Answers for November 2006

Well, I thought I’d try something with a theme again … with the result that I have scared many contestants away. (And setting 5 pictures and a question is having a similar effect this month). Be warned, I have enough Arubacy for another whole quiz . . .

Thanks to Jo Esser and Ben Lucker (both of Aruba) for providing most of the questions. But Q4 was my own work and I swear that I never knew what finally happened to the California until I Googled on Aruba/Titanic. Imagine my amazement … and delight, followed by maniacal cackling and whoops. (Followed by embarrassment as I realise I have got it wrong after all – but, in cyberspace, nobody can see you blush). Can you people see why I am obsessed with my few favourite topics? – it is transpiring that these topics cover the whole universe.

The WINNER for this most Arubian of quizzes is one of our few first-timers to get most of the hard ones right:

Lucas Janssen

– one of many Dutch people to find this quiz through its Arubian connections.

Question 1

What name did the invading Spaniards give to Aruba and the nearby islands at the end of the 15th century?


They were named Islas Inútiles (Useless Islands) because no precious metals or natural riches were found. See (among other sources)

Additional Answers

  • “Islas de Los Gigantes”. Humorously enough, many European women misinterpreted this and flocked to the islands in droves. European men, on the other hand, refused to visit the islands again until they had built bigger ships.
  • *A*ruba, *B*onaire and *C*uracao, the ABC’s were called Las Islas Inutiles, the ‘Useless Islands’ since they didn’t have any gold.
  • Costa del Aruba
  • Island of the Giants
  • Land of the white sandy beaches.
  • Mexico
  • Oh row Hugo; named after Alonso de Ojeda’s first mate Hugo.
  • Popular belief links Aruba’s name with the Spanish phrase “oro huba” which means “there was gold”. at
  • Syphilis
  • The Invaded
  • The islands were a hot-spot for clubbers and party lovers, so they called it “Ibiza”, which in Spanish means “Land where we all got drunk very quickly”. They soon got thrown off the island for too much urinating in the streets, so they just moved islands. The current Ibiza is now part of the Balerics.
  • The Isles Of Genocidal Extermination And Enslavement In The Name Of God, Etc.
  • The land in Aruba is very dry and the soil quality is poor and the Spanish were going to call the islands “Las Islas de la Calidad Pobre de Tierra”, or the islands of poor soil quality, but realising the islands potential value as a tourist destistination, they decided to stick with Aruba, which sounded slightly more appealing for honeymooners.
  • The original name for Aruba, and surrounding islands, was Antilla (oer in Dutch, Antillen).
  • The Spaniards were so unimpressed by Queen Isabella’s inability to produce sane progeny, that her nickname had become “Islas Inùtiles” or Useless Isla. The Spaniards were particularly aggrieved at having been sent to these gold-free islands, so they gave the islands her nickname out of spite.
  • They called it “Cuando monos vuelven de mi culo”
  • Trick question! They didn’t discover them until the very end of the 15th century. Anyway, they called them “Islas de los Gigantes”.
  • Venereal diseases?

Question 2

During WW II the Germans attacked Aruba and lost one soldier in that battle. How did that happen?


Forgot to unplug the end of the submarine’s gun before firing it. or

Additional Answers

  • A bullet from an Aruban soldier’s gun made contact with a vital organ of the German soldier. The consequent blood loss, or loss of crucial homeostatic function lead to an anoxic state in his other organs and cells. Mass cell death ensued, and the German was declared medically dead. [A fairly accurate account, except that the Germans managed it without any help from the Arubans]
  • A deck gun exploded, killing the one fellow and injuring several others, according to Mr. Mallmann Showell, in “U- Boats at War: Landings on Hostile Shores”.
  • Aruba does have poor soil quality. Not as bad as some other places, but still not that great. And during World War One, when fertilisers and other such products that would improve the soil quality were being rationed and sent to the troops on the western front, the soil quality in Aruba was at an all time low. An unfortunate German soldier, unaware of the crappy soil in Aruba, stepped into one of the fields, and was swallowed whole by the fine and sandy soil that was in desperate need of some manure.
  • Colonel Hogan’s tunnel from Stalag 13 took a sharp turn at the border. The soldier in question fell down the manhole.
  • Died during cleaning the canon [I am tempted to ask for a sketch to clarify this], which exploded in front of him. Not a nice death, though it shows that the Germans were thorough.
  • Died of sunstroke whilst resting on the white sandy beaches.
  • During operation ‘Paukenschlag’ the official German war records say all survived, but in reality a single U-boat submariner fell off a well-oiled prostitute and broke his neck.
  • Either friendly fire or accident. Bet he fell off the back of a ship, while drunk in celebration.
  • Fell whilst painting a submarine funnel; I assume whilst is wasn’t underwater (wonder how they work underwater??)
  • He got stuck down the back of the couch.
  • He impaled himself on his bayonet
  • He ran into Joran van der Sloots grandfather..
  • He wandered off
  • Severely sunburned during nude sunbathing (those lightskinned Aryans)!
  • The only attacks were by submarines. On February 16, 1942 the U-156 shells the island. Two Germans were injured when a missile explodes prematurely. One is later put ashore in Martinique.
  • The sad end of Willi von Schlossenberg-Mannheim happened thus: one of the comely local wenches sadly had a dose of something both contagious and painful. Her liaison with Willi and his willy caused much embarrassment in the tents. The boys were cruel and merciless in their teasing. Willi lost his temper and did himself in with a meal of sauerkraut and some particularly hot chillis. His remains are still on display at one of the local sauerkraut and chilli restaurants.
  • They could not find him
  • They just put him down somewhere and couldn’t remember where that was
  • U-156 set about shelling an oil refinery on Aruba, but in a classic “Oops” moment, forgot to take the water plug out of the barrel of the deck gun, killing one sailor and blowing the leg off another. (Which, technically means they lost two soldiers…) [No – one and a bit]. The German commander sawed the damaged portion of the barrel off (Marking the first use of a “snub-nosed deck gun”) and went on to sink a British steamer with it. [Wow, what a he-man]

