Answers for February 2006

SORRY, sorry – I was on holiday – somewhere bizarre as usual. And you know what happens when you take a holiday …. all the work piles up for when you come back! So I have not had time to assemble the answers until now, and it’s 1:30am even this night. A thousand pardons, I grovel at your feet for mercy … phwoarrr! My WINNER this month is one of two promising regular entrants from Bolton, Lancashire, a town which (a) I have visited, (b) I know the local funeral service directors, call them if you die and (c) I have the most amazing trivia question about, but it is hard to build up to it properly. Anyway, belated well done –

Andy Minett

Regrettably, there are only 8 days of the month left now, in which Mr Minett can enjoy his transient fame. I really need to employ some more people … anyone want a job in Melbourne?

Question 1

In what context does the word “aglet” most often arise in conversation?


In connection with feckings

Additional Answers

  • Aglet is the plastic tip of a shoelace. Since then it is now part of the IT lexicon as an agent for Sun’s Java software. [I did not know that]
  • “Aglet” is the new, politically correct, term for a small farm.
  • “What’s that word that means a little ag?”
  • …I don’t know about “aglet” but i do hear the word “Letga” alot, only used in the terms of “Honey!!! My cheeto’s are gone! What the Letga! They were just sitting HERE!” But beyond that, I’m completely lost.
  • An “aglet” is a small person attending markets and “aggling” so the Answer must be in Indonesian conversations on the island of Java discussing purchase price.
  • As I do not program my shoelaces, I rarely use this word. However many of my programs have been known to have loose ends.
  • Boy this is trickey. Because I am in IT the only “aglets” we talk about are agile applets. But if I was a shoe salesman (for example) I might talk about the ends of shoelaces as “aglets”. However, if a cobbler cobbled together software in his spare time and later went to the pub and, er no I think I should stop right there.
  • Cursing loose shoelaces.
  • Depends on where you are. In a shoelace factory, “Those aglets on the #3 black lace are giving us real fits. They keep falling off…” In silicon valley, “I made some real progress on the updates to that aglet viewer!” In a bar, during a barfight, “Aglet go of my neck!”
  • Do you have a napkin? I dropped my breakfast on my shoe and have egglet on my aglet.
  • I am too busy tying my shoe-laces to look that one up on AskOxford
  • In conversations about shoelaces. It’s the little taggy thing at the end of a shoelace. It’s also a Java agent able to autonomously and spontaneously move from one host to another. Since I don’t understand what this second one is I am going with the shoelaces thingy.
  • In discussions of the proceedings of the triennial conferences of the Society for the Rescue of Obscure Words from Extinction.
  • In quizzes. At all other times it is called “a little plastic thingy”
  • In the context of “never heard of it”, but seriously how often do we chat about our shoelaces?
  • It doesn’t. Programmers do not have conversations. They use email.
  • I’ve broken the end off my shoelace and am having terrible trouble rethreading the frayed end through the laceholes. Would you by any chance have a spare aglet in your pocket?
  • Java programming (,,sid26_gci213767,00.html), or shoelace-tying.
  • Metal or plastic sheath over the end of a shoelace or ribbon (but also an ornamental tagged cord or braid on the shoulder of a uniform, and a class of Java programs)
  • Most often, when people ask what an “aglet” is.
  • Mostly in the context of useless trivia. Did you know an aglet is a baby ag?
  • Mr.Quayle, you misspelled the baby birds name, too.
  • My aglet is missing. How the hell am I going to get the doober into the hole?
  • There are 3 answers. One is in relation to the metal bit on the ends of shoelaces. Secondly, an aglet is a Java “mobile agent”. Thirdly, they are diminutive testicles.
  • Tom-foolery (that’s rhyming slang, so back to you)
  • Until recently, in the context of unusual words. Rarely re shoelaces. But since someone used it as the name of a Java class, in techspeak.
  • When a certain 47 year old swedish businessman turns up late at his home and his semi respectable wife comments on his appearance particularly on his shoes and that he has not taken the time after visiting the so called massage parlour to redo his laces his wife may utter the words ‘ Aglet ja van doorien elsa sluttos ‘
  • When a couple of cobblers converse.
  • When a Kentuckian who can’t pronounce “eaglet” is speaking of young eagles.
  • When discussing shoe laces…
  • When it has fallen off, and someone wants to buy a new one but doesn’t know what it is called. As in “I want a plastic thingy to stop my shoelaces fraying – what’s it called?” Reply “It’s an aglet.” I think computer people might talk about them as well, but only because they are the kind of nerds who know what it is.
  • When talking about shoelace tips.
  • When you lose your own… “Bugger! I’ve lost my glet. Can someone lend me a glet please”.

