Answers for January 2007

Now that my spam processing is rectified (see diagram in the sealed section) there were more like the usual volume of attempts this month. Same desperation, but the usual number. As so often happens, the current batch of questions turns out to be appallingly topical (the questions are prepared long in advance, the answers are batched on about the 4th of the month and processed when I have time, and then put up on the web when the webmaster has time). My WINNER this month is another long overdue award based on track record (and some useful questions for the future) – well done despite the weather, culture, and despair of Northern England –

James Harkin


Question 1

In Sweden in 2003, a fast-talking man called Lars fell in love with and married a shy female called Siggy. What was unusual about this affair?

Answer

Both were personalities of a multiple-personality syndrome sufferer (Bjorn Ullberg). “He somehow found a minister who was willing to perform the ceremony” said Ullberg’s exasperated psychiatrist.

Additional Answers

  • A big age gap? Or the fact that his new wife had a similar name to Lars’s naughty smoking habit.
  • A SHY FEMALE!! – No such thing, they all have motor mouths sprouting fertiliser. Lars knew this was his only chance in 4 years so he wasn’t about to stop talking as he’d never get another chance to say that he wanted Siggy to swallow and not spit! Lars hasn’t had the chance to talk since 2003.
  • ah, well, they were just two personalities inside the same guy! Quite easy one, i used to know them… Lars worked as a fireman back then. And Siggy was the singer in a band.
  • Depends on how you define “unusual”.
  • Good on Lars. I don’t say it is exactly unusual that a Swedish bloke marries a Swedish girl. Nevertheless, a Finnish folk belief would tell the story somewhat differently…
  • He was a taxi-driver and the affair was carried out in toto in the seventh seat of the Volvo.
  • I imagine Siggy is a non-human female. Shy? I think I’ll go for the dik-dik. a) because it’s a timid animal and b) because it has a rude name.
  • In a complete turnabout it was SHE that could never get a word in edgewise
  • It did not happen in Iceland
  • It seems nearly every one in Sweden is called Lars or Siggy. Some of them are even fire fighters. As were the ones refered to. Now two fire fighters getting married may not seem unusual. In fact to me and and Stew and Barry it is almost (but not quite) normal. I mean If one really wanted to get married (and I am married) who better to tie the knot with? But Lars was supposed to be a car salesman. Maybe that’s a telling point.
  • Lars couldn’t ever stop talking, and Siggy couldn’t get a word out because of a stutter.
  • Lars developed lung problems as a result of too many Siggys.
  • Lars spoke in tongues – Siggy is deaf.
  • Lars was gay and Sweden don’t have flaming homosexuals like the Mardi Gras
  • Lars, a ‘fast-talking used-car salesman’, and Siggy, a shy bookworm, were both ‘alters’ (alternate personalities) of Bjorn Ullberg, a gay swedish firefighter diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. I blame it on the internet…
  • Lars’s surname was “Soggy”. Miss Siggy then became “Siggy Soggy”, and everyone agreed that to be unusual…..unusually FUNNY!!! ha ha.
  • Menage A Trois with multiple personalities (Lars)
  • Nobody told Siggy about it. She normally dressed up for church, but was a bit surprised by the dress he picked out for her. Surely, nobody wears veils these days, do they?
  • Really, Bob, it’s just a movie…don’t be so attached to any aspect of it.
  • She was his sister?
  • Siggy is a transexual but at the time of the wedding had not had the “nip and tuck op” so Lars in fact had married a man which was a no-no despite the perceived permissiveness of Swedish society (thanks to British comedies of the 1960s-1970s).
  • Siggy is from somewhere near the Orion Nebula. When last heard from they were on their way to a honeymoon spot near Alpha-Centauri. At 1/10 the speed of light they will be there in 2043 and after a two week stay will return to Sweden.
  • Siggy is the direct decendant of the King of Iceland, Sigmund the 3rd, who died on the Titanic and whose remains were on display in Hitler’s bunker. Tragically, Siggy lost her voice in a tragic rock collecting expedition on Aruba.
  • Siggy might have been a female horse?
  • Siggy played guitar, jammin’ good with Wieird and Gilly.
  • Siggy was a bitch. No really. She was a female dog.
  • Siggy was a chicken.
  • Siggy was a cyborg, and her “shyness” was actually a faulty interaction routine. Shortly after that, she got a replacement, but got the wrong ROM and changed her personality to Steve Urkel’s.
  • Siggy was a dog. In the actual sense, not that she was ugly. Although they say that the only difference between dog and a fox is 6 beers.
  • Siggy was a goldfish and he fell in love cause he couldn’t talk underwater, fast or slow.
  • Siggy was a man.
  • Siggy was a sheep
  • Siggy was an animal
  • Siggy was not a woman but rather a sheep
  • Siggy wasn’t human! But, if you have seen a picture of Lars, there is some doubt there as well.
  • Siggy wasn’t human. Can’t remember if she was a dog, a doll or a motorbike.
  • Since you describe Lars as a ‘man’ and Siggy as a ‘female’ (not woman) I’m guessing that Siggy is not human. Goat? Cow? Sheep? Collie?
  • Since you specified that Lars is a man, but only say that Siggy is female, I’ll guess that Siggy was a female of a species other than Man, and that’s an unusual marriage choice.
  • That Siggy turned out to be a transexual. Actually Siggy had tried to tell Lars earlier on, but Lars was too caught up with his speaking.
  • That someone was cruel enough to name their kid Siggy.
  • The “female” leads me to believe Siggy was not human. A “pined” tree perhaps?
  • The country of Sweden didn’t exist in 2003
  • They chose the married name Sigar (a mix of both their names). English speakers thought it was very funny because it sounded like cigar.
  • They got married!
  • They speak different languages
  • They were actually both robots, faulty ones rejected from the factory. Ah… love rules!
  • They were both Bass drummers and Siggy was actually unaware of the affair at the time
  • they were not both human
  • What was _unusual_? Let’s see. Was it the fact that both these characters were ‘alters’ (or alternate personalities) of a gay fireman called Bjorn Ullman? Was it that he actually found a clergyman mad enough to marry them? No. Clearly, the most unusual element of the affair was that Siggy, a bookworm, would marry used-car salesman Lars.
  • Zentropa

