Answers for April 2007

Many erudite entries this month, including from Lex Chiltern, Edi Winkler, Mamphina Mothwobbler, Cathy Bannister, Win Fowles, and the entrant most desperate to want to be the winner, Martina Stephanie Binford-Winthequiz. But our WINNER and not for the first time is –

Bill Yeats

Of New Jersey, USA. Did the old one wear out, Bill? Jersey that is. I bet you get a lot of jokes like that. Or am I the first?


Question 1

Q1 What is the main piece of equipment used for skwalling?

Answer

A skwal

Additional Answers

  • Skwalling is a form of snow surfing or snowboarding practiced on a board called a skwal, with one foot ahead of the other, not perpendicular to the incline. It’s also the American spelling for the word meaning “windy conditions.”
  • A baby – the wretched creatures spend all their time wailing and skwalling, much to the acute discomfort of civilised adults across the entire globe.
  • A bottle of whiskey. Throughout the activity of skwalling you have to continually test the whiskey to see if it’s still good.
  • A Gerbil wrapped in duct tape.
  • A mountain with snow on it. Skwalling is a bit like snowboarding. You need a board but without the snowy slope it’s not much use. You did say MAIN.
  • A seagull. Skwalling is the only way you can keep the population down.
  • A single duck feather, coated in wax and blessed by a naked shaman.
  • A skwal
  • A skwal
  • A Skwal
  • A skwal (like a mono-ski but with the bindings offset from eachother).
  • A skwal which is sort of like a snowboard with both feet pointing forward.
  • A skwal, and serious brain damage.
  • A skwal, I guess.
  • A skwal, of course. But dahling, I don’t Do Freezing Cold, so I’ll just be cutting straight to the apres-skwal, care to join me, Dr Bob? Sven, another hot chocolate, and an Icelandic Lady Backpacker for my friend here. (Don’t get too excited, it’s a cocktail.)
  • A skwal, of course! (So I wasn’t too far off the mark with ‘skwaller’).
  • A skwal, of course. Useful for self kneecapping.
  • a Skwal.
  • A skwal.
  • A skwal. (Hybrid between skis and snowboard – Rarely seen up here in the tropics.)
  • A skwal? If not, I’m going with a green five-edged talking pitchfork.
  • A skwal? Just maybe? Perhaps? When I go spelunking I always need my spelunk. And for shooting one needs a shoot (I think). So it seems obvious. Skwalling on a skwal.
  • A skwall (a snowboard with feet in line, not parallel).
  • a skwall?
  • A skwaller, of course!
  • A sort of snowboard thingee, and no brain
  • A Squall, which is a bit like a snow board except that it isn’t one.
  • A squaw, various other native Americans and a great deal of money to pay them.
  • A well kept mullet and a packet of smokes.
  • Ah haaaaa, the clue’s in the question. It must be a ling. I can’t think of anything else it could be.
  • Board
  • camouflage coveralls
  • Could it be a skwall? You know just a wild guess. Something to do with snow?
  • fishing hooks
  • Fishing rod
  • From wikipedia: A skwal is the main piece of equipment used for skwalling, a hybrid sport combining the carving of Skiing and riding feel of snowboarding.
  • God Only Knows
  • I’m guessing a skwal.
  • lint
  • Luke’s light saber.
  • Most people would answer a skwal. (snowboard), but that’s putting the cart before the horse. You’d probably have to use a CHAIRLIFT to make the rest of the activity come together.
  • Not a spellcheck “DID YOU MEAN ‘SAILING'”
  • Shit. I was going to be a smart ass and say a skwal. Then I googled and I see it is a skwal. (Does the rest of the empire say smart arse, or is that just an American idiom?)
  • Since skwalling involves clearing out skwaller, the main piece of equipment is a nearby river. (Secondary equipment is a Greek hunk to redirect it.)
  • Skwalling? What the bloody hell is that?, er do they use “Skwallers” for Skwalling?
  • Skwallpaper
  • Skwid
  • Snow
  • That would be a large lump in the earth; commonly called a hillock. Can’t skwal without one of them. I tried it once and didn’t get away with it.
  • The main piece of equipment? Some might say it’s the full body cast, but I’d have to argue that the cast is more a follow up piece of equipment. Others would say it’s the skwal which, by it’s very nature is something you can’t go skwalling without. (Of course, that’s not what I conisder to be *my* main piece of equipment.) No matter how you look at it, though, skwalling without snow is just tumbling down a mountain, which brings us back to the body cast!
  • The skwal, it is a hybrid between skiing and snowboarding. Prototypes appeared in 1992.
  • Um, a skwal? And knacky twine and a thacking stick. No not really, just a skwal. Knacky twine and thacking sticks are for something entirely different. But they’re good words aren’t they?
  • What is the main piece of equipment used in: Skateboarding? Skiing? Cycling?
  • Your nose. Don’t ask.