Question 3

The discoverer of Aruba came from a town in Spain. With what other famous person does the nickname of this town have a connection?


Alonso de Ojeda was born in Cuenca, Spain. Cuenca is also called The Eagles Nest . .

Additional Answers

  • (Groan…) Adolf bloody Hitler, and congratulations on the most tenuous link that you’ve ever come up with!
  • Adolf Hitler – Cuenca aka “Eagles Nest”
  • Alonzo the Magnificent – A chook hypnotist of great fame back in Spain.
  • Bonaire?
  • Columbus
  • Cuenca’s nickname is ‘eagle’s nest’, so ‘Eddie the Eagle’, bankrupt crap Pom ski-jumper, or Hitler’s hideaway.
  • Do towns have nicknames?
  • Don Henley, Glen Frey, Joe Walsh, Adolf Hitler, Capt. Howard M. Klein (see, someone famous must surely have stayed in the Cradle Mountain retreat, etc etc etc
  • Eagles Nest, which comes to the big bad old Adolf Hitler.
  • Franco Costa
  • I’m guessing herr Schickelgruber [Yep, and you can probably guess Q4 and Q5 while you are at it]
  • Mama la Pinga.
  • Pete Townsend?
  • St Genevieve
  • Terry Wogan (a down-market UK D-List sell-out Celebrity). Don’t ask me why, I have always felt he had an air of peculiar Arubinarity about him.
  • The eagle’s nest? Let me see… Adolf Hitler?
  • The town of Cuenca has the nickname Eagle’s Nest. Eddie the Eagle may have passed through there looking for an Olympic venue (after all, he couldn’t find the bottom of ski jump).
  • The town’s nickname is “Pedrotown” and this is connected to local celebrity Pedro Town. Pedro Town is not world famous, but a humble man who runs the local Chinese restaurant in Pedrotown with his wife Catalina and fourteen children. He is well known in the town, because he runs the Chinese restaurant, which does not serve any Chinese food because all the people in Pedrotown are Spanish and no one knows anything about Chinese cuisine, but there were too many Spanish restaurants already.
  • Well now, that depends on how famous you mean. Ron Jaworski, Quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles football team when they went to the Super Bowl in the early 80’s opened a restaurant/country club called “The Eagles Nest”. However, I’m guessing you’re interested in the “Internationally Famous” which would point the finger at Hitler.

Question 4

How did the lighthouse on Aruba get its name?


“California Lighthouse”, which some people say is named after the ship that arrived at the shipwreck of the Titanic, and that this ship later sank off the coast of Aruba. However, more reliable sources have the USS California sunk off Ireland by a U-boat on 7 February 1917; the shipwreck off Aruba was a local fruit-carrying boat also called the California. Oh crikey, it looks like I have fallen into my own trap again – it is especially NOT the Dutch ship “California” which Wikipedia says was sailed to Port Adelaide “delivering 100 satisfied English immigrants”.

