Answers for October 2006

Winner this month – the first of the few to get Q6 right, and provider of a mini-thesis on planetary rotation rates, is

Jo Esser

from Aruba. Hmmm… Aruba – could be a topic for trivia quizzes.


Question 1

Who was the first person to study the Moon through a telescope?

Answer, Which Only Bill Yeats Got Right

An Englishman! Thomas Harriott, 26.7.1609. But he did not get around to writing a book about it.

Additional Answers

  • A young Pete Townshend, checking out drummers for his new band from the back of the Cricklewood town hall.
  • A man somewhere in a kingdom that became China today. Those Chinese thought of everything first.
  • A trick question? Really! Galileo Galilei of course. I’d better get this one right or Mr Jansen, my old science teacher will hunt me down.
  • Adam, because his eyes are lenses, which is close enough to a telescope for me.
  • Copperknickers
  • Galileo
  • Galileo Galilei
  • Galileo Galilei. Probably still wrong.
  • Galileo Galilei. This sounds like something I could have just got right, so it is probably wrong.
  • Galileo Galilei. Though Hans Lipperhey, who is credited with inventing it, might have taken the odd glance first.
  • Galileo having been given credit for inventing the telescope, is too obvious. In fact it was one of his assistants. Although Galileo was the first to use one, he invented it to spy on the nunnery across the road. [The lack of roads would have been a problem, then]. Actually it was Hans Lippershey, but he’s not funny.
  • Galileo is generally credited with being the first to use a telescope for astronomical purposes, however there is some evidence that the Assyrians may have used a form of telescope in their astronomical studies.
  • Galileo is the first to academically ‘study’ the moon although his Dutch contemporaries who built the first telescopes probably had a look first.
  • Galileo, when he was staring at his neighbor’s wife’s buttocks!
  • Galileo? If I remember one thing from Grade 9 science it is always answer telescope questions with Galileo. Unless the church says not to.
  • Galileo Galilei. Or at least he was the first to write about doing so. There were dozens of telescopes in use before he made his first one and someone must have glanced at the moon.
  • Galley lay oh. An ancient greek galley layout expert. I think. But then the Romans had galleys as well so maybe he was Italian. Whatever. Telescope = ships. Stands to reason. Doesn’t it?
  • Hans Lippershey invented the telescope, so I assume he was the first to look at the moon, but Galileo Galilei was the first astronomer to study the moon
  • It may have been Galileo, but it is more likely to have been his mother – “hey Momma, come and take a look at this.”
  • It seems practically settled that the first telescope was invented in Holland in 1608; but three men, Hans Lippershey, James Metius, and Zacharias Jansen, have been given the credit of the invention at different times. It would seem from certain papers, now in the library of the University of Leyden, and included in Huygens’s papers, that Lippershey was probably the first to invent a telescope and to describe his invention. However Galileo Galilei was the first one who used that instrument (called spyglass at that time) in 1609 to study the moon (and other celestial objects).
  • Julius Caesar, he declared it was cheese.
  • Kepler
  • Mrs Unice Pondwater from Marsden, Yorkshire. She also invented polio and glassblowing.
  • No doubt Hans Lippershey pointed the first telescope at the moon ­ not much else to do at night before television. But the first person to do a detailed telescopic study was Galileo.
  • Not me
  • Paul Doucette [Oh yes – very subtle]
  • The first person who studied the moon though a telescope was coincidentally the person who developed the telescope tripod. They erroneously set their telescope on the tripod to peer at the neighbours, but didn’t see the moon they were looking for.
  • The first person who was unfortunate enough to train their expensive and revolutionary new instrument upon a drunken first year uni student who thought it was the height of wit to stand in the middle of the quad and down trou (yep, for as long as there have been universities, there have been freshers).
  • The guy who invented the telescope? Just maybe, perhaps, could be. Did his first and second name both start with a G?
  • The moon was a perfect sphere representing the perfection of heaven – until NASA set up the fake hills and craters to push the agenda of the nonbelievers.
  • Very young Galileo, as a young lad, Galileo would often be found with his telescope in his hand staring at the full moon. When they finally invented lenses, he realised that Mrs. Taggerty the Milkman’s wife was not really the Wank fodder he believed.
  • Thomas Harriot developed his map of the moon months before Galileo began his observations. Galileo compensated by hiring the first known Press Agent and spun himself into the history books.