Question 2

The Beatles’ film Magical Mystery Tour was filmed in England, but scenery from what other country is also shown?

Answer

The instrumental “Flying” is accompanied by colour-distorted views of the landscape of Iceland.

Additional Answers

  • Actually they also shot some film stuff in France for the film But Dr Bob probably means Iceland.
  • Aerial footage of Iceland. Kubrik’s seconds.
  • Ahh; a tricky one. It would have to be Iceland.
  • Ancient Mesopotamia
  • Another wild guess. Iceland. Hey this is the quiz right? Has to be Iceland or may be Aruba But I’m sticking with Iceland.
  • Atlantis
  • Being mysterious, I guess Tibet?
  • could it possibly be …Iceland
  • Denmark
  • Don’t know, don’t want to see the movie, not curious enough to google. Sorry, I meant to say Iceland.
  • England
  • France
  • France (Nice)
  • France. Or Pepperland. Which could be the same place – the blue Meanies were actually lumps of blue cheese that finally became so ripe that they got up and started terrorising the local populace.
  • Germany
  • Greenland? Alaska, somewhere with snow and ice anyway.
  • Honah Lee
  • I can’t help but notice that none of the other answers have anything to do with Hitler, Aruba or the Titanic. By process of elimination, it must be Iceland! (For which, we can thank Stanley Kubrick)
  • Iceland
  • Iceland
  • Iceland
  • Iceland
  • Iceland – possibly shots borrowed from DrStrangelove?
  • Iceland!
  • Iceland, Iceland, Iceland, is the place I adore, not too far from Norway and a long way from Bangalore…
  • Iceland, of course.
  • Iceland, of course.
  • Iceland.
  • Iceland.
  • Iceland. *yawn*
  • Iceland?
  • If I tell you that then it wouldn’t be a magical mystery now would it?
  • If you look really closely in one of the liverpool shots, you can see the welsh mountains. Slovenia.
  • In the “Flying” sequence, the music is accompanied in the film by colour-altered images of landscape in Iceland taken from an airplane. The Arctic photography in the “Flying” sequence was originally filmed for Stanley Kubrick’s famous comedy Dr. Strangelove.
  • India
  • italy
  • It’s a magical mystery…so in that case it was probably the netherlands, specifically Amsterdam.
  • Lets go with Nepal.
  • lets see, Dr Bobs quiz, need a country – Oh, how about Iceland!
  • Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
  • Norway’s woods. Tch – so obvious, Dr Bob.
  • Obviously Bolivia, because it couldn’t possibly be Iceland, could it?
  • Oz.
  • People’s Republic of Dapto
  • Pepperland?
  • Some scenery from Iceland is used.
  • Someplace not England, but with a plentiful supply of seagulls.
  • The fool on the hill was filmed in France
  • The moon, those chaps were high as kites 99% of the time…
  • The rugged glaciers of Iceland, something Ringo came up with after a man on a flaming can of spam told him so.
  • This just has to be Iceland. After all this IS The Quiz. Anything else would be beyond the pale. Tell me I am wrong Dr Bob, please.
  • USA
  • Wales
  • Which country is Reykjavik the capital of?
  • Without even looking up from the exam paper: iceland

Question 3

How did the inquisitor Torquemada guard against his food being poisoned?

Answer

He placed a unicorn horn next to his plate. (Which gives rise to another question … perhaps it was from the last unicorn. I mean, look what happened to the Great Auk in Iceland in 1844).

