snopes.com  

Go Back   snopes.com > Diversions > Urban Legends Contest

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #821  
Old 25 April 2018, 01:00 AM
TallGeekyGirl's Avatar
TallGeekyGirl TallGeekyGirl is offline
 
Join Date: 31 December 2005
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12,200
Default

2. What African kingdom changed its name to eSwatini this week, making it the only nation on earth not to captalize its first letter? We have a thread about this! Swaziland.

3. What French word for "origin" is used to describe the chain of ownership of an artifact in art and archaeology? Provenance.

4. The three main types of volcanoes are stratovolcanoes, cinder cones, and a flatter type named for what object? Shield.

5. In what movie does Samuel L. Jackson play FBI agent Neville Flynn, escorting a suspect to Los Angeles for trial? Snakes on a Plane.
Reply With Quote
  #822  
Old 25 April 2018, 11:50 AM
Floater's Avatar
Floater Floater is offline
 
Join Date: 24 February 2000
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Posts: 6,825
Default

2. What African kingdom changed its name to eSwatini this week, making it the only nation on earth not to captalize its first letter?

Swaziland

3. What French word for "origin" is used to describe the chain of ownership of an artifact in art and archaeology?

Provenience

4. The three main types of volcanoes are stratovolcanoes, cinder cones, and a flatter type named for what object?

Saucer

6. What future world leader won the Best Foreign Play Obie for The Memorandum in 1968, 25 years before his presidency began?

Vaclav Havel
Reply With Quote
  #823  
Old 25 April 2018, 05:44 PM
Dr. Winston O'Boogie's Avatar
Dr. Winston O'Boogie Dr. Winston O'Boogie is offline
 
Join Date: 23 February 2000
Location: Fox Lake, IL
Posts: 5,207
Squirrel

Quote:
Originally Posted by UEL View Post
That's why I put it second. I know that Fry on Futurama has the same, as probably do many others that just don't jump to mind. I don't know most of the other characters well enough to guess otherwise.

My favorite - Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose, which is where Michael J. Fox took his middle initial from!
Reply With Quote
  #824  
Old 25 April 2018, 07:01 PM
Seaboe Muffinchucker's Avatar
Seaboe Muffinchucker Seaboe Muffinchucker is offline
 
Join Date: 30 June 2005
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 18,514
Glasses

So, Michael J. Fox's middle name is really The, spelled with a J?

Seaboe
Reply With Quote
  #825  
Old 25 April 2018, 10:31 PM
TallGeekyGirl's Avatar
TallGeekyGirl TallGeekyGirl is offline
 
Join Date: 31 December 2005
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12,200
Default

Don't forget Elmer J. Fudd (he owns a mansion and a yacht)! There's also Homer Jay and Bart J. Simpson.
Reply With Quote
  #826  
Old 26 April 2018, 02:02 PM
Seaboe Muffinchucker's Avatar
Seaboe Muffinchucker Seaboe Muffinchucker is offline
 
Join Date: 30 June 2005
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 18,514
Glasses

I believe Michigan J. Frog might be another one whose middle name is really The.

Seaboe
Reply With Quote
  #827  
Old 01 May 2018, 12:04 PM
DadOf3's Avatar
DadOf3 DadOf3 is offline
 
Join Date: 28 August 2005
Location: Halifax, NS
Posts: 2,252
Default

Once again, it's trivia time. Here we go ...

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. Before closing its Kalamazoo assembly line in 1982, what company produced America's most iconic taxicabs for over thirty years, including five thousand in New York City alone?
The Checker Motor Corporation made the checker cabs you probably still imagine when you picture a taxicab. Unless you're picturing the flying cab from The Fifth Element. Which I am doing, right now. And constantly.

2. What African kingdom changed its name to eSwatini this week, making it the only nation on earth not to captalize its first letter?
tHat's tHe nEw nAme fOr tHe kIngdom oF sWaziland.

