Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Trans-Canada Highway passes through all ten of the country's provinces

Your targets this week:

1+ out of 7: Well done, you beat us and we'd have won with you on our team!

The attendees
1) The statistician
2) The doctor
3) The rich person otherkin
4) The DJ-man
5) The secret German

The ones that got away
1) Which Emilio Estevez movie featuring haunted trucks is the only film directed by Stephen King?
2) What city lies at the eastern end of the Trans-Siberian Railway? (You must spell it correctly to get the point.)
3) Who are/were the two longest-reigning - but non-royal - country leaders since 1900? You need both for the point.
4) Which of these is not a real baseball player: Johnny Dickshot, Ten Million, Cannonball Titcomb, Ropey Todd, or Chickenwolf?
5) What is the name of the music-streaming service purchased and advertised by Jay-Z?
6) 2 point question: Dili is the capital of which country?

The answers

Our excuses

How did you do? Would you have beaten us and helped us win (1 point or more)? Let the world know with the poll below, then read on for my alternative questions (loosely) inspired by this week's Ones That Got Away!

My alternative questions
1) Occurring in 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2001, which two-word, alliterative sporting alternative to the Olympics featured in the second Mighty Ducks film?
2) Which musical features a character based on a Trans-Siberian train called Turnov the Russian?
3) Bhumibol Adulyadej is currently the world's longest reigning monarch, closing in on 69 years as king of which country?
4) In 1908 New York Giants rookie Fred Merkle made a notorious mistake in a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs. What slightly rude five-letter word for a blunder is used to describe this incident?
5) Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter's stage name developed from which (not rude) five-letter word?
6) Timor-Leste ultimately derives from two different words for 'East', although at the UN they're known as Timor-Leste rather than East Timor. There are three UN member states whose names as they are presented on the United Nations website contain one of the four compass directions (North, South, East, or West). For one point each, name two of them.

The answers

How did you do on my alternative questions? Have another poll!

1 comment:

  1. Everything about Chicken Wolf is remarkable and sounds made-up. Like he was invented to confuse people about baseball. Here are some fun facts. (I stress that none of this is made up. This is all true.)

    - He was called Chicken Wolf, but his real name was William "Jimmy" Van Winkle Wolf.
    - He played most of his career in the American Association (AA) with the Louisville Eclipse (who changed their name to the Louisville Colonels during his tenure).
    - At age 28, in 1890, he led the league in hits (197), average (.363) and total bases (260).
    - He played a handful of games with the St. Louis Browns at the end of his career -- the team that would eventually become the St. Louis Cardinals*.
    - In 1890, the Louisville Colonels made it to the World Series against the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. The World Series was a draw.
    - He became a firefighter after his baseball career.
    - Some of his teammates included Farmer Weaver, Henry Easterday, Jack Glasscock, and Leech Maskrey.


    *The team called the St. Louis Browns from 1883 to 1898 became the Cardinals; not to be confused with the OTHER St. Louis Browns (1901-1953; became the Baltimore Orioles). THAT St. Louis Browns is different, and insane. From the "History of the St. Louis Browns" Wikipedia: "In 1951, Bill Veeck, the colorful former owner of the Cleveland Indians, purchased the Browns from DeWitt. [...] His most notorious stunt in St. Louis came on August 19, 1951, when he sent Eddie Gaedel, a 3-foot 7-inch, 65-pound midget, to bat as a pinch hitter. When Gaedel stepped to the plate he was wearing a Browns uniform with the number 1⁄8."