Answers for May 2000

Let’s hear it for our long-term quiz masochist

Eric Prentice

There were very many other good answers, including several from midwestern USA and Calgary – and one from “Toronto ON Canada”, which is probably a good place to put it, better than underneath.
Paul Erdos, the celebrated mathematician, was said to have visited “every university from Beijing to Calgary”. Evidently he had been to Pyongyang and Vancouver (or perhaps he took the scenic route)

Blatant Plug

Dr Bob is giving a talk “Confessions of a Skeptical Triviologist” and will hand out a 30-question quiz, with answers. He also accepts money and carnal favours.

  • SYDNEY – Saturday June 24, 7 for 7:30pm, Chatswood Club, 11 Help St (sic) Chatswood. $30 gets you in and buys a buffet dinner. $250 gets you out again. Book in advance on (02) 9417 2071
  • BRISBANE – Wednesday July 12, 6pm dinner, 7:30 talk, West End Club, 2 Vulture St (sic), West End – call (07) 3255 0499 for details.
  • GOLD COAST – Thursday July 13, 7.30 pm, Gold Coast Arts Centre, Bundall – Details (07) 5593 2776
  • MONGOLIA – Friday, July 14 – Uuurg Aargh Club, Yak St, Ulan Bator. Tel: 3

Question 1

How many walls of the autopsy room do you get to see in the supposedly genuine alien autopsy film?

The Correct Answers They Don’t Want You to Know:

  • Two, if you look at the screen. Otherwise none.
  • Yes
  • Only one – The great wall of conspiracy that our government uses to separate us from the truth about our visitors!

Zero Walls

  • Having not seen the film I did not get to see any walls.
  • None, but then I did fast forward the dull bits.
  • None, but I did see a number of flimsy cardboard stage sets.
  • Given that it is a fairly pitiful fraud and that it was likely filmed in his cousin’s dad’s garage and there was therefore no autopsy room to begin with, the answer is; 0
  • According to my exhaustive research, the film is widely held to be bogus, therefore, there was no alien, therefore, there could be no autopsy, therefore, the room in which the action took place could not be an autopsy room. QED.
  • I don’t get to see any, I have better things to do than watch such tripe.
  • They were dissecting an alien. Why would I look at the WALLS??
  • None – Dr John Wall (ME), being concerned that appearing in the film would bring unwanted notoriety, played the part of silent observer (and stayed out-of-shot) for the entire procedure.
  • None, it was filmed in a dimensionless alien abduction spaceship!
  • It’s not an autopsy room, it’s a tent and it’s not a tent cos it’s a film set,so there
  • You see only the illusion of walls which were digitally inserted by the same people who faked the moon landing and made the move Forrest Gump. The walls were added in to hide the president who was observing from the sidelines.

One Wall

(Or an infinite number of walls)

  • It was actually filmed inside a flying saucer and hence the wall was circular

Three Walls

  • If it were done on a sound stage you would get to see up to three walls.
  • All the really good actors in the world know that it is unprofessional to breach the so-called ‘fourth wall’ and interact with your audience.

Higher Dimensions

  • Well, it is an alien autopsy, so therefore it must be taking place in the NSA’s secret hyperdimensional base, therefore it has 13 walls, 4 floors and two roofs.
  • Sadly, none. I haven’t seen the film! If I had to guess, I would say 23.
  • I get to see 47 walls in the alien film. But I have something wrong with my eyes.
  • Ssixteen thousand four hundred and ninety-three (16493)
  • 9,087,802 approximately. Since the film was stop motion animation, there were different walls in every frame.

Right Off the Planet

  • “get to see”! You’ve spent too long in America.
  • Oh, I didn’t get to see any of the walls; I was the one hiding under the drapery on the table, where it was my job to squeeze the alien prop from underneath so the effect of extruding guts could be accomplished….. (that’s why there’s no sound with it, because the cameraman inadvertently kicked me at one stage, and I used some pretty ripe language – they had to edit out the entire sound track).
  • How’s that again? Autopsy? Is that different from Manual-psy? I thought you blokes didn’t believe in any sort of psy.
  • Walls? What walls?

Question 2

What would happen to a swinging pendulum in an elevator when the elevator cables break?

Prof Julius Sumner Miller’s Wrong Answer

It would become stationary wherever it is (problem #147).