3. What French word for "origin" is used to describe the chain of ownership of an artifact in art and archaeology?
On Law & Order, they call this "chain of custody," but in the art world, and on Law & Order: SVU (Sotheby's Validation Unit), this is known as "provenance."

4. The three main types of volcanoes are stratovolcanoes, cinder cones, and a flatter type named for what object?
Low, blobby volcanoes formed by years of fluid lava flow are called shield volcanoes, for their low, curved, vaguely shield-like shape.

5. In what movie does Samuel L. Jackson play FBI agent Neville Flynn, escorting a suspect to Los Angeles for trial?
Flynn's flight back to L.A. becomes a reptile-filled nightmare in the 2006 classic Snakes on a Plane.

6. What future world leader won the Best Foreign Play Obie for The Memorandum in 1968, 25 years before his presidency began?
Vaclav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic, was an accomplished playwright before his political career began.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. Before Russell Westbrook, who was the only player ever to average a triple-double over an entire NBA season?

2. In what TV show's first-season intro can a U.S. flag be seen flying at half-staff, since it was filmed at Honolulu's Ala Wai Yacht Club the week of the Kennedy assassination?

3. What is the evident occupation of "Vegas Vic," the neon sign mascot who's been a symbol for Las Vegas since 1951?

4. The "diethyl" form of what class of organic compounds was once used as a solvent and an anesthetic?

5. What beloved 1936 work of classical music has, as one of its title characters, a member of the Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization?

6. The "bystander effect" in psychology is sometimes named after what Queens woman, murdered in March 1964?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these albums? Brain Drain by the Ramones, Diamond Dogs by David Bowie, The First Time by Kelsea Bellerini, The Kick Inside by Kate Bush, Moving Pictures by Rush, Ride the Lightning by Metallica, Sittin' In by Loggins and Messina, They Only Come Out at Night by the Edgar Winter Group, Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow, The Velvet Underground & Nico.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. Before Russell Westbrook, who was the only player ever to average a triple-double over an entire NBA season?

2. In what TV show's first-season intro can a U.S. flag be seen flying at half-staff, since it was filmed at Honolulu's Ala Wai Yacht Club the week of the Kennedy assassination?

3. What is the evident occupation of "Vegas Vic," the neon sign mascot who's been a symbol for Las Vegas since 1951?

4. The "diethyl" form of what class of organic compounds was once used as a solvent and an anesthetic?

5. What beloved 1936 work of classical music has, as one of its title characters, a member of the Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization?

6. The "bystander effect" in psychology is sometimes named after what Queens woman, murdered in March 1964?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these TV characters? Earl Hickey, Rebecca Howe, Steven Hyde, Major Sarah MacKenzie, Dharma Montgomery, Peggy Olson, Sneaky Pete, Bart Simpson.
Each character was played by an actor who is (or was) a Scientologist. I think in all cases the actors were Church of Scientology members at the same time the show was on the air, though sometimes that's hard to document.

Enjoy!
Reply With Quote
  #828  
Old 01 May 2018, 12:51 PM
DadOf3's Avatar
DadOf3 DadOf3 is offline
 
Join Date: 28 August 2005
Location: Halifax, NS
Posts: 2,252
Default

Whoops. Got all messed up trying to put the right question 7 in (as always, question 7 is delayed one week as per Ken Jennings' request) and I double-pasted some stuff.

Here's the revised, correct version with just one set of last week's answers and one of this week's questions.

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. Before closing its Kalamazoo assembly line in 1982, what company produced America's most iconic taxicabs for over thirty years, including five thousand in New York City alone?
The Checker Motor Corporation made the checker cabs you probably still imagine when you picture a taxicab. Unless you're picturing the flying cab from The Fifth Element. Which I am doing, right now. And constantly.

2. What African kingdom changed its name to eSwatini this week, making it the only nation on earth not to captalize its first letter?
tHat's tHe nEw nAme fOr tHe kIngdom oF sWaziland.

3. What French word for "origin" is used to describe the chain of ownership of an artifact in art and archaeology?
On Law & Order, they call this "chain of custody," but in the art world, and on Law & Order: SVU (Sotheby's Validation Unit), this is known as "provenance."