Question 2

The best drawings of the Moon for a very long time were copperplates made by Johannes Hevelius in 1647, from which books were printed. What happened to the copperplates?

Answer

After his death, they were melted down to make a teapot

Additional Answers

  • A better question than the last one. When Johannes died the printer’s plate was melted down to make a teapot. Or so legend has it and that’s what Dr Bob’s answer will be. [indeed – legendary]
  • After all that tough lunar observation it really was time for a decent freshly brewed cup of tea. Lacking only the teapot, but with some copperplates to hand, they did the necessary and converted one into the other.
  • Chopped up into pennies.
  • Copperplate etchings of the moon became so commonplace in the 1600’s that Heveluis’ were melted down and crafted into an item sorely lacking from society at the time… A teapot.
  • Coppers pinched them
  • Destroyed in a fire.
  • Destroyed when his housed burned down
  • Everybody will get this one right. But me no, I have to go and make a pot of tea. Later.
  • Hevelius used them as door stoppers for a while, then used one to prop up table leg.
  • I’m assuming they got destroyed in some amusing and unlikely way. Acid rain? Corrosion? Penguins?
  • It seems a competitor went around collecting them up and melting them down.
  • Melted down to pay for Hevelius’s opium habit.
  • Nay – the best pictures show a perfect circle unblemished as God intended.
  • Nobody knows, but they haven’t been seen since 1648 when Johannes Hevelius invented the first pizza tray.
  • Probably destroyed by the wanker catholics, dunno.
  • Recycled
  • Reincarnated as a teapot!
  • Sold to a filthy rich Chinese collector at a Christies auction.
  • Some of them were turned into teapots. But where was the handle, and where was the spout?
  • Some say they were made into a teapot, but it sounds like an urban legend to me. Oops, gotta go. Evidentally a local child, Penny Brown has gone missing. I’m off to search.
  • The Copperplates disbanded when their drummer left to join The Who.
  • They became dinner plates
  • They may have been destroyed in a fire or they were lost by Stanley Kubrick’s art department while building the sets for the moon landing telecasts.
  • They melted?
  • They retired and are now living a peaceful copperplate life at The Entrance, NSW.
  • They were coated with ink, then the paper was pressed carefully over them and put through a set of rollers or a press, and when the ink dried the pages were cut and bound. That’s how printing worked. After that some clergy or other would decide that you were subversive and they’d come along and kick you right inna font until your serifs rattled, and declare you apostate, and maybe want to set you on fire, but this usually happened after the books were prepared and didn’t actually count as part of the printing process, per se.
  • They were destroyed by fire. The title of the book: “Selenographia sive Lunae Descriptio”, is longer than some books I’ve read. Notably, his second wife had some of his works published posthumously; was this the first recorded instance of insurance fraud?
  • They were made into a tea service..
  • They were made into a teapot
  • They were turned into a nice kettle and some jelly molds by Mrs Hevelius. The tea was crap but the jelly made astronomy fun on those long cold nights.
  • Tradition says that the copper plates were melted down and made into a teapot when he died. One source mentions that the biggest plate turned up in 1900 as a big tea tray but disappeared afterwards (see: http://www.manfredholl.de/kart2.htm) The stories are plausible considering that the copper plate of a third map of the moon (after Hevelius and Riccioli) crafted in the same century by Dominique Cassini (1625-1712) and long kept in the Imprimerie Nationale, was sold by weight as old brass. (http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/docs/books/sherwood/R-II-d.htm)
  • Zapped in the dishwasher
  • I bought them on e-bay last week. Would you like to come upstairs and have a look?

Question 3

After getting the first Sputnik into orbit, on 4 October 1957, Sergei Korolev’s team excitedly telephoned Nikita Khrushchev to tell him of its success. What did Khrushchev say?

Answer, from somebody’s Russian memoirs

“Oh. Frankly, I never thought it would work” and then he went back to sleep.

Equally Wikipedian and more dignified answer

“We never thought that you would launch a Sputnik before the Americans. But you did it. Now please launch something new in space for the next anniversary of our revolution.”