Question 2

Which book was reviewed in words something like “Not exactly bad, but could be better – the story opens well, very compelling reading, but it becomes somewhat repetitive by the middle, and at the end I found I was wanting more. Hopefully the sequel will be better done”?

Answer

“Pi to Five Million Places” ISBN-13: 978-1411695474 as reviewed on amazon.com

Additional Answers

  • “Else-Marie and Her Seven Little Daddies”
  • Anything written by Sydney Sheldon. He starts out great, gets sloppy in the middle, then finishes to quickly. Ummmm, like sexx, then, yah?
  • Bridget Jones Diary
  • DOS Version 6.0 manual.
  • Every book that was ever reviewed by Operah. She tells people what to do.
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Hundreds of them as far as I can tell from Google searching. Stew tells me it’s something to do with computers. But I can’t find it. Talk about vague.
  • I could review many books using that exact phrase. Probably Harry Potter and the Repetitive Affairs.
  • If you substituted video game system for book, it looks a lot like reviews for the Wii.
  • i’m sure i can’t get it, so i’ll try: proust’s “swann’s way”. although i know the “best” review he got was: “I may perhaps be dead from the neck up, but rack my brains as I may I can’t see why a chap should need thirty pages to describe how he tosses and turns over in bed before going to sleep.” well if you know what i’m talking about….
  • Is it “The Dr Bob Quiz Book”?
  • Kama Sutra
  • Obviously, The Bible was being reviewed. Genesis has good fictitious stories, the middle books are dull prophecies, and the end of Revelation looks forward to the “return of jesus.”
  • Oh crikey, who knows. Such an inane tell you nothing review. It’s probably the Bible or something obvious like that.
  • Saddam’s last fairytale for Iraqi children in need.
  • That great book ofold hebrew feiry tales the(Holy)Bible
  • That was the reaction I had to The Hobbit, anyway 😉
  • The Bible
  • The Bible
  • The Bible
  • The Bible
  • The Bible
  • the bible
  • The Bible
  • The Bible
  • The bible
  • The Bible
  • The Bible.
  • The Bible.
  • The Bible. Didnt Tolstoy write that?
  • The bible?
  • The Bible? – Not sure which version.
  • the book of Kama Sutra. some pervert had seen it all before.
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Hobbit (and I’m guessing it’s that as one of the few books ever published to have been well and truly outshone by the sequel).
  • The Holy Bible
  • The King James Bible. Written by Mr God.
  • The New Testament
  • The New York White Pages – Hell of a cast, lousy plot.
  • The Old Testament. Given that the New Testament was such a let down, (I mean, was Judas really the traitor?), I’m still waiting for “Testament III – He’s back (look busy)”.
  • The Old Testament. The sequel seems popular- at least here in the US.
  • The Old Testament. Unfortunately, the sequel was just the same story repeated four times over, with some guy’s hate mail and a bad drug trip added. Fortunately, the cyborgs were cut.
  • The Sunne in Gold http://www.amazon.com/Sunne-Gold-Nene-Adams/dp/0970212704
  • The Unrequited Affairs of Robots in Sweden.