4. The three main types of volcanoes are stratovolcanoes, cinder cones, and a flatter type named for what object?
Low, blobby volcanoes formed by years of fluid lava flow are called shield volcanoes, for their low, curved, vaguely shield-like shape.

5. In what movie does Samuel L. Jackson play FBI agent Neville Flynn, escorting a suspect to Los Angeles for trial?
Flynn's flight back to L.A. becomes a reptile-filled nightmare in the 2006 classic Snakes on a Plane.

6. What future world leader won the Best Foreign Play Obie for The Memorandum in 1968, 25 years before his presidency began?
Vaclav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic, was an accomplished playwright before his political career began.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these TV characters? Earl Hickey, Rebecca Howe, Steven Hyde, Major Sarah MacKenzie, Dharma Montgomery, Peggy Olson, Sneaky Pete, Bart Simpson.
Each character was played by an actor who is (or was) a Scientologist. I think in all cases the actors were Church of Scientology members at the same time the show was on the air, though sometimes that's hard to document.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. Before Russell Westbrook, who was the only player ever to average a triple-double over an entire NBA season?

2. In what TV show's first-season intro can a U.S. flag be seen flying at half-staff, since it was filmed at Honolulu's Ala Wai Yacht Club the week of the Kennedy assassination?

3. What is the evident occupation of "Vegas Vic," the neon sign mascot who's been a symbol for Las Vegas since 1951?

4. The "diethyl" form of what class of organic compounds was once used as a solvent and an anesthetic?

5. What beloved 1936 work of classical music has, as one of its title characters, a member of the Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization?

6. The "bystander effect" in psychology is sometimes named after what Queens woman, murdered in March 1964?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these albums? Brain Drain by the Ramones, Diamond Dogs by David Bowie, The First Time by Kelsea Bellerini, The Kick Inside by Kate Bush, Moving Pictures by Rush, Ride the Lightning by Metallica, Sittin' In by Loggins and Messina, They Only Come Out at Night by the Edgar Winter Group, Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow, The Velvet Underground & Nico.


Enjoy!
Reply With Quote
  #829  
Old 01 May 2018, 01:03 PM
Steve Steve is offline
 
Join Date: 19 October 2002
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 4,844
Default

2. In what TV show's first-season intro can a U.S. flag be seen flying at half-staff, since it was filmed at Honolulu's Ala Wai Yacht Club the week of the Kennedy assassination?
Gilligan's Island?

6. The "bystander effect" in psychology is sometimes named after what Queens woman, murdered in March 1964? Kitty Genovese

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these albums? Brain Drain by the Ramones, Diamond Dogs by David Bowie, The First Time by Kelsea Bellerini, The Kick Inside by Kate Bush, Moving Pictures by Rush, Ride the Lightning by Metallica, Sittin' In by Loggins and Messina, They Only Come Out at Night by the Edgar Winter Group, Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow, The Velvet Underground & Nico. They each feature a song named for a famous novel.

Last edited by Steve; 01 May 2018 at 01:10 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #830  
Old 01 May 2018, 01:06 PM
chillas's Avatar
chillas chillas is offline
 
Join Date: 09 September 2002
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 11,806
Default

1. No idea.

2. My first thought is Hawaii Five-O, but I think that was late 60s (68, maybe?) and too late for the opening to have likely been shot in 1963. So ... Gilligan's Island?