Question 2

In the early days of the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones appeared one day with a black eye. How did he get that?

Exact Answer

He got into a fight with Keith Richards over a meat pie

Traditional Answer

He walked into a door

Additional Answers

  • A short hard blow to the eye area. Or maybe he looked down one of those trick telescopes.
  • Being knocked out
  • Blood vessels beneath his skin burst and created a haematoma
  • By the sudden absorbtion of sufficient kinetic energy in the area of his eye to burst blood vessels in the tissue absorbing the energy, or possibly by subjecting the tissue to a low enough pressure.
  • Evolution.
  • From his girlfriend
  • Generally those things happen when two objects (i.e. something solid and someone’s eyeball) try to occupy the same space at the same time.
  • Half a hangover
  • He bought it from an Ocular Prosthetist.
  • He didn’t have it when I met him in West Ealing in 1963 when he was playing at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond. As most black eyes seem to come from “walking into a door”, I’ll go with that one.
  • He fell into an empty swimming pool; a feat that he sadly tried to replicate some years later.
  • He got in a fight with Keith Richards after Keith slept with Brian’s girlfriend
  • He had been punched by a groupie who he made improper advances to. Groupies have the right to say no!
  • He head-butted someone’s clenched fist at a force matching, or closely approximating, 10 Newtons…eye first. I thought this would be an easy question to google the answer to, but the only reference to it was from some stupid quiz?!?!?
  • He was an unpleasant little man, though talented. Someone hit him, I expect. A friend, an enemy or a hotel employee that he had been particularly rude to.
  • He was injured in the area of the eye, causing bruising and a dark discolouration. This in turn caused what is commonly called a “black eye”. It would have been more challenging if you’d asked who or what caused the injury. The I’d guess the original injury was likely caused by an irate father/husband/boyfriend of a young lady with whom Brian had a dalliance. I understand he was quite the libertine.
  • He was pulling his shoelace tight, it snapped and he accidentally hit himself in the eye
  • Her hubby came home early ?
  • Hit it on the door – that’s what I always say when people ask.
  • I presume it auditioned and met the cryteria.
  • It was a present from Keith Richards as the result of a little stoush over a meat pie, and the minor matter of Jones pinching some money from Richards
  • Its obvious, he walked into a door. How else would a gentle soul like Brian Jones get a black eye.
  • Keith Richards punched him.
  • Only one day? As far as I can find out he got into fights all the time. One time he got beaten up badly by the roadies for beating up a girl in his room.
  • Rolling stone?
  • Run out of mascara half way.
  • Say that’s right. There are four of those guys. I can only remember the guy with big lips and the ugly guy.
  • Smacked by Mick Jagger after a quarrel over a meat pie. Roger Daltry must have been impressed, since he performed with a black eye years later, after being hit by a microphone wielded by Gary Glitter. [Well, it could have been worse…]
  • Something hit him in the eye…
  • Tried to take MJ’s lollipop
  • While Brian tried spouting a brave story of being beaten silly by roadies after getting rough with a young lass, truth was he made the tactical error of getting between Keith Richards and a bong.
  • He painted it black.

Question 3

The effective narrow cannon called a Culverin fired a 24-pound spherical shot. How fast was the shot travelling on leaving the barrel??