Additional Answers

  • “..adorned his table with the horn of a unicorn as a sovereign remedy against poison” – Works for me!?!!
  • A horn of a unicorn
  • A Narwhal’s tusk was often sold as an Alicorn or Unicorns horn in Europe back in those days. It was considered good protection against poison. Torquemada had one. He carried it around with him and put it beside his plate when he was eating.
  • A total nut case that guy may have been so something totaly weird and mythical. Wildly superstitious. Unicorn horn?
  • always kept a piece of alicorn on his table. As alicorn is unicorn horn I don’t know where he would have got it from.
  • By being a vampire.
  • By keeping an alleged unicorn horn or a scorpion’s tongue next to his plate to ward off any poisonous influences. (Do scorpions even *have* tongues? And where did he get the dissecting microscope to excise it?) Which is a bit rich, considering that he went around accusing herbalists and elderly women of superstition and witchcraft. Whoever would’ve thought that Mother Church was capable of such hypocrisy? No, really…
  • By using a food taster
  • Did he torque em ada it? (with due deference to Mel Brooks)
  • Fed it to the seagulls, which he then fed to the prisoners, since the seagulls are immune to most poisons (they have even been known to survive on potato chips *shock*)
  • Got someone else to taste it first
  • He “dined with a reputed unicorn horn or a scorpion tongue next to his food to ward away poison”.
  • He … dined with a reputed unicorn horn or a scorpion tongue next to his food to ward away poison
  • He adorned his table with the horn of the unicorn as a sovereign remedy against poison.
  • He always ate live animals, that way, if they were poisoned they would have already died.
  • He ate his victims livers with falfa beans & a nice Cianti.
  • He ate with a unicorn horn next to his plate. Which is as about sensible as the Inquisition itself.
  • He avoided sushi bars.
  • He became a breatharian
  • He didn’t buy kebabs at Manly Beach. That’s a pretty safe way to guard that.
  • He didn’t eat it and so died. Hey another wild guess. OK so tell me he didn’t die.
  • He dined with a “unicorn horn” or a “Scorpions tongue” next to his plate to ward of the poison
  • He dined with a reputed unicorn horn or a scorpion tongue next to his food to ward away poison.http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2005/3213torquemada.html
  • He dined with a unicorn horn and scorpion tongue to fend off poisons.
  • He dined with his pet scorpion Stingy.
  • He had a jewish food taster.
  • He is said to have adorned his table with the horn of a unicorn to guard against poisoning. He expected to be assassinated, yet nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition.
  • He kept a “unicorn’s horn” by his plate as an antidote. He died of old age.
  • He kept a unicorn’s horn by his plate as an antidote.Don’t know whether he ate it or wore it.
  • He only ate turnips he harvested himself.
  • He poisoned the chicken, knowing the odds that both the chicken AND vegetables would be poisoned is slim.
  • He processed it through a ballot box. Hardly anything came out the other end.
  • He tied a piece of string from the food to his penis. If he became aroused he knew someone had fiddled with it.
  • He tortured and executed loads of people. Seems to have worked
  • He used young girls who had renounced their wicked witchcraft ways
  • He was the first Breatharian. He didn’t eat. Well except for the occasional toasted unicorn sandwitch or sandworlock.
  • I found a website that says something about unicorn horns. I’m tempted to check the ownership of the domain name to see if Dr. Bob is having some fun at our expense. Or maybe it is owned by the Wikipedia folks.
  • In his last years he was convinced that he would be poisoned, and kept a unicorn’s horn by his plate as an antidote.
  • Instead of having an official foodtaster, who costs money, he used the condemned in his dungeons for free.
  • It is a little known fact that the evil Torquemada was so fearful of food poisoning that he became the first Spanish convert to Breatharianism. Of course he had to keep his conversion secret for fear that his Catholic henchmen would, if they knew, terminate him with extreme prejudice by sticking a red hot poker up his bum while simultaneously forcing him to swallow a toxic paellaburger from medieval Madrid’s most malodorous Maccas.
  • It is suggested that he kept the horn of a Unicorn or the tongue of a scorpion by his side to ward off the poison.
  • He prepared it himself
  • Silly superstitious wally – a unicorn’s horn. I reckon you could send him out for stripey paint and he’d go and look for it.
  • The horn of a unicorn (alicorn) is said to be a cure against poison.
  • The inquisitor Torquemada was so suspicious of his food being potentially poisoned that he would regurgitate and subsequently re-ingest meals for weeks on end. He died from a combination of malnutrition and involuntary muscle spasms, aged 26.
  • The well know practice of placing a unicorn horn or scorpions tongue near the food. I personally have my doubts about the effectiveness of these, having only tried them severally; not jointly.
  • Took low levels of poison at each meal.
  • Torquemada (“Torque” to his buddies) was a deeply religious man who placed all of his faith in God. Well, all of that faith that wasn’t placed in a “unicorn horn” or a scorpion’s tongue which he believed protected him from poison in his food…
  • Was he the one in “The Devils” played by Oliver Reed, and if so, was it by sterilizing everything with alcohol before eating?
  • What is atop the head of one of the creatures on the U.K. coat of arms?
  • Witch craft