Additional Answers

  • Equally Wikipedian and more dignified answer “We never thought that you would launch a Sputnik before the Americans. But you did it. Now please launch something new in space for the next anniversary of our revolution.”
  • “Copper look at the, that yanks are green with envy – or was that an alien”
  • “Is he alive?”
  • “Orbit? That was meant to be a bathysphere.”
  • “This had better not be another damned spruik for T3 shares, or I swear I’ll bang my shoe.”
  • “Who is your tip for the Caulfield Cup, Comrade?”
  • Ah comrad! Have some vodka! Inya bootski!
  • As I don’t understand Russian I couldn’t tell and it was very late at night. But later Khrushchev said “When the satellite was launched, they phoned me that the rocket had taken the right course and that the satellite was already revolving around the earth. I congratulated the entire group of engineers and technicians on this outstanding achievement and calmly went to bed”. But would you believe anything Khrushchev said? Not me. So I asked Rauschenbakh, who was there at the time. He said, “He,(Khrushchev)after all, had been apathetic about “just another Korolev rocket launch,””
  • Comrade, you are a disappiointment to the mother Russia. No good cosmonaut gets excited!
  • Depends. When exactly? On the phone he was probably polite, but he didn’t think much of it. But I don’t understand Russian. So probably something like “congratulations, well done” then went to bed. Thinking something like “just another Korolev rocket”. Which he may have said to someone.
  • do svidaniya
  • Do you blokes have any idea what the time is?
  • During that conversation, he asked casually whether Korolev could launch another satellite, possibly in time for the fortieth anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution on November 7, one month later! According to Cosmonaut Grechko, Khrushchev said: “We never thought that you would launch a Sputnik before the Americans. But you did it. Now please launch something new in space for the next anniversary of our revolution.” (http://www.the-cape.com/ccas/harford2.htm)
  • Either “Stanley, you’re such a kidder” or it’s just another Korolev rocket launch.
  • Good!
  • Hallo?
  • He had been apathetic about “just another Korolev rocket launch”
  • He said that they never thought they would beat the Americans into space, now please launch something new before the anniversary of the revolution in one months time. The result was that the Russians launched (and subsequently barbequed) the dog Laika into space within a month.
  • Hello (in Russian of course)
  • How’s my dog?
  • I could google this and find out. That seems a bit dubious, because I really don’t have a clue. I’d be ashamed of myself if I got the answer right despite that. Brownie points?
  • I lost my dog?
  • Internally to the USSR: It’s just another Korolev rocket launch. Externally to the world: Nyah-nyah nyah-nyah-nyah. (Only he said it in Russian)
  • Khrushchev thought Korolev’s call was from a pizza store and told to deliver the order directly to the Kremlin.
  • Khrushchev was always known for keeping things low-key. The picture of calm, cool and collected referred to the momentous occasion as “Just another Korolev rocket launch.”
  • Kiss me you fool.
  • Ni hao!
  • NYET!
  • Said with heavy Russian accent: “Ve never thought zat you vould launch a Sputnik before zee Americans. But you did it. Now please launch something new in space for zee next anniversary of our revolution.”
  • Stalin has left me big shoes to fill lads, bring the moon back with you!
  • Tonight the USA sleeps under a Soviet moon!
  • Translation from the Russian. “Well done, another bloody rocket … but well done”.
  • Who did you want Tovarisch? No he’s not here. Oh thats me, of course. Where’s my bloody shoe? I think I left it in New York. What time is it?.
  • You are a communist, too Dr. Bob? I’m surrounded by communists.
  • Eh… you want to arrest Khruschev? Then it is not me. He lives in the flat upstairs.

Question 4

When Shepard and Mitchell set out from Apollo 14, and walked about 3km in order to collect ejecta from the Cone Crater, what problem did they encounter?