Additional Answers

  • By being a house. With a light on it.
  • By the person who thought up the name bestowing it on the lighthouse and telling everyone that that was its name.
  • California Lighthouse is named after the ship California which sank near the coast, I guess the bulb need a change.
  • From a shipwreck: the “California”.
  • From its mother
  • It was the pub that only sold light beer
  • It’s a lighthouse and no, I’m not really trying [cue pun :)].
  • It’s the California lighthouse, and it was named after the steam ship ‘California’, which sank nearby on 23/9/1891.
  • Light
  • Someone wrote “lighthouse” in the local language, and this was taken as its name.
  • The Californian lighthouse was named after a steamship that wrecked off the coast Sept. 23, 1891
  • The California Lighthouse got its name after the California, a ship that sank nearby.
  • The California lighthouse got its name from a ship wrecked in that location on September 23, 1891. It also has the distinction of having been in proximity of, and having received distress signals from, the Titanic, as she went down in icy waters in 1912. Sort of shifts the blame of an iceberg a little. [and as I now realise, it sort of stretches the time line and geographical locations a little too]
  • The California Lighthouse is named after the steamship famous for two things. The first is being in the vicinity of the Titanic when it sank but not rendering help because the radioman was too sleepy to respond. The second thing it’s famous for is as an attraction for divers off the coast of Aruba, where it sank after striking, not an iceburg, but a unique type of volcanic magnetic rock…
  • The Californian’s radio operator was having a bit of a snooze while the Titanic was sinking; which apparantly has some relationship to it’s subsequent sinking off the coast of Aruba. (The lighthouse was named after this sunken vessel)
  • The lighthouse in Aruba is affectionately known by locals in the papiementuan dialect as the “kas di nò cende”, or house of no light. This is because, before electricity was invented, the lighthouse did not have any light. The locals did not use any other form of energy creation to light the lighthouse, they simply built the structure and waited until electricity was invented.
  • The lighthouse is named for the California which shipwrecked nearby. In 1912 when the Titanic was sinking, the California received the SOS signals, but no action was undertaken.
  • The local Guinness World Records Representative, after much guesstimating, declared it to be “the house with least mass on Aruba”. Contrast this with “Heavy-House” and “Modal-Weight-House”, towards the north of the island. However, there is ongoing dispute to the title of “Upper-95th-Percentile-Weight-House”. The Arubans are fiercely protective of their ‘Mean Squared Data-derived-uncertainty-factor-house-mass Organisation System’, or ‘MS-DOS’ as they abbreviate it.
  • Well.. it was a lighthouse on Aruba, so go figure why someone would call it ‘the lighthouse on Aruba!’… duh!

Question 5

A unique type of volcanic magnetic rock exists only on the third-highest mountain of Aruba, and in one other country. Which other country?


Hooibergiet is a special kind of quartzdiorite – found in Aruba and Iceland. See and (sorry, in Dutch):,com_content/task,view/id,20/Itemid,50/

Additional Answers

  • Arkansas!
  • Australia (Magnetic Island).
  • Good old Aussie, no probably Curacao.
  • Hispaniola
  • I thought volcanic rock was Mr. Spock’s favorite kind of music?
  • In 1247, Aruban men filled their canoes with Hooibergite and rowed off to Venezuela, where they chucked the rocks at the men there for the infamous “Night of Short Sheeted Hammocks and TP’ed Trees” inflicted in the Arubans the week before. Of course, part of me wonders… If the rocks are so rare, wouldn’t geologists visiting Aruba (Which I’m pretty sure attracts a few tourists each year) have pocketed a few examples to show the Rock Club back home? And if so, then wouldn’t these unique rocks exist in more than two countries by now?
  • Lithuania – it was voted “The Best Unusual Magnetic Volcano Rock European Fringe Country EVER!”, in recent polls.
  • Nepal
  • Okay, I admit defeat. No idea what the magnetic rock that’s found on the Hooiberg is called, and I just very nearly clicked on a website – Talk about unsafe googling.
  • Puerto Rico, but it’s only a guess
  • The country of Chupaverga. A small south american nation founded just recently
  • The other country is the Vatican, and it exists there because Pope Leo XII had it imported from Aruba in 1825, so that he could say that his country was the only one in the world other than Aruba that has a this unique type of volcanic rock, and the only country in the world to have this kind of volcanic rock without having any volcanoes.
  • The rock is called Hooibergiert, and all the web pages referring to it bar one are in Dutch! As to the other place in the world where it’s found, well I’m guessing here, but someone wrote a paper on the ‘early tertiary palaeomagnetism of Aruba and Bonaire’, so maybe, the island of Bonaire?
  • Tibet
  • Volcanic Magnetic Rock has thrived in Iceland since Bjerk left the Sugar Cubes and the band took a new direction.

Question 6

What is happening here?