Dr Bob’s Answer

408 m/s

Additional Answers

  • 0 feet per second! The shot did not move, however the cannon recoiled at 1200 f/sec, killing the crew and sinking the ship. Thereafter they turned the Culverin around an fired at themselves. A very effective weapon!
  • 1000′ per second
  • 300mph ± 100mph
  • 3500 paces = 10,000 feetish (Close to 10,000 feet, not to be confused with 10,000 fettish: a perverse attraction to the number 10,000). If fired at 45 degrees (angle, the temperature is largely irrelevant) and not too many Nitrogen atoms get in the way then letting t be the time it hits the ground and v be the velocity: Horizontal component: sqrt(2)/2 vt = 10,000 Vertical component: -16t^2 + sqrt(2)/2 vt = 0 So, 16t^2 = 10,000 and t = 25 seconds Substituting for t in the horizontal component and solving for v gives 565 ft/sec or 385 mile per hour. That’s pretty fast sounding, but then again the folks on the other end have half a minute to run!
  • 432km/h
  • 822 feet per second on an average day in the 16th century
  • A Culverin did not fire a 24 pound shot, it fired a lighter shot between 9-18 pounds. [OK, picky picky].
  • About 1,700 feet per second. (
  • Depends how much charge is put behind it i suppose? Anyway, at this site:, they say a Culverin had 18 pound shot!
  • Don’t know. No one survived to tell the tale.
  • Fast enough to hurt.
  • Faster than I can run.
  • Flamin’ fast!
  • I got me one on Ebay. (That’s why these answers are late Australian time). Now my neighbor has agreed to stand across town and time when this hits. From that and the angle we should be able to deduce the original speed. Ok here we go . . . my neighbor should be calling in any minute . . . any minute now . . .hmmm . . well gotta go – I want to find out what all these sirens are about.
  • I know!!! How fast was that?! Wow!
  • In 943 test firings conducted by the Royal Navy between 1649 and 1655, an average of 732.7m/s. By an amazing “coincidence”, it has been discovered that in the time taken for the shot to travel exactly one metre from the barrel, a particular millisecond pulsar in the globular cluster Terzan 5 would complete exactly one rotation on its axis. And they scoff at Intelligent Design!!
  • It didn’t leave the barrel, it didn’t even get into the barrel, Culverins fired an 18 lb shot.
  • It fired an 18-lb shot, so a 24-lb shot wouldn’t fit down the muzzle. The muzzle velocity for cannon actually depends on the cannon’s length – above a certain length, the muzzle velocity actually decreases, so the question can’t be answered with the information presented. It is unlikely to have been above 2,000 feet/second
  • Length of caliber – 10 inch x weight of gun 4800 pds then square weight of shot 18 cm2 estimating air humidity at 10% maybe a slight wind of around 8mph SE so i would predict 86.4 MPH give or take .2 MPH its hard to be precise when i have no information about the terrain and environment factors
  • Narrow cannon? Never seen one. Most cannons I’ve seen are somewhat… wide. Spherical shot? Shots are mostly round, as far as I can recall. Have to take a guess here. Fastish?
  • Really, really, fast.
  • So the [Wikipedia] suggestion that a culverin fired an 18lb solid round shot is wrong? If I fired MY culverin, would my 18lb be faster than your 24lb?? Hmmm, e=mc2, or is it F=ma? My ball will go faster than your ball because I am going to use more black gunpowder, even if I blow the breech!!
  • The culverin – introduced to Britain from France, was predominantly an 18 pounder. There was a demi-culverin which fired a 9lb shot and a smaller one which fired a 4.5 lb shot. The answer, however, is “bloody fast.”
  • The Culverin could fire a 24lb shot about 2500 yards. It was travelling fast enough on leaving the barrel to go that far. My ballistics are rusty at my age so that’s as far as I am going.
  • The middle-of-the-range culverin was 5-1/2″ calibre (about a 20pdr), with a range of 460 yards point-blank, and 2650 yards when elevated by 10�. This implies a muzzle velocity of at least 865 fps, or 590 mph. (Courtesy of
  • The original ones had a muzzle velocity of about 500 feet per second. But I think they got better later.
  • To the enemy soldiers directly in front, it seemed to move in slow motion.
  • Too fast for Brian Jones to see.
  • Trick question, Culverins only fired light projectiles in the 8 to 16 lb class.
  • ‘Very’ fast. Ha ha, that was my silly answer but let’s work it out properly. A 24-pound (£24! that’s quite expensive!) spherical shot must weigh, oooh, about 25 pounds at the least! And at a guess, there must have been at least two soldiers needed to prepare and fire the gun. So simple maths tells us 2×25=50. My mate Keith said he used to make these at his factory, and that it took twenty men half a day to construct a Culverin. Again simple maths 20×0.5=10. So we’ll take our previous 50 and multiply it by 10, giving us 500. We all know that a unit of length is ‘feet’, and a unit of time is ‘second’ so it seems more than reasonable to give an answer matching, or closely approximating, that of 500 feet-per-second.
  • Very.
  • Well, assuming you mean a standard culverin and not a demi-culverin, and you loaded it with an an iron shot and not a stone shot, and you used a 75/15/10 mixture of saltpeter/charcoal/sulphur and not the older even mixture by weight ratio to make the gunpowder, that the powder was course-grained and not fine-grained, that the cannon length was 8 to 9 feet as opposed to the longer 13 footer, that you used the original powder charge of two third’s the ball’s weight as opposed to one quarter or less, the answer would clearly be “very”. Any attempt to get more precise would fall anywhere between 865 fps and 1200 fps depending on who’s doing the math, which adds a whole new list of variables to the mix.
  • Would that have been a demi-culverin or a culverin. And how much and what type of powder was used … oh and was it damp. All taken into consideration I’d guess on average on average about 944 kph.
  • You don’t honestly expect me to stand near it and measure it? Probably very fast for its day.