3. Cowboy.

4. Ether.

5. Peter and the Wolf.

6. Kitty Genovese.

7. I got nothing.
Reply With Quote
  #831  
Old 01 May 2018, 01:07 PM
chillas's Avatar
chillas chillas is offline
 
Join Date: 09 September 2002
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 11,806
Default

Oh! I think Steve is right on 7. I know off hand that Diamond Dogs, Tuesday Night Music Club, and Ride the Lightning all fit.
Reply With Quote
  #832  
Old 01 May 2018, 02:02 PM
GenYus234's Avatar
GenYus234 GenYus234 is offline
 
Join Date: 02 August 2005
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 25,973
Default

4. The "diethyl" form of what class of organic compounds was once used as a solvent and an anesthetic? Ketones?
Reply With Quote
  #833  
Old 01 May 2018, 02:40 PM
Seaboe Muffinchucker's Avatar
Seaboe Muffinchucker Seaboe Muffinchucker is offline
 
Join Date: 30 June 2005
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 18,514
Glasses

Quote:
Originally Posted by DadOf3 View Post
THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. Before Russell Westbrook, who was the only player ever to average a triple-double over an entire NBA season?
Kareem Abdul Jabbar (fka Lou Alcindor)
Quote:


2. In what TV show's first-season intro can a U.S. flag be seen flying at half-staff, since it was filmed at Honolulu's Ala Wai Yacht Club the week of the Kennedy assassination?
Something that started in late 1963, I guess. Flipper?
Quote:


3. What is the evident occupation of "Vegas Vic," the neon sign mascot who's been a symbol for Las Vegas since 1951?
I have no clue. Playing craps?
Quote:


4. The "diethyl" form of what class of organic compounds was once used as a solvent and an anesthetic?
What pops to mind is phosphate, but I'm pretty sure that's not what they're looking for.
Quote:


5. What beloved 1936 work of classical music has, as one of its title characters, a member of the Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization?
Beloved work from 1936? All I can think of is Porgy & Bess, and that just doesn't seem right, somehow.
Quote:


6. The "bystander effect" in psychology is sometimes named after what Queens woman, murdered in March 1964?
Kitty Genovese
Quote:


7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these albums? Brain Drain by the Ramones, Diamond Dogs by David Bowie, The First Time by Kelsea Bellerini, The Kick Inside by Kate Bush, Moving Pictures by Rush, Ride the Lightning by Metallica, Sittin' In by Loggins and Messina, They Only Come Out at Night by the Edgar Winter Group, Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow, The Velvet Underground & Nico.
They were all produced by the same person (although I have no clue who that is), and these were the only records he produced.

I hope this was the question we were supposed to answer, because the other one had its answer built in.

Seaboe
Reply With Quote
  #834  
Old 01 May 2018, 03:11 PM
ChasFink's Avatar
ChasFink ChasFink is offline
 
Join Date: 09 December 2015
Location: Mineola, NY
Posts: 830
Icon05

Quote:
Originally Posted by chillas View Post
Oh! I think Steve is right on 7. I know off hand that Diamond Dogs, Tuesday Night Music Club, and Ride the Lightning all fit.
I already cheated and read some answers, so I'm not playing - but I agree. The Kick Inside also fits the answer.
Reply With Quote
  #835  
Old 01 May 2018, 06:25 PM
Seaboe Muffinchucker's Avatar
Seaboe Muffinchucker Seaboe Muffinchucker is offline
 
Join Date: 30 June 2005
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 18,514
Glasses

Quote:
Originally Posted by ChasFink View Post
I already cheated and read some answers.
It's not cheating to read the answers others have given. It's cheating to google the answers (although only because we agreed we wouldn't do that).

Seaboe
Reply With Quote
  #836  
Old 01 May 2018, 06:45 PM
Richard W's Avatar
Richard W Richard W is offline
 
Join Date: 19 February 2000
Location: High Wycombe, UK
Posts: 26,118
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chillas View Post
Oh! I think Steve is right on 7. I know off hand that Diamond Dogs, Tuesday Night Music Club, and Ride the Lightning all fit.
And The Velvet Underground and Nico, although in that case I think the song is now more famous than the novel it's named after!