Question 4

What began on 24 October 1881?

Answer

Well it was quite a busy day. My answer was that modern vaudeville began, at the Fourteenth Street Theatre. But now I see that much else began also. The gunfight at the OK Corral was 26 October – I thought one of you suckers would put that for an answer – but no …

Additional Answers

  • 24 October 1881. (I bet you get that identical answer hundreds of times, Dr Bob. Well, maybe tens. A couple? Please, not just one – aarrrgh, everyone will then think I’m the only dickhead!)
  • A really old thing
  • A Sunday! If you’re looking for something more specific, I suppose I could mention Levi Morton, US Ambassador to France, popping the first rivet into the Statue of Liberty, but I think “Sunday” is a much more clever answer, dagnabbit.
  • American vaudeville. Before that date singing and dancing at the same time was almost unknown. Except to people who sang and danced and those others who watched them.
  • American Vaudville amongst other things such as The Edinburgh Gardens in North Fitzroy.
  • Construction of the Statue of Liberty
  • Do not know [Oh, that began long before 1881]
  • Erection of the Statute of Liberty
  • European Settlement in Australia
  • Filming of the first episode of Fawlty Towers.
  • Heaps of things: A Monday, Statue of liberty gets a rivet, Fire in A stationary store in Pennsylvania and on and on it goes. BTW – the spelling mistake was plagiarised from the web site.
  • Hmmmm. Often these questions are tied together. Skwalling is modern. The Beatles are before my time. Something like the 1960’s, or the 1920’s or something. The inquisition was in the 15th century give, or take. The Monty Python skit about the inquisition was after 1881 and quite a funny send up of a cliche. The Bush presidency began in 2001. It has set back human right to before the Magne Carte, but we all know that date from history and it is not 1881. So, by eliminatio it must be the current dynasty in the Klingon Empire. QED.
  • Levi Morton began creating the Statue of Liberty.
  • Lots of things I imagine. Can you be more specific?
  • Modern Vaudeville
  • Monday
  • My great grandmother’s mid life crisis.
  • Neighbours.
  • No, 1881 began on January 1st.
  • October 24. Fire at the stationary store of William F. Murphy’s Sons, Chestnut Street above Fifth. Loss, $25,000.http://www.ushistory.org/philadelphia/timeline/1881.htm
  • Oh happy day
  • Pablo Picasso’s mother’s labour pains
  • Saturday.
  • Sexual equality at Dalhousie University
  • Sir Robert Ball gave his first lecture in the new Hall in Cambridge University. The lecture was entitled “A Glimpse through the Corridors of Time”, and mentioned the power of solar energy. It was from here that solar panels, and electricity generation were first thought of.
  • Some war? Always a war starting somewhere,especially back then.
  • That day. The sun came up and the day began. Trust me I am not wrong. All over the world the day began on that day.
  • That was my birthday in a past life. I’m so glad you remembered!
  • The American Chapter of the Illuminati
  • The beginning of vaudeville, with the opening of Tony Pastor’s Fourteenth Street theatre. It also marks the beginning of the period of mourning for Melbourne’s surveyor Robert Hoddle who died that day.
  • The construction of the Statue of Liberty
  • The construction of the Statue of Liberty. This isn’t very funny, is it. [Oh, I think it’s hilarious. Down here we also raise statues in memory of our immortal dead]
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The feminist movement ** Note: a giant statue of a liberated woman was assembled to celebrate this event.
  • The life of Colonel Robert Hanbury Brudenell-Bruce. Oh you didn’t mean that, well actually lots of things. It was a busy day in many places. Robert Hoddle died. That’s not really a begining though. Daylight saving?
  • The life of Paulus B Barth Swiss painter/lithographer.
  • The opening of Tony Pastor’s Fourteenth Street Theatre in New York City on 24 October 1881 marks the beginning of American vaudeville.
  • The planet’s demise… *sigh*
  • The rise of Vaudeville theatre, and the decline of Western civilisation. Pass me the shotgun, Eulalia, there’s that idiot with the hat and cane again…
  • The Scottish fondness of deep fried food.
  • The seventy-sixth celebration of Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar.
  • The Statue of Liberty.
  • The third cycle of the forty-first Morkon of the Klingon year.
  • Twentieth anniversary mourning celebrations for the Pony Express.
  • Vaudeville
  • Was that the day John Howard was elected Prime Minister of Australia?
  • Who stands in the mouth of the Hudson river?
  • Work on central park
  • What did not begin on 24 October 1881?

