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Old 07 March 2019, 06:39 PM
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Darth, . Clearly, my subconscious knows more than I do!

Fun fact about the Space Needle: the foundation goes down almost as far as the Needle goes up.

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Old 07 March 2019, 09:47 PM
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I think you are mistaken about that. I believe the foundation weighs about as much as the above-ground structure. It does not go down hundreds of feet, though.
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Old 08 March 2019, 01:48 PM
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I based that on a model I saw just outside the company that built it. You are correct, though, the model doesn't necessary reflect the structure as built.

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Old 12 March 2019, 10:40 AM
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Hello all,

Here are:
LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. Astronomer Alan Hale and amateur astronomer Thomas Bopp are both best known for independently doing what on July 22, 1995?
The astronomer and the asphalt factory manager both spotted a heretofore-undiscovered comet, which we now call Hale-Bopp.

2. What iconic ship was christened at its January 1944 launching by Margaret Truman, then a U.S. senator's daughter?
Considering that her dad wasn't yet president or even vice president, why was Margaret Truman chosen to break the champagne bottle? Because the battleship in question was named for her home state: it was the soon-to-be-iconic USS Missouri.

3. What classic video game has a name that means "a bad smell" in British English?
"Pong" means something good if you are a pioneering 1970s video game fan and something bad if you are a British plumber or exterminator or aromatherapist.

4. Franz Liszt wrote 19 famous piano rhapsodies based on the folk music of what country?
Those are the immortal Hungarian Rhapsodies, based on the folk music of...Finland. No! Based on the folk music of Hungary.

5. What TV show's iconic badge number is often said to be a tribute to its producer/star's sports idol, Babe Ruth?
Jack Webb on Dragnet wore Badge 714, and it's often claimed to be a nod to Babe's home run record, though I don't think that's the true story.

6. The first supermodel ever to sign a million-dollar contract was the granddaughter of what writer?
Margaux Hemingway was the granddaughter of...William Faulkner. No! Of Ernest Hemingway. I don't usually use this joke twice in the same quiz, and that's probably a good idea.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these destinations? The Art Institute of Chicago, Golden Gate Park, the London Natural History Museum, the Nashville Parthenon, Pont Alexandre III, San Antonio River Walk, the San Diego Zoo, the Space Needle, the USTA National Tennis Center, Vienna's Prater.
All these popular tourist spots got early "Expo"-sure as the sites of world's fairs.

(Seaboe was 7 for 7!!!)

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. In 1976, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission gave hack license 265216 to what famous New Yorker, who spent a month driving 12-hour cab shifts daily?

2. How much money do you have in U.S. dollars if you have "two bits"?

3. What 1897 novel hinges on the shipment of "fifty cases of common earth, to be used for experimental purposes" to England aboard the schooner Demeter?

4. What branch of mathematics, which dates back to 1874, is based on binary operators like union, intersection, and Cartesian product?

5. From what ancient and modern world capital city did the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid rule, at the height of the Islamic Golden Age?

6. What British-Canadian boxer was the last heavyweight to be undisputed world champ?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these albums? Come On Pilgrim, It's a Shame about Ray, Lady Soul, The Notorious Byrd Brothers, Pink Moon, Ramones, Reign in Blood, Sounds of Silence, Weezer's Green Album, Ye.

Enjoy!
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Old 12 March 2019, 01:15 PM
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1. In 1976, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission gave hack license 265216 to what famous New Yorker, who spent a month driving 12-hour cab shifts daily?
Robert DeNiro?

2. How much money do you have in U.S. dollars if you have "two bits"?

A half dollar?

3. What 1897 novel hinges on the shipment of "fifty cases of common earth, to be used for experimental purposes" to England aboard the schooner Demeter?

Dracula

5. From what ancient and modern world capital city did the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid rule, at the height of the Islamic Golden Age?

Baghdad
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Old 12 March 2019, 01:55 PM
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2. How much money do you have in U.S. dollars if you have "two bits"?

Twenty-five cents.

I think the "bit" was an obsolete coin worth 12 1/2 , dating back to the days when a half penny was enough to buy something (if not much of something.)
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Old 12 March 2019, 01:56 PM
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(Seaboe was 7 for 7!!!)
Congrats Seaboe!

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THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

2. How much money do you have in U.S. dollars if you have "two bits"?
2 dollars?
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3. What 1897 novel hinges on the shipment of "fifty cases of common earth, to be used for experimental purposes" to England aboard the schooner Demeter?
Dracula
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5. From what ancient and modern world capital city did the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid rule, at the height of the Islamic Golden Age?
Adis Abbeba?
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Old 12 March 2019, 02:18 PM
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2. How much money do you have in U.S. dollars if you have "two bits"?

Twenty-five cents.

I think the "bit" was an obsolete coin worth 12 1/2 , dating back to the days when a half penny was enough to buy something (if not much of something.)
As I have heard it, the Spanish doubloon would be cut into 8 pieces or bits in order to have smaller "coins" to spend on cheaper items. Two bits would therefor be a quarter of a doubloon.
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Old 12 March 2019, 02:33 PM
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GenYus, I looked it up after posting, and what I found agrees with you.
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Old 12 March 2019, 03:28 PM
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1. Hmm, a Taxi Driver in the 1970s. I'm going with De Niro.

