Questions for August 2013

This is Dr Bob’s quiz for August 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 try to do that quickly. The real answers will appear in September.

  1. In the days of sail, men on sailing ships generally tried to avoid homosexual encounters. However Phillip C van Buskirk – a contemporary of Herman Melville – left a startlingly frank journal. What was this mostly about?
  2. Do any women have their ages recorded in the Bible?
  3. What is the derivation of the name of the toy, Lego?
  4. Some very shonky measurements of 6 dying people many years ago, gave a result that a human body suddenly loses 21 grams at death. What is the weight of all the electrons in an average human body?
  5. Why were residents of Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane forbidden to write to members of the Royal Family?
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  1. 1.In the days of sail, men on sailing ships generally tried to avoid homosexual encounters. However Phillip C van Buskirk – a contemporary of Herman Melville – left a startlingly frank journal. What was this mostly about?

    Let’s just say he was a big fan of “running it up the flagpole to see who salutes.” I’d say more but the US Navy was part of the whole “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” thing back then.

    2.Do any women have their ages recorded in the Bible?

    Just Sarah. When the others heard about how old they listed her as, none of them would support the effort to record more.

    3.What is the derivation of the name of the toy, Lego?

    It comes from the Danish words “leg godt” which either mean “play well” or “Angelina Jolie’s Gams.” You decide.

    4.Some very shonky measurements of 6 dying people many years ago, gave a result that a human body suddenly loses 21 grams at death. What is the weight of all the electrons in an average human body?

    Doesn’t that depend on how positive or negative they were when alive…?

    5.Why were residents of Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane forbidden to write to members of the Royal Family?

    It put the medical staff in a very difficult position when then letters coming back to the patients were loonier than those that went out.

  2. As a non-believer and someone that tries so hard not to make typo’s, your reply that you loved my cvomments and I should have faith were doubly hurtful. Lift your game Doctor Bob or I will stick with this peculiar quiz for many, many more months.

  3. 1. What was this mostly about? Self-pollution, so more about one’s own mast rather than the rears before it.

    2. Sarah and Anna, and relatively Jesus’ sisters who were less than his 33 1/3rd years.

    3. Lego? Anagram of inventor Ole plus the initial of his son Godtfred?

    4. What is the weight of all the electrons in an average human body? From multiplying the number of electrons in a human by their weight you get 5gm, so the soul weighs 16 gm, approx. three sheets of paper, or a DVD, or a couple of AAA batteries. Oooh…so who is actually running the show? A brief owner’s manual, a DVD, a couple of batteries, or — if we believe Douglas Adams, a mouse?

    5. Why are residents of Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane forbidden to write to members of the Royal Family? After several of them tried to off Queen Victoria, they’re afraid someone could forge their own release papers.

  4. In the days of sail, men on sailing ships generally tried to avoid homosexual encounters. However Phillip C van Buskirk – a contemporary of Herman Melville – left a startlingly frank journal. What was this mostly about?
    So that’s why his nickname was “Startled Frank”…

    Do any women have their ages recorded in the Bible?
    Wouldn’t matter if the did. Any responses would have to be more accurate, logical and truthful than its contents.

    What is the derivation of the name of the toy, Lego?
    It’s Danish for “Fuck those things hurt when you tread on them with bare feet”

    Some very shonky measurements of 6 dying people many years ago, gave a result that a human body suddenly loses 21 grams at death. What is the weight of all the electrons in an average human body?
    Sad to say one of these electrons went missing the other day and when the policeman asked his fellow electrons if they were absolutely sure they all chimed in “Yes we’re positive….!”

    Why were residents of Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane forbidden to write to members of the Royal Family?
    It’s a simple test to see if they really do belong there. You’d have to be completely mental to expect a reply from the Queen. QED.

  5. Sorry George, I have to log on to approve comments and that is even for people who have posted before, which is a nuisance. There is a bit of spam, which I have to spot and keep out. I’m travelling (again) so my access to internet is sporadic. I love your cvomments and would never ditch them, so, have faith!

  6. Have my efforts been disappeared, or do I have to re-submit? I don’t remember my brain-waves. Do I have to re=thinky things?

  7. 1) In the days of sail, men on sailing ships generally tried to avoid homosexual encounters. However Phillip C van Buskirk – a contemporary of Herman Melville – left a startlingly frank journal. What was this mostly about?

    His turn over the barrel?

    2) Do any women have their ages recorded in the Bible?

    No and why should they have?

    3) What is the derivation of the name of the toy, Lego?