Correct Answer:

It would spin around in a circle with a constant angular momentum (perhaps wrapping around the thing holding the cord) unless the cable snapped at the precise moment at the top of the swing, where it would just stay at an angle {although probably reeling or spiraling inwards from the stretching of the cord} until the whole scenario was dashed upon impact. Now if the elevator was in a frictionless tube through the center of the Earth…

Even Correcter Answers

  • It depends upon what you were doing with it in the first place.
  • Very little – thanks to the amazing Mr Otis who designed elevators so they don’t actually fall when the cables break (all Hollywood evidence to the contrary).
  • If the elevator were already on the ground, nothing much; it would carry on swinging.
  • Its entire life flashes in front of it in one very fast blur.
  • It would get dropped on the floor as the person holding it panicked.
  • It would stop swinging. When the cable breaks, the elevator lurches. The occupant of the elevator, trying to remain standing, grabs the pendulum hanging from the ceiling and uses it for support.

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

(coming for to carry me home – Smiling Men in white coats have suddenly appeared):

  • “elevator”! You’ve spent too long in America.
  • Eeeeeyeow, crash. It would get very flat and squashy.
  • Oh, wait a click… This is a 60’s question, right? Swinging. Hmm. Ah. . . . . It would fall.
  • It would begin vibrating to the screams of the elevator occupants.
  • Not much, I suspect. [Get with it – we had Cluedo some months ago]
  • Panic sets in at first. Then it would madly dash about screaming and ranting.
  • In the interest of providing testable and verifiable proof to answer this question, I got a friend to observe the phenomena first hand, and talk me through it on his mobile. His report was “hhheeeeeelllllllppppp UNK!!”
  • Assuming this is on Earth, the pendulum would begin to accelerate towards the base of the elevator shaft at a rate of 9.81 m/s/s. It would shortly thereafter decelerate at an appreciably greater rate.
  • According to my copy of “Elevators and Pendulums: The Horrible Truth Exposed” of which I have the only known copy in existence, regardless of whether the elevator is on the ground or goes into a free-fall after its cables break the pendulum will suffer an acute anxiety attack. It will instantly stop swinging as it comes to a realisation that it is only a pendulum. And will then immediately implode causing a space/time worm hole and all life as we know it will be sucked in.
  • It depends on who is swinging the pendulum. If it was a religious person, they would stop swinging it and pray for divine intervention. If it was a skeptic, as a good scientist, he/she would keep the pendulum in place, to see what happens to it. In either case, the pendulum (and themselves) would be smashed when they hit the ground. [Therefore – we should just enjoy life while you’ve got it]
  • It would plunge speedily downward, along with the people in the elevator, toward a gruesome but swinging death.
  • It would probably get smashed, burned, or shot to pieces when Steven Segal/Keanu Reeves/Dirty Harry/Qui Gon Jinn/Snake Plissken/Rambo/General Maximus drops through the ceiling to save the terrified physicists who have been tricked into doing their experiment in a faulty elevator by a colleague who had been ridiculed at a conference earlier in the week. (Er, I’ve probably been watching too many movies lately). Hey, the spell-checker claims that smarmy bloke with the pigtail is actually ‘Steven Seagull’…..
  • Probably the same thing that would happen to a square pendulum.
  • Probably put somebody’s eye out, put that damn thing away.
  • Pendulums are strictly monogamous and do not “swing”. This question, therefore, makes no sense.
  • Being a swinger myself, I might hope it would swing my way.
  • The darling thing would continue swinging for just as long as the elevator contained other sexually uninhibited pendula. (Automatic brakes would stop the elevator from going down, so to speak.)
  • If it was me swinging it, it would be quickly covered in a smelly brown film (as opposed to fillum). This is not unlike the smelly brown film that covered NZ when Brett Lee came on to bowl.
  • Bruce Willis would quickly take the wire of the pendulum and make a new elevator cable out of it and thus save all on board
  • Anyone trying to measure the height of the building by suspending a pendulum of known length would have to try again.
  • Umm… The pendulum would probably approach the ceiling at the same rate that the observers do.

Question 3

What was the source of energy for several vehicles that held the world land speed record (around 65 mph) in 1898-1899?