(eta) In one of those bizarre coincidences, I picked up my iPod just now to check the track listing for Ride the Lightning (and see if I had Diamond Dogs) and when I put it back into the docking station, it switched to shuffle and started playing at random. And the song it started playing is the Velvet Underground song we're talking about...! Not the album version though; it's a demo version from a box set.
Reply With Quote
  #837  
Old 01 May 2018, 10:19 PM
TallGeekyGirl's Avatar
TallGeekyGirl TallGeekyGirl is offline
 
Join Date: 31 December 2005
Location: Virginia
Posts: 12,200
Default

2. In what TV show's first-season intro can a U.S. flag be seen flying at half-staff, since it was filmed at Honolulu's Ala Wai Yacht Club the week of the Kennedy assassination? Gilligan's Island

3. What is the evident occupation of "Vegas Vic," the neon sign mascot who's been a symbol for Las Vegas since 1951? Cowboy

6. The "bystander effect" in psychology is sometimes named after what Queens woman, murdered in March 1964? Kitty Genovese
Reply With Quote
  #838  
Old 02 May 2018, 05:38 AM
Don Enrico's Avatar
Don Enrico Don Enrico is offline
 
Join Date: 05 October 2004
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Posts: 7,598
Default

3. What is the evident occupation of "Vegas Vic," the neon sign mascot who's been a symbol for Las Vegas since 1951?

Isn't that the Cowboy?
Reply With Quote
  #839  
Old 02 May 2018, 01:04 PM
ChasFink's Avatar
ChasFink ChasFink is offline
 
Join Date: 09 December 2015
Location: Mineola, NY
Posts: 830
Reading

Quote:
Originally Posted by Seaboe Muffinchucker View Post
It's not cheating to read the answers others have given. It's cheating to google the answers (although only because we agreed we wouldn't do that).
Okay, If it's not cheating...

1. Before Russell Westbrook, who was the only player ever to average a triple-double over an entire NBA season?
As Chico Escuela would say, basketball - I don't know.

2. In what TV show's first-season intro can a U.S. flag be seen flying at half-staff, since it was filmed at Honolulu's Ala Wai Yacht Club the week of the Kennedy assassination?
Wanted to say Hawaiian Eye, but Gilligan's Island makes more sense.

3. What is the evident occupation of "Vegas Vic," the neon sign mascot who's been a symbol for Las Vegas since 1951?
Cowboy. He's the one in the neon sign you see in all movies set in Las Vegas in the 1950s. That sign, once part of the Pioneer Club casino, sill stands over a gift shop that occupies part of the Pioneer's original space.

4. The "diethyl" form of what class of organic compounds was once used as a solvent and an anesthetic?
I'll guess ether. Ether that or...

5. What beloved 1936 work of classical music has, as one of its title characters, a member of the Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization?
Porgy and Bess? (Wild Guess.)

6. The "bystander effect" in psychology is sometimes named after what Queens woman, murdered in March 1964?
Kitty Genovese

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these albums? Brain Drain by the Ramones, Diamond Dogs by David Bowie, The First Time by Kelsea Bellerini, The Kick Inside by Kate Bush, Moving Pictures by Rush, Ride the Lightning by Metallica, Sittin' In by Loggins and Messina, They Only Come Out at Night by the Edgar Winter Group, Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow, The Velvet Underground & Nico.
A song named after a novel.
Reply With Quote
  #840  
Old 02 May 2018, 05:52 PM
Dr. Winston O'Boogie's Avatar
Dr. Winston O'Boogie Dr. Winston O'Boogie is offline
 
Join Date: 23 February 2000
Location: Fox Lake, IL
Posts: 5,207
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ChasFink View Post
I already cheated and read some answers, so I'm not playing - but I agree. The Kick Inside also fits the answer.
Also works for They Only Come Out at Night - Frankenstein
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ken Jennings Trivia Challenge DadOf3 Urban Legends Contest 1011 05 April 2017 08:44 PM
Ken Jennings trivia DadOf3 Urban Legends Contest 1000 11 November 2015 06:21 PM
Ken Jennings Trivia Challenge MacLloyd Urban Legends Contest 1034 22 April 2014 11:44 PM
Ken Jennings trivia challenge Seaboe Muffinchucker Urban Legends Contest 764 06 December 2012 02:43 PM
Ken Jennings trivia challenge lord_feldon Urban Legends Contest 1041 21 December 2011 03:20 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 05:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.