Question 4

The Ballad of John and James by Robert W Service ends thusly: “Time passed, James tried his grief to drown / Today John owns one half the town / His Army contracts riches yield / And James – well search the Potter’s Field?” What happened to James?

Dr Bob’s Answer

OK, OK, I got the John & James names swapped. At least I did not call the poet “Service W Robert”. Suicides, bankrupts, etc were buried outside the consecrated ground of the graveyard, where there was usually an area where potters would take clay (presumably giving rise to the problem that some batches of clay would have bones in them – useful for making fine bone china ha ha)

Additional Answers

  • The poem’s called “The Twins”, and the two men are the other way round – JAMES owns one half the town…. and “…JOHN – well search the Potter’s Field”. Anyway, John died. Service also used reference to the Potter’s Field as a graveyard in “Rhymes of a Rolling Stone”. It basically referred to a cemetery for unknown or indigent people.
  • Actually this is hard because all references on the internet seem to have it back to front. They seem to think John was the one who died and James the one that was rich. Just goes to show you can’t believe anything on the internet.
  • Actually you seem to have the brothers confused…. It’s James who owns half the town and John who’s been potted in the field.
  • Being nice doesn’t pay, does it? Poor James – so good, so kind, so dead.
  • Can’t find any listing of such a poem for RW Service, but if he DID write a poem about James and John, I reckon he would have ended up with James killing himself.
  • Cunning bastard! (
  • Did he quote the poem incorrectly in a quiz too? This is “The Twins” by Robert Service, a war poem about two brothers, one who goes to war whilst the other stays at home and nicks his brother’s job and woman. The guy that stays at home is JAMES, who ‘owns one half the town’….not John!!!you’ve got them mixed up!!!!
  • Firstly, the poem is entitled “The Twins”, not “The Ballad of John and James.” And secondly… you’ve got it all backwards. John went to war and lost a limb, grieved, died, and was buried in Potter’s Field. James stayed home from war, stole John’s girl, made a killing on army contracts, and bought half the town. Ergo… “No good deed goes unpunished!” Say… is one of them thar “trick questions?”
  • He committed suicide.
  • He died anonymously, or poor. Since his name is mentioned I’ll go with poor.
  • He died. Poor. Probably alone. His old friend James drinking, carousing, owning half the town…
  • he got drunk
  • He got lost in the Potter’s field.
  • He was attacked by an enormous slash mark because the man who said all of this was very into the whole slash “/” button thing.
  • he was murdered or he was the murderer i cant work it out
  • He was quite possible shot by a narrow cannon and spherical shot. Fastish fashion.
  • I can’t find the poem anywhere but the reference to the Potter’s field makes me suspect he was hanged. Whether by his own hand or someone else’s, I know not.
  • If the reader followed the directions and searched the Potters Field perhaps James is now part of some Frankenstein type monster.
  • In “The Twins” by Robert W Service, John saved James’ house whilst John’s house burned, James “sneaked John’s Job” and “sneaked John’s girl” while John was away at the war. and it was John who “tried his grief to drown” and ended in the Potter’s field, James presumably lived to a ripe old age.