Question 5

The Klingon language has 3 genders, what belongs to each gender?

Answer

Speakers, body parts, everything else

Additional Answers

  • Body parts, beings capable of speech, and everything else that doesn’t fit into either of these goes into the third. Makes sense to me.
  • 3 genders? Are there that many hermaphrodites in Star Trek land that they need a special language?
  • A body part, A being capable of using language, or neither of these.
  • A particular type of grunt. Get the grunt wrong and the male Klingon you just called a she will rip your head off.
  • A set of bagpipes, a 2B pencil, the colour blue
  • An athlete’s foot, a boasting athlete or neither, they tell me.
  • Anything they want
  • Body parts, sentient beings, neither. I’m not sure which form to use for Mr. Happy though.
  • Body Parts, Sentient Beings, or Neither
  • Boobs.
  • capable of speaking, body part and other.
  • Capable of speaking, body part and other. Sounds like me after a skinful of red wine.
  • Different genitalia, from memory.
  • Frankenstein’s Monster was made up of many what? Which beings can speak Klingon? When categorizing, what name is given to group the minorities?
  • Gender in Klingon does not indicate sex, as in English, or have an arbitrary assignment as in Danish or many other languages. It indicates whether a noun is a body part, a being capable of using language, or neither of these.
  • Genders in language in the way the question is framed are probably not about sex. So I am going to say nouns. They belong to all the 3 genders. Hence “each gender”.
  • Genitals
  • Hmm, thinks – from outer space and belonging to different genders? Easy, really. 1. John Howard, 2. Julia Gillard, and 3. Bob Brown.
  • I’m not a trekkie, so I would have no idea. Though I’m expecting some big Captain Picard vs Captain Kirk debate to arise from this question.
  • In language gender is not about sex. I don’t know the answer that Doctor Bob wants at this point. But Nouns belong in each gender. Adverbs are out (I think).
  • It indicates whether a noun is a body part, a being capable of using language, or neither of these.
  • It indicates whether a noun is a body part, a being capable of using language, or neither of these. I’m not sure what they would have made of the pétomane.
  • It indicates whether a nous is a being capable of speaking, a body part, or neither. Far more interesting is that it was developed with specific but unintentional reference to American culture, i.e. to sound ‘harsh’ to American ears, and to be ‘rude’ with respect to American norms. Does the fact that I noticed this make me a wanker 🙂
  • Klingon classifies nouns in three genders. Body parts, sentient beings, or neither.
  • Klingon is not a language – it’s a bunch of made up words. Anyone who thinks otherwise should really get a girlfriend… or a boyfriend… or a 3rd-gender-friend.
  • Klingons apparantly have three genders describing if something is a body part, a being capable of using language, or neither of these. I wonder what gender a mouth, larynx, dentures, duck or computer then fall into?
  • Male, Female and Dead
  • Male, female, and homosexual.
  • Masculine, Feminine, and Appetising
  • men, women, children
  • Must make it confusing if what has three genders. So, ‘what’s’ the question?
  • No, what’s on second. But who’s on first?
  • Numbers
  • On puristic grounds, I refuse to answer this question as it is posed in English.
  • Should I be embarrassed that I know this? ThlIngon Hol does not use “gender” as we usually understand it for human languages (masculine, feminine, neuter), but distinguishes between subjects that are 1) capable of using language/speaking, 2) a part of the body or 3) other (not fitting into 1) or 2)). Which raises the interesting question of how you’d tell a Klingon “You have shit for brains and are talking out of your arse”, without him wandering off from boredom before you’d figured out how to phrase it. [How would I tell a Klingon that? – From a safe distance]
  • the first gender in the Klingon language is bloke (male), followed by sheila (female), followed by bleila (not sure). PROVE ME WRONG, DR BOB!
  • The genders are: Body parts, beings capable of using language, and “other”.
  • The greeting : Nannu Nannu.
  • The Klingon language.
  • The three genders are: “Capable of Speaking”, “Body Part”, and “Other”. This leads me to wonder which gender would be used when referring to a mouth?
  • Words of the Klingon language. Which nobody who has any real idea about the world gives a shit about.