Correct Answer

Vanity

Technically Detailed Correct Answers

  • Electricity. However, most of the records were not ‘around’ 65 mph. Only one was – the 1899 record of Camille Jenatzy. All the rest were between 39 and 58 mph. http://www.soft.net.uk/speedrecordclub/outland.htm
  • Electricity. They could have gone much faster but the extension cord was not long enough.
  • Froggy Electricity. And the batteries died after the first run. It has only taken 100 years for Toyota and Chevrolet to build a modern electric car that does much the same.
  • From 1898-1899, the land speed record swapped back and forth half a dozen times between Gaston Chasseloup-Laubat, driving a Jeantaud, and Camille Jenatzy, driving a car of his own design, “La Jamais Contente”. Looking at the Frenchish-sounding names here, although I believe Jenatzy was Belgian, I’d say that the energy source was frog puree. (Oh, all right, the proper answer is ‘batteries’ because they were electric cars. I prefer the frog puree hypothesis, though.)
  • The first ever land-speed record was established about a 100 years back, in 1898. Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat of France drove an electric car at a speed of 39.24 miles per hour. This flagged off the era of “wheels racing”, which lasted till 1964, after which jet and rocket -propelled vehicles were allowed – see http://auto.indiamart.com/cars/carhistory.html

Probably More Correct Answers

  • Her father came home unexpectedly with his shotgun.
  • Cheetah legs. Which, I guess, were powered by Gazelle meat. They can do better than 65. Oh, I guess no one bothered to put a saddle on them or hook up a wagon to them. Details, details!
  • Fear
  • Nutri-grain
  • Psychic power
  • Rocket power. There was one attempt in Arizona, which ended messily halfway up a cliff, that is still spoken of to this day…
  • A good breakfast, including the great taste of SoggyFlakes™
  • Several strong-backed convicts exiled in Botany Bay.
  • Cabbage – given to the horses, and the resulting methane was lit, creating jet-propelled horses.
  • Since I have to assume that everything presented to me in the American media is true ;-)… I have to say that the fastest vehicle at that time was the train built by Artemis Jones, as presented in the historical documentary “the Wild Wild West”. That train was powered by Coal, and some ingenious chemicals of Artemis’s devising.
  • Alcohol. Insert several pints in driver, attach leopards to cart (pointing in same direction if possible), dip tails in lighter fluid. Ignite. Grab buckboard in passing.
  • Feet (a la Flintstones)
  • Heliotelekinesis; a now lost, albeit thoroughly credible psychic method of propelling large vehicles by using a mental “whip” that hurls itself around the sun and attaches to the front axle of said vehicle, which is then dragged along by the rotation of the sun. This is a closely guarded secret pertaining to the early development of horseless carriages that has now been covered up by World Government, big business, the Kennedy’s, Elvis and the oil conglomerates.
  • The breaking of chemical bonds.
  • Methane, from pigs, as they were the substitute for garages on most roads at that time
  • Gravity. This was caused by people pushing them off cliffs while saying, “This &^$& heap of junk never works!”.
  • I searched very hard but could find no place names “65 mph”. It is clear, therefore, that no vehicle could hold any record “around 65 mph”. This is another trick question.
  • Benzine. You could re-fuel at Chemists; funny, there are people like that now.

And, going further back:

  • The sun. It would have been collected by plants, and over geological time compressed into coal and oil. Then burned and the heat somehow used to charge up batteries. [But the necessary minerals in the batteries were made at the same time as the Sun was made, by earlier stars]
  • Since no energy can be created or destroyed, no energy ever has a source per se, although some scientists do believe that all the matter and energy came in to being during an enormous explosion which marked the beginning of the universe, I guess the answer must be the “Big Bang.”
  • “65 mph”! You’ve spent too long in America.

Question 4

How many people were on Noah’s Ark?

Biblically Correct Answers:

  • All of them.
  • Eight: Noah, Mrs.Noah, Ham, Mrs.Ham, Shem, Mrs.Shem, Japheth, Mrs.Japheth.
  • 2 people of each kind [34 in all?]
  • Quite a few until Noah threw them off so he could start the voyage. The umbrella salesmen were the hardest to shift.
  • Before launch, there would have been quite a few for the necessary government inspections for the carriage of livestock
  • According to the old testament, Noah was the first person to grow grapes for wine making. If everyone had known that, they would have snuck on to the ark wearing bison as hats.
  • None – it is religious allegorical fiction.
  • It’s a _story_.