    Ostensibly it comes from the Danish “LEg GOdt” meaning “play well”. I suspect it REALLY came from the fact that the first version had bricks that stuck together too well. So while trying to pull them apart the kids were often heard to sat “Let fucking GO!”. Hence the more sanitised name FUGO.

    4) Some very shonky measurements of 6 dying people many years ago, gave a result that a human body suddenly loses 21 grams at death. What is the weight of all the electrons in an average human body?

    Electrons have a mass of 9.10938291 × 10E-31 kilograms, but let’s say 10E-30 rounded. There are about 10E28 atoms in a 70kg human body, most if which is hydrogen which has one electron. Therefore 10E28 x 10E-30 = weight of electrons, equals 10E-2 kg, or about 10 grams. A teaspoonful.

    5) Why were residents of Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane forbidden to write to members of the Royal Family?

    Contrary to the principle that the royals were somehow more intelligent that the average philosopher-in-the-street, they actually weren’t that bright either so they too didn’t understand whatever the hell the nutters wrote about. And that worried them so it HAD to be stopped. Either that or Charles wrote back wanting to subscribe to their magazine.

  8. 1. A biography of Onan? Reviews of music he had paid composers for (his Nocturne Commissions). A lesser know non-marital art known as hand to gland combat? Sperm wails!!!. I might be on the wrong track here and there is not a vas deferens between my guesses.

    2. Opening for the Haran XI at Canaan in 1600 BCE, Sarah was given out for 127 by umpire Ephron. This was the best innings by a woman until England’s Betty Snowball hit 189 v NZ at Lancaster Park in 1934/35.

    3.Before branching into toys, the ill-tempered Ole Christiansen coached the Danish Cricket team. He wanted his players to eschew all off side strokes. When he was ignored he would bellow “Leg side goddammit”. This was abbreviated for the name of his first, less successful company ‘Sidegddammit’.

    4. I started to check the %’s of the major, non trace elements of the body (Hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen) then sharpened me pencil for some big numbering doings. But then I thought, this is a Dr Bob question, could the answer be 21 grams?

    5. To prevent Sherlock Holmes intercepting the epistles, extracting DNA from the saliva on the stamp and proving conclusively that Jack the Ripper was related to Queen Victoria, discovering the Marquess of Salisbury was actually born in area 51 and the Vicar of Christ was a Jewish Freemason.

  9. 1 – It described the ancestral sailors’ practice of replacing the traditional homosexual act by sticking one’s cylindric part through a hole in a barrel full of gamy herrings

    2 – At least ONE : writing about Sarah, the author states that, to find her (impressive old) age, it’s very simple : you take the age of her husband Abraham, you divide it by the square root of seven-eights the age of her son Isaac, …and you’re done !

    3 – illegitimize

    4 – 0,0000000000000000000000000000000000007678 grams

    5 – I KNOW why, but I’m forbidden to tell it, being myself a resident of Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane… Sorry folks…

  10. 1.In the days of sail, men on sailing ships generally tried to avoid homosexual encounters. However Phillip C van Buskirk – a contemporary of Herman Melville – left a startlingly frank journal. What was this mostly about?

    His experiences with the manatees of Apalachicola River basin. Page 287 quotes: “Aye, but she was a rare big lass, with eyes the colour of seawater.”

    2.Do any women have their ages recorded in the Bible?

    Other than Abraham’s wife, Sarah, who was clearly showing off, these were removed on the insistence of Mary Magdalene, who was thought to have lied to Jesus about her age when they met (she heard he didn’t like old chicks). The editors of the Bible agreed to her request, so long as it was her only argument put forward. Soon after reading her pertinent chapters, she was heard saying the Aramaic equivalent of “Oh….bugger.”

    3.What is the derivation of the name of the toy, Lego?

    Contraction of the Danish word “le” and the Latin, “ego”, to mean “I laugh”. Presumably all the way to the bank.

    4.Some very shonky measurements of 6 dying people many years ago, gave a result that a human body suddenly loses 21 grams at death. What is the weight of all the electrons in an average human body?

    Infinity: always changing. Also, I refuse to answer as I believe it may disrupt my delicate willpower while trying to lose this winter weight.

    5.Why were residents of Broadmoor Asylum for the Criminally Insane forbidden to write to members of the Royal Family?

    Patient Dr. William Chester Minor, also known as Surgeon of Crawthorne, used up all the paper writing notes to Dictionary editor Dr James Murray, that there was none left for anyone else. As this resulted in a significant lowering in suicide-by-paper-cuts, the refusal of paper for the inmates was made law after Crawthorne’s death. So they’re not just snubbing the royals.

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