Question 3

In the film “For Your Eyes Only”, James Bond is dining in a swish Greek restaurant with Aristotle Kristatos, a suave local who later turns out to be the villain. Bond, demonstrating the expected 101% familiarity with Greek food and wines, orders first and specifies the whole meal in detail. Kristatos then says “An excellent choice, I’ll have the same” – why did he choose that?

Answer

Dr Bob’s Answers:

  • To save about 2 minutes time in the film
  • Because Bond has to be seen to be adept even in Greece, but the villain, being on his own ground, cannot show off in the same way
  • Because he has to order something, and the restaurant is too posh to let anyone order just a boiled egg
  • It shows that the villain needs to ingratiate himself with Bond, at this point in the plot. (Plot?)
  • If he ordered at the same level of detail, the place would probably shut for the evening and they’d have to go to McDonald’s
  • The waiter’s pencil wore out in taking Bond’s order

Additional Answers

  • “Same” is Greek for “glass of water” – he’d left his wallet at home.
  • 101% is not possible. Besides Greek is easy to learn. KALIMERA!
  • Aris Kristatos appeared to be a suave local greek, but he was in fact, a suave KGB agent. Since he was too lazy to stand in the long lines for Greek Food in Mother Russia during her communist heyday, he never learned how to order a proper Greek meal. By ordering the same as Bond, he hides his ignorance in praise for the suave Brit.
  • Aristotle Kristatos was also the chef. Why make more work for yourself?
  • Aristotle only had 100% familiarity with Greek Food and Wines because it is impossible to have 101% familiarity as you suggested for James Bond!
  • Because he can’t read Greek, he’s really a Russian.
  • Because he doesn’t speak Greek.
  • Because he only having a souvlaki and a bottle of ouzo imported from Tasmania.
  • Because he knew that was the only food available
  • Because he was a Russian spy? And Russian spies don’t know how to order food? I always wondered about that. I mean, if I was a Russian spy I would know how to order food.
  • Because he was afraid that Bond was trying to poison him, and ordering the same thing would put Bond at risk of a mix up of servings. (And what is a “swish” restaurant?)
  • Because he was worried his Greek would be worse. Also, because it would make boring viewing – Having Jimbo rattle off a pile of perfect greek is impressive because he’s not Greek, but something of similar length from a native speaker would be just a load of unintelligible dialogue which would slow the pace.
  • Because he wasn’t who he seemed and he couldn’t read Greek
  • because it was the predetermined call and answer password setup common to meeting between spies who cannot otherwise identify one another
  • Because the food went very well with a wine from one of Kristatos own vineyards.
  • Because the script told him to say that stuff.
  • Becuase Kristatos is at awe with Bond’s superior dish picking skills. He chooses to learn from Bond, but at the same time feels jealous, and therefore decides to betray Bond by joining the Greek Communist party, only to realise that Churchill had already negotiated with Stalin at Yalta… his fate was sealed…
  • Cause he was a shattered ego. When introduced, he said, “The name’s Kristatos. Aristotle Kristatos”. But it fell flat.
  • Did you know in the scene in Goldeneye, in the Chemical Weapons facility, the guard opens the door Bond says something and the guard looks even more shocked, because Bond told the guard in Russian that he just “F**ked his Grand Mother”.