Answer

They got lost and couldn’t find the crater

Additional Answers

  • They could not find the rim of the crater. Something about men being too stubborn to ask for directions.
  • Ack, yuck, ejecta, gross. Oh yeah, problem. Um? They were on the bloody moon? Trust me Doctor Bob I know what you think the answer is. But it’s a bit more complex than “they couldn’t find the crater edge”. It was a long walk. They ran out of time.
  • Already having past the 30 minutes extension for their excursion finding the Cone Crater and due to walking a pretty steep slope with a lot of debris and a stiff waist joint of the space suit they had to return with collected suboptimum samples unknowing that at returning point they were about 20-30m south of the crater’s rim.
  • As they were on the moon they encountered a number of problems. They overcame them all [except, probably, where to go for a wee]. But they wanted rocks from very close to the craters edge. But they were running out of time (air) and the edge was difficult to spot. So they collected the rocks and went back. Later they found out they were not far from the crater after all. About 30 metres springs to mind but don’t quote me on it.
  • Bloody traffic, they started off at 13:00, but by the time they got petrol, made a toilet stop and collected the kids, it was well and truly peak hour. Then they go held up by the trams, making a right hand turn, with the other cars blocking the road, the kids in the back pushing each other, asking are we there yet. Mitchell yelling out to the kids, “don’t make me come back there”. Quite frankly I know why they never went back to the moon, shit vacation spot – no atmosphere.
  • Divots left from Apollo 12. And they failed to rake the sandtraps AND didn’t replace the flags.
  • Dog poo – it took ages to scrape it all off before they got back into their lunar launcher, but they couldn’t risk having bits of floating turds drifting about as they returned to Earth. Hey, didn’t you ever wonder what happened to Laika?
  • God appeared to them. Nobody knows why. Possibly because he didn’t want his ejecta touched.
  • Gravity? Space dust? …. Tie Fighters?
  • It is almost impossible to walk on the moon. They developed a hop-skip style of locomotion.
  • Jets of hot oil. Oops wrong Wikipedia article. They couldn’t find the rim. Unless someone else – in order to win the quiz – changed Wikipedia before I looked.
  • Mitchell had beans earlier that day & the sharing of oxygen was getting on Shepards nerves.
  • Moonmen hawking green cheese
  • Pay road tax before proceeding – a common feature in all long-distanced journey in ancient China.
  • Shepard had a persistent erection, which Mitchell found distracting.
  • Sweat
  • The air conditioning in Roswell did not chill the set enough in July.
  • The edge of the crater was hard to spot. Not to mention the hard vacuum, the crappy old space suits, every other problem they might have had.
  • The movie set didn’t stretch that far.
  • Their lifeline was only 2 km
  • Their mobile phone reception dropped out.
  • There was only enough icecream in the cone for one of them.
  • They became disoriented and almost got lost
  • They couldn’t find it. Later analysis indicated that they probably got within 21m of the crater rim.
  • They didn’t quite get to the rim of the cone crater and then they ran out of time … Too busy playing golf.
  • They found it very hard to navigate by landmark because of the unevenness and ruggedness of the terrain. They also couldn’t find the crater and gave up and returned to their spacecraft
  • They got lost for a short while due to the lunar landscape causing disorientation.
  • They got lost.
  • They had to wait till the set was built.
  • They had to carry the ejecta back to the landing module and pondered how to accomplish it, when as luck has it they stumbled onto a discarded shopping trolley (they pop up everywhere, don’t they), so they loaded up and hightailed it home.
  • They stumbled onto a golf course and amongst all the pandemonium couldn’t find the rim of the crater; (missed it by that much)
  • They walked off the set where the fake moon landings were staged.
  • They weren’t on the moon
  • Well, you have to keep in mind that prior to the landing, there were enough glitches (The docking mechanism for the lander & command modules wouldn’t engage, a switch for the lander engine malfunctioned, the landing radar locked up and had to be reset) that not being able to locate the rim of the crater barely qualified as a “problem.”
  • When who went to collect what where?

Question 5

Tidal friction and gravitational anomalies are slowing down the rotation of both Moon and Earth. The Moon’s rotation long ago slowed to match its orbital period, so that it now presents the same side to the Earth. When will the Earth have similarly slowed so as to present the same side to the Moon?