  • It’s actually called “The Twins” and John did bugger all!
  • James ended up owning one half the town according to the version I read. Thusly it’s all rather confusing.
  • James foolishly invested in pacifistic businesses and went totally broke and drowned himself and was buried in the bankrupt’s field.
  • James was searching in potter’s field for an aglet, as his shoelace had broken when he was hit by a 24 lb shot from a Culverin cannon.
  • Jim was a harty lad who showed promise but in the end had feet of clay.
  • Naughty James [and naughty Dr Bob too, but for different reasons]. James was the rich man, not poor John who apparently died a pauper’s death.
  • Nothing – he owns half the town, having swiped his brother’s job and girl. John died penniless and/or committed suicide and was buried in a pauper’s grave (or a novel by Patricia Cornwell). Unless your swapping of the names is through some wierd theory that John murdered his brother and took his place, which would be difficult with a missing limb.
  • Nothing, I’m still here.
  • The poem implies he drank himself to death and was buried as an indigent. I think the poem is called The Twins, from the anthology “Rhymes of a Red Cross Man” published in 1916.
  • The popular answer would be “He died poor” because they buried paupers in “Potter’s Field”. Truth is he married a lovely young lass named Lily and had a darling son named Harry. Ran into a spot of trouble with He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named and things went downhill for him from there.
  • This site has it the other way around:, that is “Time passed, John tried his grief to drown/ Today James owns one-half the town..”, as does this site:, and again:, anyway a potters field is the place where indigent or unknown people are laid to rest, so he must’ve died! (john that is)
  • Yoko killed him.

Question 5

One reason that has been advanced for why modern people are turning away from Jesus Christ is that He did not attempt to do “the most difficult thing of all”. What was that?


The novelist, Anthony Burgess, once said something illuminating concerning this situation: “I think marriage is the fundamental, the basis of life. Within a marriage, you develop vocabulary, you develop a culture which makes sense within that very, very small closed circle. But one also accepts that it can be outrageously difficult. One of the reasons why some people have turned against Jesus Christ, why people are prepared to accept Scorsese’s film The Last Temptation of Christ, is that Christ didn’t do the most difficult thing of all – which was to live with a woman.”
– Anthony Burgess as quoted by Rosemary Hartill in her book, Writer’s Revealed: Eight Contemporary Novelists Talk About Faith, Religion And God ( . . . This was one of the few correct answers I received. Prize winning material, hmmm, let’s see who sent it in . . . oh no, it’s bloody Hawley! At least it is not as brilliant and subtle as this anon entry:

  • O my brothers lend me your ooka. The dobby, sladky, chelloveck (scion of the bolshy Bog), who gave his plott and krovvy so that you grahzny, merzky, lewdies might have radosty and jeezny, had no zheena. Welly! welly! welly! well! What is so oozhassny about that? Where is the vred? Why oozy yourself to odin cheena? Chepooka!