  • Either a. because Kristatos isn’t Greek, or b. because it would kill the dramatic pacing of the sequence: Bond showing off his Greek is interesting to watch, but a native Greek speaker speaking Greek is expected and therefore boring.
  • Had Bond ordered a meal that was required to be shared? Kristatos being the polite accommodating villain did not want to embarrass his guest by pointing out his faux pas.
  • He (Kristatos) could not read
  • He forgot his real line?
  • He likes excellent food as well
  • he likes seafood and salad
  • He never learned that other alphabet and can’t read Greek.
  • He ordered the waitress.
  • He really didn’t know, so he just copied
  • I’ll be damned if I’ll watch a Roger Moore Bond movie to find out.
  • In the film “Casino Royale” James Bond climbs a crane chasing a felon. Dr Bob do you think you could climb that crane too? [Well, possibly yes, it depends on the attributes of the felon. Maybe I would not need a crane]
  • It sounded tasty
  • It was the exact menu of the dinner in Plato’s “Symposium”. I guess he wanted to tease Aristotle somehow…
  • It was the only choice on his menu. Bond, being Bond, had pre-arranged with the restaurant to give Mr Kristatos just such a menu so that he (Kristatos) would feel inferior.
  • It was the only thing on the menu
  • It was the only thing on the menu.
  • It’s good luck to eat like 007
  • Kristatos couldnt read. He was drunk. He wanted to get into Bond’s bonds (a popular pastime amongst Greek gentlemen in ancient days, I’m told. Not that I would ever resort to a racial stereotype for the sake of a cheap laugh. It cost $120), a combination of all three.
  • Kristatos must have thought to himself “The ladies this guy pulls… maybe its what he eats’
  • Kristatos wasn’t actually Greek. Clever name for a potato product…hmmm?
  • Mr. Kristatos is actually a cyborg and does not have to eat or drink. Thus, he is unfamiliar with human food and has to use this trick to keep up the camouflage.
  • NOBODY disagrees with Bond. Odd-Job did, and look what happened to him [makes elaborate finger-across-the-throat movement, and c-r-r-r-r-r-ch noise].
  • Saves time – and gets back to the nonstop action usually associated with 007 movies.
  • So he could sprinkle poison on his plate, swapped it with Bond’s and Bond wouldn’t notice? Just a wild guess.
  • So the writer could demonstrate to the audience just how switched on and savvy Bond is. If Kristatos had looked strangely at Bond and ordered the chicken, Bond would have come off looking like a complete idiot.
  • Swish (adjective) Slang. exhibiting effeminate tendencies or characteristics. What the hell is a swish Greek restaurant? Sean Connery wouldn’t have eaten there even if Roger Moore would.
  • The actor playing Kristatos couldn’t memorize/pronounce the meal he was supposed to order
  • The meal was part of a insanely complicated and inefficient plot to kill 007.
  • The movie would have you believe he is a Soviet agent and they are not as well trained as the British agents. I, however, know that really he is from the same planet as Siggy. Ian Fleming told about this during our flight to a resort near Alpha-Centauri. As we are traveling at 1/10 the speed of light we should be back in a few years to tell you more about it.
  • The Scriptwriter was standing behind him with a big stick.
  • The whole meal Bond refers to included five luscious Bond babes mmm clam chowder
  • To curry favour. Aristotle wanted Bond to kill his adversary, Colombo. Either that, or he wanted to choose the wine to wash down the prevesa prawns, savara salad & boudetto.
  • To mention his hometown when he chooses a wine–or maybe he just likes prawns
  • ‘The Same’, is actually Greek for “What he said but minus the poison”.