Answers Not Quite Divinely Inspired:

  • 175 million. Animals are people too you know. Luckily for Noah, there were no Kiwis on the voyage or he’d have had an oversupply of ducks [Groan]
  • Initially 200, later reduced to 6 after accidents, devourance (I just invented that word), and cannibalism.
  • As I look through my well-thumbed (not!) Bible, I see it says 8: Noah, his 3 sons, and their wives, all stuck on one boat together. Sounds like an American sitcom. [Indeed, it was a Judaic sitcom. Well, it was as funny as anything else in the Bible]
  • 8 – Mr and Mrs Noah, their three sons, Jacko, Robbo and Thommo, and their wives, Noreen, Doreen and Maureen.
  • Eight. Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives – and Noah’s intern, Monica Lewinsky. [This may explain Genesis 7:1, KJV: And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark….]
  • The ship’s papers (manifest, relevant Bills of Lading, and the passenger list) – if available – have never been declassified, so it is impossible to tell. In fact the lack of available documentation and the contradictory reports surrounding the passage of this vessel may lead one to question the very existence of the boat. However, if someone were to find it, half-buried, up on a lonely mountainside …
  • Because it rained all the time, they were mainly inside the Ark. But given the barn-yard-atmosphere inside, some would have been on the Ark – maybe 2 on the deck at a time. How else were the youngsters to get away from Noah and wife for a bit of … friendly conversation?
  • Nobody is really certain, but around 2,250 when it left Cobh harbour in Ireland but then it ran into a dirty big iceberg near Newfoundland. Hang on a minute, this isn’t about the Titanic is it?.
  • Eight, quickly reducing to zero after the T-Rex got loose. (He was not aware that he was supposed to be a vegetarian until after the flood)
  • Given the size of the boat (400 ft) and the number of animals (millions) I reckon: 30 sailors, 20 human catering staff, 300 animal husbandry staff, 100 shite shovellers, 50 animal feeders, 50 ancillary and cleaning staff. That’s a total of 550 people, or more than one person/foot length of boat. I think we may have to toss a few animals off to make room. Eureka! I have discovered the reason behind dinosaur extinction!
  • In the story there were quite a lot: Noah, his 3 sons, their wives – that’s 8. But the bible isn’t big on naming women, so we don’t know if all of the sons were actually married to one woman each. Or if servants and handmaids would have counted.
  • In matters such as this one is forced to resort to approximations. The currently accepted answer is about 1,750,000. (“Noah’s Ark” being the street name of the latest designer drug to hit downtown Los Angeles)
  • Hey, did the Ark have sails? Why not? What the heck were they thinking? [Well, where would they be going? For God said to Noah: Build an ark – and behold, I have provided a navigation chart for thy voyage when it beginneth. Thou mayest wonder why the chart is all blue – but I am the Lord God, and have I got news for thee. And verily, after the news thou shalt stick around after the break, for the weather forecast. Worry thou not, just trust me, for indeed thou hast no other choice.]
  • Lets see, there was Gilligan, the Skipper, Two, the millionaire and his tax write off, the porn star and the professor and Mary Anne. There was one on the front as a figurehead, 8 on each side as ballast and a musical singer on the bottom called Howard (Keel).
  • 1,387. They dressed as animals to escape the flood.
  • Eight, but they were the wrong people. The right ones stayed on dry land (probably most of the earth), and didn’t have to listen to religious ravings about the end of the world.
  • Since everyone today is descended from the occupants of the ark, the answer is 6 billion people along with various plants and animals.
  • Well, Noah was quite a bloke to begat three sons when he was 500, so the little matter of the ark, the animals and the rellies would have been a doddle. Only the eight immediate family – which explains the film Deliverance.
  • Noah, his wife, three sons and their wives and any number of Hominids of varying “peopleness” depending on presence or absence of that Stringer fellow
  • Yet another arkane question. Any answer will do, then cubit.

Question 5

Do bananas grow pointing upwards or downwards?