Additional Answers

  • A man is beating off his cock in front of school children.
  • A new version of cockfighting. A cock is shaping up to a complete dick.
  • A spanish chookfarmer dancing the “Chupame la verga” In Chupaverga
  • Chicken Dance
  • Chook hypnotism
  • Chook pinata; being demonstrated to a class of school children by a Indigenous Australian in uniform (except for the slippers)
  • Circumcision
  • Daddy, what’s a cock fight?
  • Evangelical Fundamentalist Anti-Evolutionist rams stick through brain cavity, showing no ill effects.
  • Piñata, Aruba style, using a real chook and a papier-mâché cock.
  • The man is trying to instil courage into the fighting cock before it goes into battle with another unlucky bird.
  • The Sugar Cubes new lead singer Palmi Snorrason is performing the Volcanic Magnetic Rock adaptation of the chicken dance on a recent band exchange programme between Aruba and Iceland.
  • This cultural event is held where the burying of the rooster was a symbolic way to an agricultural rounding off one harvest year and starting a new one by the pagan Indians.
  • This is an annual tradition in Aruba, where the local idiot that no one wants to marry is tricked into thinking that some one finally wants to marry him, but they want their identity kept a secret until the big day. The fool is then blindfolded and led to the ceremony, where his bride turns out to be a chicken. Here we see last years idiot, dressed in traditional Arubian wedding garb and holding the “Commitment Stick” a traditional part of the ceremony in Aruba. This is seen to be the scariest part of the ceremony for males, as they take the stick and pass it to their bride, as symbol of them trusting them and committing to them. It is then common for the bride to hit the man as many times as she can with the stick, to teach him for being such an idiot and wearing such ugly clothes to their special day.
  • This is the classic celebration of St. John’s Day in Aruba. In 1623, golf legend John MacFaddin visited the island and shot a golf ball 175 yards down the beach off the head of a rooster, while blindfolded. Aruban men have been trying each year to repeat the feat, but after many years of bloodspattered crowds, and a shortage of roosters, the islanders decided to do away with the golfball and swap out the real rooster with a ceramic one. It’s still fun.
  • This shows a photo of a latter-day foghorn leghorn giving a demonstration of how he hypnotises yellow shirted timekeepers into believing that they are water carriers, albeit without the usual buckets.
  • Well, according to Wikipaedia, it’s the celebration of the Dia Di San Juan (Day of Saint John), when everyone dresses in red and yellow. Someone is pulled from the crowd, and while the ceremonial ‘dead rooster’ tune is sung, this person has to whack a calabas fruit-filled papier-mâché chicken.
  • Well, this man is obviously cheating during a Limbo-dancing contest… I have no Idea however why he is showing off his cock to everyone present…


  • “aruba, jamaica ooh I wanna take you…” – Beach Boys
  • Do you speak Spanish?
  • G’Day
  • I have not tried to find the answers by using Google etc., as that would make the whole thing pointless. [Good idea. Some people spend hours trying to google the real answers (often, that is not possible) – I already know the real answers! And there is no prize, except fame.]
  • I think you just found a nice place for a holiday.
  • I’ve got lots more Terry Wogan factoids if you’re interested Dr Bob! For example, did you know Terry Wogan was not actually christened by that name! No, he changed some letters himself by Deed Poll. The ‘g’ used to be a ‘w’, and the ‘T’ used to be a ‘H’…..’Herry Woman’ he used to be called! It wasn’t until later in life in the school yard that he realised he was being taunted for having the name of a hirsuit female! Another fact: Despite having similar names (Terry) Wogan and (Hulk) Hogan are not friends! He doesn’t even like ‘Conan’ the barbarian films! “Too close to home” he says.
  • Oh, good lord, that picture brings back bad memories! Back in the mid 80s, my school band’s uniform was exactly the same as that fellow’s – from the black pants and open necked yellow shirt right down to the red cummerbund. And to think, some of us had only been playing three weeks when they sent us out looking like that in public and got us to play ‘The Stripper’ while the (pretty blonde male) percussionist minced around the spectators (who gawked in disbelief). The shame, the shame!
  • See you next month Dr Bob.
  • So easy… just couldn’t resist…
  • Thank you Dr. Bob… You enlighten me! 😉
  • Thank you for the opportunity to spread my skeptical wings.
  • The God Delusion by Dr. Richard Dawkins is a great read, but Dawkins quotes USA Presidents John Adams and Abraham Lincoln out of context (quotes an ironical statement by J.A. as if J.A. was anti-religious, and quotes a racist statement by A.L. without showing its contemporary context and that A.L. later moderated his views). Read and quote from it cautiously.
  • The Producer of this series of answers would like to state that no Roosters were harmed in the answering of these questions… [Well, he would like to state that, but he can’t …]
  • These are my wild guesses. What is the point of this competition, anyway? [I dunno … it used to be a stand-up Christmas thing in a pub. The real answers are amusing or entertaining in some way …. a lot of the sent-in answers are amusing and/or better than the real answer. The quiz has a life of its own. It’s certainly not an examination in skepticism. The answers to Q3 Q4 Q5 are Hitler, Titanic, Iceland these all being recurring obsessions in the quiz. Unfortunately I have buried them so deeply that very few people have found them.]