Additional Answers

  • Again the internet gets it all wrong. Jesus supposedly said that the hardest thing is to “love thine enemy”. But I am married and know that is easy compared to living with a woman. Which is really the most difficult thing of all. Right Doctor Bob?
  • As a married man I knew this answer already Dr Bob, but it took me ages to find an answer that satisfied me.
  • Assemble Ikea furniture.
  • Come back to life
  • Coming out. There he was, hanging around with all those men and a great fag hag but he never came out.
  • Defy his father
  • Dr Bob’s quiz. Or live with a woman (pace Brown and Scorsese).
  • Get an intelligent response from the Microsoft helpdesk
  • Get some respect from one’s teenage children. “So your the Christ and Saviour of the Mankind and all that stuff. Whatever.”
  • Give birth, according to my wife.
  • Giving peace and equality to every one on earth
  • Having a real conversation with Michael Jackson without being afraid.
  • He failed to pass the preliminary test of the $1,000,000 James Randi Paranormal challenge. As did his dad.
  • I really can’t imagine. Rising from the dead seems pretty difficult. What can be harder than that? Perhaps it was that he had no grasp of reality.
  • It would be pandering to write “Dr. Bob’s quiz.” And even if one has not won under their own name one should not – Oh to hell with that: “Dr. Bob’s Quiz.”
  • Justify why men should shave their genitalia
  • Long term intimate relationship – I think they called it marriage back then.
  • Lowered himself to the whitemans level.
  • Make an appointment with his dentist for next week.
  • Nothing Dr Bob, probably just the wind, or a dingo in your rubbish, please continue with the question. [ ? ]
  • Provide some logical proof of the existence of God.
  • Put the toilet seat down.
  • Raise children.
  • Reform society and abolish poverty, free the Jews from Roman oppression and get rid of all racism and generally fix the place up. He tried, but people didn’t want to – we liked it the way it way it is so (as per Douglas Adams). He got nailed to a tree for saying why don’t people be nice to each other for a change?
  • Resisting sexual temptation from irresistable sexual temptresses.
  • Saying “sorry”
  • Sit through The Passion of The Christ.
  • Sudoku, level 10. I don’t generally hold it against him, though. He had more important things to do.
  • Teach a child how to tie a shoelace
  • This site,, says that we must live out the answer to the question “what would jesus do?”. But i reckon its committing to a relationship (marriage)
  • To define unambiguously what “the most difficult thing of all” is.
  • To live with a woman (started by Anthony Burgess I think…) [No, the practice began in approx 4004 BC in the Garden of Eden ….]
  • Win an Olympic hockey medal skating for a North American team.
  • Win an argument with a woman.

Question 6

What’s happening here?