Answer

Never – actually in 10-50 billion years, but before that, the expanding Sun will boil off the oceans in 2 billion years and then engulf the whole show in 5 billion years

Additional Answers

  • 1,003,567,675 AD, at two minutes past three in the morning.
  • 5 billion years from now. On a Tuesday. And fortunately for Australian lycanthropes, Australia will face away from the moon.
  • 50 billion years from now. If certain other things don’t get in the way. Like the sun and the galaxy in Andromeda and some other minor stuff.
  • 50 million more years [Did you say ‘million’ or ‘billion’ – oh that’s alright then]
  • A few tens of billions of years — the three body problem involving earth, moon and sun precludes accurate calculation. Of course the earth and moon will have been destroyed by the expanding sun well before then. Alternatively, based on creationist timescales and physics, it could happen the week after next.
  • A time line for you, gentle reader. About 2.1 billion years from now the oceans are expected to boil away removing the bulk of the tidal friction. About 4.5 to 5 billion years from now the sun will become a red giant possibly destroying our earth and moon. About 6 billion years from now our galaxy is expected to collide with the Andromeda galaxy. Now pay attention here. The day gets longer by about 0.0016 seconds each century. So it will take 50 billion years before an Earth day would equal 47 of our current days. At that time the moon would take 47 of our current days to orbit the Earth. The only why reason nobody would be surprised if that ever happened I leave as an exercise for the student. Hint, what is nobody’s name?
  • About the same time the moon did.
  • Approx 2,880,000,000 years.
  • Copper time, the period when we are all police officers and we can control not only the speed at roundabouts, but all rotating bodies.
  • Distant future, as a guess
  • Eventually
  • I don’t know, but Channel 10 will run it as a reality show.
  • I just worked it out in my head at about 4.32 billion years (but I might have missed a decimal point somewhere). This may well turn out to be a non-problem, as the sun could have gone out by then, or the North Koreans could have nuked us out of existence.
  • In a couple of million years? Christmas? Penguins?
  • In around 4.5 billion years give or take.
  • It already has
  • Just shortly after the very last series ever of “Survivor” goes to air *sigh*
  • Liar! The moon has always looked the same for all 6000 years.
  • Long after I’m dead.
  • Never. By the time it slows sufficiently, the moon will have escaped it’s orbit. Or Friday 26 January 2007.
  • Never. For the details, I refer you to the overly detailed explanation some sciencey person has probably given.
  • No – it is impossible
  • On the long term it’s assumed that days are getting longer at a rate of about 1.6 ms per century (for shorter periods different formulas with a quadratic time-term are derived). By the time the earth will become tidally locked, her axis-rotation equals the moons orbital period, about 50-55 days by then (is increased because slowing down earth’s rotation implies a moon’s retreat of about 3.8cm a year). All other factors being equal the event will happen in about 250 to 300 billion years from now. The answer is pure hypothetical however, because factors will not be equal: “About 2.1 billion years from now, the continual increase of the Sun’s radiation will cause the Earth’s oceans to boil away, removing the bulk of the tidal friction and acceleration. Even without this, slowdown to a month-long day would not have been completed by 4.5 billion years from now when the Sun will evolve into a red giant, possibly destroying Earth and Moon” (Wikipedia). So “never” should be considered a more correct answer! References for the moon orbital period by the time the earth is tidally locked to the moon: http://www.worldwideschool.org/library/books/sci/astronomy/TheEvolutionOfTheStarsAndTheFormationOfTheEarth/chap5.html states 55 days, http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/may99/925993217.As.r.html states 40 days Hoimar von Ditfurth spends a whole chapter on this issue in his book “Kinder des Weltalls” (Hoffman & Kampe, Hamburg Germany) and states 50-55 days. One source: http://www.aoc.nrao.edu/~smyers/courses/astro01/L6.html calculates 146 billion years as answer to the question 5, but that figure is not correct since they use the current moon orbital period, being 27.3 days.
  • Seems the verdict is out on this one: It should be very clear from Appendix A that the rate of Earth’s rotation both increases and decreases across rather lengthy stretches of time. For example, observations are tabled for some 374 years (from 1623 CE to 1997 CE). Throughout the many years covered in this table, it is apparent that the length of the solar-day was a fraction of a second faster than 86,400 seconds about 41 percent of the time. It is equally apparent that the length of the solar-day was a fraction of a second slower than 86,400 seconds about 59 percent of the time. Due to the magnitude and frequency of the cited variations in Earth’s rotation, it would not be possible to conclude that Earth’s rotation is slowing down according to a long-term trend.
  • Slowdown to a month-long day would not have been completed by 4.5 billion years from now when the Sun will evolve into a red giant, possibly destroying Earth and Moon, so don’t hold your breath
  • When God wants it to.
  • When hell freezes over. That answer is just so good on so many levels that I dare not elaborate. Oh well I can’t help myself. But I think about 10 times longer than it will take the sun to become a red giant. There are many other factors. But if that’s not about the time that hell freezes over, I’ll eat my hat.
  • When hell freezes over?
  • When the days are longer, so I can have a well-earned sleep in.
  • When the Earth’s buttocks are correctly aligned, then Luna and the Earth will moon each other.
  • When the entire male population of the earth achieves simultaneous erections. The extra wind resistance will cause enough drag to slow the earth’s rotation enough to achieve this affect.
  • When the polar caps melt away, which according to Al Gore will be about 6.30pm on Tuesday week.
  • When they both reach the designated check point and synchronise their grav-watches.
  • You know how I love the math questions! Lessee, the moon (which is moving away from the Earth at a rate of 3.8 centimeters per year) is slowing the earths rotation by about 1.5 milliseconds every 100 years. The Earth is currently spinning at a speed of “really frickin’ fast” which means it will have slowed to match the Moon’s orbit in…carry the two…uhm…several billion years, or twice the current age of the solar system!