Anatomically Correct Answers:

  • Yes.
  • I have this on the authority on someone who grew up on a banana farm. “The big flowering thingy hangs down, and the nanas grow pointing up, well not really up, more around 60 degrees or so.” Reference: Bloke who grew up on a banana farm, personal communication.
  • Upwards. When you’re face to face with ignorance, a total guess is your friend.
  • Upwards in the southern hemisphere. Vice versa up north [so they are upwards again]
  • Upwards. Except in ‘Tintin and the Broken Ear’.
  • Despite how green grocers and some not very bright motion picture set designers believe, bananas point upward while growing
  • Depends on which end of the banana you call the top.
  • Pointing with which end? It has two.
  • Bananas do not have fingers and cannot point in any direction, let alone up or down.
  • The top end points up and the bottom end points down. Anyway, my Mother said it was rude to point.
  • I always thought that they curved.
  • I don’t know, but my banana is certainly pointing upwards [I hope that’s because of the cold Canadian weather]

Other Directions

  • Up. As in “Yes, we have no bananas / We have no bananas today” The issue is not how to spell banananana, but to know when to stop. It’s a bugger. [No – it’s a banana]
  • Upwards – but I don’t know if this is still true for a banana tree growing in a falling elevator. What I want to know is, do they use sweatshop labour to put the bends in bananas after they’re picked, or is it done by machine nowadays?
  • They grow downwards until the weight of the bananas pulls the branch over. Then they grow upwards.
  • Cucumber growers have to tie their plants in a particular way to stop the cucumbers from becoming curved. This prevents unwary shopper in the local supermarket mistaking a cucumber for a banana. (I think I am going to have to double-check my source for that one).
  • Downwards. If it were otherwise the deadly black tarantula would be exposed to view – leaving Harry Belafonte’s famous warble without a credible punchline.
  • These nutritious little fruit which can be eaten any time of the day as a delicious snack grow in plastic bags at the supermarket and point outwards, upside down or however the fruit stacker has stacked them.
  • Bananas can only grow via a very personal journey of self discovery, and every means of personal growth, whether upward, downward, sideways or emotional, is perfectly valid in it’s own way. It is only once we accept our differences as bananas that we can grow together and work on improving ourselves as a species.
  • Bananas don’t point because it is rude. I’ve seen ’em on TV, chasing teddy bears and all that, but I’ve never seen ’em point. It’s different in New Zealand, where Oz cricketers like fielding at Point so they can get a good view of the Kiwi wickets tumbling. But Oz cricketers seldom carry bananas (unless they are from Qld, where it is mandatory). Umpires do a lot of pointing, and it’s usually upwards. The former head of state of Zimbabwe was the Rev Canaan Banana, but I don’t know if he was a cricket umpire or not.
  • Up, because that way they attract the females of most mammalian species. Archaeologists have also recently discovered the whole thing in the garden of Eden was over a banana.
  • Due to the law of gravity, I would say downwards, although this is so stupefyingly obvious it means I am wrong again
  • Sidewards. This is a known fact to any banana eater or farmer. You unhealthy, anti-banana critics should be ashamed of yourselves.
  • If you were on the moon bananas on earth would seem to grow up, down, left, right, forward, backwards and all other directions in between.
  • Bananas, being exceeding polite plants, do not point. This is yet another pointless question.

Comments:

