Answers for November 1997

From darkest Geelong, our WINNER this month is –

Glenn Brady


Question 1

In 1664-6 Isaac Newton was a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, but why was he loafing around an orchard at home when he discovered the principle of gravity?

Answer

College was closed from Oct-Dec 1665 because of the Great Plague

Alternative answers:

  • Part time job as a fruit picker so he could afford college.
  • Avoiding college like the plague.

Question 2

Cinema critics were surveyed and overall, they ranked one 20th-century film well above any other for its artistic merit. Which film?

Answer

in Damian McNeil’s words “The Sight and Sound Poll of directors and critics conducted every ten years after its inauguration in 1952 has this as its top film for artistic achievement: 1962 – Citizen Kane 1972 – Citizen Kane 1982 – Citizen Kane (First time directors were asked) 1992 – Citizen Kane ”

Alternative answers:

  • Spice Girls – The Movie (Pretty amazing seeing it hasn’t even been released yet!)
  • Bambi Meets Godzilla
  • I do not know what it is but I am sure those idiots wouldn’t have chosen Citizen Kane or any of the true classics. [O, ye of little faith]

Question 3

Complete this quote by Jean-Paul Sartre: “She believed in nothing – only her skepticism kept her from being ….”

Answer

… an atheist

Alternative answers:

  • … a man
  • … a supporter of the current Wik legislation
  • … abducted by UFO’s
  • … promoted along the same career path offered to men. [Thank you, Diane]
  • … convinced that the condom wouldn’t break
  • … a politician
  • … a Spice Girl

Question 4

In their earlier incarnation as Italian Renaissance artisans, which one of Michaelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo died while still young?

Answer

Raphael (37) – Leo 67, Don 80 and Mick at 89.

Alternative answers:

  • Earlier incarnation? This implies that they have undergone a re-incarnation – and as a skeptic I am afraid I cannot accept this without proof. In fact, the fact that a skeptic group poses a question which uses the principle of re-incarnation as a ‘fact’ puts serious doubts in my mind as to the veracity of the rest of the questions. Perhaps this page has been subverted by our saurian ancestors, waiting under Canberra to take over the world … but that’s another theory. Mind you, I have seen, in the flesh, in clear moving film footage and photographs, as well as eye witness accounts of four mutant turtles with these names. I also have unconfirmed, third-hand reports and sketches of these four names as, supposedly, people/artists from Italy. However, as I have seen far more proof of the turtles, I would have to wonder whether these ‘artists’ actually existed or were just a myth made up by our earlier ancestors. This is something I feel Mr von Daniken should be investigating, as this would greatly add to his knowledgeable body of work. [Cringe]

Question 5

What is the densest planet in the Solar System?

Answer

Good old Earth, at 5.52 g/cc (OK, 5.52 tonnes per cubic metre)

Alternative answers:

  • Planet Hollywood
  • Earth – where else would one find Creation Scientists?
  • Earth – no doubt! Which other planet would willingly conceive of war, global warming, pollution, astrology, Abba and the like. Though I’d give us a higher score than 5.52 on the density scale than the conservative scientists do. I wonder on Mercury (the next densest at 5.4) have they got a band called Abba?
  • Earth – Pauline Hanson, need I say more? [Please – you shouldn’t even say that]
  • Pluto – he is certainly bloody stupid in all of those Disney movies!
  • After an answer like the ones above, i would have to say Earth. [And with grammar like that, no wonder]