Question 6

Who’s playing?

Answer

U of Texas Longhorns football team

Additional Answers

  • A band, probably. Dubya is watching a parade on the vastly impotant occasion of his second inauguration. Did I spell all that right? It’s late. Sorry.
  • A marching band playing Iron Butterfly’s Inagaddadavida. The whole seventeen minutes.
  • A Texan Football team….
  • Bill Clinton
  • Bush – he’s playing with himself again.
  • Bush gets everything wrong so the hand gesture must be meant to be (but isn’t quite) the splay-fingered Vulcan greeting popularised by Mr Spock. That means that a “Star Trek” movie is playing, probably on a screen just outside this camera shot. (Either that or the gesture is the secret recognition signal from a mixed gender Masonic lodge, in which case all those pictured are playing. Playing silly buggers, that is.)
  • Colonel Paul Sweeney
  • Don’t know but the girl in the scarf is displaying the well known sign for b……t. One hand describes the head of the bull and the other, well .. the other end of the bull.
  • Fremantle and Essendon, round 2, 2007.I believe George W Bush was there also.
  • George Bush was a keg man back in the day, so it has to be Slayer or Disturbed. Then again, judging by the bimbos it’s probably the Jockstrap Boys.
  • George Bush, with himself. Being the president he can’t throw the big beer bashes like he used to.
  • George is playing at being ruler of the known world while he watches a parade with his family. Sorry Dr Bob it is not a football game in Texas.
  • George W. and his daughters.
  • Hey- this is a shout out to my friend Brian from Houston! Go A&M, the Longhorns suck! BarBQ Bivo!
  • I am. My guitar I mean. On those people. That’s just Dubya watching a parade with his family. Perhaps a Texas football team is going past? Sorry Dr Bob they are not at a game.
  • I saw the reflection of the saxaphone and immediately thought of Bill Clinton. Then, I realized Bush was holding up the wrong finger for it to be a Democrat. So it must be the “Hook ’em Horns” sign for the University of Texas Longhorn Band!
  • Iron Maiden – All hail Satan our Master etc. etc.
  • It’s Mister Rogers, singing Little Peter Rabbit.
  • Me Me Me. I’ll play. What are we playing? Hunt the sausage?? I’m really good at this….Oh….You found it.
  • Megadeath, of course. The Shrub’s favourite band.
  • My goodnees, looks like George W Beelzebub D Satan (or some other form of the Beast) ruling the world om rare 6-6-6. AKA the Prince of Darkness. My guess is the University of Texas marching band is playing; completely innocent of the devious Bush.
  • No one. Bush is doing the ”Hook ’em, ‘horns’ salute of the University of Texas Longhorns as he and his family watch the Inaugural Parade Thursday Jan. 20, 2005, in Washington
  • Nobody is playing it’s the salute of the University of Texas Longhorns. Bush made the sign to greet the Longhorn marching band as it passed during the inaugural parade through Washington on Thursday Jan. 20, 2005. Or he is the devil depending on your interpretation.
  • people who have had sex with other people’s spouses, that’s who is playing. The gesture means just that in parts of the Mediterranean.
  • Playing What
  • pole of abundance
  • Texas “Hookem'” Longhorns
  • Texas A & M. That would be the “Hook em Horns” sign.
  • Texas Long Horns
  • Texas longhorns marching band
  • Texas Longhorns Marching Band at Bush’s 2nd inauguration.
  • Texas Longhorns marching band.
  • The Antichrist and his familiar. Everyone knows that hand signal is the “horned hands”, a universally recognised satanic seagull worshipping symbol. OK, not the last one.
  • The Ballou Senior High School Marching Knights, at El Presidente’s 2005 Inauguration. or the Wiggles. When else would you have a big grin whilst making the sign of the devil?
  • The Houston Primary School graduating class of 2006.
  • The photo is one of several which was taken on the day of Inauguration of Pres. Bush. Now, I think that he is saluting a football marching band of UT (University of Texas), more specifically I think he’s saluting the person a couple behind the saxophone player visible in the reflection.
  • The Texas Longhorns Marching Band, “The Showband of the Southwest”
  • The University of Texas Longhorn marching band in the parade for George Bush’s second inauguration. They were wearing red suits with white wiggly lines down the sides of their trousers and white cowboy hats. But the Tuba players had white caps instead. In other news some people in Norway thought the Bushes were making a satanic gesture.
  • The University of Texas Longhorns, coached by Ozzy Osbourne. (Couldn’t you have included the mpg where they all start headbanging?)
  • The University of Texas marching band – Satan’s fanfarers.
  • The USA’s “First Family” is at a Texas sporting event where a team, the Longhorns, is playing, note the two horns on their hands.
  • The Washington minimalist puppetry troupe.
  • The Wiggles!
  • This photo was taken by the drummer sat behind Posh Spice as she played in front of the president. She was wearing a kilt.
  • U2
  • University of Texas Longhorns
  • University of Texas. “Hook’em horns!” (humorous answer: Black Sabbath w/Ozzy singing)
  • Victor Borge on Piano
  • Who were the Cottonbowl champions in 1963 & 1967?
  • Who’s asking?
  • World Lightweight Title Bout between Mr Pointer and Mr Pinkie.
  • You might think it was the Texas Longhorns, but in fact this photograph was taken at the 2005 Inaugural Parade as the Texas float went past, presumably featuring a huge papier mache Aleister Crowley doing something unspeakable to a goat.