Question 4

According to a survey done in 2006 – what is nowadays the most common computer password?

Answer

password1 – Ref: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/12/realworld_passw.html – NOT “password” which is now very passe and has fallen to 4th on the list. Although people at Waterloo Station are still big on it – http://www.microsoft.com/uk/atwork/work/password.mspx

Additional Answers

  • Is it? I would have thought “what” would be too short to be a password. I would imagine “password” would be more likely.
  • “********”….Almost EVERYONE I watch putting a password in a computer just uses lots of stars! It’s hardly secure is it?
  • “go.piss.off!” everybody answered quite rudely (have you ever tried askin’ everybody about their passwords? well I did…)
  • “password”
  • “password” or the last option of the forgetful “letmein!”
  • ******** or password
  • 0000
  • 123 but it’s a totally crap survey if that’s the one Doctor Bob means. It only applies in England. Actually the most common password is of course used by the people who use passwords the most. The Nigerian 419 scammers. Those guys make new accounts and passwords many times a day, each. Yes I know the top 10 most common ones they use. But I’m not going to tell. Oh, OK try 123456 or blessing or money or riches. That’s all you get from me. I know nothing, nothing.
  • 123; I personally prefer 9876
  • 12345
  • 2006 is the past. Is this based on “newly made passwords” or “existing passwords”? If I’d have to guess I’d say the most commonly used password is 12345.
  • According to my experience working in IT admin it’s PASSWORD, of course. When I reset passwords for people and tried to be creative and told them it’s JUPITER or SATURN they couldn’t spell the words so what’s the point. Ah… mediocrity rules after all.
  • Billgates
  • byte_me01
  • Ch1ckmagn3t! No? Then it must be ‘123’
  • Damncomputer……mine is anyhooo
  • Funny story . . . I had a lot of trouble getting the website of a certain retailer with the intitial’s BN to send a lost password, or allow me to create a new account with the same email address I like to use for this kind of thing. I ended up having to create a new account because nothing would work to reset, or retrieve the old account password. So, when I created the new account I made a new email at a website I control along the lines of bnreallysucks@_______.com My wife was not amused when she had a similar problem a couple of weeks later and had to tell the customer service representative on the phone what email address we use. She really would not have liked the password had I had the courage to tell her!
  • Ha! Nice try Dr. Bob. How long before “What’s your bank account number” shows up as a question?
  • Hmm – not sure so I’ll take a guess – Star Trek or Crystals?
  • Hopefully, it is not “password”, but then, my intimate knowledge of human stupidity tells me it probably is. It will not be long until the cyborgs take over.
  • I don’t know, but I bet the survey in 2007 will be full of the answers from this question, like MasTb8.
  • love
  • Mohammed
  • Most common password? Hmm..password.Most common password.Password.What could that password be?Password that is the most common.Being the password that is used to pass a word? P a s s w o r d? How about “Bollocks”? I use that one quite a bit myself.
  • My bank records are safe. I don’t use password like everyone else I use drowssap. Clever, eh? Yep, no one is getting in dsmith’s Bank of America accounts.
  • Now, does Scott Adams read Dr Bob’s quiz, or is this just spooky… http://www.unitedmedia.com/comics/dilbert/archive/dilbert-20070117.html
  • open sesame
  • passowrd
  • Password
  • password
  • password
  • PASSWORD
  • password
  • password
  • password
  • password
  • password
  • password
  • password – How imaginative.
  • password. Coz some people aren’t creative
  • Password1
  • password1
  • password1. It use to just be ‘password’. Funny how creative people can be!