  • I LOVE YOU
  • Dr. Bob, congratulations. Your questions fill me with dreadlocks.
  • I couldn’t give a stuff about researching answers this month so I’m just sending in total crap, as usual.
  • Really Dr Bob, aliens, elevator fantasies, fast cars, ocean cruises, and bananas. I’m worried about you. You should see your psychoanalyst. [Why, what’s he doing?]
  • I like fishsticks. [Wow! Me too! I made fishsticks from my psychoanalyst]
  • I like noodles. [So that’s why you do my quiz]
  • HAWKWIND RULES!!!!!!!!!!!! [Indeed. I have Space Ritual, Doremi Fasol Latido and a couple of the oldies LPs that were resurrected by capitalist record companies after the group disbanded. On my wife’s 49th birthday, to her great displeasure, I played “7 By 7” on the gramophone (having first got the record deck out and got it working again). I saw Hawkwind live in Chelmsford 1968 and Bickershaw 1972. It’s neat to find someone else who shares at least one of my appalling tastes in music. I don’t suppose you like Captain Beefheart, Philip Glass, Wagner or Mongolian throat-singing do you?]
  • No step.
  • Your quizzes are a real tonic [You mean, they make you want to shit?]
  • Can we have a question about where crop circles come from, I really want to know. [Glad to be of service: Where do crop circles come from?].
  • When I tried to check these questions out on the Akashic Records, everything faded out [That happens when I sneeze too]
  • Are you really a doctor? [Yes – although not of the medical type. I have a PhD from Imperial College, London. Well, if you’re female, I have a basic medical knowledge – just trust me. There are people in white coats where I work, but they won’t let me out of the door. I began training to be a brain surgeon, but I kept on sawing through the operating table.]
  • I’ve truly ruly answered this on my lunch time.
  • Great site, great benefit to mankind [Yes. Imagine the havoc I could wreak if I did something else instead]
  • Spring is sprung but the Pommies still smell awful.
  • Due to legal considerations, I have been advised by my lawyers not to make any further comments at this point in time. [Didn’t your mother tell you it’s rude to point?]
  • Why all the cricketing questions? I note that increasing Age hasn’t brought you increasing Wisden. [Groan]
  • ##***&*$$!!!????###?*
  • Questions questions questions, don’t you know anything? [No, I don’t know anything. Except I know that.. And I know that I know that. And…]
  • Dr Bob … educating the masses like you and us, is a task, and a cross to bear … bye
  • I love the site, and this page …Jim… [Thanks Jim. Please send me a photo of the page. How old is he, what colour eyes etc]
  • If a tree falls in the forest, and hits a lawyer, does anybody care?
  • Thanks very much for your kind far-southern hospitality in hosting the international skeptics meeting. [You’re welcome, but please confirm this, AFTER the meeting]
  • This is the funniest thing I’ve seen on the web. [Actually I was trying to be serious (sniff). Well I suppose this stuff is better than the holocaust deniers and anti-vaccination sites]
  • Best laugh I’ve had for ages [But what did you think of the quiz?]
  • Sorry, I haven’t had too much time to elucidate this month. [Good – I was getting tired of wiping my monitor screen]
  • Traffic cops – I hate those things, the way they crawl up your legs, and bite you on the arse…..
  • I’m so pleased I had one of the right answers last month. I’m pretty sure that won’t be happening again for a while.
  • This space has intentionally not been left blank
  • <cynical remark on internet quizes>, <parenthetic observation on the plural of quiz>, <incredibly funny and slightly blue pun linking Noah’s Ark, bananas and pendula>, <familiar sounding farewell>
  • My, this one is chicken-feed!!! [No, it’s a banana – I think]
  • Good Luck?? It’s skill! all skill!! That’s why I stuff it up every time!
  • This space to let.
  • WHO THE HELL MADE UP THESE QUESTIONS!! [Er, (embarrassed) it was, um, me sir. Actually the questions are already ‘out there’ along with all other knowledge, true and false. I just pluck them from the great cosmic oneness and whack them through the keyboard].
  • The optionals are minimal. [Wow! Like Philip Glass!] Only the respondent’s email address and location are not mandatory, so I have little to comment on – and, indeed, have already done so.
  • Optional, optional, optional, optional. And, um, optional, optional, optional but optional.
  • More questions – perhaps 10 next time. [I set 20 once and there was rioting in the streets. But you can have 10 every two months]
  • I like this quiz. [You didn’t say that, in previous months]
  • I’m pleased to report that I’ve actually put some effort into the quiz. Shows what extreme ennui can do for you (Windows NT self-study courses. God, I’m bored!) Such is the life of a computer wanker.
  • As President of the Lara Procrastination Society I am proud to announce that we have reached an agreed position on your January 1997 quiz. I will get around to sending you the answers one of these days.
  • I wonder if this quiz would work on the radio? [Yes, I used to do that, but now it’s enough of a disaster by e-mail]
  • A side light to your Noah question is to ask how many animals did Noah take onto the ark. Genesis Chapter Six states “two of every sort” while Genesis Chapter Seven states “of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female; and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls of the air by sevens . . . .” The ark, of course, becomes much more crowded with seven of a kind – especially if you include dinosaurs like some fundamentalist Christians would want their children to believe.
  • Are you related to Dr. Ruth? [No. That’s a pity]
  • Especially in regards to the last question, thanks again for allowing me to pass a lunchtime fruitfully.
  • I didn’t have to look anything up this time. An all-smart-arse quiz. What is the world coming to?
  • Thank you for your encouragement last time. [Was that when I said “answer the questions or I’ll hit you with a big banana”]
  • You’ve spent too long in America. [I agree – 5 days in one lifetime is plenty]
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