Comments

  • A big Hurrah! for Dr Bob / His quiz is sans pareil / For Iceland, Klingons, Bush and Skwal / With Google I’ll prevail!
  • All right, it’s true, we did have a passage from the Klingon marriage ritual in our wedding ceremony, but that was my husband’s idea, not mine… I’m not a Trekky, I tell you!
  • Always wipe from front to back.
  • Beware the seagulls. You may think they are just a harmless white bird… but that’s what they WANT you to think! Everyone, get out there and start skwalling! Defend the earth!
  • By coincidence, the picture of President Bush was taken during his second inauguration, for which I helped provide some of the security.
  • Comment allez vous, Docteur Bobb?
  • Comments? You want comments? OK then Q5 is correct, nouns belong to each gender. Q4 is partly correct but I am not sure about the daylight saving. And hey I have my skwal right here next to my spelunk (I don’t own a shoot). It’s a blue one. As for the rest. Well I didn’t write the quiz so don’t blame me.
  • Democracy does not exist. It is a lie. I mean, what sort of democracy do we have in Australia? The stupid majority rules, full stop. The majority is almost always the gullible easily brainwashed lot; we sc(k?)eptics are in the non-vast minority. Plus, there is not much real difference in who gets elected for what election – all politicians are identical in their cynical egotist philosophy, or else they get assassinated or at best bonked off their job. And what kind of democracy is it where if you are getting on a plane and are a Muslim you are immediately a Jihadist and an enemy of the “Free World”? Or if you are a Russian, then you’re automatically an inferior, primitive person who can’t subtract nine from eight? Propaganda is taking over the world. I feer so ronery. Rife is so cruer!
  • Does it help to be drunk?
  • Fastest and least successful quiz answers ever…Flippin’ numbers keep changing, btw.
  • Going eclectic, are we? bit of this and a bit of that…
  • Good quiz! fun! 🙂
  • Has anyone else noticed that Bush appears to be smuggling a saxophone in his jacket?
  • Hello
  • Hello Doc, couldn’t think of anything terribly funny this time around, I will try again in a few weeks – Brgds.
  • Hey, had fun doing this quiz. First time!
  • Hi Dr Bob. Just thought I’d thank you for making me the FIRST Boltonian to win the quiz. Mr Minnett was, of course, the first gentleman from the tiny village of Farnworth to win – but I doubt he’ll make history with claims like that.
  • Hi from Anchorage, Alaska. Excellent site. I had heard Australia had a healthy Skeptical movement. [Yes we do have, we have active groups in all the cities of Australia (yes all 7 of them, plus Alice Springs and Darwin). There is a social e-mail group with 165 members. It even has a subscriber called Dale, from halfway along the S coast of Alaska, on it. (“qskeptics” on yahoo groups) ]
  • Hope you had a good laugh!
  • I guessed them all