  • poopypants
  • qwerty
  • Rosebud
  • Shithappens.
  • typewriter
  • Various websites insist it is the word “Password”, which I am prepared to accept. However, I do rather fancy “Guinnessisgoodferyer” myself
  • whoever revealed their password to a survey is a little daft don’t you think?

Question 5

To whom was King Louis XIV referring in 1679 when he remarked that he was losing more French territory to … … … than to his enemies?

Answer

To his astronomers, who had surveyed France accurately and had found that its Atlantic coast lay much further east than current maps were indicating.

Additional Answers

  • Aardvarks advancing alarmingly, aiming axes accurately, alarm agile acrobats.
  • A member of the French Muslim Croat society founded in 1671.
  • astronomers
  • Astronomers, proving that ignorance is bliss.
  • Cassini and other such reprobate astronomers who were preoccupied with correcting maps.
  • England
  • Feral robots.
  • France, they threw cheese and wine at everyone.
  • funny… “to his astronomers”, who had just prepared a new accurate map of France, which showed that the earlier ones were way too optimistic about the Atlantic and Mediterranean Départements… The Italian Cassini was one of them, evviva! defeating les mange-grenouilles once again. 🙂
  • Global warming? The Pope? Crabgrass?
  • Gout
  • he was referring to elitism, that slavemaster of the French
  • himself
  • his astronomers – how dare they get mapping correct
  • His cartographers, the bastards. They steal all the sheets, too.
  • His mistress?
  • His no-good, two-timing, blackmailing, manwhore.
  • His own staff
  • His wife.
  • His wife/mistress
  • I didn’t know we had a king, I thought we were a democracy.
  • It might be that guy he sacked that year but I don’t really know for sure. Some Cardinal who negotiated things perhaps?
  • Louis was an early proponent of Morse code, so was referring to S.S.S. Presumably cyber-punk band Sigue Sigue Sputnik – he was also an early proponent of 80s cyber-pop.
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Neptune:god of the sea (by way of water erosion) I really don’t know I’m trying to think of something all riddlish and cool, but then again I dont think Louis XIV was renowned for his philosophical witticisms.
  • Obviously, his wife who was divorcing him
  • Oooh Match Game . . .King Louis XIV was such a lousy king . . .He was so lousy he didn’t lose territory to his enemies he lost it to ______
  • peasants
  • Rabbits. The French never were any good at building fences to keep things out, unlike us and the Chinese. Take that, rabbits.
  • Rabbits. The rabbit horde of Wobert The Wascally Wabbit had invaded the nether regions of France the year before and were inexorably hopping closer to Paris all the time
  • Rising sea levels
  • Surveyors. By precisely measuring how much land was in the King’s domains, they cut down the over optimistic approximations of the King’s holdings and reduced the stated amount the King held.
  • Syphillis
  • The aliens from the Orion Nebula. He decided to lodge his protest in person and traveling at 1/10 the speed of light he should arrive in another 14,000 or 15,000 years. Too bad he did not just wait for Siggy.
  • The Black plague? Global warming? Frogs & Snail infestations?
  • the bubonic plague
  • The Church
  • The nobility
  • The Ocean?
  • the people – free hold land
  • The Pope.
  • The Roman Catholic Church
  • The sea, as he was invading Holland at the time.
  • Vineyards. Accursed vineyards. Louis XIV was the founder of AA.
  • Wal – Mart. Even at that time, they covered every free inch with one of their accursed dens of cyborg oppression.
  • Well, you are very disappointing Dr Bob. Its a simple number puzzle. 1+6+7+9=23(-2)=21. the 21st Century. Therefore it must be George W Bush. The secret is not to be confused by the numbers, any new age practitioner or Guru knows you have to deduct 2 from the obvious answer to avoid disturbing the balance of cosmic forces.