Dr Kent Hovind’s Dino Museum

Additional Answers

  • Excerpt Jurassic Park Plaza Restaurant Manager Notes August 11, 2014: I can’t believe it took us so long to think of this. Seafood restaurants let their patrons choose the lobster they want from the tank. Why shouldn’t our custo. . .
  • A creationist huckster is skimming money from suckers. (It’s the entry to Kent Hovind’s ‘creation museum”).
  • A dinosaur is hatching from an unusual shaped egg.
  • A family is about to waste it’s money and time in Kent Hovind’s, “Dr. Dino’s,” anti-evolution museum. We soon will have Kentuckians doing just as foolish things when Ken Ham gets his “museum” done here.
  • A group of four people are approaching a building.
  • A lizard is displaying why Australians should not copy British building standards.
  • A museum owner is trying to get the “Wow, is that a dinosaur head crashing out of that building?” crowd to stop in and pay the $13.50 admission fee while at the same time, hoping that he can get the free publicity of having Jurassic Park IV filmed in his building. At face value, a very clever marketing strategy until you stop to think about how many people went to see Jurrasic Park III…
  • A zebrasaurus unwisely attempted to become a consumer. It didn’t work very well. He was large, the store was small. Sad really, but why is he grinning like that? I suppose he shopped till he dropped, and that made him happy.
  • Brownian motion
  • Complete and utter idiots are happening here. Rumour has it that “Dr” Kent Hovind’s “Dinosaur Adventure Land” ( is just about down the financial gurgler, due mostly to Kent’s outstanding personal income tax bill. Oh, and that fact that everyone thinks the park is ultra-boring and quite looney.
  • Fred Flintstone is arriving home to find pebbles in bed with a veloceraptor (insert bed-rock or dooyouthinkhesaurus joke here)
  • Hey, Dr. Bob, i thought we had an agreement not to show where I live on this quiz, now I’m going to have to press charges.
  • How many times do I have to tell them? “If you don’t put the Stegasaur steaks back in the fridge they will attract Tyrannosaurs”. But do they listen to me. No, “Noah had no trouble with them” they say. But it’s not Noah that now has to get the bloody house fixed is it. DOH!
  • I have a feeling that is Dr Dino’s (Kent Hovind’s) dinosaur theme park for creationists. [So do I. It is a very unpleasant feeling]
  • Kara is winning the science fair. (She will receive her award posthumously).
  • Lizard on steroids is trying to take a shower, much to the amusement of passers by.
  • Looks like an irate smoker couldn’t get stopped.
  • Looks like the entrance to a mini-golf course (as we call it in the states – you might call it crazy golf)
  • No idea, but it looks painful… Have they tried moving the model/statue and royally stuffed it?
  • Not entirely sure what’s happening but it does seem to be conclusive proof that all houses evolved from dinosaurs.
  • Sam Neill’s insurance policy has just trebled.
  • Shit, I don’t know but I’m glad I wasn’t in the house at the time, and no I didn’t do it either
  • Some people are walking by a building decorated with a fibreglass head
  • Some sheep are about to get further fleeced by Dr. Dino and his amazing museum. “Come see the Tyrannasaurus Shed, the dinosaur with the head of a T Tex, and the body of a colourbond garage. Further proof that men and dinosaurs lived at the same time.”
  • Someone decided to recreate Jurassic Park without proper planning permission
  • Someone’s been eating too many red jelly beans
  • The giant iguanodon was photographed a mere second or so after tripping over its untied shoelace and careening headlong into the side of its house.
  • The newly promoted restaurant manager had hired a T-Rex as maitre’D. Unfortunately, the manager had not thoroughly checked the applicant’s resume, if he had, he would have noticed the bipedal-carnosaur’s previous dismissals from jobs where he had also, rather clumsily, smashed through walls with his head. “I can’t believe I have been so stupid”, said the manager “You think I might have learnt after hiring that Velociraptor as washer-up”. The restaurant is now looking for well qualified Thecodonts with basic food hygiene certificates. Late Cretaceous period need not apply.
  • Their pet blue tongue lizard inadvertently crept into the microwave for a nap. Mum never saw it and now it is eating them out of house and home.
  • This is one of Dr.Bob’s holiday snaps taken in Iceland.
  • Trick photography. [No, just “trick”].
  • What’s happening “here”, it is the text, indicating the sixth question in the February Dr Bob Quiz. If you mean what’s happening in the picture… It’s fundamentalist creationism’s lame attempt to destroy the theory of evolution, and 500 years of scientific research, at Kent Hovind’s Dinosaur Adventure Land. Don’t miss the display depicting Noah loading dinosaurs onto the ark! You’ll laugh for 40 days and 40 nights!
  • Worshippers are about to enter the Church of the Blessed Archosaur to place candles in the High Altar of Holy Shit found beneath the second pair of massive pillars which straddle the interior of the building. They pause outside, hoping for a glimpse of the tears said to flow from the eyes of the Blessed One when the candle flames rise too high.