Question 6

Q6 Who’s this?

Answer

Moon Unit Zappa

Additional Answers

  • Paul Ducettes missus (and a lovely unit she is too)
  • A lady on the opposite end of a photographer with no sense of lighting
  • A newly dermabrased client.
  • A nice girl
  • A very bad Michael Jackson impersonator.
  • A very young Amanda Vanstone (about a year before the elective compassionectomy). No, hang on, it’s Princess Mary, before she turned into a Great Dane. Um, nope, it’s Bronwyn Bishop before The Hair. Wait, wait… um, I’ll settle on Alexander Downer. Before the surgery.
  • A woman. Who has something to do with planets. Ok so I searched a bit and the only one I can find who has the same hair part, smilar eyebrows, nose and chin is Carl Sagan’s widow Ann Druyan. Who’s really cool anyway so, Ann Druyan.
  • A woman? Who I deduce may have something to do with studies of the planets in the solar system? If only her name started with an “A” so I could be high in the list. But pictures like that are really hard to google on.
  • An author in a contrived pose, or someone whose ear itches. Maybe both? Oh yeah and just in case it’s like a few months ago, Queen Elizabeth.
  • Annette Benning.
  • Astronaut Mitchell from the Apollo 14 mission.
  • Can I meet her? Is she a skeptic? I don’t suppose she knows anything about planets. I am likely wrong. Is she normal? Does she smoke dope? Did she have a husband? Do you know who I am now? Did you all the time? So many questions and it’s supposed to be an answer. So many levels.
  • Coppertone ad – the before picture
  • Don’t know but do you have her phone number. Always on the lookout for the next ex missus.
  • Don’t know, but can I have her phone number?
  • Don’t know, but sorta cute though.
  • Don’t rightly know but she is pleasant on the eye.
  • Dr Bob’s wife
  • Dr Who’s next “assistant.” She actually looks like Dr Sally Lucy, an archaeologist from England.
  • Dr. Tatiana
  • I dont have a clue and am not going to google so i’ll have to wait a month to find out
  • I don’t have a clue, but I’m sure some people will find something sexist and condescending to say about her.
  • Marissa Tomei
  • Mary Kostakidis, who does not seem to be a Chinese.
  • Michael Jackson after the operation.
  • Moon Unit Zappa.
  • Nicole Kidman’s stunt double in Eyes Wide Shut
  • Not sure, but it’s something to do with Philip Glass.
  • Oh Sheik Yerbouti, Dr Bob!! That’s Moon Unit Zappa. WATCH OUT WHERE THE HUSKIES GO / AN’ DON’T YOU EAT THAT YELLOW SNOW!!!
  • She looks a lot like Kathleen Quinlan, who played Marilyn Lovell in “Apollo 13” (Which fits nicely with the space theme you have going here). So I’ll go with her as my guess!
  • Some goth girl, about to recite Edgar Allan Poe poetry “quoth the raven nevermore.”
  • Sorry bob, no idea on this one. I guess its someone who has been into space. I’ll take a guess at Valentina Tereskova (sp?)
  • Sweet mother of God! Or… possibly not.
  • The author/artist Moon Unit Zappa (daughter of Frank Zappa)
  • The secret daughter of Stevie Wonder
  • Woman