2. Enough for a shave and a haircut - twenty five cents.

3. Dracula

4. Those are set operations - is that a branch of math?

5. Well, in Civ V, his capital city is Mecca.

6. Honestly, the last person I can guarantee was the undisputed heavyweight champ was Buster Douglas, by virtue of beating Mike Tyson. I'm so sure that isn't right, I'm not even going to bother hiding it.

7. Hey, I know one! At least, I'm pretty sure about this, as I have like six of those albums, and this stands out to me - they are all very short. I'd have to check exactly at home, but probably all in the 20-30 minute range. Does that make them EPs instead of LPs?
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Old 12 March 2019, 03:36 PM
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(Seaboe was 7 for 7!!!)
OMG. I don't think that's ever happened before.

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THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. In 1976, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission gave hack license 265216 to what famous New Yorker, who spent a month driving 12-hour cab shifts daily?
I want to say that songwriter, but I can't remember his name, so I'll say Woody Allen.
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2. How much money do you have in U.S. dollars if you have "two bits"?
In dollars? 1/4, or 25 cents.
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3. What 1897 novel hinges on the shipment of "fifty cases of common earth, to be used for experimental purposes" to England aboard the schooner Demeter?
Dracula
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4. What branch of mathematics, which dates back to 1874, is based on binary operators like union, intersection, and Cartesian product?
Sounds like graphing, but that's not actually math, is it? Statistics is (are?), though.
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5. From what ancient and modern world capital city did the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid rule, at the height of the Islamic Golden Age?
Istanbul? Oh, wait no--Madrid.
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6. What British-Canadian boxer was the last heavyweight to be undisputed world champ?
Sports. I hate sports. Jack Johnson.
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7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these albums? Come On Pilgrim, It's a Shame about Ray, Lady Soul, The Notorious Byrd Brothers, Pink Moon, Ramones, Reign in Blood, Sounds of Silence, Weezer's Green Album, Ye.
There is both an acoustic and electric version.

Clearly, I am not going to be repeating last week's triumph.

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Old 12 March 2019, 05:09 PM
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2. How much money do you have in U.S. dollars if you have "two bits"? 25 cents.

3. What 1897 novel hinges on the shipment of "fifty cases of common earth, to be used for experimental purposes" to England aboard the schooner Demeter? Dracula

Wow. Lean week for me.
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Old 12 March 2019, 06:04 PM
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1. In 1976, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission gave hack license 265216 to what famous New Yorker, who spent a month driving 12-hour cab shifts daily?
Judd Hirsch?
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2. How much money do you have in U.S. dollars if you have "two bits"?
$0.25
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3. What 1897 novel hinges on the shipment of "fifty cases of common earth, to be used for experimental purposes" to England aboard the schooner Demeter?
Dracula?
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4. What branch of mathematics, which dates back to 1874, is based on binary operators like union, intersection, and Cartesian product?
Ask an actuary!Set Theory
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5. From what ancient and modern world capital city did the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid rule, at the height of the Islamic Golden Age?
Istambul/Constantinople?

eh, a few guesses; only a couple of sure things, and now I've got There Might Be Giants running through my brain.
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Old 12 March 2019, 06:40 PM
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1. Was that Robert de Niro preparing for Taxi Driver?

2. Ten cents? (I think a "bit" is a nickel, so five cents).

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker.

4. Set theory. (Although it seems slightly ambiguous, as other things could potentially map to that too...)

5. Damascus I think.

6. Don't know.

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7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these albums? Come On Pilgrim, It's a Shame about Ray, Lady Soul, The Notorious Byrd Brothers, Pink Moon, Ramones, Reign in Blood, Sounds of Silence, Weezer's Green Album, Ye.
I've got three of them (or at least, I've got two of them plus a Simon and Garfunkel box set which has all the tracks from another, so far as I know) but can't think of anything obvious in common, even after sneakily looking at track listings.
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Old 12 March 2019, 10:11 PM
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1. In 1976, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission gave hack license 265216 to what famous New Yorker, who spent a month driving 12-hour cab shifts daily? Robert DeNiro. You talkin' to me?

2. How much money do you have in U.S. dollars if you have "two bits"? A quarter.

3. What 1897 novel hinges on the shipment of "fifty cases of common earth, to be used for experimental purposes" to England aboard the schooner Demeter? Dracula.
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Old 12 March 2019, 11:42 PM
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1. Taxi being key during the mid 70s, I would guess that would be De Niro.

2. Aha! One I know off the top of my head. I even know how it got its name. Answer is 25. And, krap. After looking at other answers, other people know the answer too.

3. I don't know, but what was that Titanic predictive one? Futility?

4. Calculus. I don't think it is right, but I have no clue.

5. I am guessing Damascus.

6. I believe that it was Lennox Lewis.

7. Albums were made by tracks rejected from inclusion on other albums.
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1. In 1976, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission gave hack license 265216 to what famous New Yorker, who spent a month driving 12-hour cab shifts daily?

Robert de Niro

4. What branch of mathematics, which dates back to 1874, is based on binary operators like union, intersection, and Cartesian product?

Set theory

5. From what ancient and modern world capital city did the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid rule, at the height of the Islamic Golden Age?

Bagdad
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