Question 6

A recent breakfast TV show featured a “pet psychic” who claimed to be able to identify the owner of a rather cute pet dog. Psychic and dog are both standing off to the left of the screen, as we look. Which one of these people owns the dog?

Answer

Sorry. I thought it was about time I set an easy picture question.

Additional Answers

  • The one looking at the dog and smiling!
  • Blue shirt guy. He looks a little like a young Kreskin without glasses.
  • Both of them own the dog.
  • Good God – how could the Skeptics and Dr Bob be so naive. the correct answer is obvious. The dog owns both these people and is using the psychic as a conduit. Everyone with any common sense will of course realise the dog is an alien in disguise. Get your act together Dr Bob.
  • guy on the right
  • I need a TV psychic to work this one out. Or a psychologist. I’d expect an a 50/50 chance of getting it right by guessing though.
  • I think the woman on the left IS the dog
  • I’m sensing the letter ‘d’ Does that have any meaning for you? Oh,.. you have a dog? Yes,you do. Yeah, know, my spirit guide is unfailingly accurate.He predicts with that one of you definitely has a pet and you like standing to the right of the frame when having your picture taken, except on the days that you like to stand on the left.
  • Is the question “which one of these people is the dog”? Because they both look like they belong in a kennel.
  • It would have to be the woman, Real Men don’t own cute pet dogs, They own big vicious dogs named “Cujo” or “Killer”… Of course, depending on the chap on the left being a Real Man.. he may be, you know, a bit camp…
  • Just off the screen at the bottom, the young lady is holding the dog’s lead. These pyschics can pick up on the most subtle of clues.
  • man in blue shirt on right
  • must be the man on the right (every dog loves a classic blue shirt. indeed they love to play with smelly shirts after you’ve taken them off)
  • Neither – as a semi sentient beast the dog is a member of a anarcha-syndicalistic commune and as such cannot be owned by anyone.
  • Neither. According to PETA, dogs don’t have owners. Shame on you Dr. Bob, for upholding such fascist notions as animal slavery. Or something like that.
  • Neither. Both of these people are finalists in the latest reality TV show, “Don’t look who’s smiling now”, and had inadvertently wandered onto the wrong set. The real owner of the dog was correctly identified by the psychic as a former prince in the Hohenzollern-Hechingen Royal family and heir (several times removed) to the Austro-Hungarian throne, now employed as a hotel waiter in Bratislava.
  • Neither. The dog is really an alien from the Orion Nebula . . .
  • Neither. These people are not permitted to have pets. They are on day release from an institution for the criminally insane.
  • Nobody owns the dog, for the dog is it’s own personality so the RSPCA says
  • None. These are actually robots controlled by the pet dog who is the psychic.
  • The aura or is that a doggy angel over the head of the guy suggests that he is the owner. What’s with the fried eggs on the girl’s elbow? [Well people usually have chips with fried eggs. Cooked in grease – that’s it – elbow grease]
  • The bloke
  • The bloke has adopted a stand-off-ish stance, showing he is used to being a ‘pack leader’, whilst the woman is quite obviously ignorant of dog-domination techniques. So…the man.
  • The bloke with the shirt that needs ironing and to be buttoned correctly.
  • The bloke. He’s trying to not make eye contact with the dog and give the game away.
  • the caption for this photo should be “hahaha you call THAT a penis?”
  • The girl who is looking at her dog? Which has a lime green collar? The dog, the dog has a lime green collar. Oh yeah the girl has as well. Dead give away. Hey, I channeled the souls of the dog’s parents. They contacted the offspring and mailed me back. Dead set. I used channel 9. Must be right.
  • The guy in the purple shirt owns the ugly girl, the dog, in the tasteless green, pizza splattered sweater and noose.
  • The guy on the left.
  • the guy with the folded arms
  • The guy. Why? The woman is the host of the show and the guy is the only option the psychic has to choose from.
  • The lady on the left, because the psychic is standing on the left.
  • The lady -she’s wearing a jumper made from her poodle’s wool.
  • The lady.
  • the man
  • the man
  • the man
  • The man that looks like David Spade, or the woman? the dog probably found a good chance to get at the snack table either way.
  • The man. This video was paused just before the dog leapt at the throat of the woman who was foolishly showing her teeth to the animal. Only the poofy scarf saved her life.
  • the one on the left looks like a dog – and she could do with some bigger boobs too
  • The one on the right. The woman on the right is my nana’s older sister.
  • The one who looks like a rather cute pet dog, of course. The guy (The woman is actually a cyborg – they have terrible fashion sense).
  • The one who’s desperately trying to look as though it’s not his dog, of course.
  • the person in the blue shirt…….. I dont really know. Is there a trick to this? Sounds like a stupid TV show I wouldnt watch.
  • The sofa behind! I mean, a dog spends most of its life laying on a sofa and eating crunchy doggy cookies!
  • The woman
  • The woman is CLEARLY a cat person. And the man? He’s a snake person. I bet he has at least a dozen snakes somewhere in his backyard.
  • The woman on the left because the cute dog has just wiped it’s bum along the carpet and she is looking to the audience for a sympathetic laugh
  • The woman plus, or minus 1 gender.
  • The woman with the big bite out of her arm, of course. Cute, but deadly.
  • This is actually an old photo. The dog is K9 and the guy is a very young Dr Who. Note the phone box door in background.
  • Trick question. The person who brought the dog is a PETA activist and so the dog is simply a room mate, not property.
  • Which dog?
  • Why don’t you ask the psychic??!!?