Comments

  • A whole quiz of moon questions, and not one mention of the Spong Monkeys – Dr Bob, you disappoint me.
  • As my answers reveal, I have no real chance of ever winning this quiz. Why do I bother to participate? Is it out of boredom? Vanity? Or perhaps the vain hope that my sad, broken attempts at wit will someday finally get you to just notice me?
  • Cheers
  • Copper look at these answers!
  • Dr Bob, as a sufferer of priapism, could I be contributing to global warming?
  • Dr. Bob, I am suffering … Where, oh where is the full answer for September? Surely 10 days is too long to wait? You are so cruel… oh…
  • Dr. Bob, it hurts when I do this (wiggles his thumbs backwards and forwards).
  • Er, um, er, but, I, well, um. Oh yeah I don’t own a hat so the real answer to Q5 is never. Boiling off of the oceans and other factors need to be taken into account. If you want to go for 50 billion years you would be wrong (as usuall). But, well it’s not about right and wrong in here is it? o;)
  • Gimme a break. How could anyone get that picture question? Or is it the first one about G.G. that everybody will get wrong. No way and all that. Bah Humbug. Good set of questions. Loved it. Really I only put ’em in if I like ’em.
  • Glad to know folks stopped you from using nudity given the theme of this months quiz. (BTW a 5 digit code came up. Reloaded and proper 6 digit code came up. Lucky for you, or you’d miss these morsels of wit).
  • Hard quiz Dr.Bob
  • Hello, hope some lunatic doesn’t moon you. P.S. – I’m suspicious about the number in the box.
  • I enjoyed the answers to the last quiz. I even bookmarked the site!
  • I have a question for you, Dr. Bob. Is there any structure behind how you list the answers? [They get sorted alphabetically (I used to sort them randomly). But then they get edited and tidied up, and crap and redundant answers get removed, so the sorting is not always accurate. Finally the ones I like best get pulled out to the front, and one good one gets moved to the end]
  • I thought after looking at the past few winners of the quiz that if “steve” or “stephen” was my name I might have a better chance.
  • I’ve treated the qns with a bit of levity; should have read a bit more before I started.
  • Jesus is great Jesus is awsome Jesus is the best Jesus will explode your atheistic head when he comes back. And then you’ll be sorry. Ejecta.
  • Move along. Nothing to see here.
  • No comment
  • No nudity Dr. Bob? For shame.
  • Nothing happened to the “Old Jersey”, it’s still a British island in the English Channel. Unfortunately, that’s on the wrong side of the pond, so I spend my time in the New one.
  • ouestion to hard need easy one,s like Q.who live,s on the moon.A.MR. Qqiggle Q were do woman have the most curlies hair. A. FIJI [But don’t you have enough problems already?]
  • Please debunk the story that the dead “crocodile hunter” Irwin converted to born again christianity before the sting ray got him.
  • Sorry Doctor Bob I had to type long answers for most of these questions. By the way I saw a TV show about Sputnik just the other day. I waited to see if they had film of Khrushchev on the phone that night. But they didn’t so it was of no help. And if you don’t believe me about Apollo 14 see here http://www.solarviews.com/eng/apo14.htm.
  • The parents of the other children think I’m a jackass workaholic using my PocketPC instead of chatting with them. As you can see I’m not a workaholic.
  • This is my first time. Are all your quizzes about Stanley Kubrick. [No, but reality reflects a lot of Kubrick’s work]
  • Achtung! Listen to this 1957 EAST GERMAN JOKE. The Russians have launched a Sputnik, which is orbiting the Earth. Now the glorious Deutch Demokratisch Republik is going to launch its own satellite. But this will not orbit the Earth. It will orbit the Sputnik.