14 February 2007

Another Post Where I Ride the Coattails of Somebody Famous . . .

Another Tuesday passed, and another Tuesday Trivia was emailed. Here are my guesses. I haven't read the email yet (been busy), so let's peruse together (then I'll embellish with links to 'research' conducted in the aftermath). Once again, I won't quote the whole question, except for the ungoogleable #7 question.

Tuesday Trivia XXXIII (and 1/3?)

1. Oh, come on Ken, ask a hard one. The key to knowing the answer to this would be obvious. This website casts doubt on the popular narrative regarding the well known experiment (and I'd be remiss in my blogging duties if I didn't link this Annotated Mythbusters post).

2. I should know my Macbeth, but I don't, but I know what my guess is. Was it right? Woohoo! or that other exclamation, that is the question . . . (D'oh! would be the answer).

3. This also seems like something that should come to mind, and after googling I'll be ashamed of myself for not thinking of it. I was right, after googling I'm ashamed. I'm not ashamed, that's truly trivial trivia. Not that that's a bad thing, it's truly interesting trivial trivia.

4. Well, I know what I'd say if I got it wrong, I use the catchphrase often enough during Football season (and it's not Woohoo!). (Was there ever any doubt? Though from an orthographic standpoint, I guess I should include the ' more often.)

5. Hmmm, that's a poser, easily googleable, but as far as knowing whether or not Sao Paulo, Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur would be the way to go, I'm not sure. I'm going with Kuala Lumpur. Google shows the way as to my correctitude. I listed the two top cities out of my three guesses but my guess wasn't either of them, and turns out not even in the Southern Hemisphere (by 3 degrees). The right guess would be the first one listed.

6. That seems easy, though I don't know the dude's first name, just his last, I assume that would be enough for credit. And as far as using a Zagat guide, I think they're baloney. (Tim for the record)

7. The interesting question. This time it's all about movies

What unusual distinction is shared by these movies? Beauty and the Beast (1991), Curse of the Cat People, King Kong (1933), Little Miss Sunshine, The Matrix, Mister Roberts, Singin' in the Rain, Stairway to Heaven.

Ouch, what the hell? I can't even begin to guess as to what the connection might be. Possibly an Academy thing, but not sure if Curse of the Cat People (which was a great film that had little to do with the first Cat People) had any nominations (pretty sure the others did). Possibly this might have something to do with films adapted from material that isn't obvious what the original source was. But a single sentence summation of what that similarity between those films would be escapes me.

As far as last week's number 7, I'd say it 'came to me in a dream' but that'd be a lie (though ironically, it would also be the answer).

Post google musings are in red.

3 certainties, and 3 correct answers total (which would mean 2 wrong (but educated) guesses, and one where I couldn't even come up with a good guess).

The #7 question from this week will haunt me. I know, I know it, I just don't know what it is that I know that is trying to pop to the surface of my thoughts.

1 comment:

bill said...

3 for 3. As usual no clue for #7. "Stairway to Heaven" is throwing me. At first, I kept reading this as "Heaven Can Wait." Which was the remake, and "Stairway to Heaven" was originally titled A Matter of Life and Death. From wiki:

The film was originally suggested by the British government to improve relations between the Americans in the UK and the British public. There was a general groundswell of hostility against the American servicemen stationed in the UK for the invasion of Europe. They were viewed as latecomers to the war and as "overpaid, oversexed and over here" by a public that had suffered three years of bombing and rationing, with many of their own men fighting abroad. The premise of the film being a simple inversion, the English pilot gets the pretty American woman, rather than the other way round, and that the only national bigotry is voiced by the first American casualty of the Revolutionary War against the English. However, although the original suggestion came from a government department, it provided no funding and had no say in the story or making of the film.

None of that is of any help. I could see 5 of them having some sort of movie making innovation, but can't figure out what that would be for Mister Roberts. Haven't seen "Little Miss Sunshine,: but also don't think that would fit.