  • I know, I know, one of the questions to Q5 is actually an answer….
  • I spoke to a Klingon mate of mine and he doesn’t understand Question five either. He suggested “Words that are names for things”. He has a battle fleet. He is awaiting Dr Bob’s view on the matter. He hopes his race is not insulted. His budget is tight this month. Please be careful Dr Bob.
  • I wonder if Google reports people for googling things like Satan George W Bush.
  • if you try to type ‘the number’ in that little box, it doesn’t work!
  • If you’re really a doctor, what’s the treatment for a vestigial ankle? [Wait, and hope that it goes away. Ah, if it’s vestigial it has already gone away, Q.E.D. and that will be $52.00 + GST]
  • Interesting choice of questions.
  • I’ve submitted some answers for this previously, I just wanted to say that I think claiming Area 51 has the longest runway in the world is spurious to say the least. The US government makes no information about Area 51 available to the general public, including the lengths of its runways. The length is an estimate based on pixel counting of satellite photos of the area at what is at best a fairly ordinary resolution. In short, no one knows how long the runways at Area 51 actually are and the answer to the question should be based on actual data, not guesses. Edwards AFB has the longest runway whose length has been made available to all. Otherwise I love your quiz. Thanks.
  • My comment for Dr. Bob is no comment. Or is it?
  • Not happy with this month’s answers, but then they’re usually not very good anyway.
  • Once more, with Google.
  • Plenty of time for better answers. You haven’t even posted last month yet. Did I spell every thing wrong? Do I care?
  • Sad to say that Australian Ken Ham’s “Answers In Genesis” museum is set to open in northern Kentucky around the USA’s Memorial Day.
  • Sedulously avoid all polysyllabic profundity, pompous prolificacy, and vain vapid verbosity.
  • Thank you for handicapping the quiz in favor of Americans with question 6. It makes up for some of those pictures of the Queen in past months. You do realize we all know all the major college mascots, right? PS if it was a Ronnie James Dio concert and not a Texas Longhorns game I’m gonna be real embarrassed. [As would G W Bush be, if caught at such an event. Well, he’s real embarrassed already. Or he should be. Damn, now the CIA will be copying my e-mails and will start doing the quiz ]
  • The last rivet on the harbour bridge is in the last hole.
  • What’s with the Norwegians thinking Dubya and his family had gone satanist? Personally I just thought it was some rude gesture. “Hook em Horns”, yep sounds pretty rude to me.
  • When someone gets as old as you, do they play spin the bottle of Mylanta? (Insert annoying smiley face here)
  • You have a strange and unusual mind with way too much time on your hands, but u did provide me with much needed relief [Thanks … that’ll be $52 + GST]
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