this lot.

    14. Wow, I'll try not to let my ego get too blown up by the fact I stumped at least 35,000 people on this! It was a lot of fun. So here are the correct answers:

      1) What famous scientist began with developing a process to sterilize wine? Louis Pasteur
      2) What is a group of apes called? A Shrewdness
      3) Over 270 waterfalls converge at this spot. What is it? Iguaca Falls, Brazil
      4) What land animal spends most of its time in water, and actually suckles their young underwater? The hippopotamus
      5) Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of what famous novel? The Remains of the Day
      6) What reptile feasts on snails, slugs and caterpillars, and has smooth overlapping scales which contain small plates of bone? The Australian botched blue tongue lizard
      7) What was the title on the first movie featuring Bond…James Bond? Dr. No
      8) What was used commercially for the last time in March, 1995 in Chesapeake, Maryland? Morse code
      9) What was unique about Olympic gymnast medalist George Eyser? He had a wooden leg
      10) What Greek philosopher born in 469 BC was later convicted of crimes and forced to drink hemlock? Socrates. A lot of you got this.
      11) In what sport would you perform a Randolph? Trampolining
      12) What animal fights charging each other, and the female have been known to combat for over 25 hours? Bighorn sheep
      13) A decibel is 1/10 of what? Bel, the measure of sound intensity
      14) Who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953? Sir Winston Churchill, the same year he was knighted.
      15) What small animal roams the open plains of South Africa and South Angola, and can kill snakes with a well-placed bite to their neck? (Yet is often kept as a house pet in South Africa!) The Meerkat. (Don't you guys watch Meerkat Manor?)
      16) Who wrote the theme song for the Pink Panther? Henry Mancini
      17) What is a Ringelmann Chart used for measuring? The density of smoke
      18) What country is the city of Godthab in? Greenland
      19) What herb did Siberian citizens paid their taxes with in the 17th and 18th centuries? Garlic
      20) What is arctophily more commonly referred to as? Collecting teddy bears (If you got this one, you have way too much time on your hands!)
      21) What piece of music nearly caused a riot at its debut in Paris in 1913? Stravinsky’s Rites of Spring
      22) Who said “Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast?” Anytime you hear an amazing, yet snarky comment, you're always safe to choose the author of this, Oscar Wilde.
      23) What famous humanitarian was born in Skopje, Yugoslavia (Now Macedonia)? Her birth name was Agnus. Mother Teresa
      24) What was the title of the first “talkie” feature film? The Jazz Singer
      25) “Tug of War” was an Olympic sport between 1900 and 1920. True or false? True
      26) What spiritual leader’s name translated means “oceans of wisdom?” The Dalai Lama. Thanks for those of you that guessed me, but Randy Gage actually means, "universes of love, light and brilliance." And humility.
      27) Does that question mark on #26 go inside the quotation marks or outside? I wish I knew! I was counting on you guys to tell me unequivocally.
      28) Which opera – that today is one of the most beloved in all the world – opened to horrible reviews and the composer died of a heart attack within weeks, thinking it was a abject failure? Carmen. It was trashed by the critics. Bizet got very sick and stressed the opening week and he ended up dying of a heart attack.
      29) What is the only airline to offer a shower on its airplanes? Emirates. Long time readers of my Rants will remember me writing about my shower at 35,000 feet.
      30) Who were the three vocalists in the group Three Dog Night? They were Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells. The group is touring again with Danny and Cory.
      31) What is the correct term for a baby bat? A pup
      32) What was the only record to reach number one on the charts for Johnny Rivers? The Poor Side of Town. And I think this says a lot about the poverty mind viruses abounding. Of all his hits, this was the only one to reach number one.
      33) What planet did Luke Skywalker travel to when he first met Yoda, the Jedi Master who instructed me? Dagobah. And if you're a real Sci-Fi fan, then you know that Yoda chose here, so he could live near a cave strong with the dark side of the Force which balanced out his light side and kept him from detection by Emperor Palpatine.
      34) How do the official rules of baseball define a check swing? This was a trick question. Check swings are found nowhere in the official rule book. It's just an accepted practice not sanctioned in the rules.
      35) In the hit television series “Welcome Back Kotter,” who played the role of Vinnie Barbarino? John Travolta

      I hope this was as fun for you as it was for me. And it's good to work out your brain cells. Tomorrow we'll be back on the path of prosperity.

      -RG

      1. LOL

        In Persian, in situations like this we say :
        اسکول کردی ما رو؟

        Sorry, I couldn't find any translation for that

        And yeah, we had fun too.

        Thanks

    15. Well, I don't know if it's a GOOD thing or a BAD thing that I knew very few of those.

      As to your punctuation and quotation question, I was taught that punctuation goes inside quotation marks. Regardless . . .

      Fanfully yours,
      Joanna :o)

    16. By the way - must tell you sometime why and how Emirates was started as I was there at the time. Just goes to show what you can really do when you have almost unlimited funds!

    17. have fun..
      1. Dr. Wine Drinker
      2. Board of Directors
      3. Ocean
      4. Ladies who likes to swim
      5. Japanese Novel
      6. Snakes
      7. James Bond movie
      8. lot of things
      9. He sang well
      10. Socrates
      11. Water sports (Ran-dolph)
      12. Humans broke the record
      13. Bell
      14. Nobels friend
      15. Bigger snakes.
      16. Aerosmith (pink is my favorite color)
      17. Happiness
      mmm...I have to reach office now...

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