Questions for February 2013

This is Dr Bob’s quiz for February 2013 – please give your answers to this quiz by posting a comment. But as I already know the answers, I prefer to see witty or sarcastic comments! I will moderate the postings to avoid spam (and abuse), but I will get on with that quickly. The real answers will appear in March.

  1. These useful household things powered by electricity were invented in this order, between 1889 and 1910. What is the missing item? Sewing machine, fan, teakettle, toaster, ??, vacuum cleaner, flatiron, frying pan.
  2. What is the origin of the word “cretin”?
  3. How many sneezes are reported in the Bible?
  4. The “False Dmitry” claimed to be Dmitry Ivanovich, son of Ivan the Terrible and actually made it to become Tsar for a few months. After his death another False Dmitry – False Dmitry II – turned up – who did he claim to be?
  5. Why did the contemporary folk singer Attila the Stockbroker – change from playing a mandolin to playing a mandola?
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  1. REAL ANSWERS –

    1. The personal Vibrator. Somebody actually got this right!

    2. Latin /christianus/ – a Christian

    3. Seven sneezes – but all by the same boy, 2 Kings 4:35

    4. He claimed he was BOTH Dmitry Ivanovitch AND False Dmitry I. Then there was a False Dmitry III … it helped to keep one’s sword sharp in those days. Still does, really

    5. His mandolin was smashed over his head during an altercation. A mandola is bigger, so this may yet prove to be a bad idea.

  2. 1.Massage rod, yes it’s a euphemism of very poor quality but heck everything else on the list is a part of the misogynist conspiracy to “ease” the woman of the houses work load. Of course the conspiracy was to make women house bound and throw all the work onto them.
    2.Well it might be from popular religious cult who seemed to think that they epitomised humanity and thus the poor cretin was referred to by the cults name so as to remind them that the poor cretin was not a brute. This seems counter intuitive for the time but very applicable in regards to some evangelical blow hards
    3.Seven times did they sneeze and the number of sneezes shall be seven. Six sneezes thou shalt not count nor the number of eight. Five sneezes shalt one not count unless it be upon the way to seven. Nine is right out.
    Upon the count of seven thou shalt pull forth thy hold snot rag and blow up it. Thou shalt obey Leviticus and thy snot rag shall be of one fibre only. Mixing fibre of the snot rag shall be a sin and he who blows thy nose upon the snot rag of blended fabric shall surely be put to death.
    4.The real False Dmitry, the false dimitry the new world order didn’t want you to know about.
    5.Because the Mandolin gave him a headache

    Yes I know its March but due to a lack of answers i feel confident i can sneak in a late response.

  3. 1. The electric chair. It was originally designed for warming the cockles of one’s heart, but it fell into the wrong hands, underwent modifications and was afterwards never used in a domestic setting.
    2. Cretin is an abbreviated form of creation. A cretin is one who believes in creation in spite of the evidence.
    3. 666. However like most biblical reports it handles the truth carelessly.
    4. The inventor of dim sims, whose Russian origins have been lost to history.
    5. Insider trading. He received a tip that the mandola was going to be the next big thing in popular music, but his dreams of an instant fortune remain unfulfilled.

  4. 1. It’s not the electric stove which excites me – it’s discovering that the invention of the coffee percolator was second only to electric light.
    2. Cretin comes from the ancient french work meaning “cannot tell right from wrong” – in other words, a politician.
    3. Sneezes. That has 7 letters. So does Bubonic and Tissues. I see a pattern here.
    4. Naturally False Dimitri II claimed to be the same person that False Dimitri I claimed. Although not false of course. So many people caliming to be the offspring of Ivan the Terrible – it rassures me that my parenting style is on the right track.
    5.He was responding to his critics. Really. They were very forceful.

  5. 1.These useful household things powered by electricity were invented in this order, between 1889 and 1910. What is the missing item? Sewing machine, fan, teakettle, toaster, ??, vacuum cleaner, flatiron, frying pan.
    A1. Noting that all seven listed inventions were only used by women, it is clear that the eighth must be the electric vibrator.
    2.What is the origin of the word “cretin”?
    A2. “Cretin” was originally used by an ALP leader in the dim dark past (Mark Latham?) to describe his conservative opponent. The word is considered offensive in these more enlightened days and has been replaced by “misogynist”.
    3.How many sneezes are reported in the Bible?
    A3. I have no idea, but I do know that sneezes is our friend.
    4.The “False Dmitry” claimed to be Dmitry Ivanovich, son of Ivan the Terrible and actually made it to become Tsar for a few months. After his death another False Dmitry – False Dmitry II – turned up – who did he claim to be?
    A4. He described himself as the True Unifying Russian Dmitry but most Russians thought he was just another turd tsar.
    5.Why did the contemporary folk singer Attila the Stockbroker – change from playing a mandolin to playing a mandola?
    A5. Why on earth would anyone now want to play an elderly African statesman with a small spelling problem? Surely you are pulling our legs, Dr Bob?

  6. Hiya
    George @Isa
    1.The Exceedingly Useful Electric Domestic Time Travel Cabinet. No one that used it has come back yet for confirmation.
    2. Hansard.
    3.Rehoboam the להתעטש (English “Sneeze”) had 28 sons and 60 daughters from his 18 wives and 60 concubines. Any illegitimate offspring were known as ” The Sniffles”.
    4. In The Exorcist, the crazy girl taunted the priest “Dimmi, why you do this to me?” In Exorcist II the demon pretended to be the priest (False Dimmi II)
    5. His mandolin playing skills went to his head and some thug took him down a mandola tuning peg or two.

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