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Old 26 May 2007, 04:11 AM
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D'oh! Let's take a whack at this urban legend

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Q: Is the name of the carnival game Whac-a-Mole derived from the word "guacamole"?
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Old 26 May 2007, 04:18 AM
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Susan Wright of Champaign Ill., please report for a brain implant.
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Old 26 May 2007, 04:27 AM
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I think I knew this person. Or at least went to school with their relatives. Oy.
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Old 26 May 2007, 04:32 AM
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Let's see, the -e is silent in the English version, yet pronounced in the Spanish version...

The stress is on different parts of the words in the two languages: WHACK - a - mole (English) and gua - ca - MO - le (Spanish)

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The reason for this name, Lane says, is that pronunciation in Spanish is very similar for Whac-a-Mole and Guaca-Mole.
Uh...no it's not...
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Old 26 May 2007, 04:18 PM
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Actually, it's the other way around. Guacamole was named after the game when preparers attempted to smash avocados that flitted in and out of holes.
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Old 11 June 2007, 02:08 PM
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Actually, it's the other way around. Guacamole was named after the game when preparers attempted to smash avocados that flitted in and out of holes.
LOL, that's the way I heard it.
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Old 11 June 2007, 03:17 PM
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So, snopes, was the basketball "strategy" known as "Hack-a-Shaq" invented in Hackensack or was it named for that beanbag kicking game? Please do a page on this ASAP. Thanks.
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