Comments

  • “This calls for a very special blend of psychology and extreme violence!”
  • 0 out of 5 again. Just goes to prove you can’t Google everything. [Yes that’s the idea. The quiz pre-dates Google and it is really hard to find questions that don’t simply fall to Google. I reworded the review in Q2 heavily or you could find it on Google. Last month’s Q6 _depended_ on Google maps but they changed the bloody map!!]
  • Answer Dr Bob’s quiz every month. 2) ?????. 3) Profit!!!
  • Ann Druyan’s edited book version of 1985 lectures by Carl Sagan, the book entitled “The Varieties of Scientific Experience,” is quite good and contains skeptical material. Did Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan ever visit Australia?
  • Disappointed that in a skeptics column you would use the vague expression “According to a survey in 2006”. I know it is a quiz but cite your sources correctly!! [Sorry – If I gave more detail than that, people would simply Google on it and see the answer (which is how I found it). When I do give the answers, people can check it up then.]
  • Dr Bob, you are very cruel. Every month I have to wait till mid-month for the answers to the previous month. By then my brain is clogged and my soul drowned and I couldn’t think of any funny answers to this month’s quiz anymore. You… are… kill…ing… me… oooooohhh
  • Happy birthday Dr Bob. My new-found psychic powers that helped me answer all your questions so well inform me that it is your birthday this month. [Not bad, only 4 months out. Take your new-found powers back to the shop and get your money back]
  • Hello good Sir, I am the nephew of Prince Dr. Bob of Nigeria, who was recently beaten to death by PETA activists for eating a ham sandwich (in full view of a pig, no less). I am unable to access the vast wealth he had accumulated in his life, but he said his account number and password was the same as yours. In return for etc etc…
  • Heres a question for you Dr Bob – if two skeptics and a true believer are standing on the head of a pin – who will fall off first? [Initial probability would indicate one of the skeptics. Which one? Well, maybe the other one. The two skeptics would start to argue about this, and eventually the TB would leap to his doom to get away from them].
  • Hi Dr. Bob. Just checking the site out for the first time, been learning all about sceptical thinking lately.
  • How’s about some cricket Qs? [Because this is a triia quiz and cricket is more important than that].
  • I am entering the quiz again to ask you, could you introduce me to Mr Dave Hawley? He seems to be worth knowing. [You should be more skeptical. And skeptical of my psychic powers – if you don’t give me your e-mail address I can’t write to you ? ]
  • I blame it on the internet, because fruitloops can get together and reinforce their own alternative realities, i.e. paedophiles, furries, people who know deep down inside that they are really a big, floating eyeball, and people who spend hours googling to find Dr Bob’s answers (which he claims he already knows, but he didn’t last month…)
  • I had to simply guess at each one.
  • I haven’t filled this in for a while now. Enjoy my pathetic, useless inaccurate accounts of reality. Incidentally check out your competition: Mythbusters; and their competition: Neighbours; and their competition: Home and Away. And think, in some way you are competing against Home and Away.
  • I know I’m going to win the quiz. For 10, or 15 days anyway.
  • I was looking for a humanist joke when I found your website … and as an old sceptic tank, in the words of my mate Bob Holdsworth, I enjoyed the visit.
  • I’m a bit worried you lost my entry in your spam folder last month Dr Bob. My answer to Q2 was “penis extension beach, Aruba”.
  • I’m born darn fit. (How many emails can one person have????!)
  • It’s not aimed at anyone, it’s just escaping on the run, and BUT FOR THE SKY there are no fences facing…
  • I’ve only just started looking at the site. I like the quizzes. My wife claims I am a cynic [naah, that can’t be right] but I feel I am more a skeptic so despondent with the gulliblity of our fellow citizens that I am becoming jaded. I look forward to the responses from other participants being posted. I wonder how many correct answers I have. [Oh dear, you said you were despondent and jaded. Now I hate to tell you this but…]
  • Join us next week, when Doctor Bob, says to Nurse Janice “Nurse Janice, now I know why you are the head nurse!”
  • Just two questions for you: Is guessing an acceptable method of quiz response? Is Hitler from Iceland a good answer to most questions? Can one win without being witty? Did you know DNA stands for the national dyslexic association? [OK, although that’s four questions – yes, sometimes, it’s difficult, yes]
  • Keep it up Dr Bob. FUN!
  • Me: “Hey, I won Dr Bob’s quiz again.”
  • Hubby: “Well, that’s something to put on the CV, up there with the 50th placing in the Bulwer-Lyttons.”
  • Daughter: “What’s Dr Bob’s quiz?”
  • Hubby: “It’s a measure of how much spare time you have.”
  • More fun than the December quiz Doc.
  • My first submission with some fun answers.
  • Of course my answers are quite obsolete but that’s the point!… wait for the real answers and laugh at the silly guesses… I really learn from your quizzes =)
  • Ok, I admit this is a rather miserable effort. I wanted to get in the correct answer to #3, the dig on Wii in #2 and the rest of the blank space just didn’t look right. If you send these answers away at 1/10 the speed of light . . .
  • Really dr bob.? pet psychics, what next…ghost whisperers? (I was trying to have a go but couldn’t actually think of anything witty enough) – 114989
  • So you think you have foiled my devious plans for world domination again. We’ll see Dr Bob, We’ll see. Soon you will be dancing to a different tune, and it shall be me who chooses the record. Haa haa haaagh! HA HAAHAAGH HAAA HAAAA HEEE HAAAghhchh.(sound of footsteps, a car door slams,the screech of tyres, a car speeds off) [Somebody tell him records are out of fashion]
  • Sublime Doctor Bob. [You want me to convert from solid to vapour?] Well done. A good mix of the obvious and the almost impossible.
  • They call him Dr. Bob. He’s not a real doctor but he is a rel bob he is an actual bob. He lives like a bob.
  • This post was NOT made by a cyborg. All rumors about cyborg invaders slowly replacing you humans are completely untrue.
  • Tough quiz! I tried googling the anwers, but you’re too tricky by far [Why thank you. After years of effort it seems I am finally getting there. Next problem: Wikipedia]
  • Welcome to 1970 – the faster I go the behinder I get.
  • Well done Dr Bob. Mwah. Jeez, now I have to wait another bloody month for the answers. Can’t you change it to weekly? I hate the wait. tap tap tap tap tap. [But it gives you the extra time for tap dancing practice]
  • What is this study for? [I ask the questions. But to answer this one, I don’t know. What is anything for? Why are we here?]
  • worth a shot 🙂 [Crikey, I’m off before you can find the bullets]
  • You’re as lovable as ever, Dr. Bob!
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