Questions for December 2013

Jeez, another month already!!  So here is my effort for December 2013.  PLEASE HAVE A GO – by posting a comment. I already know the answers, so post something witty or sarcastic! I have to moderate the postings, but I will try to do that quickly. The real answers will appear next year.

  1. In a marathon six-hour session Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band recorded Trout Mask Replica in the studio. Later, the engineers wanted a second take; how did that differ from the first take?
  2. Rolling Stone’s Langdon Winner said that on a desert island, he’d take Trout Mask Replica to play. Why there?
  3. Bob Dylan’s Highway 61: “God said to Abraham, kill me a son” – why is this ironic?
  4. What problems might arise when you photograph a polar bear with infra-red film?
  5. In 1830 so many wooden ships ran aground or were otherwise wrecked in Melville Bay (NW Greenland) that a thousand men ended up camping on the ice. All the captains and officers left to seek help; with nobody left in command, the men burnt the broken ships for fuel and rolled about for weeks in drunken orgies of celebration. How many died?
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3 comments

  1. DR BOB’s ANSWERS –
    (1) The band had rehearsed so much, that the two takes were identical
    (2) It’d be the only place where someone would not ask him to take it off
    (3) His father had the name Abraham
    (4) Well, it would eat you, but if you get the photo done before that, the damn animal would not show up, since its body is so well insulated by the fur (its footprints are warm, however)
    (5) None!

  2. 1.In a marathon six-hour session Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band recorded Trout Mask Replica in the studio. Later, the engineers wanted a second take; how did that differ from the first take?
    The original session was the first time the Captain had ever played the piano. Due to his increasing familiarity with the instrument, he was more adept at playing the right note, with the result that Take Two (several months later)sounded nothing like Take One.
    2.Rolling Stone’s Langdon Winner said that on a desert island, he’d take Trout Mask Replica to play. Why there?
    The quote is incomplete : “… play with”. He could use it as a frisbee substitute.
    3.Bob Dylan’s Highway 61: “God said to Abraham, kill me a son” – why is this ironic?
    Never quite worked out the meaning of irony, but could it be that a millenium or so after this reported conversation, God’s own son was killed by divine destiny, or God let it happen, or whatever. The Way of the Cross is Route 61 through Jerusalem.
    4.What problems might arise when you photograph a polar bear with infra-red film?
    You get a black bear camouflaged against a black background. I got a similar photo when I snapped the Sahara at night without a flash, through a yellow filter.
    5.In 1830 so many wooden ships ran aground or were otherwise wrecked in Melville Bay (NW Greenland) that a thousand men ended up camping on the ice. All the captains and officers left to seek help; with nobody left in command, the men burnt the broken ships for fuel and rolled about for weeks in drunken orgies of celebration. How many died?
    All of them – they melted the nearby glaciers and were all swept into the sea.

  3. I’ll set the bar low for the others who comment:

    1. In a marathon six-hour session Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band recorded Trout Mask Replica in the studio. Later, the engineers wanted a second take; how did that differ from the first take?

    It wasn’t in a studio? It used an original trout mask? The Magic Band disappeared? How many guesses do you get again?

    2. Rolling Stone’s Langdon Winner said that on a desert island, he’d take Trout Mask Replica to play. Why there?

    So, no one else would have to hear it.

    3. Bob Dylan’s Highway 61: “God said to Abraham, kill me a son” – why is this ironic?

    Genesis 22 is when Abraham is tested. It was released when Dylan was 24. The album peaked at #3 on the chart. 22+24+3=49 and 61 – 49 is . . . is. . .is actually not 13. This is not ironic at all.

    4. What problems might arise when you photograph a polar bear with infra-red film?

    Their blubber insulates so well that the photographer may start blubbering over the invisible polar bears.

    5. In 1830 so many wooden ships ran aground or were otherwise wrecked in Melville Bay (NW Greenland) that a thousand men ended up camping on the ice. All the captains and officers left to seek help; with nobody left in command, the men burnt the broken ships for fuel and rolled about for weeks in drunken orgies of celebration. How many died?

    All of them have died.

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