  • A “Hawl Of Fame”. Really, Dr Bob, you shouldn’t have said that. No REALLY, you should NOT have said that. That’s riding the Punderosa WAY too far.
  • A half-hearted effort would be infinitely better than my submission in January. This one is only twice as good.
  • A nice combination of misdirection and oddities to put us off the hunt. Keep up the good work!
  • A quick joke from my own brain. Which fish is most likely to want to watch TV?????……..tuna!!!
  • Blasted internet, gets nearly all these questions wrong. What use is it if you can’t find the difference between a piece of software and the end of a shoe lace? If James is John, and John is James if Jesus doesn’t know what is hard and people aren’t told to put the Stegasaur steaks back in the fridge? I’d tear my hair out if I had any. But at least you can look up the difference between a cannon and a culverin.
  • Easy peasy
  • Finally… I got up the gumption to try my hand. I’ve been a long-time “lurker”. Love the quiz.
  • G’day. It must be boring publishing the results, almost akin to answering the questions. We need more ladies playing chess.
  • Haven’t done this before … my answers are quite lame but hey … I had fun [no wonder the answers were so lame] and that’s all that matters.
  • Hey, you said you wouldn’t share our email addresses. But, last week I submitted the quiz and the next day I got spam delivered to my email address. Tsk, tsk. I’d scold you more, but I’m late for my psychic reading.
  • Hi
  • Hi! I’m back from 6 months in Ballarat and have a fast enough internet connection to waste it doing this quiz again – Yay!
  • I can’t remember if I’m the good twin or the evil one!
  • i hate you yet i love you
  • I’ve tried hard Dr Bob and slipped in a couple of trick answers, but I do not think that my trick answers are as good as your trick questions. Maybe next month?
  • Lots of fun Dr. Bob, hope I passed the audition
  • My second time. It’s fun, and I really don’t care if I get it right or not. I think I’m getting the hang of it now. I hope/ [Moral: Hope may be a fine thing, but sooner or later you’ll need to take a slash]
  • Okay, i’m going to ask a question about the reason why i got a detention for this quarter. Here’s the situation. I walk into science class late. Mrs. Baker- (my science teacher) Why are you late? Me- Well, Mrs. Baker (loges into explanation of being at her locker signing her locker rights documents when a boy out of the blue comes up and muggs me of all my pencils, and while i’m on my way to report this wrong doing to the police station i see the muffin man on top of the building about to jump, then i take a few minuets to convince him that life is good and how we wouldn’t have his fine cooking ever again if he jumped, and after that i finally get to the police stations and file my report) And thats why i’m late for science mrs. baker!!! Mrs. Baker- Umm, Bridgette? Did I mention your only 2 minutes late? Bridgette- (stutters) This may not be the right time to tell you this Mrs. Baker, but in the past have i mentioned that i am in fact Wonderwoman? I don’t think its fair that i must be punished for this… Well, at least if i was given more time to think up an excuse i could have made it more believe-able…hmm…
  • Robert! Does your family know about this site?
  • Sorry about such silly answers, but I actually thought that I knew the answer to the first question without having to look it up, and then thought “well, why not have a stab at the rest?”
  • Sorry i’m not terriably bright but i have a great sence of hummor
  • Sorry, very rushed smart-ass answers this month, but what I have realised is that if I put part of my comment in square-brackets it will look like you said it [good point, and your answers are not bad at all, in fact I have reconsidered and despite what I have written at the top of this page, you are the winner of this month’s quiz], Wow thanks Dr Bob, I suppose all that is left now is for you to send me my fabulous prize; money is it? Or material goods? [I love you]. Wooooah, calm down Dr Bob, I’m sorry, I think I’d rather be a gallant loser than part of your “winners” harem.
  • Thanks Dr B. This one was a bit tough.
  • The governor of Kentucky, Ernie Fletcher, has foolishly called for “intelligent design” to be taught in Kentucky schools. The legislature members pander to their constituents and say they are for it, but they aren’t really advancing it. Glad that they say one thing and do another.
  • This is my first submission I hope I did OK. (Er, don’t look up who owns the website from which the email comes. You can’t trust that whois stuff and it would probably just be a coincidence that it is owned by someone who may send in responses every month).
  • This questionnaire is rigged to make respondents feel stupid [Oh no no no – that is entirely optional; you can feel as stupid as you like. Not answering any of the questions is a pretty good start]
  • Too easy this week. How am I supposed to make weird comments when I know all the answers?